Legend reads Lake Mansarovar’s (4583 m) mystical powers to erase negative thoughts, materialistic desires, and past sins. It is also believed that rinsing oneself on this holy lake drives away diseases and brings countless other benefits. Apart from its magical powers, Lake Mansarovar is a picturesque beauty one should visit at least once in their lifetime.
Note: After the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, the Overland Tour that used the Tatopani Border between Nepal and Tibet has been closed. However, the Kerung Border has been opened and trips take to this Border these days.
Don’t miss a chance to travel through the scintillating Mt Kailash and make your way through the holy lands of Tibet to the sacred Lake Mansarovar. Mount Kailash Mansarovar trip is something you will never forget!
Mt Kailash envelopes Lake Mansarovar on all sides presenting a scintillating blend of colors from the beautiful shades of blue to the white of the snow and the brown of the earth. Hindus hold this place dear to their hearts as it is believed to be built as a refuge to Brahma’s sons for their meditation. Lake Mansarovar was once surrounded by eight monasteries, believed to be the eight points of the wheel of Dharma. Unfortunately, during the Cultural Revolution in Tibet, the red guards destroyed most of them. However, restoration is in full effect.
Flocks of swans swarm into the lake during summer bringing more life to the area.
If not clean your past, this lake has the power to sweep the land away from your feet. It will surely leave a lasting imprint on your heart and soul.
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You will be met by our airport representative at the airport and will be transferred to your hotel; your evening is relevantly free and after you have freshened up, you may take a stroll down the street; in the evening our tour manager will meet you at your hotel to brief you on the trip details. Then, take supper and rest; your first Overnight stay in Nepal.
After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we set out for a sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu valley. We travel to Kathmandu Durbar square, and Swayambunath (Monkey temple) in the morning and in the afternoon we will set out to Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. Kathmandu is a wonderful mix of the ancient & the new. It is an out and out unique experience of traditional meets western influence. The crammed up roads, a one to many animals on the streets, the melodious buzz of the crowd and a weird but welcoming smell always leaves a resounding impression on most of the visitors.
Some of the sites you visit are UNESCO declared world heritage sites & you will truly enjoy visiting these ancient monuments & learning of its mystic history you’re your professional guide, return to hotel and overnight at Hotel.
After enjoying a good breakfast in your hotel, we will embark on a sightseeing trip to the ancient Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square that are highly known for their immense & tragic history. These sites have heritage monuments that still echo the vibrant history of once fighting Kings It was king Prithvi that finally unified a feudal Nepal that was constantly at war with one another and created a dynasty that still survives in Nepal today, and then drives to Nagarkot, sunset view and overnight at Hotel.
Since Nagarkot lies at the top of a hill, the morning will welcome a mesmerizing view of the sunrise emerging out of the fog covered mountains. After breakfast, we hike for a couple of hours to the Chagunarayan temple which is an old and artistic temple listed as a UNESCO world heritage. After visiting this temple, we drive to Kathmandu – where, the rest of the evening is free. Stay overnight at the hotel.
We travel on a scenic highway to the Nepal Tibet Border. After immigration formalities at the border, you meet our Tibetan guide & driver. After some briefing, we drive to Kyirung.
Acclimatize in Kerong before further driving. A free afternoon to look around. Stay overnight at Guesthouse.
We go on a long drive on the desert terrain for the first time on this day. While en route we drive past nomad camps and sheep and yak herds. We can see Gaurishankar, Shishapangma and Langtang Himal from the pass. We continue driving through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peiku Tso Lake (4400m). We cross river Brahmaputra ( “Yarling Tsangpo” in Tibetan ) to reach Saga (4600m).
With the mountains on the horizon, we drive through the small town of Zhongba before reaching Paryang. As you approach this serene and sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can have a glimpse of majestic Mount Kailash. Manasarovar, the highest freshwater lake with turquoise complexion – surrounded by Mt Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandata, and Lake Rakshas, is simply heavenly.
After some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar with the snowy massif of Gurla Mandhata 7694m just across the lake, we drive 40 km to Darchen which serves as the base for Mt Kailashkora ( circumambulation). The Kora is 53 km in total and completed in three days. O/n in a Guesthouse.
It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs and waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky. The 15 km trail takes almost 7 hrs and overnight Guest house.
Hardest but the holiest day of your pilgrimage trek; cross Dolma La pass at 5670 m. Once you reach the top, perform a holy offering and meditate in this peaceful sanctuary. By the late afternoon, you will arrive at Zuthul Puk where the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles.
Complete the kora and drive to Lake Manasarovar to Saga. Overnight stay at a Guest House.
Drive back to Kyirung. Overnight stay at a Guesthouse.
Drive further to Nepal Tibet border, complete the immigration formalities and drive to Kathmandu Overnight stay at a hotel.
We are confident that you’ve enjoyed one of the best holidays ever & will go home to tell tales of your visit to the sacred and pious Lake Mansarovar. Our escorts & vehicles will be on standby at your hotel to take you to the airport for your final departure. It’s been wonderful knowing you. We hope to see you again!! Bon Voyage!