We are going all the way through Lhasa city to Mt. Kailash (6740m.) and Manasarovar (4590m.). It is going to be the apex time for adaptation and some days will be used up for visiting the place of interest around Lhasa (3680m.). After the visit, the time will be fine to roam in the region of Mount Kailash along with your local Tibetan tour guide and driver. We are going to spend the first four days of our travel in the cold city of Lhasa which will let you the perfect sightseeing and fine adjustments. We will see the tremendous Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple while in Lhasa. When everything is done, we will be ready to leave in our Toyota Land Cruisers to Mt. Kailash. .
Tibet Treks manages Kailash tours for both smaller and bigger groups. The well experienced Nepali cook prepare fresh meals each day in Kailash region and the Tibetan guide and driver will be there to guide you all over the tour. We will be staying in the luxurious Tibetan hotels in each stop of our journey along the great friendship highway. Mt. Kailash, which is 6,740 m high, it is located to the north of the Himalayan barrier in Tibet. Our Tibetan and Nepali staffs will put tents in some places.
Visiting Kailash will be the greatest trips of your time. Mt. Kailash is a beauty with perfect mountains and Lake Mansarovar is a lake of flawlessness which is located in Tibetan Mountain region. The place is a spiritual centre for four finest religions: Hinduism, Tibetan, Buddhism, the Jain religion and the pre- Buddhist animistic religion. Lake Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash are one of the greatest holy places where explorer visits the place for religious motive as well. People who dares to travel Tibetan mountain and Tibetan Lake, Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar is the finest locations to be in. Tibetan’s named the Mt. Kailash as Kang Rinpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) which they see as the navel of the world. Different people have dissimilar explanation towards it. It will be different from all the other journeys and once in a life time, you will need to visit the places like this. Check more day to day details itinerary below.
Upon your arrival at Lhasa, our Tibetan guide will welcome you either in airport or train station depending on you. After around an hour drive you will arrive to the Lhasa city and check into the Tibetan style hotel. You will have a free afternoon for resting and relaxing. Overnight at Hotel.
Today you will go for sightseeing around Lhasa and take a trouble-free visit to Jokhang Temple. The temple is regarded as the most holy spot in Tibet and devotees go to visit the temple from different areas of the Tibet. Also, you will go around the Barkhor Bazaar, the swarming mid market of Lhasa. As you drive little miles north of Lhasa, in the afternoon, you will arrive at Sera Monastery belonging to fifteenth century which has whitewashed walls and is covered with golden roofs. It is also home to numerous monks. The prominent debating activities go on frequently every day.
Today too, you will go around Lhasa and we will visit the Potala Palace, the most important set to perceive in Lhasa. This fortress is Lhasa's fundamental milestone and has a wonderful eastern architecture. Since the 5th or 6th century it has been a fort and was formerly residence to the Dalai Lama. This really astonishing day will conclude with the visit to Drepung Monastery which was some time ago the world's biggest monastery where 10,000 monks accommodate. It lies veiled in rocky ridges just beyond the city.
You are leaving for Lake Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash today. Early in the morning, you drive 430 km to Lhatse through new road via Xigatse (3900m.). You will also visit the greatest Tashilunpo Monastery where the highest (33 m.) gold gilded statue of Future-Buddha Maitreya is situated. You will be staying in a local guesthouse tonight.
The expedition will be headed to saga through Lhatse next to Brahmaputra River. There will be a small stop at Lhatse which is one of the famous spot in Shigatse. Tonight, you are staying in a local guest house or tents.
Today, you are driving 260 Km to Paryang which is a village there in a Tibet. On the way, you can make yourself get into the typical plateau and landscapes along with the snow covered mountain peaks. You are staying in a guest house tonight.
You will mainly focus on another eminent lake of Tibet, the Mansarovar Lake, which is approximately 200 Km far from Paryang. The Mansarovar Lake is the lake of bliss, tranquility and compassion. Many pilgrims take a bath in the lake and most of them take water back as a souvenir for their links and relatives. The Lake Mansarovar is also one of the clearest Lake in the country which reflects beautiful natural scenery. You will ride for Tarchen and Stay a night there, which is situated at the bottom of the majestic hallowed Mt. Kailash.
Starting a morning with an enjoyable drive around Lake Mansarovar (30 Km.) reaching Chiu Gompa visiting Quiga Gompa (where Hinduism's Puja is trained). After arriving Chiu Gompa, you will be taking a holy bath. You will be staying in a guesthouse there near Chiu Gompa.
Today, it will be a hard day. You will be driving about 70 km off road to Tirthapuri. The region is also known for a geyser and medicinal hot springs where according to Hinduism, the demon was burnt to ash by god. You will be enjoying the hot springs along with a perfect view of River Sutlej. After that, you will pass the sister lake of Mansarovar which is called the Rakshash tal and drive off Tirthapuri and proceed to Tarchen which is the base camp of Mt. Kailash. The guides will manage Yak and Yak helpers for our upcoming 3 days in the region of Mt. Kailash, and it will be the last chance for owns’ bodily evaluation. The member who are not feeling comfortable can widely select to stay in Chiu Gompa or Tarchen near Lake Mansarovar and the rest who are willing to go, can prepare for the next 3 days trek near Mt. Kailash. After a hard long day, you will stay in a guest house there.
It is your first day of trek. It is about 22 km to Dira Puk. You will be having your breakfast on the way and head to Tarboch which is 8 km away. After you leave the place, you start your trek from Kora of Mt. Kailash to Dira Puk. You will be having a light lunch on the way. When the day is about to end, you will have your dinner at a camp and most probably, you will be staying in a fixed camp tonight.
It is your second day of Kailash trek. The trek is around 20 Km to Zuthul Puk. Down the way, yak men and yak will help you carry the bags and you will follow your Tibetan guide. Your Tibetan driver will also trek on this region if he wants to. After the long walk and stress, you will probably stay in a guest house tonight.
It’s the very last day of our Mt. Kailash tour today. Your trek is just 6 km along to the spot where our Land Cruisers will hold up for you. After everything, you will drive to Tarchen which is 10 km away from the point. On the way, you will halt for your lunch. After lunch, you will yet again continue your drive to Hor and when the stars start to gleam, you will fall behind to the local guest house somewhere near.
From Tarchen, you will begin your journey after having the early morning refreshing breakfast. The drive through the main road will offer you great view of the surroundings which will mesmerizes you. The drive for several hours will takes you to the Paryang at the altitude of 4750m above sea level. The night will be at Paryang.
From Paryang, after having the early morning breakfast, we will move towards the saga enjoying the great scenario of the surroundings. The drive will takes about 7 to 8 hours to reach at the Saga. The distance between these two palces is about 230 km. after the drive for several hours we will reach at the saga at the altitude of 4640m above sea level to stay the night over there.
From saga, you will begin your journey after enjoying the delicious and refreshing breakfast at the hotel. The drive will continue for about 6 to 7 hours through the main road of the region. The night will be mesmerizing at the Nylam at the altitude of 12303 ft.
It’s the end of your journey to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. After the completion of your official procedure, you cross the Friendship Bridge and you are greeted by our Nepalese representative and he will help in clearing the Nepal custom and everything. After all the run,you ride back to Kathmandu. You stay in the hotel tonight.
Transfer to airport for your next destination or can discuss for further tour in Nepal.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)
Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph