Mount Kailash lies in the south-western part of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. At 6,714 m (22,027 ft), Mount Kailas is the highest peak in the Kailas Range of the Himalayas. Mount Kailas is separated from the Great Himalayas chain by a trough that is drained in the northwest by the Sutlej River and in the southeast by the Yarlung Zangbo River (the extreme upper Brahmaputra River). Mapam Lake, lying just south of Mount Kailash at 4,557 m (14,950 ft), is one of the world's highest lakes.
DETAILED TOUR PROGRAMME:
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU
On Arrival in Kathmandu, meet with our representative with garland welcome. Later transfer to Hotel and relax. Evening free to visit local market. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
DAY 2: CHINESE VISA PREPARATION DAY
Free day on which we will arrange a Chinese visa and in the evening briefing about the trip will be given by our representative. If you want you can do a half day sightseeing of some places as per your interest.Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 3: DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO NYALAM (3750M)
Journey begins at 5:30 am after having Breakfast in hotel of packed breakfast provided on the way. The road follows the river valleys of the Sunkosi and Bhotakosi rivers, passing through green mountains and cliffs. By the afternoon we get to the Tibetan boarder. Depending on the road conditions, we may stay in Zhangmu. If road conditions permit, we will continue 30km to Nyalam.
DAY 4: REST DAY FOR ACCLIMATIZATION
A leisure day gives us a chance to relax and acclimatize at the high altitude.
DAY 5: DRIVE TO SAGA (4200M)
The road climbs up to the, La Lung (5124m) then drops down before heading western part of Tibet. Road to east goes to Lhasa , capital city of Tibet . The driving is difficult, but the stunning views of the Himalayas and particularly Shisha Pangma (8012m) more than make up for the rough travel. By late afternoon we will cross the Bhramaputra River and will be reached to Saga for shelter.
DAY 6: DRIVE TO PARYANG (4500M)
Our jeep passes through the gigantic valleys following the various rivers through the eye-catching view of grazing lands of yaks and sheep and Himalayan goat (Chyangra). The landscape is highlighted by snow capped peaks rising out of the distant sand dunes.
DAY 7: DRIVE TO LAKE MANSAROVAR (4560M)
We start the yatra after having breakfast. By late afternoon the drive through the green pastures and huge valleys gives way to the first view of Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar . We will drive to Thogu holiest bathing gate of Manas. It is believed that The holiest Lake mansarovar is the source of four great holy rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and Indus River. It is said that Lord Vishnu floated in it for an eternity, dreaming, until the life force stirred, and out of the water's infinite potential sprang forth all of creation.
DAY 8: DRIVE TO TARCHEN (4600M)
This day offers a wonderful opportunity to see the great lake Manasarover with mt . Gurula Mandhata (7728m) on south and Holy Kailash on the north. After bath and Puja drive to Tarchen( The base camp of Mt.Kailash ) via Chiu monastery and hot spring. Those who want to visit Astapad , they can consult with our Nepali team leader at extra expenses.
DAY 9: DRIVE TO TARBOCHE (5 KM) TREK TO DIRAPUK (4900M)
Parikrama around Kailash begins at Tarboche . Our way of trekking passes numerous chortens as well as the sky burial site of the 84 Mahasiddas . We will also have wonderful views of cascading creeks, streaming water falls and the mighty west face of Kailash. We will pass the Chukku Gompa and in about 6 hrswe will reach to Dirapuk Gompa where we will set up camp or stay at the guest house on the basis of availability.
DAY 10: TREK TO ZUTULPUK GOMPA (4790M)
Today is the hardest but holiest day of the pilgrimage. We will cross through a rocky expanse dotted with stone cairns draped with the clothes offered by pilgrims as a spiritual sign of death. Gaurikunda is one of the holiest sites to view/ visit from the top. Further hiking brings us to the accent up to Dolma -La pass (5630m). After a nice break at the top of the pass we will head down the steep trail to our eventual campsite at Zutul-Puk Monastery (the cave of miracles where Milarepa meditated) .
DAY 11: TREK TO TANGSAR AND DRIVE TO MANSAROVAR.
Trek to Tangsar Tangmar and drive to Mansarovar a 3 hrs walk brings us to where the river emerges onto the Borkha plain. Our jeeps will be waiting to transport us to our camp at Lake Mansarovar.
DAY 12: DRIVE TO OLD DONGBA.
After breakfast drive to Old Dongba. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 13: DRIVE TO NYALAM.
After breakfast drive to Nyalam. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 14: DRIVE TO KATHMANDU.
This evening, you will be awarded by the certificate of Successful completion of the Yatra at the banquet of the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 15: FINAL DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU AIRPORT
After breakfast enjoy a short walk around your Hotel and pack your lagguage for your transfer to Kathmandu Airport for onward journey to your Home!Our Holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra concludes here with God blessing!