13 Days Overland Kailash Manasarovar Tour

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra considered as one of the most pious Hindu Pilgrims at the same time is most difficult for one to reach at the abode of Lord Shiva for absolute salvation. However, with Kailash Mansarovar landcruiser tours the difficult terrain of Kailash Manasarovar becomes easy and accessible with the modern road infrastructure at Nepal as well as Tibet with the help of modern transport system. This 13 days long trip filled with spirit of adventure begins from Kathmandu.

The trip begins from Kathmandu with a scenic drive to Zhangmu in Tibet crossing Nepalese border at Kodari. After Zhangmu you tour on Landcruiser designed to make task to driving on long Tibet route simpler and easy. Reaching Kailash Mansarovar you will be blessed with holy bath and parikrama to accomplish your spiritual journey before returning to Kathmandu.

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  • Detailed itinerary for overland Mt. Kailash & Manasarovar Yatra 2016 by deluxe coach from Nepal side

    Day 01 : Kathmandu Arrival

    Arrive at Kathmandu airport as per your schedule. You will be welcomed by our tour representative who will transfer you to your hotel where other yatris are staying. Check into your room and have relaxed time. In the evening, we will have short briefing program about the Kailash overland yatra formalities and itinerary in the lobby of the hotel. Dinner and night stay in the hotel.

    Day 02 : Kathmandu city tour

    In the morning by 6.30 am, breakfast in the hotel and then continue for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by 8.00 am. You will visit Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkanth Temple, both are biggest holy temples of Nepal in regards to Lord Shiva & Vishnu respectively. Return to your hotel after temple visit and take lunch in hotel. Time free for personal activities and other pre Kailash Manasarovar yatra preparation. If the briefing was not done last evening due to some reasons, today evening we will have short briefing program followed by introduction to all group members. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

    Optional Tour : One can even book for Mountain flight as an optional tour for this morning. This is an hour flight over world’s highest mountain peaks. The flight departure time is at 6.30 am therefore those passengers who booked for this incredible flight should be ready by 5.30 am in the hotel and one of our Kailash tour officer will pick them up from hotel lobby and transfer to the airport to board the mountain flight.

    Remarks : If need be, depending on rush of pilgrims and keeping in mind long queues at immigration counters in the morning time our tour guide may decide to take the group to Kodari this evening for night stay. This will facilitate the yatris to avoid long waiting in the queues at the border.

    Day 03 : Kathmandu to Kodari border & continue to Nyalam

    Today early morning wake up and drive to Kodari border. On the way we will make short break for tea/coffee with packed breakfast. On reaching border. Upon arrival at Kodari border we will start immigration formalities and meanwhile yatris will also take lunch in a decent restaurant (veg meal only). Our border representative will assist you to clear immigration & customs in Nepal side. Then get ready to cross the border in Tibet region. You have to walk for 5-10 minutes to reach the ‘Nepal-China Friendship Bridge’ and stay in queue as per serial number mentioned in your passport. It may take longer time and our local officer or office will have no control over the immigration formalities. So you need to stay patient and calm till you receive your turn here. . We clear Chinese immigration and custom formalities with the help of our Tibetan guide. And then after, we get in to our vehicle in Tibet side for our onward journey to Nyalam. After 30 minutes drive the group will reach the nearest town of in Zhangmu where you have to wait again to clear immigration formalities by our guide & driver. From Zhangmu it takes another an hour or more to reach Nyalam. On arrival, check into guesthouse and take rest for today. Our kitchen crew will serve hot tea/coffee with light snacks within short interval of time after setting their kitchen. Then you can stroll around hotel vicinity or go walk for shopping in nearby market. Dinner will be prepare by our cook and serve between 7 to 8 pm (Chinese time).

    Important note : Being you are staying in high elevation at 3750m, there might be consequence of uneasy feeling with your health during the first night, so it is suggested to all travelers to drink liquid more as possible that may be in any form of soup, juice, tea, coffee or hot water. This will help you in re-hydration as well as in breathing system.

    Day 04 : Free day in Nyalam for Acclimatization.

    This day is reserve for rest day for the acclimatization with Tibet’s climate. Our tour manager will assist taking you to short hike in and around Nyalam county for warming up your body to adjust with Tibet climate. Also, we enjoy the day with chanting Bhajan or Katha in our guesthouse.

    Day 05 : Drive Nyalam to Saga / Dongba

    Today our journey begins to reach our ultimate destination of Mt. Kailash. Wake up by 7.00 am, take breakfast by 7.30 am then begin the tour to the next destination of Saga / Dongba. This routine will be normally followed all day during your further trip ahead. After short drive of 10 km, you can see Milarepa Cave situated in 400m downhill side from the highway. Then we across the first highest pass Thong-La (5200 m) enroute, from where you can enjoy the magnificent view of one of the highest peak in Tibet called Mt. Shishpangma (8013 m) along with Mt. Choyu and Mt. Dorje Lakpa. After high pass, we leave ‘Friendship Highway’ that goes to Lhasa and change the direction to the West which is leading to towards Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. We halt for half an hour on the way in check-post where our Tibetan guide and driver will clear permit formalities and then continue drive ahead with another break at near Peiku Tso for lunch. Our drive continue again along through some distance with great view of Lake Peiku Tso and reach Saga, a small developed town situated at the bank of River Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo). Finally, we arrive Dongba / New Dongba for our overnight stay after some couple of hours drive. This place is used to be the regional trading centre in the past. Being the road is all fine our journey will be smooth with picturesque view of snow capped mountains and passing through some villages & camps of yak herders (nomad camp). Dinner and stay in the guesthouse.

    Day 06 : Drive Dongba to Lake Manasarovar (4550 M.)

    We have very important day today as we are heading to the holiest place at Lake Manasarovar. As per above time schedule, our day begins with breakfast at 07.30 AM and leave for another point. On the way before Mayumla Pass (4900 m), we take break for permit formalities and for lunch then continue the journey crossing Mayumla pass and Paryang. You will have very good opportunity to see first glimpse of Mt. Kailash from the shore of Lake Manasarovar. There will be few minutes halt before heading to our camp / guesthouse at Lake Manasarovar for the permit formalities. This time you can use for praying Mt. Kailash. After immigration complete, we will drive further to our camp near Chiu Gompa and will stay in the guesthouse. Today, you will complete Lake Manasarovar parikrama approx. 70% and rest will be complete when you return from Kailash Trek. You will have very significant moment in Lake Manasarovar with almighty bless and even graceful evening with the breathtaking view of holiest Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash. Besides this, you can also see or visit Chiu Gompa Monastery situated in hillock near Guesthouse.

    Day 07 : Drive Lake Manasarovar to Darchen (4663 M.)

    Today morning, we wake up comfortably and we will find a good place for holy dip in Lake Manasarovar for all our pilgrims. Depending on possibilities we will also arrange shower tent nearby the bank of Lake Manasarovar for changing clothes especially for ladies and also you can arrange your puja / havan (prayers) at feasible place according to you. Our crew member will assist you if anything help require. After finishing holy bath and puja, and taking lunch, we make short drive to Darchen. On the way to Darchen, we can also see panoramic scenery of Rakshas Tal (Demon’s Lake) in the other side of Lake Mansarovar. Darchen is the major administrative hub of Kailash region with very basic development in infrastructure and facility and also considered as the base camp of Mt. Kailash from where the circumambulation around Kailash begins. You can stroll around small market in Darchen in the afternoon. Dinner and stay will be in a guesthouse.

    Optional trip to Asthapad from Darchen on request can be arranged but please be informed that one should trek from Darchen – Asthapad – Darchen, there is no transport service available as Chinese Government has made restriction for transport in this area.

    Day 08 : Morning drive to Yam Dwar then start Parikrama

    Today, we wake up early and take breakfast then head to Tarboche / Sersong. All pilgrims have opportunity to pass through Yama Dwar before trek commence. Also, the members who are not going for parikrama will return from Yama Dwar after very close darshan of Mt. Kailash from this point and get back to Darchen waiting for parikrama group. And other travelers who are going for parikrama will continue trekking ahead by foot or horse. Yatris who select to hire horse/yak will be given name coupon to choose the horse & porter if any travelers book for this and the same horse or porter will accompany throughout the trip. And we will manage Yaks & Yak men to carry our camping logistics for kora/parikrama. Night stay at a guesthouse/camp at Dhirapukh.

    Today trek is flat and gradual ascend along through the bank of Glacier River so it will be easy and reach Diraphuk camp comfortably within 5 hours. We will stop in mid way for our lunch. Our Tibetan guide will help us to book our guesthouse in advance and will check into room immediately as soon you reach there. Diraphuk is one of the best and closest points from where we can see crystal clear north face of Mt. Kailash standing ahead. You will have great opportunity to take several memorable picture of Mt. Kailash from here. The night temperature will be too cold below zero degree so we will have quick dinner and rest in bed.

    Day 09 : Continue Parikrama to Zutulphuk (4760 M.) via Gauri Kunda

    Wake up very early morning before dawn, take quick light breakfast and get ready to begin your parikrama towards next destination Zuthulphuk. This day is considered as toughest day of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. The trek goes steep climb up continuously upto Dolma La high pass (5600 m) for about 4 hours and steep down to Gauri Kunda and upto flat valley for about 2.5 hours then after you will walk all the way flat land for about another 2/3 hours. That’s why, it is the tough & longest trek of about 8/9 hours. We should cross the high pass as early as possible in pleasant weather before strong windy at day time. At the top of Dolma La, you can even find the place called Shivasthal that is covered with holy flags and the personal related things like clothing, ornaments. There is strong belief in Tibetan religion that whatever you offer here you will get it in heaven after your death.

    Travelers should not forget to carry their packed lunch from kitchen before start trekking. After crossing Dolma La pass, you will see Gauri Kunda at downhill in the right side of your path. Then further walking down for a while, we will take break for lunch. This downhill trail is not easy due to rocky & loose stones so we should walk very carefully. Then after, you will catch soon flat trail that reach to Zuthulphuk. Also please note, the travelers who are in horse ride should also walk for 2 to 3 hours in between trekking while you are coming steep down after Dolma La. In Zuthulphuk, we will have guesthouse or fixed tent with bed, bed sheet & warm blanket. Similar as in Diraphuk, we will take dinner at earliest it prepared and go to warm bed.

    Day 10 : End Parikrama near Darchen and drive back to Dongba

    This is our last trek day and we have to make short trek about 2.5 hours so we wake up in normal time and begin trekking to descend Darchen town. Our transport will pick up us from the mid way (Chongdo) to take us to Darchen, upto where the road is accessible and drive to guesthouse at Darchen where our other groups staying and then take lunch there. Then after, we continue our drive to Dongba by completing the remaining course (approx. 30%) of parikrama of Lake Manasarovar. Stay and food will be at the guesthouse.

    Day 11 : Return journey to Nyalam

    Today is our last day in Tibetan Plateau. We will return to Nyalam town, the last night near border town of Nepal. We will chant and enjoy all the team together in the last evening with wonderful memory. Also, we will keep gratitude program to all staff team members from Nepal and Tibet side for their hard work & devotion to make your trip safe and successful.

    Day 12 : Return journey to Kathmandu

    After 10 days long trip and enjoyable trip in high isolated land of Kailash Manasarovar we feel more safe and comfortable today once we drive to the border in early morning. Our eyes feel relief to see all lavish greenery surrounding and easy breathing once we across Nepal. As previous way, we will clear immigration and custom formalities in both Tibet & Nepal side and take lunch near the border then move to Kathmandu. Drive from Kodari to Kathmandu can take longer due to bad road condition near the border area. Upon arrival at Kathmandu we check in hotel at and after long while have good time to take warm shower to refresh. Have delicious taste of food in dinner and spend comfortable night in your hotel.

    Day 13 : Departure from Kathmandu

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport to board your flight back to home or your further journey to Muktinath Temple (if booked additionally).

  • Package cost for overland Mt. Kailash & Manasarovar Yatra 2016 by deluxe coach from Nepal:

    Package cost by air-conditioned Luxury Bus

    Instalment Price :
    For Indian Nationals: INR 1,08,000 Per Person
    For non Indian Nationals & NRI: USD 2450 Per Person.

    Note : Chinese visa and permit fee is likely to increase by US$80 for 2016 bookings and if do the same shall be charged extra.
    For Kailash Yatra additional USD 300 per person will be applicable if the chinese government applies the rule of 17 passengers per bus in Tibet side

    Important remark for accommodation: It is to be noted that the single/twin sharing rooms will be provided only in Kathmandu and during camping. At all other places only small guest houses or hotels are available where rooms will be on sharing basis with other pilgrims (dormitories) on twin/triple or more sharing basis depending on the availability.

    The inclusions in the above package price are listed below for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2016 :-

    All airport-Hotel-Airport transfers in kathmandu by car/coach.
    Hotel accommodation at Kathmandu in hotel Shanker / Vaishali or equivalent with pure vegetarian breakfast, lunch and    dinners, for total three nights (02 nigfhts on arrival before the start of the journey and 01 night before the final departure)
    02 Nights stay at Hotel Nyalam or similar on sharing basis with common toilet facility.
    One or Two nights stay in Hotel Prayang or similar on sharing basis with common toilet facility.
    Two nights stay in Hotel Saga or similar on sharing basis with attached toilet facility.
    Two nights stay in a guest house at Darchen.
    One or Two night accommodation at Manasarovar in a guest house.
    One night stay at Hotel Dirapuk or a guest house.
    One night accommodation at Zuthulpuk in fixed camps.
    One half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, Nepal.
    Transport services from Kathmandu to Nepal Border and back by an non air conditioned coach.
    Facilities of a support truck to carry baggage, food and camping equipments for the pilgrims.
    Camping arrangements and all meal facilities arranged by Nepalese sherpa crew in Tibet side.
    Charges for sleeping bags for the journey.
    A Nepalese team leader (English speaking) from Kathmandu and an English speaking Tibetan guide from Kodari    border for escorting during the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.
    Yak and Yak men to carry your bag (maximum one piece per person permitted) for Kailash Parikrama.
    All monasteries entrance fee.
    Normal Tibet visa for the yatra.
    One duffle bag per person.
    One jacket per person for the Kailash Manasarovar yatra on returnable basis.
    A certificate for completion of the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra to each person.
    Insurance charges for our sherpa crew.

    Package services does not include :

    Travel and Medical insurance
    Rescue evacuation cost in case of emergency.
    Insurgent fee INR 500 per person approx.
    Air ticket cost to Kathmandu and back.
    Extra cost incurred in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation or porterage on The Arniko Highway (INR 500 - 700) per person approx.
    Soft / hard beverages, photography charges, porterage at the airports / hotels, laundry, tips, telephone calls etc. and any other expenses of personal nature.
    Any other item which is not mentioned in our above mentioned inclusions list. Important note : It is very strongly recommend that one should take insurance coverage to cope up with any eventuality.
  • Kailash Manasarovar Overland Yatra Dates 2016

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  • Overland Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Overview

    Trip Duration : 13 Days / 12 Nights
    Travel Type : Overland travel by deluxe bus
    Yatra starting point : Kathmandu, Nepal
    Yatra finishing point : Kathmandu, Nepal
    Mt. Kailash Elevation : 6,638 meters
    Highest point on trek : Dolmala Pass (5,600 meters)
    Peak season : May, June and September

    How to register for yatra

    If you are interested in joining one of our Kailash Yatra group please follow the process mentioned below

    STEP 1If you have questions, please fill Enquiry Form or send us email at To check availability of seats in our group, please fill Yatra Booking Form or send us email at kmybookings@gmail.com

    STEP 2 Upon finalizing your dates and other information with our office, please send scanned copy (coloured copy) of your passport via email at or info@kailash-yatra.org (Please note the passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date of yatra)

    STEP 3 Send advance payments to our office. View payment options

    Important Remarks : While you request booking with us you confirm having read and accepted the Terms of Bookings with us as mentioned on our website and on ‘Yatra Registration Form’ .

    Passport & Visa

    Indian Passport Holders

    Nepal portion - Indian national does not require a passport or visa to travel to Nepal. A valid identity card (voter ID card) is acceptable by Nepal Immigration to give permission to Indian nationals for travelling in Nepal.

    China/Tibet portion – A valid passport, visa and a special permit to visit Kailash region is mandatory for Indian nationals willing to undertake the yatra. Please send a scanned copy of your passport to our Delhi headquarters for obtaining China Visa and Tibet Permit for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.

    Foreign Nationals and NRIs

    Nepal portion - A valid passport and Visa is mandatory for all foreign nationals and NRIs (Non-resident Indians) to enter Nepal. Nepal immigration offers Visa on Arrival facility at Kathmandu airport against all valid documents and visa fee.

    China/Tibet portion – A valid passport, visa and a special permit to visit Kailash region is mandatory for all foreign nationals and NRIs (non-resident Indians) willing to undertake Kailash Yatra. Please send a scanned copy (coloured) of your passport to our Delhi headquarters and also carry a coloured copy of your passport alongwith 2 passport size photographs upon arrival at Kathmandu airport.

    Travel Insurance

    It is strictly advisable and is mandatory to carry a valid Travel Insurance covering Kailash region. Our trips does not include the price for travel insurance and it is the sole responsibility of the pilgrim/traveler to ensure that he/she is adequately ensured for the full duration of the trip. For more details please read Terms of Bookings carefully

    Medical Certificate

    We require a valid copy of health certificate of the pilgrims issued by his/her physician mentioning that the pilgrim/traveler is in perfect condition to undertake yatra to Mount Kailash at a height of above 15000 feet. Medical certificate is not the responsibility of ours and we do not take any liability of any health issue. For more details please read Terms of Bookings carefully.

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