Kailash or Khang-rinpoche (22028 Feet) what the Tibetan people call her, which means snow peak (Khang) and rinpoche is an honorific meaning "precious one". So the combined term can be translated "precious jewel of snows". Mt. Kailash is also considered to be a physical embodiment of the mythical Mt. Meru.
It is believed to be the ultimate destination of souls and the spiritual center of the world, and like Mt. Kailash, Lake Mansarovar is the abode of purity.
The 4 great Rivers of Indian sub-continent originate from this holy Manasarovar Lake and they are namely: the Indus, Brahmaputra, Karnali, and the Sutlej.
The mountain is located in a particularly remote and inhospitable area of the Tibetan Himalayas. Every year, thousands make a pilgrimage to Kailash, following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mt. Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. The peregrination is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists.
After circumambulating the mountain, we then drive across vast Tibetan plateau before heading south to the Nepalese border and returning to Kathmandu. This trip offers a lifetime memories of stunning Tibet.
En route we'll also witness the astounding views of the tallest peak on earth, Mt. Everest, as well as other Himalayan giants. And the encounter with the nomadic herders of Tibet and their life style will no doubt change the way you look at your life.
A very warm welcome to the Kingdom of Himalayas. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport our representative welcomes you and assists you transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu i.e. Utsav or Nepali Chula (Kitchen). Here you will not simply experience the traditional Nepalese dish but will be entertained with Nepalese traditional dance and folk songs. After the dinner, you will be transferred back to your respective hotel.
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Bauddhanath: Stupa with its 130 ft. dome. One of the world’s largest Stupa, Bouddha is generally acknowledged to be the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet. Pupshupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath is considered one of the holiest shrines of all the Hindu temples. The temple has remained the presiding deity of ruling Nepalese Royalty. -After the city tour, our leader or guide will do the final briefing of the expedition. They will also take the opportunity to check the members' personal equipment as the city bazaars and climbing shops will provide the last chance to correct any deficiencies. Overnight at Hotel.
After early breakfasts at hotel today, we drive to the Nepal-China border and have our lunch at Kodari (Nepal side). From here we walk for about 10 minutes to cross the Friendship Bridge and meet our Tibetan guide and Bus drivers. After all the immigration and custom formalities at the Chinese check post here, our journey continues for another 35 km which can take almost 2hours through the up-winding road to Nyalam with beautiful scenery. Then, you will be transferred to the guest house in Nyalam. Overnight at Nyalam Guest house.
An extra day in Nyalam for better acclimatization is a must and can make a huge difference. We will be going for a short hike which is in preparation for Kailash Parikrama (Circumambulation) and then explore the town after the lunch. Overnight stay at Nyalam Guest house.
After breakfast we drive to Paryang, passing through many villages and camps of yak herders. En route we will be passing through Lablung-La Pass (5050 m.), Milareppa cave & Lake Peiku then eventually cross the bridge built over River Bramhaputra in Saga. Far south you can see some of the outstanding view of snow-capped mountain peaks namely, Mt. Xixapangma (8201 m), Mt. Makalu (8464m), Mt. Lhotse (8516), Mt. Cho-Oyu (8201m) and Mt. Everest (8848m). Most of the time you will be driving on plains, hence, it will be a relaxed drive. Lunch will be served on the way. Overnight stay at Guest house.
After breakfast we will start moving in our van/bus and in the afternoon we will have a first view of Holy Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. Hore, a small village situated near the Holy Mansarovar Lake. Holy Mansarovar (14950 ft/4558m), the highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rakshash are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Night will be spending at Chui Gompa
Holy Mansarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning bath in Hot spring and performing the puja ceremony, and a visit to the Chiu Monastery, we will drive to Darchen in the afternoon. If time permits, we visit Gyangdrak Monastery. Darchen is considered as a base camp for Holy Kailash Parikrama. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around.
Early in the morning you meet your team of yaks and Tibetan yak drivers who will escort you around the kora. Further ahead from Tarboche, you have to trek past verdant meadows and picturesque streams to Lha Chu Valley. The trail overlooks Turquoise River cascading over a narrow canyon with high steep cliffs. En route, north face of Kailash comes into vision. The trail will approach 13th century monastery of Dira-Puk. Visiting this monastery can be one kind of an insightful experience gifted in your Mount Kailash tour and trek. Eventually, you will conclude the trek of the day by at Dira-Puk.
Lha Chu Valley blurs as you turn towards Dolma Chu Valley. Looking forward to the amazing Mount Kailash tour and trek, you ascend to Dolma La (5630m), the highest point of the trip. But soon after sighting breathtaking view of Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion at the summit, you realize that this tough and challenging ascent has indeed been very worthwhile and fruitful. Several prayer flags can be seen at the summit. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-Puk which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves. The caves at this locale are most popular for meditation; Milarepa’s cave being one of them with Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints believed to be imprinted all over this cave of mani stones. Camping at Zutul-Puk for the night can be quite exciting, adventurous and pleasurable.
Away from Zuthulpuk, you follow the trail through Bharkha plain leading to Darchen. It is an easy walk along some impressive gorges and around many mani stones and mani walls back to the Bharka Plains and dusty Darchen. The kora is finished – you have erased your sins, endured cold nights and mornings, crossed one of the highest passes in the world, met countless fellow pilgrims, sent prayers of peace out to the world. Shortly after arriving at Darchen you board the waiting vehicle for a short drive to Chiu Gompa on the shores of Manasarovar.
After Mount Kailash tour you drive crossing Mayum-la and several rivers. The scenery along this section is some of the most beautiful of the entire journey, and a distant storm drifting in back of Tibetans, horses & sheep is a surreal sight.
After Crossing Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra River) Saga the road opens into a wide flat plain and passes through huge turquoise lake, the Peiku-Tso with spectacular view of Shishapangma (8027m) as the backdrop.
You will drive to crossing Lalung La pass at 5050m and Nyilam Tong La pass at 5150m. Savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar, you descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Kyirong on the Nepalese border.you find yourself amidst the lush and verdant vegetation of Kyirong at 2700 meter.
About 40 minutes of driving from Kyirong, our China side transportation will drop us at the Rasuwagadhi border & our Chinese representative will be assisting us to clear Chinese immigration. Depending on season and number of tourist, we might end up standing at the Chinese immigration for 1-2 hours (if not even longer). Once we cleared Chinese immigration we shall be crossing the (China-Nepal) border bridge over Trisuli River where we will meet our Nepal side drivers with transportation waiting for us. Within 10 minutes of driving inside Nepal, we will be visiting Nepal immigration office to obtain reentry visa. After completing all these formalities, we will be driving back to Kathmandu via Syabrubesi, Dhunche the district headquarters of Rasuwa district and Trishuli the district headquarters of Nuwakot. Depending on progress, we may have to stop at Syabrubesi/Dhunche for lunch. And continue drive back to Kathmandu for 5-6 hours depending on traffic. Remember that we will be hosting celebration dinner together for successfully completing the North Col Expedition! Overnight at hotel.
Rest and relax at the hotel after such long a wonderful trip. The day is also reserved as a contingency day due to flight delays or other unforeseen conditions. For those eager to see as much of Kathmandu as possible, an early start is worthwhile to visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath and districts of Bhaktapur and Patan. Durbar Square is also on the essential list, as is the shopping area of Thamel. In the evening you can have your last night in Nepal, enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show or go out to Thamel.
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
A deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is payable at the time of booking and the final balance due 8 weeks before the start of the trip. The act of booking implies that you have accepted the ethos of the trip and any objective or subjective risks associated with it.
Should you wish to cancel your booking please inform us immediately in writing by email or letter. The following charges will apply, as a percentage of the trip:
More than 42 days before departure – 25% of total cost
42 to 29 days – 50% of total cost
28 days to 15 days – 75% of total cost and
14 days or less – 100% of total cost.
These cancellation charges go to paying, amongst other things, outside Guides that have been contracted in, hotel or airline deposits, staff wages, setting up costs etc.
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