Kailash Manasarovar is one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in the world and gets its name from words from Sanskrit, ‘Manasa Sarovaram’ which means mind and lake. It was the creation of Lord Bramha, the creator in Hindu Mythology and personifies purity. Every year, thousands of pilgrims and travellers step foot in the Himalayan region Tibet to take a dip into the holy pond which is believed to cleanse the soul and also rid one off the sins of 100 lifetime. Some theory in Buddhism also claims that it was the very lake where Queen Mayadevi conceived Buddha adding more to its religious significance.

Itinerary

  • Day Arrival in city of Temples and tradition, Kathmandu

    On our first day today, we will arrive in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. Our travel correspondent will receive you from the Tribhuvan International airport and take you to your hotel. At the hotel, you will be served with special dinner arranged by Makalu Travels & you will be given information on next day program by our tour leader.

    • Meals included: Dinner
    • Overnight at the Hotel Mansalu
  • Day Kathmandu sightseeing : Visit Pashupatinath and Budhanilkantha (sleeping Vishnu)

    After breakfast as a start to the trip, we will visit the Pashupatinath Temple situated at the banks of the Holy Bagmati River. Mornings in the temple are usually crowded as devotees’ around kick-start their day by paying a visit to Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath sees millions flock, especially during the Shiva Ratri festival that is usually observed in the month of February/March every year. The other time when the temple is flocked with devotees, specially women is during the Teej festival when married women fast for the longevity of their husbands and unmarried women so they get a husbands as good as the Lord Shiva himself.

    After Pashupatinath, we will take you to another temple Budhanilkantha that has the largest and the most enigmatic statue of sleeping Lord Vishnu. The theories behind how the sleeping statue of Budhanilkantha was discovered are many. Some say, centuries ago a farmer and his wife found the statue as they dug a land. The other says that the statue was erected during King Bhimarjunadev’s regime in the Lichchavi era. There are two other similar statues of sleeping Vishnu, one of them at a place called Balaju while the other one in a palace at Basantapur, which is not open to the public. After our visit to these two places we will return to the Hotel and prepare for the trip ahead.

    • Meals included: Breakfast.
    • Overnight at the Hotel Mansalu
  • Day Drive to Dhulikhel - Visit Sanga Mahadev & Doleshwor Mahadev

    After breakfast, we will drive to an ancient town of Dhulikhel. On the way, we’ll visit the Sanga Mahadev Temple. The Shiva statue here is 44 meters high and is also the largest Shiva statue in Nepal. We’ll also visit the Doleshwor Mahadev Temple on the way. For all the Shiva devotees, it is believed that the trip to Kedarnath in India is incomplete without visiting Doleshwar Mahadev. On Aug. 22, 2009, the Doleshwar Mahadev was officially declared as the head of Kedarnath, one of the Char Dham Yatra, by Shree 1008 Jagat Guru Bheemashaankarling Shivacharya, the head priest of Kedarnath.

    Upon arrival in Dhulikhel, we’ll check--in to the Dhulikhel Mountain Resort and spend a night in to the Dhulikhel Mountain Resort and spend a night there. Resort in Dhulikhel. Form here, we can see the staggering 180 degree panorama view there. Resort in Dhulikhel. Form here, we can see the staggering 180 degree panorama view of Himalayas lof Himalayas like Langtang range, Gaurishankar, Lhotse etc. we also get an outlook on the ike Langtang range, Gaurishankar, Lhotse etc. we also get an outlook on the famous Newari craftsmanship in Dhulikhel area.famous Newari craftsmanship in Dhulikhel area.

    • Meals included : breakfast, lunch & dinner
    • Overnight at Dhulikhel Mountain Resort
  • Day Drive to Kathmandu - Visit Bhaktapur on the way

    After breakfast, we’ll drive to the heart of Bhaktapur Durbar Square which is another UNESCO world heritage site. Bhaktapur Durbar  Square is an ancient civilization inspired by the architecture of 17 th century. It is also the home of the tallest pagoda style temple of Nepal called Nyatapola. Nyatapola loosely translates to five stories in Newari language which represents the 5 b asic elements. Bhaktapur Durbar Square also proudly consists of 55 window palace which is the oldest monument of Nepal and considered to showcase finest sculptural work and craftsmanship. We also see the golden gate and Bhairav Nath Temple. Lord Bhairav is considered to be the fiercest god with Immense power and terror. So this temple was built to connect humans spiritually as a god’s presence in people against wrong doing.

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we’ll checkin to our hotel and end our day. In the evening at 5.30 PM we will arrange a short briefing program on Kailash journey starting the next day.

    • Meals included : Breakfast
    • Overnight at Hotel Mansalu
  • Day Drive from Kathmandu to Shyabrubesi (1600m)

    Shyabrubesi is a beautiful village within the Langtang National Park and the region is a hotspot these days as all national and international pilgrims headed for the Kailash Manasarovar take this route. We’ll make a few stops in between to grab a bite and to relish the views as we move from the capital towards the Shyabrubesi. The roads at several sections are patchy but views of majestic waterfalls and greenery along will help make it tolerable. The drive to Shyabrubesi is of approximately 6 hours. If we are ahead of time, we’ll leave Shabrubesi and head towards Timure, the closest town near Nepal Tibet border.

    • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
    • Overnight at Hotel Little Tibet
  • Day Drive to Kyirong (2900m) via Rasuwagadhi Border

    Our destination for the day is the Kyirong town in Tibetan region. We will cross the Tibet-Nepal border at Rasuwagadhi to enter into Kyriong. There will be a few official immigration formalities to be covered at the border, which our travel guide will take you through with. After clearing the customs, we will walk for 15 minutes towards China through the famous Friendship Bridge. Our drive will be of approximately two hours today. Please do not forget to have all necessary travel documents ready. Our Tibet correspondent at the Tibet border will receive you and after completing customs formality at the Chinese side we will take a bus to the Kyirong town, our stop for the day.

    • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Overnight at Hotel Kyirong
  • Day Acclimatization Day at Kyirong

    The Kailash Manasarovar trip has always been considered as physically challenging. Many travelers in the past have shared of difficulties but as long as your health is concerned our guides are well trained and equipped to deal with the minor difficulties that might occur. It is very important that you gradually climb up the altitude and acclimatize along the way. The small town of Kyorong is the perfect place to acclimatize and prepare for the trip ahead. We will walk around the vicinity of the hotel or around the town for a stroll and take a good rest and acclimatize for the trip ahead.

    • Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
    • Overnight at Hotel Kyirong
  • Day Drive from Kyirong to Saga (4400m)

    This day forth, we will try and have breakfast by 8 in the morning and head for the next destination by 9. Our destination for the day is Saga at 4400 meters elevation, which is approximately 4 hours’ drive away. On the way, we will make a stop at Bramhaputra River for prayers. We will also be accompanied by beautiful views of the Ganesh Parbat and Lake Peiku Tsothen on the way. The vehicle will stop at the bank of Brahmaputra River for prayer before calling it a day at Saga town. After room allocation & distribution, you will be served tea/coffee with snacks. Dinner and Overnight at hotel in Saga.

    • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
    • Overnight at Hotel Brahmaputra
  • Day Drive from Saga to Manasaovar (4600m) to Chui Gompa

    It will be a comparatively longer day today as we head to our destination, Manasarovar. The drive is of approximately 9 hours and we will start as early as 6 in the morning unlike the other days. We will make sure to reach the lake in afternoon, a perfect time to take the Holy dip and enjoy the fresh air around the lake. We will cross the highest motor able pass of this journey i.e. Mayum-La at 5200 m. Although long, our drive today will be made easier by the beautiful landscapes of snow-capped mountains, villages and yak herders. Please be informed that there will also be a few checkpoints in between. We will have our lunch around Horchu River, which comes ahead of the Mayum La Pass. If the weather permits and all goes well we will also get to see Mt. Kailash from the Manasarovar base camp. Each of us will have half an hour to enjoy the holy spirit of the Manasarovar Lake. There also is another lake called the ‘Rakshas Tal’ that literally translates as ‘Demon Lake’. According to Hindu mythology, the great king of Lanka, Ravan, created the ‘Demon Lake’ so he could pray and meditate to the Lord Shiva who resided at Mount Kailash. It is said that Ravan who had ten heads made sacrifice of each head in this very lake before Lord Shiva appeared on the tenth day to finally grant Ravan the superpowers he desired.

    After a holy visit to these pilgrimage sites, we will travel to Chiu Gompa and rest the day at Mud Guesthouse. We will be staying in one of the dormitory rooms here.

    • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
    • Overnight at Guesthouse
  • Day Worship at Lake Manasarovar & Drive to Darchen (4700m)

    For those interested, today we will have time to conduct Puja or Hawan and another round of holy bath at the Lake Manasarovar. We can also go for a little hike to the Chiu Gompa close from camp. As it is the day before we leave the holy place, our cooks will put up additional items in lunch for your delight. Once we have our lunch we will move for Darchen, Which is the base camp for Mt. Kailash to stay overnight at Hotel Himalaya. The view of the snowcapped Gurla Mandata and Rakshas Tal from Darchen is a spectacle worth watching. In the afternoon, we will have the option to stroll around small market of Darchen town. The drive from Manasarovar to Darchen is of 1 hour. Darchen is also where we will prepare for our trek that starts the day after.

    • Overnight at Hotel Himalaya or Hotel Chinese
    • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day Parikrama/Circumambulation begins, Destination Diraphuk (4950m)

    We will leave vehicles today and start with the 4 day trek to Mt. Kailash. But first we will take a drive of one and half hours to Sherson near Yama Dwar and then begin with the trekking to Diraphuk - the north face of Mt. Kailash. If the weather permits, the south face of Mt. Kailash will be visible from Yama Dwar itself. In case you are unable to circumambulate (kora) the Mount Kailash, then there is a religious equivalent of circulating the Yama Dwar thrice in the name of Lord Shiva & Parbati and return and stay at Darchen until those on the trek come back. Yama Dwar, literally translated as The Gates of Lord of Death Yama is the starting point for the trek to Mount Kailash.

    Another option to reach Mount Kailash is to take a ride on a horse that are available on pre-booking terms.

    Since the trails are mostly flat the walk won’t be as strenuous. The gradually flowing glacial river alongside is sure to add tranquility to the day. Our lunch will be packed with us and we’ll only stop in between for tea, if you wish. We will rest the day at Diraphuk camp that has stunning glimpse of north face of Mt. Kailash to settle to.

    • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
    • Overnight at Guesthouse
  • Day Trek to Charan Sparsh – Back to Diraphuk

    We’ll start the day early and leave for the South face of Mt. Kailash after breakfast. We’ll walk alongside the river to Charan Sparsh. We will spend half an hour for the puja at the Charan Sparsh before returning back to Diraphuk. As a tougher day awaits us tomorrow, we will rest the day early. The two-way trek today will be of around 8 hours.

    • Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
    • Overnight at Guesthouse
  • Day Trek to Shivasthal to Gaurikunda to Zuthulphuk (4850m)

    This day is considered the toughest day of the circumambulation also called Kora. We start as early as 4 am in the morning and start the ascension by 5 AM. An uphill walk for a few hours will take us to Dolma La (pass at 5600m). It will be followed by a descent to the flat valley region, which is the other side of Dolma-la pass. The Shivasthal at Dolma la as you’ll see will be covered by prayer flags and different offers by prayers like clothing & ornaments.

    As we further descend the high pass, a beautiful view awaits us of the holy lake Gauri Kunda. Hindu mythology says Gauri, the wife of Lord Shiva performed various ascetic and yogic practices to win over Shiva’s love and the lake is where she performed them. The lake is also where Lord Shiva confessed of his affections for the Goddess.

    The last leg of the journey will be along River Bank, up to Zuthulphuk. We will stay at dormitory rooms of the Mud Guest House. The overall trek will be of 9 hours.

    • Overnight at Guesthouse
    • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Day End of Trek, Drive back to Saga (4400m)

    After a tedious day before, the flat trail today will feel easy and rewarding. We will complete the journey within 2 to 3 hours today and then pick up by a vehicle at the ending point that will take us to Darchen. As we bid Mt. Kailash region goodbye, we will have one last chance to see the Lake Manasarovar. We will be drop off at Manasarovar bus stand and shift to another private bus from Lhasa. Our journey will retrace back the same way we took before. We’ll stay at Grand Hotel of Western Post on triple/quadruple sharing basis. We’ll walk for a total of one and a half hours today.

    • Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
    • Overnight at Hotel Brahmaputra
  • Day Drive back to Kyirong (2900m)

    Today, after breakfast, we will return to Kyirong via the same route and spend a night there. It will takes us approximately 6 hours to reach Kyirong.

    • Meals included: Breakfast
    • Overnight at Hotel Kyirong
  • Day Drive back to Kathmandu (1400m) via Rasuwagadhi border

    Today we will drive back to Kathmandu via the Rasuwagadhi border and Shyabrubesi. The distance from Kyirong to Rasuwagadhi border is of 1-hour drive. It will take us another 8 hours of drive to reach Kathmandu depending upon the traffic.

    • Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
    • Overnight at the Hotel Mansalu
  • Day Departure from Kathmandu

    As your last day with us today, we hope you had a memorable trip to one of the most regarded Hindu pilgrimage sites of the world. We hope the dip in Manasarovar Lake lifted your spirits and hope to be your company for other similar trips in future. Our correspondent will drop you at the airport 3 hours ahead of your flight time.

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & meals

    • Accommodation at Hotel Mansalu in Kathmandu.
    • Accommodation in Dhulikhel Lodge Resort in Dhulikhel.
    • Accommodation in local lodge in Shyabrubesi.  
    • Accommodations in the local teahouses/lodges on twin sharing basis in Tibet
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner in Tibet during the trip – All vegetarian
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner in Shyabrubeshi - All vegetarian
    • Breakfast only in Kathmandu - All vegetarian
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner in Dhulikhel - All vegetarian

    • 1 Welcome dinner & 1 farewell dinner in Kathmandu

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Private vehicle transfer as per the itinerary in Nepal
    • Pashupatinath entrance fee
    • All necessary Tibet permit including Parikrama of Kailash & Manasarovar

    • Tibet visa fee and all necessary permits
    • Transportation in Tibet by deluxe bus
    • Supporting truck to carry luggage and logistics
    • English speaking Tibetan guide in Tibet
    • Necessary support crew (tour manager, cook, helpers & Sherpas)
    • Yak & Yak men during the Parikrama to carry foods & equipments
    • Medical Kit bag & oxygen for emergency use
    • All applicable taxes & service charges
    • Maps
    • One kit bag & day pack per traveler

    • One down jacket per traveler (needs to be returned back after the trip)

    Exclusions

    • International flight ticket
    • Nepal visa fee
    • Travel insurance
    • Rescue & Evacuation services
    • Personal expenses
    • Horse riding during the parikrama
    • Bottled drinks
    • Tips for guides & drivers
    • Any additional cost (transportation, hotel, visa charge) that occurs due to illness or rescue
    • Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforseen circumstances
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Visa & documentation

    • Tibet visa fee is included in the itinerary and will be arranged by Makalu Travels
    • A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.

      Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

      Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.

      Visa Facility   Duration    Fee

      Multiple entry   15 days      US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency

      Multiple entry   30 days      US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency

      Multiple entry   90 days      US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

  • Clothing & equipment

    Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in TIbet.

    Note : Backpacks (both small and large size) to be used during the tour/trek will be provided by Makalu Travels a day after you arrive in Kathmandu

     

    Clothing

    • Heavy down jackets  (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Lightweight down jackets
    • Hiking boots (well broken in)
    • Woolen socks (a few pairs of different thickness)
    • Slippers
    • Walking sneakers
    • Lightweight trekking pants/trousers
    • Lightweight thermal legging
    • Trekking shorts
    • T-shirts (long sleeve & short sleeve)
    • Under garments
    • Waterproof jacket and trouser/raincoat
    • Sun hat
    • Woolen/fleece hat 
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Sweaters
    • Ear warmer

    Trekking gears & accessories

    • Hiking poles
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Sleep liner
    • UV protected sunglasses
    • Water bottles 
    • Head lamp with extra batteries
    • Camera and extra batteries and lenses
    • Waist bag
    • Dry packs (essential for keeping your valuables dry)
    • Water purification (pump, tablets or steripen)
    • Maps (can be brought in Kathmandu)
    • Reading materials

    Personal supplies

    • Sun screen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toiletries
    • Wet wipes & tissues
    • Feminine hygeine products
    • Anti-itching cream/powder
    • Medications (don't forget to carry adequate supply of your prescription medicines)
    • Deodrants 
    • Moisturizers 
    • Energy bars

  • Insurance Policy

    We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.

    Ways of triggering your insurance:

    • There are actually two ways that your insurance fund can be triggered and brought into action. The first type is where you will have to use your own money if any injuries occurs or any medical attention is needed. Then the insurance company will pay you later when you return home and show them the documentation of insurance as proof.
    • Another type is where if any medical attention is needed and your insurance needs to be triggered the insurance company will cover all the cost up front and you won’t have to spend a single penny that is not meant for such incident.

    Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.

     

    Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:

    General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.

    You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.

    As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.

    What you need to know:

    We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.

     

    Examples of insurance companies:

    Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com

     

    Important highlights to remember:

    1. Makalu travels do not hold any kind of insurance related financial management work but we will help you acquire important documentations needed for processing your insurance policies.
    2. Choose an insurance policy where you don’t have to pay your own money while trekking in Nepal while in need of medical attention. In other words look for a policy where your insurance company will cover all the money related process if you need any kind of medical attention.
    3. Choose policy with evacuation plan up to 6000m and with an option “climbing” if you are climbing any peak as well as trekking.
    4. Some companies like WorldNomads have a policy where clients have to pay their own money while trekking if they need any kind of medical attention and you will be payed once you return home. So please make sure you have a very good understanding of what type of insurance policy you are agreeing to.

     

  • Altitude Sickness & Trekking Policies

    For these kinds of emergencies we suggest our guests to add extra days to their schedule. If there is any symptom of altitude sickness our first step is to descend down without wasting time. Our guides have professional certificates and trainings to handle these kinds of situations (WAFA certification). Basic first aid kit is always carried by our guides. Our guides also check your oxygen levels make sure you are hydrated throughout the trek. If you need a rescue operation or emergency health service our guides are completely ready and trained to take care of it by contacting responsible health offices.

    There are two ways things can pan out if you suffer from altitude sickness. You can either continue your trek after some rest or you will not continue your trek at all.

    If you want to continue the trek even after the altitude sickness you will firstly have to descend down to lower altitude and rest for few days until our next group comes along so that we can add you to that group and you can continue the trek with them. The few extra days that you take for resting, the financial cost will be your responsibility. We do not assure any financial help but we will provide you with manual assistance as a porter and an assistance guide will take care of you while you are resting here in the tea house. You will have to pay additional amount for extra days while trekking if you go off schedule and trekking routine. If there are no other traveling groups coming up your way and you still decide to trek then you will have to pay separately for your own guide and porter.

    If you have altitude sickness & unable to trek and need immediate evacuation service our guides will make the necessary arrangements.

  • Cancellation & Changes

    There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.

    Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.

     

    Cancellation fees rules:

    These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:

    1. If we are informed by our clients at least 43 days before the travel date then the full deposit amount will be refunded after deducting 4% bank surcharge on total deposit amount.
    2. If we are informed by our clients 6 weeks before the travel date then we can refund complete deposit by just deducting $195 per person.
    3. If cancellation is done between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date then we can refund your deposit after deducting $395 per person. This is because we will have to pay to the hotels, guides and other personals involved to make this trip possible to recover their financial plans.
    4. If we are not informed between 4 and 6 weeks of travel date there will be no refund as there are many other workers and organizations that needs to be paid by us for planning your trip. Losing you as a customer means losing their employment opportunity which will harm involved worker’s financial status.

    So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.

  • Payments & Deposits

    Makalu Travels offers easy & reliable online payment through credit/debit card, & Paypal. All online payments are processed through the our highly secured online payment partner Authorize.net Please kinldy be informed that all online payments are subject to additional 4% bank surcharge & processing fee. 

    If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.

  • Rentals & Extra Costs

    Our package includes most of all the major expenses that you will have to bear while your time in Nepal. While you are in Kathmandu your breakfast is included but while trekking all your meals are included so you don’t have to pay. But there are certain circumstances where you will have to make extra payments personally. They are listed below:

    • Renting trekking equipment (if necessary, not mandatory)
    • Thick down jacket = $15
    • Sleeping bag = $20
    • Hot Showers only while trekking = $4 to $6
    • Nepal visa
    • Donations (not mandatory)
    • Extra hotel nights (depends on weather, flight cancellations and vacation extension)
    • Wi-Fi only while trekking = $3 to $5 an hour
    • Charging electrical devices only while trekking = $1 to $3 an hour
    • Foods and drinks other than included in the package
    • Personal shopping
    • Drinking water while trekking (about $3 per bottle)
    • Tips for the porters and guides which is 10% of the price of your trek (not mandatory but highly suggested)
    • Helicopter ride if case of sudden injuries or altitude sickness

    The thing to keep in mind is that the higher you go more expensive it gets. So you will have to pay for hot showers, Wi-Fi, charging devices as they rely on solar power because luxury of power lines and gas cylinders are difficult to find up in the mountains. You can also take helicopter from Kathmandu to Lukla if flight cancellations occur. Flight cancellations are normal occurring as the weather can be unpredictable sometimes in the Himalayas.

    So for this we suggest you to carry about 300-400 USD extra for your safety. Although insurance money will cover certain aspects while travelling it never hurts to carry extra for your own well-being.

  • Hotel & Room Bookings

    The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.

     

    In Kathmandu

    Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.

     

    While trekking

    We have very less accommodation facilities and options while we are trekking. Bathrooms and toilets are common and shared. Usually there are at least two bed rooms in one room. But if any of our clients wants a private room it can be negotiated with the tea house owner. This management for private room can only be done if the rooms are empty in tea houses and the owners agree with it. It is impossible if you are trekking during peak seasons.

     

    Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.

Date & Prices

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May 28, 2020 - Jun 13,2020
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Jun 29, 2020 - Jul 15,2020
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All arrangements were wonderful!. You were all extremely helpful and friendly. You never blinked at any request from anyone and got it done at incredible speed. The Puja ceremony that was arranged at the banks of Holy Lake Manasarovar was a life changing experience. The whole experience was very surreal and enlightening.

- Pankaj Mishra (Atlanta, United States)

Highly recommended

Makalu Traels is not only a bunch of trekking experts but they are a family and take you as well in their family as you sign up for their tour. I joined them in 2017 and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. They made the kailash tour so much easy and comfortable by their efforts and team work. I highly recommend Makalu Travels for kailash trek, they have many years of experience in this

- Ashwani SIngh (Delhi, India)

Highly recommended

I would highly recommend Makalu Travels for their knowledge in respect of Kailash tour and wonder class hospitality, & not to forget Mrs. Sushma Tanu our tour organiser who personally took care of every member in the group.

- Vijay Nijhon (Dehra Dun, India)

Once in a lifetime experience

I had gone to kailash mansarovar in September 2018 with the group headed by Sushma Tamu. It was a great and once in a lifetime experience for me.It was a very well organized and systematic trip, which helped me go through with the journey with no discomforts. I would recommend this experience to any other person in search for a refreshing and comfortable journey .

- Divya Shukla (Chennai, India)

Om Namah Shivaay

Om Namah Shivaay. I have done Kailash Mansarovar yatra with Makalu Travels twice.The Head of the team-Sushma and Tashi Bhaiya and every member of the team looked after every yatri very sincerely and with lot of love.The arrangements were excellent. Thank You so much Makalu Travels team.


- Zarna Patel (Mumbai, India)

Very professional

I was recommended by one of my friend and I feel happy satisfied with the service they provided I would like to thank Tulasi jee and Karuna jee for prompt service. I wish to thank the entire Makalu Travels staff and Nepali crew that made our Yatra to Kailash and Mansarover a very memorable and successful one. Each and every place they provided us with good food, water & even medicines for everyone in our group.They made a sincere efforts to make our Yatra a wonderful pilgrimage in our life time. 

- Savita Krishnamurti (New Jersey, United States)

Very happy with the service

I have used Makalu to buy trip to Nepal several times in the past, and recently bought one for my whole family. I am very happy with the service Makalu provides. It appears that they care about the customers and are willing to provide honest expert opinion about the travel. I think the price they quoted me was very reasonable for my trip to Nepal. I have used others in the past, but now Makalu is my only choice. Highly recommend!!

- Sushil Subedi (Little Rock, United States)

Frequently asked questions about this trip

What kind of hotel will we be accommodated in Nepal and Tibet during our trip?

Unlike in other trekking and hiking, in this trip the accommodations are very standard. Here are some brief details about the hotels and its services in Nepal and Tibet.

Note: All hotels are based on twin sharing.

  • In Nepal

We stay at Hotel Manaslu while we are in Nepal, Kathmandu.

  • In Tibet

For the comfort of our guests, we have changed all itineraries to provide Guest House dormitory rooms for 4 to 6. All Guest House will be based on sharing common bathroom.

The Advantages of Booking with Makalu Travels

Access to Local Expertize

We take pride in our carefully selected well-trained, experienced tour guides and leaders who have an insider access that is certain to enhance your experience.Their knowledge of meticulous details of all the local places without exaggeration is what will make a world of difference to your travel experience.

Quality Assured

Each of our trips are monitored and regulated by our office in USA because we want to maintain the highest standards of service at all times. At our destination, you will always be hosted with seamless service, the best of hospitality with clean hygienic rooms and tasty and healthy variety of foods.

No Middleman to
Meddle In

With the help of our extended network of travel partners, we directly connect with the local service providers giving you a cost advantage rightaway. We assure you that you will only have to pay for the services you take with no middleman squeezing in your bill.

Guaranteed Departure Dates

If you have signed up and made a payment for our fixed departure packages, the tour departure is automatically guaranteed. When you book our fixed departure trips, you can be assured that the tour will surely operate on the day it is scheduled and will not be cancelled.

Your Safety,
Our priority

It goes without saying that your safety is our topmost priority. The difference in climate, altitudes and geography can cause a certain level of distress for some, which is why our tour guides and leaders are trained and well-equipped for first aid services throughout the trip. Our super tour guides and leaders will ensure your safety at all times.

Transperency and
Honesty

Makalu Travels maintains a strong ethics of business. We therefore assure you there are no hidden charges applied in our packages. Unless you opt for additional activities other than those mentioned in the pre-booked itinerary, even in cases of unforeseen circumstances, the extra costs would be ours to bear.

24/7 Service and
Support

Round the clock support, operations and monitoring. Our services are available round the clock, 7 days a week. If you have any queries regarding the destination, itinerary, safety or duration among others, you can call us or send us an email any time. We are a travel agency that never sleeps.

Secure Online
Payment Options

With Makalu Travels your online payments are secure and simplified with the best transaction & data security methods applied . We offer you flexible and transaction fee free options to pay for your trip. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and Paypal with no additional transacation fee.

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