Kailash Manasarovar Yatra (19 Nights | 20 Days)
(Kathmandu - Manakamana - Kathmandu - Lhasa - Gyantse - Lhatse - Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Yama Dwar - Deraphuk - Deraphuk - Zutulphuk - Parikrama Lake Manasarovar - Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa - Kathmandu)
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
Our staff will meet and greet at the airport and you will be transferred to hotel. In the evening, you will get detail briefing of the tour followed by dinner.
Day 2: Kathmandu - Mankamna Devi Temple - Kathmandu
After early breakfast, proceed to Kurintar to visit Manokamna Devi (wish full filling god). After puja, you will back to the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Full Day Sightseeing Tour Within Kathmandu
After early breakfast, you will visit Pashupatinath Temple (the holiest temple of Hindus), Guheshowri Mata Temple, and Budhanilkantha Temple. The evening will have dinner in Baudhanath after offering butter lamp.
Day 4: Free Day in Kathmandu
After breakfast, you have a day free for leisure and preparation for holy Kailashyatra
Day 5: Fly, Kathmandu to Lhasa
After breakfast, you will be escorted to the international airport and will fly to lhasa. This is probably the most spectacular flight in the world crossing mighty Himalayan range. If the weather permits; we can see the view of Mount Everest. The flight duration to lhasa is one and half-hour at Lhasa Airport; you will receive by our Chinese guide then transferred to hotel. In the evening, you can have independent tour activities or have rest.
Day 6: Lhasa Stay - Sightseeing Tour
Today you will do sightseeing tour in lhasa. You can visit potala palace - the winter palace of Dalai Lama, Jokhang Temple and Bustling Barkhor Square Market.
Day 7: Tour from Lhasa to Gyantse
After the morning after breakfast, you will set off for gyantse. Gyantse is situated in the southwest of lhasa and it is an ancient trading hub as well as it used to be an important strategic point in the past. The city is Jeweled with Palkorchode Monastery, Khumbumstupa and Gyantsedzong.
On the way, you will be crossing over two high passes, Kamba-La and Karo- La. Kamba- La is on the mountain that divides lhasa valley and Nakartse-County. The high pass offers probably the most stunning overlooking views of Lake Yamdruktso and other mountain views. Karo- la is a beautiful pass with its magnificent hanging glacier. Both high passes are over 4800 m from the sea level.
Lake Yamdruktso is another attraction of today’s journey. After descending from Kamba- La, you will be driving for a while along its shore. This is the largest freshwater lake in Tibet that spreads in the area of 638 sq. Km.
Day 8: Drive, Gyantse to Lhatse
The very first city after Gyantse is shigatse. Here, we make a brief halt for visiting Tashilungpu Monastery. Panchen Lama is the highest-ranking lama of Glugpasect of Buddhism. Tashilungpu monastery is an icon of shigatse and the abode of Panchen Lama. After visiting Tashilungpu monastery, we continue our journey for lhatse.
Day 9: Drive, Lhatse to Saga
Early morning drive to saga from shigatse. It is a long drive via lhatse and sang that requires us to drive in the early morning.
Day 10: Drive, Saga to Manasarovar
The morning after breakfast you will set off from saga. The journey should be started early in the morning because you have to cross a significant distance today. After crossing near about 150 km you will reach old Dzongba. This is the habitat of Tibet herders. From old Dzongba, you will continue to drive to paryang through high passes and wide pastures route. Paryang is a small town with the Chinese military base. The village is situated in a wide-open pastureland, which is facing Himalaya. So, the weather of this place is harsh. From paryang, you will continue your journey to the west. On the way, we will stop in Horchu River where there is a military check post. It is another two hours journey to reach Manasarovar from Mayum la. The holy Dip and Pooja can be performed either today or tomorrow depending on the time you are reaching there.
Day 11: Stay in Lake Manasarovar
Today we will take complete rest in Manasarovar for worship and homage along with preparation and acclimatization.
Day 12: Lake Manasarovar - Yama Dwar - Deraphuk
Today is the highlighted day of our journey. The most exciting part, sacred circumambulation around Kailash, commences today from Yama Dwara. Morning, after breakfast, we depart from lake strand to yama dwar that demands approximately one and half-hour to reach. We should make a brief halt in darchen because some travel documents obtained from local police and army officials as well as we have to make group entry in the region. From Darchen, it is another half an hour to reach yama dwara. Those who are making circumambulation around Kailash on feet can instantly proceed for Deraphuk. Total walk to Deraphuk is for four to five hours but the timing depends on your own pace.
Day 13: Deraphuk - Zutulphuk
Today is the toughest and longest journey of this trip. You will have almost 22 km long holy walk through rugged highland to reach Zutulphuk. Initially, it is an uphill trek from Deraphuk but after walking for an hour or so, the trail turns into mild ascend. Half of the trail passes through an elevation of 4900m (16,000 ft).
After making an uphill trail for about 4 hours or so, we will reach a high pass where we will find Tibetan prayers flags fluttering. This is called ‘Dolma La Pass’ (5800 m.). This is the highest point that we will be crossing over during this divine trip. After making a gentle descend from the pass, we will find our self near a tine glacial lake. This is ‘gaurikunda’
From Gaurikunda, the trail leads us rapidly down through the area full of boulders and loose pebbles. Going down can be difficult and painful than coming up. If we have taken the horse, we can’t even use it in this bit. After trekking down for another one and half hour from Gaurikunda, we will eventually reach to the valley. From this point on, the trail is easy and flat. It is another two hours easy-walk to reach Zutulphuk.
Day 14: End Parikrama Then Return Back to Lake Manasarovar
After breakfast, we pack up our belongings and set off for further trekking. The distance between Zutulphuk and ending point is about eight km. Today, we will find the entire trail flat and easy. It takes approximately, three hours to complete this journey. At the ending point, we will find our vehicle standing by. We board the bus then start driving towards Lake Manasarovar. The lake is approximately 37 km in distance from this particular place and takes about 45 minutes to reach there. We stay overnight on the Eastern Shore of Lake Manasarovar tonight.
Day 15: Lake Manasarovar to Saga
Today, we will have to cross an extensive distance to reach saga. We have to start early morning from Lake Manasarovar, so our gear should be packed before joining for breakfast. After having breakfast, we board the vehicle and move towards to the checkpoint where we will get off from the “green vehicle” and board on the same vehicle that we had left here before. After shifting all our belongings, we will have a last glimpse of Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash then we move on.
Driving for an hour from the eastern shore of Manasarovar will bring us to a beautiful lake on the way. We drive along the bank of this lake for a while then start going up gradually towards the top of Mayum La Pass (5200 m.). From Mayum La, we descend to the military check post then continue our journey to paryang. After paryang, we drive through sand dunes area and gradually drive up towards another high pass and descend to the wide pasture, the other side. Along the way, we will traverse through several Tibetan villages and pastures then eventually reach Dongba.
We serve picnic lunch in Dzongba. After lunch, we continue our journey to saga. En route we will cross a bridge over river Brahmaputra then drive towards a high pass and descend to the saga valley. Saga is situated on the bank of river Brahmaputra. From here, the highway forks in two parts. One leads to lhasa and the other leads to Zhang Mu via Peikotso and Shisapangma area.
Day 16: Saga to Shigatse
The morning after breakfast, we proceed to Shigatse and will overnight stay at Shigatse.
Day 17: Shigatse to Lhasa
We will start our drive early morning from Shigatse to the lhasa.
Day 18: Lhasa - Kathmandu
The morning after breakfast, we leave for the airport. We take the spectacular flight to Kathmandu over the mighty Himalaya range. Everest is on our left side while flying to Kathmandu and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 19: At Leisure in Kathmandu
Today you are free in Kathmandu on your own. You can do shopping or other independent activities including offering holy water to Pashupatinath and Khada to Baudhanath.
Day 20: Departure
It is time to say goodbye! We will transfer you to tribhuvan international airport for your flight back home. Reporting time is three hours in advance.
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