Mt. Kailash Manasarovar with Nepal tour - 18 days Nepal - 8 nights, Tibet - 9 nights
This is a 17 days tour combining the Mount Kailash and Manasarovar tour with Nepal. This trip is a mix of everything, nature, culture and adventure. In Kathmandu you will visit the 4 UNESCO world heritage sites and head towards Pokhara. Pokhara is famous for Mountain View and its lakes. Chitwan offers the best jungle safari experience in Asia. The trip to Kailash and Manasarovar starts after crossing the border from the Nepalese side and heads towards this scared site for 4 different religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon and Jain. Mt. Kailash, at 6714 m, is often referred as Tise, Kailasa & Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows). It has been celebrated as Mt. Meru, the axis mundi and as the center of the physical & metaphysical universe in many eastern cosmologies. Mt. Kailash is a holy place for different religions like Hindu, Buddhist, Jains and Bonpo. Hindus worship this mountain as the residence of lord Shiva, the destructor of the universe. Buddhists mythologies refer this holy mountain as a terrestrial projection of the cosmic Mandela of Dhyani - Buddha’s & Bodhisattvas. The wheel of Life; for the Bonpo, Kailash was the sacred nine storey Swastika Mountain, upon which the Bonpo founder Sherab alighted from heaven. Four of the great rivers of the Indian subcontinent originate from here: the Karnali, which feeds into the Ganges (south); the Indus (north); the Sutlez (west) & the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo, east).
- Trip duration: 17 nights/18 days Nepal Tour with Mount Kailash and Manasarovar
- Tour code: Nepal with Kailash Manasarovar tour
- Places to see: Kailash, Manasarovar, Pokhara Chitwan and Kathmandu
- Minimum number of people: 1 and above
- Tour type: Drive in/Drive out.
- Tour category: Budget/Standard and Deluxe
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Rhino in Chitwan National Park: A one horned Rhino is drinking water at the open area of Chitwan National Park.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International airport. Be received, welcomed & assisted by our representative & transfer to hotel. Half day sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. Overnight at hotel.
Boudhanath Stupa- Boudhanath stutpa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley and one of the first monuments with a written history. One of the biggest pilgrimages for Tibetans the area around this stupa is also known as the little Tibet in Kathmandu. This was listed in the UNESCO’s world heritage site list in 1979 A.D.
Pashupatinath Temple- Pashupatinath temple is the most important shrine for Hindus in Kathmandu. Although non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple premises, the cremation that takes place around the Pasupatinath temple area is interesting for foreigners. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979 this area has a lot of Sadhus/Hindu holy men who are center of attraction for many foreigners. Make sure you want to pay them if you take their pictures as they ask for money for being photographed.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu covering Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa and Khokana Bungmati.
Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Besides that the program of different kinds and gathering of people from all over Nepal makes it a lively place and the best place to understand Nepal.
Swayambhunath Stupa- Swayambhunath stupa is also referred as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hill top about 4 Km from the city center this stupa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu and comes from the Vajrayana sect of Mahayana Buddhism. With a pair of eyes in each direction this place is a spiritual center for the locals and tourist visiting this area. The hill top also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.
Khokana and Bungmati- These two Newar Villages are located in the outskirts of the Patan District and are proposed as Tentative UNESCO heritage sites by the Nepal government. Khokana has the temple of Rudryaini and is also famous for the Mustard oil production. Bungmati, 20 minutes walk from Khokana through paddy fields is full of old Newari houses and architecture. These twin villages are one of the best places to experience Nepal’s age old heritages and to observe the daily life of the People. You will feel like walking in the 18th century Europe as you go through these streets.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (200km/7hours) and boating at Phewa Lake.
After a warm breakfast at hotel we start the 7 hours/200km drive to Pokhara. We will make few stops on the way as there are lots of places to capture photographs. We will follow the Trishuli River, one of the best rivers for amateur rafting until Mugling and then onwards go on the opposite direction of the Marshayngdi River for a while. Besides the small and simple villages the Prithvi Highway also offer nice view of mountains, most notably from Khairini and onwards. If the weather is clear you can see the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu and Annapurna as soon as you start going down from Kathmandu. In the evening stroll around the lake side or depending on the time you reach Pokhara for a boating trip in the Phewa Lake.
Day 04: Sightseeing of Pokhara city including the Davis fall, Gupteshwor cave, Bindabasani temple, Tibetan refugee camp and Seti River gorge. Free time in the afternoon for exploration.
Your city guide will come to receive you after breakfast and drive towards the Davis fall, named after a Swiss coupled washed away by the waterfall in 1961. Then cross the road and go to the Gupteshwor cave with a self created statue of Lord shiva and the view of Davis fall coming down from the other side. A 5 minutes walk from the Gupteshwor cave is the Tibetan refugee camp where you can see Tibetan refugees doing different kinds of work for livelihood such as making carpets, making jewelries with semi precious stones and selling things to tourist. After spending some time to understand Tibet and its political conditions in the area we head towards the Bindabasani temple and the Seti river gorge.
Day 05: Drive to Chitwan (170km/6 hours). Tharu village walk in the afternoon. Tharu cultural program in the evening before dinner.
The drive from Pokhara to Chitwan is a scenic drive of 6 hours. The change in the vegetation and lifestyle of the people is very significant. We will reach Chitwan for Lunch on this day. After a brief rest we take a walk through the village of the Tharu people, one of the famous indigenous groups in Nepal. They are famous for their resistance against Malaria, also for the huts they live in and the unique culture they have which they brought with them from Rajasthan in India from where they migrated. After a brief walk in the village to understand better we will come back to the hotel to see the Tharu dance program, which is a collection of many different dances that are performed by Tharu in different festivals.
Day 06: After breakfast we go ahead for the canoeing and elephant breeding center visit. We go to the elephant bathing place, if you want to participate you can enjoy the shower on a elephant. After lunch Elephant safari and Nature walk.
Yes you are in the periphery of the Chitwan national park, The best habitat for tropical animals and plants in Nepal. This is an exciting day ahead of you. After breakfast in the morning we drive for a while from your jungle camp and go for the canoeing in the Budi Rapti river. The canoeing lasts for maximum 40 minutes and during those 40 minutes you see atleast 20 species of birds and 2 species of crocodiles basking in the sun. There are chances to see the one horned rhino and other wild animals. After the canoeing we go to the elephant breeding center where female elephants are kept for breeding. You might also see few small naughty ones coming to play with the visitors. We drive to the elephant bathing place in Suaraha. You can participate in the elephant bathing if you want. It cost you 2-3 dollars for a shower on top of an elephant. We head back to the hotel for lunch and rest for a while. At around 3 pm we will go for the elephant ride inside the Chitwan national park which lasts for 2 hours. There you can see many animals including one horned rhino, 4 species of deers, monkeys and many more.
Day 07: After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu (170km/6 hours). Free time around Thamel in the evening.
Day 08: Drive to Nyalam
We will pack our breakfast and start early towards Kodari (China/Nepal boarder).We will reach Kodari in 5 hours and further drive to Zhangmu, where we will complete the frontier formalities. After completing the frontier formalities we will reach Nyalam for overnight stay following the Bhote Koshi River. The total drive is 153 KM.
Day 09: Rest day
The day will be spent to explore the surrounding and acclimatize as we are going for a trek in a high altitude.
Day 10: Drive from Nyalam to Saga.
We will start our 7 hours drive after breakfast and drive past Labug-La 5150m. On the way you will see lots of yak Herds, small Tibetan settlements, lakes and streams. We will reach Saga in the afternoon after crossing one of the famous rivers of Asia, Brahmaputra.
Day 11: Morning Excursion around the Lake, visit Rakchas Taal,
Today is one of the most important day of the trip as we will have the first glance of sacred Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Lake. This is a life time experience and attainment; we will take a holy bath (optional) and explore the Manasarovar surroundings. Overnight in a tented camp.
Day 12: Drive around Manasarovar towards Rakas Lake
After exploring the Rakchas Lake, you can either choose to go to Astapad or overnight stay at Manasarovar area. After that we will be ready for the parikarma days by packing our bags.
Day 13: Parikrama to Dehara Puk
Today, we feel that heaven had unlocked the entire door for us and permitted us to glance inside the magnificent world of gods and goddesses. We will hike around 18 Km throughout the valley along with the sacred river Ganges on our left side and shaded by Mt. Kailash on our right side. You cannot express the feelings of todays by your own tongue. So pack your camera and capture mouthwatering views of Mt. Kailash. Overnight stay in hotel or tent.
Day 14: Parikrama continues to Dolma-La Pass
Today is the toughest day but sacred day of our journey with Dolma-La pass (19500 ft) in between two valleys i.e. Yamasthal and Shivasthal. First we have to cross Yamasthal to arrive at Shivasthal; from here you are closer to the Dolma-La pass. When you arrive at the top of it, you can perform holy offerings and sit down for meditation. On the way, we can see the Parvatistal and Gauri Kund. At afternoon, we will reach at Zuthulpuk Puk which is also renowned as the cave of Miracles. Overnight stay at tented camp.
Day 15: Parikrama ends and drive to Saga
We will reach Saga in the afternoon after a drive of 6 hours.
Day 16: Drive to Nyalam.
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu. (7 hours)
This is the last day at Tibet for you as in one hour after breakfast we will reach Kodari, on the Nepal-Tibet border. From the border we will drive along the Araniko Higway, built in assistance of the Chinese government, to reach Kathmandu. It is a scenic 4 hours drive through hills and river valleys.
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu
Finally, our Kailash tour concludes successfully. Today we exchange your feelings and experience about the trip while we move to the airport for the final departure. Hope to see you again!!
- All permit and TIMS for EBC trek Nepal.
- Trekking in Nepal on full board basis in tea houses.
- Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet.
- Accommodation in Nepal and Tibet.
- Hotel with breakfast.
- English speaking guide per as the itinerary.
- Entrance fees.
- Guide Fees.
- All transfers and sightseeing on Private vehicle.
- Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
- All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
- Meals ( except the trekking part in Nepal)
- Travel insurance.
- Nepal visa fee.
- Air fare to Lhasa and back.