A wonderful introduction to the splendour of the range of classic Himalayan culture, people and landscape. Driving through the Tibetan plateau you see the lushness of the foothills as well as the austerity of the high altitude desert. On the drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa you will be struck by the unremitting desert where vast open skies frame dramatic massifs of ice and stone against brown shot through with occasional green barley and blue water. There are temples and palace squares with art rich and varied beyond all imagination, and monasteries where the air, redolent with the odours of butter lamps and juniper incense, carries through the wind centuries of tradition. The fluttering prayer flags everywhere are the most obvious expression of the spirituality and faith that permeates every aspect of the lives of Tibetan Buddhists. In Nepal, the cosmopolitan hisotyr of the Newars of Kathmandu Valley comes alive in the sophisticated palace squares. The views of 8,000 m peaks like Everest, Xixapangma, and Cho Oyu reinforce the awe-inspiring powers of the natural world.
Mt Kailash (6,700 m) is the most sacred spot for Hindus and Buddhists alike, and in many worldviews across Asia this sacred mountain together with its holy Manasarovar lake are seen as the centre of the world. The source of four major rivers of the region, including the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) and the Indus, this power place rejuvernates all visitors, helping illuminate their way along the journey of life. Circumambulating the holy mountain and taking a dip in the pristine, icy waters of the lake are supposed to wash away the sins of one lifetime, therefore the more times one performs this prescribed pilgrimage, called kora in Tibetan, the closer one comes to wiping one's karmic slate clean, and 108 kora performed in one lifetime ensure the devotee nirvana. Interestingly, though Hindus and Buddhists circumambulate the holy mountain clockwise, as they perform all rituals, you will nevretheless see a large number of Tibetans performing the kora counter-clockwise. These are adherents of the Bön faith, the pre-Buddhist animist faith of Tibet that survives in various degraded forms to this day.
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Although there are numerous local sacred spaces and temples, a few are standouts on any visit to Nepal. Baudhanath is one of the largest chhorten in the world, and it is every Tibetan Buddhists' dream to worship here at least once. It is the centre of Sherpa and Tibetan (refugee) culture in Nepal. This splendid stupa ringed by shops is reminiscent of the Jorkhang/ Barkhor in Lhasa, and is the focal point of a few score monasteries in the neighbourhood. The best known Hindu temple, considered the most sacred spot in the Valley, and certainly where the palace takes its religious guidance from is Pashupatinath. This gilded pagoda-style temple, reminiscent of other temples around the Valley, is set in a massive shady grove through which the Bagmati flows. On a little hillside behind the main temple are numerous small shrines and covered meditation slabs. The old city-state of Bhaktapur is one of the best preserved Heritage sites in the world - an entire large village/ small town seems to have stopped in time - the traditional houses with ornate struts and carved windows, winding alleyways with a potters' square or old threshing centre around a sudden corner, splendid stone and wood statuary, temples, and palace, all make the experience of visiting it pure magic.
Day 3: After settling in at your hotel, you go to see the cobblestoned complex of Kathmandu's Darbar Square. Here are the spectacular 16th century wooden temple called Kasthamandap, the simple, well-proportioned neo-classical palace where the king of Nepal is crowned, and the large scary mask-statue of the god Bhairab, still an object of everyday veneration. Most interesting is also the Kumari's house, a small white-painted building with the traditional wooden struts and windows through which you can sometimes see the young girl worshipped as the Living Goddess. The third centre of the old city-states, Patan Darbar Square, is home to numerous temples and Buddhist baha, or temple-monastery complexes, some with remarkable - and well-preserved murals, as well as lost-wax detailing, stone statues, and fine gilding, the art all again illustrating how intertwined Hindu and Buddhist culture have been for centuries in the Valley.The other major stupa in Kathmandu, Swayambhunath, which stands spectacularly gilded and imposing on a hill north-west of Kathmandu, is supposed to have arisen out of the ground of its own volition. Sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, it is considered to be of more importance to Buddhists such as Manangis and Tamangs. There are numerous little shrines all around that are visited by all.
Day 4: Drive to Nylam (150km), 3750m: Morning after breakfast leave Kathmandu to commence yatra to Nyalam [3800M]. We reach Friendship Bridge [Nepal – China Boarder] by mini-coach. Walk along for 10 minutes to cross the bridge and there get acquainted with Chinese guide and land cruiser drivers. They will give a brief information regarding the further trip then proceed the journey to Zangmu, where all the immigration and custom formalities are ought to be accomplished. After the accomplishment of all formalities, we proceed to Nyalam. Arrival at Nyalam and overnight stay at guesthouse.
Day 5: Rest Day at Nylam, 3750m: Acclimatization.
Day 6: Saga/4450m: (Labug-La 5050m, Peku-tso and Saga, 232km) On the first long driving day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you busy. By the late afternoon you will cross Bhramha Purtra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town, Saga for night.
Day 7: Paryang (4600m) 185 km 7-8 hrs: Jeeps and trucks roll on the wide valley following rivers and grazing land of yaks and sheep. Far south you can see snow covered peaks near by you, lots of rocky peaks and sand duns give you an ideal world. Depends on season, nomads and other mobile shopkeepers are attired by beautiful traditional costume, waiting your arrival with hot tea and other supplies along with big smile.
Day 8: Drive Paryang to Manasarover (4558m) 277km 8 hours: The longest driving day starts with full of excitement, by the late afternoon you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Manasarovara. Hore, a small village near by Lake Manasarover, we will spend Some time there..
Holy-Manasarovara: At 14950-ft/ 4558m. The highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rashekshi are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Night will be spending at Chu Gumba.
Day 9: Puja and drive to Tarchen (14975ft) 40km: Manasarovara is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning Bath and Puja we will be heading towards Tarchen. It is considered as a base camp for the Holy Kailash Parikrama.
Day 10: Trek to Dehara Puk/5000m: It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; water falls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is every where with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be keep on appearing. For 15 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs.
Day 11: Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (pass) of 18600ft between two valleys: Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget yourself. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive Zuthal Puk (the cave of Miracles. The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here).
Day 12: End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovara: After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting your arrival. By the late afternoon you will be at your lodge/camp.
Day 13 : Drive to Paryang (277km) 7-8 hr.
Day 14: Drive Paryang to Saga (185km) 7-8 hrs
Day 15. Drive to Saga / Nyalam (296km) 6-7 hr.
Day 16 : On the drive to Zhangmou on the border with Nepal the landscape will start to slowly become less dramatic and more invitingly green. After a quick stop drive the last 120 km down through Nepal's calming green subtropical middle hills to reach Kathmandu.
Day 17: On a saddle on the Valley rim is the hill resort of Nagarkot (2,190 m). Here you can take walks through serene pine forests and see the best of the low alpine scenery of the Himalaya. The view from here of the verdant Valley with its silver strings of rivers and pagodas glinting gold in the distance are famous, though equally precious and truly brilliant is the panorama on a clear day, which stretches from the Annapurnas to Everest.
Day 18: Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Fixed Departure trip - Per Person US $ 1900/- single supplement US $ 200
FOR PACKAGES INCLUDING TIBET
All terms and conditions quoted in the Nepal section apply. In addition, please note the following:
Cost quoted on itineraries includes:
* Airport-hotel transfer at arrival and departure
* Domestic land and air transport as described in itinerary
* Accommodation in Nepal/ Tibet with breakfast as described in itinerary
* Full board or camping treks like the Everest Advanced Base Camp and Mt Kailash
* All sightseeing in the company of an English-speaking guide
* All city/ monument /monastery entrance fees
* Fee for the Tibet permit/ visa.
* All government taxes on said fees
* Yaks and yak drivers to carry gear and loads during the Kailash circumambulation
* Ground transfers in Tibet using Toyota Land Cruisers,minibus and support truck
* The services of our Sherpa staff
* All trekking and camping equipment including Gamow bags (to alleviate severe altitude sickness), sleeping bags, and
Cost quoted does not include:
* Your international flight into and out of Nepal
* Travel insurance
* Domestic and international airport taxes
* Lunch and dinner, (except on tented treks), and drinks in Kathmandu/ Tibet (US$5-10 per day)
* Tips, souvenirs or other shopping
* Photography and/ or videography charges in the monasteries and other tourist attractions.
* Personal expenses incurred for drinks, snacks, tips, etc
* Any extra cost involved on the road should there be an unavoidable delay due to, for example, a landslide or similar
* Extra nights at any lodge
* Yak/ porter for individual use
* Rescue/ evacuation and any additions costs associated with being split from the main group or from a serious health condition.
* Urgent visa fee
Risk & Liability:
We , Tin - Tin Trekking do our best to ensure that you have a smooth and pleasant journey. When travelling to Tibet, you should, however, be aware that all tours/trekking there are run strictly as per conditions set by the Tibet Tourism Authority. Therefore neither Tin -Tin Trekking or its agents shall not be responsible for any change or cancellation of program due to unavoidable circumstances such as a road blockade, a flood, snow, unrest, cancellation of flight, delay in arrival of clients, sickness or accidents, and breakdown of vehicles. Any extra cost incurred as a result of any such occurrence will be borne by the clients on the spot. It is most important that clients have full medical and personal accident risk insurance.