Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra via Nyalam

Duration: 
16 nights/17 days
Altitude: 
5,650m/18,532ft
Difficulty: 
Strenuous
Holiday Style: 
Pilgrimage Tour
Starts/Ends: 
In Kathmandu, Nepal

Holiday Overview

Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra via Nyalam

The Path of Yogi Milarepa

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is a journey in search of religious merit and spiritual significance. It is the path to acquiring moral values and spiritual merits for getting Moksha, the liberation.

Mount Kailash is the holiest mountain in the trans-Himalayan region at an elevation of 6,714 meters. Likewise, the holiest Lake Manasarovar is in between Mount Kailash and Mount Gurla Mandhata at 4,588 meters.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is the highest level of pilgrimage, known as Para Brahma Kshetra; the formless realm of the Cosmic Mandala. Mount Kailash and Manasarovar are centers of reverence not only for Hindus, but also for Buddhists, Jains, and Bon people.

For Hindus, it is the divine abode of Lord Shiva, known as Mount Sumeru, the center of the universe. A mere glimpse of Kailash is believed to absolve a lifetime of sins, while a ritual bath in Manasarovar purifies both mind and body. Buddhists call Kailash ‘Kang Rinpoche’ and worship as the place of Chakrasambhara, the god of eternal bliss. They believe Manasarovar, Mafam Yomtso, is the Sweet Dew, a divine gift from the Lord Buddha.

For Jains, Astapada, the mountain adjacent to Kailash, holds sacred significance as the pilgrimage site where their first Tirthankara, Rishavdev, attained Kaivalya. Bon adherents regard Kailash as the Swastika Mountain of Crystal, believed to be the place where their ancestors descended from heaven. Swaminarayan followers attach particular importance to Kailash, as it was visited by Neelkantha Varni in 1792. The region of Kailash is renowned for its serenity and natural beauty.

Additionally, people consider the Kailash-Manasarovar Mandala the origin place of four holy rivers of the Indian subcontinent - Brahmaputra, Sutlej, Indus, and Karnali - further enhancing its sacredness.

This route is one of the easiest and most ancient routes to the Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra, where the acclimatization process is comparatively better.

We can visit Yogi Milarepa's Meditation Cave along the route known as the Path of Yogi Milarepa.

Arrival, Preparation, and Sightseeing in Kathmandu:

Welcome to Kathmandu, the land of lord Pashupatinath. We will receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer you to a 5-star hotel. In Kathmandu, we spend the initial four days visiting World Heritage Sites and sacred temples including Budhanilkanth and Doleshwor. During this time, we spare moments to make final preparations for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, attend detailed briefings, and perform Pashupatinath darshan and Rudrabishek before embarking on the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

For more information: https://www.youtube.com/@visitkailashtreks

Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra Trip highlights:

  • Darshan of highly revered Pashupatinath temple and perform Rudrabishek
  • Darshan of Doleshwor Temple- The head of Kedarnath
  • Pilgrimage to sacred Lake Manasarovar, holy Mt. Kailash, Charan sparsha and Tirthapuri, the Adi Badrinath
  • Nandi and Asthapada Darshan, close view of Mt. Kailash
  • Travel by Tourist Coach up to Lake Manasarovar and the base camp of Kailash (No walking involved except Kailash parikrama)
  • Overland journey to Kailash from scenic Nyalam, Nepal-Tibet border

 

Holiday Summary

Day 01-04:      Arrival in Kathmandu and Sightseeing

Day 05-06:      Enter Nyalam, Tibet

Day 07-14:      On Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra

Day 15-16:      Back to Kathmandu

Day 17:           Departure

Day-to-day Brief Itinerary

1
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
( Altitude: 1300m, Duration: 45 minutes )
Duration: 
45 minutes
Altitude: 
1300m
Destination: 
Kathamandu
Visit Kailash representative welcomes you with a flower garland, Sagun, and drinking water in Kathmandu airport then immediate transfer to the hotel. He / She will deliver a short briefing on immediate and further arrangements. Check in to the hotel, free time for rest.
2
Guided sightseeing and trip briefing
Altitude: 
1300m
Destination: 
Kathmandu
Guided sightseeing to Budhanilkantha, a Sheshasayan or sleeping Vishnu temple, Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site & the city of fine arts. There will be a detailed briefing on Kailash Yatra and its preparations in the evening.
3
Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Altitude: 
1300m
Destination: 
Kathmandu
Guided sightseeing to Budhanilkantha, a Sheshasayan or sleeping Vishnu temple, Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site & the city of fine arts.
4
Pashupatinath Darshan (Havana, Puja)
( Altitude: 1300m, Duration: 3 hours )
Duration: 
3 hours
Altitude: 
1300m
Destination: 
Kathmandu
Pashupatinath Darshan (Havana, Puja)
5
Guided sightseeing in Bhaktapur, drive to Dhulikhel
( Altitude: 1550m, Duration: 4-5 hours )
Duration: 
4-5 hours
Altitude: 
1550m
Destination: 
Dhulikhel
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Dhulikhel. On the way guided sightseeing to Bhaktapur, the capital of ancient Kathmandu Mandal which is famous for medieval architecture and craftsmanship, and visit Doleshwor temple, the head of Kedarnath. Evening hike to Naimisharanya Gurukul Ashram, optional. Overnight in a nice resort in Dhulikhel Hill Station.
6
Drive to Nyalam
( Altitude: 3700m, Duration: 6-7 hours )
Duration: 
6-7 hours
Altitude: 
3700m
Destination: 
Nylam
After breakfast, we will drive to Kodari, the Nepal-Tibet border village. The road traverses the Mahabharata mountain range and follows the bank of Bhote Koshi. We will perform border formalities on the Nepal and Tibet sides and drive to Nyalam, Tibet. The vehicular journey is comfortable, smooth, and scenic as we will drive past beautiful waterfalls and mountains. Today onwards, all meals will be served from Visit Kailash Treks’ kitchen
7
Rest Day at Nyalam
( Altitude: 3700m, Duration: - )
Duration: 
-
Altitude: 
3700m
Destination: 
Nylam
A full day's rest at Nyalam allows us for good acclimatization. After breakfast, we will explore around. Evening, briefing on acclimatization methods and spiritual values of the trip.
8
Drive to Saga
( Altitude: 4500m, Duration: 5 hours )
Duration: 
5 hours
Altitude: 
4500m
Destination: 
Saga
After breakfast, we will start driving to Saga, the final destination of the day. Soon after leaving Nyalam, we can visit Yogi Mirarepa’s cave. We will further drive to Thang-La Pass (5150m) from where we can see Mount Shishapangma (8,027m), Choyu, Gauri Shankar, Rolwaling, and many more. Lunch will be served at the turquoise Pigutso Lake. After lunch, we further drive in the vast Tibetan plateau until we reach Saga for an overnight stay.
9
Drive to holy Manasarovar Lake
( Altitude: 4588m, Duration: 10 hours )
Duration: 
10 hours
Altitude: 
4588m
Destination: 
Manasarovar
After breakfast, drive to Lake Manasarovar. Today is the first Darshan of holy Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Lake from Horre Pass. We will perform prayer on our first darshan and start Parikrama of Lake Manasarovar by eco-tourist bus. Stay overnight in a guesthouse at Chiu Gompa. Today, the accommodation is beyond basic but it is a lifetime experience to spend overnight right next to the holy lake
10
Havana and ritual bathe at Manasarovar & drive to Tirthapuri, onto Darchen
( Altitude: 4700m, Duration: 5 hours )
Duration: 
5 hours
Altitude: 
4700m
Destination: 
Darchen
Morning we will perform Havana and Puja and take a holy ritual bathing in the Manasarovar Lake. Afternoon, drive to Tirthapuri also known as Adi Badrinath, situated at the bank of the Sutlej River, explore its major attractions, and drive to Darchen- the base camp of Kailash. This is a close view of Mt. Kailash, the south face. Overnight in a hotel.
11
Parikrama starts: - Trek to Diraphuk
( Altitude: 4900m, Duration: Ascend 200m, distance 8km by bus & 12km trek, total 20km )
Duration: 
Ascend 200m, distance 8km by bus & 12km trek, total 20km
Altitude: 
4900m
Destination: 
Diraphuk
Drive to Tharboche, which is an important PowerPoint for Tantric. Here you will have a Darshan of the West face of Kailash, the Mahakala form, and then trek to Diraphuk. Darshan of an amazingly close view of the North face of Kailash, the Linga form, is nothing less than divine from here. Stay overnight in a guesthouse at Diraphuk
12
Charan Sparsha Day
( Altitude: 4900m, Duration: Ascend 400m & descend 400m, 10km up and down trek )
Duration: 
Ascend 400m & descend 400m, 10km up and down trek
Altitude: 
4900m
Destination: 
Diraphuk
After breakfast trek to Kailash glacier for Charan Sparsha, literally touching the feet of lord Shiva/Kailash. Chance for closest Darshan of Mt. Kailash. Trek back to Diraphuk, overnight in the same guesthouse.
13
Cross Dolma pass (5,650m) and trek to Zuthulphuk Gompa
( Altitude: 4850m, Duration: Ascend 800m and descend 850m, distance 22km )
Duration: 
Ascend 800m and descend 850m, distance 22km
Altitude: 
4850m
Destination: 
Zuthulphuk
Today is the hardest day of the Parikrama. So, we will start early in the morning. We will reach the Dolma Pass after 4-5 hours of trek or 2-3 hours by horse. After having the Darshan of Gauri Kunda near Dolma La, we will trek steep down to Sabje Zuthuk, the Buddha footprint where we will have our lunch. After lunch, continue trek down (or one can use a horse) to Zuthulphuk Gompa, where we will stay overnight in a guesthouse.
14
Parikrama ends: - Trek to Tangsar and drive to Saga via Darchen
( Altitude: 4500m, Duration: 6km on trek, 4km by drive, total 10km )
Duration: 
6km on trek, 4km by drive, total 10km
Altitude: 
4500m
Destination: 
Saga
Trek to Tangsar and drive to Darchen, where we will have lunch. And then, drive to Saga.
15
Drive to Nyalam
( Altitude: 3700m, Duration: 6-7 hours )
Duration: 
6-7 hours
Altitude: 
3700m
Destination: 
Nylam
After early breakfast, drive to Nyalam and check in to the hotel.
16
Drive to Kathmandu
( Altitude: 1300m, Duration: 7-8 hours )
Duration: 
7-8 hours
Altitude: 
1300m
Destination: 
Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive to the border to exit Tibet. After the immigration formalities are done both in Tibet and Nepal sides, drive to Kathmandu. Lunch will be served on the way. Evening Yatra Certificate ceremony and Pashupati Aarati.
17
Kailash Yatra Ends, Trip concludes (Return to home)
Visit Kailash will provide a private vehicle for the airport drop.

What's Included

  • All ground transports including airport pickup and transfer in Nepal/Tibet.
  • 5-star category hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Resort in Dhulikhel as per the itinerary.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu as per itinerary with entrance fees
  • Tibet Travel Permit and Visa
  • Best available hotel accommodation in Nyalam, Saga, Darchen, and basic guesthouse accommodations in the rest of Tibet as per itinerary.
  • Pure vegetarian meals (Breakfast, lunch, tea-coffee and snacks, dinners) every day as per itinerary from our own kitchen.
  • Travel by tourist coach in Tibet with a supporting truck & medical emergency jeep
  • Knowledgeable guide and supporting staff
  • Personal cure, high altitude support, and first-aid medical kit
  • Travel duffel bag, rain poncho, water bottle holder, stationery, portable toilet, etc.
  • Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, portable toilets, and all necessary kitchen equipment.
  • Oxygen cylinders with other tools, oxy-pulse meter, etc.
  • Yaks to carry all supplies during Parikrama

 

What's not Included

  • International flight fares and Nepal Visa
  • Extra night’s hotel in Kathmandu in case the trip gets shortened/canceled due to unforeseen and unusual circumstances
  • Medical/evacuation and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses, e. g. bar bills, bottled drinks and Mineral Water, telephone bills, laundry service, etc.
  • Personal clothes and equipment
  • Horse for a personal ride during Kora (Parikrama)
  • Porter to carry personal handbag during Kora
  • Gratitude to the staff (TIPS) and offering / Dakshina at puja
  • Any other costs not mentioned above in the cost include section

 

Holiday Extensions

The following extensions are available to add to your itinerary either before or after the trip.

  • Muktinath Yatra (3n/4d US$ 1099.00)
  • Janakpur, Valmiki Ashram, Lumbini, Pokhara and Muktinath Yatra (6n/7d US$ 1,999)
  • Damodar Kunda Yatra by Helicopter
  • Gosaikunda Yatra by Helicopter
  • Tholing, Tshaparang: Guge Kingdom Extensions
  • Everest Base Camp Extensions (1n/2d US$ 600)

Date & Price

Arrival in Kathmandu
Departure from Kathmandu
Availability
Tour Cost
2-Jun-24
18-Jun-24
BOOKING OPEN
US$ 3549 per person for the entire trip (US and Canadian) US$ 3449 per person for the entire trip (other nationalities)
16-Jun-24
2-Jul-24
BOOKING OPEN
US$ 3549 per person for the entire trip (US and Canadian) US$ 3449 per person for the entire trip (other nationalities)
30-Jun-24
16-Jul-24
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US$ 3549 per person for the entire trip (US and Canadian) US$ 3449 per person for the entire trip (other nationalities)
14-Jul-24
30-Jul-24
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US$ 3549 per person for the entire trip (US and Canadian) US$ 3449 per person for the entire trip (other nationalities)
4-Aug-24
20-Aug-24
BOOKING OPEN
US$ 3549 per person for the entire trip (US and Canadian) US$ 3449 per person for the entire trip (other nationalities)
18-Aug-24
3-Sep-24
BOOKING OPEN
US$ 3549 per person for the entire trip (US and Canadian) US$ 3449 per person for the entire trip (other nationalities)
1-Sep-24
17-Sep-24
BOOKING OPEN
US$ 3549 per person for the entire trip (US and Canadian) US$ 3449 per person for the entire trip (other nationalities)
15-Sep-24
1-Oct-24
BOOKING OPEN
US$ 3549 per person for the entire trip (US and Canadian) US$ 3449 per person for the entire trip (other nationalities)
10-Sep-24
26-Sep-24
BOOKING OPEN
US$ 3549 per person for the entire trip (US and Canadian) US$ 3449 per person for the entire trip (other nationalities)

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