11 days Mount Kailash Kathmandu overland tour
The journey start from the road plunges through the Matsang Tsangpo gorge, hugging a precipice above the rapids. There are spectacular waterfalls on both side of the gorge. Sprawling up the hillside through a series of switchback bends is the stairway to the high plateau. Gradually the breath-taking views of Himalayans appear in the south. Rest of the days the journey across the great Jangtang (Northern Plain) into Far-west Tibet passes through extremes of dryness. The landscapes are huge and like a treeless moonscape. Lone groups of nomads dwelling in low, black tents, tending flocks of sheep, goats and herds of the yaks. Heavily eroded sandstones and sand-dunes can be seen along the road. The extraordinary peak of Mount Kailash is the prime focus of the journey, which lies at the heart of the region. It is the pilgrimage destination of Buddhists, Bons, Hindus and Jains.
Morning drive from Kathmandu to Nepal-Tibet border Gyirong (about 7-8 hours drive), after clearing the customs you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and driver and drive to Gyirong town for overnight. Rest and acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Gyirong town.
Rest at Gyirong town one more day to acclimatize the high altitude, we strongly advise you to drink more water and do some simple exercise during the day. Overnight at Gyirong town.
Today you will be driven over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, natural scenery like Pelku Tso lake and Mount Shishapa (8020m) are unimaginably beautiful, nomads chasing a herd of yaks and sheep keep you wondering. By the afternoon you will cross Bhramha Purtra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town Saga. Overnight at Saga.
Drive from Saga to Paryang through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snow-capped mountains. This vast and dry plateau is the traditional campsite of the nomads, grazing their animals during the summer. Lunch will be at Paryang. Afternoon another 4 hour drive from Paryang to Lake Manasarovar, you will go through open territory with a view of distant mountains, Yak herders camp, if lucky might come across a herd of Kyang (Wild Ass), you will have the first sight of Holy Mount Kailash from the top of the Mayum la pass(5280m) and Manasarovar Lake. Enjoy the nice sunset over Lake Manasarovar. Overnight at the local guest house.
Lake Manasarovar is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, along with Mount Kailash, it is referred to as the center of the world, and is worshiped by more than a billion Buddhists and Hindus. Afternoon drive to Darchen, the tiny village of Darchen is the starting and ending point of the Mt. Kailash trekking, prepare for the trekking and guide will arrange needed yaks and porters at your necessary. Overnight at Darchen (hotels/guest houses are available at Darchen).
The first day's trekking is start from the Sershong and a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. From here you can see the Choku Monastery up on the hillside. The trail leads to a few ups and downs till we reach our camp at Dirapuk (4,750 m). You will meet many more Bon pilgrims going in the opposite direction (Anti clock-wise) because Mt. Kailash is being worshipped by four different religions, viz Buddhists, Bons, Hindus and Jains. Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse or camping.
Today our trekking leads to much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Mount Kailash. The walk will bring us to one of the highest point at Drolma La, 5,200 m, and the pass is quickly descending to the gradual field towards Dzutul-puk for the overnight camp, Dzutul Puk in Tibetan and which means magical cave, this small monastery is connected to a interesting story of talend competition between Great Yogi Milarepa (Buddhist) and Naropa (Bon). Overnight at Dzutul-Puk guesthouse or camping.
The winding gradually comes out of the valley and the river allows to follow in to the Barka plain, the trekking stops at Trangser Trangmar and your car will take you back to Darchen. Afternoon rest at Darchen. Overnight at Darchen.
Say farewell to Mount Kailash this morning as you will drive back to Saga. You will follow the same scenic route to capture the majestic scenery of windswept territory again. Have a last view of the Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar on the way. Stay overnight at Saga.
Continue your trip back to Gyirong town today, the border town between Tibet and Nepal. Get settled into the hotels. Tomorrow you will cross the border to Kathmandu.
After your Tibetan guide helps you clear customs, you will be greeted by your Nepalese driver and driven to Kathmandu along a scenic road with glimpses of roaring white-water rapids along the way. The tour ends when you arrive at Kathmandu. You may share us your hotel information beforehand so that our driver can drop you off at your hotel.