Mt. Kailash Via Simikot in Helicopter

Located in the extreme remote region of Western Tibet, 6,714 meters, Mount Kailash, where the solitude, clean air and spirituality are at its peak. This site is sacred to four religions, the Hindus, Buddhists, Jain and the followers of Bon which is the ancient shamanistic religion of Tibet. The parikrama/kora or circumference of Mount Kailash is an essential part of your overall journey to Mount Kailash.

According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva Resides on top of Mount Kailash, where he sits in a state of meditation along with his wife Parvati. Mount Kailash is believed to be the ultimate destination of souls and the spiritual center of the world. Alike Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar is the abode of purity. It is a place of pilgrimage, attracting Hindus from all over the world. Taking a bath in Mansarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins committed over a hundred lifetimes. Those who have visited the holy spots of Lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash carry with them a memory of a lifetime which remind them of the presence of Lord Shiva in their lives that gives them a feeling of peace and tranquility.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Kerung
  • 3 days trek (called kora) to Mt Kailash
  • The life of people in the roof of world
  • Walking on Dolma La Pass at an altitude of 5,600m

Trip Cost Includes :

  • Twin/Dormitory sharing accommodation as per the itinerary on BB basis (Bed and Breakfast)
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide
  • Transportation as per the itinerary by Van or Bus according to group size
  • Entry fee of mentioned places
  • Tibet Travel permit
  • Porter or Yak and Yak man during Kailash Kora accordingly to group size
  • Border transfer Kathmandu – Rasuwagadi – Kathmandu
  • Tibet Visa fee 
 
Trip Cost Excludes: 
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner 
  • Manasarovar Kora Fee by Environmental Protection Bus (approx US$ 50 per person)-optional
  • Drinks beverages (hard and soft drinks)
  • Expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc
  • Gratuity to staff
  • Expenses of porter, change of vehicle, accommodation en-route incurred due to any unavoidable unforeseen circumstances such as land slide, road blockade, snow falls, political unrest, delay arrival, sickness etc
  • Services not mentioned in inclusion

Day 01: ARRIVAL ~ KATHMANDU
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your pre booked hotel. A group meeting will be arranged introducing the team members and trip orientation and preparation. In the evening we go for welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Welcome Dinner


 

Day 02:  VISIT TO PASHUPATINATH; BOUDHANATH AND KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE
Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms.
BoudhnathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower.
Kathmandu’s DurbarSquare: is one of three durbar (royal palace) squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place.Kashthamandap is the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 03: FLY FROM KATHMANDU TO NEPALGUNJ
Today you fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel. Evening - tour briefing.

Overnight: Guest House in Nepalgunj

Meals: Breakfast


 

Day 04: FLY FROM NEPALGUNJ - SIMIKOT - HILSA and DRIVE TO PARYANG (Taklakot - 3400 m)
Early morning transfer to airport for flying to Hilsa (the border between Nepal and China). But before reaching Hilsa, your Helicopter must land at SIMIKOT (the administrative head quarter of Northern frontier of Nepal) because the border immigration office of Nepal is situated here only and according to the regulation of Nepal, you must put exit stamp on your Passport before you leave for China (Kailash). The entire formalities take about 30 to 45 minutes. After completing the formalities in Simikot, you continue journey to Hilsa. Once you land at Hilsa, you cross the River Karnali through a suspension bridge and enter China side then continue trekking up to the "Sher village". The Chinese immigration Office and Border Check Post is located in Sher village. Your vehicles (Land Cruisers & truck) are waiting there as well. The actual trek takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to reach Sher from the suspension bridge. Due to the difference in pace of walking, it may take at least two hours to gather all group members & luggage in immigration office up in Sher. However, the formalities don't take long time but it depends on the mood of Chinese Police. From Sher, it takes anotherone hour to reach Taklakot (Paryang -3700 m.)


•    Nepalgunj to Simikot flight: 1 hour.
•    Simikot to Hilsa flight: 20 minutes.
•    Hilsa to Sher trek: 1 hour.
•    Sher to Taklakot (Paryang) drive: 1 hour.


 

Overnight: Guesthouse in Paryang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 05: REST DAY IN TAKLAKOT (PARYANG) FOR ACCLIMATIZATION
Today, you will have rest in Taklakot for acclimatization purpose. In fact, you have gained an enormous height within a day while coming in Taklakot, so before making any further journey to the higher elevation, your body should be acclimatized properly with the atmosphere in high altitude. So, it is significantly important to spend a day here for your health. However, we can also arrange a short visit to the Khojarnath temple (the ancient temple of Ram, Sita and Laxman) which is an optional program and you have to pay for transport (going and coming back) as well as the entrance fee of the temple. OR, you may stroll around the city on your own and visit the ruins of ancient Taklakot. Khojarnath temple: Khojarnath temple is the ancient temple of Ram, Sita and Laxman. The temple (Monastery) is 1100 years old. - Takalakot to Khojarnath temple: 45 minutes (one way) by Jeep.

Overnight: Guest House in Paryang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 06: DRIVE PARYANG  TO MANSAROVAR LAKE (270km, 4-5 Hrs)
Today’s drive passes through the many villages and camps of Yak herders with the distant view of snow- capped mountains and cross the Mayun La Pass (5216m). Upon arrival at Mansarovar Lake, we take a holy dip and explore around. Today is an exciting day as you can have the first glimpse of Mt. Kailash from here.
Overnight: Tented Camp in Mansarovar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 07: DRIVE LAKE MANSAROVAR  TO  DARCHEN  (40KM, 1.5 Hrs, 4560m)

Manasarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. In the morning, we take holy dip in Mansarovar Lake and do Puja (religious rituals) and then we will be heading towards Darchen, which is our base camp for Mt. Kailash circumference for 3 days). Lake Mansarovar to Darchen is a 40 km drive that takes one and half hour.
Overnight: Guest House in Darchen

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 08: DRIVE TO YAM DWAR (10km/45minutes); AND TREK  TO DEHRA-PUK MONASTERY, 20km,5 -6 Hrs
Today we drive to Yam Dwar which is 10kms and takes around 45 minutes. Yam Dwar is a gateway to the trek and the sky burial site of Tibetan people. From Yam Dwar, our team splits. Group members who are willing to perform the holy circumambulation around the Mt. Kailash will start trekking from "Yama Dwar" and the rest of the people who are not willing to go for trekking will return to Darchen on Jeep and wait for others . This first day of  parikarama (Mt. Kailash Circuit Trek) is an easy gradual walk but can be difficult because of altitude. The trail leads to few ups and downs till we reach our camp at Dehra-puk (4750 m). We will camp on the nice grassy meadows with a view of Kailash, north-west face at Dehrapuk.
Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 09: TREK FROM DEHRA-PUK TO ZUTUL- PUK , 15KM, TAKES ABOUT  6–7 HRS
Today the parikarama route leads you to a quite higher elevation of the holy path and is the toughest day of the parikrama. The trek will bring us to one of the highest point at Dolma La 5600m before descending to the gradual field towards Zutul-puk for the overnight camp. The holiest glacial lake named Gaurikunda  is situated just beyond this pass. This is the lake, where Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva used to take bath according to beliefs. Zutul-puk has a small monastery .
Overnight: Tented Camp at Zutulpuk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 10:  TREK BACK TO DARCHEN 14km/4 Hrs; DRIVE TO SAGA
We start trek early morning and reach Darchen in about 4 hours, where our driving crew will be waiting for us. From Darchen we drive to Saga and reach in the evening.
Overnight: Guest House in Saga

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


 

Day 11:  DRIVE SAGA TO KATHMANDU (269km/ 8-9Hrs)
Today is the last day of your adventure tour to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Our Nepal staff will meet at Friendship Bridge, help for Nepal custom formalities and drive back to Kathmandu, end the tour and overnight in hotel.
We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner


 

Day 12: AIRPORT TRANSFER
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Meals: Breakfast

August September are the best season. Pleas email us for rates and further details.

Best Months

Summer months from May to September is the best time for Kailash Tour

Temperature

Weather conditions from May through September in Tibet are generally dry and sunny, with more precipitation in July and August. Daytime temperatures can be as high as 72 °F with the average daily temperature of 50 °F. However, the sun is much more intense at higher altitudes making it feel much hotter. At this time of year there is also an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening. The temperature at night will drop as low as 14 °F to 32°F at altitudes of 16,404 feet, which is our highest camp during the Mt. Kailash Circuit.


 

Accommodation

We provide twin sharing star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu. Accommodation in Mt. Kailash trips are in basic lodges without much modern amenities, where ever possible. Rest of the days, twin sharing high altitude tents will be provided. On the camping days we will provide all tents, mattresses, sleeping bags and equipments required for the trip, except personal clothing. No laundry services will be available during the whole trip.


 

Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal and Tibet, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us


 

Communication
Phone calls can also be made from public booth in bigger towns. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town.

You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time.


 

Tour Guides

All our tour guides have received 45 days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides also take first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). We provide English speaking Nepali guide during your Nepal stay and the English speaking Tibetan guide for your Tibet tour


 

Safety

Weather conditions can change rapidly here and you should be prepared. It's unlikely you will have problems with the altitude other than shortness of breath, and less energy than you are used to as you will have been at altitude for quite some time just to get here, however Altitude Sickness is unpredictable, and you should always keep your plans flexible enough to give yourself a rest day if needed.


 

Meals

You will be provided with the vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinners at the campsite during Mt. Kailash circuit and during lodge stay. You will be required to bring enough amount of supplementary food such as dry fruits, chocolates, biscuits, candy, sweets and snacks.


 

Transportation

Private minibus will be provided from Kathmandu to Kodari. From Kodari to Zhangmu (Tibet) will be in trucks. Throughout the journey in Tibet you will be traveling in 4500 Land Cruisers or 62 model Land Cruisers. Trucks will be provided for all luggage, camping equipment, and food supplies.


 

Credit cards
Besides Chinese Yuan, only US dollars can be accepted in Tibet. Also shops that accept American currency are very limited and you might not be able to get a good deal for an exchange rate. Credit cards can only be used at some hotels. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. The banks in Tibet (China) are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China. While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.


 


 

Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD


 

Visa &? Tibet Travelling Permit

Visas for individual travel in China are easy to get from most Chinese Embassies. But the Chinese Visa and Tibet Permits are different. All travellers entering Tibet must also obtain SPECIAL TRAVEL PERMITS from the Tibetan Tourism Bureau (TTB), Lhasa which is required to buy an air ticket into Tibet. One cannot travel to Tibet with Chinese Visa. So, visitors need to enter Tibet either through mainland China or Nepal. TRAVELLERS MUST OFFICIALLY BE PART OF A GROUP TOUR with a guide who will help dealing with the Chinese authorities at checkpoints. If you are traveling to Tibet via Nepal, you must obtain the Chinese visa which must be issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu but if you are planning to enter Tibet via mainland China, you need to get the Chinese visa from Chinese Embassy in your home country. As soon as you book the trip, Eve Holidays will arrange for the Tibet Travel Permits, for which you need to send us the copy of your passport if you wish to enter Tibet via Nepal and copies of your passport and Chinese Visa if you wish to enter Tibet via mainland China.

1. Your passport should be valid for at least six months before travelling. Visa is not provided to the passports with less than six months' validity. You need two passport-sized photos for the visa application.


 

2. All Tibet permits can be obtained using photocopy of your passport but you need your original passport to apply for Chinese visa. Visa section in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is open on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday only from 10:00 hrs to 11:30 hrs for submitting and collecting passports. Normally Chinese Embassy takes 5 working days to issue the tourist visa but they issue visa even in a day charging an extra Urgent Visa Fee on top of normal fee.


 

3. Travellers must use the same passport for Nepal and Tibet.


 

4. Itinerary and the places to visit in Tibet must be stated clearly and finalized in advance because while applying for a Chinese visa from Kathmandu, a copy of this should be attached. Travel permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau (Lhasa) is obtained according to the places mentioned in the itinerary.


 

5.The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu does not issue Chinese visas to individual travellers and will even cancel any existing Chinese visa once you apply for it from Nepal.


 

6. Travellers are not allowed to carry any Tibetan religious books, literatures, photographs, especially related to Dalai Lama during your travel to Tibet. Possessions of such are confiscated and you are not allowed to enter Tibet.


 

7. Rules and regulations regarding Chinese visa and Tibet travel permit keeps on changing very often, therefore we suggest our customers to consult us regarding the visa issues so that your all programs and plans goes smoothly without any obstacles.


 

Getting into Mt. Kailash, Tibet

Tibet is accessible from either mainland China or Nepal ONLY.

Kathmandu –Lhasa is the only international flight to/from Tibet and the Friendship Highway connecting Nepal and Tibet (China) is the only international highway in Tibet.

For getting into Tibet the most popular options are:

By Air: Take a flight to Gonggar Airport, Lhasa, Tibet either from Kathmandu (Nepal), Chengdu (China), Zhongdian (China) or Beijing (China). Flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa run four times a week in the high summer season and twice a week in the low winter season.


 

By Rail: Take a train that links Qinghai (mainland China) to Lhasa (Tibet).


 

By Road: Or choose an overland drive over 865km stretch of road named Friendship Highway from Kathmandu (Nepal) to Lhasa (Tibet).


 

NOTE: Whichever way you enter Tibet, from China or from Nepal , you will have to be officially part of a group tour purchasing a package tour through a travel company. Please contact us for a hassle free and enjoyable package and Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permits.


 

Health Information

All participants must provide a health certificate by the doctor. You will be traveling in remote areas at high altitude. Some of the recommended tests include: blood pressure, haemoglobin, blood sugar, stress test, electrocardiogram (ECG) and any other tests according to your particular health status.


 

Insurance

Tibet is a remote location, and if you become seriously injured or very sick, you may need to be evacuated by air. Be sure your policy covers evacuation along with medical, theft and loss and all the adventure activities in your trip.


 

Departure Dates

Please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: May to September You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


 

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at 977 1 6915029

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