China’s autonomous region of Tibet has become a popular pilgrimage destination as it is home to Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. Situated at an elevation of 6714 m, Mount Kailash is believed to be the dwelling of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati by Hindu religious people. Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bonpos accept the pilgrimage to this sacred region as a way to attain the ultimate Salvation from all the known and unknown sins ever committed in life. This challenging journey to Kailash or Darshan (divine view) of Shiva’s abode is to get purged from the clutches of the curses due to vices in life.
The founder of these religions is also believed to have mediated and resided here once. Because of this reason also the devotees from across the world wish to visit this epitome of beauty and spiritual land at least once in their lifetime. The route of Nepal is the best way to venture this region of Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. Mount Kailash (6714m) is also the mother principle to t four prominent rivers of Asia namely, The Brahmaputra, The Indus, The Ganges and The Sutlej.
Despite of the high altitude sickness, extreme temperature, wildest roads on the way to this region, the snow capped rocky peak, Kailash Parvat (6714m) attracts the pilgrims and they worship it as the Soul of Universe. Moreover, the beautiful monasteries, prayer halls of chanting monks and remote Cliffside with diverse flora and fauna retreats every suffering of the devotees during this strenuous Circumambulation of Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake.
Mansarovar Lake: Literally, the meaning of this Lake is consciousness of mind. It is another most preferred pilgrimage destination at Kailash region. Situated at an altitude of 4580 m above sea level, the total circumference of this Lake is 88 km. This Lake incorporates equal faith to Hindus and Buddhists. For Hindus, it is a bathing pond of Lord Shiva and Parvati whereas Buddhists believe that Lord Shakyamuni meditated at the shore of this lake to obtained wisdom about reality of life. Hence, this Lake is worshipped as a source of Enlightenment. According to the legends, one to three rotations of the lake can relinquish from the sins of 100 births In order to attain “Moksha”, liberation from the chain of this mortal life securing place in heaven after death. The eight different monasteries around the Lake make Mansarovar circumambulation more exciting. It is believed that drinking the sacred water of the lake and taking a holy bath in its cold water heals every pain of our physical body and keeps us youthful and energetic forever. It takes almost three full days to walk around this gigantic lake. Despite of several difficulties one should face during Mansarovar Circuit, people from across the globe come for this with great devotion and faith. Conclusively, Tibet is a place that will likely change the way you see the life and world.
If you desire to venture these holy sites have, Monterosa Treks and Expedition is the only such Travel Company which leaves no stones unturned to make your pilgrimage a life time experience. Here we have our itinerary for this year Kailash Tour. You can contact us any time for further information. We are always ready at your service. Athiti Devo Bhava.
Meeting point: As soon as you arrive to Tribhuvan International Airport, our staffs will welcome you and take you to hotel.
22 June 2018 Day 01: As soon as you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will welcome you and escort you to the Hotel followed by your own free saunter around there in the local market, Thamel. You will have your dinner and stay at a Katmandu hotel.
23 June 2018 Day 02: After having your breakfast at Kathmandu, you will be taken for sightseeing to the holy Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. At hotel, there is an orientation about Kailash Tour along with a documentary show.
24 June 2018 Day 03: This will be the first day of Yatra. We travel from Kathmandu to Shybrubshi (Nepal) that is Drive (1400 meters - 117 kilometers) - Departure starts from Kathmandu in Nepal to Tibet border on a private tourist coach or jeep as per your package after you take your breakfast. It takes 6 to 7 hours drive to reach Shybrubeshi. Trisuli bazaar will be our lunch spot. Further, driving to Kalikasthan, Ramche, Dunche, we finally reach to Shyabrubeshi. There are standard hotels and Lodges with fine Nepali and Indian cuisine for tourists.
25 June 2018 Day 04: Timure is our next destination. Our entire visa and passport will be checked at Nepal immigration office which is at Ghate Khola. After completing entire formalities we continue driving for 15 minutes to Rasuwagadi. It is 17 Kilo meter far from Shyabrubeshi. We cross the friendship bridge, Tibetan immigration office and get checked our Tibet visa for Kailash Visit one by one. There will be our Tibet guide waiting for us with travel permit for Kailash tour/Yatra. He will deal with all the immigration formalities and take you via Tibetan bus / van or Jeep to Kerung city. Kerung city is 24km far from boarder. With a local Tibetan settlement along with simple accommodation, there are tourist standard lodge and guest houses as well at this city situated 2900 meters above the sea level.
26 June 2018 Day 05: On this day, we drive from Kerung to Saga. We can see Peku Tso Lake, Salt Lake (Nunilo Tal) on the way & reach Saga city after 6/7 hours long drive. The view of Nomads looking after thousands of sheep and yaks is really interesting at this place. We manage for warm lunch box for our travelers & we stop for lunch near Pekhu Tso Lake or somewhere. After that, we continue driving & cross the Bhramha Purtra River (Sangpo) the way to Tibetan city Saga. It is a big city with many facilities on the way to Kailash & Mansarover tour
27 June 2018 Day 06: It is a complete relaxing day for our Yatris.
28 June 2018 Day 07: Saga to Manasarovar Lake: On this day we travel some 470 kilometers in not more than 7-8 hours. After breakfast we drive from Saga to Mansarovar Lake. It is truly an exciting day. By the afternoon, you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Mansarovar Lake from Hor. For lunch, we have hot lunch box and on the way we stop for lunch. After Lunch we move forward Mansarovar Lake reaching Hor. Now we begin the rotation of Mansarovar Lake and complete it in about 2-3 hours' time. However, this Lake is so big that it takes 3 to 5 days just to make one rotation on foot. The 8 different Monasteries all through the circumference of the Lake are really beautiful. Finally we will be at Chiu Gompa, near Mansarovar Lake. Full moon night in Mansarovar Lake
29 June 2018 Day 08: Mansarovar Lake to Darchen (4600 meters – 40 kilo meters drive.) We find a safe spot to take deep into Mansarovar Lake. Pilgrims can be seen offering water, flowers, money to the God and after the prayers to Lord Shiva & Parbati religiously. They are seen meditating in Lord Shiva and reciting the names of their ancestral gods, performing the homas (offering grains mixed with purified butter to the fire) in the name of gods and ancestors, in order to relieve themselves from any known or unknown sins. After completing entire religious rituals, they are exchanging happiness by hugging, much to the amusement of the onlookers. Everybody do Aarati (oil-fed lamps) and pray deeply. This day is well devoted to spiritual activities. We take our lunch at around 2:00 p.m. and drive to Darchen to spend the night at a guest house. Pilgrims can also enroll themselves in Astapad excursion at this place if it is open for year 2017.
30 June 2018 Day 09: We Drive from Darchen to Tarboche (Yamadwar -gate for the god of death) where we start walking to Dirapuk (4890 meters - 11 kilometers ) – Monastery. Yatris can hire pony & local porter for 3 days but you must inform us while at Mansarovar so that Tibetan Guide can manage it for you. We should start our journey after breakfast as early as possible as we have to walk continuously for about 5 to 6 hours. Yak will carry all stuffs. From Diraphuk, you can see Mt. Kailash north face much closer. It looks as if Lord Shiva himself is staying there. There we should stay at Diraphuk mud house.
01 July 2018 Day 10: Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk (4790 meters - 22 kilometers) It is very crucial day today as we have to pass Dolma-La or Dormal Pass, which is 5636 meters above the sea level. Weather is fluctuating and snowstorm can begin anytime here. It’s important to start our journey as early as possible. On the way, we can have the Darshan of Ganesh Kund. From Dirapuk, slop climbs up & up until we reach Dorma La Pass. After the pass we need to go steep down till Shapje Datok and after flat path till Zuthulpuk monastery. Again, our night stay will be at a mud house.
02 July 2018 Day 11: Zuthulpuk to Mansarovar Lake and to Dongba: After having our breakfast we walk down to the Chongdo for about 3 hours and drive to Darchen. We take our Lunch at Darchen and drive to Mansarovar and fill up the holy water from Mansarovar Lake (Holy Jaal / water). Again we move forward to Dongba for the night stay.
03 July 2018 Day 12: Dongba to Kerung: drive to Kerung for 7 to 8 hours. It will be last night stay at Kerung in Tibet side.
04 July 2018 Day 13: Kerung to Kathmandu – After having our breakfast, we drive to Nepal-Tibet Friendship Bridge Rasuwagadi. Entire customs and immigration formalities clearance in Tibet and Nepal side is done and again continue drive to Kathmandu for about 7/8 hours. Finally you will reach at hotel. You will have your lunch on the way back to Kathmandu.
05 July 2018 Day 14: This is the day of final departure. You will be taken to Airport from hotel.
Package A: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,600 per person Hotel Radisson/Similar
Package B: 4 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,495 per person Hotel Vaishali / Similar
Package C: 3 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,395 per person Manang / Marshaydi/ Hotel Arts
Single Supplementary US$ 400, US$ 300 & US$ 250 who use single bed room
Extra cost: Tibet visa fee American US$ 175, Canadian US$ 155 & other NRIs/ tourist US$ 85
Package cost for Residential Indians (Indian Passport holder)
Group size Minimum 17 Persons or more (Follow rules of Tibet Tourism Bureau 2014)
American Currency $ 1 = INR 62.00 Valid or less
Standard Tour to Kailash INR 1, 40,000 Per Persons (Standard service) 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
and guest houses, mud houses in Kailash Yatra.
Deluxe Tour to Kailash INR 1, 45,000 per Persons (Deluxe service) 4 star hotel in Kathmandu and
guest houses, mud houses in Kailash Yatra
Supper Deluxe Tour to Kailash INR 1, 50,000 Per Persons (Super deluxe service) 5 star hotel in Kathmandu
and 3 star hotel , 3 star in Saga, 4 star hotel in Darchen, other places are guest houses, Mud houses in Kailash Yatra
Single Supplementary Per Person INR 5000 for 5 star hotel
Single Supplementary Per Person INR 3500 for 4 star hotel
Single Supplementary Per Person INR 3000 for 3 star hotel
Extra Service If required
Mountain flight / Everest Flight is INR 7500 (USD 225) 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