Adventure Alpine Gorkha

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Kailash Overland Tour

"A country full of spectacular views within world highest and largest plateau"

Trip Duration: 15 Days

Highlights of Kailash Overland Tour

  • Journey to holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasrover around South West Tibet
  • Daily scenic views of high mountain range that borders Nepal and Tibet
  • Enjoy beautiful scenery of dramatic Tibetan landscapes and snow capped peaks
  • Interesting adventure around holy Mt. Kailash and sacred lake Manasrover
  • Explore lively areas full of religious symbols on walks around Mt. Kailash

Trip Profile:

  • Trip Mode: Hotel with local Lodge and Guest House on route
  • Trek Grade: Moderate and Adventurous walks.
  • Highest Altitude: Over Droma-la 5,630 m / 18,525 ft high.
  • Daily drives: Minimum of 04 hrs to maximum – 6 hrs.
  • Tibet duration: 09 Nights and 10 Days (with drive both ways)
  • Total Trip: 14 Nights and 15 Days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).

Kailash Overland Tour Overview

Kailash Overland Tour a holy pilgrimage journey for Hindu and Buddhist followers as well to Jain religion, as Mt. Kailash regarded as holiest of all holy sites in the universe. For Hindu abode of Lord Shiva (one of important god in Hindu religion) for Buddhist a place of Khang Rimpoche a great priest and saint, where this adventure leads to one of the most important place on earth.

Mt. Kailash stands at high above 6,714m / 22,028 ft a lonely mountain within great vast Tibetan plateau where massive pilgrimage takes place on holy month of April and May during the time of Saga Dawa (Lord Buddha birth anniversary).

Kailash Overland Tour starts with exciting overland journey heading from Kathmandu on newly opened highway to enter into Tibet/ China and onward on high and world largest plateau with stunning scenery of Tibet South West country heading past several farm villages and town to reach at holy Lake Manasrover.

After time at holy Lake Manasrover, then towards Mt. Kailash for short circuit around the holy mountain on top sacred and highest spot Droma-la at above 5,630 m / 18,525 ft high facing super views of Kailash North Face at close distance. Enjoying great spiritual moment and then on downhill past Lamchu valley to reach on the road-head after ending our holy walks with long overland journey back to reach at frontier of Nepal and Tibet in Kyirong.

From Kyirong reach back into Nepal within green hills surrounding and then back at Kathmandu, after a great adventure and experience on Kailash Overland Tour.

Best Seasons for Kailash Overland Tour:

April to October months of the year can visit Tibet, where April to May spring time will be the best time, visit of  great interest with fine clear morning till afternoon, with some chances of light rains sometimes. September to October another best months around Autumn/Fall, when most of the days are clear for views and walks but can be much colder and freezing as altitude gains with chances of snow sometimes.

Amazing to know that one can visit Tibet even in Monsoon months from mid June to mid September a wet rainy seasons on southern Himalaya, where’s Tibet falls within rain-shadow area, where heavy monsoon cloud blocked by giant Himalaya range.

That is why northern Himalaya and Tibet are dry and arid country with least rain fall, but heavy snow during winter and early spring times from November, December till March. Monsoon times much green in Tibet around hills and valley with lush vegetation in wet seasons, so the choice is yours for Kailash Overland Tour.

Kailash Overland Tour Short Outline Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour and Tibet preparation.
  • Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m – 07 hrs journey.
  • Day 04: Drive to Kyirong Border 2,890 m and enter Tibet – 04 hrs drive.
  • Day 05: At Kyirong acclimatization day explore culture of Tibet.
  • Day 06: Drive to Saga 4,400m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 07: Drive to west side of Manasrover at Chu-Gompa 4,545 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 08: At Manasrover Lake afternoon short drive to Darchen 4,620 m with time to visit its busy markets.
  • Day 09: Drive to Tarboche 4,680 m start walk to Dhirapuk 4, 630 m – 05 hrs.
  • Day 10: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,730 m and over high Dorma-la pass – 6 hrs.
  • Day 11 Trek near Darchen and drive to Dzongba 4,560 m – 06 hrs.
  • Day 12: Drive to Kyirong – 06 hrs journey with overnight in local guest-house.
  • Day 13: Drive to Nepal side at Dhunche 1,900 m for overnight stop – 05 hrs.
  • Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel – 05 hrs.
  • Day 15: International Departure homeward bound to respective countries.

Kailash Overland Tour Detailed Itinerary


01
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
  • Reaching Kathmandu received by our staff and guide
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks transfer to your respective hotel
  • Explore around the streets of Kathmandu and Thamel area.
  • Kailash Overland briefing includes welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture programs of the country.

 

02
Day 02: In Kathmandu sightseeing tour and Tibet preparation.
  • Time Kathmandu preparation Kailash Overland Tour
  • Morning sightseeing tour around Kathmandu at places of interest visit leads to World Heritage Sites and catch Nepalese culture and as well touch of Tibetan Buddhism.
03
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m - 07 hrs journey.
  • Morning interesting drive beyond Kathmandu to reach Dhunche town and  Syabrubesi village for first overnight stop
  • Located around Langtang Himal region of Rasuwa district the home of Tamang people the hill tribe of Himalaya and as well on route to Tibet border.
04
Day 04: Drive to Kyirong Border 2,890 m and enter into Tibet -04 hrs drives.
  • After Syabrubesi morning drive on newly constructed road linking Nepal and Tibet by the frontier of Rasuwa-Gadhi (1800m / 15 km / 1 hr min from Syabrubesi)
  • Enter Tibet soil, received by our Tibetan guide and drivers, after completing immigration & custom formalities on both sides Nepal / Tibet at Rasuwa-Gadhi
  • Continue drive further to Kyirong with first overnight stop in Tibet accommodation at local guest-house.
  • At Kyirong afternoon with time to relax and enjoy views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal that borders Nepal and Tibet.
05
Day 05: At Kyirong acclimatization day explore culture of Tibet.          
  • At Kyirong for acclimatization before heading towards higher areas where Kyirong at 2,890 m provides good spot for rest and to explore around to get in with local culture and climate condition.
06
Day 06: Drive to Saga 4,400m - 05 hrs.
  • Morning drive on wide vast Tibetan plateau crossing several high passes with great views of mountain range
  • Drive continues with some small stops around villages and nomads camps witness sheep’s and yak grazing in the yard.
  • Journey leads to remote corners of Tibet past farm villages finally drive leads to a bridge over Brahmaputra River in Tibet known as Yalung Tsangpo which flows from the very source of Mt. Kailash.
  • Reaching a bridge over Brahmaputra reach at Saga, slowly developing into moderate size town with nice lodge, hotels and restaurants, here check into the best available hotels or guest houses.
07
Day 07: Drive west side of Manasrover at Chu-Gompa 4,545 m - 06 hrs.
  • Morning drive past Saga town on complete wilderness, after hours’ road winds to  climb over high pass and then down-hill to a long stretch flat area
  • On a clear day great views of snow capped peaks towards North West that border with Nepal, after few hours of scenic drive reaching into a windswept village at Paryang.
  • Drive lead to Kailash area within Barkha valley as journey leads past many small farm villages and nomads camps with large Tibetan tents serving as teahouses and restaurants.
  • Drive climb over Mayam-la pass at 5,050 m high, with long descend to reach near level on gradual road to reach west side of Manasrover Lake at Chu-Gompa for overnight stop with views of Mt. Kailash.
08
Day 08: At Manasrover Lake afternoon drive to Darchen 4,620 m.
  • Morning free at holy Lake Manasrover located between Mt. Kailash 6,714 meters and Gurla Mandhata Mountain Range stands at 7,694 meters.
  • Where Lake Manasrover floats beneath shadow of holy Mt. Kailash as this lake forms the mind of God, as the name Manas.
  • Here interested pilgrims can perform puja rites with dips in this sacred lake within shallow area by the shore.
  • In Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religion, holiest lake of Asia; best time to go around Lake Manasrover in late autumn and early spring when the streams and rivers are low.
  • Then possible to walk very near the shoreline, an optional drive around Manasrover Lake can be done on request which takes about four hours.
  • After performing puja an interesting short hike to Chu Gompa on a shelf of a over-hanging cliff cave, adorned with Buddhism arts and ancient idols of Lord Buddha and other high Gurus.
  • Afternoon short drive to main town of Kailash at Darchen, a place with many shops-stores and lodges with Guest-House, an interesting market to visit around and observe Tibetan traditional life and culture, during auspicious time this place flooded with Tibetan and Indian pilgrims for Kora, parikrama or holy circuit walks.
09
Day 09: Drive past Darchen to Tarboche 4,680 m start walk to Dhirapuk 4,970 m, 5 hrs in lodge or camping.
  • After Darchen morning starts with short drive to reach Tarboche, a holy spot of the region with excellent views of Mt. Kailash West Face
  • From here walk begins heading north on wide terrain towards Shershong, then climb to reach overnight stop at Dhiraphuk Gompa, with magnificent views of holy Mt. Kailash North Face.
  • Here depending upon the season with mass number of pilgrim’s staying either in guest houses or tents with our own camping facilities.
10
Day 10: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,760 m and over high Dorma-la pass - 6 hrs.
  • From Dhiraphuk morning walk continues heading uphill trail onto moraine of more than two hours, then with steep climb to reach on top Dormo-la pass at above 5,630m /18,525ft.
  • A holy spot close views of Mt. Kailash North Face at highest point of the walk, where big boulder represent goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) festooned with thousands of prayer flags and offering by both Hindu’s and Buddhist pilgrims.
  • A holy spot after feeling physical and spiritual on the high point of pilgrimage, parikrama or Kora, from here descends to Lamchu wide valley and at Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stop, either in lodge or in tented camp.
  • Zuthul means cave in Tibetan, this place named after a holy cave in which poet, and saint Milereppa meditate in early 11th century, his footprints can be seen on the cave roof top.
11
Day 11: Trek near Darchen and drive to Dzongba 4,560 m - 06 hrs.
  • Last day of walk and parikrama or circuit in Tibet Kora morning walk leads to a nice gradual walk for few hours on winding trail, to reach a narrow valley into a river gorge of great Karnali River.
  • From here short walk to meet the trail heading towards Darchen, where walk ends for a drive just an hour before Darchen, after completing our holy trek drive towards near Mayum-la pass base and continue to reach at old Dzongba town for overnight stop.
12
Day 12: Drive to Kyirong - 05 hrs journey with overnight in local guest-house.
  • An exciting time at Kailash drive back to reach Kyirong frontier town, journey leads past great Tibetan dry plateau
  • Drive leads on newly opened route of five hours overland drive to reach border town of Tibet-China and Nepal at Kyirong for last overnight stop in Tibetan side.
13
Day 13: Drive to Nepal side at Dhunche 1,900 m for overnight stop - 05 hrs.
  • Farewell to Tibetan guides and drivers as morning starts on leaving Tibet with short drive to cross border of Nepal and Tibet / China at Rasuwa-Gadhi.
  • After completing visa and custom formalities enter Nepal at Rasuwa Gadhi, continue drive on dirt road for a while to reach at Syabrubesi village, after a short refreshing break journey continues on winding uphill to reach Dhunche town for overnight stop.
14
Day 14:  Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel - 05 hrs.
  • After overnight on Nepal side at Dhunche drive back to Kathmandu with scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields within nice villages and towns as drive brings you back at hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu.
  • On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
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Day 15: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.
  • Depart from the hotel as per your time for international flights.
  • Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks guides and staff transfer you to Kathmandu International airport, after grand memories of Kailash Overland Tour as well enjoying great time in Nepal.

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration: 15 Days

  • Destination: Tibet

  • Group Size: 2-12 People

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Adventurous

  • Altitude: Droma-la 5,630 m

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