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Kailash Mansarover Yatra

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Duration

Tibet

Country

Moderate

Grade

5630

Max altitude

Flight and private vehicle

Transportation

Hotel & lodge

Accommodation

May to Sep

Best season

Meals

Trip Overview

Kailash Mansarover Yatra is one of the most popular religious activities among the Hindu pilgrims. However, the devotees of Jainism, Buddhism, Bonism and many other faiths consider Kailash and Mansarover as the holiest pilgrimage area. Thousand of devotees visit this sacred land every year through the mountains and plains of Nepal and Tibet.
 
Mt. Kaishas lies to the north of the Himalayan barrier in Tibet which is 6740m tall. It is believed that this mountain was formed 30 million years ago. Lake Mansarovar is the giant lake that lies beside Mount Kailash on Tibetan plateau. Brahma, the creator himself had created this lake. Devotees traveling here believe that they can get salvation and wash away all the sins of life when they visit Mount Kailash and bathe in the Lake Mansarovar. The journey used to be very hard in the past, but now it can be done on a jeep from Kathmandu.

This Kailash Mansarover Yatra begins driving through the Himalayas westward towards Tibet to Holy Lake Mansarovar. Kailash plays an important role in the religion of Tibet. It is the soul of the nation and believed that it will protect them from trouble. You will encounter the pilgrims, herders, and the local people during the journey which will be lively and memorable. Actually, you will have an experience of a lifetime.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, our representative will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. Have some rest and get refreshed at the hotel and then utilize your free time exploring the surroundings. 

Distance covered: 0 km 
Altitude: 1400m
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: A visit to Kathmandu Temple.

Our sightseeing tour in Kathmandu starts after breakfast at the hotel. We will be visiting Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanikantha Temple, both are very popular among the Hindus travels. After visiting those places we come back to the hotel and have our lunch. In the evening, your tour guide will give a briefing about the trip.

Distance covered : 0 km
Altitude: 1400m
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3: A long drive from Kathmandu to Shyabru Besi

We leave after breakfast on a bus to Shyabru Besi. Although the road conditions in some places are not good, but you will enjoy the views of landscapes, rivers, villages, and mountains. Sometimes the traffic jam makes the journey tiring. Upon arriving at Shyabru Besi we check into the hotel or lodge where we will take our dinner and stay overnight.

Distance covered: 130 km
Altitude: 3200m
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 04: A drive from Dhunche/Shyabru Besi to Keyrong Via Rasuwagadhi

We take our breakfast at the hotel and then leave for Rasuwagadi, the Nepalese Border which is 15 km from Shyabru Besi. After completing our immigration formalities, we cross the border to reach China where all the pilgrims will be transferred into the Chinese bus. On arrival at Keyrong, you will be transferred to the hotel. Take rest after having hot tea or coffee with light snacks. You can stroll around before dinner at the hotel. 

Distance covered: 125 km
Altitude: 3700m
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 05: Free Day at Keyrong.

The fifth day of our journey is an acclimatization day. It is necessary to have acclimatization day to accustom with the high altitude. The tour guide will take you around Keyrong for a short hike which will help to adjust with the harsh climate. 

Distance covered: 0 km
Altitude: 3700m
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 06: Keyrong to New Dongba via Saga.

We start the day driving through the mountains followed by plains with an amazing view of lake Pieko-Tso. After crossing river Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) we arrive at a settlement of Saga. Moving ahead, you will see the landscapes change to the beautiful high plains of Tibet. We continue our driving until we reach New Dongba which will be our destination for overnight at the hotel or guest house.

Distance covered: 380 km
Altitude: 4750 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 07: Dongba to Lake Mansarovar.

This is an important day of our trip where we take early breakfast and head towards Lake Mansarovar. In Mayumla, we take a break for permit formalities and lunch. We continue to drive and cross Mayumla and Paryang country to our guesthouse at Chiu Gompa. 70% of Lake Mansarovar Parikrama will be done today and the rest after Kailash trek. You will have the best moment of your life in Lake Mansarovar. If you wish, visit Chui Gompa Monastery.

Distance covered: 310 km
Altitude: 4600m
Meals: Breakfast

Day 08: Lake Mansarovar to Darchen.

Our crew will arrange everything that you need for Pooja and Havan. First, have a holy dip in Lake Mansarovar and then participate in Pooja. We will have our lunch after finishing Pooja and then head towards Darchen, a major administrative hub of Kailash. You can wander around the market here before checking into the guesthouse for the night stay. 

Distance covered: 40 km
Altitude: 4659m
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 09: A short drive to Yam Dwar and Parikrama to Dirapukh

We head to Tarboche after having breakfast in Darchen. Tourists who do not want to go to Parikrama can stay in the guest house for two nights. The journey ahead will be done on foot. Those who want can hire horses or yaks and will be guided by Tibetan guides based on payment. Travelers have to carry their lunch and hot drinkable water by themselves. We ascend gradually through the banks of the glacial river to make it easier to reach Derapukh in 4 to 6 hours. The temperature in Darchen will be below zero and all tourists will stay in guest houses and dinner with soup will be served upon arrival.

Altitude: 5056m
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Derapukh to Zuthulphuk via Dolma La pass.

We wake up early in the morning to catch the glorious sunrise view at Mount Kailash. Returning after sunrise view, we take our breakfast and start our trek to Zuthulphuk, which is a tough trek. All the travelers should carry packed lunch and hot drinkable water. The trail goes continuously uphill for 3-4 hours and steeps down to Gauri Kunda. And then another 2.5 hours walk to a flat valley followed by another 2 hours of flat walk. There will be a break after crossing Gauri Kunda where we take our packed lunch. The downhill trek would be difficult as it will be downhill with loose stone making the path slippery. But the latter part will be an easy walk to Zuthulphuk. 

Altitude: 5650m
Distance: 22 km Trek
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 11: Trek to Darchen and drive to Dongba.

On the last day of our journey, we take our breakfast and then walk to Darchen where our transportation will pick us and drive to Dongba after completing the rest 30% of the Parikrama at Mansarovar Lake. Lunch will be taken in Darchen. Upon reaching Dongba, we will check into the guesthouse where we stay for the night. 

Distance covered: 8 km Trek and 340 km Drive
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

Day 12: Drive Dongba to Keyrong

After breakfast, we leave Dongba and drive to Keyrong passing the beautiful town of Saga. Our journey includes the fantastic views of Tibetan plains, Bhramaputra river, Pieko-Tso lake, and Shishapangma. We drive on the evenly pitched road to Keyrong where we stay overnight.

Distance covered: 310 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 13: Keyrong to Kathmandu via Rasuwagadhi.

We leave Keyrong after breakfast for a drive to the border. Next, we walk to Nepalese immigration control in Rasuwagadi and take a vehicle to the Nepalese border, followed by a drive to Kathmandu. Depending upon the traffic, the drive might take 7-10 hours. Arriving Kathmandu, we will transfer you to the hotel where you can take rest.

Distance covered: 270 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 14: Leave Kathmandu. 

We will peak you from the hotel after breakfast and drive you to Kathmandu International Airport for the flight back to your home.

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