Mt. Kailash Mansarovar Lake Tour

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu City tour
  • Scenic drive Kathmandu – Nepal/China Friendship Bridge – Nyalam – Kathmandu
  • Circling around Manasarovar, a sacred Lake
  • Mt. Kailash Kora, a holy mountain
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the roof of the world
  • Walking on the Dolma La Pass over 5,600m

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.

Trip Facts

  • Trip CodeLHN55
  • Duration13 Days
  • Pricefrom US$4200 / person
  • GradeModerate
  • DestinationTibet
  • Min Pax02-15 pax
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Outline Itinerary

01 Days Arrive to Kathmandu (We recommend an early morning flight to allow rest and time to prepare)

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.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Mulberry
  • Max. Altitude: 1300 m/4265 ft
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner Included

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What's Included

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist luxury vehicle.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in a four star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • Basic guesthouse accommodation for the tour in Tibet (dormitory style room with common toilet) including breakfast
  • All transportation by private tourist vehicle for the tour in Kathmandu and in Tibet (4 passengers in one Land Cruiser)
  • Truck to transfer the equipment and food during the driving tour if you have choosen for Tented Camp Stay in Tibet.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a private vehicle
  • Government-licensed English-speaking Tibetan tour guide while in Tibet.
  • The required number of ground staff for the tour likes helpers and drivers.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff.
  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag provided (which needs to be returned after the trip).
  • Free duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with the cultural dance show.
  • Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa and monastery entry fees.
  • Yak and Yak men during the Kailash Kora (one yak for every two clients)
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) and oxygen (in case of emergency).
  • All government taxes, vat and Tourist service charges
  • All official expenses.
  • International airfare (See the international flights page)
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
  • Travel insurance(See the travel insurance page.)
  • Sightseeing/monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu – about USD 15 to 20 per person per day.
  • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, hot & cold drinks and laundry.
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)

Trip Map

Mt. Kailash Mansarovar Lake Tour Trip Map

Cost included

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist luxury vehicle.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in a four star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • Basic guesthouse accommodation for the tour in Tibet (dormitory style room with common toilet) including breakfast
  • All transportation by private tourist vehicle for the tour in Kathmandu and in Tibet (4 passengers in one Land Cruiser)
  • Truck to transfer the equipment and food during the driving tour if you have choosen for Tented Camp Stay in Tibet.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a private vehicle
  • Government-licensed English-speaking Tibetan tour guide while in Tibet.
  • The required number of ground staff for the tour likes helpers and drivers.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff.
  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag provided (which needs to be returned after the trip).
  • Free duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with the cultural dance show.
  • Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa and monastery entry fees.
  • Yak and Yak men during the Kailash Kora (one yak for every two clients)
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) and oxygen (in case of emergency).
  • All government taxes, vat and Tourist service charges
  • All official expenses.

Cost Exclude

  • International airfare (See the international flights page)
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (See the Visa & Entry Procedure of Nepal page)
  • Travel insurance(See the travel insurance page.)
  • Sightseeing/monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu – about USD 15 to 20 per person per day.
  • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, hot & cold drinks and laundry.
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)

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.

Note:
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.

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