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Pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash, Manasarovar and Guge Kingdom

The Kailash Manasarovar tour will lead you to one of the most revered holy sites in the entire world. The Hindus, Buddhists and Bon faith followers believe that a walk around this site erases all the sins from your life. Simikot is in the far west of Nepal, and it is as remote as you can get! Your trek will take you through a unique blend of Tibetan Buddhist and Nepali Gurung cultures. The vertiginous Himalayan trails climb up to a dramatic plateau of over 4000m. Still a traditional pilgrimage route to the holy Mt. Kailash, this trek will reward you with dramatic views and a sense of intimacy with Nepal like no other trek. Highlights: The uncontrived nature of both, the region and people will leave you with a lifetime of memories – truly a wondrous trek experience!
Mt. Kailash, 6,740 m. is situated to the north of the holy Himalayan mountain barrier. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with four great faces. It is the spiritual center to four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion, and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion – Bonpo. To Tibetans it is known as Khang Renpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the navel of the world.

Contact Information

107, Beijing East Road Cheng Guan District Lhasa,Tibet China

Zip code 850000

+86 139 890 15156 

+86 139 890 15156 

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Duration: 11 Days

Tour Type: Join-in small group with fixed departure.

Difficulty Level: High-fitness level

Group Size: Max 4 -12

Total Fair: $1980 Per Person

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ITINERARY IN SHORT

Day 1Your tour guide will pick you up at Kodari, a town at Tibet-Nepal border, and will drive you to Nyalam

Day 2Nyalam to Saga.

Day 3: Saga to Lake Manasarovar.

Day 4: Lake Manasarovar to Thirthphuri. Overnight in Tsada.

Day 5Tsada to Guge Kingdo. Overnight in Darchen.

Day 6Trekking from Darchen to Dirakphuk, 20km, approximately five hours.

Day 7Trekking from Dirakphuk to Zuktulphuk, 18km, around six hours.

Day 8Trekking from Zultulpuk to Darchen, 12km, about four hours. Drive to Lake Manasarovar.

Day 9Manasarovar to Saga

Day 10: Saga to Zhamu, border between Tibet and Nepal.

Day 11: End of tour. Your tour guide will send you off at the Nepal border.

ITINERARY IN DETAIL

IMPORTANT NOTICE WHEN YOU VISIT THE POTALA PALACE

Day 1:Our Nepalese tour guide will drop you to the Kyirong border,the Kyirong border was opening 2017 betweenTibet-Nepal ,and our local guide pick you up from Tibet side then will drive you to Kyirong twon

. Kyirong the first Tibetan town at the border, from there you will see the river which acts as a border line between the Tibet and Nepal. Your tour guide will collect your passports to be able to arrange the paperwork necessary to collect the ATP permit to Mt. Kailash. 
As we climb to a higher altitude, the forest will get thinner, the air will get dryer and the snow will get thicker on the capped Himalayan mountain range. Nyalam will be the perfect spot to spend the night and help you acclimatize to the new altitude and get ready to your adventure in the Tibetan plateau.
Overnight stay at Nyalam.

Day 2Today, we’ll drive from Kyirong town to Saga Town, 280km. Along the way we’ll pass by Kongtang La pass (5200m) and the stunning Pekutso lake at the foot of Mt. Shishapama (8012m) to the far-west of the Tibetan plateau. The lifestyle in this region remains close to what it has been for centuries, driving over moon like landscapes and vistas as vast as sparsely inhabited, enliven by lone groups of nomads’ families dwelling in the low, black tents are tending flocks of sheep and herds of ubiquitous yaks. You’ll also get to see other wild animals like wild asses, Tibetan gazelles, wild yaks and so on.
Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Saga

Day 3:We’ll continue our journey from Saga to Lake Manasarovar, 530km., enjoying a beautiful mountain scenery and sandy hills by the Brahmaputra river.
Overnight in a guesthouse at Manasarovar lake

Day 4:  Today, we will drive 65 km. from Manasarovar lake to Thirthphuri. Afterwards, we’ll drive 205 km. to Tsada.
On fourth day we drive to Guge Kingdom via Thirthphuri. The Guge Kingdom was founded in the tenth century by a descendant of the King Lang Darma, who fled from Lhasa after the collapse of the Tubo Kingdom. The Guge Kingdom survived about 700 years and disappeared mysteriously in the 17th century. The Guge ruins lie at a hill top near a river and cover 180,000 square meters. Houses, cave dwellings, monasteries and stupas are distributed on the hill and surrounding areas. There are palaces set on the summit and monasteries on the mountain side. The kingdom was enclosed by walls and had many tunnels. Some of the structures remain in good condition currently. The Guge Kingdom is famous for its murals. Sculptures and stone inscriptions can also be found on the surviving structures. The White palace, Red palace, Yamantaka Chapel, Tara Chapel, and Mandala Chapel all still exist in good condition.
The Thirthaphuri is Located northwest of Mount Kailash in Western Tibet, the Tirthapuri Hot Springs are closely associated with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Pilgrims bathe in pools fed by the springs, visit the monastery containing the guru’s footprint and dig for healing stones along a one-hour pilgrimage route. The Tirthapuri Hot Springs are located about 80km northwest of Mount Kailash, 65km west of Darchen, and 9km south of Moincer (Mensi). Tirthapuri is accessible by road but there is no public transportation. Simple accommodations are available in the monastery guesthouse at Tirthapuri and it is possible to camp further down the river.
Overnight stay in Tsada.

Day 5:We continue to drive from Tsada to Darchen 250km. In the afternoon we’ll be getting ready for our trekking.
Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Darchen.

Day 6:On the sixth day, we’ll trek from Darchen to Dirakphuk, 20km, approximately five hours. Along the say, we will visit Tarboche. The festival of Saga Dawa takes place annually in Tarboche, a Tibetan tradition celebrating the Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment, and Death. This Kailash circuit has 53 km and can be done in three days. We head west in clockwise direction and after a few kilometers the trail climbs up to a cairn at 4730 m from where the southern face of Mt. Kailash comes to view.
Overnight stay at a local tent camp or in a guesthouse in Dirakphuk.

Day 7:Today we’ll trek Dirakphuk to Zuthulpuck, 18km, about six hours. On the way, we’ll cross Drolma la Pass (5630m), and Gauri Kund Lake (5608m), where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy water of the lake.
Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Zultulphuk.

Day 8:The trekking will continue from Zultulpuk to Darchen  12km, about two to three hours. It will be an easier trek walking down to where the river emerges on to the Barga plain. We’ll have completed our three days circuit trekking of Mt. Kailash. At the end of the day, we will drive back to Manasarovar Lake where you may take some water from the sacred Lake.
Overnight stay in a guesthouse at Manasarovar Lake.

Day 9We’ll continue our adventure from Manasarovar Lake to Saga, enjoying a beautiful mountain scenery and sandy hills scenery.
Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Saga.

Day 10We’ll drive 310km from Saga to Zhamu. While driving, you will contemplate beautiful views of Mt. Shishabangma, the 14th highest mountain in the world at (8,027m), but restricted by the government to visits by foreign travelers. On our way to Zhamu, we’ll visit the beautiful Pikutso lake.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Zhamu

 

Day 11End of the tour. Your tour guide will prepare the border formalities and drive you back to Kathmandu.

To protect the Potala Palace, a limited number of tourists can go inside. The palace is made of clay and wood, and has become very fragile over the years, thus it is very easy to damage it if too many tourists enter at the same time. Visiting time inside the Palace is restricted to no more than two hours. Due to crowding conditions, tickets are very limited, especially during the summer high season. Sightseeing may also be changed from morning to afternoon, or switched from one day to another according to the situation or the space available.

Please be flexible to this possibility.

SERVICES INCLUDED AND EXCLUDED IN THE GROUP TOUR

 1Please bring your passport

 2Tickets should be booked one day in advance

 3: The visit cannot be scheduled ahead of time, the ticketing officer will let your tour guide know when there is availability

 4:You should be at the first security checkpoint one hour ahead of the scheduled time of visit, if you are late then you will not be allowed to re-book a ticket for one week

 

The following 16  services are included:

 1Payment for Tibet travel permit and all other necessaries permits     to Tibet

 2All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary

 3: Meals as specified in the itinerary.

 4Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable tourist vehicle to accommodate Group Size.

 5Professional English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide

 6Comfortable hotel accommodations

 7: About your hotel accommodation: you will need to share a room with another member but if you prefer to be by yourself, you will need to pay a single room supplement.

 8Breakfast in hotels

 9Arrangements including planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

 10Welcome Group dinner at a local restaurant in Lhasa.

 11: Transportation between Lhasa Gongkar airport or train station and your hotel.

 12Welcome dinner is only possible in Group tours after your arrival in Tibet.

 13:Tibet Handy Map.

 14Drinking water at the tour bus during travel.

 15: Shared oxygen tank inside the tour bus.

 16: Trekking staffs, mat, sleeping tent, kitchen tent, yak, yak herder and all meals during the trekking

The following 6 points are excluded:

 1International flight in and out of China

 2Domestic flight/train in and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the  domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price, please contact our travel experts for further details)

 3: Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself. Usually it costs about $3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).

 4Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please avoid alcoholic beverages during your Tibetan trip), optional tour activities, etc

 5Tip to tour guide and driver

 6Travel insurance covers trips cancellation cost in emergency evacuations, due to bad weather condition, avalanche, or natural disasters

 

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