This trip allows a sampling of two of the most exotic Buddhist cultures in the world, surrounded by the Himalaya, and crowned by Mt. Everest, our planet’s highest summit. Mt. Kailash is the most sacred, to both the Buddhist as well as Hindu peoples. Our journey visits the great cities of the region, Lhasa and Kathmandu, then sets off into the hinterlands of the high Himalaya, skirting under Mt. Everest, onto the barren heights of the Tibetan plateau, where we encounter revered Mt. Kailash, a holy summit set next to Manasarovar Lake. Our trek follows the pilgrim’s ancient footsteps around the mountain, where a three-day "Kora" trek is reputed to forgive a lifetime of sin, then we duck over the border into Nepal, with special permission that has allowed us to cross. We begin the tour by travelling to Kathmandu and departing by road to the Nepal/Tibet border town of Zhangmu where we collect our Transport. We travel by the SOUTHERN route and after our pilgrimage (religious or secular) we return by the same route. The day-to-day program is outlined as follows:
DAY 01: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU - WELCOME-DINNER
When you arrive in Kathmandu, you'll be taken to your hotel. While in Kathmandu you will have time fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions are highlighted on our guided tour. There's time to explore the city's many charms on your own too. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali well come dinner await for you. O/N in Kathmandu.
DAY 02: KATHMANDU CITY TOUR
After breakfast, we'll visit Swayambhunath temple, and said to be 2000 years stupa on a hillock offers breath-taking view of Kathmandu City. We will then processed to Visit Pasupatinath and Bouddhanath. After lunch we'll visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan (Lalitpur) - which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley - famous for its Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, and you can catch the traditional artisans working with wood, stones and metals. O/N in Kathmandu.
DAY 01 KATHMANDU - KODARI (BORDER) NYALAM
We will meet the group at Friendship Bridge and transfer them up to the Zhangmu border custom and help them to go through the custom formalities and after lunch continuously drive to Nyalam. The road condition from where we meet and up to Nyalam is bumpy and tough we can keep only 5-40km/per hour driving speed following a winding road up with a quick gaining of altitude from Zhangmu border 1700 meters to Nyalam 3700 meters. But so far we still have a view of green mountains and many water falls. The weather in this area is damp in the summer time, moisture degree is high so it gets many rains especially in summer season causing troublesome water flood and landslides. So what we will remind our clients to be fully prepared for this first day tough trip. And what if our vehicle and not come down to Friendship bride even to Zhangmu border because of the landslides then we will have to hire porters or trucks to bring us up to meet our team at the other side of landslides then our clients are due to pay all the extra cost. We will find a campsite to camp overnight at Nyalam. (CAMPING)
DAY 02 NYALAM-LABLUNGLA PASS-PAIKU TSO
Drive from Nyalam bridge Camp to Lablungla Pass we stop here to enjoy the fascinating Himalayan panorama and the Tibetan landscape. We then drive to Paiku Tso(Lake). The huge blue lake Paiku Tso on the right and Shisa Pangma Himal 8012metre on the left is an idyllic campsite. (CAMPING)
DAY 03 PAIKU TSO LAKE- SAGA-DZONGBA
Drive through an exotic valley then a hauntingly beautiful vista opens in about an hour. The cross-country drive over the undulating landscape with no human in sight will give us a Wild West impression. We meet a better smooth gravel topped road and the drive will be very enjoyable until when we approach uphill and downhill drive to the bank of the Brahma Putra. So serene and beautiful is the whole area that all will enjoy immensely. We cross the river by ferry then drive through the military town of Saga and continue driving to an old deserted town called old Dzongba. Having negotiated we shall drive to Dzongba Check post where our passports and the drivers documents will be examined. We shall stay quiet. Then drive through the wide Dzongba plain and reappear at the riverbank of Brahmaputra. On the ground we shall see a lot of red flowers. We will find a campsite to camp overnight.
DAY 04: DZONGBA-PARYANG RIVER-MAZOMLA PASS
Start to drive early morning having going through the village of Gaqoi, we shall come to a ridge and a new visit opens in front of us. We get off the vehicles and walk down the sandy slope while our vehicles will trundle down. We see innumerable sand dunes. They are semi- circulars in shape. Beyond the waters of a lake and the Brahmaputra glitters and beyond as the backdrop are the Himalayas. The whole scenery walled village of Paryang, continue to drive across the river on a wide valley then arrive at the Brahmaputra River again and drive along the right bank and gradually gain the altitude finally reaching the high point at 5370 meters, the pass is known as Mazola Pass. Descend and drive along the boulder strewn section. In landcruiser the bumps will not be felt that badly. We then drive enjoying the beautiful scenery of Hanuma Lake and camp near the lake.
DAY 05: MAZOMLA-DARCHEN
We drive on the undulating plain for about an hour then reach the river valley and drive along the west bank and reach a cross section of roads when a vista will open. Manasarover so huge and blue with Gruel Mandata Himal 7728 on the left and Kailas, THE MOST SACRED MOUNTAIN on our right. We then drive to Darchen having gone through two check posts. Darchen with its rows of white tents. We shall stay in a lodge overnight. (Darchen Guesthouse)
DAY 06: MOUNT KAILAS
Early in the morning, having had the breakfast, we stroll west from our lodge and our yaks and staff shall follow us. At 4700 metres, the trail is so gradual that we feel as though we are walking somewhere in Rajasthan. In about an hour we come to a chorten, a collection of prayer flags fluttering in the air. We then descend to Lhachu River valley then head northerly direction towards Diraphuk. We shall camp here. The western face of Kailas will be in constant view.
DAY 07: MOUNT KAILAS
Gradual climb to Drolma La 5470metres pass noting various religiously important places of great significance. Just after the pass we shall take off our Tea Shirt, Vest or a blouse and put on a new one to remark the start of a new life. We then descend to Gauri Kund (hope no one dares to take a plunge) and to a camp at Zuthulphuk.
DAY 08: MANASAROVER
We walk downstream viewing the eastern face of Kailas and arrive at Darchen. Collect our left luggage, have light lunch then proceed to Manasarover, hopefully to camp at the beach, but in case of the inclement weather, we shall stay at Chiu Gomba Lodge. An experience. (Extra fee paid by clients themselves).
DAY 09: MANASAROVER
Early morning visit to Manasarovar, if one dares to take a dip wash the SINS away and view the sunrise and have a leisure walk around the lake.
DAY 10: MAZOMLA PASS
Return to Mazomila Pass.
DAY 11: DZONGBA
Return to Dzongba.
DAY 12: PAIKU TSO
Return to Paiku Tso.
DAY 13: NYALAM
Return to Nyalam.
DAY 14: NYLAM - KATHMANDU
Drive to friendship bridge and exit to Tatopani (Kodari) again drive to Kathmandu.
DAY 17: KATHMANDU:
Free day as your own in Kathmandu. O/N in Kathmandu.
DAY 18: DEPARTURE:
After breakfast free for you until time to leave the international airport for your final destination
01. Twin sharing different standard accommodation as per different category package with breakfast.
02. All necessary transportation by 4 WD Toyota Landcruiser.
03. Sightseeing tour as per the Program, an English speaking Guide and monastery entrance fees.
04. China/ Tibet visa fees, Tibet permit and necessary domestic and international flight as per itinerary.
05. Special Trekking permit for Kailash & Guge parts.
06. Accommodation in two men dome tent & all meals cooked by our own exp. cook during the treks
07. All camping and cooking equipments for treks.
01. All expenses of personal Nature.
02. Nepal re-entry visa fee and airport Departure Tax
03. Charge for photography, air ticket reconfirmation fee and Insurance etc.