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Journey to Mount Kailash

 

Mount Kailash is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier in Tibet. Both Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar are sacred destinations for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages. The journey of a lifetime for the travellers, Mt. Kailash is the incredible mountain with humbling beauty.

 

This is one of the most revered places for devotees on earth, is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru the spiritual centre of the universe, described as a fantastic ‘world pillar’ 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its roots in the lowest hell and its summit kissing the heavens.

 

Trip highlights

  • Lhasa and other significant Tibetan towns
  • Manasarovar Lake and Mount Kailash
  • 5600mt Dolma pass
  • Chitwan national park
  • Kathmandu cultural tour
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Dress Code

    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.
  • Included

    Airport pick up and drop off
    Applicable permits and park fees
    Experienced guide
    Land Transportation
    Meals
    Support staff
  • Not Included

    8 nights accommodation
    Airplane transport
    Daily 90-minute yoga class
    Emergency evacuation and rerouting
    Manta and whale shark snorkeling
    Personal expenses
    Snorkeling with turtles
    Soft and hard drinks
    Sunset dolphin cruise
    Tipping
    Travel insurance

Mount Kailash (6,740m), also called the abode of Lord Shiva is one of the most renowned mountains in the world. It is the ultimate pilgrimage for all Buddhism believers in the world due to its significant cultural and religious role as 'the canter of the world,' and the home for all great Buddhism gods. It attracts thousands of travellers from all around the world each year, who come to bow at the grandness and holiness of this magnificent mountain.

 

In addition to the majestic Mount Kailash, we'll take in turquoise coloured lakes, break-taking mountain views and glaciers along the road as we learn more about Tibetian nature, culture and people.

 

Lhasa in Tibet is a unique city that with a rich culture, packed full of legends, myths rituals and exciting festivals. Potala Palace in Lhasa, which served as the Winter Palace for the Dalai Lama dominates, residing in the centre of the city. However, this is just one of the exciting places you'll visit as you'll also take in

 

Barkhor Bazaar, a downtown area of Lhasa that retains its originality and flavour.

 

Jokhang Temple, which is the 8th-century template of Avaloketeshwar. We'll visit the vibrant Drepung and Sera monasteries, which are the biggest monasteries in Tibet and still home to hundreds of monks and lamas.

 

The central cultural centre of Gyantse and many many more - see the trip details for more extensive information on our itinerary!

 

Kathmandu Valley is extremely rich in art, architecture and cultural. The city is home to a number of vibrant world heritage sites that enrich the daily way of life in Nepal. Tour highlights include the holiest shrine in Nepal, Pashupatinath as well as the impressive white Buddhist Stupa in Boudhanath.

 

Our safari will take place in Chitwan National Park. The park is natural world heritage site that is well known for its rich bio-diversity and it is located just 5-6 hours drive to the southwest of Kathmandu in the lowlands of Nepal. Your tour will take in the wildlife and birds that we have in Nepal.

The cultural part of this trip is very easy going and open to people of all fitness levels. However, the trekking element, going to Ronbuk, which is at 4,900 metres is suitable for people with moderate to good fitness levels.

March to May is one of the best times to travel with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. While the sky may not be crystal clear as during the autumn months, it is the second busiest season for trekking and travelling.

 

June to August is wet but the mountains and hills are covered with lush, full green forests and vegetation. The daily cloud coverage means that mountain views are not guaranteed but as very few people travel during this time it can present the perfect opportunity for people to explore the trails and nature in quiet.

 

September to November are the busiest months due to predictable weather and mostly clear skies. The mountain views are spectacular but the most popular trails can become quite busy.

 

The winter months of December to February are good to travel due to the clear skies and the reduced number of travellers. However, you should be prepared for cold temperatures.

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Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Meet in Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon- tour orientation and preparation, Evening- welcome dinner in Nepali cultural evening. Overnight hotel
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Day 2: Kathmandu

Day in Kathmandu to know Nepal with your guided heritage sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city. Evening free for preparation and rest. Overnight hotel
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Day 3: To Chitwan national park

As we process your visa and other official permits, you travel to Chitwan for wildlife experience. Afternoon - nature walk and overnight Wildlife Resort
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Day 4: In Chitwan national park

Full day in Chitwan to explore and enjoy the Chitwan national park and its rich natural diversity with search of Royal Bengal Tiger and Great One-horned Tiger with many birds and other wildlife. Overnight Resorts
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Day 5: To Lhasa

After breakfast, drive to the airport and flight to Lhasa (3650m). Upon arrival at Gonggar airport, transfer to your hotel in Lhasa City. Afternoon- free to relax for acclimatization
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Day 6: Day in Lhasa

Start the touring around Lhasa after breakfast and visit the famous Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar and The Potala Palace
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Day 7: Day in Lhasa

Continue the tour with a visit Sera & Drepung monasteries
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Day 8: To Gyanste

Travel to Gyantse from Lhasa via Yamadrok lake and visit Kumbum & Phalkor monasteries and overnight hotel.
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Day 9: To Shigatse

Travel to Shigatse,  visit "The Tashilunpo Monastery" and the free market. Overnight hotel.
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Day 10: To Saga

Travel to Saga (4450 M), after breakfast for a full day through typical landscape of Tibet. Overnight hotel.
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Day 11: To Manasarovar Lake

Travel to Manasarovar lake (4600 M) for a whole day through vast dry plains to the small town of Prayang with several river crossings to get to the site where you can see the first view of Mt. Kailash from Horr Chu Pass and arrive this beautiful Manasarovar Lake located just 30km south of Mt Kailash. Overnight Guest House/Lodge.
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Day 12: To Darchen

Travel to Darchen (4650 M), located about 35 km towards Mt Kailash, starting point of Kora.
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Day 13: To Diraphuk

Travel to Diraphuk (5000 M) on the process you start Kora/Parikrama and walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. We follow the river which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th-century monastery at Dirapuk, Overnight Guest House.
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Day 14: To Zutulphuk

Leaving Lha Chu Valley travel to Zutulphuk (4790 M) to enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La (5630m). It's a tough climb to the summit which is festooned with prayer flags but from there it is all downhill or flat to Zutulphuk, with views of one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion. As well as the monastery at Zutulphuk, there are several meditation caves and another cave containing an image of Milarepa. Overnight Guest House/Lodge.
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Day 15: To Saga

Travel to Saga, on this final day of the kora,  cross several streams to follow an impressive gorge with the amazing views of Kailash. We then enter the Bharka plain and it's about an hour's walk through this desert-like landscape to Darchen and drive to East bank of Manasarovar. We continue to drive back to Saga.
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Day 16: To Xigatse

Travel back to Xigatse with some time free to explore the town or relax, overnight hotel.
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Day 17: To Lhasa

Travel back to Lhasa and rest or explore around. Overnight at your hotel.
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Day 18: To Kathmandu

Fly back to Kathmandu and overnight hotel, free to explore around. Overnight at your hotel.
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Day 19: Trip concludes in Kathmandu

Tour concludes in Kathmandu, you may fly back home or consider joining another adventure or nature tours in Nepal with us.

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Social Focus

To preserve the natural diversity of the wildlife, birds, people and mountains of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan through socially responsible travel and immersive experiences.

Verifications

An active member of the: -Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN); -The International Ecotourism Society; -Nepal River Conservation Trust; and -Bird Conservation Nepal.

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