Journey to Mt Kailash, 17 days
Day 1: Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to hotel. If time permits, you will visit the Monkey Temple followed by trip briefing.
Day 2: Visit World Heritage Sites - Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa - in the morning. Drive to Kodari (4 hrs) near Nepal-China border and stay overnight at a guest house.
Day 3: Experience the rigors of border crossing at immigration check-points of Nepal and China. You will then drive to the traditional Tibetan town of Nyalam ((3,750m/12,303ft). Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: The entire day is free for acclimatization. We will go on short treks in preparation for the Kailash journey
Day 5: Drive to Dongba (8 hrs). The scenery along the way is terrific as the fertile Nepalese valleys give way to arid Tibetan plateau. En-route we will cross the Tong La Pass (4,996m/16,390ft) and pass Paiku-Tso lake & Brahmaputra river.
Day 6: Drive to the holy lake of Mansarovar (7hr). The road follows the Tsang Po River, passes through a number of villages before crossing the Mayum La Pass (5,280m/17,323ft). Circumambulate the sacred lake (2.5 hrs) and enjoy the experience.
Day 7: Most of the day is free for spiritual activities - prayers, hawans and a dip in the holy lake. You can also walk to Langpona Gompa from where you can see the river winding its way towards lake Mansarovar. Drive to Darchen.
Day 8: Drive to Tarboche (8 km) and visit Yamdwar. We will then trek to Diraphuk monastery (5,209m/17,090ft).This is the first day of Kailash Parikrama (circumambulation). We will walk for about 6 -7 hours to the north face of Mt Kailash. Overnight at lodge.
Day 9: Trek to Dzutrul Phuk monastery via Khandro Sanglam pass. The climb is steep as we pass the glacier to the Northeast of Mt Kailash and the Shiwa Tsel (Dakini Charnel Ground). The descent down into the valleys takes us by Kuber Kund.
Day 10: Enjoy a relatively peasant and beautiful trek (8 kms) to finish the parikrama (circumambulation). Drive to Darchen where you will spend the night.
Day 11: Take an excursion to Asthapad from where you will have the closest and the best view of Mt Kailash. It is approx. a 20 minute drive or a trek of 5 hours. Overnight in tent. (Asthapad visit will only take place if “permitted” by the Chinese government)
Day 12: Trek to the Atma Lingam, Sapta Rishi caves & Nandi Parvat. Return back to Asthapad and stay overnight in tent.
Day 13: Trek to Darchen (5 hrs) and stay overnight at lodge.
Day 14: Drive to New Drongba (7 hrs) via Mayum La (5,150m/16,896ft) and Paryang (4,600m/15,092ft) where you will probably have lunch. Cross the Soge La pass and continue the drive beside Tsang Po river. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 15: Drive to Nyalam (5hrs) passing many Tibetan peaks, the Peku Tso lake, the mighty Lalung La and Thong La passes with great views of Shishgangma, the worlds 13th highest peak.
Day 16: Drive to the border town of Zhangmu, After customs formalities, you will transfer to Nepalese transport and continue your drive alongside the banks of the Sun Koshi River towards Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Transfer to airport for your flight back home.