Hindus believe that Mt. Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu legend, immortal and supreme Hindu God Shiva lives on the top of Kailash Parbat. The Jain called the mountain Astapada and believes it to be the place where 'Risabha Dev', the first of the twenty-four Tirthankar attained the liberation.
While the Buddha is believed to have magically visited Kailash in the 5th century BC. The religion of Buddhism only entered Tibet via Nepal and India, in the 7th century AD.
The word Mansarovar is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Manas' which means mind and legend has it that Lord Brahma created this lake from his mind. Parashuram's -
ashram too is said to be situated on a hill on the banks of the Mansarovar. In the pariphery of this sacred mountain, is the lake of mansarovar. Lake mansarovar, at 14,950 feet is also said to be one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. Kailash mansarovar is a place for divine ablution. A dip in this lake is bound to purify you fully form the sins of many births. Rakshas Taal the twin lake along with Mansarovar is where Bhasmasur burnt himself.
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Evening – detail briefing on Kailash Manasarovar Yatra
Day 02 : Visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. PM – Free for Kailash tour preparation
Day 03 : Early morning drive from Kathmandu (4500 ft, 1371 mt) to frontier town of Nepal, Kodari. From here walk a short distance across the friendship bridge to meet the guide from our Tibet agent. After custom and immigration formalities, drive to Nyalamu (11660 ft, 3534 mt) via Zhangmu (7545 ft, 2300 mt). Stay at Guesthouse.Kathmandu – Kodari 114 Kms, Kodari – Nyalamu 143 Kms. (approx. 8 hrs drive)
Day 04 : Rest day at Nyalamu for acclimatization.
Day 05 : Drive to the first high pass of Lalung La (16665 ft, 5050 mt). From here a superb view of high Himalayas can be seen from Gaurishanker, Shishapangma to Langtang himal. Drive past Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and arrive Peigutso (14540 ft, 4406 mt). Continue driving to Saga (14080 ft, 4267 mt). Stay at Guesthouse.
Nyalamu – Saga 232 Kms, Saga – Dongba 145 Kms (approx. 8 hrs drive). Stay at Hotel / Guesthouse
Day 06 : Drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with distance view of snow capped mountains. Have lunch at Mayum River(15280 ft, 4630 mt). Continue driving Have the first sight (Darshan) of Mt. Kailash before reaching Hor-Qu. Stay at Guesthouse.
Saga – Paryang 252 Kms, Dongba – Hor- Qu 314 Kms (drive Approx 8 hrs)
Day 07 :
Taking parikrama of Lake Manasarovar by jeep arrive Chu Gompa.Hor-Qu – Chu Gompa. 70 Kms (drive Approx 3 hrs). Puja, Homa, Tarpan etc. Stay at Guesthouse
Day 08 : Drive to Darchen. 32 Km, (drive Approx 1hr)
Day 09 : Drive to Sersang valley (15200 ft, 4606 mt), Then walk through Shersong, the rebuilt Chukku Gompa, Dambing Donkhang (16137 ft, 4890mt.) and to Dirapuk (16200 ft, 4909mt).
Darchen – Sersang valley 10 Kms, (drive ½ hrs), walk 13 Kms, (walk Approx 6 hrs). Stay at tents/guesthouse
Day 10 : Climb through a moraine to a meadow at 17193 ft, 5210mt and then pass rock cairns to emerge to Dolma La at 18579 ft, 5630mt (highest altitude on this Yatra). From the pass descend via Guari Kunda Lake to the La Chukkir Villy at 16995 ft, 5150mt where you should look for the foot prints, which pilgrims believe belonged to Buddha. Descend further along, a long gentle path to Zutul-Puk Gompa (15807 ft, 4790mt.), where there is a cave in which the saint Milarepa is said to have meditated. Total distance 20 Km, (walk Approx 10 hrs). Stay at tented camp
Day 11 : Trek along the Zhong Chu river to a bridge, cross it and climb a little before descending to 15213 ft, 4610mt from where you will have a good view of Manasarovar Lake. Meet the rest of the group members at the pick-up point and drive to Hor Qu. Parikrama end point – Hor Que 50 Kms (6 Km walk for 3 hrs and drive for 2 hrs approx). Stay at tent /Guesthouse
Day 12 : Continue driving through the Tibetan countryside to Saga via Tsongpa. Hor-Qu – Saga 459 Kms, (approx. 10 hrs). Stay at Guesthouse
Day 13 : Dive to Nyalamu via Peigutso once again. Saga – Nyalamu 232 Kms, (approx. 6 hrs). Stay at Guesthouse
Day 14 : Drive from Nyalamu to Kathmandu via Zhangmu. Chinese Immigration formalities will be done at the border (Kodari). Stay at Hotel. 157 Km (drive Approx 7 hrs).
Day 15 : Transfer to airport for departure flight
The Shanker Hotel
Lazimpat, Katmandu, Nepal
Hotel Shanker is a palace
built at the turn of the century by Rana Maharaja with a penchant for French
architecture, international cuisine and Eastern hospitality. It was converted
into a hotel in 1964. The facade and traditions were kept intact but the
interior was redesigned to give travellers the kind of comfort they expect of a
Green Tree Hotels in
Green Tree Inn Beijing
Capital Airport Hotel offers a restaurant. Wired high-speed Internet access is
complimentary. An area shuttle is complimentary for guests. This Beijing hotel
also offers tour/ticket assistance, multilingual staff, and complimentary
newspapers in the lobby.
Kathmandu - Kodari - Lalung La - Saga - Darchen
Arrival , departure transfers & Sightseeing in Kathmandu by Private Coach (Pashupati Nath )
3 Nights Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with meals (vegetarian meals)
8 Nights Accommodation in the guesthouses in Tibet is basic accommodation for sleep only
3 Nights Accommodation during Kailash Parikrma in tents with twin sharing basis.
All transfers and sightseeing tours in Tibet by Toyota Land Cruisers (Maximum 4 Pax. in each)
English speaking guide
A Truck for Baggage & Equipments
In Nepal, Kathmandu / Kodari / Kathmandu by coach.
Kodari / Kailash Manasarovar / Kodari by Toyota Land Cruisers
All vegetarian meals through out the tour in Tibet (breakfast and dinner is served hot in the dinning tent and picnic lunch is served in the hot-cases).
All equipments for camping (tent, mattress, dinning tent, kitchen tent, kitchen utensils, tables, chairs, toilet tent etc)
Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments).
Jerry can for taking Manasarovar jal home.
Steel hot cases for buffet lunch.
Experienced tour leader / coordinator with each group.
Services of sardar, cook, kitchen boys and camping helpers (accompanying the group)
Gemow bag (life saving bag at high altitude)
Tibet visa fee and permit fee for Kailash and Manasarovar.
Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making parikrama of Mt. Kailash.
Porterage wherever applicable in Tibet.
Price does not include
Extra cost of transportation, porter age etc involved due landslides, snowfall, political and natural disturbances and any other unforeseen conditions . Extra cost of accommodation and meals in Kathmandu for staying more than 3 nights as per the program to match the flight schedule or for any other reasons (will cost extra INR 700.00 per person per night with all meals on twin sharing, single supplement INR 500.00 per night). Expenses of personal nature such as insurance, beverage, telephone calls, tips etc. Charges of pony or yak and driver if required to ride on for Kailash parikrama (will cost approximately INR 3000.00 to INR 4000.00 per yak / pony and driver for three days, irrespective of the number of days or hours used). Any other cost not mentioned as included.
Note : Rates are subject to change without prior notice As per IPSC (Indian Pilgrimage Service Centre) Tibet.
Schedule of overland Kailash Manasarovar Yatra in 2012
11 May *
09 Jul *
07 Aug *
06 Sep *
** Indicates tour leaving for full moon day. ☺ Indicates full moon day
. Schedule is subject to change under unavoidable circumstances.