Kailash Mansarovar Yatra & Muktinath Tour 16 Nights 17 Days

Trip Overview Kailash Mansarovar Yatra & Muktinath Tour 16 Nights 17 Days

Mount Kailash is one of the holy mountains in South Asia as it is believed to be the abode of Hindu Lord Shiva. 

Day 01:    Kathmandu arrival 
Welcome to the Himalayan nation Nepal. You will meet our representatives at the Airport and then be transferred to the hotel. After arrival, we will be briefing about your trip. If you have any questions or doubts about your trip, they should be asked and clarified at this time. Then in the evening you will visit to Pashupati Nath Temple for Aarati Darshan, than come back to Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing     
After breakfast the next morning, we will go for an interesting tour around Kathmandu city. Being escorted by an English speaking guide (we can provide you with any language speaking guide on your request), you will visit the temples and monuments and get the full taste of our culture, heritage and local people. In our sightseeing tour, we will go to Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath (Monkey temple) and Kathmandu Durbar square, among other monuments.

Pashupatinath Temple:  Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this is Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent’s greatest Shiva sites. The supreme holiness of the site stems from the Shiva linga enshrined in its main temple. It expresses the very essence of Hinduism as pilgrims, priests, devotes, temples, ashrams, images, inscriptions and cremation ghats intermingle with the rituals of daily life, all sprawled along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple’s origins are obscure. An inscription here dates from 477 AD, but the shrine may have stood there for 1000 years before that.

Swayambhunath Stupa:  Swayambhunath Stupa is situated 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu; this great temple is just on the outskirts of Kathmandu. No one actually knows who built it. Many believe that the Lichavis constructed it while others believe that emperor Asoka had already visited it in the 3rd century.  The Swayambhunath complex consists of a giant Stupa, a large ensemble of shrines and temples, and also includes a Tibetan monastery, a museum and a library. This site has two access points: a long stairway, claimed to have 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east; and a car road around the hill from the south leading to the southwest entrance. The first sight on reaching the top of the stairway is the Vajra.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu’s number one tourist attraction swarms with life. Though a few of the square’s 50-plus monuments date from the 12th century, most are from the time of the Malla Kings. Probably the most famous building here is the Kumari Bahal, a building richly decorated with beautiful woodcarvings, which is home to the Royal Kumari, the Living Goddess and a manifestation of the great goddess Durga. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. In Evening leisure, overnight stay at Hotel. Back to hotel and rest of the day is free for packing and program briefing.

Day 03:    Drive from Katmandu to Nyalam (3700 Mts. -160KM) 
After breakfast at the Hotel in the morning, you will depart from Katmandu to China border (Kodari) by private coach, enjoying the drive along the Araniko Highway. It takes around five hours for the drive. Our staffs will complete custom formalities and make sure u enter into Tibet - an autonomous part of China, without many hassles. After having lunch, you will drive to a small Tibetan town called Nyalam by Land Cruiser. Dinner & Overnight stay at Nyalam Guest House.

Day 04:    Full day rest at Nyalam      
On this day, you will spend for acclimatization and rest for the whole day. Acclimatization is very important for high altitude trekking as it helps you to adjust to the changing environmental conditions and get prepared for the trekking on the following days.

Day 05:    Drive from Nyalam to Dongba/ Paryang (4500 Mts. – 375KM) 
After breakfast on the fifth day, you will then drive from Nyalam to Dongba/Paryang. The drive will be wonderful and scenic as you will enjoy the long drive lasting for around eight hours. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 06:    Drive from Dongba/ Paryang to Mansarovar  (4500 Mts. – 335KM) 
After breakfast on the sixth day at the guesthouse in the morning, you will the drive from Dongba/ Paryang to Mansarovar. The drive on this day will last for around seven hours. After reaching Mansarovar, you will perform Pooja and hawan at the religious site and then stay at the banks of the Manasarover Lake, enjoying the supreme beauty of the region. Overnight stay in tent or guesthouse. 

Day 07:    Drive from Mansarovar to Darchen  (4600 Mts. – 110KM) 
After spending a day at Mansarovar, you will have breakfast in the morning on the seventh day. After that you will circumambulate or do the Mansarovar Parikrama by Land Cruiser. You can also choose a special point to take a holy dip in Mansarovar Lake and do Pooja and worship of Lord Shiva. Around afternoon, you will drive for around three hours to reach Darchen. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 08:    Drive to Yamdwar and Trek to Diraphuk  (4890 Mts. – 12KM) 
This is the first day of Kailash Parikrama. On this day, you shall start the journey after breakfast as soon as possible. This day, you will have to walk continuously for about 6 to 7 hours. Yak will carry all the goods and equipments and hence you will just have to walk along with the guides, enjoying the beauty of the region. Overnight stay at Diraphuk in tent or guesthouse.

Day 09:    Parikarma from Diraphuk to Zhulthulphuk (4790 Mts. – 22KM) 
This is one of the toughest days of the trekking as it is very sensitive and the trekkers will have to pass Dolma-La which is located at 5400 ft. The weather is unpredictable in Doma-la Pass and at any time snowstorm can fall and hence the trekkers should be prepared for all that. So, we will try to start our journey as early as possible. During the course of walking, we can have Darshan of Gaurikund but it is very difficult and challenging. Overnight stay in Zhulthulphuk at tent or Guest House.

Day 10: Zhulthulphuk to Paryang
On the tenth day, the trekkers will walk down to Darchen from where you will drive to Mansarovar and then experience the spiritual feel of the region. You will then get back to Paryang following the same route you followed earlier, and hence same system applies for all subjects of our accommodation and meal.  Overnight stay at guesthouses

Day 11:    Drive from Paryang to Nyalam. 
On the eleventh day, you will drive back from Paryang  to Nyalam. Nyalam is the last staying place in Tibet during the trekking itinerary. The route will be the same as you followed earlier and hence the drive back will be easier and smooth. Overnight stay at Nyalam.

Day 12:    Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu 
Following the clearance of custom formalities, you will be picked up by Nepali side and continue drive to Kathmandu. In around five hours of drive along the same Highway, you will arrive in Kathmandu. After that you will be transferred to the same hotel where you will be staying overnight.  
 
Day 13: Drive From Kathmandu to Manakamana and  Pokhara  
You will have breakfast early in the morning on this day and then drive to Pokhara (200km), enjoying the approximately six hours of drive by private car.  En route, you can find Manakamana temple, which can be visited by cable car and it is located at 1,302 meters of altitude . The deity is one of the manifestations of the Hindu Goddess Bhagawati who is believed to have the power to fulfill wishes of the people. It is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Nepal. You will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara. Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges it is most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world.

Day 14:  Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and Drive to Muktinath –Jomsom
The next day, you will take a flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. It will take around 35 minutes to reach the town of Jomsom from where you will drive to Muktinath by Jeep (1.30 hrs) along the Kaligandaki River. Muktinath is a god of salvation; it holds great significance for all spiritual people in the south Asian sub continent. Muktinath (the provider of salvation) has been one such holy sites, where thousands of devotees flock for attaining much sought after moksha, have holy bath on 108 waterspouts, name of “Muktidhara”. & Holy bath in Mukti Kunda (2 Kunda in front of Temple), Hindu devotees take bath under chilled water of 108 waterspouts “Muktidhara” & Mukti Kunda, believing that it brings them salvation, You will have Darshan and worship at the Muktinath Temple before driving back to Jomsom by jeep. Overnight Stay at Jomsom.

Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara City Sightseeing
On this morning you will fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom enjoying the scenic mountain flight. After landing at the Airport, you will then be transferred to the Hotel. After having breakfast, you will then proceed to Pokhara for the city sightseeing tour:  

Bindawasini Temple: Bindawasini is also one of the most popular temples in Pokhara. The temple is dedicated to goddess Bhagwati, another manifestation of Shakti. Bindabashini is the mother goddess who fulfills the wishes of her devotees.

Barahi Temple: The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two- storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of' Ajima, the protesters deity representing- the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.

Seti Gorge: Another of Pokhara's natural wonders that unfailingly interests visitors is the Seti Gandaki River. Flowing right through the city, the boisterous river runs completely underground at places. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But its depth is quite beyond imagination over 20 meters! provides a perfect  view of the river's dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.

Davi's Fall: Locally also known as the Patale Chhango (Hell's Fall), Davi's Fall (also known as Devin's and David's) is a lovely waterfall lying about two km south-west of the Pokhara Airport along the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker names Devin or David was washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously disappeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall and hence the waterfall was named after him.

Gupteswar Cave: Another cave famous for it's religious importance located in the southern end of the city, Chorepatan. This cave is a sacred and natural cave; there is temple of Load Shiva.

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu  
You will have breakfast early in the morning today and then drive back to Kathmandu by private car along the Prithvi Highway which takes about five hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe, you will climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the Capital city. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 17:  Final Departure  
After breakfast on the last day, you will be transferred to the International Airport after checking out from the Hotel. You will then catch a flight to your next destination.
Cost Include:
  • Arrival & departure transportation by private vehicle in Kathmandu 
  • Sightseeing inKathmandu and  Pokhara Escorted with English Speaking Guide
  • Entrance/Monument fees
  • Hotel at Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with all meals 
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Pokhara and Jomsom with breakfast
  • Kathmandu /Pokhara/ Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Pokhara- Jomsom-Pokhara flight fare
  • Jomsom – Muktinath- Jomsom by local transport 
  • ACAP fee, Tims card
  • Transfer to Kodari by private Coach 
  • Tibet side
  • Accommodation in decent hotel/Guest house/tents with all meals (If camping two-man tents, mattresses, sleeping bag & camping equipment 
  • Pure vegetarian meals
  • Private vehicle & support trucks for Tibet side 
  • English speaking Tibetan and Nepali guide
  • Kodari land tax
  • Kailash Permit & normal Tibet/China visa fee

Cost Exclude:
  • Transfers other than Kathmandu and Tibet
  • Lunch/Dinner in Pokhara & Jomsom
  • All beverages, Photography charges and Telephone calls
  • Travel Insurance of clients
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for staff
  • Emergency evacuation expenses, helicopter
  • Riding Yak/Horse for Kailash Parikrama (direct payable to Yak/horse holder)
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. in such case extra will be charged as per actual.
  • Expenses of personal urgent visa fee etc. & Services other than specified
  • Extra night accommodation or any charges in Kathmandu, if arrive early or late in Kathmandu in case of evacuation
  • Single Supplement charges in Kathmandu
  • Anything not mentioned in cost includes