Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu (1400 m). In Kathmandu (Bed and Breakfast):
Warm welcome at the airport and transfer to hotel. Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 2. Kathmandu (Bed and Breakfast).
Half day Pasupatinath Temple: The holy temple of Pasupatinath is situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River. This is a holy place for Hindus. In this scared place the great and fearful god Shiva is revered in his incarnation of the Lord of Beasts since ages. It has thus attained a mystical importance all of its own. The three-tiered golden roof of the main temple stands sentinel over the various shrines and their throngs of devotees. From here ghats (step on which many Nepali wish to be cremated and carried into the next life lead down to the water’s edge. Traveling here means that you must remains unobtrusive and respectful, allowing the pilgrims to continue their worship uninterrupted as you quickly absorb the atmosphere of this special place.
Day 3. Drive to Zangmu (2300m) -122 km and onward to Nyalam (3750m) -33 km:
Depart Kathmandu at 6 am. Drive to Kodari Border-Friendship Bridge. Normally it is 5-hour drive to the bridge but in monsoon time it may takes longer depending upon the road condition. Upon arrival at the Kodari border cross the Friendship Bridge and drive to the Immigration check post at Zangmu, originally known as Khasa. After formalities at the Immigration drive to Nyalamu. The road climbs up the narrow valley winding gradually to Nyalamu.
Day 4. Overnight at Nyalam (3750 m) - Acclimitization day:
It is important to acclimatize your body to the higher elevation. The danger of altitude sickness should be taken seriously. Nyalamu is a small town before reaching the Tibetan pleateau. It is possible to explore some of the caves known to have been dwelt by the famous sage Milerappa.
Day 5. Drive to Saga (4280 m) -236 km:
It is a long drive to Saga. The view of the Himalayan range is breathtaking especially from Lalung la (Lablungla) pass (5050m) that you will cross en route to Saga. After crossing Lablung la (pass) the journey continue and turn west through a side road to Saga instead of Lhatse (315kms).
Day 6. Drive Paryang -252 km:
The journey continuous along the southern highway to Paryang.
Day 7. Drive Mansarover (4558 m) - 300 km:
Drive to Mansarover lake. Visit Chiu Monsastery (4450m). This day allows you to acclimatize to the high altitude. You may visit the picturesque Chiu Monastery on the northwest shore of the lake with the imposing sight of Mt. Kailash in the background.
Day 8. Drive to Darchen (4420 m):
Begin walk around Mt. Kailash. Ovrnight at Dirphuk (4890 m): Mt. Kailash is a just 340 km away and suddenly you see this most distinctive peak appear. At the far distant you can see backdrop of the Indian Himalaya. The whole scene is absolutely beyond perfection. Eventually we reach the foot of the mountain at Darchen where there is a small settlement. Until recently this used to be a Drokpa (nomadic herder) tented village with no permanent settlement. Now there are mixture of stone houses and nomadic tents. All the pilgrims visiting Mt. Kailash start their parikrama (circumambulation) at this point. On the first day we hike up the western valley or the Lha Chu. At Tarpachan meadows there is a flagpole; when the weather is clear you can have a magnificent view of the Holy Mountain. The Gompa of Chugu is seen on the far side near a tall waterfall. From your camp the north face of Mt. Kailash presents an amazing sight. We stay at the camp opposite the Monastery at Dirphuk.
Day 9 Cross Dolma La (5640 m) and descend to Zuthul Puk Gompa (4790 m):
The trail to the Dolma La (pass) gains height steadily through fields of stone carains built by countless pilgrims. The terrain is rocky and usually the pass is covered with snow. At the Dolma La (pass) there is a huge boulder festooned with strings of colorful prayers flags that marks the highest point in the journey around the holy mountain. Dolma La is the highest elevation in the whole journey. On our descent we pass by the holy Gauri Kund lake where pilgrims fill their bottles with the holy water to take home. The water flows through the beautiful eastern valley of the Dzong Chu (river). We stay at the cave monastery at Zuthul Phuk.
Day 10 Descent to Darchen (4420 m). Drive to Mansarover lake:
This is a short and easy day. We descent further to an altitude of 4610 meter. From this point you can get a good view of Lake Mansarover. Before descending to the valley visit the cave monastery of Zuthul Phuk. This is a famous meditation retreat of the Tibetan saint Milerapa. The prints of his palms on the roof of the rock cave are believed to have been made when he lifted the rock to make more room inside. Continue your journey for about 3 hour down the valley to Darchen. Drive to Mansarover Lake (60km). Stay overnight at the lake. At the lake you may take holy dip or even take bath in the lake though it is freezing cold. It is possible to encounter nomads with their herds of sheep and yaks in this area. There are monasteries to visit.
Day 11 Drive Paryang - 252 km:
It is a long drive. Along the way, you cross the Mayum-la and make several river crossings. The scenery along this section is some of the most panoramic in the entire journey. This route provides opportunity to view the Himalayan range from the Indian peaks of Nanda Devi to the Everest and beyond.
Day 12 Drive to Saga – 232 km:
We continue to drive to Saga. En route we pass through a small, dusty town of Zhongba.
Day 13 Drive to Nyalamu:
We continue to descend to Nyalam.
Day 14 Drive to Zangmu and onward to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu (Bed and Breakfast):
We drive further to Zangmu and to Kodari border. After crossing the border we take bus back to Kathmandu. We arrive Kathmandu in the evening.
Day 15 Depart Kathmandu.
Transfer to airport. Fly home.
Best time visit: Best time to travel is in summer and autumn - from March to October. Overland journey is best from early May to middle of October. This is because of the snow condition in high Himalayan pass in winter and late spring. During monsoon season (July to August) heavy rain can often disrupt the road to Kodari border.
Note: Above tentative itinerary showing scheduled night stop; it is a guideline only. It may change due to logistics and other condition like local government restriction, sudden change in weather and reasons beyond our control.
Food, Accommodation and Arrangements: In the private arrangement we serve either vegetarian or non vegetarian fresh meals as required. Camping cook and kitchen staffs prepares hygienic meals to your test. Three hot meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are provided. Camp staffs take care of camping arrangement. In most places guest house accommodation are provided.
For pilgrims from India special group arrangements can be made based on maximum 15 to 20 persons in each group no matter how large the group is so as to provide efficient service and proper attention.
Sleeping bag and duffel bag: We provide a complimentary duffel bag (soft bag) to carry your personal clothing. Sleeping bag is a personal item. Though it can be provided as a community gear but to ensure privacy it is charged separately to ensure that each member take care of this most important item before departure to avoid unpleasant situation later. If sleeping bag is required request should be made at the time of booking the trip.
In case of altitude problem with a member of the group it is always priority of the group to attend the sick person for his safety. Medical facilities are limited and possibility of medical evacuation is negligible.
Optional: Helicopter option is also possible to visit Mt. Kailash.