Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration : 14 Days
  • Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Highest Altitude : 5660 m
  • Difficulty : Strenous
  • Season : May to September
  • Activity : Trekking- sightseeing- Pilgrimage
  • Trip Grade : 5

Lhasa - Mt Kailash-Mansarovar

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Discover the sacred site of central Tibet and make a journey through incredible landscape of Tibetan plateau to the holiest site of Mt Kailash and Mansarovar which is equally acclaimed by Hindus, Buddhist, Bon and Janism.  Mt. Kailash, located in far west corner of Tibet is the sacred mountain capped by pure crystalline ice, dominating the north of the Himalayan Barrier with its spectacular view. 

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Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar are rooted in antiquity dating back to Vedic era and Manasarovar is believed to have originated from the mind of Lord Brahma, hence called Manas-Sarovar. Four great rivers of Asia- Karnali, Sutlej, Indus and Brahmaputra originate from Kailash region. For those without a specific faith the mountain`s physical from and colour makes it a natural symbol of purity.

On the journey to Mt. Kailash, we come across the barren landscape of Tibetan plateau, know the mystery of central tibet and unique tibetan culture, go around the spectacular monasteries, cross over the high snow passes over looking the great Himalayas, reach the holy mansarovar lake and circumambulating the holy Mt Kailash washes away the sins of a lifetime and enjoy the most stunning high altitude walk crossing over Dolma la pass ( 5630m) and re-cross the vast arid plains before entering the lush hills side of Nepal.

 

Day 01:   Kathmandu – Lhasa (3650m)
Day 02:  IN LHASA (3650m)
Day 03: IN LHASA (3650m)
Day 04: LHASA – GYANTSE (3650m)
Day 05: GYANTSE – XIGATSE  (3950m)
Day 06: Xigatse - Lhatse (4050m)
Day 07: Lhatse- Saga (4640m)
Day 08: SAGA - MANASAROVAR (4558m)
Day 09: MANASAROVAR - DARCHEN (4600m)
Day 10:  DARCHEN – DEHRA PHUK (5000m)
Day 11: DEHRA PHUK – ZUTUL PHUK (4790m)
Day 12: ZUTUL PHUK – DARCHEN – DONGBA (4500m)
Day 13: DONGBA - NYALAM (3750m)
Day 14: NYALAM – KATHMANDU (1350m)

 

Day 01: Kathmandu – Lhasa 
We take a spectacular flight in the morning flying over the highest mountain range in the world. Upon arrival at Gongar Airport in Lhasa meet with our Tibetan guide and transfer to the hotel, rests of the day relax for acclimatization.


DAY 02: IN LHASA

We start the day with a visit to spectacular red and white building which was the residence of Dalai Lama.  This thirteen stories building contains over 1000 rooms & about 200000 statues. Later visit Norbulingka, the summer palace of Dalai Lama, Jokhang Temple the 7th century Pagoda is spiritual centre of Tibet and at the end Barkhor Bazar  – the liveliest and best preserved typical Tibet Market area-   Overnight at Hotel.


DAY 03: IN LHASA

Today is the day to explore the biggest monasteries in Tibet. The day starts with a visit to Drepung Monastery the biggest and richest monastery in Tibet with 400 monks and later to sera monastery the second largest monastery in Tibet with 300 monks.


DAY 04:   LHASA – GYANTSE 

Leaving lhasa behind we take a full day picturesque drive crossing over Khamba la (4,794M) and get closer to the one of the sacred and colourful Tamdrok Tso lake. We drive further west crossing over  Karo la (5,010M) and beautiful Tibetan village on the way we arrive at Gyantse   -  Overnighta at Hotel.


DAY 05: GYANTSE – XIGATSE 

We explore Kumbum stupa ( 1440 AD) with 100000 images built in strong Nepali architecture and Phalkor Monastery (1418AD) of three different sects- Gelupa, Sakyapa and Buton before we leave for Xigatse. Todays is just 90 km drive to second biggest city of Tibet xigatse where we visit to Panche lamas Tashilumpo monastery which is the most beautiful monastery in Tibet.


Day 06: Xigatse - Lhatse

Following the highway with scenic tibetan landscape we head to lhatse which is a small town and you could spot ruined Dzong around the area. If interested you could explore small Gelug monastery and above the monastery are ruins of Old Dzong which is on a rock 150 meter high, at the western end of the town is another small Changmoche monastery.


Day 07: Lhatse- Saga

Leaving Lhatse behind we head north west past Brahmapurtra River through river valley passing traditional picturesque villages making your day busy providing plenty of opportunities for photography.


Day 08: SAGA - MANASAROVAR 

Another exciting long drive throughout the day rolling on the wide valley following rivers and grazing land of yaks and Sheep. Far south you can see snow covered peaks nearby, lots of rocky peaks, sand and duns give you an ideal world. Depending on season, nomads and other mobile venders are attired by beautiful traditional costume, waiting with hot tea and other supplies with smile.

By the late afternoon you can get the first sight of Holy Kailash and Manasarovara. Manasarovara is  the highest fresh water lake with turquoise complexion in the world surrounded by Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula Mandata and Lake Rashekshi. The lake has a few monasteries on its shores, the most notable of the which is the ancient Chiu Monastery built on a steep hill.  


Day 09: MANASAROVAR - DARCHEN 

After exploring the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss we head toward Darchen considered as a base camp for holy mt. Kalilash marked with thousand of praying flags. 


Day 10: DARCHEN – DEHRA PHUK 

It is one of the exciting day walking 18 km along the beautiful steep rocky cliffs; waterfalls and narrow canyon with some clouds in the clear blue sky above you to the 13th centuries monastery of Dehra Phuk.


Day 11: DEHRA PHUK – ZUTUL PHUK 

Hardest but Holiest day of your tour crossing over Dolma-La (pass) of 18600ft between Drolma chu and Lha chu valley. The pass is decorated with thousand of praying flags and it’s a steep climb up to the pass and descend down Zuthal pukParvati-sthal and GauriKunda are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive at ZuthalPuk the cave of Miracles. The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here.


Day 12: ZUTUL PHUK – DARCHEN – DONGBA

It is an easy walk along some impressive gorges and around many mani stones and mani walls back to the Bharka Plains and dusty Darchen. The kora is finished – you have erased your sins, endured cold nights and mornings, crossed one of the highest passes in the world, met countless pilgrimage, sent prayers of peace out to the world. Shortly after arriving at Darchen you board the waiting vehicle for a drive to Manasarovar and then Dongba.


Day 13: DONGBA - NYALAM

Scenic drive through the Tibetan countryside past PAIKU TSO LAKE ,small villages and cross over LALUNG PASS (5050 M)from where one can enjoy lifetime view of MT.  Xishapagma & Mt. Cho Oyu and then descend the plateau through the winding mountainous road.


Day 14: NYALAM – KATHMANDU

Drive to Kathmandu From Nyalam, you drive down to the border town of Zhangmu. From Zhangmu, it’s a short drive to the Friendship Bridge which spans the BhoteKosi River and marks the Chinese - Nepalese border where you part with your Tibetan guide and driver through lush hills to Nepal.

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

Visa to Tibet

Arriving Lhasa via mainland China:
If you are planning to arrive in Lhasa via mainland China, you would need to apply for your Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy in your country.

Once you have the Chinese visa, please scan the visa and email or fax it to us along with the copy of your passport, so that we could arrange your travel permit. Please not that you would not be eligible for the Tibet Travel permit with out the Chinese visa.

With the combination of the Tibet permit and Chinese visa you would be allowed to enter Tibet from the mainland China.

 

Arriving Tibet via Kathmandu or go overland via Zhangmu or Simikot border
If you are planning to fly to Lhasa via Kathmandu or go overland via Zhangmu or Simikot border, you would need to arrive in Kathmandu at least 2 to 6 days before your entry into Tibet (if you want to apply for the minimum visa - normal charge). Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu issues visas only on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 0900 hrs to 1100 hrs. Thus, Travelers are required to arrive in Kathmandu a day prior to the visa issuing days to enable us to get Chinese/Tibet visa. In order to get the Tibet visa, we would need your original passport at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.

 

Please note:

Do not apply for the Chinese visa in your country if you are intending to travel to Tibet via Nepal. If you had applied for Chinese visa in your country, it would be automatically cancelled when we get the Tibet visa here in Kathmandu.

 

Important note:

The visa rules and regulation for Tibet frequently changes and it is not guaranteed that you might be eligible to get the visa for Tibet. Please contact us for recent visa rules and regulation.

 

Introduction: 

Tibet a plateau region in Asia also knows as the roof of the world. Tibet is highest region on the Earth with an average elevation of 4900 meter. The atmosphere is severely dry nine months of the year. Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world and contains two world heritage sites Potala palace and Norbulingka. Tibetan economy is dominated by subsistence agriculture due to limited arable land. The primary occupation of the Tibetan plateau is raising livestock such as sheep, goat, yaks and horses. Religion is extremely important to the Tibetans and has a strong influence over all aspect of their lives.

Travelling to Tibet is an adventure due to its geographical location. The temperature from april to November is quite mild in the day but night could be freezing. June and july could be rainy and December to march could be extreme cold especially at night.

You are going to travel in the high altitude and heading to the world highest mountain ranges so be prepare for it.

 

Best Time to visit Tibet:

The best time to travel to Tibet is from April to November. However July and august could be rainy. These two months see half of the annual rain. The day temperature are quite mild, however the temperature suddenly could drop below 0 degrees at Night. You could travel to central Tibet whole year around but some time the passes could be blocked with snow and the days and night are extreme cold.

 

What to bring:

As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round.  You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.

Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:

 

Check list:

 

BODY WEAR

  • Loose comfortable T-Shirts
  • Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
  • Trousers
  • A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
  • A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
  • Water and wind proof jacket
  • Water and wind proof trousers
  • Woolen or thermal gloves
  • Sun hat and sun glasses
  • Woolen or fleece hat
  • Scarf     

 

FOOT WEAR

  • Warm woolen socks
  • Comfortable and warm shoes

 

ACCESSORIES

  • A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
  • Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
  • Camera, music and books
  • Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
  • An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
  • Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
  • Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
  • HEAD TORCH!
  • Batteries for camera, torch etc..
  • A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
  • Walking sticks (if needed)

Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!

 

INSURANCE

All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.

 

ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.

Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).

Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.

The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.

You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.

 

TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS

You need to bring cash dollar or Chinese currency while travelling in Tibet. The big cities like Lhasa accept visa card in banks but other small cities do not accept visa card so it is mandatory to have cash USD or Chinese currency with you while travelling into Tibet.