Mount Kailash (6,714m) is a very popular holy mountain in Tibet and is also known by the name of Tise, Kailash or Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows). Mt Meru (Kailash) is sacred to the Hindus, Buddhists, Janis, and the Bonpos taken as the center of the physical and metaphysical universe. For the Hindus, the mountain represents the seat of Shiva. For the Buddhists, a terrestrial projection of the cosmic mandala of Dyani Buddhas and Boddhisatvas (which represents the Wheel of Life).
For the devout pilgrim, a visit to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar forms the ultimate realization of their spiritual pursuit, and for the adventure-lovers, it offers rugged beauty, remoteness and solitude. If you tour to Mount Kailash during the month of May it gives you the opportunity to witness the Buddhist festival of Saga Dawa while most of the other trips are planned to arrive at Mt. Kailash during the full moon period to give all participants a rare experience.
This tour offers rigorous overland driving, trekking and camping, passing the remote and wild western Tibet, in altitudes between 2,745m to 5,600m.
On your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, the company representative from Luxury Holidays Nepal will be awaiting outside the airport terminal to drive you to your hotel. In the afternoon, we will have short meeting and briefing about your trek, where you also get to meet your trek leader and other team members.
For the meeting, please make sure you bring a passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance. You can present your queries and confusions at this orientation. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Luxury Holidays Nepal.
After breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide for your sightseeing tour. You will visit the following sites.
Swyambunath Stupa - The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site):
You can watch over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. Swyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.
Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site):
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples of Nepal. It is located on the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva.
Boudhanath Stupa is 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site):
Patan Durbar Square - located in central of city Lalitpur. It displays the Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts.
The rest of your time is free for further exploration and some shopping nearby your hotel.
We begin our drive to Kerung very early in the morning. We need to drive 154km to reach Rasuwagadi. From here we drive for an additional 23 km to reach Kerung. Since we pass through Langtang National Park, we are required to deal with a number of check-posts. Overnight stay in Kerung.
After breakfast, we will take a small walk around Kerung village. Spending an extra day in Kerung will help us acclimatize to the high altitude, thus preparing us for the journey ahead. Overnight at the same guesthouse.
Enjoy the view of snow capped mountains; we will cross the high pass of Lalung La Pass (5000m) where a magnificent view of high Himalayas can be seen such as Gaurishanker, Shishapangma, and Langtang Himal. We will be crossing the holy river Bhramaputra. Overnight at hotel in Saga. Hot Shower Houses available here.
Today is the most auspicious day for all of us as we will see the first glimpse of holy Kailash and sacred Lake Mansarovar. A lifetime achievement, here we will perform a holy dip, Relax and explore around the Mansarovar area. Overnight in Guesthouse.
Morning after breakfast drive to Yam Dwar or Sherson (15 minutes drive). From Yam Dwar, you will start trekking to Dera Phuk (north face of Kailash). Overnight at a guesthous.
Darchen to Yama Dwar – 10 km (30 minutes)
Trek, Yama Dwar to Diraphuk – 18 km (5 hrs)
Overnight at Mansarovar Guest House. We will pack our back pack and repack our luggage for Parikrama Days. One Duffle bag per two people is allowed.
Today, it feels as if the heavens had opened up for us and allowed us to peek inside the world of gods and goddesses. We will walk 18 kilometers through the valley guided by Holy Ganges River on our left and shadowed by Mount Kailash on our right. The feeling of today can only be experienced by one and not described. Have your camera handy to capture amazing views of Mt. Kailash. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation. Parvati-stal and Gauri Kund are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive to Zuthal Puk (the cave of Miracles. Overnight in tents.
After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting your arrival. We will continue our drive to Saga and arrive by Evening.
We retrace our journey back to Kerung from Saga. Kerung is a border town where we will spend the night. Overnight at a hotel in Kerung.
We clear our customs in Kerung before driving back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
After a few days of fun and excitement the day to bid farewell has arrived. Our representatives will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport as per your flight time.
After the wonderful opportunity to organize this tour for you we wish you a safe and happy journey ahead.
1. How bad is Altitude Sickness in Tibet, and what can I do to avoid, or treat it?
Tibet, Known as the Roof of the World, is one of the highest places on earth. Due to Tibet's high altitudes, many visitors from low-altitude areas suffer from altitude sickness. Most people only suffer minor effects of altitude sickness, which include a headache, loss of appetite, and a tendency to have no energy until their bodies adjust to the high terrain. This adjustment can take anywhere from a few hours, and in rare cases, a few days. If visitors do some simple preparations before going to Tibet, most of the symptoms of altitude sickness can be avoided. Being healthy and in good shape, before you arrive in Tibet will help greatly. It is also recommended that you talk to your local physician about AMS pills to help combat altitude sickness. Once arriving in Tibet, walk slowly and take deep breaths. Your tour guide will be there to offer help and suggestions.
2. What is the weather like in Tibet and when is the best time to travel there?
Generally, weather in Tibet takes some getting used to. Summers are cool, and winters are dangerously cold. Sun radiation is extremely strong in Tibet. Most annual rainfall falls from June to September. In the Lhasa and Shigatse areas, rains usually come in the evening. The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October. The best time to visit Mt. Everest is May and early October. The peak tourism season runs from July 1st to October 15th.
3. What should I take along with while traveling to Tibet?
There are many items that visitors are recommended to take with them when they travel to Tibet. A personal Medical kit, water bottle, sunglasses, sunblock, and a scarf or mask for keeping blocking dust. If you are a photography lover, do not forget your camera, film and batteries, or you will never forgive yourself.
4. What kind of vehicles are available for getting around Tibet?
In Lhasa, there are many options for getting around, such as taxis, buses, minibusses, pedicabs and jeeps. There are also cars and bikes for rent. In more remote areas, the road conditions are not very well developed, making traveling by taxi and bus impossible. In this instance, minibusses and jeeps are the only options.
5. What are accommodations like?
There are many hotels in the major cities or towns of Tibet, though four and five-star hotels are quite limited. These hotels have central heating which is used in winter, but no cooling is available in summer. The facilities and service standard may not be as you would expect from a hotel with this grade in the other parts of the world. In the smaller towns in Tibet, star graded hotels are not available, and in many places only budget guesthouses are available.
6. What cuisine options are there in Tibet? Are there other options besides only local foods?
Due to the harsh living environment of Tibet, the traditional Tibetan food is quite different from cuisine found in other parts of the world, and many visitors do not like it when they try it for the first time. Due to its uniqueness, it is highly recommended that visitors at least sample the local foods. There are many kinds of foods available in Tibet's city's. Chinese food, western food, and Nepali food can be found. In remote towns and areas, choices are limited. Chinese food or Sichuan cuisine is probably the best choice.
7. What are the currency and the ATM system in Tibet like?
Foreign currencies cannot be used directly in Tibet, but you can exchange your money at the Bank of China in Shigatse and Lhasa, and these two cities could accept all major credit cards. Your hotels also can change money for you and ATMs are easy to find. However, in the remote places in Tibet, banking services and the ATM systems are not so easy to find.
8. Will there be problems with the language barrier?
Visitors to Tibet do not need to worry about the language barrier at all. Each visitor will have an English-speaking tour guide, and most of the desk staff in the larger hotels can speak some English. The three main languages used in Tibet are Chinese, Tibetan and English. If you are the individual traveler, you will find many people who can speak these three k languages in Tibet's most popular tourist places.
During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect.