This is a mesmerizing tour including two most worth seeing places of Tibet. It starts by airways from Kathmandu to Lhasa, capital city of Tibet. Visit the most alluring and fascinating places in Tibet as Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka Summer Palace. After Lhasa drive to Mount Kailash across widely spread open spaces of Tibetan Plateaus following the great Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley and Mansarovar Lake. Explore of Mansarovar Lake and take a holy dip in it. Then follow the three day circum trek of Mount Kailash. After completing kora (parikarma) take a drive towards Zhangmu, borderland of Nepal and Tibet. From Zhangmu drive back to Kathmandu and ends the trip.
Trip Code: EKT/KM/3
Duration: 15 days
Start Trip: Kathmandu
End Trip: Kathmandu
Best time of Travelling: End of April, May, June, July, August & September
Mode of Trip: Land Cruiser
|Date||Details||Altitude / Distance||Meals
|Day 01||Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport our representative will meet you & assist to transfer the Hotel. Evening there will be briefing about the trip at hotel.
|Alt: 1350 m||D||Hotel|
|Day 02||Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
In the morning, you will visit Pashupatinath temple and Budhanilkantha, the sleeping Bishnu. Today your night halt will be either at Kathmandu or Nagarkot, hill station 35 km east of Kathmandu city.
Optional tour: Everest Mountain flight can be done early in the morning.
|4 hours sightseeing tour in Kathmandu||B,L,D||Hotel|
|Day 03||Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa
Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport to board flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival in Gonggar Airport get transferred to Lhasa city and acclimatize.
Alt: 3658 m
Flight Time: 1 hr 25 min
|Day 04||Lhasa sightseeing
After breakfast leave for sightseeing tour of Potala Palace, Norbulinka, Drepung & Sera monasteries, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar.
|Alt: 3658 m||B,L,D||Hotel|
|Day 05||Drive Lhasa to Shigatse
Morning start drive to Shigatse. Upon arrival in Shigatse check in hotel. Shigatse is second biggest city of Tibet. Walk around the city by walking.
|Alt: 3,840 m
Distance: 300 km
Driving hr: 4 hrs
|Day 06||Drive Shigatse to Lhatse
Morning start drive to Lhatse with sightseeing of Tashilunpo Monastery when you stop over at Shigatse City. Tashilumpo Monastery was Built in 1447 and is the seat of Panchen Lamas.
|Alt: 4050 m
Distance: 240 km
Driving hr: 3.5 hrs
|Day 07||Drive Lhatse to Dongba
Today you drive an extensive distance to reach Dongba. On the way you cross Saga, small Tibetan City and drive through barren territory passing some villages and camps of Yak herders.
|Alt: 4400 m
Dist: 410 km
Driving hr: 7 to 8 hrs
|Day 08||Drive Dongba to Mansarovar
Today you travel to Mansarovar via Prayang and Mayum La Pass (5200 m) and arrive at Hor Quo (4560 m). Lunch on the way. From Hor Quo you go for parikarma of Mansarovar Lake by drive and arrive at Chu Gompa for night halt. Today is the day of lifetime as you will have the first sight of Holy Mt. Kailash and Holy Lake Mansarovar.
|Alt: 4540 m
Dist: 350 km
Driving hr: 6 hrs
|Day 09||Drive Lake Mansarovar to Darchen, Base Camp of Kailash
In the morning do Pooja and take holy bath at Mansarovar. After lunch, drive to Darchen, the base camp of Mt. Kailash. The drive takes about 1 & half hours.
At Darchen yatris who wants Mt. Kailash Parikarma with horses and porters will have to confirm our guide so that he can arrange all before starting the parikarma.
|Alt: 4620 m
Dist: 35 km
Driving hr: 1 hr
|Day 10||1st Day of Parikrama to Diraphuk
Morning drive near to Yama Dwar. Here you will meet our yaks and yak men. We will load all logistics on yaks and start Parikrama. Visit Yama Dwar on the way. The First day of Kora is a gradual walking of 5 hours. From the way you have Darshan of West face of Kailash. Today your night halt at Dirapuk. From Dirapuk view of North face of Kailash in a distance.
Yatris who are not going Mt Kailash Parikarma will stay at Darchen till those people going Parikarma return back.
|Alt: 4860 m
Dist: 4 km (Drive)
Dist: 16 km (Walking)
Driving hr: 30 min
Walking hr: 5 hr
|Day 11||2nd Day of Parikrama to Zuthulphuk
Early morning trek uphill Dolmala Pass. It takes about 4 to 5 hours. After reaching top of the pass 5850 m then trek down to the valley floor. It takes another 4 to 5 hours. After cross Dolmala when you move down you see Gauri Kunda. This day is longest and toughest day of Parikarma. So be prepared in mind accordingly. Like yesterday today also your overnight will be in tented camp at Zuthulphuk.
|Alt: 5850 m
Dist: 22 km
Walking hr: 10 hr
|Day 12||3rd Day of Parikrama. Drive to Dongba
Today is last of Parikarma. After breakfast you trek down of 10 km with the winding gradual track. Once you reach the place called Chongdo, our transport will pick up you and drive back to Dongba. Today you night halt will be at Dongba.
|Alt: 4400 m
Dist: 10 km (Walking)
Dist: 280 km (Driving)
Walking hr: 3 hr
Driving hr: 6 hr
|Day 13||Drive Dongba to Nyalam
Morning after breakfast you set off your journey back to Nyalam with sweet memory of Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Lake.
Dist: 350 km
Driving hr: 7 hr
|Day 14||Drive Nyalam to Kathmandu
From Nyalam you drive back to the friendship bridge at Kodari. After completing Chinese immigration formalities you drive to Kathmandu.
Dist: 160 km.
Driving hr: 6hrs
|Day 15||Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu Airport to connect flight for onward journey.
GROUP JOINING DATES OF KATHMANDU ARRIVAL FOR 2018
|Month||Normal Arrival Dates||Arrival Dates for Reaching Mansarovar on Full Moon Day|
|May||01 ( Tue ), 08 ( Tue ), 15 ( Tue ),22 ( Tue )||23(Thu)|
|June||05 ( Tue ), 12 ( Tue ), 19 ( Tue ),26 ( Tue )||22(Fri)|
|July||03 ( Tue ), 10 ( Tue ), 17 ( Tue ),24 ( Tue )||21(Sat)|
|August||07 ( Tue ), 14 ( Tue ), 28 ( Tue )||20 (Mon)|
Note: The above is provisional dates of Kailash Mansarovar Group Joining Tour.
Explore Kailash Treks Pvt. Ltd. will do it best to make the tour with safe and smooth. As all the tour programs are conducted strictly under the rules and regulations of Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB), Explore Kailash Treks will not be accountable for any changes due to change of official rules and laws of Tibet. Moreover Explore Kailash Treks will also not be liable for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, cancellation of flight, sickness and accidents. Any extra cost arising due to the above circumstances shall be borne by the clients on the spot.
If you wish to extend your trip to any pilgrimage site such as Muktinath, Janakpur Dham, Damodar Kund, Kagvusundi Lake etc. or you want to go for any short trips such as Pokhara, Chitwan, Dhulikhel, Nagarkot etc. please ask us.