Mount Kailash (6,714m) is a very popular holy mountain in Tibet and is also known by the name of Tise, Kailash or Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows). Mt Meru (Kailash) is sacred to the Hindus, Buddhists, Janis, and the Bonpos taken as the centre of the physical and metaphysical universe. For the Hindus, the mountain represents the seat of Shiva. For the Buddhists, a terrestrial projection of the cosmic mandala of Dyani Buddhas and Boddhisatvas (which represents the Wheel of Life).
For the devout pilgrim, a visit to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar forms the ultimate realization of their spiritual pursuit, and for the adventure-lovers it offers rugged beauty, remoteness and solitude. If you tour to Mount Kailash during the month of May it gives you the opportunity to witness the Buddhist festival of Saga Dawa while most of the other trips are planned to arrive at Mt. Kailash during the full moon period to give all participants a rare experience.
This tour offers rigorous overland driving, trekking and camping, passing the remote and wild western Tibet, in altitudes between 2,745m to 5,600m.
Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
Note: If you happen to arrive after 4pm you would be briefed by our airport representative/guide about tomorrow’s (Day 02) sightseeing activities on the way to your hotel and then the pre trip meeting will be after the sightseeing tour next day. But if you happen to arrive earlier than 4PM your pre trip meeting will be on that very day either at our office or at your hotel. During your pre trip meeting we will introduce you to your leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. For the meeting, please make sure that you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.
"Please provide us your 2 color photos and your original passport to our guide for the process of collecting your Tibet permit as required by the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu". Overnight at Hotel. (No meals included).
Day 2 - Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. Please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later we will collect Tibet Visa and Travelling permit. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3 - Kathmandu to Kodari and cross Border then drive to Nyalam(3750m).
TEarly wake up and take pack breakfast from hotel and drive to Kodari (border of Nepal & China). On the way we will stop for breakfast and then continue to border. Our border representative will help us for Nepal immigration and custom formalities then we proceed to China by walk through Friendship Bridge. Meet our guide in China border, complete immigration formalities then proceed to Nyalam in 4WD Land Cruiser or Luxury Bus. It takes approximately an hour & half to reach Nyalam, the distance from the friendship bridge to Nyalam is near about 32 km. Overnight at a guesthouse.
- Kathmandu to Kodari - 115 km (4 hrs & half)
- Kodari - Nyalam: 32 km (one and half hour)
Day 4 - Acclimatization day at Nyalam
Today, we are free in Nyalam for acclimatization purpose. It is better, if we go for a short hiking above Nyalam village. This will help us to be acclimatized in new atmosphere. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 5 - Drive from Nyalam to New Dongba(4500m).
After breakfast, we drive to Dzongba, en route we will be passing through Lablung-La Pass (5100 m.), Milareppa cave & lake Peiku then eventually cross the bridge built over River Bramhaputra in Saga. Continue drive further to Dongba after Saga. Lunch will be served on the way. Overnight at a guesthous.
Nyalam to New Dongba: 357 km (6 hrs drive)
Day 6 - Drive from New Dongba to Lake Mansarovar (Hor Chu) 4500 m
Today is the highlighted day of this journey. We are going to reach the holy Lake "Manasarovar & Mt. Kailash" which is our ultimate goal. On the way, we will driving through the highest motorable pass of this journey (Mayum-La; 5200 m.)
Lunch will be served somewhere near Horchu River, before the Mayum-La pass. Overnight at a guesthouse. New Dongba to Lake Manasarovar: 369 km (6 hrs drive)
Day 7 - Lake Mansarovar parikrama by Jeep and then drive to Darchen
Morning after breakfast, we will drive around the Lake Manasarovar (clockwise) then continue to Darchen. After keeping our luggage in the guesthouse, we will drive to Asthapad (optional program if pre-booked) & return back to Darchen in the evening. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Manasarovar parikrama (88 km/55 miles) - 1 & half hour
Day 8 Start parikrama to Deraphuk (4920 m)
Morning after breakfast drive to Yam Dwar or Sherson (15 minutes drive). From Yam Dwar, you will start trekking to Dera Phuk (north face of Kailash). Overnight at a guesthous.
- Darchen to Yama Dwar – 10 km (30 minutes)
- Trek, Yama Dwar to Diraphuk – 18 km (5 hrs)
- (Breakfast Included)
Day 9 - Trek Shivasthal-Gaurikunda-Zutulphuk (4820 m)
This is the toughest day of Kora. The journey right from the beginning starts going uphill till to Dolma-La (5600 m.) then continue descending to the valley floor, the other side of Dolma pass. The last leg of the journey is along with the River Bank, up to Zutulphuk. The high light of the day are Shivasthal, Dolma-La and Gaurikund which are on the way. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Driraphuk to Zutulphuk (22 km - 9 hours)
Day 10 - End of Trek and then Drive to Manasarovar
Today, the trail is easy & flat, so you will complete the journey within 3 to 4 hours. We will be picked up at the ending point near Darchen by our Jeep, then transferred to Lake Manasarovar (east side). Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 11 - Return back to New Dongba
Have last look of both Kailash & lake Manasarovar, then proceed for new Dongba. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Lake Manasarovar to New Dongba: 369 km (6 hrs drive)
Day 12 - Return back to Nyalam
Return back to Nyalam via the same route.. Overnight at a guesthouse
New Dongba to Nyalam: 357 km (6 hrs drive)
- Zutulphuk to ending point (11 km, 3 hrs trek)
- Ending point to Lake Manasarovar: 35 km (1 hr drive)