Ali (Ngari Gunsa) Airport is a dual-use Airport serving both military and civil (Public) purposes. It is situated in the southwest of China's autonomous region of Tibet at an altitude of 4274 m. Ali Airport is also the world's fourth highest commercial airport that starts operating from 1 July 2010.
We can reach Lasha in 2 hours while flying from Ali Airport. We suggest entire travelers to take flight rather than road transportation as it can be quiet difficult and time consuming. From here, the sacred Mansarovar Lake is just 200 km far. Mount Kailash (6714m) is situated just north of Manasarovar Lake. These sacred sites are pilgrimage to the people from four different religions namely, The Hinduism, The Buddhism, The Jainism and The Bonpos. These places are regarded as the holiest place in Earth.
Mount Kailash Manasarovar: The Mysterious Holy Peak Venerated by Buddhist and Hindus as the precise “Center of Universe”, Mount Kailash is one of the most preferred pilgrimage destination and sacred site in this Earth. This mountain is believed to be the exclusive abode of Hindu god, Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati by most of the Hindu people. There is a strong belief that accomplishing pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and nearby Manasarovar Lake, one can escape from all the known and unknown sins ever committed in life with the reward of Ultimate Salvation:”Mokshya”.
China’s autonomous region of Tibet is a homeland to holy Mountain Kailash. The kailash range is also believed to be the dwelling of the founder of different religions. People consider this a place to earn good merit releasing from all bad deeds. Even a single glance upon this mountain is believed to bring good fortune in rest of life.
The snowcapped black rocky peak is also the source to four prominent rivers of Asia namely, The Brahmaputra, The Ganges, The Indus and The Sutlej. The four sheer shaped like appearance with the Buddhist symbol ‘Swastika’ in its Northern side has boost up its spirituality and has made it more mysterious. Every Year, thousands of devotees of different religion, The Hinduism, the Buddhism, the Jainism, and the Bonpo religion (indigenous religion of Tibetan people) come to circumambulate the Sacred Mountain Kailash (6714m) with the total circumference of 53 km called Kailash Korra.
International Flights to Lhasa:
Lhasa Gonggar International Airport of Tibet is the largest and most important airport as it is the only airport with the facility of international Airlines such as Air China and Sichau Airlines. These Airlines serve direct flight from Lhasa- Kathmandu – Lhasa for travelers. During summer days, we can find direct flights in a daily basis. We advise travelers to catch flight instead of road way transportation because road transportation will be time consuming and strenuous. However, the flight will be just once or twice a day.
18 September 2018 Day 01: After arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, the staffs of Monterosa Treks and Expedition receive our guest and escort them to hotel. In the evening time, guests will be taken to Pashupatinath temple to have divine view of Aarati.
19 September 2018 Day 02: In the second day, pilgrims will be guided towards Pashupatinath Temple for Rudra Abhisek, Hom and Panchamrit with especial worship of the temple. After that, we will move on to Boudhanath, Jal Narayan in Budhanilkantha temple for sightseeing. If we get enough time we can also visit Saga Shiva Statue and Doleshor Mahadev. In the evening, there will be briefing for Kailash Manasarovar tour.
20 September 2018 Day 03: This day early in the morning we take a flight from Tribhuvan International Airport to land at Gonggar Airport of Tibet. Driving 90 km from Gonggar Airport we reach to Lasha city and spend our night in a hotel.
21 September 2018 Day 04: On this day, we move for sightseeing of beautiful Potala palace, Bharkhor Monastery and Bharkhor Bazaar and other historical places. We will spend our night again in the hotel of Lasha.
22 September 2018 Day 05: Today, we fly to Ali Airport (4500m) from Gongaar Airport. After that, we drive towards Darchen for 3 hours covering 200 km distance. Looking at the beautiful scenario we reach golden city of Darchen. Overnight stay in Darchen.
23 September 2018 Day 06: In this day, we drive for a few minutes to the initial spot of Kailash Parikrama (Circumambulation) called Yamadwar and start walking to Dirapuk (4860m). The total distance of walking during Kailash parikrama is 53km. After we reach back to Darchen, we can walk or hire pony or horse up to 38 km. And, there will be a blue bus to travel remaining distance.
24 September 2018 Day 07: This will be a longest day to walk as we need to reach Zuthulpuk from Dirapuk. Climbing from Dirapuk we reach the Shivasthal, Ganesh kunda and finally the top of Dolma La Pass. It is the highest point of our journey that is 5636km. The walking distance from Dirapuk to Zuthul puk is 21 km which takes 7-8 hours. This is the most difficult day as we need to walk up to 18,600 ft. or 5636m. Gauri Kunda is clearly visible while descending towards Shapje Drakthok. Almost 1 and half hour walking down and reach Shabje Drakthok can be reached walking for about 1 hour 30 minutes and then we further move on to Zuthul puk following Lham Chu River.
25 September 2018 Day 08: Early in the morning, we take our breakfast and walk towards Chongdo from Zuthul puk covering 7 km distance. We take blue bus / Jeep from Chongdo to reach Darchen. Reaching Darchen, we take our lunch and proceed towards Mansarovar Lake. Circumambulating the sacred Mansarovar Lake, we reach to Chiuw gompa where we spend the full moon night in a simple guest / mud house. After noon, we choose a special point to take holy dip into the water of Mansarovar Lake and do Rudra abhisek, Chanting Shiva Mantra, do Pooja. Nepali Priest guides us for Hawan and worship. The whole environment becomes religious and spiritual. (Full moon in Manasarovar Lake)
26 September 2018 Day 09: In this day we move on to Ali airport and take a flight from Ali Airport to reach Gonggar Airport. We spend our night at Lasha city.
27 September 2018 Day 10: In this day, we fly to Kathmandu after having our breakfast at hotel. We spend our night in the hotel at Kathmandu.
28 September 2018 Day 11: This is the last day of our tour and there will be farewell to our dear guests. Then, they will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for returning back to their home country.
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Oxygen is less at higher altitudes. The inclement weather and high altitude induces certain illness generally not encountered over the plains. Headache, nausea, lassitude, lethargy, breathlessness, general uneasiness [malaise], high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia are a few. It is common to all irrespective of the age, sex and physical fitness. Gradual acclimatization is the best answer. Tranquilizers, sleeping dose and strong anti-biotic must be avoided. Some of symptoms indicate that the body mechanism is readjusting to new environments. The best idea is deliberately slow down all the activities and follows the following rules:
1. Chant a prayer or visualize everything around to suit your pleasant thoughts or put on the earphones
and listen to your favorite music, Bhajans, Shiva Mantra chanting etc.
Important information for Kailash Manasarovar tourist / Yatri / Travelers
Acute Mountain / Altitude sickness
If you are not feeling well above 2,500meter, it maybe altitude sickness until proven otherwise
Early Symptoms Mountain / Altitude Sickness
2. Loss of Appetite
4. Fatigue of Minimal exertion
What to do ?
Don’t go higher, rest, drink fluids (Not alcohol)
If symptoms go away = go up
If symptoms get worse = go down with a friend / guide
Do not descent alone
Consider talking acetazolamide (Diamox) 250mg. twice a day
Worsening Symptoms altitude sickness
1. Severe Headache
3. Walking like a drink
4. Altered Mental Status
5. Severe fatigue
6. Shortness of Breath at rest
What to do ?
How to Prevent ?
Slow and gradual ascent
Sleeping altitude should not be more then 300-500 m. a day above 2500meters
Rest day after every 1000meters of altitude
Drinking plenty of clear water /Mineral water (water is oxygen of body)
If find rescue jeep to nearest hospital or Tibet Nepal boarder and take Helicopter to
Kathmandu from Nepal side, No any helicopter service in Tibet
Note: Each tourist / Yatri / Traveler to Kailash Manasarovar tour, should have travel insurance including life , medical treatment, Land rescue by Jeep or car and Helicopter evacuation (rescue) in home country minimum 100 thousand American dollars.