Mt. Kailash ( at 6714 mtr.) is believed to have been formed 30 million years ago when Himalayas were in their early stage of formation, is one of the most revered places in the Himalayas . Mt. Kailash , also known as Tise, Kailasa & Kang Rinpoche(Jewel of the Snows), Few mountains rival Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar for its mystique. Isolation, beauty and prominence. It is considered to be the ‘Center of the Universe’ by Hindus, Buddhists, Jain and Bonpo and its flanks give birth to four great Asian rivers the Indus, Brahmaputra , Ganges and Sutlej . Tibetans believe that it is the residence of Demchog, a fierce looking tantric deity who lives there with his consort, Dorje Phagmo. For the Tibetans also, it is a particularly special place in that their poet saint Milarepa, spent several years here meditating in a cave.
Mount Kailash is famed as the Roof of the World, the Tibet Autonomous Region has fascinated by mankind. This mysterious land was forbidden not only by man but also by nature. An average elevation of 4,000 m. is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the north and the Himalayas to the south. People have been visiting Kailash – Mansarovar for centuries. Almost all the major passes of Himalayas lead to Kailash – Mansarovar.
Tibet ‘s capital Lhasa (elevation 3,700 m) is a cultural city with a history going back 1,300 years. The magnificent Potala Palace , former seat of the Dalai Lamas, presides over the city. Built in 1645 on the top of a hill, the palace contains 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 religious statues. The old city revolves around the Jokhang Temple and the quaint Barkhor market that surrounds it. The Jhokhang, built in the seventh century, is the holiest Buddhist shrine in Tibet . Its mural paintings, finely worked golden roofs and other works of art are something to see. At a little distance from the old city core, Lhasa is also a modern capital of concrete high-rises, fancy department stores and wide boulevards.
Norbulingka consists of wooded greenery and three palaces once used by the Dalai Lamas as a summer retreat.
How to Go Kailash & Lhasa
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 fly from Kathmandu to the Lhasa. After our stay in Lhasa, we drive to the drive along the turquoise lake Yamadrok, crossing over Kampala Pass (4794M) and the Brahma Putra river (Yarlung Tsangpo),Gyantse, the Tibet’s biggest Agricultural field to Xigatse, through the highest point, Gyatchu La pass, Lhatse, Saga, Paryang & 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: Katmandu (1300 Mts.) Arrival, Our reprehensive will meet at the airport and escort to the Hotel, Free at own and Evening dinner, overnight stay at Katmandu .
Day 02: Katmandu – After breakfast start to Katmandu sightseeing including Pashupatinath and Budhanilkantha Darshan, back to hotel and rest of the day is free for packing and program briefing.
Day 03: Fly To Lhasa (3650 Mts.), Meet the group at the airport by the guide and transfer to Hotel.
Day 04: Sightseeing Tour Of The Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar, Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 05: Lhasa To Shigatse (3800 Mts.), Visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and the free market. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 06: Shigatse To Saga / Dongba (4500mts. – 375kms) – After breakfast drive from Nylam to Dongba for about 08:00 hours. Overnight stay at Dongba at guesthouse.
Day 07: Saga / Dongba (4500mts. – 335kms) To Mansarovar – After breakfast drive from to Mansarovar about 07:00 hours. Overnight stay at guest house.
Day 08: Mansarovar To Darchen (4600mts. – 110kms.) – We will choose the special point to take dip in Manasarovar Lake and do Pooja of Lord Shiva. Full day free for spiritual activities. Drive around 2.30 hrs to Darchen and overnight stay there.
Day 09: Darchen To Diraphuk (4890mts. – 12kms.) – This is the first day of Kailash Parikrama. We should start our journey after breakfast as early as possible. This day we have to walk continuously for about 6 to 7 hours. Yak will carry all our goods and equipment. Overnight stay at mud House.
Day 10: Diraphuk To Zhulthulphuk (4790mts. – 22kms.) – This day is very sensitive and we have to pass Dolma-La Pass, which is 5400 mt. above sea level. The weather in unpredictable in Doma-la Pass and at any time snowstorm can fall. So we try to start our journey as early as possible. In route we can have Darshan of Gaurikund but it is very difficult to go and touch. Overnight stay in route to Zhulthulphuk at mud House.
Day 11: Zhulthulphuk To Saga– We will Trek down to Darchen later our tour starts back for Kathmandu following the same route and same system applies for all subjects of our accommodation and meal.
Day 12: Saga To Xigatse – Drive back to Xigatse, O/N stay at the hotel.
Day 13: Xigatse To Lhasa – Drive back to Lhasa, O/N stay at the hotel.
Day 14: Kathmandu – Fly from Lhasa to Kathandu, O/N stay at the hotel.
Day 15: Morning check out hotel, transfer to airport, catch flight for next Destination. Option for early departure or you uses your extra day for Himalayan mountain flight, Manakamana road trip, or Muktinath tour
Nepal Side: 3 Nights accommodation on Twin Sharing, Everyday Brekafast in Hotel, Airport to Hotel – Airport Transfer, 2 Half day sightseeing by Private vehicle.
Tibet Side: Twin Sharing accommodation in tented camps and guest houses as per itinerary on full board basis, Tibet China Visa fees, transportation by 4WD Land Cruisers, supporting truck, all trekking equipment such as two men tent, dinning tent, kitchen utensils, toilet tents, sleeping mattresses, camp chairs tables, all food stuff, gamow bags (life saving device incase of altitude sickness), all sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide, monastery entrance fees, portable oxygen cylinders in case of emergency, Yak and Yak man for porter age of luggage and equipment, travel permit to kailash AIR FARE FOR THE SECTOR LXA – KTM and all necessary transfers.
LUNCH & DINNER during Tour to Sigatse, Gyantse & Lhasa except during Kailash, Nepal re-entry visa fees,Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Laundry, Telephone calls, expenses of personal nature, any kind of travel insurance, Emergency evacuation cost, extra charges for hiring porters and vehicles in case of land slide and other natural calamities and gratitude tips.
Deluxe: We will provide 5 Star hotels in Kathmandu, Good hotel (tourist standard) in Tibet side & 4 WD New model (4500) Land cruiser for transfer
Standard: We will provide 3/4 star hotel in Kathmandu, normal lodge/camp In Tibet side & 4 WD new model (4500) land cruiser for Transfer.
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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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