Mt. Kailash Private Tour - 15 Days
The distance to Mt. Kailash from Lhasa is approximately 2000 km. We need to bring our own food and camping equipment. Basic lodges and teahouses can be found but the plateau is so remote that it is impossible to travel for several days without finding food available. In private tour to Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, we made necessary arrangement as per your requirement and make sure that you will have pleasant and comfortable journey to these holy land. The landscape around the mountain is rugged and dry but crossed by crystalline blue streams and other bodies of water. Near the sacred mountain is the source of the Indus, Sutlej and Bramaputra rivers and on its south side are two freshwater lakes, the easternmost of which is the highly sacred Lake Manasarovar (Mapam). With an altitude of 14,950 feet, Mansarovar is the highest body of fresh water in the world. The other lake, Rakshastal, also has legendary significance.
Mount Kailash rises to 22,028 feet (6,714 m) in one of the highest and most rugged parts of the Himalayas. Made of black rock, the symmetrical peak has a distinctive diamond-like shape with four steep facades. The south face has a vertical gash across its horizontal layers, creating the appearance of a swastika - an ancient symbol of good luck in this part of the world. The Mount Everest is a striking peak in the Himalayan Mountains of western Tibet. The source of some of the longest rivers in Asia. Kailash is a sacred mountain for four faiths: Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and followers of the indigenous Tibetan religion like Bön. Next to the mountain are two sacred lakes, the most important of which is Lake Manasarovar.
Day 1: Arrival in Nepal
Day 2: Explore the sightseeing in Nepal
Day 3: Kathmandu- China (Tibet)
Day 4: Nyalam (acclimitization)
Day 5: Nyalam- Saga (stay in local guest house)
Day 6: Saga- Paryang (stay in local guest house)
Day 7: Paryang- Lake Manasarovar
Day 8: Manasarovar Lake
Day 9: Darchen- Tarpoche
Day 10: Dirapuk- Zulthulpuk
Day 11: Zuthulpuk- Darchen
Day 12: Darchen- Paryang
Day 13: Paryang- Saga
Day 14: Saga- Nyalam of Zhangmu as you prefer
Day 15: Departure
Trip Itinerary Day to Day
Day1: Arrive to Kathmandu
You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, where our Nepalese representative will meet you and escort you to hotel. Rest of the day you are free and overnight at hotel.
Day2: Kathmandu Explore visit Boudhanath and Swyambhunath stupas
Today, as a half day sightseeing, you can visit famous Pashupatinath and Budhaneelkanth temple or Swyambhunath and Bouddhanath Stupa, the choice is yours. Return to hotel for lunch. After lunch you will have free time for final preparation for Kailash Yatra i.e. checking and demonstration of equipments which will be used during the Yatra. If you need to buy few things or hire something our staff will assist you. Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It is the center of Tibetan culture in kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. The stupa is located in the town of Boudha, on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu.
History: Boudhanath was probably built in the 14th century after the Mughal invasions, various interesting legends are told regarding the reasons for its construction. After the arrival of thousands of Tibetans following the 1959, the temple has become one of the most important centers of Tibetan Buddhism. Today it remains an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and local Nepalese, as well as a popular tourist from different part of the world.
Day3: Kathmandu- China (Tibet)
Nyalam Early morning breakfast and afterwards your journey to holy Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake will begin driving through Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel and reach Friendship Bridge (i.e. Nepal-China border) by mini coach. Here you will have short walk of about 10 minutes to cross Friendship Bridge and meet your Tibetan guide and land-cruiser drivers. You will receive brief information and then drive to Zhangmu and complete immigration and custom formalities. Continue drive to Nyalam and direct transfer to your guest house. Rest of the day you are free and overnight stay.
Day4: Nyalam Acclimatization
Today is free day for acclimatization. We will be going for short trek within the town which is a preparation for Kailash Parikrama and helps to acclimatize fast. Stay in guest house.
Day5: Nyalam – Saga
Early morning breakfast and afterwards drive to Saga. We use Toyota Land cruiser for Mt. Kailash Yatra and overland tour in Tibet. First long drive over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet. Other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keeping you busy. Today you will be passing through the first highest pass Labug-La 5050m. We can see Gaurishankar, Shishapangma to Langtang Himal. Continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peigutso Lake (4400m). We will cross Brahmaputra River (Yarling Tsangpo) to reach Saga (4600m). Stay in at guest house.
Day6: Saga – Paryang
After breakfast you will drive to Paryang passing through many villages and camps of yak herders. Far south you can see snow capped mountain peaks. Since most of the time the drive will be on plains, it can be considered as a comfortable drive. Early evening you will arrive to Paryang and enjoy hot tea. Stay in at guest house.
Day7: Paryang-Manasarovar Lake
Early breakfast and get ready for longest driving day. Late afternoon you can have first view of Holy Kailash Parbat and Mansarovar. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rakshash are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. You will spend the night at Chu Gumba.
Day8: Lake Manasarovar
Lake Manasarovar is the highest freshwater lake in the world, located at the foot of Mount Kailash in Tibet. It is the holiest lake in Asia and an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists alike.
Myth and Mystery: According to Hindu tradition, Manasarovar was created by Brahma, god of creation, to provide an appropriate place for religious rituals. It is said that he had 12 sons, who were holy men and performed rituals and austerities on the dry land at the site. To give them a more suitable place to earn merit, Brahma created the beautiful Lake Manasarovar. The lake's Indian name derives from this legend: Brahma had a mind (manas) to create a lake (sarowar). For Hindus, a circumambulation of Mount Kailash and a dip in the cold waters of Lake Manasarovar removes the sins of all lifetimes, bringing salvation from reincarnation. Buddhists associate Manasarovar with Anotatta Lake, where the Buddha was mystically conceived. According to Buddhist legend, the Buddha's mother was transported here by the gods, where she bathed in the sacred waters of Manasarovar until her body was purified. She then saw a white elephant running to her from Mount Kailash, as the Buddha entered her womb.
What more to see at the Lake Manasarovar: Located at the southern base of Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is famed for its exceptional beauty. Its color changes from a clear blue around the shores to a deep emerald green in the center; it looks positively magical in the moonlight. The lake is 55 miles (88 km) in circumference, 330 feet (90m) deep, and 120 sq mi (320 sq km) in total area. The journey around the lake is 64 miles long and usually takes four days. Many travelers opt to pitch a tent by the lake for a couple days instead, recuperating from the strenuous journey around Mount Kailash. Holy Mansarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning bath and puja we will be heading for Holy Mansarovar Parikrama and continue drive towards Tarchen (Darchen). Darchen is considered as a base camp for Holy Kailash Parikrama.
Day9: Darchen – Tarboche
After breakfast drive to Tarboche, starting point of Kailash Parikrama, by land-cruiser. Tarboche is also known as outer “Asthapath”. It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is everywhere with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be kept on appearing. For 7 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs.
Myth and Mystery: According to Hindu mythology, Shiva, the god of destruction and regeneration, resides at the summit of a legendary mountain named Kailas. Mount Kailash is regarded in many sects of Hinduism as Paradise, the ultimate destination of souls and the spiritual center of the world. Tibetan Buddhists believe that Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok (also known as Demchog or Chakrasamvara), who represents supreme bliss. They also say it was on this sacred mountain that Buddhism displaced Bön as the primary religion of Tibet
Day10: Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk
Today you will be climbing to Drolma-la (Dolma-La 18600 ft) and then descending gradually to Zuthulpuk (4760m). Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Today is the most difficult day of the trek. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget you. Once your steps go down, Parvatistal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By late afternoon you will arrive to Zuthulpuk (the cave of Miracles, the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have preformed miracles here).
Day11: Zuthulpuk – Darchen
In the morning you will have free time to explore the caves, temples and shrine around Milarepa cave. After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting your arrival. By late afternoon you will be at your lodge/camp near Manasarovar Lake.
Day12: Drive Darchen –Paryang
Early in the morning today we again join for overland day journey, along the way you will have again some of the best panoramic views. Up on arrival at Paryang, transfer to hotel, and be refreshing and overnight.
Day13: Drive Paryang - Saga
Today is another driving day for 230 km as we head towards Saga. Take in the sights of the small dusty towns along the way and up on arrival transfer to hotel, be refresh and overnight.
Day14: Drive Saga-Nyalam or Zhangmu
Early in the morning again loin for the day journey of 245 Km, today you will drive towards Nepal side Tibet boarder land town. Up on arrival there transfer to hotel, rest and overnight.
Day15: Drive Nyalam or Zhangmu- Kathmandu (245km)
Today is the last day of your adventure tour to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Our Nepal representative will meet at Friendship Bridge, help for Nepal custom formalities and drive you to Kathmandu, stay overnight in hotel. Today we end our beautiful experience of Tibet tour. We would love to send you all the best wishes for your continue happpy life journey and Tibet warmheartedly welcome you back home forever.