Kailash Mansarovar with Muktinath

Kailash Mansarovar Trip with Muktinath Tour combines cultural, religious and natural pleasure of Nepal and Tibet. Nepal’s top two sacred and ancient temples Pashupatinath and Muktinath; and the legendry and holy mountain Mt. Kailash tour is a pilgrimage tour but it is also attractive for adventurous as well as nature lover travelers. This tour is designed in such a way that travelers get more space for acclimatization by visiting the Muktinath first and also experiences the geography of Tibetan plateau in Nepal that surely helps to get easy with holy adventure journey to the Kailash.

This tour begins with scenic drive from cultural city Kathmandu to the naturally beautiful city Pokhara. From Pokhara an adventurous and scenic flight take to the Jomsom and then drive to Muktinath along kaligandagi River and barren land will makes travelers experienced with the culture and geography of highland. After exploring Muktinath temple and surrounding back to Kathmandu for further journey to Mt. Kailash. The four days continuous drive through beautiful landscapes, Tibetan plateau, high passes, rural villages, towns, rivers and splendid mountain scenery leads to the extremely beautiful turquoise lake Mansarovar and the spectacular Mt. Kailash nearby. After then two and half day trek/cora/parikrama of Mt. Kailash (6741 m) begins form the Tarboche (13 km from Darchen) and ends to near Darchen. It is believed that a circumambulating Mt. Kailash on foot (52 km walk) will wash away all the sins and 108 circumambulating will give Nirvana. The trip concluded by driving back from Darchen via same route to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 03: Pokhara to Jomsom by flight and Muktinath by jeep
Day 04: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight and sightseeing
Day 05: Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight, sightseeing and preparation for Kailash Yatra
Day 06: Kathmandu to Nyalam
Day 07: In Nyalam for acclimatization
Day 08: Drive Nyalam to Saga 
Day 09: Drive Saga to Prayang 
Day 10: Drive Prayang to Mansarovar 
Day 11: Drive to Darchen 
Day 12: Drive to Tarboche and trek to Dirapuk 
Day 13: Trek to Zuthulphuk via Dolmala pass 
Day 14: Zuthulphuk to trek ending point and drive to Saga 
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 16: Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu International Airport meet our Company representative and escort to the hotel. Remaining time is free for leisure. Late evening welcome dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara
After breakfast drive to Pokhara by luxurious bus. After 6 hours pleasant and scenic drive, reach Pokhara and check into thehotel. Late afternoon proceed for boating in Fewa Lake and visit Barahi Temple. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 03: Pokhara to Jomsom by flight and Jomsom-Muktinath-Jomsom by jeep 
After breakfast drive towards Pokhara Airport and fly to Jomsom. After 20 minutes scenic and adventurous flight reach Jomsom. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Walk for 15 minutes to catch jeep to Muktinath. After approx 1.5 hrs drive reach Muktinath. Visit Muktinath Temple, Jwala Mai and Monasteries. After pooja and sightseeing have a lunch on your own and drive back to Jomsom. Enjoy the cool climate, beautiful landscapes and splendid view of mountains- Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri and others. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight and sightseeing
After breakfast fly back to Pokhara. Upon arrival transfer to hotel and rest. Afternoon visit Bindabasini temple, Seti Gorge, Devi’s Fall and Gupteshwor Cave. In the evening explore the surrounding of Lakeside area. Overnight in hotel.

Day 05: Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight and preparation for Kailash Yatra
After breakfast fly back to Kathmandu and proceed for sightseeing of Pashupatinath Temple- biggest and the most scared Hindu temple in Nepal dedicating to Lord Shiva and Budhanilkantha Temple – sleeping Vishnu situated in the lap of Shivapuri hill. Late afternoon group meeting with detail briefing about the trip and do final preparation- collect sleeping bags, Down jacket and duffle bag. Evening can do shopping for remaining and required items. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Day 06: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam (3700 m): 155 km, 5.5 hrs drive
Early in the morning after breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Nepal-Tibet border (Kodari) by private vehicle. After completing the necessary immigration and custom formalities in border drive towards Zhangmu, the Tibetan border town and meet Tibetan Guide. After immigration formalities in Zhangmu continue scenic drive to Nyalam. Throughout the journey enjoy the fantastic view of landscapes, rivers, deep valley with some overflowing waterfalls. Overnight stay will be in a simple and basic lodge or guest house in Nyalam. 

Day 07: In Nyalam for acclimatization
The day is free for acclimatization at Nyalam. After breakfast short walk to Nyalam village and visit monastery. An option 1 hour trek can be organized for acclimatization or rest at the guesthouse. Overnight in the same guesthouse in Nyalam.

Day 08: Drive Nyalam to Saga (4600 m) 240 Km, 5 hrs drive
After breakfast take a drive to Saga. This beautiful drive to Saga from Nyalam gives a fantastic view of snow capped mountains and also the opportunity to pass through many villages and camps of Yak herders. The journey passes through the first highest pass- Lalung La Pass (5000 m) from where the superb view of high Himalayan ranges from Gaurishanker, Shishapangma to Langtang Himal can be seen. Continue the drive towards Saga passing through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen, Peigutso Lake (4400m) and finally the Bhramaputra River "Yarling Tsangpo". On arrival at saga check into a local guest house for night stay.

Day 09: Drive Saga to Prayang (4540 m) - 260 kms, 4-5 hrs drive
Today drive through vast Tibetan plateau passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with distance view of snow capped mountain ranges. The journey this day will be through quite a flat and smooth road. After the comfortable drive reach Prayang and overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Drive Prayang to Mansarovar (4558 m) – 285 kms, 6 hrs drive
After breakfast take a drive to Mayum River (112 kms). Have lunch near the river and then continue drive to Mansarovar Lake. This is a day of lifetime as you will have the first glimpse of holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Relax and explore around the Mansarovar area. Overnight in tent/camp. 

Day 11: Drive to Darchen (4620 m) 
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Rakches Lake and then drive towards Darchen. Darchen is considered as the base camp for the Holy Kailash parikrama. Repack the luggage for following parikrama days. Overnight at guesthouse in Darchen. 

Day 12: Drive to Tarboche (13 km) and trek to Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hrs.
This morning take a short drive of about 13 Km to reach Tarboche which is the starting point for the trekking on Holy Mount Kailash Parkrama. The first day of our Kora is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trek today leads to few ups and downs till the Dirapuk (4860 m). Night stay will be in the guest house or camp which offers the fascinating view of Mount Kailash, north-west face. Important point to note is that those who are not feeling fit to continue the mount Kailash parikarma will be driven back to Darchen where they will wait for the other group members to return.

Day 13: Trek to Zuthulphuk (4760 m) via Dolmala pass (5800) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs.
Today is hardest but holiest day of yatra of Kailash Mansarovar with Dolma-La Pass (5800 m) which is the highest point of the trek and lies between two sacred valleys- Yamasthal and Shiva-sthal. From Dolma-La gradual descent passing through holy Gauri Kund and Parvati-stal will leads to Zuthulphuk (the cave of miracles). overnight stay in a fixed tent.

Day 14: Zuthulphuk to trek ending point and drive to Saga 
One can enjoy the morning time by exploring the caves, visiting the temples and shrine built around. The temple is a residence for over half a dozen Tibetan devotees, helpers or relatives who keep busy themselves with the maintenance of the buildings. The caves also contain meditation platforms. Climbing up to these caves before ending the final trek of the holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is worth. After a 10 kms / 3-4 hours walk, reach to the final destination of Kailash parikrama near Darchen. Those who did not do parikarma will be brought to this point to continue further journey with the group. Then drive to Saga. Arrive Saga by evening and overnight at guesthouse. 

Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu: 380 km, 8-9 hrs drive
Early morning after breakfast get ready to take the journey back with everlasting memories Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar darshan. Drive back to Zhangmu and complete custom and immigration formalities. After then continue the journey to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Day 16: Final Departure
After breakfast, free till departure time. One can do some last minute shopping around or other personal activities etc. Our representative will then transfer you to the airport for onward journey.

  • Arrival transfers to/from airport
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu and monuments fees
  • English speaking guide during sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- www.encounternepal.com or Hotel Norbu Linka- www.hotelnorbulinka.com) or similar 3-star hotel as per availibility.
  • 2 night’s accommodation in Pokhara at 3 star hotel with breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation in Jomsom at standard hotel with breakfast
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara drive by Luxurious bus in SIC (Seat In Coach) basis
  • Jomsom-Muktinath-Jomsom by jeep
  • ACAP permit and TIMS card
  • Accommodation in Tibetan lodges or tents
  • All meals (Vegetarian-breakfast, lunch and dinner) in Tibet side.
  • English Speaking Nepali Tour Leader and Tibetian Guide
  • Tibet Visa & Permit Fee
  • Ground transfers in Nepal by private vehicle and in Tibet by Toyota Land Cruisers
  • Sherpa staff (trekking guides, porters, cook, etc)
  • Yaks & Yak men for luggage during Parikrama
  • Portable altitude chamber bags
  • Oxygen cylinders in each Land Cruiser
  • Specially designed Kailash Yatra T-Shirt
  • Sleeping bag (return upon completion of journey)
  • Down Jacket (returned upon completion of journey)
  • Duffle Bag (returned upon completion of journey)
  • All government taxes and service charge
  • International airfare
  • Domestic airport tax (NPR 200 per way)
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • All beverages, photography charges, web usage, and Telephone Calls
  • Extra nights in Tibetan lodges (except mentioned in itinerary)
  • Travel Insurance of Client
  • Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation and porters
  • Horse rental while on Parikrama (approx Cost US $200) or personal porter (Approx Cost US id="mce_marker"00)
  • Emergency evacuation costs (cost for rental of Land Cruiser) (medical and rescue insurance is recommended). We advise you to purchase insurance with zero deductible.
  • Staff and Driver Tips (10% of the Yatra cost is customary)

Briefing and orientation
There will be a briefing on the program in Kathmandu before depart to Yatra. We highly recommend participating in briefing session and orientation.It is very important and helpful for all to succeed the Yatra. Bring your passport, photos, and Money to exchange into Rupees and Yuen.

Reserved Days
The weather in high land is unpredictable and the rules of Tibet are change often which may obstruct the trip and need to spend some days more. So it is wise and recommended to have at least 2-3 reserved days in hand. 

In Kathmandu accommodation is in 3 star hotel in twin sharing basis with breakfast. While on Yatra, all accommodations are in basic lodges/guesthouses (with common bathrooms) as per availability. Otherwise accommodate in tent. Accommodation at Mansarovar and while on parikrama will be in tent. Shower houses are available in Saga and Darchen with extra cost. 

In Kathmandu there are lots of choices for food. While on Yatra, vegetarian meals will be served three times per day. It is advisable to pack some snacks like cookies, chocolates, candy, dry sweets & fruits and some light can foods. 

From Kathmandu to Kodari, a private minibus will be provided for the group. Border crossing from Kodari to Zhangmu (Tibet) will be on trucks, approximately a 30 minute ride. Throughout the journey in Tibet the Land Cruisers will be provided. For all luggages, camping equipment, and food supplies trucks will be provided in road and yaks & yak men will be provide during parikrama/cora/trek of Mt. Kailash.

During the tour there are many places where connectivity of communication equipments like telephones or mobiles is not available. Most of the lodges/guesthouses will have communication connections with the exception of power outage. The main and last place where one can make International calls is Darchan. Urgent messages from families should be communicated by contacting Black Diamond Expedition.

Temperature and Weather
Weather conditions from May through September in Tibet are generally dry and sunny, with more precipitation in July and August. Daytime temperatures can be as high as 22 °C with the average daily temperature of 10 °C. However, the sun is much more intense at higher altitudes making it feel much hotter. At this time of year there is also an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening. The temperature at night will drop as low as -10 °C to 0.5°C at altitudes of 5000 m, which is our highest camp during the Parikrama. 

Health Considerations
Before you travel to Tibet, it is recommended to obtain a health certificate from a reputed doctor which mentions that one is fit to travel to high altitudes. Also personal medication and a medical kit are important to be taken along. Some of the general items to be included in the kit would be painkillers, antiseptic, some bandages and antibiotics. Mentioned below are the few detailed things :
Sudafed (Congestion), Mucinex (productive cough), Delsym (dry cough), Nyquil, Tylenol ES, Advil, Imodium, Ciprofloxacin(Rx – Traveler’s diarrhea),Cough drops, Emergen-C, Saline, Visine Eye Drops, multivitamins, antibiotics, band aid, Neosporin, Vicks Vapor Rub, Muscle Relaxer Cream
Motion sickness and high altitude sickness medicine (Diamox is Highly Recommended and provided by Black Diamond Expedition. If you choose to bring your own, you may do so)

As Tibet is a place with high altitudes, travelers need to be in good shape and healthy. It is good to walk 45 minutes every day, combined with light jogging, stretching and/or regular exercise to get into the right shape. Yoga breathing exercises also help to promote lung expansion which will allow your body to acclimatize faster. Porters will be carrying the bulk of your equipment. However, it is recommended that you are fit enough to carry some of your own snacks, water, camera, light weight rain gear, etc. 

We are traveling on highest plateau in the world and so Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the thing we should be aware of. This potentially fatal medical condition is caused by gaining altitude too fast. The higher we go, the lesser oxygen will be in the air. If the body is not given time to adjust, it can cause serious problems - even death. AMS is a very unpredictable and its effect vary from person to person some have strong effect and some have small, yet all of Black Diamond’s guides are very experienced with the symptoms and treatment of AMS. It is advisable to consult doctors who have heart, lungs or blood diseases before traveling.

Tips to prevent acute mountain sickness:
Drinking lots of water is must as it will avoid dehydration and protect one from harsh weather.
Eat light and healthy food with high carbohydrates content in it.
When very tired do not push yourself to climb further and take breaks in between journey.
Avoid alcohol and smoking
Lastly avoid getting cold before the travel begins and while you are on tour.

Prior to Mount Kailash Parikarma:
Start taking DIAMOX at least 2 days before starting the journey - once every morning after the breakfast. It should be taken for 3-6 days. This is to minimize altitude sickness.
Drink at least 3 liters of mineral water per day.
Prefer pony ride during Parikrama.
Advise your requirements for Pony Hiring (available at an additional cost) to your tour guide at least a day before the beginning of Parikarma.

During Mount Kailash Parikarma:
Walk gradually, don't compete with any one
Try to remain calm and good with every member since people often lose temper because of altitude.
In case you feel any kind of breathlessness during parikarma, immediately inform our tour guide or sherpa staff & follow their advise.
On the second day of parikarma, you come across the maximum height at Dolmala Pass where Oxygen level is very low as such don't stop/wait there for more than 5 minutes.
During parikarma, you'll come across rivers and streams. Avoid drinking water from streams or rivers enroute.
As far as possible, try to walk. But, if you are riding a pony during parikarma, make sure that you hold it properly.
On the second day of parikarma, you will see several clothes lying on the rocks, please don't touch the same.
Guard yourself from slipping or falling to prevent fractures, sprains and muscle pulls.
Do not combine walking and sightseeing together. Inspect your track in front and trek slowly.
Travel in the group and do not leave any one behind unless escorted.

While on the Holy Mansarovar Lake:
Don't take a Holy dip in Holy Mansarovar Lake while it is windy.
Never take a dip in Rakshas Tal (Lake) as it’s not auspicious.
If you face altitude sickness, do not proceed for parikarma because once you leave Mansarovar or Darchen and wish to come back from Parikarma due to any reason, there are no facilities available like stretcher etc. Even for Helicopter evacuation, it may take minimum 10 hrs to a couple of days depending upon weather conditions.
Don't forget to collect some stones from The Holy Lake as each stone is treated as "Shivlinga".

Pack clothing for both extremes of climate and temperature. While driving to Mt. Kailash, it will be warm inside the vehicle and light clothing will be required. However, as soon as you step out of the vehicle warm clothing will be required to keep off the cold wind of the Tibetan Plateau. Evening will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required. List of items to bring is provided.

We recommend that you insure yourself against sickness, emergency rescue, accident hospitalization, trip cancellation etc. as we accept no responsibility for damages or expenses which may arise from mishaps to persons or their belongings during this trip.

All arrangements within Tibet are solely at the discretion of the China Tibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB), a Government Organization. We have no control over the quality of the vehicles or the facilities. Black Diamond Expedition reserves the right to change itineraries without advance notice depending on the weather and road conditions. The China Tibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB) reserves the right to change itineraries without advance notice depending upon various diseases characterized by a high fever or any other strike in China and Nepal. 

Valuable goods taken for personal use (radio & video cameras etc) should be declared at the Customs office by completing a customs declaration form and brought back on your return journey. Antiques must be properly certified, otherwise they may be confiscated. Do not take any photography of Chinese Officials.

Chinese Yuan is most common currency used in Tibet; however US dollars and major foreign currencies are also widely accepted by various shopsand hotels. However we recommend getting your international currency exchanged into Chinese currency to avail best deals and have a convenient travel, Bank of China can help you in this. Credit cards are not accepted while on Yatra but they are very useful while in Kathmandu. While in Kathmandu, international currency can be exchanged in the hotel front desk, banks or authorized money exchange. 

Visa and documentation
Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport. All Participants must be in possession of their passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Black Diamond Expedition will obtain each participant’s VISA for Tibet. 

Our highly experienced Sherpa staff will be responsibility for all camping & cooking arrangements. A local English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the tour in Tibet. 

Photography is very interesting in Tibet as one has some beautiful natural beauty to capture. One should take some precautions while photographyin Tibet. Do not take pictures or video of anyone without their permission as this may offend them. Photography during prayers are taking place should be avoided, especially with cameras that have flash. In Monasteries there might be a nominal fee charged for taking photographs, so please check with the people around and then shoot. Taking photos or videos at any Chinese Government area (Army camp, Chinese Govt. home etc) is prohibited. 

One oxygen cylinder with will be provided in each vehicle and during the parikrama. Please note that Oxygen is to be used only in case of emergency. 

Packing Instructions: 
Pack all items in extra large clear zip bags for easier access. Pack all items in one suitcase as per airline size. We will provide a Large Duffle bag for your Journey and leave behind your Suitcase at the hotel in Kathmandu. During parikrama/kora one duffel bag will be allowed for 2 people. 

Items to Bring
5 pairs of pants (1 Cargo, 2 jogging or Yoga, 1 windproof- waterproof - breathable, 1 Ski Pants)
4 long sleeves Shirts (2 cotton or wool, 2 fleece or hoodies)
4 pairs of short sleeves (tees or polos)
Two Towels (light weight)
4 pairs of cotton and 4 pairs of woolen Extra Thick socks
One Warm Scarf, One Shawl, Small Bed Sheet, and a PillowCase
3 pairs of warm hand gloves (1 ski gloves, 2 fleece or soft)
One pair of Sneakers or Tennis Shoes AND One Pair of sandal with back strap
One pair of Gore-Tex, waterproof Hiking Boots (should be 1 ½ size bigger than your foot measure)
10 Under garments, 5 Large ziplock bags, and 5 large garbage bags, 10 plastic grocery bags
Two winter hats with ear covers and one Ball Cap
One Wind breaker jacket with a hood( water proof)
One oversized heavy duty Rain coat AND One oversized heavy duty Poncho
Two Thermals (two legging and two top) (microfiber thermals are great and comes in black)
One set of warm Pajamas for night sleep
2 Combination Locks for your luggage’s
Down jacket (provided -May choose to bring your own)
Small Back Pack (Day Pack) (Water proof or with rain cover)
Video and Digital Camera with extra batteries (bring Asia plug adaptor for plug ins)
Headlamp or small Flash light with extra batteries
UV protective Sunglasses with retainer (Thread/chain)
Slim Thermos for hot water and a plastic durable water bottle (small)
Camal-Bak (small one or 2 liter) for drinking water during Parikrama (optional)
2 Trekking Poles to be used during Parikrama (optional)
2 copies of Passport Photos

Travel size Sun block, Tooth paste and brush, Travel Size Soap, Travel Size Lotion, Travel size tissue packs (10 per person), Wide tooth comb, Lip balm, Travel Size Shampoo, Hair Moisturizer or oil, hand sanitizer, and Deodorant

I-pod or Mp3 player (Option: I-pod Speakers and/or CD’s)
Note book journal and a pen, Your Favorite book to read, Swiss army Knife, Travel Sewing kit


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