Holy Mt. Kailash Tour

Holy Mt. Kailash Tour

The Holy Mountain and Sacred Lake According to ancient Sanskrit documents, the Gangdise Range had become a holy Mountain as early as 2,000 years before Christ. The Hindu myth has it that the "palace" for the god of gods was built on the peak of Kailash of the Gangdise Range. This important mountain in Asian history with elevation of 6,656 meters is located in the county of Bruagn in Ngari area. The Tibetan Buddhists believe that the mountain is in the shape of an olive with a grand legendary palace on the peak. Four streams flow down the mountain from four sources, each in the shape of a horse, lion, elephant and peacock, which have given names to the four famous rivers in Ngari. The mountain "palace" was home to 500arhats. It is believed that centuries ago a visiting Bangladesh monk had heard chimes of bells and drum beats from the "palace". Pilgrims today still claim that a few lucky ones may hear mysterious sounds from the mountain. Kailash crowns the Himalayan Mountains with its myriad of myths and legends and remains the focus of the religious emotions of those who feel its pull. For centuries, pilgrims have come from afar to pay homage, praying for redemption by walking around this holy mountain of purity and benevolence. A full circle around the mountain takes from 24 hours to 36 hours. This tradition of worshipping was deep rooted in ancient pagan rituals and is still alive and strong today. One myth has it that Mila Xiba, a famous Tibetan monk, subdued a heretic in battle of faith and power on Mt. Kailash. The victory has been celebrated in every Year of the Horse when pilgrimage to the holy mountain is at its height.

Lake Manasarova, one of the highest fresh water lakes of the world, is over 20 kilometers to the southeast of Mount Kailash with a total surface area of 400 square kilometers. This placid lake is a vast expanse of pristine water, absolutely beautiful under the vast and clear sky. The legend has it that Goddess Woma bathed in the lake. Because of its sheer beauty and charming myths and legends, the lake was mentioned as a celestial lake of the west in an ancient book written by Xuanzang, a Tang Dynasty monk known for his journey to India in search of Buddhist scriptures. The book was entitled "The Western Territories of the Great Tang Empire". The lake was already known to the Tibetans as Macuitso about nine centuries ago. It was believed that in the "palace of the dragon king" on the bottom of the lake were boundless treasures. The chosen ones after walking around the lake a full circle would be promised a life of plenty by a small fish, a pebble or a feather they might have picked up. After the triumphant rise of Buddhism in Tibet in the 11th century, the lake was given a Buddhist name "Manasarova", meaning "perpetually invincible". Thereafter, the lake has been regarded as a gift from Buddha with cleansing and redeeming power that will bring spiritual and physical well-being. The lake has thus gained a primordial force, which, together with the Holy Mountain Kailash, has attracted countless pilgrims to the area of Ngari. They would take the strenuous journey around the mountain and lake as a test of their faith and for an experience of the holy power. Many of them have harbored the wish of bathing in the lake for many years. There are four holy bathing spots around the lake respectively named Lotus, Fragrance, Purification and Faith. Bathing at each spot while trekking around the lake would redeem different sins. The mysterious powers of Lake Manasarova are believed to be just as great as those of the towering Mount Kailash.

Destination: Kathmandu- Patan-Bhaktapur-Nagarkot- Kerung and Kailash.

Trip Details

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Day 01: Kathmandu [1,338 m]: A representative from Adventure Treks Nepal will be waiting outside the Tribhuwan International Airport according to your time of arrival. Once you land you will be transferred to the Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel Manang or Similar.

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu [1,338 m] - (B): After your breakfast at the hotel we will begin our sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu Valley. Firstly, we will drive to Swyamnbhunath Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple. Located at top of the hill this temple holds great values in Hindu and Buddhist culture. After monkey temple we will drive towards Kathmandu Durbar Square, the ancient royal palace of Kathmandu Valley. The Palace is now a museum so we will witness much information regarding the ancient Nepal. In Kathmandu Durbar Square we will also visit the Kumari House who is regarded as the Living goddess. We will then have our Lunch followed by a drive to another Royal Palace named Patan Durbar Square. Patan has a long Buddhist History and the four corners of the city are marked by Stupas erected by the great Buddhist emperor Ashoka around 250 BCE. Overnight stay at Hotel Manang or Similar (Breakfast Included).

Day 03: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu [1,338 m] - (B): After Breakfast we will head towards Bhaktapur, the city of arts and crefts. You will see extraordinary wood crafting arts around Bhaktapur. The city is also known as city of Devotees and center of medieval art and architecture which was founded by King Anand Dev in 899 AD. Around Bhaktapur we will visit the Nyatapola temple, the most beautiful temple of Nepal, the 15th century palace of 55 windows, Golden gate and other place of Interest. Then we will head towards the holy Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most scared Hindu shrines in the world. After spending some time at the bank of Holy Bagmati River we will then head towards Bouddhanath Stupa, another Buddhist landmark which is a most to visit when in Kathmandu. Overnight stay at Hotel Manang or Similar (Breakfast Included).

Day 04: In Kathmandu [1,338 m] - (B): Today is a leisure Day. You will have free time to walk around the streets of Thamel or spend quality time with your friends and family. Overnight stay at Hotel Manang or Similar (Breakfast Included).

Day 05: Drive Kathmandu- Kyirung - (B): We drive from Kathmandu to Nepal Tibet border along a scenic highway. After immigration formalities at the border, you meet our Tibetan guide & driver. After some briefing we drive to Kerung. O/N at Guest House.

Day 06: Rest Day in Kyirung - (B): Acclimatize in Kerong before further driving. Free afternoon look around. O/n at Guest house.

Day 07: Drive Kyirung to Saga/4450m- 232 km - (B): First day with a long drive on the desert terrain. Driving past nomad camps and sheep and yak herds. We can see Gaurishankar, Shishapangma and Langtang Himal from the pass. Continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peiku tso Lake (4400m). We will be crossing river Brahmaputra ( “Yarling Tsangpo” in Tibetan ) to reach Saga (4600m). O/n in guest house.

Day 08: Saga to Paryang (4558m) to Mansarovar (4600m) 507 km 8-9 hrs - (B): Watching the mountains in distance and driving through road we pass through the small town of Zhongba before reaching to Paryang.. Offering the first view of mt kailash and the holy lake only after several hours of drive. As you approach this serene and sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can have a glimpse of majestic Mount Kailash. Manasarovar , the highest fresh water lake with turquoise complexion - surrounded by mt Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandata and Lake Rakchyas is simply heavenly. O/n at tented camp or a guesthouse.

Day 09: Drive to Darchen (14975ft) 40km - (B): After some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar with the snowy massif of Gurla Mandhata 7694m just across the lake, we drive 40 km to Darchen which serves as the base for Mt kailashkora ( circumambulation). The Kora is 53 km in total and completed in three days. O/n in a guesthouse.

Day 10: Trek to Dira-Puk/5000m - (B): It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs and waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky. The 15 km trail takes almost 7 hrs. O/n intented camp/Guest house.

Day 11: Trek Dira Puk-Zuthul Puk, 18km, 6-7 hrs, 550m ascent, 600m descent - (B): Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage trek , cross Dolma La pass at 5670 m. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget you. By the late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthul Puk where the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles. O/N at local guest house/Tented camp.

Day 12: End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Saga - (B): Complete the kora and drive to back to Saga. O/n in Guest house.

Day 13: Drive back to Kyirung (232km) 6-7 hr. - (B): O/n in Guest house.

Day 14: Kyirung to Kathmandu 150 km - (B): Driving further to Nepal Tibet border, complete the immigration formalities, get your Nepal visa. Say good bye to your Tibetan guide and driver. You will be received by our guide from Kathmandu and drive to Kathmandu. End of the services. Overnight stay at Hotel Manang or Similar.

Day 15:Departure - (B): Trip ends ! fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time.


Cost Includes and excludes

By the law of the People’s Republic of China, in addition to China visa, foreigners also need Tibet Travel Permit (Tibet Travel bureau) to be able to board a train or plane to Lhasa. For this, you need to pre-arrange an itinerary through a legal travel agency in Lhasa before arriving in Tibet.

You need travel permits to travel outside Lhasa Prefecture, eg. Alien's Travel Permit & Military Permit and you can currently only get these by hiring transportation and a guide as part of your itinerary.

If you plan to enter Tibet from Nepal, besides all the Tibet Permits, you will have to travel on China Group Visa which can only be obtained through the joined effect of travel agencies in Lhasa and Kathmandu.

Here at Adventure Treks Nepal, a Kathmandu based local travel and trekking agency, with all the advantage of a local company, we provide you with a worry-free Tibet travel experience by taking care of all these permits applications.

What We Need to Apply TTB

We need the following documents & information from each and every traveler to obtain Tibet Travel Permit (Tibet Travel bureau). The time needed to apply for it changes irregularly. But we usually need at least 16 days prior to file the application with these documents &. Information. Tibet Tourism Bureau will issue TTB permit about 7 days or so prior tour starting date.

* Colour-scan/photo of valid passport photo page
* Colour-scan/photo of valid China visa page
(Except L Visa, tourist visa, any other types of China Visa need additional stamped paper in Mandarin from your school/company in China, in which your name, passport No., position, company add should be stated.)
*From which city of China you plan to enter Tibet;

Of which city of China you plan to depart to after your Tibet tour

(please be aware, entering/departing city will be print on your permit, once issued it would be the only city you be able to enter/depart. takes extra time & fee if later you want to change it).
* Job occupation. If currently unemployed or retired, pls let us know your former job.
(journalists, government officers, and professional film/photography team, etc. won't be able to travel Tibet through travel agency).

Tibet Travel Permit (TTB)

A Tibet Travel bureau permit is currently required to get into Tibet. Without one, you will not be able to board a flight or train to Tibet and will not be able to secure the other permits you need to continue traveling throughout Tibet.

Nowadays you can only get a TTB permit through a tour agency in Tibet (agencies outside Tibet can arrange trips, but ultimately they subcontract to travel agencies in Lhasa, such as Great Tibet Tour). You can no longer travel to Lhasa, meet up with some travelers and organize a tour there. Everything must now be arranged beforehand, including any trekking itinerary you have planned.

To get a permit you need to:

* Work out an itinerary detailing exactly where you want to go in Tibet
* Agree with a price and send a deposit
* Send us documents & info we needed to apply for TTB permit
* Arrange an address in your entering city before Tibet (eg. hotel), to receive your posted TTB permit, if flying to Lhasa

You can book your own train or air ticket to Lhasa or have Adventure Treks Nepal or (Our agents in Lhasa) arrange this for you.

You need to have the original TTB permit in your hands in order to board a flight to Lhasa. Mostly we arrange TTB permit to post to your hotel of your entry city in China by S.F Express, usually, takes about 2-3 days.

A photocopy or scan of an original TTB permit is currently all that is required to board a train to Tibet.


* Chinese resident of Hong Kong & Macau does not require a TTB permit to enter Tibet.
* Taiwanese need to consult us case-by-case since the rules change often.
* Foreigners visitor on business/study/resident visa in China need additional docs to apply for TTB permit
* Journalists and embassy staff won't be able to get a TTB permit as a tourist

What TTB Looks Like

TTB Permit usually combined with two pages.

On Page 01, it states your tour details, such as your travel agency’s name, your tour number, when you first arrive in Tibet, when you depart entry and departing city, etc. but above all, check the Permit No. on the upper right corner which is printed in red by Tibet Tourism Bureau.

On Page 02, you will see your name (printed in Chinese way, family name + given name)/ nationality/ gender / passport No. / Profession / date of birth.

Other Permits: Alien's Travel Permit & Military Permit

With TTB permit you will be able to enter Tibet and travel Lhasa and around. But if you were to go further to the regional capital, eg. Mt Everest, etc., you will have to budget an hour or so in Shigatse for your guide to process the Alien Travel Permit, which is issued by the Public Security Bureau PSB). Usually, you can apply for it once you arrive at Lhasa. Sensitive border areas – such as Mt Kailash, the road to Kashgar and the Nyingtri region of eastern Tibet - also require a Military Permit.

You should give your agency 20-day or so to arrange all you permit 30-day if Military Permit. The authorities generally won't issue permits more than 15-day in advance and certain areas can close without warning, so you’ll need certain flexibility if headed off the beaten track

Alien's Travel Permit

In addition to TTB permit, if you were to visit certain areas, Alien's Travel Permit will be required. Unlike TTB permit which will be applied in advance without your original passport, Alien's Travel Permit will be applied after your arrival in Tibet with your original passport.

Areas require Alien's Travel Permit:

Tsetang: All the places you will visit such as Samye, Yumbulhagang, Trundruk etc.
Shigates: Sakya, Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery
Gyantse: Pelkhor Chode Monastery, Kubum Stupa
Ngari: All the places you will visit such as Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasorovar etc.
Nyingtri: All the places you will visit such as Draksumtso, Pomi etc.
Chamdo: All the places you will visit such as Chamdo, Riwoche etc.

Military Permit

Military Permission is required if you want to visit the border areas such as Mt Kailash, eastern Tibet, or overland tour to Tibet from Sichuan, Yunnan, Xinjiang and Qinghai.
Areas require Military Permit:

Ngari: All the places you will visit such as Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasorovar etc.
Nyingtri: All the places you will visit such as Pomi etc.
Chamdo: All the places you will visit such as Chamdo, Riwoche etc.
Overland from/to Sichuan, Yunnan, Xinjiang or Qinghai