Mt. KAILASH TOUR
Mount Kailash tour package starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu towards Mt.Kailash with sightseeing tours at the famed ancient towns and cities of Nylam and Saga. On arriving Nylam, our adventure starts off away from the main highway to Western Tibet for some days, the road climbs to the most wonderful scenic point with the most amazing views of the great Himalayan peaks. Mount Kailash tour package offers Mt.Kailash 6,714m / 22,028ft which is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with four great faces the eastern face is believed to be crystal, the western ruby, the southern sapphire and the northern gold. It is the spiritual center for four great religions: Tibetan, Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion-Bonpo. To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the naval of the world. It is said that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and from here rivers flow in the four cardinal directions. For the Hindus their spiritual center of the universe, described as a fantastic “world pillar” 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its root in the lowest hell and its summit reaching the heaven and the abode of their revered God Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati.
For the pre-ancient religion Bon, it is the site where its founder Shanrab is said to have descended from heaven and it was formerly the spiritual centre of Zhang Zung, the ancient Bon Empire that once included all western Tibet. Bon people circumambulate this holy mountain in an anti-clockwise manner unlike the other religion does it clockwise. Over the centuries, pilgrims from all corners of the world have constantly journeyed immense distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves from sins, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather and bandit attacks.
Mount Kailash tour package
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Fly to Simikot (2,985m/9,790ft) – trek to Dharapori (2,360m/7,740ft) 4 – 6 hours.
Day 05: Dharapori to Kermi (2,860m/9,383ft) 5 – 6 hours.
Day 06: Kermi to Yalbang (2,879m/9,445ft) 5 – 6 hours.
Day 07: Yalbang to Tumkot (3,073m/10,082ft) 5 – 6 hours.
Day 08: Tumkot to Yari (3,663m/12,017ft) 6 – 7 hours.
Day 09: Yari to Hilsa (3,647m/11,965ft) via Nara La pass 5 – 6 hours.
Day 10: Hilsa to Purang (3,772m/12,375ft) 2 – 3 hours.
Day 11: Purang to Montser (4,450m/14,599ft) and sightseeing in Tirtapuri 3 – 4 hours.
Day 12: Sightseeing of Garuda Valley, then transfer to Darchen (4,560m/14,956ft) 3 – 4 hours.
Day 13: Hiking to Dira Puk Monasterys (5120m/16,792ft), 5 – 6 hours.
Day 14: Hike to Dzutul-puk (4790m/15,765ft) 18km, 6 – 7 hours.
Day 15: Hiking to Darchen (4,560m/15,000ft) 14km, 3 – 4 hours and transfer to Manasarovar.
Day 16: Tour of the Mansarovar Lake.
Day 17: Mansarovar to Saga (4,600m/15,088ft) 495 km, 8 – 9 hours.
Day 18: Saga to Zhangmu (3,750m/12,300ft) 325km, 4 – 5 hours.
Day 19: Zhangmu to Kathmandu 153km, 4 – 5 hours.
Day 20: Final Departure.
You will be welcomed by Visit View Nepal Trek member, after you land on international airport of Nepal pick you up and drive towards the hotel. After chek-in, you can get refresh and can take some rest. You will be taken to a special dinner organized by Visit View Nepal Treks where you get acquainted with the excellent Nepalese cuisine.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Kathmandu sightseeing tour takes you to site which were listed in UNESCO world heritage sites. You will visit the ancient palaces that are rich in art and architecture, Basantapur Durbar square. Pashupatinath and swyambhunath are one of the famous and one & only holy pilgrimage sites of Hindus and Buddhist respectively. Swayambhunath Stupa meaning “the self-existent” is popularly known among foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large monkey population residing in the area. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj 1 hour
We will enjoy a flight of an hour from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, after a short excursion in Kathmandu. It is located in western Nepal which will be the gateway to Simikot, humla. The town is so interesting that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. Overnight in hotel of Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Fly to Simikot (2,985m/9,790ft) - trek to Dharapori (2,360m/7,740ft) 4 - 6 hours
We take a 40-minute flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot and admire the beauty of the soaring mountain cliffs from our airplane. Simikot, the head quarter of the Humla District, is cut off from the rest of the country due to its remoteness. We get a chance to know more about the local peoples, culture and lifestyle that are quite similar to Tibetian culture because of the close proximity of the two places. We will register for the permit at the police office and have lunch at Simikot. From Simikot, we starts to walk towards the village of Tuling. We continue walking through jungles and villages along the Karnali River towards Dharapori. Overnight in Dharapori.
Day 05: Dharapori to Kermi (2,860m/9,383ft) 5 - 6 hours
Our trail start alongside the Karnali River on relatively flat trails. We walk along the cultivated fertile fields . i.e barley, buckwheat, rice and potatoes. We will found two hot springs near Kermi where we may calm our aching bodies. We will visit ancient Buddhist monasteries Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa. Overnight in Kermi.
Day 06: Kermi to Yalbang (2,879m/9,445ft) 5 - 6 hours
We will walk in a flat and steep ascent until reaching a small pass, cross the suspension bridge offers to enjoy the views of the wonderful pine trees and river Karnali. We will visit the monastery named “ Namkha Khyung Dzong”. Overnight at Yalbung.
Day 07: Yalbang to Tumkot (3,073m/10,082ft) 5 - 6 hours
We will continue our trail above the river Karnali. The greenery with smaller buses begins to disaapear and give the way to rocky hills and pine trees as we ascend tour destination for overnight. Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, one of the most important Sakhya monasteries of the Tibetian region, will explore after raching to Tumkot. Overnight in Tumkot.
Day 08: Tumkot to Yari (3,663m/12,017ft) 6 - 7 hours
Today’s trek is on a relatively easy trail above the Karnali River. We begin to notice the change in climate, vegetation and landscape which becomes more rocky and secluded as we walk further. We begin to see short and low junipers leaving behind the pinne trees. Overnight in Yari.
Day 09: Yari to Hilsa (3,647m/11,965ft) via Nara La pass 5 - 6 hours
Our first pass of the trek is Nara La pass (4,620m.), complete today.The vegetation is bare by now and the landscape is familiar to that of Tibet. After crossing the pass we will be greeted by excellent views of the beautiful Tibetan plateau .. We will descent down until Hilsa, a border town which is also a dropping point for the pilgrims on their way to Mt. Kailash by helicopter. Overnight in Hilsa.
Day 10: Hilsa to Purang (3,772m/12,375ft) 2 - 3 hours
We will pass through the friendship bridge at Hilsa, before the Chinese officials check our permits and passports. Our guide for Tibet visit will catch us here.We will ascend to Purang and pass Rinzin Zangpo Gompa and Kangje Village. In Purang, we visit the ancient Purang Gompa and explore the unique Buddhist frescoes of old century. Overnight in Purang.
Day 11: Purang to Montser (4,450m/14,599ft) and sightseeing in Tirtapuri 3 - 4 hours
On our way to Montser we pass through Rakshas and Mansarover lakes. We settle down for a while then visit Tirtapuri (4510m) after reaching Montser. Pilgrims bathe in pools fed by the springs, visit the monastery containing the guru’s footprint and dig for healing stones along a one-hour pilgrimage route. After touring Tirtapuri we return back to Montser to spend the night.
Day 12: Sightseeing of Garuda Valley, then transfer to Darchen (4,560m/14,956ft) 3 - 4 hours
Walking around 2 hours lead us to Garuda valley, located southwest of Mt. Kailash.It contains mysterious caves, some of which have never been explored. Many believe that this was the cradle of the Tibetan civilization during the time of the Shang Shung kings, long before Buddhism reached the roof of the world. For those interested in the archeological and historical sites, Garuda Valley will be a dream come true. After exploring the amazing and beautiful valley we move to Darchen a small town, situated right in front of the sacred Mount Kailash. Overnight in Darchen.
Day 13: Hiking to Dira Puk Monasterys (5120m/16,792ft), 5 - 6 hours
The first day out of Darchen involves a six-hour hike in a deep valley through walls of red rock. We continue across the plain to Shershong and cross a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa high on the hill. The trail leads to Dirapuk offers stunning view of the north face of Mt. Kailash. Overnight in Dirapuk.
Day 14: Hike to Dzutul-puk (4790m/15,765ft) 18km, 6 - 7 hours
Today’s journey will be quite difficult compare to rest of the days of our whole trek package.We climb Drolma-la Pass at 5,750m/19,910ft. The pass whose name literally means the pass of Tara is beautiful and is filled with five-colored praying flags. From Drolma-la Pass, we descend to Dzutul-puk. across the incredible Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion) . Overnight in Dzutul-puk.
Day 15: Hiking to Darchen (4,560m/15,000ft) 14km, 3 - 4 hours and transfer to Manasarovar
We will head towards Barka plain gradually. After completing the holy tour to Mount Kailash at Darchen, we drive for 2 hours to Mansarovar Lake. The lake holds religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. As per Hindu theology, Lake Mansarovar is a personification of purity, and one who drinks water from the lake is believed to go to the abode of Lord Shiva after death.. Overnight in Mansarovar.
Day 16: Tour of the Mansarovar Lake
Today, we tour the beautiful Mansarovar Lake which has a circumference of 90 km. The belief is that the visiting of Mount Kailash is completed only with a holy dip in the lake and a drink of its holy water. It helps to relieves one from the sins of a hundred lives. We circle round Mansarovar by Jeep. Overnight in Mansarovar.
Day 17: Mansarovar to Saga (4,600m/15,088ft) 495 km, 8 – 9 hours
Today, we take a long drive from Mansarovar to Saga touring through the sacred historic Chiu Monastery. While driving, we will have glimpses of small towns like Zhongba and Paryang. This journey covers 270 km from Mansarovar to Paryang and adjoins Saga, From Saga, we drive different route to Kathmandu. Overnight in Saga.
Day 18: Saga to Zhangmu (3,750m/12,300ft) 325km, 4 – 5 hours
We will drive to Nyalam, crossing the Yarlung Tsangpo”River Bharmaputra” on our returning route. We also get a glimpse of Mt. Everest as the road climbs the Lalung La Pass (5,124m). After crossing Tong La (5,120m) pass, we finally reach the border town Zangmu. Overnight in Zangmu.
Day 19: Zhangmu to Kathmandu 153km, 4 – 5 hours
We drive to the border check point to go through the custom formalities and enter to Nepal’s border. From Kodari, it takes another 4-5 hours drive to reach Kathmandu. We celebrate the successful completion of our journey with a farewell dinner hosted by visit View Nepal treks. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Final Departure
The Kailash adventure in the Himalayas comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. A representative from Visit View Nepal Treks will take us to the airport approximately 2 hours before the scheduled flight.
What are included ?
- Pickups and drops from airport and hotel
- Hotels in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. Teahouse en trek route.
- Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj to Simikot with airport departure taxes
- Assistance in acquiring the Chinese visa
- One day sightseeing in Kathmandu by private vehicle. i.e. Land Cruiser, car, van, bus.
- All necessary permit(s) and entry fees (including Tibet Travel Permit)
- Hilsa, Kailash, Garuda valley, Zhang-Mu transfer by Private vehicles (van or Hiace or bus)
- Equipments like T-Shirt, sleeping bag , down jacket and duffle bag
- A government licensed English speaking Tibetan Guide during the tour.
- All applicable taxes and service charges
- All necessary paper work
What are not included ?
- All international airfares
- Chinese visa fee
- Lunch and Dinner (including any meal except breakfast) in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj and all meals in Tibet
- Your travel insurance (compulsory). We advise you to purchase insurance with a zero deductible.
- Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation.
- Emergency evacuation costs .
- Personal expenses like phone call, laundry, bar bills, photography charges, web usage, and telephone Calls
- Nepal entry visa
- Tips for guides, drivers, cooks, porters, etc.
Important documents and items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Duffel or Rucksack bag & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).
Upper Body – Head / Eyes / Ears
- Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Glacier glasses, Headlamp
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- Down vest and/or jacket*.
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
- Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
- Long shirts (2)
Lower Body – Feet
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
- 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
- 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
- Cotton socks (optional).
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
- Water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- Reading book
- Trail map/guide book
- Journal and pen
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
- 1 modest swim suit
- Binoculars (optional)
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
- Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow