Since the beginning of human history billions believe, The Holy Himalaya, where the universe sprang from a place so divine that just a glimpse of it can devour all evil, a palace of the Gods who protect the universe from the clutches of evil, ignorance, arrogance, and delusion. This place, which has been revered as the epicenter of the universe is none other than Kailash Mansarovar.
To the Hindus, Kailash, which means crystal in Sanskrit, is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru and the abode of Lord Shiva who with his consort goddess Parvati lives atop the mountain in utmost harmony performing yoga austerities. The Buddhists consider, it as a heaven on earth where saint Padmasambhava gained enlightenment. It is also assumed to be the place where queen Maya was brought to before giving birth to Lord Buddha. To the Bonpos, it is the precious snow mountain or Gang Rinpoche a gigantic mandala that is the epicenter of all Tantric forces. To the Jains it is the mystical mountain of Astapada where the founder Rishabhadeva attained spiritual liberation. In Sikh scriptures, it is believed that the founder Guru Nanak Dev learnt meditation techniques atop the mountain and he is believed to be one of the few people to have ascended the mountain peak.
The unspoiled lake Manasarovar is the source of the four great rivers of Asia--the Indus, the Sutlej, the Brahmaputra and the Karnali (Ganga). It is believed that bathing in the lake and drinking its water cleanses all sins. The Hindu mythology states that the lake was first created in the mind of lord Brahma, hence its name Manasarovar, which is a combination of two Sanskrit words Manas which means mind and Sarovar which means lake.
However, the pilgrimage to this mystical region, which is believed to be the navel of the universe, is difficult and arduous. In fact, it is considered to be one of Asia most religious and difficult trips and yet this holy region is one of the most visited places on earth. It is believed to have invisible magnetic powers, which lures people across the globe to it.
Trip destination: Mt. Kailash-Tibet
Trip Duration: 16 Days
Grade: Moderate adventure
Starts in: Kathmandu - Zhangmbu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge and camping
Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser with support truck
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner during tour
Day 01:- Arrival Kathmandu (1300meters)
Pick up from the airport/transfer to your hotel. Time permitting; you may want to start exploring the capital city. In the evening, meet the group for dinner and a trip briefing.
Day 02: Kathmandu (1300meters).
After breakfast, we set out for a guided tour of Kathmandu's holy sites, including Pashupatinath and Boudanath, before heading back to the hotel for lunch. The afternoon is spent making final preparations for the trip. Group dinner in the evening.
Day 03- Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam (3700meters).
Depart at 5.00 am from our Hotel in Kathmandu and drive through the Nepal reaching the Tibet border along the famous Araniko Highway. We stop for a quick breakfast at Dhulikhel and lunch at Kodari. After immigration and custom formalities on both sides (Kodari and Zhangmu) we drive to the small town of Naylam (3700 meters), Total distance 125 km from Kathmandu to Nyalam. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 04- Acclimatization day at Nyalam.
This day gives us a chance to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude in Nyalam (3700m). It is important to stay hydrated and extremely aware of your body's physical condition, which the staff will monitor at all times. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 05- Drive to Saga (4450meters) via Lalung La Pass (5050meters).
After breakfast we start our journey enjoying the grand view of Mt. Shishapangma (8021meters), Gauri shanker and other high mountains from Lalung la Pass (5050meters). A packed lunch will be served at the sacred Lake Pigutso. Total distance 250 km and the expected timing will be around 8 hours. Overnight guesthouse or tented camp.
Day 06- Drive to Prayang (4610 meters).
After breakfast we drive across the vast Tibetan plateau to Prayang. A packed lunch will be served on the way. Total distance 250 km and approximate driving time will be 7 hours. Overnight at guesthouse or tented camp.
Day 07- Drive to Manasarovar Lake (4560 meters).
The auspicious day for all travelers as we catch our first glimpse of the Holy Manas and Darshan of Mt.Kailash from The Horr Chu pass. Total distance 280 km and approximate driving time is 8 hours. Overnight at guest house or tented camp.
Day 08- Drive to Darchen (4570meters)
The experience of being in the abode of God - a life-time achievement: Puja, Havana-worship, meditation, holy dip, later we drive to Darchen (4570 meters). Preparation day for Kailash Kora. Overnight at guest house or tented camp.
Day 09- Mt. Kailash Kora (parikrama) starts.
Trek to Dairaphuk Gompa (5000 meters). Enjoy the close up view of north face of holy Mt. Kailash. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10- Second day of Kailash Kora.
Trek over Dolma La Pass (5600meters) and trek down to Zudulpuk (4800meters). Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11- Kailash Kora end.
Trek to Darchen, Kailash Kora ends. On the way we visit Zuthulphuk Gompa and drive to Horr Chu to collect holy water of Lake Mansarovar to bring back. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12- Drive back to Paryang (4610meters).
Overnight at Guesthouse or tented camp.
Day13- Drive back to Saga (4450meters).
Overnight at Guesthouse or tented camp.
Day 14- Drive back to Nyalam (3750 meters).
On the way we will see the beautiful Pigutso Lake, enjoy good view of Himalayan range including Shisapangama. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 15- Drive back to Kathmandu (1300meters).
Drive to Kathmandu via Zhangmu. Immigration formalities will be done at Zhangmu (Chinese Immigration office) and at Kodari (Nepalese Immigration office). Stay at Hotel.
Day 16- Transfer to airport for departure flight.
you may extend the stay at Kathmandu for Mountain Flight, Manakamana road trip, or Muktinath tour by Helicopter/flight, pokhara, chitwan Tour Etc.
Notice: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.
Mission Eco Trek aware that there are many companies seeking your business as you plan your adventure holidays in the Nepal Himalayas. We believe we offer the very best value for money and take your safety, comfort and ultimate holiday experience very seriously.
3 night's standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin share BB basis | 12 nights accommodation in Tibet using guesthouse /camp with meals | Mt.kailash Permit Fee | Yaks & Yak Men for luggage during Kailash Parikrama | Ground transfers in Tibet using Toyota Land Cruisers or bus as applicable | Services of English speaking guide in Tibet | Services of our trekking equipment and Sherpa staff | All Trekking & camping equipment including Gyamo Bags | Sleeping bags and oxygen cylinder.
Using extra nights in lodge (Except the mentioned on itinerary). Yak/porter for personal use. Rescue/ evacuation or the entire extra cost because of partition from the main group or serious.
Twin sharing rooms (single rooms available for in additional cost) in a high quality hotel in the heart of Katmandu while in Nepal. In Tibet, very simple guest houses with shared rooms and basic toilet facilities (in case of heavy rush and emergency we do use tented camp as well) will be your accommodation. Our staff will attend to all the camping responsibilities.
All meals during the trip will be provided. Our staff will cook delicious vegetarian foods include soups, rice, noodles, bread, curry, dal (lentils), potatoes, pickle, porridge, tea, milk, coffee.
Private bus will be transportation to border from Kathmandu and 4 wheels drive Landcruisers and Jeeps with trucks to carry personal and group gear will be on Tibet site. There will be 4 clients per vehicle and 1 driver. During trek we provide yaks to carry your personal gear. Extra yak/horse and yak/horse man can be provided ( for an additional cost)
Visa & Documentation
Clients must have a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining. We will take care of all the Tibet visa and entry permit procedures, once we receive copy of your passport and advance deposit.
We recommend that all clients obtain proper medical and travel insurance prior to the trip. Make sure travel insurance includes emergency and rescue coverage.
Altitude is a major factor on all of our Tibet tours. We often reach altitudes of over 5000m.This can have mild or severe affects on the body no matter what your level of health. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. The best way to prevent this is to stay extremely hydrated and conscious of how your body is functioning. We also have rest days to help the body acclimatize. Diamox is a prescription altitude medication (consult your doctor) that can help prevent symptoms. We also carry oxygen tanks and portable altitude chambers. Be sure each of you is traveling on your own risk. It's recommended to have a file with your medical history on this type of trip with recent medical report.
Although most of the trip will be done in vehicles, it is important that clients be in relatively good health. The trek around Kailash requires some demanding hiking and altitude can take a physical challenge on the body. We suggest clients start an exercise routine prior to the trip that includes hiking or jogging for a least an hour 3-4 days a week. If you have any concerns about the physical demands of the trip feel free to contact us please .If you have any chronic health problems please consult your doctor.
The following is a list of the personal gear required for the tour. Some items might be available for rental in Kathmandu. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about gear.
Towel, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brush, comb/brush, razor, shaving cream, women's items, toilet paper etc.
We provide basic 1st aid items but we highly recommend that please bring a well-stocked personal medical kit. Suggested items are below. Consult you doctor for all prescription medicine.
Our homepage contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 23742 (Jitendra), 0977 98510 23758 (Thakur).
Two weeks holiday in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek
My wife and I took a 2 week tour in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek in Feb 2011 and had a fantastic time. Mission Eco-Trek provided the very highest caliber guides and Ram Kumar (the proprietor) personally made sure that everything went smoothly. When storms caused our original flights to be cancelled and then cancelled for a second time, he graciously accommodated our changes at no extra cost. The cost was reasonable and the services provided were exceptional -even beyond what we had expected from the contract....
Kevin & Jacque
New York, USA