Lhasa Kailash Tour – short itinerary:
Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu or mainland China to Lhasa
Day 02 & 03: Sightseeing of Lhasa City
Day 04: Drive to Shigstse via Yamdrok Lake visiting famous Gyantse Kumbum (300km, 7hours)
Day 05: Drive from Shigatse to Saga
Day 06: Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar
Day 07: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen (40km, 1hour, 4560m high)
Day 08: Trek from Darchen to Derapuk Monastery (20 km, takes about 5 – 6 hours)
Day 09: Trek from Derapuk to Zuthulpuk crossing Drolma-la Pass (15km- takes about 6 - 7hours)
Day 10: End Trek at Kora/trek ending point (14Km, 4- 5hours) and drive back to Saga
Day 11: Drive from Saga to Kathmandu or to Lhasa via Shigatse
Day 12: Final departure transfer to the airport.
Tour Cost: Please contact us and let us know the number of members in your group, the category of hotels you would like to stay with and any other special desires and requirements of yours. We will be glad to quote you the price as per your requirements.
ESTIMATE FOR ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES IN LHASA KAILASH TOUR:
- Horse for personal use on Kora days is approx USD 300 per person extra
- Extra ride for day trip to Astapad USD 40 per person extra
- Extra day in Kathmandu USD 45 to 50 per person with 2 meals and twin sharing room.
- Muktinath trip USD 650 per person including two nights in Pokhara, one night Jomsom and round trip flight to and from Jomsom with meals and private transfers.
Alpine Eco Trek highly suggests you to apply for Medical Insurance, covering emergency evacuation and all medical expenses are must for Lhasa Kailash Tour. So, please be insured prior to the holy journey to the Heavenly Abode of Lord Shiva.
MEALS DURING JOURNEY:
Meals during your stay in Kathmandu are provided in package at the same hotel where you stay. Meals during the Kailash portion will be all vegetarian and Lhasa portion will be only bed and breakfast basis. Alpine Eco Trek's staff will serve you hot and delicious meal at every day breakfast, lunch and dinner on the way from Saga to Saga will be provided in Lhasa Kailash Tour. We will provide you packed lunch while doing Kora around Mount Kailash. And, we also suggest you to bring some of your favorite dry foods, sweets and ginger and garlic Candies along the tour.
TOUR LEADERS, GUIDES AND STAFF:
Since our establishment, Alpine Eco Trek and Expedition (P) Ltd is a pioneer operator of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar tours. We have dozens of regular and trained tour leaders, guides, cooks, drivers and supporting crew engaged for a professional and reliable service. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team and other first aid treatment trained crew will be there in your group to serve you and make your trip a memorable one for the rest of your life!
We will provide transportation for Lhasa Kailash Tour depending on group size like if there are below 5 we provide a Jeep, if 5 to 08 we provide a Van, if 08 to 16 we provide two vans, if above 16 up to 25 people we prove a deluxe bus.
ACCOMODATION (KATHMANDU-KAILASH TIBET):
During your stay in Kathmandu, we will provide you any kind of accommodation as per your needs. You can have a single, or double or family room in Kathmandu. We select the best categories of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in Kathmandu and Lhasa. But accommodation in Kailash region is will be very basic and Lhasa to Saga, it is possible to have a standard accommodation on extra cost. Read more…
HEALTH PRE- CAUTION:
Normally, at higher altitude area in Tibet including Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarover, the amount of oxygen is less in the air. Certain illness such as loss of appetite, mild headache, nausea, tiredness, breathlessness, general uneasiness, high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia etc may be induced in the windy weather and high altitude area which generally is not encountered over the plains. This kind of symptoms can be seen in anyone irrespective of their age, sex and physical fitness read more ….
PACKING LIST OF Lhasa Kailash Tour:
- Small bag pack for 3 days trekking/Parikarma/ Kora around Mount Kailash
- Sufficient warm clothing including warm down jacket for Kailash tour.
- essential medicines (for minor injuries / life saving kits)
- Any regular medicines that you have been prescribed
- Toiletries kit (shop, Shampoo, Toothpaste, tooth brush)
- Water bottle /Thermos flask for hot water (2litters bottle)
- Hiking shoes good for walking 3 days Kailash Kora/trekking
- Woolen gloves, Woolen socks (minimum 4 pairs), hand clove
- Wool / Thermo cot undergarments, wind and water proof jacket
- T-Shirt, long shirt and pants which is easier to be while doing trekking
- Sunglasses, Sun lotion/cold cream, Torch light, rain coat
- Umbrella, walking stick, Sandal for use evening & morning
- Sweets, Zinger / garlic candies or dry fruits, lozenges, etc… Read More...
Lhasa Kailash Tour – Detailed itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport
upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be meet by one of our tour leaders and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be rest at the hotel. Evening, join a welcome dinner with group. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Packing day
After breakfast, you will be taken to explore the historical and world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley, the tour guide will come to your hotel at around 9 A.M for 3 hours sightseeing tour. Afternoon come back to hotel for lunch. There will be a trip orientation at around 4P.M and our crew will check your gears and packs. Group dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
We will be transferred to airport early in the morning for an amazing flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival at Gonggar airport, our representative will come to greet you and with an easy one hour or half hour drive will take you to your final destination to Lhasa. Check in to hotel and you can spend this time in relaxing. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04 & 05: Sightseeing of Lhasa City
In these two days, you will visit with our knowledgeable and English speaking Tibetan guide who will show you everything there is to see and explore in some of these famous sites. First of all we will start exploring the beautifully preserved Sera Monastery. Many of the pictures you see of Tibet are of these buildings with their white washed walls and golden roofs. There are several hundred monks live and study in this monastery. The Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka palace will be exploring on the first day's afternoon. The Jokhang temple will provide you one of your first sights of devout Tibetans, as thousands visit this holy shrine each day. The big market of Lhasa, the Barkor surrounds the Jokhang temple. The Norbulingka is another amazing piece of architecture of Tibet and was once the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.
On the second day's morning, you will visit Potala palace, the ancient palace of Dalai Lama. Be excited for astonishment as this massive palace has been around since before the 17th century. The afternoon will be spent visiting another historic monastery known as famous Drepung monastery. It was once home to over ten thousand monks is still a beautiful monastery to see. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Drive to Shigstse via Yamdrok Lake visiting famous Gyantse Kumbum (300km, 7hours)
As we begin our adventure overland journey in the Himalayas, today we drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok lake where we will get an opportunity to visit the famous Gyantse Kumbum as well. Along the way we cross over the Kamba la and the Karo la passes with spectacular views. Then we drive to Gyantse, where we will visit the Pelkor Chode monastery and Kumbum Stupa followed by two hour drive to Shigatse. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07: Drive from Shigatse to Saga
In the morning, there will be an arrangement for us to visit Tashilumpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas. We can also see the monks of this monastery nice looking with their home-made traditional shoes. After exploring the largest monastery of Tibet, we will drive to the small town of Saga, today's final destination covering many miles during the day but also encounter alluring river valleys and scattered villages. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08: Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar
From Saga, we will head through small dusty town of Dongba among enchanting panoramic views, where scattered nomads tents are mingled with their herds of animals on the open plateau. We can see numbers of villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snowcapped mountains, across the Mayun-la pass. And, if you are lucky enough, you might see many wild animals at the plateau grasslands. After our arrival at Mansarovar Lake, we will make our walk to Chiu Monastery which is the best point to see Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen (40km, 1hour, 4560m high)
After holy dip into the sacred lake, we will do Homa/Pooja of Lord Shiva we make a holy Kora around the lake Mansarovar Lake. After spiritual activities, in the afternoon we drive to Darchen and prepare for the circumambulation around Mt. Kailash. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10: Trek from Darchen to Derapuk Monastery (20 km, takes about 5 – 6 hours)
The day starts with trekking from the Sershong and a steady walk with many other local Tibetan pilgrims chanting and praying. We can see the Choku Monastery up on the hillside from the valley. Then the trail leads to few ups and downs till we reach our mud house accommodation at Derapuk where we will see many more Bon pilgrims circumambulating in the opposite direction (Anti clock-wise). Overnight at fixed tent or mud house.
Day 11: Trek from Derapuk to Zuthulpuk crossing Drolma-la Pass (15km- takes about 6 - 7hours)
Today our holy Kora/trek leads to much higher altitude of the holy path just beneath the Mount Kailash. The hiking will bring us to one of the highest point at Drolma La Pass 18500 feet, and the pass is quickly descends to the gradual field towards Zuthulpuk, in Tibetan it means magical cave. This small monastery is connected to an interesting story of talent competition between Great Yogi Milarepa (Buddhist) and Naropa (Bon). Overnight at fixed tent or mud house.
Day 12: End Trek at Kora/trek ending point (14Km, 4- 5hours) and drive back to Saga
After breakfast, we start our last day's Kora, the wind gradually comes out of the valley and the river will allow us to follow in to the Barka plain. Our trek ends at Trangmar, where our jeeps are waiting to take us back to Saga crossing the most remarkable mountain passes and alpine villages. Overnight at guest house.
Day 13: Drive from Saga to Kathmandu or to Lhasa via Shigatse.
After breakfast at Saga, today, you can have two choices in your tour, if you want to fly from Lhasa to mainland china or directly to your home town you can drive from Saga to Lhasa via Shigantse and if you want to end your tour in Kathmandu, you can drive from Saga to Kathmandu via Nyalam but some time we will have to find if the Tibet Nepal border is open or not because this boarder is naturally and politically one of the extremely sensitive borders of Nepal and Tibet. (The landside or political blockade often disturbs this border so badly), please check with us if this border is open or close. Overnight at Kathmandu or Lhasa.
Day 14: Final departure transfer to the airport.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Kathmandu airport Or Lhasa airport to board your flight back to home. This is an amazing way to end a life-changing journey. Come join us for this memorable trip.
01) All necessary airport arrival and departures and pick up from Kodari
02) Three night's accommodation in Kathmandu in 3/4 star standard hotel twin sharing room with full board meals.
03) Half day guided tour in Kathmandu as per mentioned in itinerary
04 10 night's accommodations in Tibet on private room sharing basis using guesthouse / Hotel
05) Kathmandu to Lhasa by flight
06) Lhasa sightseeing with tour guide and Van
07) freshly cooked vegetarian meals 3 times a day.
08) Supporting Nepali crew including our own cooks.
09) Permits for Kailash Kora (round).
10) Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
11) Private transportation in an eight seated deluxe van for clients and small truck for staff and food during the trip.
12) Kailash Permit
13) Camping equipments for kitchen, Shower
14) Sleeping bag/ Down Jacket if needed on Returnable basis.
15) Alpine Eco Trek's Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments) & day carry hand bag
16) Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator from AET
17) ENOUGH Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
18) Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making round of Mt. Kailash.
01) Personal Pony Charges (will cost US$ 300 to 400 per pony and helper for three days)
02) Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, extra drinks, laundry, yak etc.
03) Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc.
04) Tips to drivers, hotel staff.
05) Extra cost of transportation, Porterage etc involved due landslides, snowfall.
06) Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu than 3 nights/ any other place.
Why travel with us?
Why travel with us?
A Smaller number of people means more attention and better access to the group leader for a more intimate and personalized experience. The primary goal of our trek to the sacred Mount Kailash is to provide our customers with an eco-friendly, well-equipped and well-instructed crew members. A maximum of 20 or fewer pilgrims will be taken for the holy trek at a time. We ensure that the group formed is sufficient for each one of the trekkers to be well attended, as well as large enough to enjoy the journey along with other pilgrims.
Commitment to Safety
The top priority of our company is to provide our valued customers with a strategically approach to their safety and security. Each year we make equal or more efforts to refine the previous operations and work on improving the already existing safety procedures. We make sure the guides and trainers provided to the customers are experienced and knowledgeable in first aid and emergency management. They are also well-trained for any emergency situations that might occur in the higher altitudes or while trekking. However, we request our customers to take precautions beforehand itself, and make precise and necessary food arrangements and give personal hygiene the most preference. Every necessary equipment such as sleeping bags, warm down jacket etc. required for the holy trek will be provided to you. Our customer's health and safety is our prior concern, therefore we carry first aid kits and Portable Altitude Chambers (Gaymow Bag) for any high altitude sickness emergency.
Stress Free Travel
Even tiny hurdles along the way can ruin the excitement of the journey. Alpine Eco Trek aims to minimize almost every hassle and tedium that is most likely to come in the way while trekking. This not only kills the mood but distracts you from admiring the most beautiful parts of the journey. Hence, starting from your arrival day itself, our team fully devote themselves to your service. Our crew members make sure every aspect of the travel including accommodation, transportation, and the food is taken care of beforehand. We make confirmations with every lodges, hotels, private bus and vans for an efficient and reliable service before we start the trek. Every entrance fees for monasteries, palaces, etc. on the way will be included in the itinerary itself and a deluxe van or a regular van will be on standby, giving us the freedom to explore the area if requested.
Compromising the quality of the services that Alpine Eco Trek offers, is never an option under any circumstances. Every trek we organize is an updated version of the previous treks in which we make the necessary changes and reconsider various aspects. From the equipment provided to the travelers, for example, sleeping bags, quality down jackets to the littlest guidance on the trek, every aspect of the trek is precisely focused and worked on, for the comfortable trip of our customers. The main focus is given to the most basic factors of the tourism activities and that is the availability of transportation, comfortable accommodations, and healthy food. The holy trip to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar requires various equipment which is also taken care by us. We particularly request each of our valued customers to give us their genuine feedbacks on the overall journey to Mount Kailash that helps us monitor our drawbacks and helps design quality operations and adopt approaches useful for a better trek in the future.
Well Trained Staff
We are a firm believer that for every company to run successfully, the internal management and the team must be strong. Hence, we have built a team of professionals who show extreme passion and determination towards their work. We ensure that every customer is accompanied by a well-trained, soft-spoken and an enthusiastic team leader who makes the journey more enjoyable.
To gain the trust and reliability from any customer, transparency is a must. Therefore, Alpine Eco Trek works on providing the trekkers with an affordable, competitive and transparent cost which remains same for every traveler.
lpine Eco Trek aims to provide the best Himalayan pilgrim travel at the most reasonable price. We believe in building a fine bonding with our customers, keeping quality and reliable services in mind. The mission of our trips is also to offer a wide range of adventure and thrill, covering most the attractions of the region. We take our customers to the most beautiful, worth seeing sites, giving them an insight into the local culture and lifestyle, while also establishing a genuine friendly bond with both, the locals and the crew.
Following are some of the guidelines and considerations to make while picking a travel company for your trip:
01) Make sure that the company takes good care of their own staffs and guides by providing them with the necessary equipment, food, proper clothing, along with a good pay for their work. This shows the work ethics of the company and a respect for their staffs. Secondly, observe and be confident on how focused the itineraries provided to you are on promoting the culture and beauty of Nepal.
02) Make sure the company is a certified company and is registered under the appropriate local travel and trekking associations. Also, make sure that it is operating under the laws of the land(s) in which you will travel.
03) Ensure that the travel company you select is experienced and holds an overall knowledge about the local environmental issues of the site you are traveling to. The company should be considerate and sensitive to the issues and should respect the culture, tradition, and privacy of the inhabitants of the region.
04) Make sure that the company gives importance and consideration to the littlest details of the trip such as toilet arrangements, cooking fuel, rubbish disposal, first aid, etc
05) Make sure the company that you choose has an appropriate travel insurance and it abides by the regulations regarding operations of travel and trekking company.
Alpine Eco Trek follows all the above-mentioned guidelines in order to provide its customers with the most trouble free, eco-friendly and safe journey that they desire.
Mt. Kailash Tour Frequently Asked Questions
Question 01: Do I Need a Passport?
Yes, you will need a passport to travel Mt. kailash and Lake Manasarovar because Kailash is located in the Autonomous Region of Tibet, China.
Question 02: What about Chinese visa?
Please be informed that this is not regular Chinese visa which you would get on your passport is not valid at Tibet. Your travel permit and Visa for travelling to Kailash and Manasarovar is organized by our company with the help of our Lhasa partner. If you are Indian passport holder you need to provide us the original passport for visa application. Foreigners can send us their passport copies by email and we will apply their visa for Kailash here in Kathmandu with their passport copies. The visa charges differ depend on nationalities, contact us for more information on Visa and permits.
Question 03: How many days required for Mt. Kailash Tour Trek?
Answer: A journey to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar require 13 days by overland (Land cruiser or Van) and 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot Region. We are also organizing Lhasa Kailash Lhasa Tour.
Question 04: How we will be doing 13 days overland tour and how about 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot?
Answer: You will be doing 13 days Kailash tour by a deluxe Van or Land cruiser. From Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal- Tibet boarder) by a deluxe tourist coach, while in Tibet new model Land cruiser or a deluxe Van will be used. The route for the trip will be Kathmandu – Nyalam – Saga – New Dongba – Manasarovar – Darchen – Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk – Darchen – Paryang – Saga – Zhangmu – Kathmandu.
For 10 days tour by Helicopter:
Kathmandu - Nepalganj - Simikot - Hilsa (by helicopter) - Taklakot - Mansarovar - Darchen - Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk - Darchen - Mansarovar - Taklakot (by land cruiser or Van)- Hilsa - Simikot (by helicopter) - Nepalganj – Kathmandu (by regular plane or private coach).
Question 05: In how many days would I finish Mt. Kailash Kora and long it is?
Answer: The holy Kora around Mt. Kailash is approximately 53 km trek to be completed in 2 nights 3 days. Night camping will be in Dirapuk and Zuthul- Puk.
Question 06: When is the best time to Travel?
Answer: The best time to travel to Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar would be from the last week of April till end of October every year.
Question 07: What is Land cruiser?
Answer: Land Cruiser is the most comfortable vehicle in Tibet, a four wheel driven Japanese vehicle. We accommodate maximum 4 tourists in one land cruiser.