Lake Manasarovar lies at 4,590 m (15,060 ft) above mean sea level, a relatively high elevation for a large freshwater lake on the mostly saline lake-studded Tibetan Plateau..
Lake Manasarovar is relatively round in shape with the circumference of 88 km (55 mi). Its depth reaches a maximum depth of 90 m (300 ft) and its surface area is 320 km2 (120 sq mi). It is connected to nearby Lake Rakshastal by the natural Ganga Chhu channel. Lake Manasarovar is near the source of the Sutlej, which is the easternmost large tributary of the Sindhu. Nearby are the sources of the Brahmaputra River, the Indus River, and the Ghaghara, an important tributary of the Ganges..
Lake Manasarovar overflows in to lake Rakshastal which is a salt-water endorheic lake. These lakes used to be part of the Sutlej basin and were separated due to tectonic activity.
Day01: Arrival in Kathmandu:Arrival in the capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. Transfer to hotel for rest. Overnight stay.
Day02: Kathmandu – border:Visit the holy temples of Pasupatinath & temple Lunch Proceed to the border and Overnight stay at Kodari border.
Day03: Kathmandu – Nyalam 3750 m (150kms):Breakfast at the Guest house and then clear. The custom and immigration formalities are completed here and the Friendship Bridge is crossed on foot. The pilgrims are then transferred on to Bus from Tibet. The accompanying Nepalese Sherpa’s get into the waiting trucks after loading the food materials, sleeping bags, gas, water, etc. and the onward journey into the Tibetan/ Chinese region continues. En route the town of Zhangmu (2200m) necessitates a halt for Chinese customs checking and clearance. Lunch would be served at this border town and the Chinese Yuan could be obtained for personal expenses. Then we proceed to the small town of Nyalam (3750m) for an overnight stay in a lodge.
Day04: Nyalam – Day free for acclimatization:Relax the whole day and get acclimatized to the high altitude. Hiking around and slow walk down the market place would be ideal for the mind and body. Overnight stay.
Day 05: Day05: Nyalam –Dongba:Drive through dusty roads and mountainous terrain and relish the marvellous view of the huge and bluish lake Pieko-Tso. The YarlongTsangpo (Brahmaputra River). Is crossed over a bridge and after steering through rough roads; we enter a river valley with scattered villages. The landscape gradually changes to the high plains of Tibet, soft, beautiful and photogenic. We continue on, past the turn-off for the northern route, and arrive at the settlement of Dongba (4840m.). Stay overnight in a lodge.
Day 06: Day06: Dongba - Mansarovar 4558 m (450kms):We drive through some high passes traversing the amazing Tibetan Landscape. We pass the village of Zhongba before arriving at Paryang (4575m). The panoramas are some of the most beautiful on our journey.
On the way we drive across some huge plains, then some rivers and pass some camping spots favoured by truck drivers. The climb to the Mayum La is initially gentle but the top section is steep. The reward is a magnificent panorama that continues as we drop down and pass the stunning Mayum-Tso Lake. 80km further we camp close to the shores of the serene Lake Mansarovar and look across to the magnificent GurlaMandhata (Memo Nani, 7694m). The view of Mount Kailash is breathtaking, inspiring and inviting. Overnight at Mud House.
Day07: Mansarovar Parikrama - Darchen:The day will be spent at Mansarovar, exploring the fascinating area. We drive and trek to the picturesque Chiu Monastery on the northwest shore of the lake. After the Parikrama of the Divine Lake on wheels, a holy dip will not only cleanse the body but also purify the soul
After a short drive we reach the foothills of Mount Kailash, Darchen (4575m). All those desirous of hiring horses, or horse owner’s yaks and yak men for personal use during the Parikrama can do so after bargaining with the yak men. Getting early to bed will ensure a fresh beginning to the 32 miles circumambulation of the Holy Mount Kailash. Overnight at Guest House.
Day08: Darchen – Tarboche – Dirapuk:Early morning we leave in our jeeps for the Parikrama and are dropped 7kms away at Shersong, where our yak team joins us. After loading all our essentials on the yaks we begin our trek through green meadows and streams with Mount Kailash towering nearby. The pilgrims who do not wish to undertake the Parikrama can return and relax on the banks of the Mansarovar Lake. The trekkers follow the river that enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailashjee comes into view before we reach a 13th century monastery at Dirapuk (4910m). We camp at a site overlooking the magnificent and soul-stirring waterfall originating from the Spiritual Mountain. Overnight at Mud House.
Day09: Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk:This trek is over the Droma La to Zutul-phuk (4795m) or nearby. We now leave the Lea Chu Valley and enter the Drolma La (5490m). It is a tough climb to the prayer-flag festooned summit but from where it is all-downhill. We pass above the Lake of Compassion (Gaurikund /ThupkeDzingbu Lake), which is one of the highest Lake in the world. Depending on how people feel, we camp in the valley below the pass or at the monastery at Zutul-Phuk, where there are several meditation caves and also a cave containing an image of Milarepa. Overnight at Mud House.
Day10: Zuthulpuk- Darchen –Dongba:On the final day of the Parikrama/Kora we cross several streams, and follow an impressive gorge. Along the way we are once again treated to magnificent views of Mount Kailash. We then leave the valleys for the Bharka plains and is about an hour's walk through this desert-like landscape to Darchen and further to Mansarovar. Drive Continue to Dongba, over night at Dongba
Day12: Nyalam Kathmandu:Cascading waterfalls lace the drive from Nyalam towards the Nepalese-Tibetan border joined by the Friendship Bridge. After a short halt at Zhangmu, where the Tibetans offer to change any spare Yuan into Nepalese Rupees, we drive down to Kodari. We thank our Tibetan guide and drivers and offer them a token of love and gratitude in the form of tips or gifts. We cross the bridge over the BhoteKosi River, walk to the Nepalese immigration control in Kodari, complete the re-entry formalities and get transferred to our hotel in Kathmandu. This should take about 5 hours depending on the road and weather conditions.
Day13: Departure Kathmandu:Morning after breakfast move to Kathmandu airport for return journey.
Onward and return journey by a private A/C coach.
Accommodation for 2 nights in 3 star resort.
Meals – Daily Buffet Breakfast and Dinner
All transfers and sightseeing in 1 private AC coach.(from Bangalore to Bangalore)
All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary.
Anything specifically not mentioned in the above inclusions / itinerary.
Package Inclusions :
All pickup and drop including in Nepal and Tibet i.e. from Airport to airport.
03 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu at hotel on twin sharing room with vegetarian meals
Half day Sightseeing/Guided tour in Kathmandu with English speaking guide.
Tibet permit/ visa and necessary document to travel to Tibet.
Accommodations in Tibet on group sharing basis using guesthouse and Mud houses
Supporting crew including our own experienced cook.
Freshly cooked vegetarian meals 3 times a day i.e. hot breakfast and hot and warm dinner and packed Lunch
English speaking Tibetan guide TTB approved guide
An experienced Team Leader (co-coordinator) with each group
Permits for Mansarovar and Kailash Kora (Parikrama).