Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Yatra 2016 – 10 days

Trip Facts

Starting Price $3,100.00 per person
  • Trip Duration 10 days
  • Max Altitude 1350m to 5636m
  • Best Time End of April, May, June, July, August and September
  • Trip Mode In Tibet by land cruiser / coach

Trip Overview

HELI TOUR – Trip Overview 10 days

Mount Kailash

Mt. Kailash is considered the most sacred destination in Tibet; there is a steady flow of Hindus as well as Buddhists to this holy place every year. It is not permitted to climb Mt. Kailash,  but one can undertake a 52km circumambulation around the mountain.

This is a journey by a chartered helicopter. Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Simikot. At Simikot, make a charter helicopter flight to Hilsa, the place closest to China border  and drive to Lake Mansarovar across the open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau. Then take the fascinating trip to Mt. Kailash and make a circumambulation around the base of the mountain.

On the tour of Mt. Kailash visitors can bathe in the sacred Mansarovar Lake, with a periphery 88km, depth of 90m and total area of 320 km2. The itinerary is planned so that visitors reach Mansarovar Lake on the full moon day. Asthapavat and Tirthapuri can be visited if pre-arranged. The total journey is 10days/9 nights and the maximum elevation is 5636m.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Weather
Tibetan terrain is dry, cold, windy and dusty and night is much colder than the day. The best months for a Mt. Kailash trip are from May to September. During this period, the  maximum temperature will be 22oC and minimum temperature will drop to -10oC.

Fitness

Anyone who can walk for an average of 4-5 hours a day can make this trip. The itinerary is programmed to help get the clients acclimatisation to the gradual rise in altitude. All participants are advised to check their fitness before joining the trip.

Altitude

Altitude sickness may be felt above 3000m, but with the acclimatisation day and the gradual rise in altitude, you shouldn’t feel too much at discomfort. It’s always advisable to stay hydrated and drink lots of water.

Transportation
Transportation in Tibet will be by Land Cruiser or Tourist Coach. A support truck will be travelling along to carry all the camping gear, food provisions and luggage.

Accommodations
Four star hotel accommodation will be provided in Kathmandu. In Tibet, accommodation will be in lodges for every stay overnight, whereas during the Kailash Parikarma and at Mansarovar, there will  be tents with foam mattresses and sleeping bags.

Sometimes the lodges in Tibet may not be sufficient to provide individual rooms, so you may have to share with fellow participants.

Food 

While on the trip, all main meals, tea, coffee, juice and drinking chocolate are included. Food is prepared by our trained cook and is served hot – however while travelling, a packed lunch will be  provided until the next stopover. Proper boiled water/mineral water will be provided.

Communication
There will be restricted means of communication during the trip, but the team leader will have a roaming phone to convey messages in an emergency which you can also use to call your home. Also telephone lines are available at various points of the journey.

Insurance

Each participant must be covered by travel and medical insurance that should include helicopter evacuation in an emergency. Please hand us a copy of your insurance.

Emergency

Bottled oxygen with mask and regulator for all emergency/medical purposes will be carried during the   tour and the parikarma.
Prior to departure from Kathmandu each participant must leave a bond with Climb High in the form of an authorization letter. This enables Climb High, in the event of an emergency, to initiate emergency services and any other services necessary without delay.

Currency
In Tibet, only Chinese currency ‘Yuan’ is accepted. So it is advisable to exchange the currency you need before your departure for Tibet. You can exchange INR/ USD to Yuan in any money exchange in Kathmandu or at border. There are no ATM facilities available anywhere during the tour.

Tour Leader/Cook/Helpers
Each group will have a tour leader/guide accompanied by an experienced cook and the required number of helpers as per the group size. They are courteous and are fully committed in providing the best of their services. The tour guides are highly experienced with years of Kailash trips behind them.  Similarly the cooks too are experienced and well trained to prepare all dishes.

Fixed departure dates for Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Yatra 2016

Month Date of departure Mansarovar
(full moon day)
May 05, 11, 17, 23, 29 17
June 04, 10, 16, 22, 28 16
Sept 01, 07

Note: The above are provisional dates for joining.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350m.
  • Day 02 : Kathmandu valley sightseeing. Fly to Nepalgunj.
  • Day 03 : Fly Simikot- Hilsa. Drive to Purang 3,770m.
  • Day 04 : Purang, acclimatization day 3,770m.
  • Day 05 : Purang to Lake Mansarovar 4,582m. (FULL MOON DAY)
  • Day 06 : Lake Mansarovar to Darchen 4,670m. Parikrama / Kora Mt. Kailash, Dirapuk 4,900m.
  • Day 07 : Parikrama / Kora Mt. Kailash, Zuthulpuk 4,760m.
  • Day 08 : Parikrama / Kora Zuthulpuk, Purang
  • Day 09 : Fly Hilsa – Simikot- Kathmandu
  • Day 10 : Departure from Kathmandu
  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350m.

    Climb High Himalaya staff will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The group will be briefed about the tour and final preparations i.e. checking and demonstration of equipment to be used during the tour. Our staff will assist in buying and renting any necessary gear.

  • Day 02 : Kathmandu valley sightseeing. Fly to Nepalgunj.

    A city tour guide will take you around the holy sites in the valley, including Pashupati Nath, Jal Narayan, Swayambu Nath in the morning. Then transfer to Kathmandu airport to catch up flight to Nepalgunj.

  • Day 03 : Fly Simikot- Hilsa. Drive to Purang 3,770m.

    Early morning flight to Simikot and a helicopter flight to Hilsa. Then cross the Karnali bridge over to Tibet. Drive to Purang (Taklakot). Immigration formalities at the border custom office before Purang.

  • Day 04 : Purang, acclimatization day 3,770m.

    A day to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude. It is important to stay hydrated (3/4 litres a day) and be extremely aware of one’s physical condition, which the staff will also monitor at all times. The group have the option of hiking which would definitely help pilgrims/trekkers get used to trek conditions for Kailash Parikrama.

  • Day 05 : Purang to Lake Mansarovar 4,582m. (FULL MOON DAY)

    A beautiful drive through the dramatic valleys, the rivers and through the grazing lands of yaks and sheep. The landscape is filled with snowcapped peaks rising out of the distant sand dunes. Many Tibetan nomads and traders in their traditional dress inhibit this area. By late afternoon, the drive through the green pastures and massive valleys gives way to the first sighting of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar from Chhesakhang. Walk through the small village of Sherlung and Thugu Gompa on the banks of the holy lake or drive all the way to the western bank for an overnight stay at Chui Gompa (monastery).

    One can visit the lake and enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Gurula Mandhata 7,728m to the south and Kailash to the north.

  • Day 06 : Lake Mansarovar to Darchen 4,670m. Parikrama / Kora Mt. Kailash, Dirapuk 4,900m.

    The staff will set up individual bath tents on the banks of Lake Mansarovar for the pilgrims before circumambulating Mount Kailash. A ritual bath at Mansarovar is considered to attain moksha and a drink of its water relinquishes the sins. After lunch, drive north towards Darchen, a village considered the base camp for Kailash. If pre-arranged, one can visit Rakshasi Lake, Asthaparbat, Nandi Parbat and Tirthapuri.

    Drive to Sershong. First day of walking around Kailash begins at Tarbuche. Along the way, one passes numerous chortens (stupas), Chukku monastery, the burial site of the 84 mahasiddhas and wonderful views of cascading creeks, streaming waterfalls and the mighty west face of Kailash. After five hours one arrives at the Dirapuk monastery. The north face of Kailash is seen from a distance. Stay overnight.

  • Day 07 : Parikrama / Kora Mt. Kailash, Zuthulpuk 4,760m.

    Long and challenging day of the parikrama. Cross Dolma-La pass 5,636m between two valleys, Yamastal and reach Shiva-sthal, where to symbolize death, pilgrims leave the old clothes, hair or drop of blood in hope that Yamarajan (God of death) will aceept these and allow the pilgrims to be born in spirit to pass Dolma-La. In Buddhism, the pass symbolizes with the goddess Container and in Hinduism to Parvati, wife of Shiva. On reaching the top, Shiva-stal, the offerings are placed and one can meditate. On the way down, one crosses Parvati-stal, Gauri Kunda and reaches Zuthulpuk (the cave of miracles, the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here) along the river. All along the way, there are wonderful views of high peaks, streams, waterfalls and mountain caves.

  • Day 08 : Parikrama / Kora Zuthulpuk, Purang

    After 3 hours' comfortable walking (10km) along the river valley, the jeeps/vehicles will start the journey back. The transport will drive to Purang. One can have a Mansarovar lake parikarma by drive. Night halt at either Purang or Hilsa.

  • Day 09 : Fly Hilsa – Simikot- Kathmandu

    Flight to Simikot by Helicopter. Same day flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

  • Day 10 : Departure from Kathmandu

    Morning check-out and drop at the airport.

    For an optional tour to Manakamana, Pokhara and Muktinath darshan, keep 4 days extra. For more information, please enquire with Climb High Himalaya.

List of Equipment: (all pilgrims need to bring this)

Clothing

  • Enough warm clothing
  • Sports shoes for walking with spare laces
  • Sandals
  • Woollen gloves
  • Woollen socks (minimum 4 pairs)
  • Woollen / thermal wear
  • Woollen cap
  • Rain coat /umbrella

Accessories

  • Small backpack
  • Torch light with extra batteries
  • Walking pole
  • Drinking water bottle
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermos flask
  • Plastic pouch (medium / large)

Personal Hygiene / Toiletry 

  • Toiletries kit
  • Sun block lotion (20-30spf for UV protection) / cold cream
  • Lip balm
  • Light weight towel
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Wet wipes / Body wipes
  • Sanitary hand wash
  • Tooth brush/paste
  • Soap
  • Face and body moisturizer

Extras 

  • Reading/writing material
  • Camera & Binoculars
  • Bed sheet
  • Shawl / blanket
  • Dried fruits and snack

Visa Information:

Visa for entering Tibet

All nationals require a Chinese visa and a Tibet permit to enter Tibet. You will need to send a coloured scanned copy of your passport details and passport photos at least 45 days prior to the commencing your trip. We will send you a Chinese visa form, which you need to fill out, attach a passport photo, scan and email back to us. On arrival in Kathmandu, we will need your original passport with two passport size photos and home address details.

Visa for entering Nepal
Indian passport holders will not need a visa to enter Nepal, but all other foreign passport holders will need a 15 day multiple entry Nepal visa which can be purchased on arrival at the airport. You need to have 2 copies of recent photograph along with USD 25 for 15 days valid multi entry and USD 40 for 30 days valid multi entry.

Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trek or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone:

00 (977) 1-470-1398

Alternatively, you can contact us by email at: info@climbhighhimalaya.com

Booking

To book a place on this trek, please complete the booking enquiry on our ‘Reservations’ page.

As we are a Nepali company, you will need to send your deposit by bank transfer to our bank account in Kathmandu. This is a completely safe process and may be done at any UK, European, Aus/NZ or US bank in a few minutes. Some banking websites even allow this to be done online.

Details will be sent to you once you have decided to proceed with your booking.

Please note:

  1. Visa fees are subject to change.
  2. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months.
  3. If you intend to enter Tibet via Kathmandu (Nepal), your Chinese visa must be issued from Kathmandu and it is mandatory. Please do not apply for Chinese visa in your country; this method is not accepted by the Chinese authorities

Tour Cancellation Policy

For all cancellation, only a written notice will be accepted. A verbal notice will not be entertained.

  • 20 days before the commencement – 10% of the total cost as cancellation charges.
  • 15 days before the commencement – 50% of the total cost as cancellation charges.
  • 10 days before the commencement – 90% of the total cost as cancellation charges.
  • 07 days before the commencement – 100% of the total cost as cancellation charges.

Tour Cost (per person):

Nationality Kathmandu to Kathmandu    (10 days) Lucknow to Lucknow               (9 days)
Indian passport holder INR 190000.00 INR 160000.00
Foreigner & NRI (Non Resident Indian) US$ 3600 US$ 3100
EXTRA COST
Upgrade to 5* hotel on twin sharing basis US$ 180 per person per day
Extra days in Kathmandu (3* star) US$ 50per person per day
Tirthapuri US$ 200
Astaparvat US$ 60

* The above mentioned cost is based on per person. Schedule and rate are subject to change under unavoidable circumstances.

The US dollar payment can be paid in Indian rupees equivalent as per the existing exchange rate at the time of the payment.

Group Size: Minimum 25 people in each group (if travelling by coach)

Booking: Passport details must reach 30 days prior to the date of tour with 35% of total group amount as non-refundable advance payment. The remaining amount has to be paid in full before arriving in Kathmandu.

Additional Activities Cost:

  • Horse for Kora US$ 350 per person
  • Horse for day trip to Astaparvat US$ 60 per person
  • Manakamana day trip (including both ways cable car and transportation) US$ 60 per person
  • Muktinath and Manakamana day trip (including 2 nights in Pokhara, 1 night in Jomsom, round trip flight with meal, transport) US$ 550 per person

Includes

  • Arrival / departure transfers
  • One half-day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath temple and temple of sleeping Vishnu (Budanilkanth)
  • 2 nights accommodation at 4 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing & with all meals (vegetarian)
  • Kathmandu – Simikot – Kathmandu flight
  • Simikot – Hilsa – Simikot by helicopter
  • Land transfer by tourist coach in Tibet
  • Support truck to carry luggage, equipment and food items
  • All camping equipment
  • Experienced staff comprising of 1 Nepali team leader, 1 cook experienced in preparing Indian cuisine and support staff
  • Freshly cooked vegetarian meals (North & South Indian food)
  • English / Hindi speaking Tibetan guide
  • Best accommodation during the Kailash Yatra in Tibet
  • Windcheater jacket on returnable basis
  • Sleeping bag on returnable basis
  • Climb High duffel bag
  • Yaks & yak-men for porterage during Kailash Yatra
  • All permits
  • Tibet / China visa fee
  • First aid-kit with altitude medicine and medical oxygen
  • Pulse oxymeter
  • One roaming phone with the team leader for communication
  • Mineral water during Yatra
  • Life and medical insurance for staff

Excludes

  • Airfare to Kathmandu and return
  • Urgent visa fee
  • Nepal visa fees for NRI / foreigners
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Evacuation cost, if emergency
  • Expenses of personal nature (telephone calls, shopping, laundry, cold/hard drinks, tips etc.)
  • Any extra services such as extra vehicle / hotel nights / sightseeing tours other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Single room supplement in Kathmandu
  • Tirthapuri and Astaparvat visit
  • In Tibet , land cruisers (4 persons per vehicle), if booked for coach transportation.
  • Horse’s and porter’s charges if engaged for kora / parikrama (to be paid directly to the horse herder or porter)
  • Extra cost in the event of landslide etc for hiring additional transportation or porterage
  • Hotel charge in Kathmandu if early return from Tibet or extra stay at Kathmandu
  • Extra cost due to natural calamities and unforeseen circumstances
  • Visa splitting charge and extra transportation cost, if returning early from Tibet.

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