A budget pilgrimage to 'holy Kailash' via Nepal

After the closure of border check-point between China and Nepal at Tatopani, Kodari (China-Nepal Friendship Border) due to the terrible earthquake of 2015; the government of China and Nepal has agreed to open alternative check-points so that the citizens of two countries and other tourists from abroad can travel across Nepal and Tibet without flight. Subsequent to several conferences and meeting; both the governments have made a decision to open new border in Timure (Rasuwa district of Nepal) and Gyirong (also known as Kerung) of Tibet. Hence, we have started to organize tours and expeditions to Tibet through the new border by using vehicles. This package of pilgrimage has been popular soon after new border opened from the 1st January 2018.

Chinese hoteliers have built adequate number of guesthouses in Kerung Bazaar and they are providing comfortable accommodation and meals to their guests. The Tibetan pretty town, Kerung, is somehow suitable for high altitude acclimatization because of its elevation 3000m. Hence, we have designed itinerary giving a full day stay in this place. After the Kerung Bazaar, the drive leads to enthralling sites of panoramic landscape embracing the incredible views of Himalayas, crystal-clear alpine lakes, beautiful Tibetan settlement, and nomad camps.

Eventually, we enter the pious parts of this journey comprising the Manasarovar Tal (the lake of paragon of virtue and purification), Rakshas Tal (lake of supreme spirit of evil), Nandi Parvatas, Tarboche and holy Kailash. One can feel himself/herself reinvigorated when s/he get into these areas.  Indeed, Mt. Kailash is not only magnificent one; it is also the conclusive pilgrimage destination for all Hindus and Buddhists. They believe that Kailash is the ultimate divine central point and thus, very year, thousands of Hindu/Buddhist devotees execute pilgrimage around Kailash to make their spiritual world easier.

It is believed that Lord Shiva resided at the summit 6638m of magnificent KAILASH for meditation together with his wife Parvatee. In accordance with Vishnu Puran the four faces of the Kailash are made of Lapis, Crystal, Gold and Ruby, which are pillar of the world that looks like a lotus.

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PRICE
Tour cost depends on group size as given below.

A group of 16+ Pax  US $ 1320 Per Person
A group of 15 Pax US $ 1380 Per Person
A group of 14 Pax US $ 1390 Per Person
A group of 13 Pax US $ 1400 Per Person
A group of 12 Pax US $ 1410 Per Person
A group of 11 Pax US $ 1520 Per Person
A group of 10 Pax US $ 1530 Per Person
A group of 9 Pax US $ 1550 Per Person
A group of 8 Pax US $ 1780 Per Person
A group of 7 Pax US $ 1800 Per Person
A group of 6 Pax US $ 1825 Per Person
A group of 5 Pax US $ 1860 Per Person
A group of 4 Pax US $ 1900 Per Person
A group of 3 Pax US $ 1990 Per Person
A group of 2 Pax US $ 2250 Per Person


Service included in the cost
Following services are included in the cost. On our client's demand, we can customize the itineraries and service as per their interest, time and budget. 

NEPAL PART

  • Airport-Hotel-Airport transfers in Kathmandu according to suggested itinerary
  • Private Ground Transport (Kathmandu-Syabrubensi-Timure Border and back to Kathmandu) as per suggested itinerary
  • Chinese Visa
  • A 3* Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per suggested itinerary – twin/double bedded room
  • A Basic Hotel Accommodation in Syabrubensi for 1 night as per suggested itinerary – room only
  • An English Speaking Guide to/from Timure Border
  • Road Permit to the border and back

 TIBET PART

  • Ground Transport for entire trip as per suggested itinerary
  • Trained, Authorized and Well Experienced English Speaking Tour Guide for entire trip as per suggested itinerary
  • Budget Hotel Accommodation in Kerung Bazaar for 2 nights as per suggested itinerary - double/twin room - room only
  • Budget Hotel Accommodation in Saga for 2 nights as per suggested itinerary - double/twin room - room only
  • Accommodation in a basic Guesthouse in Darchen - twin/double bedded room - room only
  • Accommodation in Guesthouses - room sharing basis in Manasarovar Lake, Diraphuk and Zutulphuk – room only
  • Essential Permit: Tibet Travel Permit, Kailash Kora Permit and Monastery entry permit as per suggested itinerary
  • Yak and yak-man to carry luggage during Kailash Kora

Excluded Service from the tour cost 
Tour price doesn't include under-mentioned services. We can provide these services on client's demand.

  • Travel equipment/gears of personal use
  • Insurance coverage against unexpected loss/damage
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All meals in Tibet (In every stop (hotel and guesthouse) serves meals. You can order meals as per your choice and pay directly). 
  • Additional cost occurred by natural calamity, accident, political or social turbulence
  • International flights

[Day 01] Arrival in Nepal. We warmly welcome you at the exit terminal gate of the Tribhuwan Internatioanl Airport in Kathmandu and escort you to the pre-booked hotel situated in downtown, Thamel (main tourist town). We sincerely suggest our valued clients to explore the market for adaptation with local environment.

[Day 02] Kathmandu – today, in accordance with the law of China  we submit passport's to the Embassy of China for Chinese visa and obtain final permit to travel Tibet.

[Day 03] Kathmandu - reserved day. This day, we brief you about the tour providing major information you might need during the travel. Also, we can organize guided tour of UNESCO's Heritage Sites (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa (popular as Monkey Temple), Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple) on demand. 

[Day 04] Kathmandu-Dhunche-Syabrubesi drive. Some 122 kilometers of drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi takes 8-9 hours, overnight stay in a lodge 

[Day 05] Syabrubesi-Timure-Kerung Bazaar drive. Today we finally reach the Nepal-Tibet border called 'Timure'. As soon as we complete immigration formalities, we cross over the border and enter to China.  We then proceed to a Tibetan pretty town, Kerung Bazaar, at 3000m (some 26 Kilometers of drive from border to Kerung takes one and half hour). Check-in at a guesthouse, take rest.  

[Day 06] Kerung Bazaar - the day has been scheduled for high altitude acclimatization. Hence, we spend the day in an excursion of Kerung Bazaar including a temple that is equally respected by Hindus and Buddhists.

[Day 07] Kerung - Saga at 4620m drive. The scenic drive from Kerung to Saga offers amazing alpine lakes, panoramic landscape, breathtaking Himalayan views, yak pasture and meadows. We check-in at a basic hotel to spend the night.

[Day 08] Saga - Manasarovar Lake 4560m drive. From Saga we continue the scenic drive of 475 kilometers through serene landscape on well maintained black-top road to the holiest lake of Manasarovar (9-10 hours drive). We check-in at a basic guesthouse. 

[Day 09] Manasarovar - Rakshas Tal – Darchen drive. This morning, you will be busy for worship and homage to the holiest lake by taking shower and arranging ritual function (Hawan, Pooja and so on) in it. After this we visit Chiu Gompa and then drive to Rakshas Tal (Lake of Devil). After a picturesque excursion of Rakshas Tal, we drive to Darchen 4620m, and check-in at a guesthouse.

[Day 10] Darchen –The day has been designed to pay homage to the Parvats (mountains) those symbolize Nandi (vehicle of Shiva), Ganesh and Kumar the sons of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Likewise this day we also pay homage to the monasteries of Gantag and Seralung. The day helps us to walk in the Himalayan trail and strengthens us to make circumambulation of Holy Kailash successfully. The excursion of this day, indeed, inspires us with the deep feelings of respect to the divine and religious world.

[Day 11] Darchen - Diraphuk at 4850m. From Darchen we drive to a place called Tarboche and start the circumambulation (Kora) around holy Kailash from there. Mt. Kailash is the center of universe and the focal point of all spiritual power for four major religions in South Asia namely, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Bon. It is considered the residence of God Shiva. The Kailash Kora is known to amass good karma and blessings. After some 6-7 hours of gentle walk, we arrive at Diraphuk at 4850m, overnight stay in a guesthouse.

[Day 12] Diraphuk - Zutulphuk at 4740m. We start the day as soon as we have breakfast. The day is comparatively tough since we will be crossing the highest point Drogma La at 5650m of this pilgrimage. According to both Hindu and Buddhist religious value, after crossing the Drogma La, every pilgrim gets his/her soul purified and henceforth can start a new life. We can see Gaurikunda (bath-tub of Parvati) as we descend for 10 minutes from the Drogma La. We continue our journey to Zutulphuk at 4740m and check-in at Milarepa Monastery to spend the night.     

[Day 13] Back to Saga. This day we complete the Kailash Kora and drive back to Saga and check-in at a budget hotel. 

[Day 14] Back to Kerung. Today we drive back from Saga to Kerung and overnight in a basic hotel. 

[Day 15] Back to Kathmandu. Today we drive to Timure border, re-enter Nepal, drive to Kathmandu and check in your hotel. 

[Day 16] Kathmandu - the day has been allotted as the rest day to refresh from the long drive of previous day.

[Day 17] Depart Nepal for home country.

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