Traveling by overland from Kathmandu in Nepal to Mt. Kailash, which lies in the Southwestern part of Tibet, is an incredible 13-day journey, an epic pilgrimage that is expeditionary in nature. This is for those who want to experience the majestic beauty of Kailash but is limited by time. The trip begins by drive from Kathmandu to the Tibetan border at Zhangmu. After our stay in Zhangmu, we drive to the Lake Manasarovar across widely spread open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau known as ‘ roof of the world’. It is undoubtedly the toughest and most rewarding of all such journeys known to man. En route you can see the world’s highest mountains, travel on the world’s highest plains, meet nomadic Tibetan pilgrims and walk amidst burning butter lamps and chanting monks of Tibet ‘s ancient and legendary Buddhist monasteries. Rivers and streams are crossed and re-crossed, treacherous passes are climbed and conquered. The numbing cold at night, the fierce sun during the day, the bitter winds, the looming solitude and the everlasting dust are constant companions.
Then we make our most attractive Kora trip to Mt. Kailash and follow the track across huge dry plains for Nepalese border lies to the south. Finally, we take the trip back to Kathmandu .
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, meet by our officer and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Visit Pashupatinath darshan. Program briefing at the evening, dinner, overnight stay in Katmandu (Hotel).
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi (1600m / 145 km / 6.5 hrs) or Timure (1800m / 157 km / 7 hrs). Overnight at normal Lodge.
Day 04: Drive to Rasuwagadhi (1950m / 15 km / 45 min from Syabrubesi), then complete immigration & custom formalities in Nepal & Tibet side at Rasuwagadhi, then continue further drive to Kerung town (2900m) – 1hrs / 35 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 05: Drive to Saga (4400m / 150 km / 4 hrs). Overnight at Hotel
Day 06: Short walking to Bramaputra river and Rest day in Saga for acclimatization. Overnight at Hotel
Day 07: Drive, Saga to Lake Manasarovar (4600m) – 9 hrs / 510 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 08: Puja / holy dip in Lake Manasarovar & drive to Darchen (4700m) by afternoon after lunch – 1hr/ 40 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 09: Drive to Yama Dwar (9 km / 30 min), start Parikarma on foot to Diraphuk (4950m) – 5 hrs / 12 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 10: Parikarma continues, Diraphuk to Zuthulphuk (4950m) crossing Dolma La Pass (5600m) enroute – 8-10 hrs / 22 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 11: Our Parikarma continues upto near Darchen (2 hrs / 08 km) and then drive to Darchen for lunch and meet all group members then continue drive to Saga (4400m /9 hrs / 560 km. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 12: Drive to Kerung County – 150 km / 4 hrs. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu via Rasuwagadhi border completing immigration formalities – 8-10 hrs / 195 km. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 14: After breakfast, departure to the airport for your flight to home or further program accordingly.
Options for early departure or you use your extra day for Himalayan mountain flight, Manakamana road trip, or Muktinath tour.
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Tour Cancellation policy
All notice of cancellation must be sent to our office in written. Verbal cancellations will not be entertained.
IMPORTANT PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION:
Casual wears and comfortable walking shoes are the rule of Tibet. Be sure to bring warm clothing as nights and early mornings can be quite chilly to down right cold. Indian Pilgrims strictly no Sari. Bring all the film, medicine, cosmetics, personal toilet items etc. that you will need from home as these are difficult if not impossible to obtain on the way. A small first aid kit is also a good idea. Also quite useful is a route map, to know where you are going and have been each day.
What to take:
Winter wear: Gore-Tex material, though expensive, is highly recommended. Down jacket, raincoat or windbreakers, thermal under wears, Jackets, warm trousers & woolen shirts (cotton will also do), warm sweaters, woolen gloves, sun hat, comfortable shoes, light leather boots in case of snow, woolen balaclava (‘monkey cap’) & scarf/dust mask to protect your eyes & nose from dust.
Bring with you:
Snacks along the way. Chocolates, dry fruit, toffees, glucose; ‘namkeen’ etc. Strong water bottle & water purifying tablets. Personal medical kit and Diamox tablet (for high altitude). Sun glasses (to protect your eyes from UV, which is especially strong in high altitudes). Sun block or sun screen lotion, wet tissues (Fresh-ones are excellent to wipe off the dust), clothes-line/clips, needle & thread, deo-spray (handy for smelly boots/feet and for a round of spray in the toilet tent!), toilet paper, torch & spare batteries, daypack (small shoulder bag), Camera & films, Binocular.
This is one of the toughest high altitude road journeys on earth. You Must be physically fit – no two ways about that. Generally patients with asthma & heart problems have a problem acclimatizing to high altitudes. In your interests it is essential you should be examined by your doctor to know about your health condition and your ability to cope up with the rigors of high altitude travel for days in ‘no road’ conditions, extreme cold, dust, trekking to an altitude of 19500ft during the Parikrama, etc.
As you are traveling over high terrain, you are likely to experience symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headache, loss of appetite, nausea, exhaustion, sleeplessness, breathlessness etc.) until your body adjusts to the elevation. This can take a couple of days or more depending on an individual. For this reason alone, we have made it mandatory to stay 2 nights at Nyelam (12000ft) and a night in Simikot those who take journey of Helicopter before moving on to the higher altitudes. Drink plenty of water, be calm, and do not exercise. Do not drink alcohol or smoke prior to and during the tour. We also recommend you carry a strip of diamox tablets. Do consult your physician on the dosage. We provide Gamow bag (a special equipment to prevent sickness from high altitude) on this tour.
The unit of Chinese currency is Yuan. USD 1 = 7.9 Yuan. 1 Yuan = INR 5-6 approx; Money can exchange at Bank of China at Zhangmu or from the locals at Zhangmu or Kodari. Exchange all your remaining Yuan at the end of the trip at Zhangmu itself before re-entering Nepal .
Risks & Liability:
Tirupati Holidays Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd and our associates will put every effort to make your journey smooth and pleasant. However, all the tours in Tibet are conduct strictly under the rules & regulation of Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). Therefore, We and its Our counterpart shall not be responsible for any change and alteration in the program due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, and cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents. Any extra cost incurred thereof shall be borne by the clients on the spot
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