Mount Kailash and Guge Kingdom tour starts and end at Kathmandu Nepal. It is the great opportunity to explore both the countries Natural Nepal and ancient Tibet. You also have option to visit Mount Kailash and Guge Kingdom from Lhasa. 16 days tour plan including your visit some of the UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu until your Tibetan visa is not ready. This is important that to get ready final Tibetan visa takes 3 working days in Kathmandu. Another benefit to start your Kailash Guge tour from Nepal is Tibetan visa. You do not need to take any Chinese or Tibetan visa from your country. Nepal Highland Treks look after entire permits and Tibetan visa with your passport copy by email and at the end your original passport before 4 days in Kathmandu Nepal. This tour can customize tour itinerary and have option of joining our small group tour. The best season starts from May and goes till October month.
Entire tour is driving tour. Immigration between Nepal and Tibet is about 145 kilometers. After your interested visit in Kathmandu valley, day fourth is to drive interesting hilly reason through famous Langtang national park. Guide from Nepal highland treks will manage entire immigration formalities in immigration of Nepal and Tibet. You will be than transfer to Tibetan guide and driver. Elevation suddenly grow up by reaching first Tibetan town Kerung after 24 kilometers. You will spend whole day there to get well acclimatization. The scenic landscapes and visit some of the famous monasteries on the way in typical Tibetan settlement. You will pass stunning mountain gorges, the majestic Lake Mansarovar and your journey to the ancient Guge Kingdom. After visiting the Guge area, back to Kailash region. Three days walking around Mount Kailash, stay overnight near the fresh water Lake and one of the holy place, Lake Mansarovar. Drive same way back to Nepal.
Entire nights are staying in best available hotels, guest houses and mud houses. Good hotels are provided in Kathmandu. Tibetan towns Kerung, Saga, Darchen provides comfortable hotels. Simple mud houses are provided in Lake Mansarovar, during Kailash trekking and in Guge kingdom. Good vegetarian or non-vegetarian Chinese style restaurants are in every town. Only simple Tibetan restaurants are available in Mansarovar, during Kailash kora in Derapuk and Juthulpuk.
Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to Hotel. 1300m Overnight at Hotel
Day 02:Day in Kathmandu. Day sightseeing to UNESCO heritage sites in Kathamandu. Visit three major heritage site and back to the Hotel for overnight
Day 03:Day in Kathmandu to wait your final Tibetan visa. Day on your own and overnight in the Hotel
Day 04:Final trip preparation and start driving towards Nepal Tibet border. Overnight at Hotel
Day 05:Cross Nepal Tibet immigration and drive to Kerung town. Overnight at Hotel
Day 06:Drive to Saga (230km – 6 hours) 4450m. Overnight at Hotel
Day 07:Drive to Manasarovar 4,580m (400km - 9 Hours) Overnight at Guest house in group sharing
Day 08:Drive to Zanda, Guge Kingdom via Tirthapuri. Overnight at Guest House
Day 09:Day Explore Guge Kingdom and Tholing in Zhanda. Overnight at Guest House
Day 10:Drive to Darchen, the base camp of Mount Kailash. Overnight at Hotel
Day 11:start Kailash Parikrama. Drive to Tarboche valley and start walking. First day of Kailash Parikrama / Kora is 40 minutes driving and 6 hours walking. Overnight at Guest house in Derapuk (4,900m)
Day 12:Second Day Kailash Parikrama. Walking to Dolma La pass (5,645m) and trek down to Juthulpuk (4,760m / 21km - 10 Hours) Overnight at Juthulpuk
Day 13:Third day of Kailash Parikrama, and drive back to Saga. 10 Hours journey drive and 3 hours easy trekking. Overnight at Hotel
Day 14:Drive back same way to Kerung. Overnight at Hotel
Day 15:Drive back to Kathmandu (7/8 Hours). Overnight at Hotel
Day 16:Day of Departure
Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to Hotel. 1300m Overnight at Hotel Representative from Nepal Highland Trek will pick up you from airport and transfer to the hotel. Collect your original passport, Picture for Tibetan visa and fill an embassy form. Rest of the time is rest in the Hotel
Day 2Day in Kathmandu. Day sightseeing to UNESCO heritage sites in Kathamandu. Visit three major heritage site and back to the Hotel for overnight Guide from Nepal Highland Treks lead you to three major heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. The biggest Hindu temple Pashupatinath temple, The biggest and important Tibetan Buddhist site Bouddhanath Stupa and one of the biggest oldest durbar squire Bhaktapur. Back to the Hotel at late afternoon
Day 3Day in Kathmandu to wait your final Tibetan visa. Day on your own and overnight in the Hotel Free day in Kathmandu. You can choose any activities inside Kathmandu. Option to get flight tour to Lumbini or Pokhara. Or some hiking tour around Kathmandu hill which can be the preparation of Kailash walking for 3 days. Nepal Highland Treks can assist you in your any plan.
Day 4Final trip preparation and start driving towards Nepal Tibet border. Overnight at Hotel Morning trip preparation, final packing and get your visa from Chinese Embassy. Late morning, start driving to Tibet border. It is about 6/7 hours driving to reach Timure (border of Nepal and Tibet) through Langtang National Park. Stay overnight in Nepal side.
Day 5Cross Nepal Tibet immigration and drive to Kerung town. Overnight at Hotel Today is the day of reaching first Tibetan town Kerung. Walk about 10 minutes to Chinese immigration from your Hotel after early breakfast. Meet your Tibetan guide and driver after necessary formalities in immigration. Further drive about one hour reach Kerung. Day rest and involve in walking tour around to get well acclimatization.
Day 6Drive to Saga (230km – 6 hours) 4450m. Overnight at Hotel It is driving via high passes with panoramic Mountain View. Decorative Buddhist praying flags at the top of passes are so unique and picturesque. Stop and view several lake views on the way. Reach at saga by crossing Brahmaputra River and overnight at guest house. Saga is small town having basic and deluxe guest house as accommodation an plenty of Chinese restaurants
Day 7Drive to Manasarovar 4,580m (400km - 9 Hours) Overnight at Guest house in group sharingDay is again a long driving through beautiful landscape. The road is well paved throughout the tour. Driving today is again interesting with wide grazing field, local Tibetan settlements. we love to stop many places to take good pictures. Today is also a day to view first view of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Drive to Hore for overnight stay. It is only basic guest houses available at bank of the Lake.
Day 8Drive to Zanda, Guge Kingdom via Tirthapuri. Overnight at Guest HouseAfter breakfast, we drive from Manasarovar to banks of the Sutlej River. It is 4 hours driving to reach Tirthapuri which is a holy place of Bhasmasur in Hindu and closed associate with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) in Buddhism. Hike-up to visit monasteries containing footprints of Guru Rinpoche. At the end of day, reach at Thada (Zanda) town and overnight at guest house.
Day 9Day Explore Guge Kingdom and Tholing in Zhanda. Overnight at Guest HouseToday, we explore Tholing. THOLING MONASTERY the temples and religious buildings of Tholing are the most significant in far west Tibet. The monastery was constructed under the guidance of the great Tibetan translator RinchenZangpo in around 11 th century. Another visit is to 20 kilometer east Tsaparang valley and Dungkar cave. Visit Ruins and significantly important monasteries. Both valleys have significant role of Buddhism containing most important monasteries and other holiest sides.
Day 10Drive to Darchen, the base camp of Mount Kailash. Overnight at HotelAfter breakfast at Guge kingdom, we move towards Mount Kailash Mansarovar region. It is about 6 hours driving reach at Darchen. Preparation of Kailash parikrama/ Kailash Kora. Leave your most of the goods in Darchen, it will be safe inside vehicle. You are suggested to carry only your hand bag or if there is facilities of Yak, you can carry up to 7 kilogram bag.
Day 11start Kailash Parikrama. Drive to Tarboche valley and start walking. First day of Kailash Parikrama / Kora is 40 minutes driving and 6 hours walking. Overnight at Guest house in Derapuk (4,900m)From Darchen, we need to prepare early in the morning. Drive with our car to Tarboche valley (option of start hiking rite from Darchen). Yamadwar, Ruins valley with clear view of Mount Kailash can be seen from here. If you have taken your personal horse and helper, you will meet those here. It is walking almost flat land entirely. At the end of the day, it is a bit uphill to reach Derapuk. Enjoy view of North Face Kailash.
Day 12Second Day Kailash Parikrama. Walking to Dolma La pass (5,645m) and trek down to Juthulpuk (4,760m / 21km - 10 Hours) Overnight at JuthulpukIt is hard day of Tour. Early in the morning with enough water and foods, we start to walk top of the Dolma La pass (5,645m) it is about 8 kilometer and takes 4 to 5 hours to reach at Top. Mount Kailash view is still viewing up to buttom of Dolma La pass. After Dolma la seriouse down hill reach at tent house. After those tent house easy walking about 3 hours reach at Juthulpuk where we stay at guest house.
Day 13Third day of Kailash Parikrama, and drive back to Saga. 10 Hours journey drive and 3 hours easy trekking. Overnight at HotelFinal day of Kailash Parikrama. we start quite early in the morning. It is 3 hours easy walking at flat land to reach near Darchen. All the way of walking is via bank of River from Kailash North face. We meet our driving crew ahead of Darchen and drive to Saga town today. We may reach Saga late afternoon. Check in Hotel
Day 14Drive back same way to Kerung. Overnight at Hotel It driving back to Kerung same way from Saga. Stay overnight at Tibetan site and wait for tomorrow morning to drive immigration. It also have option to cross Nepal Tibet boarder and stay overnight at Nepal side which is comfortable for next day driving back Kathmandu. Accommodation at Nepal part is not enough if there are many tourist groups.
Day 15Drive back to Kathmandu (7/8 Hours). Overnight at HotelEarly in the morning, drive to immigration from Kerung which is 24 kilometers. After crossing formalities in immigration, you will meet Nepali transportation and Nepali guide. driving back to Kathmandu via scenic hilly road. Transfer and overnight at Hotel
Day 16Day of Departure Nepal highaland Treks arrange transportation to International airport for your final departure. You also have option to stay as and have more trips in Nepal.
Mount Kailash and Guge is a trip I dreamt of, for a whole life and Nepal Highland Treks made it come true. The tour started 18th aug and finished 5th sep. We had 6 full days (5 at the start and 1 at the end) in Kathmandu including a guided tour with english speaking guide and driver to the main local spots. Waiting to leave for Kailash we also visited Kathmandu valley and walked to other capital city's attractions. Driving from Kathmandu to Tibet during rain season at the end of august can be difficult because of landslides, floods and terrible road conditions. Get ready to make a "bumpy" ride in your car for hours and to cross active landslides by foot while another vehicle and driver awaits on the other side. Adventurous and a bit dangerous! You'll need to cross Nepal-China border by foot for 1,5 km with your bags (unless you pay a porter). After we passed the border we met with a tibetan guide and driver from a partnder tibetan travel agency: the amazing duo proved to be very professional, positive, lively, kind, caring and also guide Pema is good in english. Always save some money for a good tip!
Kailash Kora and Manasarovar were unique experiences and also Guge Kingdom is worth all the kms you'll have to drive: Tsaparang frescoes are amazing! When in remote places like lake and mountains all the accomodation will be poor or simple while for the rest of the tour we always had a good hotel or guesthouse: the guide gave committment to provide us the best even when huge groups of indians were taking every available bed. Trekking is quite hard but rewarding, maybe the worst part of a trip like this is to stay in car for hours. All the vehicles we used were very comfortable and also food is very good, fresh and tasty (nepalese in Kathmandu, chinese or tibetan dishes in Tibet). Food is an extra cost you'll have to pay except breakfast which is included every day. Expect to spend from 10-15 $ a day. I suggest you to use various layers of technical clothes and to make use of Diamox or other diuretics starting to take 2 pills/day 2 days before going to a higher altitude. You can empower it with Ginco Biloba pills. You'll need to drink a lot, to eat good food and don't strain your body.
Hemanta, agency boss, is always nice, kind and very present. I strongly recommend this agency for your travels
- Fabio, Italy