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The second most populous city on the Tibetan plateau, Lasha is also the administrative Capital of Tibet. It is situated at an altitude of 3650 meters above the sea level comprised of beautiful, the ancient Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and the Norbulunka etc. The interesting culture, lifestyles, of people amazes every traveler visiting this place. It takes one hour flight via China Southwest Airlines to reach Gonggar Airport at Lasha from Kathmandu. Monterosa Treks and Expedition organizes an exciting holy trip to this “roof of the world”, Lasha every year.
Enjoying the exotic views of the Himalayan ranges including the tallest peak Mount Everest from the flight we reach to Gonggar Airport where our guides will manage all the formalities. Then from Airport with two hour drive (about 93km) you reach to the hotel for night stay. It is worthwhile to spend two following days at this place to adjust with the climate and altitude.
On the third day, you will be carving your journey to Holy Mount Kailash enjoying the beautiful settings of Tibetan Highlands and the Yarlung Tsangpo River valley on the way. After having a divine view of Kailash Parvat, now you will be taken to another pilgrimage destination, Lake Mansarovar. It takes three days to do the Kailash Kora /circuit (Kailash Circumambulation), which will be the ultimate achievement of our trip. Then you will be driven back to the Miteri Bridge (Friendship Bridge) from where you will have a coach ride back to Kathmandu. Our tour gets terminated.
Kailash-The Mysterious Holy Peak
As believed to be the sacred abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati by Hindus, the mysterious peak, Mount Kailash is often venerated by Buddhist, Jains and the Bonpo: Tibetan indigenous religion. Entire Tibetans call it as “Jewel of Snow”. Though they follow different religion with different principles, they worship Mount Kailash as the dwelling of gods and goddess in their own way.
Kailash Parvat is famous for its four sheer walls shaped appearance like that of a handle of a millstone with the mysterious Buddhist symbol called Swastika in its southern face. Ancient scriptures relate this mountain with Mount Meru with its four faces made of four different Jewels (gold, crystal, Rubi, and lapis lazuli). The Brahmaputra, The Indus, The Ganges and The Sutlej are originated from this black soaring mountain of 6714 meters. Circumambulating Kailash Parvat is believed to release any person from all known and unknown sins ever committed in life.
Sapta Rishi cave; Proceeding from early morning from Darchen reaching Serlung Gompa, the next 10 minutes walk from this Gompa takes us to Astapada, a spectacular mountain amphitheatre at the base of Mount Kailash. By moving towards Saptarishi Cave, and having a divine view of Atmalingam, visit Sapta Rishi cave & Darshan Saptarishi Cave. One should be physically fit and fine to perform Nandi Kora (Circumambulating Mount Nandi). Saptrishi Cave and 13 Chhurten can be seen here. Climbing steep upward for ten minutes, we can see Sardung Chuksum La pass (5858m). Mountain Guides are required to help the travelers in carrying emergency oxygen and ropes.
After doing Nandi Kora, we will return to Serlung Gompa and then move to Darchen for a night stay. Serlung Gompa - Saptarishi Cave/ Atma Lingam / Nandi Parikarma is at 13 kilometers distance. Circumambulating Nandi Parvat once is believed to obtain merits equivalent to 13 rotations of Kailash Parvat.
Lake Manasarovar; The name of this Lake is derived from Sanskrit languages, meaning Lake of Consciousness. It is just 15 meters below holy Mount Kailash. With an altitude of 4580 meters, this Lake also has age long religious and spiritual significance to Both Hindus and Buddhists. One dip into the cold emerald water of this lake is considered as the holiest thing to do which takes the person in the dwelling of lord Shiva after death. Drinking its sacred water is believed to keep any person healthy, youthful and energetic forever. It takes three full days just to go around the periphery of this mighty Lake. The beautiful eight different monasteries around it have boost up its religious fragrance. Every individual want to carve their journey to these sacred Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. Remember Monterosa to make your dream of having a pilgrimage to these sacred lands come true. We respect each of yours belief. Guests are god.
Meeting point: Arrival day pickup from Kathmandu airport scheduled to your arrival timetable
04 July 2017 Day 01: After the arrival in Kathmandu (1300mts), our staff will meet you at the airport and escort you to the Hotel followed by your own free saunter around there in the local market, Thamel. Dinner and night stay at a Kathmandu hotel.
05 July 2017 Day 02: Breakfast in Kathmandu followed by guided sightseeing to the Pashupatinath Temple, Budhanilkantha and Doleshwor Mahadev in Bhaktapur .Back to hotel for packing and program briefing with a documentary of Kailash for your comfortable trip to Kailash & Mansarover.
06 July 2017 Day 03: Kathmandu to Nyalam Drive (3700 meters - 160 kilometers) - This is the first day of the Yatra. After breakfast, the departure starts from Kathmandu in Nepal to Tibet border on a private Tourist coach. It takes about 5 hours to reach Nepal-Tibet boarder. Take lunch in Nepal side in Lipping near Nepal Tibet Friendship Bridge. Our staff will complete customs formalities, immigration in Nepal side and check into Tibet side an autonomous part of China. After checking, we drive to a Zhangmu as known Khasa Bazaar by Nepali, here we halt for about 10-15 minutes and drive to a small Tibetan town called Nyalam in a Van / Toyota Hiace or Deluxe bus. The Nepali cook makes vegetarian food for all the travelers we shall stay at a Guest House / Hotel in Nyalam.
07 July 2017 Day 04: In Nyalam, after Breakfast, we climb up to Nyalam city about for 1.5 hours for acclimatization. Come back for lunch. Complete leisure after lunch.
08 July 2017 Day 05: Drive to Dongba from Nyalam .New Dongba (4500 meters – 365 km far from the previous stop). After breakfast, we drive from Nyalam to Lalunga La pass 5050 meters passing Peku-tso Lake, Salt Lake (Nunilo Tal) & reach Saga city after 6 hours long drive. On the first day, long drive from Nyalam to Dongba through the sandy & rocky lands of Tibet. Here you find the Nomads who look after thousands of sheep & yaks. During the day time, we take warm lunch box for our yatri, traveler & we stop for lunch near Pekhu Tso Lake or somewhere. After lunch continue drive to & cross the Bhramha Purtra River (Sangpo) the way to Tibetan city Saga. Saga city is a bigger city having many facilities way to Kailash & Mansarover Yatra Tour. Here we will rest and head forward to Dongba which takes not more than two complete hours to Saga (115kms). There we spend a night at a comfortable Hotel.
09 July 2017 Day 06: Dongba to Mansarover Lake (4580m) 370 kilometers is to be covered in not more than 6-7 hours. After breakfast we drive from Dongba to Mansarover Lake. The day starts with full of excitement, by the afternoon as you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Mansarover Lake from Horchu. For lunch, we make hot lunch box and on the way we stop for lunch. After Lunch we continue the drive to Mansarover Lake reaching Horchu, a small village near Mansarover Lake. Now we start the rotation of Mansarover Lake and complete it in about 2-3 hours time. However, Mansarovar Lake is so big that it takes 3 to 5 days to make one rotation on foot. The circumference of the Lake is 102 Kilometers. There are 8 Monasteries all through the circumference of the Lake. Finally we reach Chiu Gompa, near Mansarover Lake. Full moon night in Manasarovar Lake (Guru Purnima)
10 July 2017 Day 07: Mansarovar Lake to Darchen (4600 meters – 40 kilometers drive.) In the morning, we will choose a special point to take a deep dip in Mansarover Lake taking bath in cold water. According to Hindu religion, is seen offering water, flowers, money to the God and after the prayers to Lord Shiva & Goddess Parbati. The pilgrims are seen meditating in Lord Shiva and reciting the names of their ancestral gods, performing the hom (offering grains mixed with purified butter to the fire) in the name of gods, in order to relieve themselves from any kind of sins which they might have committed knowingly or unknowingly. After completing the Hom, they are exchanging happiness by hugging, much to the amusement of the onlookers. Everybody is doing Aarati (oil-fed lamps) and praying by joining hands. The entire day is devoted to spiritual activities. We take lunch at around 2:00 in the afternoon and drive to Darchen to spend the night at a guest house.
11 July 2017 Day 08: Drive from Darchen to Tarboche (Yamadwar -gate for the God of Death) & 5 minutes further drive & it comes Sershong, from our journey starts by walking to Dirapuk (4890 meters - 15 kilometers) a Monastery. Here some yatri can take either a pony or some local porters for 3 days. (If you take pony & porter) You should tell in Mansarovar Lake and Tibetan guide will be managing all before starting the Kora. If you take a pony for round Kailash, much and much easier for doing Yatra Tour, this is the first day of Kailash Parikrama. We should start our journey after breakfast as early as possible. This day, we have to walk continuously for about 5 to 6 hours. Yak will carry all our goods and equipment, From Diraphuk, You can see Mt. Kailash north face is much closed, looks Shiva god staying there. There we stay at Dirapuk mud house.
12 July 2017 Day 09: Dirapuk to Shapje Datok (4790mts. - 16kms.).Today is a crucial day as we have to pass the Dolma-La or Dormal Pass, which is 5636 meters above the sea level. The weather here is unpredictable in and at any time snowstorm may begin. So we try to start our journey as early morning as possible. In route we can have Darshan Ganesh Kund before pass and after Gauri Kund as well as but it is little bit difficult to go down split walking path and touch Gauri Kund Lake. From Dirapuk, slope climbs up & up till the Dorma La pass, after the pass we go steep down till Shapje Datok and continue down till Kailash view point. Lhamchu river side, make camping here for night halt
13 July 2017 Day 10: Kailash view Point - Kuber Kunda – Zuthulpuk: In the morning we take breakfast and start to climbs up until Kuber Kunda, touch Lake, and have the view of Kuber Parbat & get back the same way viewing the East face of Kailash then we follow the normal route a flat path till Zuthulpuk monastery. There we stay for the night either in the mud house or in the open tent fixed by our crew.
14 July 2017 Day 11: Zuthulpuk to Darchen, after breakfast we walk down to the Chongdo for about 3 hours and drive to Darchen where we take lunch & stay over night
15 July 2017 Day 12: Early in the morning start walking from Darchen to Serlung Gompa. Once we reach Serlung Gompa, in the next 10 minutes walk, we reach Astapad. There we see the Astapad, a spectacular mountain amphitheatre at the base of Mount Kailash. Walk to Sapta Rishi cave, Darshan Atmalingam, visit Sapta Rishi cave & Darshan Saptarishi Cave. Nandi Kora is not easy; we need to be very fit for walking & rock climbing near the Saptrishi cave. Here we can see Saptrishi cave and 13 Chhurten. After the 10 minutes climbs up and then can see Sardung Chuksum La pass 5858m. We need mountain guides for this trip and they will put rope and carry some emergency oxygen for the yatri / travelers. You will feel easy for doing this trip with professional mountain guides. After the Nandi Kora, we will return to Serlung Gompa and then continue to Darchen to spend the night. Serlung Gompa -Saptarishi Cave/ Atmalingam / Nandi Parikarma is 13 kilometers far. As described in the Hindu myth, a person who moves around the Kailash Parbat, we will be free from all the sins committed in life. It is believed that if they move round the Parbat for 108 times, they directly get Nirvana. It is also said a person who moves Nandi once, gets an equal fruit of rotating the Kailash for 13 times.
16 July 2017 Day 13: Darchen –Mansarovar Lake - Dongba: after breakfast we drive to Mansarovar and fill up the holy water from Mansarovar Lake (Holy Jaal/water). Again we continue the drive to Dongba for the over night
17 July 2017 Day 14: Dongba to Nyalam: Drive to Nyalam, which is the last night stay in Tibet part. It takes 4-5 hours.
18 July 2017 Day 15: Nyalam to Kathmandu – After breakfast we drive to Zhangmu and Friendship Bridge Tibet - Nepal. After the customs and immigration formalities clearance in Tibet and Nepal side continue drive to Kathmandu for about 5 hours, and then transfer to the hotel. Lunch will be serving on the way or hotel in Kathmandu.
19 July 2017 Day 16: Transfer hotel to airport for final departure
Tour Cost for Non Residential Indian (NRIs) Foreigners/tourists
Package A: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,750 per person (with van) Hotel Radisson
Package B: 4 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,650 per person (with van) Hotel Vaishali / Similar
Package C: 3 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,550 per person (with van) Manang / Marshaydi
Package D: 3 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2300 per person (Deluxe Bus) Manang / Marshaydi
Single Supplementary US$ 400, US$ 300 & US$ 250 who use single bed room
Kailash visa fee for American US$ 175 & other NRIs or tourist US$ 85
Package cost for Indian resident (Indian password Holder)
Group size Minimum 17 Persons (4 star hotel in Kathmandu)
American Currency $ 1 = INR 62.00 Valid or less
10-15 Persons, Per Person INR 1,45,000 (Deluxe Luxury bus) 4 Star Hotel Vaishali / Similar
16-19 Persons, Per Person INR 1,35,000 (Deluxe Luxury Bus) 4 Star Hotel Vaishali / Similar
20-24 Persons, Per Person INR 1,30,000 (Deluxe Luxury coach) 4 Star Hotel Vaishali / Similar
25-32 Persons, Per Person INR 1,25,000 (Deluxe Luxury coach) 4 Star Hotel Vaishali / Similar
Single Supplementary INR INR 4000 who use single bed room
Extra Service If required
Mountain flight / Everest Flight are INR 7000 (USD 200) per person
Extra cost if required for Kailash:
Horse ride during the Parikrama 1 horse for 3 days USD 400
(Directly payable to the Tibetan guide)
Porter for carrying small bag for 3 days round Kailash USD 250
Additional Services if required
Extra day trip to Tirthpuri – USD 400 per Jeep
Personal equipment like camera, phones, etc
Extra trip to Khojarnath Ram Sita temple USD 400 Per Jeep