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Kailash Manasarover Overland

Kailash Manasarover Overland

(25 nights 26 days)

Mount Kailash & Lake Manasarovar are places of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from India, Tibet and the neighboring countries. As per Hindu mythology, one who touches the earth of Manasarovar will go to the paradise of Brahma. One who drinks the water from the lake will go to the heaven of Lord Shiva. He will be cleansed of his sins committed over a hundred lifetimes.

Itinerary

  • Day 1:  Arrive Kathmandu (1400m / 4600 ft)
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu we are met at the airport and we transfer to our hotel. The afternoon is at leisure and we walk around Kathmandu maybe walk through Thamel and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. In the evening, we meet for a trip briefing and then proceed for dinner. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 2:  Sightseeing Tour around Kathmandu
  • After breakfast, we leave for a sightseeing trip. We go the famous Pashupatinath Temple and Budhaneelkantha for a darshan. Evening at leisure as we prepare for the trip. Night stay in hotel.
  • Day 3:  Kathmandu - Nyalam - Nyalam via Zhangmu (3750m) - 207 kms- 7-8 hrs
  • The drive eastwards is pleasant passing through agricultural countryside and descending to Dolalghat. The trail follows the Bhote Kosi River and then heads towards Kodari on gravel roads and landslip areas. At Kodari, we complete Nepal immigration formalities and cross the friendship bridge on foot to meet representatives from Tibet. Then, we drive for 45 minutes through lush green hillsides and cascading waterfalls to Zhangmu town by land cruisers, where we complete Chinese immigration formalities and then continue our drive for another 2 hours through the lush green landscape to Nyalam. Check into the guesthouse. Note: All of Tibet is on Beijing time. Due to this, the Ngari region of Tibet, which is so far west of Beijing, is dark at 8 a.m. and there is sunlight until about 9 p.m.!
  • Day 4:  Acclimatization day at Nyalam (3750 m / 12300 ft)
  • Rest day at Nyalam for acclimatization. After breakfast, we set out to the edge of the town to climb a small ridge for a fantastic view of the mountain range. Return to the lodge for lunch. Later, one can stroll through the town bazaar or visit the nearby monastery. Overnight at the Guest House.
  • Day 5:  Nyalam - Saga (4300 m / 14100 ft; 291 km)
  • Drive from Nyalam to Saga via Laluna-La (pass) (5050 m / 16564 ft), Lake Paigu – Tso and the Tsang Po (Brahmaputra River). The terrain starts with a rough drive over land slide areas climbing gradually with increasing altitude to arrive at Laluna – La (pass) marked by prayer flags and cairns with skeletal yak heads with horns. You will be able to see Gaurishanker, Shishpangma and Langtang Himal peaks on this day. From here, leave the main trail to Lhasa and head west descending to the serene and beautiful Lake Paigu – Tso. Descend further to the crossing on the Tsang Po (Brahmaputra River). Cross the river then drive to the hustle and bustle of the Saga town. Overnight at Hotel / Camping.
  • Day 6:  Saga - Manasarovar (4550 m / 14924 ft; 167 km)
  • This day is a long day we leave early morning from Manasarovar. After breakfast, drive via. Drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with distance view of snow capped mountains. On this day the road is quite flat, hence the drive will be comfortable compared to other days. We shall have lunch en route. Thereafter drive to Hor Quo (4560 m). We continue driving crossing Mayum La pass (5200 m) and arrive at Hor Quo. Today is the day of lifetime, as we will have the first sight of Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Stay in a guest house on the bank of Holy Mansarover Lake. Overnight at local guest house.
  • Day 7:  Rest & explore Lake Manasarovar
  • Rest day at Lake Manasarovar for acclimatization. We make the most of this and do short walks around giving our body a chance to get used to this altitude. This is especially important because if we intend to do the Parikrama then we will be walking higher. Dinner and overnight camp at Manasarovar.
  • Day 8: Drive to Darchen (4620 m) - 1 hr
  • After breakfast, drive to Darchen (4620 m). Darchen is located beneath the majestic holy Mount Kailash, a small village with couple of guesthouses. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Darchen is the beginning and end point of the Kora. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 9: Manasarovar- Darchen (4520 m / 14826 ft)- Drira Phuk (4890 m / 16040 ft)- 2 hrs drive and 8 kms / 4-5 hrs trek
  • After breakfast, drive approx. 13 Kms. to Sershong also known as Tarboche, the trek starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also referred as the outer "Asthapath". The first day of our Kora is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trail leads us to few ups and downs till we reach our camp/guest house at Driraphuk. From your guest-house you get excellent view of North Face of Mt. Kailash. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 10:  Drira Phuk to Zutulphuk (5150 m / 16890 ft; 22 km; 6-10 hrs)
  • After an early breakfast, we start trek from Drira phuk and cross the Lha Chu on a wooden bridge. If one continues to trek up the Lha Chu, one would reach the true source of the Indus. The Kora route takes a serious climb on to a moraine eventually meeting the trail from the East bank. The trail now climbs more gently to a meadow full of fat marmots (Phiya) at 5212 m / 17095 ft. Climb past piles of clothing at Shiva-tsal (5330 m / 17490 ft). As a part of their custom, Tibetans leave an article of clothing or a drop of blood here as part of leaving their past life behind them. Continue past thousands of small rock cairns to a large cairn at 5390 m passing the Dikpa Karnak, a sin testing stone. It is said that those without sin can squeeze through the narrow hole between the boulders while a sinner no matter how small cannot pass through! The trail now leads across a boulder field and climbs through large rocks to a tiny stream. Climb onto a ridge and continue gently on to the Dolma La at 5630 m / 18470 ft. A big boulder on the pass representing the goddess Dolma (better known by her Sanskrit name Tara) is festooned with prayer flags and streamers. It is traditional to leave and take something as part of the collection of coins, prayer flags, teeth and other offerings attached to the rock. The trail from the west side of the pass is steep and rocky at first and then begins a series of switchbacks as it passes Gauri Kund. Many more switchbacks and steep descents leads to the valley and then further descent for about an hour to arrive alongside the Lham Chhukhir at 5150 m / 16890 ft), the evening’s campsite on the banks of a river. Overnight in tents.
  • Day 11:  Zutulphuk - Darchen - Saga - 2-3 hrs walk; drive of 5-6 hrs)
  • At Zutul-phuk Gompa (4790 m / 15710 ft), there is a cave in which the saint Milarepa is said to have meditated. It is said that he adjusted the height of this cave to make it more comfortable. His footprint still remains on the roof. Trek along the Jhong Chu (River) to a bridge, cross it before descending to 4610 m, the last prostration point (Chaksal Gang) from where we get good views of Manasarovar lake but no views of Mt. Kailash. We meet the vehicles here and carry onto back to Saga. Night stay in hotel in Saga.
  • Day 12: Saga – Kathmandu- 9-12 hrs
  • We leave for Kathmandu very early in the morning. At Zhangmu border where we complete immigration formalities at the Chinese immigration office. After the clearance of border formalities we cross the Friendship Bridge, which spans the Bhote Kosi River and marks the Chinese – Nepalese border. We say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and driver, and walk up to Nepalese Immigration office in Kodari where we will be met by our Nepalese staff. We drive to Kathmandu and stay the night in hotel.
  • Day 13:  Final Departure
  • Post breakfast, transfer to airport to fly back.
  • Day 1:  Arrive Kathmandu (1400m / 4600 ft)
  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu we are met at the airport and we transfer to our hotel. The afternoon is at leisure and we walk around Kathmandu maybe walk through Thamel and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. In the evening, we meet for a trip briefing and then proceed for dinner. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 2:  Sightseeing Tour around Kathmandu
  • After breakfast, we leave for a sightseeing trip. We go the famous Pashupatinath Temple and Budhaneelkantha for a darshan. Evening at leisure as we prepare for the trip. Night stay in hotel.
  • Day 3:  Kathmandu - Nyalam - Nyalam via Zhangmu (3750m) - 207 kms- 7-8 hrs
  • The drive eastwards is pleasant passing through agricultural countryside and descending to Dolalghat. The trail follows the Bhote Kosi River and then heads towards Kodari on gravel roads and landslip areas. At Kodari, we complete Nepal immigration formalities and cross the friendship bridge on foot to meet representatives from Tibet. Then, we drive for 45 minutes through lush green hillsides and cascading waterfalls to Zhangmu town by land cruisers, where we complete Chinese immigration formalities and then continue our drive for another 2 hours through the lush green landscape to Nyalam. Check into the guesthouse. Note: All of Tibet is on Beijing time. Due to this, the Ngari region of Tibet, which is so far west of Beijing, is dark at 8 a.m. and there is sunlight until about 9 p.m.!
  • Day 4:  Acclimatization day at Nyalam (3750 m / 12300 ft)
  • Rest day at Nyalam for acclimatization. After breakfast, we set out to the edge of the town to climb a small ridge for a fantastic view of the mountain range. Return to the lodge for lunch. Later, one can stroll through the town bazaar or visit the nearby monastery. Overnight at the Guest House.
  • Day 5:  Nyalam - Saga (4300 m / 14100 ft; 291 km)
  • Drive from Nyalam to Saga via Laluna-La (pass) (5050 m / 16564 ft), Lake Paigu – Tso and the Tsang Po (Brahmaputra River). The terrain starts with a rough drive over land slide areas climbing gradually with increasing altitude to arrive at Laluna – La (pass) marked by prayer flags and cairns with skeletal yak heads with horns. You will be able to see Gaurishanker, Shishpangma and Langtang Himal peaks on this day. From here, leave the main trail to Lhasa and head west descending to the serene and beautiful Lake Paigu – Tso. Descend further to the crossing on the Tsang Po (Brahmaputra River). Cross the river then drive to the hustle and bustle of the Saga town. Overnight at Hotel / Camping.
  • Day 6:  Saga - Manasarovar (4550 m / 14924 ft; 167 km)
  • This day is a long day we leave early morning from Manasarovar. After breakfast, drive via. Drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with distance view of snow capped mountains. On this day the road is quite flat, hence the drive will be comfortable compared to other days. We shall have lunch en route. Thereafter drive to Hor Quo (4560 m). We continue driving crossing Mayum La pass (5200 m) and arrive at Hor Quo. Today is the day of lifetime, as we will have the first sight of Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Stay in a guest house on the bank of Holy Mansarover Lake. Overnight at local guest house.
  • Day 7:  Rest & explore Lake Manasarovar
  • Rest day at Lake Manasarovar for acclimatization. We make the most of this and do short walks around giving our body a chance to get used to this altitude. This is especially important because if we intend to do the Parikrama then we will be walking higher. Dinner and overnight camp at Manasarovar.
  • Day 8: Drive to Darchen (4620 m) - 1 hr
  • After breakfast, drive to Darchen (4620 m). Darchen is located beneath the majestic holy Mount Kailash, a small village with couple of guesthouses. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Darchen is the beginning and end point of the Kora. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 9: Manasarovar- Darchen (4520 m / 14826 ft)- Drira Phuk (4890 m / 16040 ft)- 2 hrs drive and 8 kms / 4-5 hrs trek
  • After breakfast, drive approx. 13 Kms. to Sershong also known as Tarboche, the trek starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also referred as the outer "Asthapath". The first day of our Kora is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trail leads us to few ups and downs till we reach our camp/guest house at Driraphuk. From your guest-house you get excellent view of North Face of Mt. Kailash. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 10:  Drira Phuk to Zutulphuk (5150 m / 16890 ft; 22 km; 6-10 hrs)
  • After an early breakfast, we start trek from Drira phuk and cross the Lha Chu on a wooden bridge. If one continues to trek up the Lha Chu, one would reach the true source of the Indus. The Kora route takes a serious climb on to a moraine eventually meeting the trail from the East bank. The trail now climbs more gently to a meadow full of fat marmots (Phiya) at 5212 m / 17095 ft. Climb past piles of clothing at Shiva-tsal (5330 m / 17490 ft). As a part of their custom, Tibetans leave an article of clothing or a drop of blood here as part of leaving their past life behind them. Continue past thousands of small rock cairns to a large cairn at 5390 m passing the Dikpa Karnak, a sin testing stone. It is said that those without sin can squeeze through the narrow hole between the boulders while a sinner no matter how small cannot pass through! The trail now leads across a boulder field and climbs through large rocks to a tiny stream. Climb onto a ridge and continue gently on to the Dolma La at 5630 m / 18470 ft. A big boulder on the pass representing the goddess Dolma (better known by her Sanskrit name Tara) is festooned with prayer flags and streamers. It is traditional to leave and take something as part of the collection of coins, prayer flags, teeth and other offerings attached to the rock. The trail from the west side of the pass is steep and rocky at first and then begins a series of switchbacks as it passes Gauri Kund. Many more switchbacks and steep descents leads to the valley and then further descent for about an hour to arrive alongside the Lham Chhukhir at 5150 m / 16890 ft), the evening’s campsite on the banks of a river. Overnight in tents.
  • Day 11:  Zutulphuk - Darchen - Saga - 2-3 hrs walk; drive of 5-6 hrs)
  • At Zutul-phuk Gompa (4790 m / 15710 ft), there is a cave in which the saint Milarepa is said to have meditated. It is said that he adjusted the height of this cave to make it more comfortable. His footprint still remains on the roof. Trek along the Jhong Chu (River) to a bridge, cross it before descending to 4610 m, the last prostration point (Chaksal Gang) from where we get good views of Manasarovar lake but no views of Mt. Kailash. We meet the vehicles here and carry onto back to Saga. Night stay in hotel in Saga.
  • Day 12: Saga – Kathmandu- 9-12 hrs
  • We leave for Kathmandu very early in the morning. At Zhangmu border where we complete immigration formalities at the Chinese immigration office. After the clearance of border formalities we cross the Friendship Bridge, which spans the Bhote Kosi River and marks the Chinese – Nepalese border. We say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and driver, and walk up to Nepalese Immigration office in Kodari where we will be met by our Nepalese staff. We drive to Kathmandu and stay the night in hotel.
  • Day 13:  Final Departure
  • Post breakfast, transfer to airport to fly back.
Booking

Features

Total Duration

Total Duration

12 nights / 13 days

Style of Trip

Style of Trip

4 X 4 Overland Tour

Grade

Grade

Tough

Max. Altitude

Max. Altitude

5670 M / 18600 Ft

Best Season

Best Season

May - September

Meal

Meal

All meals including dinner on day 01 to breakfast on day 13

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Travel

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