01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Arrive at Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel Gangzong
Day 02: KATHMANDU
AM: Half-day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath
PM: Kailash briefing. Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 03: KATHMANDU-ZANGMU-NYALAMU
Drive Kathmandu to Nyalamu (3800 m)
via Zangmu - 165 kms 8hrs Overnight stay at hotel Nyalam
Day 04: NYALAMU-PAIKU-YAK KHARKA
Drive Nyalamu to Yak Kharka (4675 m)
via Paiku Tso. 240 kms 8-9 hrs
Overnight on Camp
Day 05: YAK KHARKA-SAGA-NEW
Drive Yak Kharka to New Dongpa (4500
m) via Saga (4640 m) where you will cross the Brahmaputra river
160 kms/ 6-7 hrs. Overnight on Camp
06: NEW DONGPA-MAYUMLA PHEDI
Drive to Mayumla Phedi (4500 m) 210
kms/ 7-8 hrs.
Overnight on Camp
Day 07: MAYUMLA PHEDI-MANASAROVAR
Drive to Manasarovar (4560 m) 120 kms/
Overnight on Camp
08: MANASAROVAR- DARCHEN
AM: Puja / Holy
dip at the Lake followed by Manasarovar Parikrama. Time permitting
visit Chiu Gompa. Drive to Darchen (4560 m)
Overnight at Guest House in Darchen
Day 09: DARCHEN
Drive 8 kms from
Darchen to Ashtapath / Tarboche. Kailash Parikrama. Start trek
to Dira Puk (4775 m) 14 kms/ 6-7 hrs. Overnight at Camp
Day 10: KAILASH PARIKRAMA
Continue Parikrama over Dolma La Pass
(5650 m) to Zuthul Puk (4700 m). 22 kms 10-11 hrs.
Overnight at Camp
End Kailash Parikrama after an easy
trek of 14 kms near Darchen. 4 hrs. Drive to Hore (Hor Qu) at
4560 m near Lake Manasarovar.Overnight at Camp
12: DARCHEN - MAYUMLA PHEDI
Drive to Myalumla Phedi. 120 kms/ 6-7
Overnight at Camp
13: MAYUMLA PHEDI-NEW DONGPA
Drive to New Dongpa-
210 kms/7-8 hrs.
Overnight at Camp
14: NEW DONGPA-YAK KHARKA
Drive to Yak Kharka (4675 m)- 160 kms/
Overnight at Camp
Day 15: YAK KHARKA-NYALAMU
Drive to Nyalamu (3800 m)- 241 kms/
Overnight stay at hotel
Drive Downhill to Friendship bridge
following the gorge of Bhote Kosi river for the final leg of
the journey to Kathmandu (1300 m). 165 kms/ 7 hrs.
Overnight at Camp
17: DEPART KATHMANDU
Transfer to the airport for your onward
TOUR COST PER PERSON ON TWIN SHARING
1) For Indian passport
holders: USD 1299
2) For Foreign Nationals: USD 1621
1. Airfares to
Kathmandu & Departure airport tax (770 NC for SAARC nationals
and NC 1100 for all other countries) from Kathmandu.
2. Meals wherever not specified: lunch & dinner at Kathmandu.
Special negotiated meal rates per person Rs.750. Includes 3
lunches and 3 dinners (buffet) at Hotel Ganjong, Kathmandu.
3. Any expenses of personal nature such as travel insurance,
drinks, laundry, telephone / fax calls, porterage or arranging
4. Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control
such as natural calamities (landslides, floods), flight delays,
rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations,
riots, strikes, evacuation costs etc.
5. Any tips to drivers, hotel staff, any meals apart from the
ones mentioned above.
6. Any other tax or service charge that could be enforced during
this period will be extra and need to be borne by you.
7. Services other than specified.
We don't charge
extra for the parikrama. If you wish to take help of a yak,
the cost will be approx INR 2200 payable directly to the yak
herder. All Indian pilgrims are advised to hire one. You have
to understand that the yaks are not domesticated but are meant
to carry luggage. Getting thrown off the yak is an adventure
for which we do not charge extra! On a further note, we also
provide Gamow Bags (Personal Altitude Chambers). This is a must
in higher altitudes.
All the above rates
are subject to change without prior notice, due to fluctuation
in currency resulting in increased tour cost, which will be
borne by the passenger. TWI Tours has the right to withdraw
or amend this offer at any given time without prior notice.
We do not guarantee any service performance by the service provider.
Detailed description of days spent at Manasarovar and the Mt.
08: Manasarovar parikrama by jeep.
14950 ft. is the highest body of fresh water in the world. The
lake is full of fish and swans. The lake has turquoise complexion.
It is the lake of compassion, tranquillity and bliss. This is
intimately connected with Kailash Parvat. It is in their combination
creation comes forth.
You have enough time to perform 'puja', take the holy dip in
the lake, collect the water and stones (each one a 'linga')
and stroll along the shores of the lake. It is windy and the
water is icy cold. The reflection of the Gurla Mandhata on the
glistening waters of the lake is a sight to behold and with
your gaze firmly on Mt. Kailash in the distant horizon, time
By mid morning, we begin the 6-hour Manasarovar parikrama by
jeep stopping en route at Chuku gompa and Chiu gompa. We later
reach the small Tibetan town of Darchen at the base of Mt. Kailash
by evening and spend the night at the Guest House.
Note: Due to operational
reasons we sometimes camp at Ashtapath instead of at Darchen
so that the next day's parikrama starts earlier and yaks can
be hired the same evening. This will be decided on the spot.
The group being small and mobile, we are able to take these
decisions without any problem to the yatris. Further, during
the Manas parikrama by jeep we have to cross 3 to 4 rivulets
and streams, which at times may become flooded making it impossible
to cross by jeep. In that case, we will spend more time at the
campsite and drive to Darchen in the late afternoon. Yatris
are requested to maintain a flexible attitude during this day.
09: Drive to Ashtapath. Trek from Ashtapath (Yamadwar) to Dirapuk.
Wake up early in
the morning and after an hours drive we reach Ashtapath. (Yaks
are hired for those who want the same) and then we begin our
parikrama. The trail follows along the western spur of the foothills
before reaching a cairn of prayer stones where it turns north
into the great western valley. After about 1 km it reaches Chorten
Kang nyi (Two legged Stupa). A few hundred meters east is The
Darpoche (Great Prayer Flagpole), which is taken down and redecorated
on the full moon day of the Buddha's Enlightenment Festival
(around April/May each year). Hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims come
for this event. It marks the beginning of the Pilgrimage season
since the Dolma La Pass is blocked by snow until April. Above
the shallow depression of Darpoche is a large flat ledge of
red rock. On the surface many prayers and mantras are carved.
It is here that the Buddha came with 500 disciples from India.
The view from this place looks down upon a wide flat expanse
of the valley floor. The trail now continues up the valley.
The path is not steep but climbs steadily. The red escarpments
of the eastern wall tower above the valley obscuring the peak
from view. After some time you pass the Three Pinnacles of Longevity
above the opposite cliff face. They represent the Three deities
of Longevity: Amitayus. White Tara and Vijaya. Rising higher
behind this is the rock formation regarded by Hindus as the
Monkey god Hanuman in Prayer to the mountain. Buddhist call
it the 'Torma' offering of Padmasambhava. After a couple of
hours one comes upon a grassy flat populated by marmots. Rivulets
of pure sweet water cross the trail. There is a rock in the
middle of this spot, which is associated with Mahakala, one
of the main Buddhist Protectors. From here the valley begins
to turn east and, as though gazing down from the heavens, directly
above is the western face of Mt. Kailash, a triangular facet
of rock dripping with great drops of overhanging snow. This
is a face of the mountain rarely seen in photos, yet it has
a power and beauty of its own. From this turn in the valley
it is another 2 hours at least before reaching Dira Puk. At
this point the going is not so easy and, if it is late afternoon
or near sunset, each steps seems a race against time. Once Dirapuk
is in sight it is important to keep to the trail. Do not be
hasty. It actually passes your destination on the far side of
the river. Unless you are prepared to remove shoes and socks
and chance a wade through the river (which can be risky when
the water is high) it is better to follow the trail down the
opposite bank. The Dirapuk campsite has magnificent views of
Kailash, which seems within touching distance now. Evening conversation
in the dining tent revolves around the great day ahead where
Dolma has to be climbed and conquered. Overnight camp.
Day 10: Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk 22.9
This day is the
climax of the pilgrimage. The Dolma La lies 6.4 km. ahead and
762 meter above Dirapuk. Physically it is the most arduous day.
After an early breakfast we set off as the sun's ray breaks
over the ridges above. After the footbridge the trail rises
up a rocky slope. Take this gently but steadily. It soon reaches
a level walk. The peak of Mt. Kailash rises to the right and
can now be seen linked to a long spur, which joins the eastern
ridge. This is the top edge of the glacial valley from which
the Lhachu (Divine River) flows. Follow the route to Dolma Pass
via Shivasthal as the other route is not possible for the pilgrims.
Keep Kailash on your right. The stretch of 4 miles between Dhira
Puk to Dolma is very steep and extremely tiring and exacting.
Be deliberately slow and use the walking stick. Stop rest and
then proceed. Whenever your feel tired, stop rest and then regain
your steps. Dolma la to Zuthul puk. After a 30 minutes rest
in Dolma La, we descend a steep, rock strewn path to the valley
below. Just below the pass is Lake Tu Je Chenpo Dzingbu (Sanskrit
Gauri Kunda), in english 'Pool of great compassion'. It is 200
ft. below. It is an emerald green lake. This is the holiest
lake. It would be frozen most of the time. A final steep descending
staircase brings you to the valley floor. From here it is still
about 5 hours to the day's destination with no shelter in between.
It is vitally important to remain on the right hand side of
the river, the west Bank. If not you will be trapped, unable
to cross it. The walk now becomes very pleasant and relaxing
(as long as the weather is clear). Finally one reaches Zuthul
Puk, the cave of miracles. The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed
to have performed miracles here to defeat Naro Bonchung. The
statue of this great Saint is here. Overnight Camp.
Day 11: Trek Zuthulpuk -14 KM- to Darchen
Drive to Mansarovar. Drive 1 hrs 50 km.
There are some
streams to cross. Last portion can be covered by land cruizer.
Milerapa's Cave The main temple encloses Milarapa's shoulders
and upper back. This was formed when he forced the huge rock
higher to make the cave roomier. Unfortunately it now was too
high and draughty. So the top of the slab (which is encased
inside a mud wall) is said to hold imprints of his feet and
hands where he pressed down on the rock to make it lower and
just right ! You may sit within the cave. A torch is useful.
The walk back to Darchen is easy and exit from the valley can
be reached within a few hours. After a brief rest to regroup,
we start our drive to Mansarovar. O/n camp.
1. 03 nights stay at a std hotel in Kathmandu on twin share
basis with breakfast.
2. Arrival & Departure airport transfers.
3. Half Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City
4. Transfers to Kodari and back in Non AC buses.
1. Both Kailash
parikrama (on foot) and Manasarovar parikrama (by jeep).
2. Accommodation on the twin share basis at Guest House &
Two men tent during camping. Dining & Toilet tents.
3. Sherpa staff.
4. Freshly cooked full board vegetarian meals.
5. Japanese Land cruisers (4 WD) & support truck from Zangmu
6. Tibetan guide from Tibet Tourism Board (TTB).
7. Monastery entrance fees.
8. Gamow Bag, Oxygen, Basic first aid kit.
9. Kailash Permit.
10. NORMAL Tibet/China Visa Fee.
11. One day backpack, one waist pouch, one cap.
12. Wind proof jacket.
13. Kailash trip completion certificate.