We at Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd, leading organizer of Mt. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra have been undertaking several trips in order to deliver what is to be the most memorable journey of your life. We have made other many momentous journeys, but none of them stand out so unmistakably as this trip to western Tibet by air, road and foot. It is undertaken mainly by pilgrims, to a place considered sacred by hundreds of millions of Buddhists, Hindus and Bonpos (followers of the pre-Buddhist Tibetan shamanistic faith). When it ended, we understood why so many sought to come to this place & started to launch an offer to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra since decades. The trip was motivated solely by the fascination for Manasarovar and Kailash
With the height of 15,000 feet, Manasarovar is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. It has a circumference of nearly 90 km, while the circumambulation of Mount Kailash, which lies to the north of Manasarovar, traverses about 52 km of mountain trails. It is located in a remote part of Tibet beneath the Trans-Himalaya, a range much older than the Himalaya. Many Indian pilgrims take the Indian government’s sponsored tours, which began during the late 1970s after Beijing began to permit them. However ours is a privately organized one which is meant to be both more expensive and also we could proceed at our own pace.
No one has climbed Kailash, although legend has it that the Tibetan mystic Milarepa’s ascent during the 11th century marked the victory of Buddhism in Tibet. China reportedly permitted some Spanish mountaineers to climb in 2001, but this was resisted by the Tibetans and the report was later denied by the Chinese government. German climber Reinhold Messner, who declined a Chinese offer to attempt an ascent of Mount Kailash in the mid-1980s, criticized the aborted Spanish attempt with the words, ‘If we conquer this mountain, then we conquer something in people’s souls.’
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival, you are greeted by our representative at the airport and transferred to the hotel. You will be welcomed by drink and refreshment in the hotel followed by a tour to the Kathmandu City. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and then fly to Nepalgunj
In the morning, you will visit Pashupatinath temple and Budhanilkantha the sleeping Bishnu, then to Patan also Known as Lalitpur. This “City Of Beauty” is separated From Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the Second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan's Central Durbar Square is absolutely packed with temples: it’s an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples Per Sq. Meter than of Kathamandu Or Bhaktapur. Within the city also lies the Tibetan Refugee Center, home to most of the valley's Tibetan Population. While technically refugees, the Tibetans are some of the wealthiest people in the valley because of the carpet industry they operate. For those looking to bring home a fine Tibetan carpet, this is the place to shop. You will then go to Swayambhunath the Golden Spire of the 5th-Century Swayambhu Stupa. It is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags. It crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps. After lunch you will be taken to Kathmandu airport to catch up flight to Nepalgunj.
Optional tour: Everest Mountain flight can be done early in the morning.
Day 03: Fly Simikot to Hilsa
You can fly to Simikot by domestic airlines early in the morning. Upon reaching Simikot airport take a flight to Hilsa by Helicopter. You can Fresh up at local guest house with tea or coffee. Then crossing Karnali bridge arrives to Chinese land. Drive to Purang (Taklakot). Before Purang have immigration formalities at Chinese custom office.
Day 04: Rest at Purang (Taklakot)
You can relax for full day at Purang (Taklakot) for acclimatization purpose. You may do shopping at Purang market.
Day 05: Drive Purang to Mansarovar
After breakfast drive to Mansarovar Lake. Before reaching Mansarovar Lake you will see Rakshyas Tal from the way. Today is the day of lifetime as you have the first sight of Holy Mt. Kailash and holy Lake Mansarovar. Your overnight will be at Chu Gompa nearby Mansarovar.
Day 06: Drive Mansarovar Lake to Darchen, (Base Camp of Kailash)
In the morning have a Pooja as per your tradition and take holy bath at Mansarovar Lake. After lunch drive to Darchen. The drive takes about 1 and half hour. Reaching Darchen Yatris who are interested to visit Asthapad may go there with extra payment of vehicle. At Darchen yatris who want Mt. Kailash Parikarma with horses and porters will have to confirm our guide so that he can arrange all before starting the parikarma.
Day 07: First Day of Parikrama
At morning you will drive to Yama Dwar and enter the holy gate and then further drive to Tarboche. Here you will meet our yaks and yak men. We will load all logistics on yaks and start Parikrama. The First day of Kora is a gradual walking of 5 hours. From the walking trail you will have Darshan of North face of Kailash. Today your overnight will be in tented camp at Derapuk.
Yatris who are not going Mt Kailash Parikarma will return back to Darchen and take rest there till those people going Parikarma return back.
Day 08: 2nd Day of Parikrama to Zuthulphuk
Early morning trek uphill Dolmala Pass which takes about 4 to 5 hours. After reaching top of the pass 5800 m then trek down to the valley floor. It takes another 4 to 5 hours. After that, when you cross Dolmala and move downwards you will see Gauri Kunda. This day is the longest and toughest day of Parikarma. So be prepared in mind accordingly. Like yesterday today also your overnight will be in tented camp at Zuthulphuk.
Day 09: 3rd Day of Parikrama. Drive to Purang or Hilsa
Today is last day of Parikarma. After breakfast you will trek down 10 kilo meters with the winding gradual track. Then once you reach the place called Chongdo, our land cruisers will pick up you and drive to Purang. Before moving towards Purang you will have Mansarovar Lake Parikarma by drive. Today your night halt will be either at Purang or Hilsa.
Day 10: Fly from Hilsa to Simikot and then to Kathmandu
Morning flight to Simikot will be by Helicopter. Same day you will fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj by domestic airlines.
Day 11: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast you will check out from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu Airport to connect flight for onward journey.
01. Two nights Hotel (twin sharing) in Kathmandu with vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
02. One night hotel in Nepalgunj with vegetarian meals (twin sharing)
03. One night Hotel in Simikot in Sun Valley Resort (dormitory room with common bathroom)
04. Pick up & drop transfers in Kathmandu1
05. One half-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
06. Necessary arrival / departure transfers in Nepalgunj (very normal vehicle available here)
07. Kathmandu - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu air ticket (fixed wing – Yeti Air OR Buddha Air)
08. Nepalgunj - Simikot – Nepalgunj air ticket (fixed wing – Twin otter aircraft OR dronier)
09. Simikot - Hilsa – Simikot by Helicopter (only 4 OR 5 persons can be carried at a time)
10. Domestic airport taxes (all sectors)
11. Tibet group visa and travel/trekking permits
12. Guesthouse in Tibet (for the entire journey) – except in Taklakot all places have dormitory Guesthouse with Tibetan common toilet
13. All Indian vegetarian meals in Tibet (breakfast, lunch & dinner) while on the tour
14. Transportation in Tibet in Luxury Bus
15. Tour around Lake Manasarovar on vehicle
16. English speaking Tibetan guide
17. A tour manager for handling the ground operation
18. Necessary supporting crew (Cook, Sherpas, tour Manager from Nepal)
19. All necessary Kitchen & camping equipments
20. Yaks & Yak men during the Parikrama to carry foods and baggage
21. Oxygen for emergency use
22. Medical kit bag / First Aid kit
23. Humla region restricted area permit & royalties
24. Porter cost in Hilsa (while going and coming back)
25. All applicable taxes & service charges
Cost does not include:
01. International air ticket to Kathmandu & return
02. Nepal entry visa fee for NRIs
03. Your travel insurance
04. Rescue and evacuation service
05. Personal expenses
06. Asthapad Darshan
07. Horse for riding during the Parikrama
08. Bottled drinks
09. Tips for guide, service staff & driver
10. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival from Kailash
11. Extra night accommodation charge in Nepalgunj, Simikot and Hilsa due to flight cancellation
12. Any additional cost (transport, hotel, visa split charge) that occurs due to illness or rescue of the member
13. Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances
Share the Ultimate Adventure Journey of Mt. Kailash (a heaven on earth)
Mt. Kailash (6714 m) is the most sacred mountain in Asia and holiest mountain in Tibet. The grandeur of Mt. Kailash can be rivaled by a very few mountains in the world. Situated in the far corner of the Tibetan plateau, this legendary snow capped jewel is honored by different religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jain and Bonpo as one of the most sacred and challenging peak in the world. Four of all the great orient’s rivers; The Brahmaputra, the Sutlej, the Indus and the Karnali originate from Mt. Kailash and it’s around. At the base two vast lakes; Mansarovar and Rakastal are situated.
Though the journey to Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarovar has always been taken as one of difficult tour but it attracts more and more numbers of pilgrims and visitors every year. The holiest and difficult part of this journey is the circumbulance (Kora in Tibetan) around Mt. Kailash which takes 2 days minimum. It starts from Dherapuk (5029 m) and finishes at Darchen (4550 m) via Dolmala (5600 m), the highest point en route.
The best season for visiting in these areas is between Aprils to October as the weather remains generally stable with cool temperature during the day. But you need to be prepared for sufficient cold as the weather gears in night.
The tour is either from Kathmandu - Kodari - Kailash - Kathmandu a 14 Days - Drive in and out from Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Simikot - Kailash and back to Kathmandu 9 days by trip by Helicopter.
For visa a firm booking with full payment along with full passport details (full name, Sex, Nationality, Passport Number, date of birth and profession) should reach us minimum two weeks earlier than the trip as we need to arrange Chinese visa. However, 5 full working days is required with a condition that client should be available in Kathmandu; otherwise urgent charge will have to be borne by the client. Tibet tour requires visa in-group, some time people staying longer will have to get the group visa split. It costs generally 5000 INR if anyone or some of the members from the group wants to do it as visa document have different programme.
There is no prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are for personal use but should be registered with a custom official if it is for commercial use. Printed matters considered unsuitable by the Chinese Government is prohibited. Customs regulations forbid the export of art objects created prior to 1959 or souvenirs in amounts deemed to be excessive.
Clothing and Equipments
From October to March warm clothes are required to fight the frostily cold and from April to September light clothes to shun the scorching heat. However a jacket and sweater are advised through out the years as the weather may unexpectedly change. The following clothing and equipments are suggested for your own protection and safety.
If you are planning for the Holy Yatra, you should be aware that it is rigorous and challenging trip where we have to spend all the time at high altitudes. So, at least 2 month regular practice is recommended either 2 hour daily running, swimming, or joining on a health club may help to complete the Yatra successfully. We request you to reduce drinking alcoholic beverage and smoking habits as it may cause you difficulty in your trip. Consult your Doctor to assess the state of your health to function safely within your own limitations.
Route and Climate
The route from Kathmandu to Friendship Bridge (Nepal-China boarder) is narrow and scary but most of it is black topped. The high altitude Tibetan terrain is dry, cold, windy and dusty. Night is colder rather than day. Torrential rains and strong icy winds is common feature. Flooding rivers and landslides are frequent. The average altitude is above 3500 m and the route covers many high altitudes pass.
Altitude Problems and Health
Oxygen supply is less at higher altitudes. Travelling in Tibet involves high altitude and can be strenuous. The inclement weather and high altitude induces certain illness generally not encountered over the plains. Clients with heart and lung problems or blood diseases should consult their doctor before booking the trip. Very often the cases of altitude sickness have been reported. Simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Do not strain yourself, move slowly, breathe deeply and take regular rests. 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.
Hotels in Route
As the facilities in Tibet are very basic, hotels although they look gorgeous, do not have proper facilities even in Lhasa, so does the remote areas. It is obvious that hotels may not have enough double rooms and clients sometimes may have to adjust in triple, four or five bedded rooms in some places. However, we always try to provide twin bedded rooms. So, you are kindly requested not to have a high expectation from the tour in terms of the facilities in the hotels.
We always try to provide a good English speaking Tibetan guide. However, as Tibetan guides do not get enough exposure to English language in Tibet, please do not expect fluent and spontaneous explanation from him. Your frequent questioning will encourage him to explain well but question one by one.
Risk and Liability
- The Specialty of Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. is that even if one Yatri wants to do the Parikarma he / she will be taken care off. Oxygen bags, Gamow bags, Basic medical Kits are provided.
- Alcohol, Drugs and other intoxicants. Anyone found using these will be left behind at the very camp at their own risk. Further stay and return back are all at their own risk and the liability is theirs.
- Any natural adversity like landslides, storm, floods, heavy snow, road blockage political unrest, cancellation of flights, delay in arrival or departure, sickness or accident, any unforeseen events that change the scheduled program forces the travels to change the itinerary, the decisions of travel are the final one.
- Due to the above mentioned reasons if extra money is required in the trip then it must be borne by the travellers.
- The pilgrimage is planned to make all the travelers do the Parikarma of the Holy Mt. Kailash but it any one cannot make it then the additional cost of the camp of staying behind has to be borne them and there.
- Travelers can take insurance coverage with themselves.
The people's money used by millions of Chinese everyday, circulates in notes of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 50 Yuan; 1, 2 and 5 Jiao; 1, 2 and 5 fen. There are also coins for 1, 2 and 5 fen. With the Chinese Currency, Renminbi, one Yuan is divided into 10 Jiao and 10 Jiao into 10 fens.
Time and Business Hours
Chinese standard time (Beijing) is used in the whole Tibetan Cultural Area which is 8 hour ahead (+) of GMT. Government offices are usually closed on Saturday afternoon and all Day Sunday.
Flights, Airport, Airport Tax and Ticket Reconfirmation
- China Airlines operates only 02 flights a week to Lhasa i.e. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
- Lhasa Gongar Airport is approx. 96 km away from Lhasa.
- The airport departure tax at present is US$ 12.00 per person.
- Your guide will reconfirm the air ticket upon payment of USD 10 which is reconfirmation fee charged by China South West Airlines.
Booking and Cancellation
Each travellers passport details with occupation should reach us at least 15 days prior to the departure date. We need to send the same to our Tibetan counterpart to receive the Tibet Travel permit. All the group members should travel with ordinary passport and we need 01 full working day in Kathmandu either on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. These 3 days are the visa days in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. 50% of the tour cost will be charged as cancellation fee if you cancel the tour within 3 weeks prior to the start of the tour. No refund, thereafter, also for NO SHOWS, DELAY ARRIVALS or whatever reason.
Age Limit and Group Size
We do not apply age limits but it is important to discuss with us the appropriateness of a trek or tour. Regardless of age you do need to be in good health to enjoy your exploration in Himalaya’s ranges. Normally, the group size starts minimum 04 to 100s or can even be more. The group size on the cost table is based on the no. of crews; no. of vehicle etc. used and also on easily operated one, from the view of cost reduction of the tour. We want to make sure that each participant gets maximum attention and care from our guide.
Other Important Information
- Be sure that, you are holding a valid passport.
- The copy of your passport should be sent to us at least 1 month before
- It is advisable to carry extra money, Travel Cheque or credit card for personal needs or emergency.
- You can exchange Chinese currencies at the Chinese border and unspent money can be reconverted on return.
GENERAL INFORMATION OF KAILASH MANSAROVAR TOUR
Tibetan terrain is dry, cold, windy and dusty and night is colder rather than day. Torrential rain and strong wind is common feature of this county. The most pleasant months for Mt. Kailash trip are from May to September. During this period maximum temperature is 22 degree centigrade and minimum temperature is 0 to 10 degree centigrade.
Fitness and Altitude
This trip can be joined by anyone who can walk for average of 5 to 6 hours a day. Our itinerary is set on slow pace hike to meet the acclimatization and enabling our clients to enjoy the best. But as this trips goes above 3000 m, you may suffer from Mountain sickness alias altitude sickness. Most of the trekkers once they are acclimatize; rarely suffer more than mild discomfort from the altitude. We advise you to drink approximately 3 liters of water per day.
In Kailash Mansarovar tour participants are required to travel and trek through high altitude region. In such places, the atmospheric air is under low pressure and they may suffer from altitude sickness. Therefore participants need to be done medical test thoroughly before joining the trip. We also recommend walking for 4 to 5 km per day at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to the departure date.
Transport and Roads
Roads in Tibet are, for the most part are paved. Overland travel is by Land Cruiser or Tourist Coach in Tibet section and in Nepal will be by private bus. A truck is provided to carry all the gears, food supply, and camping stuff and luggage. Clients should be able to carry their own daypack in case of landslide, etc.sss
In Kathmandu four or five star hotel will be provided for accommodation as per your choice. In Tibet, accommodation will be in lodges at every point except at Kailash Parikrama and Mansarovar. At these two points, accommodation will be on tent, provided by us along with form mattresses and sleeping bags. Be noted that amenities in Tibet are very limited and therefore, the quality of accommodation will differ from one place to another. In most of the places only 2- 6 bed sharing rooms are available. Single room will not be guaranteed.
Food & Drink
While trekking/touring, along with main meals; tea, coffee, juice and drinking chocolate are included. All foods are prepared by our trained cook and are served hot, however, in some occasion specially while traveling, lunch pack are provided to reach the next camp on time. Boiled water/mineral water will be provided at every camp to fill your drinking water bottle.
Telephone/ Phone/ Fax
We at Kailash Treks understand the importance of being in touch with your dear and near ones. Though the means of communication are highly poor or sometimes almost nil in the trip, we are equipped with satellite phone. This enables you to remain in touch with your home throughout the trip. Also telephone lines are available at various points of the journey. It is advised to leave behind your contact address at our office in case of urgent message. Our offices will make it a point to dispatch your message to your home at the earliest.
Travelers to Kailash tour must have comprehensive travel protection insurance that includes curtailment of tour, helicopter evacuation and other medical emergencies. You must provide us with the name, policy number and emergency contact number of your chosen insurance company.
Oxygen with mask and regulator sets for emergency/medical purpose will always be available in tour and during the trek/Parikrama. Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. makes every effort to minimize the risk of sickness and changes in itinerary. However, Charges for unforeseen circumstances are the responsibility of the clients. Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. is not responsible for charges incurred in the case of illness, landslides, or other emergency events. In the case of a landslide, it may be necessary to transfer vehicles.
Most of the places in Tibet during Kailash Mansarovar Tour accept only Chinese currency 'Yuan' accepted. So you are advised to exchange required Chinese currency before leaving for Tibet. You can exchange INR/ USD with Yuan in Kathmandu or at border. ATM facility is not available anywhere of this tour.
With each group we send one professional tour leader/guide accompanied by experienced cook and required number of helpers as per group size. All of them are friendly, courteous and are fully committed in providing the highest level of customer satisfaction. Our guides are highly experienced and most of them have already scaled peaks above 8000 meters. Our cooks are well trained to prepare North Indian, South Indian, Punjabi, Jain and continental dishes as per requirements.
CHECK LIST FOR PACKING
The following list is suggested to pack for Kailash Mansarovar Tour. Please use this list as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be done according to your needs and interests.
First Aid Medical Kit
Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. provides first aid medicines. However we highly recommend you to bring your own medical kit. The following is a list of suggested medicines to be carried out:
- Savlon or Dettole or any antiseptic solution
- Adhesive roll & strips
- Gauze pads
- Ace Bandage for the ankle
- Knee cap
- Anti diarrheal tablets
- Brucet Tab [painkiller]
- Ciplox eyedrop
- Small Scissors & knife
- Safety Pins
- Oral Dehydration Salt (electrolytes) Packets
- Foot Powder and Cream
- Heat Balm for muscles/ joints/ move spray
- Vicks inhaler/ vapor rub or amrutnajan / Vicks tabs
- Lip balm
- Dust mask
- Motion sickness medicine (especially if you have the sickness for car)
Visa for entering Nepal
Indian nationals do not require visa for Nepal. Non-Indian nationals require a 15 day multiple entry visa which can be taken on arrival at Nepal airport. To get a visa on arrival at the airport you need to have 2 copies of recent photograph along with USD 25 for 15 days valid multi-entry and USD 40 for 30 days valid multi-entry.
Visa for entering Tibet
Indian as well as non Indians need Chinese Visa for entering Tibet. For Tibet only group visa is issued by the Chinese Authority. For visa procedure we must need copy of your passport at least 30 days prior commencing your trip. You may send it us through email to our official email address.
We do processing of Chinese/ Tibet visa for Indian Nationality from our New Delhi Office to make it convenient. You must submit your original passport at our New Delhi Office at least four days before your date of travelling. For Non Indian Nationals including NRIs we do visa procedure from Kathmandu. We need your original passport with two passport size photos and home address detail on the arrival day of your Kathmandu.
Notes to be considered for Chinese (Tibet) Visa
- For Chinese (Tibet) visa you must be in possession of valid passport for at least 6 months.
- The copy of your passport that you send us one month before and your actual passport must be same to avoid the risk of not getting the visa.
- The traveler who is joining Kailash Mansarovar Heli Tour should send us scanning copy of original passport with passport size photographs before 30 days prior commencing the trip.
- Do not apply for Chinese visa in your country by yourself if you are intending to travel Tibet via Kathmandu (Nepal). If you had applied for the Chinese Visa in your country prior to arrival in Kathmandu, it would be automatically cancelled when we apply for you in Kathmandu.
Notes to be considered by travelers who enter Tibet via Main Land China
If you intend to enter Tibet via main land China you need to apply for Chinese Visa from the Chinese Embassy in your country. Once you have got the Chinese visa you should scan it with clear and readable letters and email to us along with the copy of your passport. On the basis of them we will apply for your Tibet entry permit from Tibet Travel Bureau. With the combination of the Chinese Visa and Tibet permit you would be allowed to enter Tibet from main land China. Once your Tibet permit is issued we will deliver it to your hotel where you would be staying in mainland China at an extra charge of courier.
All arrangements within Tibet are solely at the discretion of China Tibet Tourism Bureau, a government organization and we have no control over the quality of facilities.
For booking kindly fill the booking form that you may download or email from our website www.treknepaltibet.com and send to our official email with your passport copy, 2 passport photos and booking amount of INR 15000 for Indian Nationality and USD 200 for Non Indian Nationality. You can send the booking amount by bank transfer as well. Be noted that the amount is non refundable if in case you cancel your trip.
Risk & Liability
Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. will do it's best to make the tour safe and smooth. As all the tour programs are conducted strictly under the rules and regulations of Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB), Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. will not be liable for any change in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslides, road blockage, flood, snow, and political unrest, cancellation of flight, sickness and accidents. Any extra cost arising due to the above circumstances shall be borne by the clients on the spot. Therefore, it is kindly advised to have you fully insured against such accidents of unpredictable natural calamities.
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