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The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Lhasa is a perfect tour package for adventurous, gutsy, and spiritual people.
There are various routes and packages for the Mansarovar trip from Kathmandu. This tour package is one of those adventurous trips.
Mt. Kailash (6,638m / 21,778ft) is a sacred peak located in the Kailash Range near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal. The surrounding of this mountain finds the sources of some of the longest rivers in Asia; the Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and Karnali. This place has been one of the most sought-after religious tourism destinations in Tibet.
The Mansarovar Lake and Mt. Kailash are holy destinations for Hindus and Jain, Buddhists, and Bon. Therefore, thousands of pilgrims and adventure seekers travel to this place every year.
The trip begins as you arrive in Kathmandu. You will have a half sightseeing day on the next day of your arrival. Then, you will fly out to Lhasa from Kathmandu. After having a sightseeing day at Lhasa, you will drive to Shigatse and further up to Saga. Eventually, you will reach Mansarovar. Then you will go to Darchen and circumnavigate around Mt. Kailash. Then, you will drive back to Shigatse and then to Lhasa before flying out to Kathmandu.
The Kailash Pilgrim’s tour is a very exquisite trip for nature lovers, adventure seekers, as well as pilgrims. This journey will also instigate spiritual vibes in almost everyone who goes for it. Some people also believe that the trip to Mt. Kailash is a path to Salvation.
We have offered a 15 day-itinerary for this fantastic trip. You can check out the outline and detailed itineraries below. We also offer different packages, including helicopter rides from Kathmandu or Simikot to Mt. Kailash. You can check them out as well and choose the best that fits you.
You will be greeted at the Kathmandu Airport by a representative who will transport you to your accommodation. You will rest or visit the office after checking in. The evening will begin with a welcome supper, where you will learn about Nepalese cuisine.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
We will have an excellent morning breakfast and then take a half-day sightseeing trip to Kathmandu valley. We will visit two places – the Pashupatinath and the Boudhanath. These places are also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
They are pretty famous for tourists both inside and outside of the country. Initially, we will drive from our hotel to the Pashupatinath temple. This temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu, and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main temple of the Pashupatinath temple complex is constructed in Nepalese pagoda style. The temple’s surrounding is always buzzing with numerous devotees around; such an environment gives a spiritual vibe.
Next, we visit the Boudhanath Stupa. Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in Nepal. This place holds a cultural significance and is situated in a location that used to be an entry point of the way coming into Kathmandu from Tibet.
After completing a half-day tour of these two significant places, we drive back to our hotel. There will be a brief discussion about the trip in the evening. We will check our gear and equipment and buy anything we need.
We stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Today, we will be flying from Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu to Gonggar International Airport in Lhasa. The flight lasts for around 90 minutes.
This flight will be scenic, with sweeping views of Everest, Kanchenjunga, and other mountain peaks in the Himalayan ranges. As we land in Lhasa, our Lhasa representatives will receive us and take us to our hotel. Lhasa lies at a very high altitude; we must be careful and drink plenty of water, and having a good sleep before the trip can be helpful.
We are transferred to our hotel, where we rest and try to soak in the environment.
We stay overnight in the hotel in Lhasa.
We take a rest day in Lhasa, especially to acclimatize ourselves to high altitudes. This will surely help keep us healthy and protect us from the risk of getting high altitude sickness. However, we don’t just stay in our hotel room the hotel day. We will take a sightseeing trip to Lhasa.
There lies the holiest Buddhist temple in the Himalayas – Jokhang, founded about 1400 years ago. It spaces the most sacred statue of Buddha. We will explore this place today. Later in the day, we will visit the Potala Palace. This palace is the most iconic building in Tibet. This palace has more than 1000 rooms and is vast in architecture. The court also served as the winter residence for Dalai Lama for hundreds of years.
After a magnificent sightseeing day, we returned to our hotel and stayed overnight.
After lovely morning breakfast, we will be leaving on our drive out of Lhasa, routing Shigatse. The driving route will follow the riverbank of the Yarlung Tsangpo along the northern way of Friendship Highway. The distance from Lhasa to Shigatse is about 272 kilometers and can be driven in few hours. However, due to the speed limit in the region, it will take us about 6 hours to complete the trip.
After a 6-hour drive from Lhasa along with the beautiful landscapes, we arrive in Shigatse. Shigatse is the 2nd largest city in Tibet. Tashilunpo Monastery is one of the highlights in Shigatse as it is one of the largest operating monasteries in Tibet. This monastery is also the official throne of Panchen Lama, and it was built in 1447AD. This monastery is enormous, and it has its streets, plazas, back alleys, housing sectors, temples, and halls.
We stay overnight in Shigatse.
Today’s drive from Shigatse to Saga is going to be astounding. We will see many over 5000-meter passes with amazing views. The highway for today’s industry is also quite lovely to ride on.
We will also see the landscape sights of some communities and towns. There will be many lakes on the way from Shigatse to Saga. The lunch that we will have today will have a typical Sherpa flavor in it. You will enjoy the food.
After about 8 hours of the scenic road trip, we will arrive at Saga. Saga is a typical Chinese and Tibetan town. You will enjoy exploring the area.
We stay overnight in Saga.
Our today’s trip will be completed in two sections. First will be the drive from Saga to Paryang, which magnificent mountains will escort. We will be driving along the exhilarating road and pass the small town of Zhongba. After we cross Zhongba, we arrive at Paryang. Paryang will offer us our first view of Mt. Kailash.
The second section is the drive from Paryang to Mansarovar Lake. There lies a historic monastery on the Northwest shore of the lake – Chiu Monastery. The sacred lake of Mansarovar offers us an exquisite glimpse of Mt. Kailash. At this point, we will be witnessing the highest freshwater lake. The lake has a turquoise complexion which offers magnificence in its beauty.
We stay overnight in Mansarovar.
We will explore the holy lake of Mansarovar and later set out on a drive to Darchen.
The Mansarovar lake offers a pretty view of the snow-capped massif of Gurla Mandhata, which stands at an altitude of 7,594m across the lake.
When we stay at Mansarovar, it will not feel like leaving. However, we need to carry on our trip. Therefore, today we drive from Mansarovar to Darchen on a road that stretches about 40 kilometers. Darchen is the base for Mt. Kailash kora. If we wish to circumnavigate the place, it will take us almost three days.
We stay overnight in Darchen.
We have had enough of driving along the gutsy roads of the trip. Today, we prepare ourselves for a short yet hectic trek. The trek from Darchen to Dira-Puk is not more than 15 kilometers. However, it will take us almost 7 hours to finish off the day.
Along the trek, we will be walking across beautiful rocky cliffs and witnessing alluring waterfalls. We take a rest in between and carry on along our trail. We will arrive Dira-Puk by the end of the day.
We stay overnight at Dira-Puk.
Today marks one of the most important days of our trip, as we will be trekking across the highest elevation of our entire trip. We will cross the Dolma La Pass (5,670m) while traveling from Dira-Puk to Zuthul Puk.
This section is undoubtedly the hardest tail-section of our trip. However, once we reach the top of the Dolma Lass Pass, all hard work gets rewarded. The view from the Dolma La Pass is astounding.
From the pass, we descend further to reach our destination for the day – Zuthul Puk.
We stay overnight in Zuthul Puk.
We will finish off our Kailash Parikrama today. After three days of circumnavigating around Mt. Kailash, the trekking part ends. So, we trek back to Darchen, end our trek there, and drive back to Saga.
We stay overnight in Saga.
There is nothing new on our day today. It’s just another day of driving on the same road we drove on a few days back. We will witness similar views. But, the drive for today is going to be relatively shorter because we will be descending.
After about 8 hours of driving along the road in mountainous terrain, we reach our destination at Shigatse. By now, Shigatse is a familiar place for us.
The driving part of our trip comes to an end today. The final stretch of our road trip will be from Shigatse to Lhasa. The drive will last for about 5 hours, and we will be witnessing similar views and scenarios.
We stay overnight in Lhasa.
The fourteenth day marks the end of our trip as we fly out from Lhasa to Kathmandu will plenty of memories to remember for the rest of our lives.
We will fly back for about 1.5 hours, witnessing the magnificence of the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet.
It will be a great experience if you can grab the window seat in the aircraft. We will arrive in Kathmandu and will directly go to our hotel.
Today, we will be having a farewell dinner party. We will recollect our memories, share our personal experiences, and have a quality evening in our hotel.
We stay overnight in Kathmandu.
You will have an excellent morning breakfast. Later in the day, our representatives will drop you off at the airport with the same hospitality as when you were welcomed. We will also make sure you do not face any difficulties at the airport. Then we bid goodbye for your flight to your home.
No, there is no age restriction. Anyone who is physically fit can travel for this trip. However, Chinese authorities seem to restrict people above 65 years of age sometimes. So, aged people should consult their doctor and see if they are fit enough for the trip.
A Tibet visa and any other government or local taxes are included in the trip cost. You don’t need to worry about those. But, the Nepalese visa is not our concern. It would help if you took care of it by yourself.
We will provide the essential equipment such as oximeters, first aid kids, etc. However, you should carry your trekking gear and commodities. It is better to have a power bank, torch lights, extra batteries, etc., which may be essential for you sometimes.
We provide you with twin sharing accommodation facilities and decent food. We will provide three meals a day, except on your arrival day, departure day, and a day before departure. The food and accommodation will be of high quality. We might also set up tented camps during our trek, but it will be good enough to spend the night comfortably.
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