There are certain limitations when entering Tibet from Nepal. The most notable is that your Chinese visa will be a ‘special’ visa that will be limited in the amount of time that you can spend in China, usually 15-21 days, sometimes a maximum of 28-30 days.
The second one is that all travel within Tibet requires a Tibet Travel Bureau issued permit and that to obtain the permit you must have a guide, a driver and a pre-planned itinerary. Since these things are required, if there are no other people desiring to travel the same route at the same time, the cost will be very expensive. However, our pre-planned group departures make sure that this trip fits under your budget. We can also help you prepare the visa support documents needed to travel to China.
Our Mt Kailash pilgrimage tour goes through the northeast border of Nepal (Kodari) to Saga, Paryang and to Mt. Kailash without going to Lhasa. After driving from Kathmandu to Nyalam, Saga, Paryang and Tarchen, we will undertake a three day trek (also known as Parikrama or Kora) around Mount Kailash before a final nights camp alongside the shores of Lake Manasarovar. The great lake lies in the south west of Tibet beyond the great Himalayas bordering Nepal and China. Mansarovar is a sacred place to both Hindus and Buddhists who believe that the Indus, Ganga, Sutlej and Brahmaputra originated from this lake
If you plan on traveling Mount Kailash at the time of the Saga Dawa festival, you’ll come across thousands of pilgrims from throughout Tibet gathered there to pay homage to the mountain. The ‘Pilgrims peak’ is of religious significance to Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Bompons. Hindus and Buddhists believe Mount Kailash to be the center of the universe and walking around this holy mountain, is a supreme goal for the faithful.
The trip begins with a 4-5 hour drive to Kodari, near the Nepal-China border. The Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge connects Kodari of Nepal with Zhangmu of Tibet. After crossing the bridge we head to the town of Nyalam situated 40 km from the border.
A day in Nylam gives us enough time for acclimatization and prepares us for the high altitude journey ahead.
The road to Saga climbs up to the La Lung (5124m), dropping down in between and heads west as we cross the Brahmaputra river and arrive in Saga.
The drive to Paryang takes us further into the hidden land of Tibet as we follow a trail beside the river, past herds of grazing yaks and sheeps.
Today, a long drive brings us to the holy Manasarovar lake. The lake is a sacred place to both Hindus and Buddhists who believe that the Indus, Ganga, Sutlej and Brahmaputra originated from here.
After driving to Tarchen we prepare for our trek around Mt. Kailash and our guide manages a yak and yak man required for the trek.
Today, we trek to Dirapuk via Chukku Gompa and get to enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Kailash in between.
A rough trekking trail leads us to the Dolma La Pass (5360m), where we stop for some rest. After spending some time at the pass we head down a steep route to the Zutulpak Gompa.
A 3 hour hike brings us to Tarchen where our jeeps await to transport us back to our camps at the Mansarovar lake.
The holy Mansarovar lake is located 20 kms from Mount Kailash. Mansarovar is a sacred place to both Hindus and Buddhists who believe that the Indus, Ganga, Sutlej and Brahmaputra originated from this lake.
From the lake we drive for about 8 hours to reach Paryang.
Another long day at the road brings us back to Saga.
1) Permit fee for Kailash (includes all visa procedures /embassy formalities in Kathmandu)
2) Tibet Travel Permit Fee
3) 4 Nights at the Guesthouse and Hotel
4) Border tax in Zhangmu
5) Toyota Land Cruisers
6) Saga grass land fee
7) Manasarovar entrance fee
8) Kailash entrance fee
9) Yak and yak-man for the trek
12) Entrance fees and permits for staff
1) Visa fee
2) All camping equipment
3) All food
4) Cooks and kitchen helpers
5) Life insurance and travel insurance
6)Unforeseen expenses in case of emergencies
If you’d prefer to share this Peace Nepal holiday trip with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options.
In 2005 I had the honor assisting to build a primary school in Pakuwal Tulo Parsel Nepal, together with a friend and on behalf of the Lions Club Schoorl. Tulo Parsel is the home ground of Nir Bahadur Lama, managing director of Peace Nepal Treks. During the building time I was in close contact with him, and still we are.…