Kailash Mansarovar Yatra with Lhasa - 14 Nights / 15 Days

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Pashupatinath Temple, Rudrabhishek in Pashupatinath Temple,Doleshwar Mahadev, Sleeping Vishnu Temple, Mansarovar Parikarama by vehicle, Mansarovar Holy dip and Havan & Kailash Parikrama

Lhasa

Administrative capital of Tibet- Lhasa place of Gods, Highest cities in the world. Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka palaces

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+Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport & take you to the hotel. In the evening we will have a group meeting for two hours of briefing for the Yatra. Overnight in the hotel. We suggest you take flight which arrives early in the morning to Kathmandu for good rest.

+DAY 02 : Rudrabhishek at Pashupatinath temple and Sightseeing

Early in the morning we will perform Rudrabhishek in Pashupatinath temple. After lunch, proceed for sightseeing to Budhanilkantha and Darbar square. Overnight in the hotel in Kathmandu.

+DAY 03 : Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa (3650 m) 1 hr. 30 minutes flight

After breakfast get transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to board your flight to Lhasa, Tibet. After arriving at Gonggar Airport in Lhasa It will take about 2 hours for the group to reach the hotel.
Spend the first day free to acclimatize with the altitude as Kathmandu is at 1200 m above sea level and Lhasa is at 3650m. If time and health permits we will visit the sera monastery in the evening

+DAY 04 : Sightseeing in Lhasa

Lhasa - After breakfast take a tour of Lhasa visiting Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and Potala Palace

Day 05 : Drive to Shigatse (3900 m) - 350 km/ 7-8 hrs
DAY 06 : Drive from Shigatse to Lhatse to Saga (4350 m) 608 km. / Drive to 12-13 hrs.
+DAY 07 : Drive Saga to Lake Mansarovar (4750m, 14,180 ft) 450 kms Travel time: 8 - 9 hours

The drive is very long. The road condition is fair. Enjoy vast Tibetan plateau, landscape changes from sandy dunes to rocky vistas to savannah type. This is the most auspicious day for all of us, as some of you might have waited for so long, maybe since many life times to get the first glimpse of holy Mt.Kailas and sacred Lake Mansarovar. We will perform half Mansarovar Parikrama by jeep.
Overnight at guest house/camp at Lake Mansarovar

+DAY 08 : Havan/rest/acclimatization at Lake Mansarovar

The experience of being in the abode of God. A lifetime achievement: Puja, Havan-worship, Meditation, Holy dip, Tarpan etc. Here relax and explore around the Mansarovar area. Overnight at same guest house.

+DAY 09 : Drive Darchen to Tarboche (13 km) and trek to Derapuk (12 km)-First day of Parikrama Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours

Drive about 13 km. to Tarboche. ( Those yatris who are not joining for Parikrama, can do a small parikrama about 100 mt. of Tarboche flag, which is also considered as Parikrama of holy Mt. Kailas). Parikram will start on foot or horse/yak-back from here. The trail leads to few ups and downs till Derapuk. Be blessed by seeing the magnificent view of north face of holy mountain Mt. Kailash.
Overnight in guest house/camp.

+DAY 10 : Trek from Derapuk to Dolmalapass to Zhutulpuk Valley (4760m) 15 km – Second day of Parikrama

This is the toughest day of the yatra. To Dolmala, it is 6 kilometers uphill trekking. At Dolmala pray and perform puja for 10 to 15 minutes. After Dolomala pass is Gaurikund. From here you will start descending for another 6 kilometers. Trail is very slippery and you have to hop from rock to rock. Please use your walking stick. A final steep descending staircase brings you to the valley floor. Additional 4 kilometers of gradual walk to campsite. Overnight at camp located on beautiful site.

+DAY 11 : Trek from Zhutulpuk to end of parikrama and Drive to Mansarovar and to Saga – Third day of Parikrama Trekking time: 5 to 6 hours

Very pleasant walk. Trail is very beautiful. Many caves, Mani stones and birds can be seen. This is valley of enlightenment. Land cruiser will be waiting near Darchen where our Parikrama ends. Drive about two hours to ‘Tirthputri’. From the spiritual point of view this place is as important as Mt.Kailash and Mansarovar. We will spend Half an hour here and then we will drive to Lake Mansarovar for final holy bath and puja, then continue drive back to Saga. Overnight in guest house.

+DAY 12 : Drive Saga to Shigatse (608km)

We are now on return journey. Overnight at local guesthouse in Shigatse

DAY 13 : Shigatse to Lhasa
DAY 14 : Lhasa to Kathmandu
DAY 15 : Departure
+HIGH ALTITUDE AND MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

HIGH ALTITUDE TREKKING & CLIMBING
The pleasures of trekking in the world's highest mountain ranges are immense and so are some dangers. Altitude sickness can affect some people at as low as 8,000 feet, but serious symptoms do not usually occur until over 12,000 feet. Even then it is not the height that is important but the rate of ascent. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is actually more common in fit young men because they are more likely to attempt a rapid climb by racing up the mountain like some ego boosted super hero! As a general rule, it is far safer (and more enjoyable) to avoid altitude sickness by planning a sensible itinerary that allows for gradual acclimatization to high altitude as you ascend, (You can race back down as fast as you like!).
High
2,500 to 4,000 meters
8,000 to 13,000 feet

Very
4,000 to 5,500 meters
13,000 to 18,000 feet

Very
Over 5,500 meters
Over 18,000 feet

What is High Altitude?
It is difficult to determine who may be affected by altitude sickness since there is no specific factor such as age, sex, or physical condition that correlate with susceptibility. Some people get it and some don’t. Most people can ascend up to 2,500 meters (8,000 feet) with little or no effect. If you have been at that altitude before, you can probably return to that altitude without problems as long as you are properly acclimatized. If you haven't been to high altitude before, you should exercise extreme caution while doing so.

+PRECAUTIONS

Water is the best medicine for high attitude sickness.
Preventive Medications
Acetazolamide (Diamox):
This is the most tried and tested drug for altitude sickness prevention and treatment. (For prevention, 125 to 250mg twice daily starting one or two days before and continuing for three days once the highest altitude is reached is effective.. Gradual ascent is always desirable to try to avoid acute mountain sickness but if rapid ascent is undertaken and actazolamide is used, it should be noted that such use does not cut out the need for a prompt descent if severe forms of high altitude sickness occur, i.e. pulmonary or cerebral edema. Side effects of acetazolamide include: an uncomfortable tingling of the fingers, toes and face carbonated drinks tasting flat; excessive urination; and rarely, blurring of vision. On most treks, gradual ascent is possible and prophylaxis tends to be discouraged. If trekkers develop headache and nausea or the other symptoms of AMS then treatment with acetazolamide is fine. The treatment dosage is 250 mg twice a day for about three day.) Noted from medical literature.

+RECOMMENDED MEDICAL TESTS TO BE DONE BEFORE YATRA

Yatri should remember that both Kailas and Mansarovar are at a very high altitude and to go there one should get medically checked and be properly equipped.
Following tests are essential.

  • E. C. G
  • BLOOD PRESSURE
  • HEMOGLOBIN
  • BLOOD SUGAR
  • STRESS TEST
Besides this, inform your doctor about the high altitude, extreme climate & difficult terrain of the yatra and seek his advice about your fitness to perform it. Secure fitness certificate from the doctor for enabling you to perform this yatra.

+ NEPAL AND CHINA VISA INFORMATION

Passport:
A Nine months valid passport is required for travel to Tibet. Please check the expiry date of your passport.
Visa:
Nepal Visa: All travelers visiting Nepal require a Visa. There is new rule in Nepal. You don't need Nepal visa if you are not staying for more than three nights. You will require a Single entry visa to Nepal if you are joining Mukthinath Yatra. This visa will cost you around £25 (Twenty five pounds). You do not need to take Chinese Visa as it will be arranged by us. The visa fees for Chinese visa are included in our package price.
To obtain Nepal visa:
Choice 1:
Visa can be obtained at any Nepalese Embassy, Consul, or Honorary Consul outside Nepal. Your ticket agent may also arrange for your Nepal visa.
Choice 2 [Easy and fast way): Visa can be obtained on arrival at Kathmandu Airport Immigration. You will require two (2) passport size photos.

+ FIRST AID KIT

The best way to stay fit in the Kailas and Mansarovar region is to follow few simple rules. First and most important is water, please start drinking at least three litters of water from the day you decide you want to go for this yatra. During the yatra please keep drinking three to four liters of water everyday. Stay mentally fit; give time for acclimatization to avoid high altitude sickness.
Consumption of medicines should be avoided as far as possible which makes the body more prone to weakness. However in case of acute emergencies medicines may be advisable. Most of the pilgrims going on this pilgrimage do not consume garlic but for high altitude garlic pearls swallowed with water couple of times during the day avoids most of the inconveniences. For precautionary measures DIAMOX is one medicine that reduces the risk of getting high altitude sickness. We will provide this medicine to all pilgrims as and when needed. Other than this homeopathic medicines for high altitude are very helpful which your private practitioner or a registered Homeopathy store would advice you on. Ayurvedic medicines with honey are excellent for avoiding the maximum illnesses arising in high altitude. Other than this, please take your regular medicines that you have been prescribed by your family doctor. Recent first aid kits containing various sprays for injury, burns, sprains, etc. are very useful. Then Glucose, Electrolyte powder, cough syrups etc.
We strongly recommend you to consult your own doctor before you start the trip and bring the medications as per his/her advice.
However following items are worth to bring:

  • Paracetamol (Crocin)
  • Painkiller
  • Eye drops for burning eyes
  • Multivitamin pills
  • Muscle relaxant
  • Antibiotic
  • Motion sickness and high altitude sickness medicine
  • Vicks vapour
  • Water purification Tablet
  • Neosprin ointment
  • Band-aid
  • Antihistamine (contact cc)
  • Knee-cap
  • Electoral powder
  • Thermometer

+ WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Geographically, Tibet lies beyond the trans-Himalayas and has minimal rainfall and sunny days. For those traveling to Kailas region, the best time to visit is from May to September. Mid-day temperatures in this region could rise as high as 22 degrees Celsius with evening temperatures as low as 8 to 12 degrees below zero. May to September is the best time to visit central Tibet.

+ CURRENCY

The unit of currency in Tibet is Renmbi or Yuan. US $1 is equivalent to Yuan 9, 1 Yuan = 10 to 11 INR. This exchange rate is subject to change. Currency can be exchanged in Kathmandu or in Zhangmu (Nepal -Tibet border)

+ INSURANCE

All travelers are advised to purchase travel insurance that provides care and services for sickness, accidents, emergency rescue, etc. related to international travel. Shree Kailash Yatra shall not be responsible for the loss of personal assets and belongings of the traveler/s due to unavoidable reasons or mishap.

+ TRANSPORTATION

Shree Kailash Yatra will arrange for all overland transportation. A coach will be provided for the Kathmandu-Kodari-Kathmandu portion of the trip and 4WD Toyota land cruisers will transport the group in Tibet. A support truck will carry the necessary camping gear and supplies. Yaks and yakmen will be arranged for the Kora (Parikrma).

+ POSTAL SERVICES AND COMMUNICATION

Many areas of Tibet are without communication facilities, including telephone and postal services. The last point in the journey from which a telephone call can be made is Saga, the small city near the famous Brahamaputra River. Beyond this point, it is not possible to make telephone calls. In case of emergency, please ask your family and friends to contact the staff at our Kathmandu office that will provide information and respond to their needs accordingly. Overnight at guest house/camp at Lake Mansarovar.

+ MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND SERVICE

Medical facilities in Tibet are very basic, if at all available. Shree Kailash Yatra will have first aid medical kit (for emergency only) and equipment for treating high altitude sickness including an oxygen cylinder with mask and altitude portable chamber. All travelers are requested to bring their own first aid kit with medicines and supplies recommended by their doctor.

+ RISK AND LIABILITY

Shree Kailash Yatra will make every effort to ensure that your journey is smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, please be reminded that all programs in Tibet are strictly conducted under the rules and regulations of the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Therefore, neither Shree Kailash Yatra nor its Tibet Agent shall be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances including but not limited to: Government restrictions, landslides, road blockages, flooding, snowfall, political disturbances, flight cancellations, illnesses or accidents. Any additional costs that are a result of such circumstances will be born by the traveler/s.

+ RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON KAILASH AND MANSAROVAR

  • KAILASH MANSAROVAR- SWAMI PRANVANAND
  • THE THRON OF THE GODS- Amold Heim & A. Gansser
  • THE SECRED MOUNTAIN-John snelling- London- 1983
  • KAILASH MANSAROVAR- ASCENT TO THE DIVIN- Rommel & Sadgana varma Switzerland (1985)
  • THREE YEARS IN TIBET- Ekai kawagachis –Madras- 1909.
  • TREKING IN THE HIMALAYAS- Tomoya lozawa- yama kei.
  • Motion sickness and high altitude sickness medicine
  • THE SACRED MOUNTAIN- THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO TIBET’S MOUNTAIN KAILASH. John snelling- forward by Dalai Lama publications- East west Publication- 1990 London.
  • A HERMIT IN HIMALAYAS- Burton, Dr,Paul- London 1975.
  • A JOURNEY TO LAHSA AND CENTRAL TIBET – Das Sharad Chandra 1902.
  • THE HOLY MOUNTAIN-Hamsa bhagwan shri- London 1934.
  • THE INDO TIBETANS- Hermans, Fr. Martin.
  • IN THE FORBIDDEN LAND(2 vol) – Landor, London 1898.
  • THIS MY VOYAGE- Longstaff Dr. Tom- London.
  • THE HOLY HIMALAYAS- Oakley E. S.
  • THE GREAT PLATEAU- Rawling, Capt. C. G. -London- 1905. IN SEARCH OF MAHATMAS OF TIBET- Schary Edwin London.1937
  • THAT UNTRAVELLED WORLD- Shipton Eric- 1969.
  • TRANS HIMALAYAS- Tucci Guiseppe- London 1973.

Things to Carry
+DOCUMENTS
  • Keep your documents updated for the travel.
  • Passport - Photo copy (1), on arrival in Nepal original passport will be collected by us.
  • Identity Card
  • Visiting Card
  • Diary: addresses, telephone numbers, contacts.
  • Waist Pouch.- to keep your important documents and money
  • Ball Pens (spare refills)
  • Maps / Charts / Books of the area.
  • Traveler's cheques, credit cards & currency.
  • Airline ticket / Railway tickets / vouchers.
+LIST OF CLOTHING
  • Shirts/T-shirts and trek pants or loose pants 4 to 5 pairs
  • Six pairs of cotton and two pairs of woollen socks
  • One pair thin gloves and one pair thick water proof gloves
  • Pair of sandal with back straps
  • One pair of hiking boots (light weight and waterproof) - very important
  • Waist Pouch.- to keep your important documents and money
  • Monkey cap (Balaclava) woollen, fleece -1 , Shawl-1 , Muffler-1
  • Wind Breaker jacket and pant
  • Woollen Sweater with high-neck and hood-1
  • Skirt for lady (good for open toilet) -1
  • Hot water bottle
  • Thermals -2 sets (two legging and two vests) - very important
  • Money belt, backpack
  • Garbage bags for used clothes
+TOILETRY

Sun block cream, Tooth paste and brush, Soap, Skin moisturizer & detergent, Hand mirror, Wide tooth comb, Lip balm, Sun cream, Lots of baby wipes and hand Sanitizer.

+ MISCELLANEOUS
  • Alarm clock
  • Video and still camera with extra batteries
  • Good torch with batteries -very important
  • Pair of sandal with back straps
  • Music cassettes
  • Nylon ropes (optional)
  • Notebook (optional)
  • Related books (optional)
  • Sunglass with retainer (thread/ chain) -1 very important
  • Whistle suspended from neck while doing parikrama/kora
  • Hot water bottle
  • Cigarette lighter -1
  • Swiss army Knife
  • Sewing kit
  • Water purifier
+ NECESSARY CLOTHING - WHAT TO PACK?

Those who are joining for Mukthinath Yatra and going to stay longer in Nepal need summer clothes like shorts, T-shirts, Panjabi's and skirts. During summer Kathmandu is very warm.
During your journey to Kailash and Mansarovar, because of frequent changes in the temperature, yatris will need clothes for both warm and cold weather. To make your Yatra light and comfortable, Shree Kailash Yatra will provide basic yet important clothing item such as down jackets.

Things Provide by Shree Kailash Yatra
  • Two-Men tent
  • Dinning and kitchen tent
  • Meals (three per day i.e. Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Mattresses
  • Air pillow
  • Experienced and insured staff
  • 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Supporting truck
  • Oxygen cylinder and high altitude portable chamber
  • Yak and yak men to carry the supplies during the parikrama
  • Walking stick
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toilet tent
+1-Q Is independent tour allowed for Lhasa in Tibet?
Independent tour is prohibited in Tibet. You should take part in an organized group or have the local travel operator to arrange for you.
+2-Q When is the best time to visit Lhasa and Kailas Mansarovar?
The best suitable time for traveling to Tibet is from April to October.
+3-Q What to bring if I travel to Lhasa-Tibet?

For the clothing, we suggest casual style and layered clothing because temperatures in tibet vary greatly within a day. Down coat is necessary. if you go beyond Lhasa and Shigatse to remote areas e.g. the Everest Camp or further to Mt.Kailash then please check our clothing list in Kailash Mansarovar link.

+ 4-Q Are credit cards accepted in Tibet?
Credit cards are not recommended as a way of payment in Tibet. You must have yuans ( local currency) with you.
+ 5-Q We have heard Lhasa flights are always delayed?
Yes sometimes it happens. But it does not get cancelled completely unless and until there is a really big problem.
+ 6-Q Lhasa is at what height?
Lhasa is about 11000 fts.
+ 7-Q What to see in Lhasa?
Lhasa offers beautiful monestaries, gardens, local Tibetian culture and famous Potala Palace. Lhasa is a veru beautiful city.
+ 8-Q Do we get acclimatization problem in Lhasa?
Yes one must be very careful. If you follow proper discipline and are aware of the changes, then there should not be a problem.
+ 9-Q What kind of hotels are available in Lhasa?
Now a days Lhasa offers basic to five star hotels.
+ 10-Q Can we come directly to Lhasa from our country?
No, it’s not possible. We have to take group visa. Tibet/China does not encourage any individual visa.
+ 11-Q How many days does it take to reach Mt.Kailash?
It takes four days including two nights for acclimatization in Lhasa to reach Mt.Kailas. Its about 1500 kms one way from Lhasa to Mt. Kailash.
+ 12-Q Is there any flight from Lhasa to Mt. Kailash?
Yes there is one airport about 50 kms away from Darchen (Base camp of Kailash). The flights are only for Chinese corporate people. They may open for normal people in future.