Mount Kailash Mansarovar Lake Tour - 15 Days

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A visit to Mt Kailash Mansarovar Lake forms the ultimate realization of their spiritual pursuit, and for the adventure-lovers it offers rugged beauty.

Country
Tibet
Duration
15 Days
Mount Kailash Mansarovar Lake Tour
Difficulty
Easy
Activity
Multi Activity
Max. altitude
5,600 m /18,368 ft
Best season
Mar-Jul, Aug-Oct
Accomodation
Hotel & Guesthouse
Meals
Included
Start/End Point
Kathmandu

Mount Kailash Highlights

  • Kathmandu City tour
  • Scenic drive Kathmandu – Nepal/China Friendship Bridge – Nyalam – Kathmandu
  • Circling around Manasarovar, a sacred Lake
  • Mt. Kailash Kora, a holy mountain
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the roof of the world
  • Walking on the Dolma La Pass over 5,600m

Mount Kailash Mansarovar Lake Tour Overview

Mount Kailash, nestled in the enchanting landscapes of Tibet, stands tall and proud, beckoning pilgrims and adventure enthusiasts from around the world. Rising to an awe-inspiring height of 6,714 meters, this majestic peak is known by various names such as Kailash Parvat, Tise, and Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows).

It holds profound spiritual significance for Hindus, Buddhists, Janis, and the Bonpos, symbolizing the center of the physical and metaphysical universe.For Hindus, Mount Kailash represents the sacred abode of Lord Shiva, the destroyer and transformer of the Hindu trinity. It is believed that a journey to this divine mountain cleanses the soul and grants ultimate liberation.

Buddhists consider Mount Kailash as a terrestrial manifestation of the cosmic mandala, adorned with the presence of Dyani Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. For both faiths, this sacred mountain is a beacon of enlightenment and a gateway to higher realms of consciousness.

Embarking on a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and the neighboring Lake Mansarovar is a profound and transformative experience. It is the pinnacle of spiritual pursuit for devout pilgrims and offers a sanctuary for introspection, prayer, and self-discovery.

The rugged beauty, remoteness, and solitude of this sacred landscape captivate the hearts of adventure-lovers, offering a unique blend of physical challenge and spiritual rejuvenation. When planning your visit to Mount Kailash, consider the month of May, which coincides with the auspicious Buddhist festival of Saga Dawa.

This vibrant celebration marks the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana (passing away) of Gautama Buddha, filling the air with devotion, prayers, and sacred rituals. Witnessing this festival amidst the awe-inspiring surroundings of Mount Kailash adds an extra layer of depth and cultural immersion to your journey.

Our meticulously designed Kailash tour takes you on an extraordinary adventure through the remote and wild landscapes of western Tibet.Brace yourself for rigorous overland driving, invigorating treks, and peaceful camping experiences that connect you intimately with nature and the spiritual energy of the region.

As you traverse altitudes ranging from 2,745 meters to 5,600 meters, each step brings you closer to the spiritual heart of Mount Kailash.

The journey to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar is a pilgrimage of the soul, transcending the physical. It demands endurance, faith, and profound reverence for the sacred.Along the way, you’ll meet diverse fellow travelers with a common purpose and a shared longing for spiritual fulfillment.

During this transformative pilgrimage, deep connections are forged, and stories are shared. These experiences create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Open your heart to profound introspection, and let the bonds formed during this sacred journey become a source of inspiration and lasting spiritual growth.

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes, the pristine waters of Lake Mansarovar, and the ethereal aura surrounding Mount Kailash.

Absorb the mystical energy that permeates the air and allow yourself to be humbled by the grandeur of nature’s creation. This sacred journey offers an opportunity for profound introspection, self-discovery, and spiritual growth. Book your Mount Kailash Parvat Yatra today and embark on a soul-stirring adventure that transcends the boundaries of the physical realm.

Prepare to be captivated by the raw beauty of Mount Kailash, to be moved by the ancient traditions and rituals, and to forge lifelong connections with fellow pilgrims on this extraordinary expedition. Let the divine vibrations of Mount Kailash resonate within you, forever transforming your perspective on life, spirituality, and the interconnectedness of all beings.

Short Itinerary

Day 01 :

Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel.

Day 02 :

Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 03 :

Kathmandu to Kodari (114 km, 5 hrs) and cross Border then drive to Nyalam-3750m (32 km, 1 hr). Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 04 :

Acclimatization day at Nyalam. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 05 :

Drive from Nyalam to New Dongba(4500m), 357 km, 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 06 :

Drive from New Dongba to Lake Mansarovar (Hor Chu) 4500 m, 369 km, 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 07 :

Lake Mansarovar parikrama by Jeep (88 km, 1.5 hrs) and then drive to Darchen, 88 km. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 08 :

Start parikrama to Deraphuk (4920 m), 5 hrs trek. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 09 :

Trek Shivasthal-Gaurikunda-Zutulphuk (4820 m)- 9 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 10 :

End of Trek and then Drive to Manasarovar, 3 hrs trek and 1 hr drive. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 11 :

Return back to New Dongba, 6 hrs drive. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 12 :

Return back to Nyalam, 6 hrs drive. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 13 :

Return back to Kathmandu, 4 to 5 hrs drive. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 14 :

Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 15 :

Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure.

Departures & Availability

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Price Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a threestar hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (4 nights)

  • Basic guesthouse accommodation for the tour in Tibet (dormitory style room with common toilet) including breakfast

  • All transportation by private tourist vehicle for the tour in Kathmandu and in Tibet (4 passengers in one Land Cruiser)

  • Truck to transfer the equipment and food during the driving tour if you have choosen for Tented Camp Stay in Tibet.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a private vehicle on day 02

  • Sightseeing/monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (on Day 02).

  • Government-licensed English-speaking Tibetan tour guide while in Tibet.

  • The required number of ground staff for the tour like helpers and drivers.

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff.

  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag provided Ace the Himalaya (which needs to be returned after the trip).

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sunhat (yours to keep).

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 14th).

  • Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa and monastery entry fees.

  • Yak and yak men during the Kailash Kora (one yak for every two clients)

  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) and oxygen (in case of emergency).

  • All government taxes, vat and Tourist service charges

  • All official expenses.

Price Excludes

  • International flight fare and airport departure tax
  • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be acquired easily after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with a fee of USD 50 for 30 days visa and USD 125 for 90 days visa)
  • Internet and telephone calls.

  • Lunch and dinner for entire trip – about USD 15 to 20 per person per day.

  • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, hot & cold drinks and laundry.

  • Personal clothing and equipment.

  • Tips to trekking staff and driver
  • Any expenses other than the Price Include section

Mount Kailash Mansarovar Lake Tour Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m)

Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle.

Overnight at a Hotel
No meals included

Day 02: Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley

At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the pre-trip meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist  shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying  in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later, you will be supplied with our Trek Pack, travelling permit and Visa for the trip and information regarding your departure.

Overnight at a Hotel
Breakfast included

Day 03: Kathmandu to Kodari and cross Border then drive to Nyalam(3750m).

Early wake up and take pack breakfast from hotel and drive to Kodari (border of Nepal & China). On the way we will stop for breakfast and then continue to border. Our border representative will help us for Nepal immigration and custom formalities then we proceed to China by walk through Friendship Bridge. Meet our guide in China border, complete immigration formalities then proceed to Nyalam in 4WD Land Cruiser or Luxury Bus. It takes approximately an hour & half to reach Nyalam, the distance from the friendship bridge to Nyalam is near about 32 km. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Kathmandu to Kodari – 115 km (4 hrs & half)
Kodari – Nyalam: 32 km (one and half hour)

Overnight at a Hotel
Breakfast included

Day 04: Acclimatization day at Nyalam

Today, we are free in Nyalam for acclimatization purpose. It is better, if we go for a short hiking above Nyalam village. This will help us to be acclimatized in new atmosphere. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast included

Day 05: Drive from Nyalam to New Dongba(4500m).

After breakfast, we drive to Dzongba, en route we will be passing through Lablung-La Pass (5100 m.), Milareppa cave & lake Peiku then eventually cross the bridge built over River Bramhaputra in Saga.

Continue drive further to Dongba after Saga. Lunch will be served on the way. Overnight at a guesthous.
Nyalam to New Dongba: 357 km (6 hrs drive)

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast included

Day 06: Drive from New Dongba to Lake Mansarovar (Hor Chu) 4500 m.

Today is the highlighted day of this journey. We are going to reach the holy Lake “Manasarovar & Mt. Kailash” which is our ultimate goal. On the way, we will driving through the highest motorable pass of this journey (Mayum-La; 5200 m.)

Lunch will be served somewhere near Horchu River, before the Mayum-La pass. Overnight at a guesthouse.
New Dongba to Lake Manasarovar: 369 km (6 hrs drive)

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast included

Day 07: Lake Mansarovar parikrama by Jeep and then drive to Darchen.

Morning after breakfast, we will drive around the Lake Manasarovar (clockwise) then continue to Darchen. After keeping our luggage in the guesthouse, we will drive to Asthapad (optional program if pre-booked) & return back to Darchen in the evening. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Manasarovar parikrama (88 km/55 miles) – 1 & half hour

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast included

Day 08: Start parikrama to Deraphuk (4920 m).

Morning after breakfast drive to Yam Dwar or Sherson (15 minutes drive). From Yam Dwar, you will start trekking to Dera Phuk (north face of Kailash). Overnight at a guesthous.
Darchen to Yama Dwar – 10 km (30 minutes)
Trek, Yama Dwar to Diraphuk – 18 km (5 hrs)

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast included

Day 09: Trek Shivasthal-Gaurikunda-Zutulphuk (4820 m)

This is the toughest day of Kora. The journey right from the beginning starts going uphill till to Dolma-La (5600 m.) then continue descending to the valley floor, the other side of Dolma pass. The last leg of the journey is along with the River Bank, up to Zutulphuk. The high light of the day are Shivasthal, Dolma-La and Gaurikund which are on the way. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Driraphuk to Zutulphuk (22 km – 9 hours)

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast included

Day 10: End of Trek and then Drive to Manasarovar.

Today, the trail is easy & flat, so you will complete the journey within 3 to 4 hours. We will be picked up at the ending point near Darchen by our Jeep, then transferred to Lake Manasarovar (east side). Overnight at a guesthouse.
Zutulphuk to ending point (11 km, 3 hrs trek)
Ending point to Lake Manasarovar: 35 km (1 hr drive)

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast included

Day 11: Return back to New Dongba.

Have last look of both Kailash & lake Manasarovar, then proceed for new Dongba. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Lake Manasarovar to New Dongba: 369 km (6 hrs drive)

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast included

Day 12: Return back to Nyalam

Return back to Nyalam via the same route.. Overnight at a guesthouse.
New Dongba to Nyalam: 357 km (6 hrs drive)

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast included

Day 13: Return back to Kathmandu.

Morning after breakfast drive down to ZhangMu, cross over the friendship bridge then drive back to Kathmandu. Lunch will be served on the way. Evening dinner and rest. Overnight at Hotel.
Kodari to Kathmandu – 115 km (4 hrs & half).

Overnight at a Hotel
Breakfast included

Day 14: Leisure day in Kathmandu

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).

Overnight at a Hotel
Breakfast included

Day 15: Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure

The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast included

Gears and Equipment

All you need to bring for this Tour is simply some comfortable clothes; there is no any requirement of special equipment on the tour. However for your ease, the following gives you the general idea about the personal items you need to manage for the trip. The personal items referred here are optional and depends upon your choice. The most important factor to be considered while choosing the equipments and your Bag-pack, is the time of the year you are travelling.

In the driving tour, we provide the truck to transfers all the heavy items/equipment, however during the Kailash KORA the Yaks or local porters carry the equipments. Personal belongings of the clients which is required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It is therefore advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag, which you can use on the tour for your shopping purpose. The duffel bag is yours to keep

general GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

General

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

upper_body GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Upper Body

  • Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

hands GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Hand

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

torso GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

lower_body GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Lower Body

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  •  All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

feet GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Feet

  •  4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

first_aid_kits_and_medications GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the tour. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

other_essentials GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Miscellaneous, but Important !

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

optional GEARS AND EQUIPMENT

Optional

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
  • Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

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FAQs for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Lake Tour

General

Do you handel Tibet visa and travelling permit?

YES, we do handle all the procedure for Tibet Visa and Travelling permit. The process charge is all included in the trip price.

Are there any communication facilities during the tour?

Communication facilities in Tibet have been improved over the past few years. You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time. Please ask us for the latest facilities and schemes on Chinese mobile phones.

Is there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

Is Ace the Himalaya's staff insured?

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa, and porters. Please browse through our legal docment page to view insurance details.

Do your guides speak good English?

For the second day tour in Kathmandu will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Nepali guide. Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life.

Many Tibetan guides have different accent of English speaking capacity due to their mother tongue and Tibetan language, which makes hard to understand while in the conversation with them. Hence, our travelers must consider these facts before you book for any trip to Tibet.

For travelling group of six and more people travelling, we will provide experienced prefect English speaking Nepalese guide from Kathmandu.

What immunizations will I need?

  • COVID-19 vaccination (Negative PCR report in case of unvaccinated travelers.)
  • Typhoid vaccination is recommended but not required

We suggest you have a dental checkup before your trip and know your blood type. It is helpful if you inform us of any medical condition that is relevant so we may convey this information in the event of an emergency. Ace the Himalaya keeps your medical condition confidential unless treatment is necessary.

I want to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, you can extend your holiday. Ace the Himalaya offers many options and alternatives for your holiday extension. For more information, you can visit our Day trips pages.

Physical Fitness

How fit do I need to be for this tour? Is this trip for me?

The Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Tour is suitable for the average traveler who is moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on this journey. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice/consent before considering the trek. Whilst on the tour, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized to high altitudes.

Please note that while in KORA you will be trekking for minimum four to maximum nine hours at the altitude above 5000 meters.

Payments and extra costs

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?

Besides Chinese Yuan, only US dollars can be accepted in Tibet. There are NO ATMs in the town you are visiting. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at Kathmandu and border. While changing money at the local money exchange centers in Kathmandu or at border, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.

How much additional money do I need per day?

It depends on your spending habits. USD 15 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, bottles of water, chocolates and a few drinks during the trip.

Tibet is becoming more expensive every year. There are many local shops that sell traditional Tibetan handicrafts. We recommend you to bring extra money to spend on souvenirs.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

Arrival and Visas

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Weather and Temperature

What is the best season for this tour?

The best time for the Mt. Kailash Tour is between March and October.

What is the weather and the temperature like during the tour?

It depends on the season you’re travelling. During the month March, April, October it is colder at night and relatively warmer during the day, with the temperature ranging from -15°C at night to 20°C. Between May and September, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 25°C during the day to -5°C at night.

Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -20 deg C low.

Accommodation

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in the tour?

We use standard rooms in three- to four-star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Please note that the guesthouses during this trip in Tibet are considered very basic and are of dormitory style. There is no any shower facility at most of the guesthouses and toilets facilities are always outside the building.

We strongly recommend our clients to upgrade the accommodation to tented camp for this tour. We offer the best possible camping accommodation on full board while in Tibet (all meals included) at the additional cost.

What sort of food can I expect in the tour?

All breakfasts are included in our package. Your guide will help you find good restaurants with reasonable price. A must are the small Tibetan restaurants which serve authentic Tibetan food. You can try ethnic Tibetan cuisine. Have some momos or gyantok, and wash it down with a cup of salted Tibetan butter tea. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant of your choice (where available). While on the road, lunch will be at one of the many Chinese tea shops along the way which generally serve a variety of noodle and vegetable dishes and meat where available. Expect to spend around USD 15 to 20 per day for meals.

We will provide all the meals and hot drink when you choose the camping trip option.

Is the water fine to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you.

Transportation and Flights

What mode of transportation do you use?

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalayan tours, enhancing the experience!

We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas we use the best 4WD SUVs for the overland drive across the Tibetan highland. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage. We use our own Fleet service for Transportation…Click to know more about our fleet service!

Do I need to book my international flights for the travel to Nepal?

Yes, you must book your international flights. We are a local agency and do not make international flight arrangements. You can easily browse through flight tickets in airlines sites to book ones most feasible for you.

Miscellaneous

Will it be possible to get any clothes washed/Laundry ?

Laundry service is easily available at your hotel in Kathmandu by paying additional charge. there are no laundry service in Tibet. You can do washing at the public tap, river etc. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip?

These facilities will be available in your hotel. Remember to bring travel adapters!

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Our CSR with Sambhav Nepal

Our CSR with Sambhav Nepal
Our CSR with Sambhav Nepal

  • Ace the Himalaya believes in giving back to the communities that surround and support tourism in Nepal. Ace provides logistical support and, if needed, cash donations to the projects of Sambhav Nepal (a local NGO).
  • Sambhav Nepal and Ace work together to plan volunteer programs that will bring in foreign volunteers and make use of their enthusiasm, time, and talents in a variety of projects.
Sustainability and Responsible Tourism

Sustainability and Responsible Tourism
Sustainability and Responsible Tourism

  • Of the few Travelife Partners in Nepal, Ace the Himalaya is one. We respect the procedures for sustainable tourism. Our excursions are socially and environmentally conscious, leaving the lowest possible impact in the Himalayas.
  • About 80% of Ace the Himalaya’s staff members are natives of the regions where our trips are organized. It is one of our sustainable and responsible efforts to help local communities, support small businesses, and promote regional culture and way of life.

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