MT KAILASH (6,714 m) is the holiest mountain in TIBET. The grandeur of MT KAILASH can be rivaled by a very few mountains in the world. Situated in the far western corner of the Tibetan plateau, this legendary snow-capped jewel is revered by four different religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism & Bonpo) as one of the most sacred and challenging pilgrimages in the world. Four of the Orient’s greatest rivers; the Brahmaputra, the Sutlej, the Indus & the Karnali originate from and around the MT KAILASH. At the base of the mountain are two vast lakes divinely called MANASAROVAR & RAKAS TAL.
For the Hindus, MT KAILASH is regarded as the earthly manifestation of MT MERU, a spiritual centre of the universe, which is described in the Hindu mythology as a fantastic pillar of 84,000 miles around which everything revolves with its root to the lowest hell and summit touching the heaven. MT KAILSH is itself an abode of LORD SHIVA, lord of the universe, who shares this magnificent mountain with his consort PARVATI. There at the base is the sacred LAKE MANASAROVAR, where a bath offers a pilgrim an access to Brahma’s (Hindu god for creation) paradise and drink of its holy water wipes out the sins of hundred lifetimes. For the Jains, a religious group in India with many similarities with Buddhism, MT KAILASH is taken as the holy pilgrimage where their first prophet achieved enlightenment.
Newly Built Highway to Holy Mt Kailash
The 53 km Kailash circuit is the holiest of all Tibet's pilgrimages and it has been drawing increasing number of travelers from all over the world. It is said that a single Parikarma (circumambulation) erases the accumulated sins of a lifetime, while 108 circumambulations will achieve Salvation or Nirvana.
Holy Manasarovar with Mt Kailash in its back drop
The 1st part of the tour takes you all the way the far north-western area of Nepal with a flight right from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal to Simikot, the headquarter of Humla District of Nepal. The 2nd part involves almost a 7-8 day strenuous trekking through the gorges and valleys made by the Karnali river leading to the border point called Hilsa (Nepal side) and Sher (Tibet side).
The 3rd part takes you inside Tibet through Taklakot (Burang) to Manasarovar and then takes you so close to Mt Kailash with a 3 day kora around Mt Kailash unfolding the highly spiritual atmosphere being a part of the religious devotion presented by the different sects of the Hindus and Buddhists of the world.
After about 11 days pilgrimage plus tour in Tibet, the last part of the tour takes you again back to the border point (Sher/Hilsa) and enables you to enter into Nepal leading back to Simikot by following a bit different route via LIMI VALLEY avoiding a repetition of the same route we took while going to Hilsa/Sher earlier. From Simikot, again we take a flight back to Nepalganj and Kathmandu.
Compared to earlier days, facilities in terms of road, accommodation and food in the Kailash area are increasing day by day. This way, the pilgrimage is getting cheaper and affordable. So, we are also organizing the pilgrimage just with guest houses only by which the pilgrims/visitors can buy food: breakfast, lunch and dinner in all guest houses where they stay overnight at much lower cost.
This way, more and more visitors are undertaking the pilgrimage. Just explore Mt Kailash with us and take a chance to wipe your sins of hundred past lives.
Day 01 : Fly KATHMANDU - NEPALGUNJ - Overnight Hotel Sneha or Batika
Day 02 : Transfer to airport and fly to SIMIKOT (,950 m) – Sun Valley Resort - Acclimatisation
Day 03 : Start trek to DHARAPANI (2,400 m) - Camp
Day 04 : Trek DHARAPANI - KHERMI (3,050 m) - Camp
Day 05 : Trek KHERMI – YALBANG GOMBA (3,300 m) - Camp
Day 06 : Trek YALBANG GOMBA – TUMKOT KHOLA (3,400 m) - Camp
Day 07 : Trek TUMKOT KHOLA – THADO DHUNGA (3,850 m) – Camp
Day 08 : Trek THADO DHUNGA - NARA LA (4,330 m) – HILSA - ENTER TIBET VIA SHER (3,860 m) (TIBET) - drive to PURANG (TAKLAKOT) (3,930 m) - Guest House
Day 09 : Rest day for acclimatisation at PURANG (TAKLAKOT) – Guest House
Day 10 : Drive TAKLAKOT - MANASAROVAR (5410 m) – Guest House
Day 11 : Rest in MANASAROVAR – Guest House
Day 12 : Drive MANASAROVAR - DARCHEN (4520 m) – Guest House
Day 13 : Start trek (circumambulation around MT KAILASH) from DARCHEN – DIRPHUK (4,890m) (4-5 hrs) – Guest House
Day 14 : Continue trek DIRPHUK - ZUTUL PUK (4790 m)(5-6 hrs) – Guest House.
Day 15 : Continue trek ZUTUL PUK - DARCHEN (3-4 hrs) - End trek and drive to DARCHEN – Guest House
Day 16 : Drive DARCHEN – TSAPRANG(3,700m) /TOLING(3680m) (5-6 HRS)-GUEST HOUSE
Day 17 : Explore TOLING (9th century Kingdom of GUGE but in ruin forms) – GUEST HOUSE at TSAPRANG
Day 18 : Drive TSAPRANG – TAKLAKOT (PURANG)(3-4 HRS) – Guest House
Day 19 : Enter Nepal through SHER – Trek over Nara la pass (4325m) - Trek to Manepema (3990m) - camp
Day 20 Trek to Til (4200m) - camp
Day 21: Trek to Limi (4600m) - camp
Day 22: Trek to Yang (4400m) - camp
Day 23: Rest day – exploration day - camp
Day 24: Trek to Talung (4370m) - camp
Day 25: Between the valleys, camp at Dhingba (3610) - camp
Day 26: Yakba (3060m) - camp
Day 27: Simikot (2950m) - camp/lodge
Day 28: Fly Nepalunj and connect flight to Kathmandu. Hotel.
COST: 17 DAYS NEPAL PORTION ON CAMPING WITH FULLBOARD BASIS
BASIS CAMPING ON FULLBOARD
06-07 PAX US$ 3,045 NET PER PERSON
08-09 PAX US$ 2,875 NET PER PERSON
10-ABV PAX US$ 2,620 NET PER PERSON
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT US$ 200 NET PER PERSON
COST: 11 DAYS TIBET PORTION ON GUEST HOUSE WITH BB BASIS
06-07 PAX US$ 1,305 NET PER PERSON (1 jeep)
08-09 PAX US$ 1,190 NET PER PERSON (1 jeep)
10-ABV PAX US$ 1,080 NET PER PERSON (1 jeep)
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT US$ 200 NET PER PERSON
1) AIRFARE KTM/NEPALGANJ/SIMIKOT/NEPALGANJ/KTM: US$ 740 NET PER PERSON (for the foreign clients)
2) SPECIAL TREK PERMIT FEE IN THE RESTRICTED SIMIKOT AREA IN NEPAL: US$ 130 NET PER PERSON
3) DISTRICT TOURISM DEV. COMMITTEE FEE: US$ 10 NET PER PERSON
4) TIBET VISA FEE:
NATIONALS NORMAL (in 1 week) URGENT (in 3 days) TOP URGENT(same day: 1 day)
Non-US nationals US$ 50 US$ 65 US$ 85
US nationals US$ 140 US$ 155 US$ 175
•Above airfare and visa fees are subject to change as per airlines and the
Chinese Embassy respectively.
•Camping arrangement with food will be provided by the Nepali Sherpa crew in Nepal for the 15 night/16 days.
•11 nights/12 days in Tibet will be in guest houses with breakfast only.
ABOVE COST INCLUDES:
• 01 NIGHT TWIN SHARING ROOM IN HOTEL BATIKA OR SNEHA IN NEPALGANJ IN NEPAL ON HALF BOARD BASIS AS PER ITINERARY,
•02 NIGHTS IN SUN VALLEY RESORT IN SIMIKOT ON FULLBOARD BASIS,
•CAMPING ARRANGEMENT WITH FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE NEPALI SHERPA CREW IN NEPAL PART FOR THE 15 NIGHT/16 DAYS,
•ALL CAMPING CHARGES,
•ALL CAMPING AND COOKING EQUIPMENTS,
•MULES OR PORTERS FOR CARRYING LUGGAGE AND FOOD STUFF,
•EXPERIENCED GUIDE, COOK AND HELPERS
•11 NIGHTS/12 DAYS IN TIBET WILL BE IN GUEST HOUSES WITH BREAKFAST ONLY.
• ALL TRANSPORT IN TIBET BY NON-A/C VAN/MINI-COACH FOR THE CLIENTS IN TIBET AS PER GROUP SIZE,
• TIBET TRAVEL PERMIT FEE,
• YAKS (1 YAK PER 2 PAX) FOR CARRYING LUGGAGE AROUND MT KAILASH,
• 01 OXYGEN CYLINDER (800ml) EACH,
• SPECIAL PERMIT FOR KAILASH AREA,
• ENTRANCE FEES TO MONASTERIES,
• NECESSARY AIRPORT/HTL/AIRPORT TRANSFERS,
COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:
•ALL INSURANCE & RESCUE OPERATIONS,
•PHOTOGRAPHY FEES IN THE MONASTERIES,
•ALL EXTRA EXPENSES DUE TO NATURAL AND POLITICAL PROBLEMS LIKE SNOW, LANDSLIDES, STRIKES, FLIGHT CANCELLATION & DELAY, ETC.,
• LUNCH & DINNER IN TIBET PART,
• LOCAL DONATIONS,
• ALL EXPENSES OF PERSONAL NATURE SUCH AS DRINKS, LAUNDRY & TIPS, ETC.
• DOMESTIC AIRPORT TAXES AND EXCESS BAGGAGE CHARGES,
Terms and conditions:
1) We always try our best to make your journey smooth and pleasant. However, since you are traveling in one of the most remote parts of Nepal, we shall not be responsible for any alteration or cancellation of itinerary due to any unavoidable circumstances beyond our control such as road blockade, landslide, snow, political unrest & strikes, cancellation of flights, delayed arrivals, sickness or accidents.
2) Any extra cost incurring there of shall be borne by the clients themselves.
3) We highly advise all clients to have full insurance coverage against any unavoidable situations such as trip cancellation, medical treatment, and personal accidents and so on.
4) Simikot airport is one of most remote airports of Nepal with minimum of basic facilities. In this case, flights can any time be cancelled due several reasons. In that case, helicopter chartering is another option. Please think about this situation as well in case of the flight cancellation.
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