Upon arrival in Kathmandu international airport. You will be met at the airport & transferred to your hotel. Evening dinner will be organized following with tour orientation program.
Kailash Manasarover Via Lhasa with Ali Itinerary
Day 01 ARRIVAL KATHMANDU (TIA to Hotel: Approx 30 minutes):
Day 02 KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING TOUR
In the morning after breakfast, you will set off for a full day sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. You will visit Pashupatinath temple, Guheshowri Mata temple, Budhanilkantha temple (Jal Narayan or Sesh Narayan) and Monkey temple, if time permits.
Day 03 FLY, KATHMANDU TO LHASA (Gonggar Airport to Lhasa city: 65 km | 1 hr)
After breakfast, you will proceed to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight to Lhasa. At the Lhasa airport; you will be met by our guide and transferred to Hotel.
• Kathmandu to Lhasa Airport: 1 hr & 15 mins.
• Airport to Lhasa City: 65Km/1hr.
• Elevation of Lhasa City: 3,650m/11,972Fts.
• Expected temperature: Day time: 14°C to 25°C, Night time: 4°C to 6°C
Day 04 LHASA STAY - OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Wake up in the fantastical city of Lhasa and get ready for a full day of sightseeing. You will visit the Potala Palace (outside Parikrama only), Jokhang temple and Barkhor Square, and Sera Monastery. In the evening, take advantage of some free time to relax or wander around the city on your own - a perfect way to make your own discoveries.
Day 05 FLY TO ALI AND DRIVE MANASAROVAR (Ali to Manasarover drive : 250 km | 3Hrs)
In the morning after breakfast, we will transfer you to Gongar airport for your flight to Ali. The flight from Lhasa to Ali takes about one & half hour. After landing in Ali, we will immediately start driving towards Lake Manasarovar. The drive takes about three hours to reach Manasarovar from the Ali airport.
The holy bathe and puja can be performed either today or tomorrow depending on the time of your arrival as well as the weather conditions. The decision can be made after mutual discussion between guide, group manager and tour leader.
● Lhasa to Ali (by flight): 1Hr 30 Min
● Ali to Lake Manasarovar: 3Hrs
● Elevation of Lake Manasarovar: 4550M/14925Fts
● Expected temperature: Day time: 15°C to 30°C; night time: -3°C to -4°C
● Climatic condition: Windy
Day 06 DRIVE TO YAMA DWARA, THEN TREK TO DERAPHUK (10Km | 05 to 06Hrs trek)
Today is the day that we start sacred circumambulation around holy Mount Kailash. As usual, we will be ready to move on from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen early morning which is 35 Km and takes around 45 mins drive. From Darchen, we drive to Yam Dwar (also called Tarboche in Tibetan language) which is 5 km in distance. In Yama Dwar, we meet our horse/ porter/ yaks then setoff together to Deraphuk.
Those who are not attempting Parikrama will return back to Darchen and wait there for two days. We will stay in Darchen until other members who have gone for circumambulation will return.
The entire trail up to Deraphuk is reasonably flat with gentle ascend, however due to extreme elevation of this region, we feel exhausted, and need to have breaks on the way very frequently. The last legs of the journey is tough with rapid ascend. But, it is only for half an hour.
Deraphuk stands at an elevation of 4920 m. The north face of mount Kailash is just a few
thousands meters away from here. This is the only place to have a close view of north face.
● Overnight: Guest house, dormitory bedroom with common toilet
● Yama Dwar to Dhirapuk: 10Km/05 to 06Hrs trek
● Elevation of Deraphuk: 4920M/16138Fts
● Expected temperature: Day time: 12°C to 18°C, Night time: -05°C to -08°C
● Climatic condition: Windy, partly cloudy & rainy
Day 07 DERAPHUK TO ZUTUPHUK (21km | 08-09Hrs trek)
Today you have to cross a significant distance through the rugged portion of the trail around the mount Kailash before reaching Zutulpahuk. From Deraphuk, we should start very early. Right from the beginning, the trail leads you rapidly up, however in between it turns into flat with gentle ascend. Up to Dolma-La (5600M.), the path keeps you taking up & up. Dolma-La is the highest point of this journey. From this onward, the trail leads you all the way down to the valley floor. This particular portion of the trek is a rapid incline and the track is full of boulders and screes, so one should pay continues attention while trekking down.
While descending from Dolma-La, we will pass alongside a small glacial pool, which is almost frozen during May through September. This is Gaurikunda. The legend of this pool is connected with Mata Parvati, the consorts of Lord Shiva.
Once we make descend journey to the valley floor, the trail becomes flat & easy up to the Zutulphuk.
● Overnight Norpel Guesthouse or Monastery Guesthouse (Mud house)–dormitory
● Dhiraphuk to Zutulphuk: 21Km (08-09Hrs trek)
● The highest point to cross over: Dolma-La pass (5600M/18368Fts)
● Elevation of Zutulphuk: 4820M/15810Fts
● Expected temperature: Day Time: 14°C to 22°C, Night Time: -3°C to -5°C
● Average climatic condition: Windy
Day 08 END TREK THEN DRIVE TO DARCHEN (08Km | 3Hrs)
After breakfast, we start trekking to the pick-up point (Zhongdau), near Darchen. Today, the entire trail is easy & flat, so you will complete this journey within 3 to 4 hours. All group members will be assembled in pick up point then; we start our journey to Darchen.
● Zutulphuk to trek ending point: 08Km/3Hrs
● Elevation of Darchen: 4575M/15,010Fts
● Expected temperature: Day time: 22°C to 32°C; night time: -3°C to -4°C
● Climatic condition: Windy
Day 09 DRIVE, ALI & FLY TO LHASA
Early morning drive back to Ali airport and flight back to Lhasa. Free day and at leisure.
Day 10 FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU
After breakfast, you will transfer to lhasa airport for Kathmandu Flight. After reaching Kathmandu you will transfer to hotel and you are free for day for your own activities.
Day 11 DEPARTURE
It is time to say Good bye!!! You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home. As per the international flight regulation; your presence at the airport check in counter should be three hours prior to the departure time. We will arrange vehicle accordingly!!! Have a pleasant journey back home!!!