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Kailash Manasarovar tour

Difficulty: Moderate
Max Altitude: 5600m
Duration: 12 days
Cost: $1900
Season: Spring, summer & autumn
Accommodation: Hotel/Teahouse
  • Overview
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Cost Info

Highlights

  • Lhasa, the cradle of Tibetan civilization
  • Potala palace, Johkang temple and many more
  • Holy Lake Manasarovar
  • Trekking or circumambulation of Mount Kailash

Kailash Manasarovar tour is an epic journey to the abode of spiritual deities, according to Hinduism and Buddhism. Mount Kailash is the holiest of all places. It is a lofty mountain and is the center of the world as believed by Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon religion and Jainism. Mount Kailash, known as the “Precious Jewel of Snows” in Tibetan, is considered by Buddhists to be the abode of the deity Chakrasamvara. Similarly, for Hindus, it's the humble abode of Lord Shiva and the goddess Parvati. It is believed that by doing 108 circumambulations, one will reach enlightenment. 

The holy and great Tibetan saint Milarepa once declared, “There is no place more powerful for practice, more blessed, or more marvelous than this. May all pilgrims and practitioners be welcome!”

The Kailash Manasarovar tour thus is one of the most famous journeys in the world done by thousands of pilgrims and practitioners every year. Depending on the visitor's duration, this tour can last 10 to 15+ days. People from any age group can join. It is recommended that the travelers are in good shape before departing for the adventurous journey to Manasarovar Lake and Mount Kailash because of the high altitude that one has to face most of the days.

Kailash Manasarovar Tour Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3650m)

Day 02: Sightseeing of Lhasa city

Day 03: Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse (350 km – 8 Hrs)

Day 04: Drive from Shigatse to Saga (450km – 9 hrs)

Day 05: Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar (410km – 8 Hrs)

Day 06: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen ( 4600m) 53km

Day 07: Drive and trek from Darchen to Dirapuk (4750m) 19km

Day 08: Trek from Dirapuk via Dolma-La (5600m) to Zuthulpuk 20km

Day 09: Trek and drive from Zuthulpuk via Darchen to Saga

Day 10: Drive from Saga to Shigatse

Day 11: Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa

Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu from Lhasa airport

Kailash Manasarovar tour itinerary in details

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650m)

Flight to Lhasa (3650m), Tibet. One of the most beautiful flights in the world when you can see the different faces of Mount Everest. Rest of the day for acclimatization after you land. O/N at Hotel.

Day 02:Sightseeing of Lhasa city

Full day at Potala Palace to explore the magnificence of the palace. The palace was built by the Dalai Lama, first in the 7th century and rebuilt again in the 17th century. It covers 100 acres of the palace, pavilions, a zoo and more. Also, visit Johkang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. O/N at Hotel.

 Day 03:Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse (350 km – 8 Hrs)

After breakfast in your hotel, drive to Shigatse, the 2nd largest city in Tibet. Built in 1447 by the first Dalai lama, the Tashilampo Monastery in Shigatse is a significant monastery in Tibet, known as the seat of the Panchen Lama. O/N at Hotel.

Day 04:Drive from Shigatse to Saga (450km – 9 hrs)

We start an early morning drive to Saga; please note this will be a long drive, but on the way, we can make enough stops for rest and lunch. O/N at Guest House.

Day 05:Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar (410km – 8 Hrs)

It is an auspicious day for all of us to have the first glimpse of the Holy lake Manasarovar and a view of Mt. Kailash from The Horr Chu pass. Stay in Chiu Gompa. O/N at Guest House.

Day 06:Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen (4600m) 53km

Visit Chiu Gompa and explore Lake Manasarover, then drive to Darchen. Preparation day for the Kora. O/N at Local Guest House.

Day 07:Drive and trek from Darchen to Dirapuk (4750m) 19km

Drive to Serchung and start Kora (trek) to Dirapuk. First day of circumambulation. O/N at Local Guest House.

Day 08:Trek from Dirapuk via Dolma-La (5600m) to Zuthulpuk 20km

Continue trek to Zuthulpuk, cross over Dolma- la Pass and O/N at a Local Guest House.

Day 09:Trek and drive from Zuthulpuk via Darchen to Saga

Finish the third day of Kailash kora and reach Saga. Trek about 10 Km to the point and take your transportation to drive back to Saga via Darchen. O/N at Guest House.

Day 10:Drive from Saga to Shigatse

Scenic drive back to Shigatse. O/N at  Hotel.

Day 11:Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa

Drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse and transfer to Hotel.

Day 12:Fly back to Kathmandu from Lhasa airport

After a fantastic journey to holy Mount Kailash, fly back to Kathmandu. Farewell dinner.

Kailash Manasarovar tour cost breakdown

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop
  • Complimentary farewell dinner
  • All accommodations in 3-star or equivalent hotels in Lhasa and standard guest houses on tour on BB (CP) basis
  • Air Fare, Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu.
  • Tibet restricted permits, visa
  • All sightseeing and Entrance fees
  • Special Kailash Circumambulation Permit
  • All transportation by Land cruisers/jeeps (4-wheel drive) or deluxe coach/van, depending on the group size
  • Tibetan local guide and a leader (Hindi/English-speaking) from Nepal
  • Necessary Sherpa porters and yaks for carrying luggage
  • Duffel bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking stick as required (to be returned after)
  • Medical kit bag and emergency oxygen supply
  • Local government taxes and VAT

Cost Exclude

  • Travel and rescue Insurance
  • Meals throughout
  • Any expenses of personal nature and NOT included in the "cost include"
  • Gratuities to the staff (highly expected)
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