Kailash Mansarover Yatra


Duration : 10 Nights/ 11 Days
Destination Covered : Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Simikot (by flight) - Simikot - Hilsa (by Helicopter) & Hilsa - Mt. Kailash (Bus)

DAY 01 : DELHI - KATHMANDU (BY FLIGHT)

Upon arrivali in Kathmandu Airport, you are met with our company's representative and transferred to your pre-booked hotel. In the evening time - A short briefing about Kailash Mansarovar Yatra before dinner. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

DAY 02 : KATHMANDU - NEPALGUNJ (BY FLIGHT)

Morning after breakfast, go for half day city tour of Kathmandu including the visits of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Temple.


Pashupatinath: The temple of Pashupatinath located on the western banks of the Bagmati river on the north eastern side of Kathmandu, is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage site in the world. Until recently Nepal was officially a Hindu Kingdom and Pashupatinath, which literally means “Lord of all Animals”, was considered the main protector deity of Nepal. Pashupatinath is said to have been discovered by a cow herder who dug up the area after seeing one of his cow’s coming to the spot and emptying its milk there. The inner sanctum of the temple has a lingam, a stone phallus with four faces around it. As one of the many forms of Lord Shiva, one of the three main gods of the Hindu Trinity, Pashupatinath draws Hindu pilgrims from all around the world especially on MahaShivaratri, the “Night of Shiva” which falls in early spring. The temple and its surrounding complex is surrounded by a pantheon of other temples like the KiratesworeMahadev, Bhairav, Guheswori, and Gorakhnath each of whom have their own tale of origin and importance.Pashupatinath is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bouddhanath: With a base of 82 meters in diameter, Bouddhanath is claimed to be the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. There are many legends attached to Bouddhanath, chief among which is that of the 5th century Lichivi King Manadev who built it to do penance. Lost and forgotten for centuries Bouddhanath was rediscovered in the 15th century from whence it slowly started gaining reputation among Tibetan Buddhists especially after the 19th century Rana Prime Minister appointed a Tibetan monk as its chief abbot. Today there are more than 50 monasteries surrounding Bouddhanath which is also one of the seven Monument Zones which make up the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Sites.

After short sightseeing of Kathmandu, Come back to hotel for packing and preparation for the trip in the afternoon.

Later drive to Kathmandu Airport to board flight for Nepalgunj. Upon arrival at Nepalgunj Aiprot, you are met and transferred to Hotel in Nepalgunj or drive to Surkhet (2hrs) and stay at Surkhet based on situation.

Meal: Breakfast & Lunch at Hotel in Kathmandu, Dinner at Nepalgunj Hotel

DAY 03 : NEPALGUNJ - SIMIKOT (BY FLIGHT)

SIMIKOT - HILSA(BY HELICOPTER)

HILSA - TAKLAKOT(BY ROAD)

05:15AM - Drive to Airport to board flight for Simikot. Rest for few hours at Simikot.

09:00AM - Board Helicopter to Hilsa and wait for other members to arrive at Hilsa( It is a group visa and all have to enter Tibet side in group)

03:00PM - From Hilsa drive to Taklakot and stay at Hotel. We will stay overnight at Simikot or Taklakot depending upon the weather and other situation.


Meal: Breakfast at Nepalgunj or Simikot, Lunch at Hilsa, Dinner at Taklakot

DAY 04: TAKLAKOT - REST DAY

Entire day is free for acclimatization. Overnight stay.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 05 :TAKLAKOT - DARCHEN (BY ROAD)

Drive to Darchen. Upon arrival, Overnight stay


Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 06 : DARCHEN - ASHTAPAD (BY ROAD) - DIRAPUK (BY TREK)

First Day of Outer Kora - Visit Ashtapad & Trek to Dirapuk

09:00AM - Visit Ashtapad : It is almost 20 minutes’ drive to reach Ashtapad if the Chinese government allows. 09:20AM - At Ashtapad - From Ashtapad you can see a best & closest view of Mount Kailash. You can take your time for pooja.

10:00AM: After short drive, we will reach Tarboche and visit Yama Dwar. This is starting point for Kora. You will trek to Dirapuk (4860 m) which is 12 kms trek (5-6 hrs). You will visit North face of Mt. Kailash and touching the feet of Mt. Kailash (Charan Sparsha). Travelers who do not want to trek around (Parikrama) Kailash can go back to Darchen and wait for rest of the group to arrive from Parikrama.

Meals: Breakfast at Mansarovar, Lunch & Dinner at Mansarovar OR on the way during Parikrama

DAY 07 : DIRAKPUR - ZUTHULPUK - DOLMA LA PASS (BY TREK)

Second Day of Outer Kora - On to Zuthulpuk with Trek to Dolma La Pass

07:00 AM Trek from Dirapuk to Dolma La Pass to Zuthulpuk (22 km trek for 7-8 hours trek) . This is the most difficult journey throughout the yatra since you have to trek up to the 18,600 ft. From descend to Gaurikund and further trek along with the river to Zuthulpuk. Overnight stay


Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

NOTE: If you are not doing Parikrama, then you will still be waiting at Darchen

DAY 08 : ZUTHULPUK - MANSAROVAR

You will trek around 8 kms and reach to the point where the Coach will be waiting for you. Then you will drive to Mansarovar. Parikrama of Mansarovar Lake and For most of the day you are free for Pooja and Hawan. You can take a dip in Manasarovar Lake and do Pooja of Lord Shiva. Full day for spiritual activities.

DAY 09 : MANSAROVAR - HILSA VIA TAKLAKOT(BY ROAD)

HILSA - SIMIKOT (BY HELICOPTER)

Morning drive to Hilsa via Taklakot. Upon arrival, board Helicopter to for Simikot based on situation. Upon arrival in Simikot, you are met and transferred to Hotel. Overnight stay.


Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 : SIMIKOT - NEPALGUNJ (BY FLIGHT)

NEPALGUNJ - KATHMANDU (BY FLIGHT)

Morning board fligh to Nepalgunj. Upon arrival in Nepalgunj, board flight for Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met and transferred to your pre-booked hotel.

Meal: Breakfast at Simikot, Lunch at Nepalgunj, Dinner at Kathmandu

DAY 11 : DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU

Certificate of completion will be provided to you from Kailash Journeys. You will be free till your flight time. Later departure transfer to Kathmandu airport to board flight for onward journey.

Meal: Breakfast Only

Cost Includes

# 2 nights (Twin sharing) at - Kathmandu Hotel with vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

# One night in hotel at Nepalgunj with vegetarian meals (twin sharing).

# 2 nights at Taklakot (Tibet side) in 3 star category hotel with attached bathroom on sharing basis. At other places in Tibet side it will be dormitory Guest House on sharing basis with Tibetan common toilet.

# Pick up & drop transfers in Kathmandu

# One half-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

# Necessary arrival / departure transfers in Nepalgunj

# Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu air ticket (fixed wing - Yeti Air OR Buddha Air)

# Nepalgunj - Simikot - Nepalgunj air ticket (Fixed wing - Twin Otter aircraft OR Dornier)

# Simikot - Hilsa - Simikot by Helicopter (only 4 to 6 persons can be carried at a time)

# Domestic airport taxes (all sectors)

# Tibet group visa and travel/trekking permits

# All Indian vegetarian meals in Tibet (breakfast, lunch & dinner) while on the tour

# Transportation in Tibet by Private luxury a/c coach

# Tour around Lake Manasarovar on vehicle

# English speaking Tibetan guide

# One professional tour Manager

# Necessary supporting crew (Cook, Sherpas, tour Manager from Nepal)

# All necessary Kitchen & camping equipments

# Yaks and Yak men during the Parikrama to carry foods and kitchen equipments of our company.

# Oxygen for emergency use , Medical kit bag / First Aid kit

# Humla region restricted area permit & royalties

# All applicable taxes & service charges

Cost Excludes

# Nepal Visa fees.

# Activities/services which is not mentioned in the above cost inclusion.

# Horse Riding expenses during the Parikrama (approx. US$ 480.00 per person)

# Your travel insurance (approx. US$ 30.00 –US$ 35.00 per person)

# Insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation service

# Personal expenses (approx. US$ 165.00)

# Tip for guide & driver

# Extra accommodation charge in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Simikot and Hilsa if flight is cancelled due to bad weather (Please make sure your air ticket is flexible to change dates)

#Visa splitting charge and extra transportation cost, if returning early from Tibet.

# Any additional cost due to natural calamities and unforeseen circumstances

Chinese Visa / Tibet Permit: We will apply for you - please send us your passport copies.

General Information

Temperature and Weather
Weather conditions from May to September in Tibet, can be expected to be dry and sunny, with precipitants in July and August, day time temperatures can be as high as 22 degrees centigrade in Tibet.The average daily temperature will be 10 degrees centigrade, however, the intense sun at high altitude can, make it feel even hotter. At this time of year there is an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening time, temperature at night - time will drop as low as 0 to - 10 degrees centigrade at altitudes of 5000 meters, our highest camp during the PARIKRAMA.

Health Considerations
All participants must provide health certificate given by a reputed doctor confirming that the participant is fit to travel in altitudes of 5700 metres. We do ask you to bring along your own small first aid kit (available at Pharmacies). Some of the items we ask you to bring in the kit are : Antiseptic cream or Wound disinfectant : Iodine and tube - squeeze cream. Foot care and Blister Treatment, band - aids, adhesive roll & strips, gauze pads, moleskin. (please bring ankle high boots to avoid muscle sprain.)

Gauze Pads : 3", at least 6 pads, - Gauze roll : 2 - 3 rolls Adhesive Tape 2 roll. Ace Bandages for the Ankle. Elastic bandages 3 roll. Water disinfectant tablets

Antibiotics : (Triethoprim/sulfamethoxazole - Bactrim DS or Septran DS - double strength (l60mg/ 800mgs). Antidiarrheals - Lomotil & Pepto - Bismol tablets and make sure you bring Charcoal tablets. Please see your doctor for more advice concerning antibiotics and antidiarrheals.

Deamox : 20 Tablets :

Anti - Inflamatories :
• Avil, Brufen or Mortin. Asprin / Tylenol or general painkillers.
• Strong sunscreen oil, skin antibiotic cream/ Antifungal Ointment Lozenges/Strepsils (plenty).

Fitness
Please start to get in shape NOW!!! A good 30 minutes walk, jogging daily, stretching and regular exercise should put you in the right shape (Concentrate on your heart & legs - Aerobics). Porters will be carrying the bulk of your equipment, but it is recommended that you bring a good DAY pack and are fit enough to carry snacks, filled water bottle/small scissors and knife, waterproof matches, safety pins, Thermometer, Lighter, Dehydration salt (electral) packets, Neosprine Powder and cream. Heat balm for muscles/joints, Vicksinhaler/vapourub, Chapsticks. Dry Fruits/snacks, camera, Film, Map, Jumper, Sun Hat, First Aid Kit, Light weight Rain Gear, extra cloth etc.

Altitude Sickness
This is an environment related condition that can affect anyone who ascends too rapidly to high elevations without acclimatizing properly. Suggested to read any blogs/books on trekking, which has a chapter on this, and also consult your doctor.

Responsibilty
All arrangements within Tibet are solely at the discretion of the China Tibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB), a government Organization, and we have no control over the quality of the vehicles facilities. SP Holidays reserves the right to change itineraries without prior notice, depending on the weather and road condition.

We recommend that you bring the following items to make your journey more comfortable.

Clothing
Clothings for both extremes of climate and temperature. While driving to Kailash, it will be warm inside the vehicle and light clothing will be required, but as soon as you step out of the vehicle, warm clothing will be required to keep off the cold winds of the Tibetan Plateau. Evening will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required We recommend that you bring along the following clothings and accessories with you :
01. Down Jacket - one
02. Warm thick pullover - One
03. Warm thin pullover - One
04. Warm pants - Two
05. Light loose cotton pants - Two
06. Warm windproof jacket - One
07. Cotton full sleeve T - Shirts - Four
08. Thermal under pants/long - Two
09. Thermal vest / warm full T - Shirts - Two
10. Rain coat with hood/ Poncho (should be roomy) - One
11. "Broken - in" pair of ankle high walking boots & one extra shoe laces.
12. Light tennis shoes & light rubber sandal.
13. Warm woolen socks - Six
15. Large cotton or silk scarf - One
16. Warm gloves.
17. Soft paper tissue and handkerchiefs - Plenty
18. Monkey cap and Sun heat - one each
19. Towels (one big, one small)
20. Washing kit.

Accessories
1. Personal First Aid Kit
2. Toilet kit, Nail Clipper, Scisors
3. Flash Light with extra batteries (3 Set)
4. Sun Glasses, Sun Hat, Monkey Cap, Woolen Gloves
5. Water bottles - unbreakable ( Min 2 ltrs capacity) can be purchased in Kathmandu
6. Note book , Pen , Pencils
7. Camera and film and extra batteries/ Mobile with power banks
8. Binoculars recommended
9. Rain Gear - Your raincoat should be roomy and have a water proof hood.
10. Pocket knife , Sewing kit, Buttons, Cigarette lighter, towel, bags( a few of each size strong) dustmasks, strong sun cream and chapstick, Moisturizers, Money pouch/belts etc.
11. Water purification tablets
12. Walking stick - Can be purchased in kathmandu
13. Washing Kit

Staff
Our highly experienced Sherpa staff will be responsible for all camping & cooking arrangements

Oxygen
One oxygen cylinder with mask will be provided in each vehicle and during the PARIKRAMA. Please note that oxygen is to be used only in case of emergency.

Briefing and Orientation
There will be a briefing of the programme on the DAY of your arrival in Kathmandu. It is very important that all participants attend this briefing.

Accomodation
Except Kathmandu , Accommodation during yatra. The rooms at these places are very basic without any modem amenities. During the rest of the journey twin sharing high altitude tents will be provided. While camping we shall be providing all tents, mattresses, sleeping bags and camping equipment required for the trip, except for personal clothing. No laundry services will be available throughout the trip. Single room cannot be guaranteed.

Currency
Chinese Yuan is most common currency used in Tibet, however US dollars are also widely accepted by various shops and hotels. However we recommend getting your international currency exchanged into Chinese currency to avail best deals and have a convenient travel, Bank of China can help you in this. Credit cards are also accepted but not widely and ATM’s are also not easily located.

Food and Beverage
We will be providing vegetarian breakfast and dinner cooked by our Sherpas at campsite, who will be taken from Kathmandu. You will be required to bring sufficient supplimentary food like chocolates, biscuits, nuts, pickles, bhujias and your favorite tinned products to add variety to the meals. Lunch will be packed of light snacks

Visas and Documentation
You must be in possession of valid passport for at least 9 months. We will obtain your visa for Tibet and will require the following information’s when making your reservation. Full name as it appears in your passport, passport number, date of expiry, place of issue, nationality, date of birth and occupation. Two passport size photographs are also required. Additionally, you must allow a minimum of 10 full working DAY in Kathmandu for the visa. Getting a visa for Tibet on the Indian passport is guaranteed once the tour is booked. Your passports should reach us not later than 15 Days prior to your departure

Guide / Escort
Local English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the tour in Tibet.

Photography
Still cameras, home video cameras are allowed in China

Insurance
We recommend that you insure yourself against sickness, EMERGENCY RESCUE, accident hospitalization, etc.. We are not liable and responsible for any damages or extra expenses that may arise from mishaps and the loss of their belongings during the pilgrimage.

Communication
During the tour there are many places where connectivity of communication equipments like telephones or mobiles is not available. The main and last place where one can make International calls is Darchan. One can also take help of hotels and travel agents to get in touch Mount Kailash Parvatwith people back home.

General Considerations when Packing for Kailash Yatrabr
During your travel to places like Tibet, it is always recommended to keep the luggage light as you might have to carry in certain places it yourself. Also if traveling via air then the airlines baggage allowance must also be kept in consideration which usually is 20 kgs per person. Some of the general items that should be carried along are ID card, backpack, waist pack, cold proof clothes, water proof clothes, woolen clothes, caps, gloves, scarf’s, general medicines, torch and packaged ready food.

Best time to visit : Mid-May to Mid-October


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