Kailash Mansarovar

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 Kathmandu 1300 m.
  • Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing.
  • Day 3 Kathmandu to Nyalam 3800 m.
  • Day 4 Nyalam 3800 m.
  • Day 5 Nyalam to Zhongba 4400 m.
  • Day 6 Zongba to Lake Manasarovar 4600 m.
  • Day 7 Rest Day at Manasarovar.
  • Day 8 Manasarovar to Darchen 4600m.
  • Day 9 Trek to Derapuk 4910m, north of Kailash. Total hiking 14 km, 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 10 Trek to Zuthul Puk 4780m. Total hike: 18km, 10-12 hrs.
  • Day 11 Drive to Manasarovar 4600 m.
  • Day 12 Drive to Saga 4400 m Stay in Hotel.
  • Day 13 Drive to Kathmandu 1300 m.
  • Day 14 Fly back home or extra activities.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 ( Kathmandu 1300 m. )
After check in is done at hotel if time permits we will take you PashupathiNath temple for the fire ceremony (Aarati), which is one of the most spectacular events at the temple and we will also arrange Sankalp/ Puja for successful journey of Kailash Yatra along with guidance of pashupati Area Development Trust and if time does not permit we will provide it next day. On return we will have dinner ready.

Day 2 ( Kathmandu Sightseeing. )
After breakfast, we will brief about the trip, following this you will have free time for shopping and packing for the rest of the high altitude yatra that you are about to embark on. You can walk to the Local market area and Kumari temple after lunch (if time permits) and in the evening we will take you Buddhanilkantha / Swayambhunath / Baudhanath (Buddha’s) Stupa to view the Kathmandu.

Day 3 ( Kathmandu to Nyalam 3800 m. )
After breakfast, Drive Kathmandu – Kodari – Nyalam (138 km) at Kodari (border). After immigration and customs formalities on both sides (Nepal and China). We drive to the small town Nyalam. Overnight at Hotel. (3800m)

Day 4 ( Nyalam 3800 m.)
We will spend the day acclimatizing in Nyalam with easy hikes into the hills nearby and by walking in and around the local town. This helps a lot to make the body fit for the rest of driving days. One more day are recommended to spend here to acclimatize fully to be very fit on the onward journey.

Day 5 ( Nyalam to Zhongba 4400 m. )
Past Nyalam the road climbs up to La Lung (5050m) then drops down before heading to the western part of Tibet. From this point you will see stunning views of the Himalayas and chain valleys, as well as some of the highest peaks (8000m) including Shisha Pangma (8012 m). You will see the grazing lands of yaks and sheep, the traditional villages and Bhramaputra River are also highlights on the long driving day. By late afternoon we will arrive in the town of New Zhongba. Depend on the follow of Yatris and health we can spend a night at Saga as well.

Day 6 ( Zongba to Lake Manasarovar 4600 m. )
By late afternoon the drive through green pastures and massive valleys yield to the first sighting of Mount Kailash and blue waters of Lake Manasarovar. We shifting the vehicles, We will drive around the lake, the Holiest Lake Manasarovar and overnight will be on Chu Gumba.

Day 7 ( Rest Day at Manasarovar. )
The four great rivers of the Indian sub-continent [the Brahmaputra, Sutlej, Ganges (Karnali), and Indus] all flow from the shores this Holy Lake. This day offers a wonderful opportunity to visit the great lake and take in the spectacular views of Mt. Gurula Mandhata (7694m) to the south and Kailash (6638 m) to the north. In the morning, the tour staff will set up private bathing tent on the shores of Lake Manasarovar for the traditional sacred bath and the Fire Ceremony with Mantra Chants, homa, Offering 108 Bel leaf ar Shivling etc will follow before the lunch. Staying an extra night here helps to acclimatize your body to adjust further for the great journey to the Parikarma, trekking around the Holy Mountain. Or you can drive to Darchen for night stay.

Day 8 ( Manasarovar to Darchen 4600m. )
After breakfast or lunch yatris will be heading north towards Darchen, a small town with all the basic facilities which is the base of Holy Mountain. An amazing trip to Tirthapuri (Hot Springs) can be plan on the way to Darchen or visit Austapad once you are there in Darchen. (Please note that driving to Trithapuri and Austapad is not included in the regular trip).

Day 9 ( Trek to Derapuk 4910m, north of Kailash. Total hiking 14 km, 6-7 hrs. )
Our first day of trekking around Holy Kailash begins at Tarbuche. As we make our way along the route we pass numerous chortens (stupas) as well as the sky burial site of the 84 Mahasiddas. We will walk through the Yama Duar – the Gate of the God of Death to start the Parikrama. We will also take in wonderful views of cascading creeks, streaming waterfalls and the mighty west face of Kailash. We will pass the Chukku monastery and arrive at the Derapuk monastery about 5 hours later (depending on walking speed), where we will stay in the pilgrims’ lodge. A short hike is recommended to see and touch the awesome inspiring north face of the great Kailash.

Day 10 ( Trek to Zuthul Puk 4780m. Total hike: 18km, 10-12 hrs. )
The hardest day of the pilgrimage is also the holiest. We will cross Shivasthali – a rocky expanse dotted with stone cairns draped with the clothes left as offerings by pilgrims who have come before us. Further hiking ascents up to Dolma-La pass (5640m) and a marvelous sight of Gaurikunda. After a short break at the top of the pass to put prayer flags, we will head down the steep trail to our eventual campsite at Zuthul puk monastery (4790m), site of the cave of miracles where the greatest Tibetan yogi Milarerpa meditated and developed the powers of flying. Along the way we will be having wonderful sights of high peaks, streams, waterfalls and mountain caves.

Option: We can follow the inner route as well… over night will be on the same place , Zuthul Puk!

Day 11 ( Drive to Manasarovar 4600 m. )
Trek to end of the valley. Total hike: 12km, 4-5 hours. Drive to Manasarovar (4600m).

On the last day of our Kailash parikrama, an easy 3 hour walk along the river brings us to where it emerges onto the Barkha plain, Tarchen. The backup team (horse/helpers) will be saying good bye to you with a smile. Our vehicles will be waiting to transport us to Lake Manasarovar from where our transport will take us back to Kathmandu. Night will be spend at Zhongba.

Day 12 ( Drive to Saga 4400 m Stay in Hotel. )
Stay in Hotel. We will rush back towards Kathmandu, on the same great road, after living in low-oxygen levels for so many days. We can spend overnight in the famous town of Saga or Nylam once again if needed. Some of the town offers upgraded hotels, restaurants and good shops to make yourself refresh!

Day 13 ( Drive to Kathmandu 1300 m. )
This day will be marked by long hours of driving, crossing over the high mountain pass and a majestic view of the Himalayan peaks in Tibet and Nepal. We will start early to arrive at Zhangmu – the border. After completing the immigration formalities at the border we will drive back to Kathmandu to arrive by late afternoon. Back at the Hotel, we will have banquet to celebrate the success of the Yatra with Purnaahuti puja which includes yagya, hawan, using 5 matras for 108 times Aahuti of Lord Shiva. We will distribute certificates and High quality CD’s which will be a fantastic reminder of the entire trip including Austapad, Nandi Kora, Thirthapuri, Hanuman Ashram, Rishi caves, yatra with Inner route and outer route.

Day 14 ( Fly back home or extra activities. )
Fly back home or extra activities in Kathmandu/Nepal.

Inclusions

  1. Tibet entry permission and Kailash permit for the group
  2. Both Kailash parikrama (on foot) and Manasarovar parikrama (Luxury Bus)
  3. Accommodation on group sharing for 8 nights in Tibet and 3 nights in Kathmandu (as in trip outline)
  4. Luxury bus, support truck and a back up jeep on each group
  5. Tibetan guide from China Tibet Tourism Board (CTTB)
  6. Yaks and yakman for carrying equipment (three yatris one yak)
  7. Visa approval and visa approval service
  8. Veg meals (India)
  9. Guide, cook and supporting staff
  10. Half day tour in Kathmandu with airport transfers (in group)
  11. Kathmandu-Kodari and return transfer in group
  12. Yatra certificate
  13. Duffle bags, Sleeping bags, jackets and cap
  14. Arrangement of Sankalp Puja with priest, Jaap Mala, Bel Leaf, Stuti, Hawan puja arrangement

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fees
  • Rescue & emergency cost, horse for personal riding, tips
  • Any costs comes because of natural disaster or unseen reason
  • If you want a priest, can be managed as per your group size. (Eg For group size upto 25 pax: 3000 per pax)

Travel Advisory – Please Bring:

  • Thermal shirts/underwear
  • Nightwear thermals
  • Fleece/sweatpants
  • Day-wear shirt
  • Trekking pants/Wind pants
  • Underwear 4 to 7 pairs
  • Warm hat/balaclava
  • Neck gaiter
  • trekking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle (water purification)
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • First aid kit
  • Sleeping bag/jackets (depend where you are trekking- above 3000m level it is better to down with -10C). (Almost all the gears are available in Kathmandu as well.)

Yatra General Information

Fitness:

Except the high altitude (always get idea with experience yatris and contact your doctor – do not listen commercial leader’s story) the Kailash trip is more a luxury road tour; therefore no specific level of fitness is required. If you think you are fit and have strong will power you are welcome to join (on your own risk). People suffering from cardiac or respiratory problems should consult to their doctor. If you are willing to join on 3 days parikarma, regular morning and evening walks, jogging, stretching, meditation and regular exercise helps a lot to enjoy the high altitude holy Parikarma.

Food and Beverage:

We will serve healthy simple veg. meals which is makes fit on high altitude; Generally, breakfast and dinner will be served in Campsite/lodge serve. Light Pack lunch will be provided on driving or walking days. Dinner on arrival and breakfast on the departure day is included as well while you are here in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Necessities:

As the temperature varies greatly between day and night (from max. 20 degrees Celsius to min. to –16 degrees Celsius) one should prepare accordingly. Our guide will brief about the wearing on travelling days.

Insurance (recommended):

You are travelling on your own risk and to be sure with unavoidable circumstances buy a insurance policies which covers third country traveling including sport activities since there is a trekking part as well on the Kailash trip. Helicopter evacuation, hospital, medical, family visit, loss of belonging, and trip cancellation is strongly recommended to be covered by the policies.

Above rules are applicable as per the rules and regulation of China Tibet Tourism Bureau and (CIPSC) Indian pilgrims service China.

Food and Meals:

Saraogi Nepal aspires to offer the best food and service and our menus are designed to provide all the necessary nutrition and energy most trekkers need.

We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily during treks in addition to tea, coffee, milk, hornlike, juice etc.

Age Limit:

Anyone over 10 years of age can enjoy the yatra. Parental permission and assistance is required for those 16 years or younger. Senior with 70 years is requested to be sure with the leader before heading to Yatra since there is some sort of rustication on age which can be very sure only on the last moment.

Previous Experience:

Useful but not essential.

Physical Fitness:

We recommend good preparation before your YATRA to make your experience more enjoyable. You should be in good physical condition to participate on the Parikarma days specially trip to Nandi/Rishi Caves, Charan touch to NORTH FACE, following inner route, although the level of physical fitness depends on the nature and level of the route, weather.

Flexibility:

Physical flexibility allows joints, muscles and tendons to move, relax and stretch more easily. Carrying a backpack or not, however light it is or you are, can become a strain after a while. Flexibility exercises, including yoga, can help you to be in good shape for the trek/parikarma.

Warm-up stretches help loosen tendons, increase blood circulation and avoid injuries. Cool-down stretching helps relieve muscle soreness, fatigue and tightness.

Medical Information

ALTITUDE SICKNESS, ACUTE MOUNTATION SICKNESS (AMS): As you trek to higher altitudes, the human body needs to acclimatize to the reduced levels of oxygen. Altitude sickness/AMS is not uncommon above 2500m elevation. Symptoms of altitude sickness include hyperventilation (faster or deeper breaths), shortness of breath, changed breathing patterns, headache and dizziness.

Always be sure to tell your team mate or guide if you are feeling these or any other symptoms so that they can help. Ignoring it or with any simple mistakes an altitude can kill any living things!

Prevention of AMS (Acute mountain sickness)

  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid strenuous exercise while acclimatizing
  • If experiencing symptoms, do not climb higher
  • Tell your guide ASAP

Treatment of AMS

  • Rest at same altitude or descend until symptoms subside
  • Diamox
  • Paracetamol for headaches
  • Monitor symptoms closely

DIAMOX: On all high altitude treks (above 3500m) we carry Diamox for the prevention and treatment of AMS. Leaders are trained in use of these drugs. In some cases, it can cause a sulphur allergy – hence discuss this with your doctor prior to departure. Side effects- Tingling fingers, lips and nose (not serious) & dehydration (manageable)

EMERGENCY SITUATIONS AND RESCUES:
In case of serious problems or emergencies, it is usually possible to arrange to be transported back out early. Such expenses are often covered by health and/or travel insurance. Comprehensive insurance with additional “Sports Cover” (a term used by many insurance companies) also usually covers the high cost of helicopter evacuation if necessary (weather permitting).

Communications during Treks/Parikarma

Since most higher altitude occurs in remote places, it can sometimes be difficult to make phone calls, although there are now more town/villages and places with mobile phone coverage. You can buy a sim card with a Nepali and Chinese number in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya can help arrange this) or on first day in Tibet and use it in such locations.

Tips

Below are a few things that we would like you to consider during your trek:

Do Not Litter: Please do not litter at camp sites or along the trail, and pack out what you pack in. This helps keep the environment healthy and Holy destinations cleaner. Additionally, many yatra groups have helped pick up litter along road/trails, which the people of the area greatly appreciate!

Respect Cultural and Natural Heritage: Please endeavor to respect the culture and traditions of the people where you visit. Languages and styles can change from town/village-to-village, but it can be fun and enlightening to try and understand it wherever you are.

Stay on trails: Because you travel in unfamiliar terrain and probably don’t understand local languages, we strongly recommend you always stay on the trail and in the company of your group and support team.

Consider others: Please try to be accepting and respectful of others you meet along the road/trail…visitors and locals alike. Also, if you walk in smaller group and quietly, you are more likely to see local wildlife.

Enjoy Your Visit: Let go of your normal workaday world while you drive/trek and immerse your senses in the beauty of Himalayas, soaking in the serenity and spirit of the mountains. Enjoy and make the best of everything…such efforts rarely go unrewarded.

Take Pictures:Don’t be shy about taking scenic pictures, especially with digital cameras… but please be courteous and ask permission before taking pictures of local people. Be sure to take along enough camera memory storage and battery power with you. Power supplies are available almost each alternative day.

Daily Routine

This is our general routine, although it can vary depending on the distance to be covered and trail difficulty each day.

  • Wake up: 7:00 am
  • Pack your bag before breakfast
  • Breakfast: 8:00 am
  • Leave camp or guesthouse: 8:30 am
  • Light Lunch: around 1:00 pm
  • Arrive camp or guesthouse: 5:00 pm
  • Dinner: 7:30 pm

Make sure that you are having good enough hot/cold drinks. Boys always feel happy to support on your all needs.