Kailash Mansarovar

Days 13
Price $$1200
Max Altitude 4790m
Region Tibet
Grade moderate
Accommodation Hotel/ Guesthouse/ Lodge
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Trip Overview

The Kailash Mansarovar tour is an abrasive test of will and endurance providing equally ethereal rewards. The most visited pilgrimage destination in far-west Tibet is mainly known for two things: circumambulating Mount Kailash, and taking a holy dip in Mansarovar Lake. The tour is undertaken by thousands of pilgrims every year and is renowned for its religious value, cultural significance, and entrancing natural beauty.

Standing tall and proud at 6714m, Mount Kailash is the most revered sacred mountain in Asia. It has its own mythological significance to the Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bons because of which scaling its summit is forbidden. Sprawling below Mount Kailash is the highest freshwater lake of Mansarovar (4510m). It is believed that taking a holy dip in the lake delivers the pilgrim to paradise, and a drink of its holy water relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes. We start our tour from Kathmandu accompanied by the view of scenic Himalayas and cross the Kerung border to reach Tibet. Thereafter, we drive most of the time and trek somewhere in the middle of our journey, all the while experiencing enthralling and scenic valleys, passes, rivers, and mountains. Other attractions of the tour are Rakshastal- known to be the place of penance of the demon king Ravana, Tirthapuri – a place visited after circuiting the mountain where they bathe in spring pools, Gauri Kund – also known as the Lake of Compassion, Yam Dwar –the point from where the circuiting starts, Asthapad – the bottom of the mountain, and Tarboche – the flagpole with numerous prayer flags. March to May and October to mid-December is the best time for the tour.

Nepal Social has successfully organized tours and treks in Nepal and Tibet for the last decade. With our experienced and friendly team, you are guaranteed to make the best memories of your life.

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. Roam as you will in the valley.

Day 02:  Drive from Kathmandu to Sybrubensi (2400m): 152 Km /7 hours

Bumpy ride through the foothills of Kathmandu valley as you can gradually see the northern part of Langtang region become bigger. Enjoy spectacular views of Ganesh Himal (7422m), Langtang Ri (7205m), Langtang Lirung (7227m), and Dorje Lakpa (6966m). Driving past Trishuli Bazaar, Dhunche, and many small villages, we arrive in Sybrubensi.

Day 03:  Drive to Kerung (2900m) through Rasuwagadhi: 15 km, 105 km

Drive to the border in Rasuwagadhi after breakfast, and complete immigration and custom formalities. Walk across the Friendship Bridge to arrive at the Tibetan side. Then drive to Kerung, an isolated valley in the Himalayan range in Tibet. O/N Hotel.

Day 04:  Rest day at Kerung

Rest day for altitude acclimatization in Kerung, thus prepping for the journey ahead. Feel free to walk around the market and enjoy local cuisines and hot baths.

Day 05:  Drive to Dongpa/Saga (4500m): 250 km/5-6 hours

Drive with a view of snow-capped mountains as we cross La Lungla Pass (5000m). From the top of Lalung La, we can have a panoramic view of the magnificent Himalayas- Gaurishankar (7134m), Shishapangma (8013m), and Langtang (7234m). We visit Lake Peiko Tsu and cross the holy river of Brahmaputra to reach Saga.

Day 06:  Drive to - Lake Mansarovar (4500m): 385km/6-7 hours

Drive past barren yet picturesque hills and sand dunes to reach the sacred Lake Mansarovar. The crystalline lake envelopes the area with calmness and purity. The lake is also believed to change colors. Take a holy dip in the lake, explore the area, and enjoy the stunning moonlight view.

Day 07:  Afternoon drive to Darchen (4560m): 30km

Enjoy the early morning Havan Puja on bank of the lake. Drive to Darchen via Lake Rakshastal- the name literally means “lake of the demon” - considered to be the place of penance by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka in Hindu mythology. En route to Darchen, alternatively known as Kailash Base Camp, a stunning panorama of Kailash (6638m) and Gurla Mandhata (7694m) accompany us.

Day 08:  Drive from Darchen to Diraphuk

Leaving behind Darchen, drive to Yama Dwar, also known as the valley of God. It is believed that those who cannot circumambulate Kailash can circumambulate Yama Dwar and receive the same blessing from Lord Shiva and Parvati. From Yama Dwar, we walk on flat trails and a slight uphill to arrive in Diraphuk which allows you to have the most spectacular vista of Mt Kailash (6638m).

Day 09:  Trek to Zuthulphuk (4790m): 22km, 8-10 hours

We start the day early in the morning, before sunrise, to reach the highest altitude of our trip—Dolma La Pass (5600m). It is a bit challenging climb on a steep hill to reach Dolma La Pass where Buddhists offer prayers and homage. We then cross the holy lake-Gauri Kunda as we proceed to descend to Zuthulpuk passing through moraines. We, shortly, stop at a teashop and then continue walking on a flat trail until Zuthulpuk.

Day 10:  Trek to Horchu and drive to Dongba

We spend the morning exploring Milarepa’s cave where you can meditate for some time, if you will. We also explore the temples in Zuthulpuk. Then, a short and easy trek on a flat trail will bring us to Horchu, situated on the east shore of Lake Mansarovar. After lunch, drive to Dongba via Mansarovar. Relish the final view of the mountain and the lake. O/N Guest House.

Day 11:  Drive to Kerung

Retrace our journey to Kerung driving past the high passes, vast hills and many waterfalls. Stay overnight at a hotel in the border side.

Day 12:  Drive to Kathmandu

We drive to the Nepal-Tibet border and cross the Friendship Bridge. Upon entering Nepal, we clear our customs, and thereafter retrace our journey back to Kathmandu enjoying the scenic landscape throughout.

Day 13:  Departure

Your trip ends today as you leave for your home country. Our team representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your scheduled flight.

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What's Included

  • Private Arrival & Departure transfers on both international and domestic flights,
  • Hotel accommodation in a double/ Twin-sharing Basis with breakfast. (Check single supplementary cost)
  • Guided tour of the city with Private tours to the cultural, historical and heritage sites as per mentioned on the itinerary.
  • Assistance for the trekking gears and the shopping for the trekking equipment if required.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in trekking
  • Tea and coffee during the trip.
  • Accommodation in teahouse / lodge during trekking.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek.
  • All domestic flights and departure tax if mentioned on the itinerary.( Kathmandu- Nepaljung-Juphal-Nepaljung-Kathmandu)
  • Nepal Social – sleeping bag, duffel bag for the use during the trip, garbage plastic bag.
  • Professional local guide with extensive experience trained in Wilderness First Aid and accredited by the Nepalese government.
  • First Aid Kit Comprehensive.
  • Necessary Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  • Adequate insurance for all staff including porters.
  • Trekking map for each trekker.
  • Trek permit and government tax.
  • Nepal Social T-Shirt or souvenir gift.

What's Not Included

  • Meals on the cities except Farewell Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$45 for one month which you will get it in to Kathmandu airport on upon arrival,
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Items of a personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water, hot shower, battery charge, Telephone, etc..
  • Tips for trekking/ tour guide & porters (expected, not mandatory)
  • International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges.Valid Travel Insurance with Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc.

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