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Mt.Kailash-Manasarovar Overland Tour

Mt.Kailash-Manasarovar Overland Tour
All Inclusive Price
Duration: 11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS
Country: Nepal
Altitude: 7000 M
Distance Travelled: 7000
Group Size: 2-15 People
Best Season to Travel: May to September

Kailash Overland Tour via Kerung takes you to the holy land of Mt. Kailash through the newly opened Nepal-Tibet border of Rasuwagadhi-Kerung. The team of Touch Kailash Travels & Tours will embark on a journey to take you to worship and hike around the sacred land of Mt. Kailash.

Kailash overland tour from Kerung boarder started from September 2017 as an alternative route for the Mount Kailash, this tour has made Mt. Kailash easily accessible from the outskirts of Nepal. Kailash Overland Tour starts with a sightseeing tour at the capital city of Nepal. The guided holy mount Kailash tour will take us to the UNESCO listed world heritage sites of the Kathmandu valley. After the guided tour, we will get ourselves inside the Langtang National Park and cross the Nepal-Tibet border to arrive at Kerung. From Kerung, we will drive to the villages of Saga, Mansarovar, and Darchen with great views of the sacred Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurla-Mandala, Rakshash Lake and the Lake Mansarovar. On day 9, we will start our 3 days long Kailash Kora. The major attractions of this tour include the sacred peak of Kailash, holy Lake of Mansarovar and the highest pass of Drolma La.

Welcome at the Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu. Our representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel for check-in and stay overnight

After breakfast sightseeing of major heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. Visit Pashupatinath, Swoyanbhunath and Kathmandu Durbar squire. Back to hotel and stay at trip briefing. Free time for shopping and packing for your trip. Overnight at Hotel.

Early morning, you will be setting off for Syabrubeshi. Syabrubeshi, a small town, borders with Kyirong county of Tibet/ China, situated about 170 km north of Kathmandu. This fascinating country drive takes approximately 8 hours to reach Syabrubeshi. Some 70 km part of the highway is very slender; so it can be a risky journey to drive fast. Lunch will be served on the way & overnight stay in guesthouse/ hotel in Syabrubeshi.

Overnight stay at Guesthouse (Dormitory room with common toilet)

Kathmandu to Shyabrubeshi: 170 km | 6 hours’ drive.

Elevation of Syabrubeshi: 1450 m. | 4756 ft.

Morning after breakfast, drive to Friendship Bridge. The distance to drive is approximately 10 k.m. You will cross the friendship bridge and go through the immigration formalities and continue drive to Kyirong valley. It is 22 km driving distance from Friendship Bridge to Kyirong valley.

Overnight Guesthouse/ hotel (Dormitory room with common Tibetan toilet)

Shyabrubeshi to Border: 10 km | 15 minutes.

China/ Tibet border to Kyirong town: 22 km | 1 hour

Elevation of Kyirong: 2600 m. | 8528 ft.

Today, you will stay in Kyirong for acclimatization purpose. It is advisable to walk around the city to keep your body active. It is also better to do a mild hiking during the day time and keep drinking lots of water.

Overnight Guesthouse (Dormitory room with common Tibetan toilet)

Elevation of Kyirong: 2600 m. | 8528 ft.

The very first Tibetan town you will reach from Kyirong is Saga. Saga is situated at the bank of River Brahmaputra that origins in Kailash. From Kailash the river flows to Lhasa then drops to Asam from Arunchal Pradesh. Our destination of today is old Dongba. Old Dongba is about 140 km far from Saga. The total driving hours of today is 220 km and it takes about 5 hours.

Overnight Sishapangma Guesthouse or similar (dormitory bedroom)

Kyirong to old Dongba: 220 km | 6 hrs drive

Elevation of old Dongba: 4500 m. | 14760 fts.

Early morning, you will depart from old Dongpa to further destination, lake Manasarovar. After reaching Horchu (the east coast of Lake Manasarovar), you will change the Bus and start making a circumambulation (parikrama) of this holy lake on Bus from clockwise direction. On the way, we will make a halt in a suitable place (at the Bank of Lake Manasarovar) for holy dip & performing pooja & hawana. Evening reach Chiugompa and stay overnight in Guesthouse.

Overnight Guest House (dormitory bed rooms)

Old Drongba to Lake Manasarovar: 325 km | 6 hrs drive.

Elevation of Lake Manasarovar: 4550 m. | 14924 fts.

Puja and Hawana at the Lakeshore during the course of parikrama.

Darchen is situated 35 km north of lake manasarovar is a small town on the foothill of Kailash. Also, this is the gateway to Parikrama. From here, the trek starting point (Yama Dwar) is about 5 km.

Darchen is the gateway of trekking around mount Kailash. It is situated on the foothill of mount Kailash, below the south face. Asthapad is situated 4 km up in the mountain and Tarboche (Yama Dwar) is 7 km west from Darchen. A complete circumambulation of mount Kailash commences from this point and ends here. The total circumference of mount Kailash from Darchen to Darchen is 52 km. Darchen offers an array of accommodation-quality than any other places en route to Kailash.

As usual, we will be ready to move on from Manasarovar to Tarboche (Yam Dwar) after breakfast. The drive takes about an hour as we have to make a brief halt in Darchen to process for local permit. Yam Dwar is the best vantage point that provides splendid views of south and west faces of mount Kailash. This is probably the best place to have a closed view. Those; who are not undertaking circumambulation trip are advised to visit Tarboche.

Tarboche is the place where our horse/s, yak/s and porter/s are gather and accompany us for trekking part. Those, who are participating for circumambulation, will move ahead to Deraphuk from this point and rest will return to Darchen and wait until the people return from parikrama. The complete trek around mount Kailash takes 3 days. The distance of first day’s trek (from Yama Dwara to Deraphuk) is about 10 km. only and it takes 5 to 7 hours approx. to cover the distance.

The entire trail up to Deraphuk is reasonably flat with gentle ascend, however due to its extreme elevation, we may feel very exhausted, and need to have break on the way very frequently. The last legs of the journey is tough with rapid ascend. But, it is only for half an hour.

Deraphuk stands at an elevation of 4920 m. The north face of mount Kailash is just a few thousands meters away from here. This is the only place to have a close view of north face.

Overnight Guesthouse

Tarboche (Yama Dwar) to Deraphuk: 10 km | 5 to 7 hours walk.

Elevation of Deraphuk: 4920 m. | 16138 fts.

Today is the toughest & longest journey of this trip. We have to trek almost 22 km through rugged highland to reach Zutulphuk. Literally, we have to pack up our gear and set off from hotel at 5 a.m. Chinese time. Initially, it is an uphill trek from Deraphuk but after walking for an hour or so, the trail turns into mild ascend. Half of the trail passes through an elevation of 4900 m./16,000 ft. or above, so there is no wonder if we get suffered from breathlessness or headache. Though, we should try to keep our pace slow & steady.

Please do not forget to carry water bottle, down jacket, raincoat and some dry fruits & chocolates with you. Everybody has different pace of walking. People might not be around when you them. So, you have to be self-dependent in basic things. After making an up hill trek for about 4 hours or so, we will reach to a high pass where we will find Tibetan prayers flags fluttering. This is called ‘Dolma La pass’ (5800 m.). This is the highest point that we will be crossing over during this divine trip. After making a gentle descend from the pass, we will find our self near a tine glacial lake. This is ‘Gauri Kunda’.

From Gauri kunda, the trail leads us rapidly down through the area full of boulders and loose pebbles. Going down can be difficult and painful than coming up. If we have taken horse, we can’t even use it in this bit. After trekking down for another 1 & half hour or so from Gauri Kunda, we will eventually reach to the valley floor. From this point on, the trail is easy & flat. It is another 2 hours easy-walk to reach Zutulphuk from here.

Overnight Norpel Guesthouse or Monastery guesthouse (Mud house) | dormitory.

Deraphuk to Zutulphuk: 22 km | 9 hours,

Elevation of Zutulphuk: 4820 m. | 15810 fts.

Today is the last day of this divine circumambulation. Morning after breakfast, we pack up our gear and move on to Darchen. The entire trail is easy and flat. The trek takes about 3 hours to complete.

Our Vehicle is waiting for us at the final point; which is before Darchen. We board on the Bus then start our journey to further destination. First, we reach to the point (eastern shore of manasarovar) where we had left our vehicle. We board on the same vehicle and move ahead.

We will drive over the Mayum La pass, military barricade, Paryang, sand-dunes area then eventually reach to old Dzongba in the evening. Picnic lunch will be served somewhere after the Mayum La Pass.

Zutulphuk to Darchen: 8 km | 3 hours walk.

Darchen to Dzongba: 350 km | 5 hours.

Elevation of old Dzongba: 4500 m. | 14760 fts.

Morning after breakfast, we pack up our belongings then set off for Paryang. Today, we traverse approximately 210 km to reach Kyirong. On the way, we cross Saga and river Brahmaputra then drive take right turn to Kyirong before we reach Peiku lake.

Overnight Guesthouse (Dormitory room with common Tibetan toilet)

Old Dzongba to Kyirong: 280 km | 6 hours.

Elevation of Kyirong: 2600 m. | 8528 fts.

After breakfast, we drive down to the border then continue drive to Kathmandu. The drive takes about 6 hours to reach Kathmandu. Evening free for independent activities.

Overnight Hotel

Kyirong to Border: 22 km | 45 minutes.

Shyabribeshi to Kathmandu: 170 km | 6 hours.

Transfer to international airport for your flight back home.

Cost Includes:
  • Necessary arrival / departure transfers in Nepalgunj (very normal vehicle available here)
  • Lucknow- Nepalgunj- Lucknow transfers
  • Nepalgunj- Simikot- Nepalgunj air ticket (fixed wing- Twin otter aircraft OR Dronier)
  • Simikot- Hilsa- Simikot by Helicopter (only 5 or 6 persons 10 kg baggage per passneger)
  • Domestic airport taxes (all sectors)
  • Tibet group visa and travel/trekking permits
  • Guesthouse in Tibet
  • Indian vegetarian meals during the tour in Tibet (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Transportation in Tibet by Bus
  • Tour around Lake Manasarovar on green vehicle (not the vehicle the we take from Taklakot)
  • English speaking Tibetan guide
  • One tour Manager
  • Necessary supporting crew (Cook, Sherpas from Nepal)
  • All necessary Kitchen & camping equipment
  • Yaks & Yak men during the Parikrama to carry foods and baggage
  • Oxygen for emergency use
  • Medical kit bag / First Aid kit
  • Humla region restricted area permit & royalties (US $ 40 per person or equivalent)
  • Porter cost in Hilsa (while going and coming back)
  • All applicable taxes & service charges
Cost Excludes
  • Riding Horse during the Parikrama
  • Your travel insurance
  • Insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation (helicopter cost, hospital bill, vehicle bill etc.)
  • Asthapad darshan (it is banned to visit Asthapad)
  • Personal expenses & bottled drinks
  • Tip for guide & driver
  • Extra accommodation charge in Nepalgunj, Simikot and Hilsa, if the flight canceled due to bad weather condition
  • Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances</li
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