Trip Name: Overland to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar
Duration: 11 days
Grade: Easy to Exoti
Tour Type: Group Tour
Activities: Natural and cultural sightseeing
Transportation: Private vehicle
Max Elevation: 1360m
Culture: Tibetan Lifestyle,
Route: Kathmandu - Nyalam - Saga - Paryang - Mansarovar - Darchen - Dira/Puk - Zuthul Puk - Manasarovar - Saga - Nyalam - Kathmandu
Best Season: April to June and August to November
Duration: 11 days days
Overland to Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarovar tour is one of the most fascinating trekking and touring destination into the Tibetan landscape and into the most beautiful wilderness of the Himalayan range. Mt Kailash the holy land of Lord Shiva is blessed with natural and cultulra serene. This fascinating pilgrimage destination is famous for its unseen and unexplored landscape, Himalaya scenery and religious settlements. Lake Mansarovar the Himalayan Lake situated at the roof of the world surrounded with mighty Himalayas and high peaks is the most attractive scene of this tour.
Overland to Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarovar tour starts upon your arrival at Kathmandu valley. Enjoy sightseeing around one of the most beautiful and ancient city of the world. Kathmandu Valley (1360m) is blessed with classic artifacts, ancient and historic palaces and shrines and many more. Commence this exotic tour into the Himalayan wilderness of Mt Kailash and enjoy sightseeing fascinating Himalayan panorama, unseen landscape, charismatic Lake and enjoy the visit around cultural settlement and there warm hospitality.
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu 1350 m to Zhangmu/ Nyalam (150km), 3700m /Kyirung
We drive from Kathmandu to Nepal Tibet border along a scenic highway. After immigration formalities at the border, you meet our Tibetan guide & driver. After some briefing we drive to Nyalam 3700m. Rest or explore around. O/n at Guest House.
Note: Border between Nepal and Tibet has been closed since April 2015; We are informed that it will be re-open from May 2017. We can run the overland tour once the Border will re-open either Kodari/Zhangmu or Kyirung Border.
Day 02: Rest Day in Nyalam, 3700m ( Rest day in Kyirung)
As you gain considerable height from 1350 m in Kathmandu to 3700 m in Nyalam, it is very important we rest and acclimatize in Nyalam before further driving. Free afternoon look around. O/n at Guest house.
Day 03: Drive Nyalam/ Kyirung to Saga/4450m- 232 km
First day with a long drive on the desert terrain. Driving past nomad camps and sheep and yak herds we cross the high Labung La pass at 5050m. We can see Gaurishankar, Shishapangma and Langtang Himal from the pass. Continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peiku tso Lake (4400m). We will be crossing river Brahmaputra ( “Yarling Tsangpo” in Tibetan ) to reach Saga (4600m). O/n in guest house.
Day 04: Saga to Paryang (4558m) to Mansarovar (4600m) 507 km 8-9 hrs
Watching the mountains in distance and driving through road we pass through the small town of Zhongba before reaching to Paryang.. Offering the first view of mt kailash and the holy lake only after several hours of drive. As you approach this serene and sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can have a glimpse of majestic Mount Kailash. Manasarovar , the highest fresh water lake with turquoise complexion - surrounded by mt Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandata and Lake Rakchyas is simply heavenly. O/n at tented camp or a guesthouse.
Day 05: Drive to Darchen (14975ft) 40km
After some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar with the snowy massif of Gurla Mandhata 7694m just across the lake, we drive 40 km to Darchen which serves as the base for Mt kailashkora ( circumambulation). The Kora is 53 km in total and completed in three days. O/n in a guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek to Dira-Puk/5000m
It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs and waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky. The 15 km trail takes almost 7 hrs. O/n intented camp/Guest house.
Day 07: Trek Dira Puk-Zuthul Puk, 18km, 6-7 hrs, 550m ascent, 600m descent.
Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage trek , cross Dolma La pass at 5670 m. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget you. By the late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthul Puk where the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles. O/N at local guest house/Tented camp.
Day 08: End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovar
Complete the kora and drive to lake Manasarovar . Explore around or rest. O/n in camp/Guest house.
Day 09: Drive back to Saga (507km) 8-9 hrs
Day10: Drive back to Kyirung/Nyalam : (245km) 6-7 hr.
Day 11: Kyirung/Nyalam to Kathmandu 150 km
Driving further to Nepal Tibet border, complete the immigration formalities, get your Nepal visa. Say good bye to your Tibetan guide and driver. You will be received by our guide from Kathmandu and drive to Kathmandu. End of the services.