Kailash Mansarovar and Lhasa Tour
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|Place:||Kathmandu - Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash- Lhasa Tour|
|Program:||20 Nights 21 Days|
|Season||MAY - SEPTEMBER|
|Grade||Moderate (fitness certificate from doctor required)|
|Permit/visa||Visa / Permit required|
|Max. Altitude||5050 mt; 16665 ft|
Mt. Kailash ( at 6714 mtr.) is believed to have been formed 30 million years ago when Himalayas were in their early stage of formation, is one of the most revered places in the Himalayas . Mt. Kailash , also known as Tise, Kailasa & Kang Rinpoche(Jewel of the Snows), Few mountains rival Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar for its mystique. Isolation, beauty and prominence. It is considered to be the 'Center of the Universe' by Hindus, Buddhists, Jain and Bonpo and its flanks give birth to four great Asian rivers the Indus, Brahmaputra , Ganges and Sutlej . Tibetans believe that it is the residence of Demchog, a fierce looking tantric deity who lives there with his consort, Dorje Phagmo. For the Tibetans also, it is a particularly special place in that their poet saint Milarepa, spent several years here meditating in a cave.
Mount Kailash is famed as the Roof of the World, the Tibet Autonomous Region has fascinated by mankind. This mysterious land was forbidden not only by man but also by nature. An average elevation of 4,000 m. is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the north and the Himalayas to the south. People have been visiting Kailash - Mansarovar for centuries. Almost all the major passes of Himalayas lead to Kailash - Mansarovar.
Tibet 's capital Lhasa (elevation 3,700 m) is a cultural city with a history going back 1,300 years. The magnificent Potala Palace , former seat of the Dalai Lamas, presides over the city. Built in 1645 on the top of a hill, the palace contains 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 religious statues. The old city revolves around the Jokhang Temple and the quaint Barkhor market that surrounds it. The Jhokhang, built in the seventh century, is the holiest Buddhist shrine in Tibet . Its mural paintings, finely worked golden roofs and other works of art are something to see. At a little distance from the old city core, Lhasa is also a modern capital of concrete high-rises, fancy department stores and wide boulevards.
Norbulingka consists of wooded greenery and three palaces once used by the Dalai Lamas as a summer retreat.
How to Go Kailash & Lhasa
Mt. Kailash, which lies in the Southwestern part of Tibet, is an incredible 13-day journey, an epic pilgrimage that is expeditionary in nature. This is for those who want to experience the majestic beauty of Kailash but is limited by time. The trip begins by fly from Kathmandu to the Lhasa. After our stay in Lhasa, we drive to the drive along the turquoise lake Yamadrok, crossing over Kampala Pass (4794M) and the Brahma Putra river (Yarlung Tsangpo),Gyantse, the Tibet’s biggest Agricultural field to Xigatse, through the highest point, Gyatchu La pass, Lhatse, Saga, Paryang & Lake Manasarovar across widely spread open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau known as ' roof of the world'. It is undoubtedly the toughest and most rewarding of all such journeys known to man. En route you can see the world's highest mountains, travel on the world's highest plains, meet nomadic Tibetan pilgrims and walk amidst burning butter lamps and chanting monks of Tibet 's ancient and legendary Buddhist monasteries. Rivers and streams are crossed and re-crossed, treacherous passes are climbed and conquered. The numbing cold at night, the fierce sun during the day, the bitter winds, the looming solitude and the everlasting dust are constant companions.
Then we make our most attractive Kora trip to Mt. Kailash and follow the track across huge dry plains for Nepalese border lies to the south. Finally, we take the trip back to Kathmandu .
DAY 01: KATHMANDU (1336 m.)
Arrival Kathmandu, Pick up from Airport, Transfer to Hotel, Evening visit to Pashupati nath Temple at Arati Time, After see the Ararti back to Hotel, Overnight.
DAY 02: AM breakfast, & Kathmandu City sightseeing about 3-4 Hrs, After Lunch Briefing about the programme, Preparation, Evening Leisure, Overnight.
DAY 03: KATHMANDU(1336 m.) – NYLAM. (3750m)
Tour starts form Kathmandu on early morning at 06:00. Drive to Dhulikhel, stop for breakfast and then again drive to Kodari which is 114 kms from Kathmandu takes 05-06hrs. Upon arrival our tour escort will help you to go through immigration formalities in Nepali part and after immigration formalities 03-04 minute walks to other side of the border i.e. Tibetan part, there will be our Tibetan Guide with 4WD Jeeps and supporting trucks takes you to Zhangmu (Tibetan town 09 km uphill drive form border.). At Zhangmu you again have to go through Chinese immigration formalities and there you will have your lunch and further drive to Nyalam (30 kms form Zhangmu takes 2 hrs uphill drive.) o/n in Guest house.
DAY 04: NYALAM Rest day for acclimatization.
DAY 05: NYALAM – SAGA
After breakfast our journey start to Saga which is 06-08 hrs drive, 4050 m in elevation and over night in camp.
DAY 06 : SAGA – PARAYANG
After early morning breakfast drive to Parayang, Which is 06-07 hrs drive and over night in camp.
DAY 07: PARAYANG – MANASAROVAR.
Early morning drive to Manasorovar which takes 4-5 hours drive, 4550m in elevation and over night in camp.
DAY 08: MANASAROVAR – DARCHEN.
Explore Lake Manasorovar in the morning and drive to Darchen which is 1 hour drive and, 4,560 m in elevation and over night in camp / G house.
DAY 09: DARCHEN – DIRAPUK.
After early morning breakfast trek starts (The Kora begins) and after 5 – 6 hours trek to Dirapuk, 4,890 m in elevation and overnight in camp.
DAY 10: DIRAPUK – ZUTULPUK.
Parikrama contionues to Zutulpuk which will takes approximately 08 hours, 4,790m in elevation and overnight in camp.
DAY 11 : ZUTULPUK – DARCHEN – HORFE.
End treks at Darchen and drive to Horfe and over night in camp.
DAY 12 : HORFE – PARAYANG.
Drive back to Parayang and over night in camp.
DAY 13: PARAYANG – SAGA.
Drive to Saga and over night in camp.
DAY 14: SAGA – LHATSE
Drive to LHATSE and over night in G. house.
DAY 15: LHATSE - SIGATSE (3,900M), 244KM , APPROX 06-08 HRS DRIVE.
Scenic drive through the highest point, Gyatchu La pass (5,220m) en route to Lhasa via
Latse and Shakya Monastery . Overnight in hotel.
DAY 16: XIGATSE –GYANTSE (3,950M), 90KM, APPROX 2 HRS DRIVE.
Morning sightseeing to the Panchen Lama’s Tashilumpu Monastery. Drive through the Tibet’s biggest Agricultural field to Gyantse and visit to the Kumbum Stupa & Palkor Monastery . Over night in Hotel.
DAY 17: GYANTSE – LHASA (3650M):261 KM.
Full day picturesque drive along the turquoise lake Yamadrok, crossing over Kampala Pass (4794M) and the Brahma Putra river (Yarlung Tsangpo). Over night in hotel.
DAY 18 – 19: IN LHASA.
Two full days sight seeing tour to Lhasa including JOKHANG TEMPLE, BARKHOR BAZAAR, POTATLA PALACE, DEPRUNG AND SERA MONASTERIES. Over night in Hotel.
DAY 20: LHASA – KATHMANDU.
Fly back to Lhasa – Kathmandu .Early morning drive to Gongaar airport for departure flight to Kathamdu, Pick Up from Airport, transfer to Hotel, Full day free time for rest, Overnight.
DAY 21: AM Breakfast, Afternoon transfer to Airport Fly to your onward destination.
TOUR COST Mail to Us
Nepal Side: 3 Nights accommodation on Twin Sharing, Everyday Brekafast in Hotel, Airport to Hotel - Airport Transfer, 2 Half day sightseeing by Private vehicle.
Tibet Side: Twin Sharing accommodation in tented camps and guest houses as per itinerary on full board basis, Tibet China Visa fees, transportation by 4WD Land Cruisers, supporting truck, all trekking equipment such as two men tent, dinning tent, kitchen utensils, toilet tents, sleeping mattresses, camp chairs tables, all food stuff, gamow bags (life saving device incase of altitude sickness), all sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide, monastery entrance fees, portable oxygen cylinders in case of emergency, Yak and Yak man for porter age of luggage and equipment, travel permit to kailash AIR FARE FOR THE SECTOR LXA - KTM and all necessary transfers.
LUNCH & DINNER during Tour to Sigatse, Gyantse & Lhasa except during Kailash, Nepal re-entry visa fees,Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Laundry, Telephone calls, expenses of personal nature, any kind of travel insurance, Emergency evacuation cost, extra charges for hiring porters and vehicles in case of land slide and other natural calamities and gratitude tips.
Deluxe: We will provide 5 Star hotels in Kathmandu, Good hotel (tourist standard) in Tibet side & 4 WD New model (4500) Land cruiser for transfer
Standard: We will provide 3/4 star hotel in Kathmandu, normal lodge/camp In Tibet side & 4 WD new model (4500) land cruiser for Transfer.
What we provide to our clients:
- Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Gamow bag and Oxygen.
- We don't charge extra for the parikrama. If you wish to take help of a yak or horse, the cost will be pay directly to the yak herder. All Indian pilgrims are advised to hire one. You have to understand that the yaks are not domesticated but are meant to carry luggage.
Model of payments
- 30 days prior to tour departure date, 30% of the total cost should reach Tirupati Holidays Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd account by telex transfer with passport of client.
- And full payment should make before departure to Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.
Tour Cancellation policy
All notice of cancellation must be sent to our office in written. Verbal cancellations will not be entertained.
- 20 days before trip departure 10% of total trip cost.
- 15 days before trip departure 50% of total trip cost.
- 07 days before trip departure 100% of total trip cost or no show
IMPORTANT PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION:
Casual wears and comfortable walking shoes are the rule of Tibet. Be sure to bring warm clothing as nights and early mornings can be quite chilly to down right cold. Indian Pilgrims strictly no Sari. Bring all the film, medicine, cosmetics, personal toilet items etc. that you will need from home as these are difficult if not impossible to obtain on the way. A small first aid kit is also a good idea. Also quite useful is a route map, to know where you are going and have been each day.
What to take:
Winter wear: Gore-Tex material, though expensive, is highly recommended. Down jacket, raincoat or windbreakers, thermal under wears, Jackets, warm trousers & woolen shirts (cotton will also do), warm sweaters, woolen gloves, sun hat, comfortable shoes, light leather boots in case of snow, woolen balaclava ('monkey cap') & scarf/dust mask to protect your eyes & nose from dust.
Bring with you:
Snacks along the way. Chocolates, dry fruit, toffees, glucose; 'namkeen' etc. Strong water bottle & water purifying tablets. Personal medical kit and Diamox tablet (for high altitude). Sun glasses (to protect your eyes from UV, which is especially strong in high altitudes). Sun block or sun screen lotion, wet tissues (Fresh-ones are excellent to wipe off the dust), clothes-line/clips, needle & thread, deo-spray (handy for smelly boots/feet and for a round of spray in the toilet tent!), toilet paper, torch & spare batteries, daypack (small shoulder bag), Camera & films, Binocular.
This is one of the toughest high altitude road journeys on earth. You Must be physically fit - no two ways about that. Generally patients with asthma & heart problems have a problem acclimatizing to high altitudes. In your interests it is essential you should be examined by your doctor to know about your health condition and your ability to cope up with the rigors of high altitude travel for days in 'no road' conditions, extreme cold, dust, trekking to an altitude of 19500ft during the Parikrama, etc.
As you are traveling over high terrain, you are likely to experience symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headache, loss of appetite, nausea, exhaustion, sleeplessness, breathlessness etc.) until your body adjusts to the elevation. This can take a couple of days or more depending on an individual. For this reason alone, we have made it mandatory to stay 2 nights at Nyelam (12000ft) and a night in Simikot those who take journey of Helicopter before moving on to the higher altitudes. Drink plenty of water, be calm, and do not exercise. Do not drink alcohol or smoke prior to and during the tour. We also recommend you carry a strip of diamox tablets. Do consult your physician on the dosage. We provide Gamow bag (a special equipment to prevent sickness from high altitude) on this tour.
The unit of Chinese currency is Yuan. USD 1 = 7.9 Yuan. 1 Yuan = INR 5-6 approx; Money can exchange at Bank of China at Zhangmu or from the locals at Zhangmu or Kodari. Exchange all your remaining Yuan at the end of the trip at Zhangmu itself before re-entering Nepal .
Risks & Liability:
Tirupati Holidays Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd and our associates will put every effort to make your journey smooth and pleasant. However, all the tours in Tibet are conduct strictly under the rules & regulation of Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). Therefore, We and its Our counterpart shall not be responsible for any change and alteration in the program due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, and cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents. Any extra cost incurred thereof shall be borne by the clients on the spot
"Notice Please read carefully this terms and conditions"
If due to really true emergency you are unable to come or continue in the trek or rafting you have chosen to join, there will be some cancellation charges. That what constitutes a true emergency case is interpreted at Tirupati Holidays Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. discretion. Please be aware of these conditions such as Dysentery, Giardia diarrhea are commonplaces in East and South Asia and such are not classified as emergencies.
Bookings: Filling out our on-line booking form, or print the booking form and filling out and make a reservations, by fax. We contact you by E-mail as soon as your form is received to define the procedures following this step and to confirm the availability on the tour you have chosen with us. All participants booking one of our regular or tailor made tours must read and fully understand our policies and booking conditions. Representing 25% deposit of the total sales price must accompany all bookings. The balance must be entirely paid 30 days prior to the departure date. To guarantee a booking made 30 days or less before the departure date we request the entire payment of the total sale's price at once. Under no circumstances will there be a refund of any kind, if you do not turn up trip departure, or if you leave a trip for any reason, either voluntarily or involuntarily, after the trip has commenced.
Cancellation: In the event of cancellation by the travel 7 days prior to departure 50% of the total amount paid will not be refundable. Passed the 7th day there will be no refund. If we have not received a balance due at the 29th day preceding a departure, we can cancel the booking. If we are in the obligation to cancel a trip for any reason, the participants will be completely refunded without any possibility of further indemnity. Cancellation of a trip made by the client does not entitle s/him to a refund of any kind. The date of cancellation is the date on which Tirupati Holidays Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. receives a written notice of cancellation by the travel that who has made the booking. If any transfer to an alternative departure date, will charge US15 or Euro 10 per person.
Tirupati Holidays Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. undertakes to provide you with the trip as outlined in your itinerary. However, as we cannot pre-determine weather conditions, political and other factors beyond our control, and bearing in minds your safety and enjoyment, we reserve the right to adjust the trip itinerary as required. The raft/trek leader in consultation with the staff and trip participants will decide on these adjustments. The raft/trek leader's decision will be final.
I have read all thoroughly and fully understood the information of trip. The itinerary and all other written material issued by Tirupati Holidays Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. for the trip I have applied to join and I am competent and willing to cope with the situations, circumstances and conditions made clear in the printed material. I agree and recognize that the realities made clear in the written information reflect the intrinsic characteristics of adventure travel and not least the matters of flexibility. Adaptability, reasonableness, practical personal contribution to lifestyle en-route and the fact that not all situations, circumstances and conditions subsequently encountered are identical to those pre-existing and prevailing at the time of booking.
I also recognize that I am undertaking a journey that contains a significant element of personal risk, and that risk does sometime become a reality. I acknowledge the relative remoteness, the rough traveling and weather conditions, the limited and relatively primitive medical and other services available, as well as the greater potential dangers compared with my usual daily life at back home, or conventional holiday travel. Not only do I accept the realities. I have chosen to seek them out. I recognize Tirupati Holidays Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. Nepal's responsibility to me and I accept these authority and decision of Tirupati Holidays Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. and its representatives in respect to the journey that I have applied to Join with them.
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