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Experience spiritual satisfaction and sanctity with the KailashMansarovar via Lhasa Tour, a tour specifically designed to take you to the pilgrimage mountain of Mount Kailash. Mount Kailash (6714m) is situated in the north of the Himalayan barrier in Tibet, and apart from being a mountain with a pristine beauty; it is also the spiritual center for Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Jain Religion and the Bonpo tradition. Mount Kailash is known to be the residing spot of Lord Shiva and lies near the source of some of the longest Asian rivers including the Brahmaputra, Indus, and Sutlej. The mountain derives its name from the Sanskrit word “Kailasa” meaning “crystal”. Needless to state, the KailashMansarovar via Lhasa Tour has emerged as a go-to tour for pilgrims all over the world.
Experience the serenity of the Kailash Mountain and the depths of the Mansarovar Lake. Explore monasteries and temples strewn across the tor trial and feel enlightened upon crossing the Dolma La Pass. Explore holy lakes and the close-up views of the mighty Kailash Mountain, and you are surely set to return home in a feeling of salvation and inner joy.
Today you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airport in Nepal. A representative will meet you and after the welcome, you will be transferred to the hotel. You will have the entire afternoon to yourself today. You can relax in the hotel and relish the exquisite cuisine that Nepal is so famous for. Another option is to stroll around the streets to observe the throbbing nightlife of Kathmandu.
For those interested in taking in the architectural beauty of Kathmandu some more, an optional sightseeing tour will be managed.
Early in the morning, we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites in the world. The pagoda houses surround the sacred linga or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The temple is an aid to have been made prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy waters of Bagmati beside the temple premises.
After lunch, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Boudhanath can be visited. Boudhanath is called the Little Tibet. It is one of the largest Stupas in South Asia. The focal point of Buddhism in Nepal, the white mound is thirty-six meters overhead. This Stupa is situated on the ancient trade route to China where Tibetan merchants offered prayers.
In the evening, we will be briefed about the pilgrimage tour to follow. This will be followed by exchanging our currency for the days to come. With hearts fluttering over the activities to take place in the days to follow, we sleep peacefully.
This day is separated for optional sightseeing in Kathmandu. There are many places in the capital of Nepal.
Patan Durbar Square, yet another epitome of architectural spectacle. Situated in the center of the Patan City, the Durbar Square is a species of Newari architecture. The major contrary like the Mulchowk, SundariChowk, and Keshav Narayan Chowk houses the interesting architectural spectacles including the likes of the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna as well as the Krishna Mandir.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square another UNESCO World Heritage site situated in the city of Bhaktapur. The Durbar Square, with all of its retained architectural beauty and hand woven designs are all worth exploring. After this, you will be transferred back to the hotel in Kathmandu. Buy souvenirs for loved ones back home, or just relax in the ambience of the beautiful Kathmandu City.
Today is the day we start the wonderful journey to attain inner peace and proximity to god. We start off by flying to the Gonggar airport from the Tribhuvan International Airport after breakfast. With the sweeping views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks cheering us on the beautiful flight will come to an end in the Gonggar Airport. We will later drive on to Lhasa and rest to acclimatize to the high altitude of Lhasa. The altitude of Lhasa is approximately 3650 m and hence required some acclimatization before to gain more altitude. Approximately 1.5 hours of flight. Approximately 1 hour of drive.
Relax and acclimatize with the altitude in Lhasa, by visiting the major sightseeing locations like the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple as well as the buzzing life of the circular Barkhor Markets full of vendors. Lhasa is a perfect example of what the entire Tibet looks like. Strewn with prayer flags and dry arid lands, Lhasa offers sanctity to its tourists.
We start off the tour of the beautiful Lhasa, with visiting the Jokhang Temple. The huge building structure of the temple comprises of three floors and open chambers. Massive additions and reconstructions have been seen by the Jhokhang Temple, most of which took place during the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama. The murals situated in the temples date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and there are several statues which are older than the 80’s era. Mongol incursions caused the temple to be sacked a number of times, but it has always stood up to everything and has always been the most celebrated temple in Tibet.
The Jokhang temple s not controlled by a particular sect and is hence popular with adherents of all kinds of Buddhism. Ther are three pilgrimage circuits in Lhasa, namely the Lingkhor that encircles the city’s sacred district, the Barkhoreclosing the Jokhang Temple and Nangkhor which is a corridor inside Jokhang. All three circuits end up with the JowoSakyamuni statue situated in Jokhang. Pilgrims will use the circuits to chant sacred mantras and cover the distance in order to attain inner peace. The sacred paths of Lhasa have been trodden upon by a huge number of pilgrims in the past.
Another notable location worth visiting is the Barkhor Street. The street is considered to be the center of old Lhasa and is a circular street. The oldest and most traditional street follows the Tibetan Norbulingka Palace culture and is an assembly of the economy, religion, and arts. The street circles around the Jokhang Temple and has emerged as an essential pilgrim route to the temple. The street is also a famous shopping destination and comprises of most of the floating population of Lhasa.
The destination visit last today will be the Potala Palace. The winter palace of the Dalai Lama was built in the 7th century. It has been rebuilt to its present glory by the 5th Dalai Lama.
Today, we start the day with a visit to the Norbulingka Palace. Norbulingka is the Jewel Park and was the summer settlement of the Dalai Lama. The 100 acres of land comprises of palaces, zoo, and pavilions. The light-hearted air of the palace makes it a less demanding sight in Lhasa, but is eye-catching in its own way. We will then drive along the Friendship highway to cross the Kamba La pass with the majestic views of the YamdrokTso Lake Naing Kang Sang Glacier and the Karo La Pass. The destination for today is Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Visit GyantseDzong and Kumbum in Gyantse and drive to the second largest city in Tibet Shigatse and visit the TashilunpoMonastery.TheTashilunpo monastery is known as the seat of Panchen Lama and was built on 1447 by the first Dalai Lama. Approximately 6 hours of drive.
Today, we arrive in Saga. The drive is a long yet an entertaining one. However, to reach the destination in time, we have to start off early today. Drive through a fine highway to Saga in an enjoyable drive and cross some high passes. Explore Saga and the serenity of the village in the afternoon. As we are nearing our destination of this tour, our hearts will be filled with delight as we approach Saga. Approximately 7 hours of drive.
This day is the highlight of this journey. We start off with a drive to Paryang. Paryang is a small town having a Chinese military base and is situated in a wide pasture land facing the Himalayas. The weather of this place is harsh. Drive through the highest motorable pass of the journey, through a windswept territory through many villages and camps of Yak herders. The views of the distant snow-capped peaks and the dry arid regions will surely cheer us on, providing a contrast that is alluring to the eyes. We cross the Mayum La Pass and reach the azure blue greatness of the holy Mansarovar Lake.
Mansarovar Lake is the highest body of a freshwater lake in the world and is fed by Kailsah Glaciers. The revered spot is a go-to destination for four religions, namely the Bon religion, Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. The word Mansarovar is derived from the Sanskrit words “Manas: meaning mind and “Sarovar” meaning pond. The relatively round lake has an alluring beauty of its own, making it’s a serene destination for pilgrims as well as other kinds of travelers. In Hinduism, Lake Mansarovar is a personification of purity, and it is widely believed that drinking water from the Lake will allow the person to go to the abode of Shiva after death.
Bon religion associates the holy MansoravorLake to the sacred deity of TonpaShenrab, the founder of the religion. He is believed to have washed into the lake. Buddhists associated the lake with the legendary lake Anavataota where Maya is believed to have given birth to Lord Buddha. The lake also has a few monasteries around its shores, making it a destination for Buddhists.
Jainism associates Mansarovar with the first Tirthankara, Rishabha. Tirthankara is believed to have attained nirvana on Asthpad Mountain.
Today, we make Parikrama or Kora of 70% of the circular of the Mansarovar Lake. Pay homage to the Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar as per your own religious affiliation. Approximately 8 hours of drive.
We get up early in the morning, to pay tribute to the Mansarovarlake. There is plenty of time to watch worship or holy bath in Mansarovar today. We will also take this opportunity to explore the Chiu Gompa and then embark on a beautiful drive to the base camp of Mt, Kailash, Darchen.
Mount Kailash is known to be the residing spot of Lord Shiva and lies near the source of some of the longest Asian rivers including the Brahmaputra, Indus, and Sutlej. The mountain derives its name from the Sanskrit word “Kailasa” meaning “crystal”. Mount Kailash has also been associated closely to be the pilgrimage spot for Hinduism, Bon, Buddhism, and Jainism.
According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva resides in the summit of the mountain with his wife Parvati, in a state of perpetual meditation. The mountain is also believed to be the pillar of the world. In Jainism, Kailash is known as Mount Meru. Buddhists believe that Mountain Kailsah is home to Buddha Cakrasamvara and there are also numerous sites in the region associated with Padmasambhava. Bon people believe that the mystical region of Kaiksah is the axis mundi.
We will breathe in the ambiance of the mystical and serene Mount Kailash, and spend the night in Darchen. At an extra cost, we can also let tourists take part on Ashtapad excursion. Approximately 1 hour of drive.
Today, we will be starting the walk or the Kora around Mount Kailash. We will drive to Sherson situated near the Yama Dwar from where up-close views of the Mt. Kailash are offered. Attempt the Parikrama around Kailash. For those wishing to do Kora around Mt. Kailash, start off from Yamadwar. For those who cannot walk around Mount Kailash, horse riding around the vicinity of the Mt. Kailash is also available. The trekking today is moderate and follows the easy path. Explore west face of Kailash and pay homage to this pilgrimage site as per our religious affiliations and move on to spend the night in Diraphuk. We will camp on grassy meadows with a view of the North West Face of Kailash. Approximately 5 to 6 hours of trek.
The toughest day of the Parikrama as we start going uphill from the Shivasthal to cross the Dolma La, explore the azure blue beauty of the GauriKunda Lake, cross glaciated paths and reach the Zuthulphuk.
The day starts off on a pretty difficult route as our Kora leads us to a much higher side of the holy path, situated just beneath the Mount Kailash. We walk along and will reach the highest point of the Parikrama at Dolma La Pass (5630m). We then move on for a gradual descent to Zuthulphuk. Approximately 9 hours of trek.
This day marks the end of the trek and the trails are easy and flat. We spent the best part of the morning in exploring the caves, temples and shrines bultis around the Milarepa’s Cave. The temple is supervised by an elderly couple and is a residence for half dozen Tibetan devotees. We then start off on the final stage of the trek through winding gradual tracks. Our endpoint will be at Darchen. A vehicle will pick you up at Darchen and we can explore the Lake Mansarovar for one last time on the way. Retrace the drive back to Saga. Approximately 2 hours of trek & 7 hours of drive.
Following the same route, and retracing the same path we took before, will take us back to Shigatse. Explore the buzzing nightlife of the city in the evening. Approximately 7 hours of drive.
Return back to Lhasa by retracting the same route followed earlier. Explore the beauty and the exquisite cuisine of Lhasa in the free time in the afternoon. This time can be utilized to take part in some last minute shopping or to explore the beauty and serenity of several sightseeing locations in Lhasa. Approximately 5 hours of drive.
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. The afternoon is free for exploration of Kathmandu and the chance to relish the exquisite Nepali cuisine. The nightlife of Kathmandu is extremely popular and visit-worthy too. Approximately 1.5 hours of flight.
With the feelings of serenity and peaceful environment of Mt. Kailash fresh on the minds it is finally time to bid goodbye to the greatness of the Mt. KailashMansarovar tour and the beauty of Kathmandu.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
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$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
Single entry for 1 month
All nationalities require a permit to enter Tibet, China. We will manage the Visa for you in advance. You will, however, have to provide us a clear color scanned copy of your passport and auto size photograph with the confirmation of your occupation. On arrival in Kathmandu, you will have to present two passport sized photographs, your passport. The information you present must be 100% correct.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
|May 17, 2020 - May 31,2020||
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