Very few mountains in the world can compete with the magnificence of Mount Kailash (6714m), the celebrated Holy peak in western Tibet.
Hindus worship Kailash as the spiritual center of the world. Lord Shiva, one of the most powerful deities in Hinduism, sits in perpetual meditation and is accompanied by his wife, Parvati, goddess of power and love.
Tibetan Buddhists worship Mount Kailash as Kang Rinpoche or the precious jewel of snow. Mount Kailash is also observed as the home of Demchok, a multi-armed, enraged deity, and his consort, Dorje Phakmo.
For Bonpos (followers of the Bon religion) Mt. Kailash is considered as the seat of the world where the founder Tonpa Shenrab is said to have descended from heaven and for the Jains it is Mount Ashtapad where the noble prophet Rishabha achieved moksha or spiritual liberation.
Our journey begins from Kathmandu from where we take a flight westwards to Nepalgunj. From there we fly to the border town of Simikot. From Simikot we board a helicopter and take a short flight to Nepal-Tibet border, Hilsa. Our overland journey begins from Hilsa. We drive through the dry and arid landscape of Tibetan plateau and reach Lake Mansarover. Surrounded by gently rolling brown hills, the beauty of the serene Lake Mansarover is certain to take your breath away. We take a holy dip and continue our Kailash parikrama. On completion of our parikrama, we retrace our journey back to Kathmandu.
This trail is relatively unscathed by the earthquake and is safe for trekking.
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries
Multiple entry 15 days – US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days – US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days – US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu
The visa extension fee for 15 days or less is USD 30 or equivalent convertible currency
The visa extension fee for more than 15 days i
Tourist visa is avalable on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Before you head to the immigration counter, fill out the visa forms. Though there is a photo booth, we would advise you to carry passport photos to save time (and money). It will cost you US $ 30 (cash) for a thirty days visa.
Our staff will be waiting for you outside the international airport. Look out for someone carrying a sign with either “Expedition Himalaya” or your name written on it.
You can call Nabin (98 5100 4278) or Pasang (98 0102 5435) of Expedition Himalaya if you face any problem.
At the end of your trip, Expedition Himalaya will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.