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Tibet - Kodari - Manasarovar- Kailash - Kodari

Kailash - Manasarovar Yatra (16 days)


Saga Dawa Festival - in the year of the pig on Sun, June 17, 2019 (confirmed date - without guarantee)
- on Sat, June 06, 2020 (estimated date)
- in the year of the Rooster on Fri, June 9th 2017
- in the year of the dog on Tue, May 29, 2018

Danger! Can also be booked for other dates without the Saga Dawa Fest.

Travel facts

Tour type: Bus or jeep tour depending on group size - * to *** hotel / lodge / camping
Tour degree: ▲▲ (?)
Maximum height: 5470 m
Best season: March - October

Few mountains in the world rival the grandeur of the Mount Kailash (6714 m), the famous sacred peak in western Tibet. The Kailash has long been an object of worship for the four great religions. For the Hindus it is the abode of Shiva. It is also the residence of Samvara - a multi-armed, wrathful deity worshiped in the Chakrasamvara Tantric cycle of the Tibetan Buddhism. The Jains of India venerate the mountain as the site from which the first descended from their saints, and in the ancient Bon religion of Tibet, Kailash is the sacred nine-story swastika mountain on which the Bonpo founder Shenrab descended from heaven.

Below the Kailash the Holy Lake Manasarovar (4560 m), where a ritual bath leads a pilgrim into Brahma's paradise, and a drink of his water forgives the sins of a hundred lives.

The 53 km long Kailash Loop is the holiest of all Tibetan pilgrimages and the beacon that draws most travelers to western Tibet. It is said that a single Parikarma or Kora (a round around the Kailash) erases the accrued sins of a life while 108 orbits one attains eternal enlightenment or nirvana.

Highlights of our travel program:
- Accommodation in guest houses on the entire Yatra
- Drive to Serlung Monastery and trek to Asthapath with views of Nandi and Mount Kailash
- Reliable, cooperative and experienced Tibetan guides who speak very good English
- Accommodation in own properties in Paryang, Drira Phuk and Zuthrul Phuk
- Fixed camp in Zuthrul Phuk
- high success rate for the Kora / Parikrama around the holy Mount Kailash


Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m)
Arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu. We greet you personally with a flower chain and accompany you to your hotel in a private vehicle. During your stay in Kathmandu you will have time to get to know the fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines and the ancient local traditions on one of our guided tours. You will have time to explore the city's many charms on your own. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02:Kathmandu sightseeing
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with your own vehicle and guide. Including all entrance fees. Overnight at hotel.
Today we will get you the Tibet Visa with your original passports.
You will be three of the famous World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu visit. You first visit the Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey temple). It is said that Swayambunath is more than 2000 years old and it symbolizes knowledge. The painted eyes on all four sides represent the omnipotence of Buddha. It is an important place where Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world come.
You will then drive to the in 30 minutes Boudhanath stupa, another important Buddhist pilgrimage site. This ancient stupa is considered to be one of the largest in the world. Every morning and evening, many Buddhist devotees come here to pray and walk around the stupa. Many refugee Tibetans live in the area. Visitors can easily observe religious practices here.
Pashupathinath: One of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world, the fabulous pagoda houses, the linga symbols of Lord Shiva and people bathing in the Baghmati River with their belief in spiritual self-purification. Many sadhus or Hindu ascetics, including pilgrims from India, live here. The Nepalese ritually burn their dead on large piles of wood on the riverbank. During the religious festivals the Hindus come to make offerings and it is sometimes very crowded.
If there is time, today or then on day 11 of your trip, you will visit one or both of the following sites:
Patan Durbar Square:
The Patan Durbar Square offers a magical mixture of palace buildings, courtyards and pagoda temples and is the center of Patan's religious and social life.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: The former royal palace complex offers the elegant palace of 55 windows from the 15th century, artistic courtyards, the Golden Gate (Sun Dhoka).

Day 03: Early in the morning Bus ride from Kathmandu via Kodari to the Tibetan border and on via Zhangmu to Nyalam (3750 m)
152 km in 6-7 hours. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04:Nyalam - Acclimatization Day
The group goes on a trek into the area. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05:Drive from Nyalam to Saga (4530 m)
Overnight at hotel.

Day 06:Drive from sagato Paryang (4530 m)
Overnight at hotel.

Day 07:Drive from Paryang to Chui Gompa at Manasarovar Lake (4510 m)
You circle the lake with the vehicle. Overnight in the guest house.

Day 08:Manasarovar Lake Activities - Drive to Darchen (4560 m)
Take one early in the morning Puja ceremony participate in the lake.
The members of the group are free to explore Lake Manasarovar or visit a hot spring. Late afternoon Drive to Darchen. Overnight in Darchen Guest House.

Day 09:Drive from Darchen to Serlung Monastery and trek to Asthapath with views of Nandi and Mount Kailash. Return to Darchen. Overnight in Darchen Guest House. To the Saga Dawa festival visit the festival in Tarboche in the morning.

Day 10: Drive from Darchen to Tarboche approx. 8 km. Day of the Saga Dawa festival.
Kora around Mt. Kailash - from Tarboche to Drira Phuk
(4890 m) walk 6-7 hours. 12 km. Camp.
Start of your kora around the holy mountain Mount Kailash. The Drira Phuk Gompa offers a fantastic view of the north side of the Holy Mountain. Western valley of Padmasambhava.

Day 11: Kora around Mt. Kailash - from Drira Phuk over the Drölma La Pass (5470 m) to Zuthrulphuk (4750 m) walk for 7-8 hours. 22 km. Camp.
The ascent leads past the Vajrayogini cemetery to Shiva Tsal, where the pilgrims leave behind a piece of clothing or a few hair. You cross the Drölma La Pass, shortly afterwards they come to Lake Gauri Kund (Tukshe Tso), where Hindus break the ice and bathe in it. They go down after Zuthrulpuk. Visit to the Milarepa cave. Eastern valley of the Milarepa.

Day 12: Kora around Mt. Kailash - from Zuthrulphuk to Darchen-Tangser (4580 m) walk for 4 hours. 14 km. journey to Paryang
Trekking from Zuthrulpuk back to Darchen , past prostration places (Chaktsal) and Buddha's footprints (Shapye). Your driver is already waiting for you here in Darchen-Tangser. Then drive to Paryang. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13:Drive from Paryangafter saga
Overnight at hotel.

Day 14:Drive from Saga to Nyalam or Zhangmu
Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Drive from Nyalam or Zhangmu to the Nepalese border, over the Friendship Bridge to Kodari and further down to Kathmandu in 6-7 hours, 125 km. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Kathmandu Free time and departure
The time after breakfast is at your leisure before a private vehicle takes you to the airport for your flight home, depending on the departure time of your aircraft.

Travel expenses in July 2016:
2820 euros per person for 2 people
2620 euros per person for 3 people
2520 euros per person for 4 people
2420 euros per person for 5-6 people
2320 euros per person for 7-8 people
2220 euros per person for 9-10 people
2120 euros per person for 11-12 people

Travel expenses in July 2016 for 2017:
2880 euros per person for 2 people
2665 euros per person for 3 people
2570 euros per person for 4 people
2465 euros per person for 5-6 people
2365 euros per person for 7-8 people
2265 euros per person for 9-10 people
2165 euros per person for 11-12 people

Surcharge for single rooms in Kathmandu and Tibet, wherever possible, as well as single tents: 150 euros

The travel expenses include: 
Nepal side:
01) Pick up on arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
02) Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in DeLuxe two-bed rooms in a *** hotel with breakfast
03) Sightseeing in Kathmandu with transportation, guide and entrance fees (if included in the program)
04) Obtaining a visa for Tibet and visa fees
05) Drive from Kathmandu to Kodari and back in a coach with the whole group
06) for departure in Kathmandu transfer to the airport
Tibet side:
01) Tibet Paper Visa 114 US dollars / 85 euros (US citizens 198 US dollars)
02) Tibet Travel Authorization
03) Transport in Tibet by van, jeep or coach depending on the size of the group
04) a truck to transport the Nepalese crew, food, kitchen and camping equipment,
05) Accommodation en route in * to ** hotels with breakfast: in Lhasa in two-bed rooms, en route in the best available hotels or guest houses, in Zhangmu or Nyalam or in Tingri or Lhatse it can also be a shared room
06) a Tibetan very good English speaking professional guide who will escort you to all the sights
07) all entrance fees in Tibet 08) for guests geodetic mountaineering dome tents (2 people per tent), single tent on request - surcharge 30 euros per person
09) a cotton inlet for the sleeping bag, pillows, foam rubber mattresses, extra insulating mats, hot water bottles for the guests' sleeping bags
10) Full board in Tibet: three warm meals a day during the trek: breakfast, lunch and dinner; Five o'clock tea in the afternoon with hot drinks and biscuits, tea (black tea, lemon tea, jasmine tea, peppermint tea, herbal tea), coffee, hot milk, hot cocoa, sugar; 20 minutes of boiled water for your drinking bottles, vegetarian meals on request
11) a Nepalese team leader with support from aid guides and porters
12) an excellent Nepalese cook who will prepare excellent Indian and Nepalese meals for you
13) life insurance and collectively agreed salary for all guides and porters
14) Yaks and yak men for luggage transport during the Kailash Parikrama
15) Tents, equipment and sleeping mats for guides and porters
16) a kitchen tent with all the necessary kitchen utensils
17) a dining tent with folding tables and chairs, as well as lighting (from 4 people)
18) a toilet tent, toilet paper
19) Bucket of hot water, jug, disinfectant soap, towel, a bowl of hot washing water every day
20) Chinese roaming phone
21) First aid kit for the crew
22) Transfer to Lhasa Airport
23) oxygen cylinder

The costs do not include:
01) International flight to Kathmandu there and back
02) Entry and Re-Entry Visa Fees for Nepal
03) Airport taxes
04) all personal expenses
05) Lunch and Dinner
06) Cola, Fanta and mineral water
07) all alcoholic beverages
08) Tips for the team and donations on the way
09) personal travel insurance
10) Your lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
11) Dinner at hotel overnight in Tibet
12) sleeping bag (please bring your own sleeping bag)
13) First aid kit and medication
14) all additional activities and optional tours that differ from the travel description
15) Unforeseen additional costs: for example, if a path becomes impassable due to landslides or floods. For charter flights, flight cancellations, strikes and the like. B. because of illness. This can be additional hotel accommodation, meals, transfers, transport costs or higher and additional flight fees, which the customer must pay on site in any case.
16) even in the case of short-term price increases, tax increases, higher entry and permit costs, etc. by the state, the customer must pay the difference.
17) all service not mentioned above

Refunds are not possible for those who want to change or cancel certain locations or dates during this trip.
The group is not entitled to take any actions beyond this travel program.
The tour guide will immediately notify you of any changes to the travel package, including changes to the hotel, transport, itinerary, customer complaints and any other irregularities.

Risk & liability
We will always make every effort to make your trip enjoyable and smooth. However, as all Tibet tours are strictly controlled by the Chinese Tibet Tourism Authority, we or our agents are not responsible for any changes or interventions in this regard.
Also not for any change or cancellation of programs due to unavoidable circumstances such as road blockades, storms, floods, landslides, snow, riots, flight cancellation, late arrival, illness or accidents.
All additional costs incurred as a result are borne by the customer. So it is advisable that all clients are fully insured against medical and personal risks and accidents. You can obtain travel cancellation insurance in your home country.

The Chinese authorities can close the Tibetan border or certain regions such as Lhasa, Kailash, Everest Base Camp or border crossings such as Kodari-Zhangmu, Rasuwaghadi-Kyirong or Hilsa-Sera at any time - even within a very short time Nepal can no longer issue visas to Tibet or certain Tibetan regions, or visas that have already been issued lose their validity.

This event, which can be described as force majeure, cannot be foreseen by us and the funds already used for booked and paid tours cannot be reimbursed by us or only partially. There are cancellation costs for booked flights, booked vehicles, booked hotels, issued permits, pre-sent and paid employees and crew, purchased groceries and the like, which the customer has to pay. We will reimburse you in full for unused payments for flights and similar expenses. Chinese airlines will NOT reimburse the entire flight costs for booked flights Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu in the event of border closings

In these rare cases, we offer our customers short-term trekking tours with cost compensation in the border areas of Mustang and Dolpo inhabited by Tibetans or other trekking areas. Or we can offer you a trekking tour according to your personal wishes.

05/30/2012: Attention:
Due to Chinese restrictions, we can temporarily no longer take the normal trip as an international group:
Due to the Chinese restrictions on entry to Tibet, only groups of 1 person or more of the same nationality are allowed to enter Tibet.

These travel times are currently not possible due to Chinese restrictions:
- once a week from Kathmandu during the main season
- in the low season every 2 weeks from Kathmandu
(in an internationally mixed tour group)