Lhasa Mt Kailash Tour

Trip Level
Easy
Destination
Tibet
Trip Duration
11 Days

Overview

Trip Highlights:

“An adventure of a lifetime experience on world highest plateau of Tibet Journey into the wildest and scenic corner of Himalaya within far South-West Tibet Exciting drive with great views of dramatic country landscapes and mountains Experience local Tibetan culture of great traditional life with Buddhism religions Walk around holy Mt. Kailash and to the highest point at sacred spot Dorma-la pass Visit of magnificent Lake Manasarovar one of the holiest and largest lakes in Asia.”

Trip Profile:

Trip Mode: On hotels and lodge basis on tours.

Trip Grade: Moderate to Adventurous short drive and walks.

People and Culture: Populated by Tibetan and some Chinese people with Buddhism religion of varied colorful impressive cultures.

Highest spot: At high Dorma-la pass above 5,630 m / 18,525 ft.

Trip Duration: 10 Nights and 11 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu).

Seasons: April to October months includes monsoon times of June to mid-September, as Tibet falls on rain-shadow with fewer monsoon rains.

Introduction:

Mt. Kailash Journey into holiest of all holy spot regarded as most sacred mountains in four great religions Hindu-Jain-Buddhist and for Bon sect of pre-Buddhism. Mt. Kailash Journey of life experience with an adventure on world highest and largest plateau of Tibet and wildest corners of the country Far South West that touches the border of western Nepal and northern India as far to Pakistan. Mt. Kailash Journey an amazing holy mountain and close to the sacred lake Manasarovar one the largest holy lake in Himalaya and around Asia where a holy dip and a bathe relinquishes the sin of a hundred lifetime a belief in Hindu religion. Starting Mt. Kailash Journey taking an exciting drive towards the north of Kathmandu to enter into Nepal / Tibet and China border at Rasuwagaddi to enter Kyirong county in Tibet. Where our Tibetan guide and drives receive you for the amazing drive towards Mt. Kailash and holy Lake of Manasarovar as the drive continues overpasses and vast landscapes with grand views of snow-capped peaks. The journey continues heading past many Tibetan villages and town within Yak grazing country to reach first at sacred huge Manasarovar Lake with time here to enjoy the views and dip in the lake shore with religious belief, then heading to our main pilgrimage and parikrama around holy Mt. Kailash. The walk leads on four sides of scenic Mt. Kailash within dry and arid terrain with a climb to the top of a holy spot at Dorma-la pass festooned with thousands of Buddhist prayer flags and offering with super views of Mt. Kailash North Face. From here downhill to reach a valley floor where walk leads to the ending point of the holy circuit and parikrama then taking a drive on the same scenic route to reach back at the border of Tibet and Nepal. Crossing the frontier of both neighboring countries where interesting drive leads back into green hills and valley on Nepalese side around Langtang area to reach at Kathmandu after fabulous experience and adventure on Mt. Kailash Journey.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,465 m - 06 hrs journey.

Day 02: Drive to Kyirong 2,890 min local Guesthouse - 04 hrs.

Day 03: At Kyirong acclimatization day explore the culture of Tibet.

Day 04: Drive to Saga 4,400m - 05 hrs.

Day 05: Drive to the west side of Manasarovar at Chu-Gompa 4,545 m - 06 hrs.

Day 06: At ManManasarovarke afternoon short drive to Darchen 4,620 m with time to visit its busy markets.

Day 07: Drive to Tarboche 4,680 m start to walk to Dhirapuk 4, 630 m - 05 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,730 m and over high Dorma-la pass - 6 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to near Darchen and drive to Dzongba 4,560 m - 06 hrs.

Day 10: Drive to Kyirong - 06 hrs journey with an overnight in local guest-house.

Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu - 07 hrs.


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,465 m - 06 hrs journey.

Morning an exciting drive on Kathmandu to Dhunche-Syabrubesi highway, heading towards Himalayan foothills, on reaching at Trisuli Bazaar within the warm sub-tropical area, as our journey continues towards uphill on the long winding road towards cooler alpine area past farm villages and town to reach Dhunche, at 1,950m high. Dhunche headquarters and the main town of Rasuwa district within Langtang Himal where Langtang National Park starts and ends, from Dhunche drive leads downhill on the zig-zag road to reach at Syabrubesi village the home of Tamang tribe people in the shadow of Ganesh and Langtang Himal, overnight in a nice cozy lodge at Syabrubesi.

Day 02: Drive to Kyirong 2,890 min local Guesthouse- 04 hrs.

From Syabrubesi morning drive leads on the newly built road that links Nepal / Tibet towards Rasuwagadhi (1m800m / 15 km / 1 hr min from Syabrubesi), here received by our Tibetan counterpart guide and drivers, after completing immigration & custom formalities on both side of the frontier Nepal / Tibet at Rasuwagadhi, continue to drive further to Kyirong county with first overnight stop in Tibet accommodation at local guest-house. At Kyirong afternoon with time to relax and enjoy views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal that borders Nepal and Tibet.

Day 03: At Kyirong acclimatization day and explore Tibetan culture and custom.

At Kyirong in Tibet for acclimatization and familiarization within Tibetan soil where you can take short walks around its villages and witness interesting Buddhist culture and custom of Tibetans with views of Ganesh and Langtang Northern Face.

Day 04: Drive to Saga 4,400m - 05 hrs.

MThe morning after breakfast drive continues on wide vast Tibetan plateau crossing several high passes with great views of the mountain range, as the drive continues with some small stop around villages and nomads camps where you can view sheep and yak grazing. From here journey heads to remote corners of Tibet past many farm villages finally drive leads to a bridge over Brahmaputra River in Tibet known as Yalung Tsangpo which flows from the very source of Mt. Kailash. Reaching a bridge over the Brahmaputra reach at Saga, slowly developing into moderate size town with nice lodge, hotels and restaurants, here check into the best available hotels or guest houses.

Day 05: Drive to the west side of Manasarovar at Chu-Gompa 4,545 m - 06 hrs.

Morning drive leads past Saga town within complete wilderness, after hours’ drive where road winds to a climb over pass about 4,900 m high and then downhill to a long stretch flat area, on a clear day great views of snow capped peaks towards North West that borders Nepal, after few hours of scenic drive reaching into a windswept village at Paryang. Drive continues towards Kailash area with great Barkha valley within many barren landscapes, as journey leads past many small farm villages and nomads camps with large Tibetan tents serving as teahouses and restaurants. Drive continues with climb up towards Mayam-la pass at 5,050 m high, and then with long descends to reach a near level track and then on gradual road of few hours with views of Lake Manasrover then drive heads towards western side of the lake at Chu-Gompa for overnight stop nearby Manasrover Lake with views of Mt. Kailash.

Day 06: At Manasarovar Lake afternoon drive to Darchen 4,620 m.

Morning free at holy Lake Manasarovar located in Western Tibet between Mt. Kailash 6,714 meters and Gurla Mandhata Mountain Range stands at 7,694 meters. Where Lake Manasrover floats beneath the shadow of holy Mt. Kailash as this lake forms the mind of God, as the name Manas. Here interested pilgrims can perform puja rites with dips in this sacred lake within the shallow area by the shore. In Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religion, the holiest lake of Asia; the best time to go around Lake, Manasrover is in late autumn and early spring when the streams and rivers are low. It is then possible to walk very near the shoreline, an optional drive around Manasrover Lake can be done on request which takes about four hours. With time here after performing puja an interesting short hike to Chu Gompa located on a shelf of a over-hanging cliff cave, adorned with Buddhism arts and ancient idols of Lord Buddha and other high Gurus. Afternoon short drive to the main town of Kailash at Darchen a place with many shops-stores and lodges with Guest-House, an interesting market to visit around and observe Tibetan traditional life and culture, during the auspicious time this place flooded with Tibetan and Indian pilgrims for Kora, parikrama or holy circuit walks.

Day 07: Drive past Darchen to Tarboche 4,680 m start to walk to Dhirapuk 4,970 m -05 hrs in lodge or camping.

After Darchen with time at sacred Lake Manasarovar, morning starts with a short drive on Barkha valley beyond Darchen town to reach Tarboche, one of the holy spot of the region with excellent views of Mt. Kailash West Face from here our holy walk begins leading north on a wide terrain towards Shershong, then with gradual climb of nice walk reaching to our overnight stop at Dhiraphuk Gompa, with magnificent views of holy Mt. Kailash North Face. Here depending upon the season with a mass number of pilgrim’s staying either in guest houses or tents with our own camping facilities.

Day 08: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,760 m and over high Dorma-la pass - 6 hrs.

From Dhiraphuk and the highest spot for overnight stops, morning walk continues heading uphill trail onto moraine of more than two hours, then with a steep climb to reach on top Dormo-la pass at above 5,630m /18,525ft. A holy spot closest views of Mt. Kailash North Face and the highest point of this adventurous pilgrimage, a big boulder represent goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) festooned with thousands of prayer flags and offering by both Hindu’s and Buddhist pilgrims. A holy spot with physical and spiritual high point on pilgrimage, parikrama or Kora, after a nice break here walk leads to a long descend towards Lamchu wide valley a flat area, on reaching at the bottom of Dormo -la pass, a pleasant walk reaches you at a small Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stop, either in lodge or in tented camp. Zuthul means cave in Tibetan, this place named after a holy cave in which poet and saint Milereppa meditate in early 11 th century, his footprints can be seen on the cave roof top.

Day 09: Trek to near Darchen and drive to Dzongba 4,560 m - 06 hrs.

Last day of holy walk and parikrama or circuit in Tibet known as Kora morning walk leads to a nice gradual walk for few hours on winding trail, to reach a narrow valley into a river gorge of great Karnali River. From here short walk to meet the trail heading towards Darchen, where the walk ends for a drive just an hour before Darchen, after completing our holy trek drive towards near Mayum-la pass base and continue to reach at old Dzongba town for an overnight stop.

Day 10: Drive to Kyirong - 05 hrs journey with an overnight in local guest-house.

An exciting time at Kailash drive back to reach Kyirong frontier town, the journey leads past great Tibetan dry plateau taking a newly opened route of five hours overland drive to reach border town of Tibet-China and Nepal at Kyirong for last overnight stop in Tibet.

Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu - 07 hrs.

Farewell to Tibetan guides and drivers as morning starts on leaving Tibet with a short drive to cross the border of Nepal and Tibet / China at Rasuwa-Gadhi. After completing visa and custom formalities then enter into Nepal at Rasuwa Gadhi, continue to drive on a dirt road for a while to reach at Syabrubesi village, after a short refreshing break journey continues on winding uphill to reach at Dhunche town. With refreshing stop continue to drive back to Kathmandu with scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields within nice villages and towns as drive brings you back at hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Departure Dates

No fixed departures.