Mt. Kailash Mansarovar Lake Tour – 15 Days
- Trip Code: ATH3435
- Country: Tibet
- Duration: 15 Days
- Trip Level: StrenuousVentures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 3,500 to 5,000m. These treks also involve several nights stay above 4,000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation and a willingness to 'rough it' are necessary. You must have be physically fit for this trek.
- Max Altitude: 5,600 m /18368 ft
- Activity: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour, Sightseeing and Trekking, Overland Tour
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Trip Route:
Kathmandu-Nyalam-Manasarovar Lake-Kailash Kora-Dongba- Nyalam-Kathmandu
- Best Season: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
- 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 (6,714m) is a very popular holy mountain in Tibet and is also known by the name of Tise, Kailash or Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows). Mt Meru (Kailash) is sacred to the Hindus, Buddhists, Janis, and the Bonpos taken as the centre of the physical and metaphysical universe. For the Hindus, the mountain represents the seat of Shiva. For the Buddhists, a terrestrial projection of the cosmic mandala of Dyani Buddhas and Boddhisatvas (which represents the Wheel of Life).
For the devout pilgrim, a visit to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar forms the ultimate realization of their spiritual pursuit, and for the adventure-lovers it offers rugged beauty, remoteness and solitude. If you tour to Mount Kailash during the month of May it gives you the opportunity to witness the Buddhist festival of Saga Dawa while most of the other trips are planned to arrive at Mt. Kailash during the full moon period to give all participants a rare experience.
This tour offers rigorous overland driving, trekking and camping, passing the remote and wild western Tibet, in altitudes between 2,745m to 5,600m.
- 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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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).
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 in Kathmandu.
(Breakfast and Farewell Dinner 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.
- We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
- You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
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 Does not Include
International airfare and airport departure tax.
Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)
Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
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.(See the equipment tab for detail information)
Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
Upgrade the service with Tented Camp in Tibet and Deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu
- USD 1520 per person, if you want to upgrade to four or five star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and best possible camping accommodation on full board while in Tibet (all meals included)
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
- 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.)
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- 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).
- 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).
- 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 – Legs
- 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.
- 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).
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.
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.
- 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.
Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.
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.
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.
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 strongaly 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.
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.
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!
The best time for the Mt. Kailash Tour is between March and October.
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.
Yes. In fact, our company is the active member of Nepal Tour and Travel Agencies Associtaion.
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.
Ace the Himalaya is one of the prime supporters of the social organization Sambhav Nepal. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari (Gorkha district) which you are more than welcome to visit or even volunteer at. You will be able to gain a different insight into the lives of the people in the hills and also make a difference!
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YES, we do handle all the procedure for Tibet Visa and Travelling permit. The process charge is all included in the trip price.
We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.
Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.
Laundry service is easily available at your hotel iin 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.
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel/guesthouse reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring travel adapters!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.
Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:
· Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour (Keep a separate photocopy)
· Travel insurance (Keep a separate photocopy)
· Cash and Traveller’s Cheques (Keep numbers and proof of purchase separately)
· Flight tickets
· Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts
Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.Please go through the trip extension page for more information.
No vaccinations are compulsory fro traveling in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.
We also recommend:
· A dental check-up prior to traveling
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.