Mount Kailash Pilgrimage

Total Days in Nepal/Tibet: 18       Total Trek Days: 3

Highest Point: 5,650 m/18,536 ft

This tour should only be contemplated by persons who are fit and used to strenuous activity

For centuries Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and the followers of Bön have revered Mount Kailash as the most sacred pilgrimage destination in Asia. Here four of Asia's greatest rivers - the Indus, the Brahmaputra, the Karnali and the Sutlej find their source. But it is the lone conical summit of Kailash with its swastika-resembling scar that is most magnificent. At the base of this great mountain are two vast lakes, the holy Manasarovar and Raksas, divided by a narrow isthmus. Often pilgrims circumambulate both the Manasarovar Lake and Kailash in a quest to wash away the sins of a lifetime.

This 18 days itinerary follows the direct route to Kailash and allows little time to acclimate so is recommended only for those that have been to altitudes of 15000 ft without any problems. We enter from Kodari, Nepal into Zhangmu, Tibet and drive straight to Kailash and back along the same route.

Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1   Arrive in Kathmandu.
Day 2   Kathmandu.
Day 3   Drive to Nylam. Guest house
Day 4   Acclimatize in Nylam. Guest house
Day 5   Drive early morning to Saga & cross river by ferry. Camp
Day 6   Drive to Paryang. Camp
Day 7   Drive to Huore Chu in Manasarovar.
Day 8   Rest day to acclimatize in Manasarovar.
Day 9   Drive to Darchen & to Tarboche. Camp
Day 10   Kora Trek to Driraphuk. Camp
Day 11   Kora Trek though Drolma La (5490m) to Lham Chu Valley. Camp
Day 12   Kora Trek through Zutrulphuk to Barkha Plains and drive to Chiu Gompa in Manasarovar. Camp
Day 13   Drive to Paryang. Camp
Day 14   Drive to Saga. Camp
Day 15   Drive to Nyalam. Guest house
Day 16   Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 17   Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 18   Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK

Tour cost:  GBP  2,443 per person on twin sharing basis

which includes 4500 series land cruisers throughout the trip in Tibet; English speaking Tibetan guide throughout the trip; monastery and monument entrance fees; necessary permits; 10 nights/11 days camping in Tibet on twin sharing, full board basis with all camping equipment (NOT sleeping bags), two men tents, kitchen tent, mess tent, dining table, chairs, toilet tent, mattresses, liner for sleeping bags, shower pumps, boiled and filtered water; all kitchen equipment and cooking utensils, fuel, etc; Nepalese Sherpa staff including cook during camping period; necessary Yaks and herdsmen; environmental protection fees; support truck
You probably already know that we own and run a tour company and one of the countries we specialise in is Tibet.
We would like to offer the following tour as one on which you are most likely to see real Tibetan mastiffs and encounter the Drukpa nomads who have traditionally bred these dogs.

Please note that the tour price does not include international airfares to and from Kathmandu.  We are happy to arrange these for you, providing you are departing from and are a resident of, the UK.

Tour departs London Heathrow on Wednesday, 22nd August 2007

If you would like any further information please
get in touch with us.
Alternatively, the following, less strenuous tour, may be preferable.

Please note that the tour price does not include international airfares to and from Kathmandu.  We are happy to arrange these for you, providing you are departing from and are a resident of, the UK.

Departing London Heathrow on Wednesday, 1st August 2007.
Tibetan Culture Tour       
Total days in Nepal/Tibet: 11

A cultural tour in a city like Lhasa is a wonderful experience. Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet,
is a city of wonders, dominated by the awesome Potala Palace. 
You will also visit Samye and Norbulingka, Ganden, Sera & Drepung monasteries, the Jokhang temple, the Tibetan Medical Centre and Barkhor market, Gyantse monastery, Tashilunpo monastery and Zhangmu.  
Norbulingka is the summer palace of His Holiness Dalai Lama and well worth a visit. Sera and Drepung are two of the world’s largest and most intact monasteries.  Samye Monastery is designed to represent the Buddhist universe.
Barkhor Market is an everyday shopping area for the locals as well as providing souvenirs for tourists.
Jokhang temple is the spiritual heart of Tibet.  Similarly, Tashilunpo Monastery, the spiritual home of the Panchen Lama, is an impressive place to explore, whereas Zhangmu is a typical border town. The basic teachings of Tibetan medicine share much with other Asian medical traditions and many alternative medical systems nowadays in use in the West.

Day by day Itinerary
Day 1   Fly Kathmandu/Lhasa. Drive to Tsedang. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2   Visit Samye and Yambulakhang. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3   Drive to Lhasa en-route Mindruling Monastery. Overnight at hotel.
Days 4 & 5   Visit Norbulingkha, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, the Jokhang,
     the Potala and Barkhor market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6   A full day trip to Ganden Monastery
Day 7   Drive to Gyantse and visit Pelkor Choede Monastery & Kumbum Chorten. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8   Drive to Shigatse and visit Tashilunpo monastery and the market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9   Drive to Xegar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 Drive to Zhangmu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 Cross the border and drive to Kathmandu, to complete your return journey home, or, for your Nepal extension.

Tour cost:  GBP 1,332 per person on twin sharing basis
Most people who travel to Tibet with us, will tie in that tour with another one to an adjoining country.  For this reason all our Tibet tours should be treated as ‘add ons’ to a main tour or acclimatisation days in Nepal and necessary travelling days should be added to the above itineraries.   For example, flying to Nepal from Europe will take you, effectively, a day and we recommend you, at least, overnight in Nepal prior to flying back to Europe at the end of your trip, making a minimum total of 2 extra days and nights.

Tour cost, ex Kathmandu only, includes:
Accommodation at all Tibetan hotels on Full Board basis;  Tibet travel permits (not Visas, see below); all sightseeing with English speaking Ti-betan guide;  all monastery and monument entrance fees;  all land transfers by coach/bus;  all necessary permits

Tour cost, ex Kathmandu only, excludes:
International airfares to Kathmandu;  Tibet visa fees (currently) of US$ 62 per person for US nationals and US$ 45 for other nationals;  Airfare Kathmandu/Lhasa/Kathmandu US$ 552 per person (subject to change), international airport tax for Kathmandu/Lhasa flight (NRs 1695) payable in local currency; services in Nepal including hotels and meals; extra costs incurred due to landslide, political unrest, rain, snow or other un-foreseen circumstances; Nepal visa fees; beverages; tips; personal nature expenses; insurance; rescue evacuation and medical kit.