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Kailash /Manasarover in2014

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Kailash /Manasarover in2014

We are planning to be on a group tour to Kailash and manasarover this year. Which is the best season to go - June / July/Aug or Sept? One of the groups we are considering is planning Sept 12th to 28th - will that be too late in th year?

I am not sure if we can do the paricrama. The tour company is suggesting to use the pony as well as walk - in that case how difficult is it? How many hr each day ?

If we don't what is the scenery / landscape we will miss out ? We realise that we will miss out on reaching the divine Kailash peak.

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Manasarovet tour very valuable information , the best tour conductors are fishtail tours and travels of kathmandu. In may 2014 we are going in group to muktinath and manasarover ....! I hope this tour may one of the best tour in my life.

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2. Re: Kailash /Manasarover in2014

Hello,

Welcome to TripAdvisor forum for Nepal!

I think you posted in wrong section, why not try posting in TripAdvisor forum for Tibet? You will get more valuable and updated information and who know if I post there as well?

Good Luck!

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Nepal section is the right place if planning a trip from Nepal to Kailash. There are treks/trips which cross the border to Tibet near Manasarovar. These are quite popular with Indian pilgrims, but also westerners do them.

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Fix before if you plan to take Yak ( ask for tour company before) , if not you will be charge a lot on the spot

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may to sept is the best season to visit kailash mansarovar

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For Kailash karo, please refer to your post-titled ‘Kailash parikrama’ at tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294223-i8162-k734…

For Manasarover karo, it is a 3~7 days trek or an excursion by car after/before Kailash karo.

There are 2 main stops, Gotsmk Monastery and Chiu Gompa. If by car, you’ll miss Trugo Monastery that is the place can watch Kailash and front view with the Lake.

I’ll suggest stay 2-nights at Gotsmk Monastery if possible.

There is a lookout at the left. Traveller shall watch Lhanag-tso (or named as Rakshasa) at the front and Kailash at the back.

At Chiu, the signaling tower is a great point to view Lhanag-tso, Manasarover and Kailash.

At the lakeshore, passing a cape, there is a lookout to view Gurla Mandhata.

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Your best bet is to travel in Sept second half. We have visited the Kailash/Mansarovar area twice, the first time starting around Aug 27 (in 2009) and the second time on Sept 14 (in 2014). Given our experience with the rain/weather & visibility of Mt Kailash, I'd recommend the later in Sept as a better option.

In 2009 (when we started on Aug 27), we planned to take Helicopter trip (for the part of journey to save time), but got stuck in a place called Simikot in Nepal for 5 nights (part of it was due to rains, but we strongly believe that a major part of the issue was the tour operator's negligence and incompetence in handling logistics as well as trying to cut corners to improve profit). We could visit Manasarovar after lot of hassles, but could barely see Mt Kailash during our stay in Darchen. We vowed to visit for the Kailash parikrama again, since our tour guide refused to support part of the group to do it. We also vowed to not use the tour company Travelorg (and Shreshta holidays associated with them). On our way back, everyone was afraid to use helicopter logistics, so we returned by the jeep route via Saga/Nyalam. Everyone had to pay extra to get back from Kathmandu because of the delays (and we had to purchase a separate one-way ticket to USA since we missed our flight from Mumbai).

In 2014 (started on Sep 14 from Kathmandu), we had a beautiful experience, for both the weather as well as the attitude and competence of the tour operator. This time we were supposed to go by road all the way, however, as luck would have it, there was a huge landslide in Aug that prevented buses/autos to go upto the Tibet border. So we took helicopter from Kathmandu to Kodari (the border town in Nepal). Although, we had the 'deja vu' feelings from our previous nightmare in 2009 (in Simikot, a similar town at 9,600' to the west of Nepal near Indian border). The 20-minute ride by chopper was well managed by our tour company in both directions. We had 1 day of rain on Sep 15 in Kodari (and of course the dark cloud of rains in Kashmir/India that wreaked havoc just a few weeks prior to our visit) to start getting worried a bit, but after Sep 16th till our last day in Kathmandu on Oct 1, we had beautiful weather. We had the visibility of Mt Kailash from the time of entering the Kailash Mandala region as we approached the Manasarovar lake. For 6 days that we were in the region, including the parikrama, we could see Mt Kailash for every possible minute (except when it was blocked by other mountains in few stretches)! While the weather was kind, the highlight for the rest of the trip was our tour guide Vaishali Patel and her staff from Shree Kailash Yatra. Considering our own experience in the past as well as hearing the stories of mismanagement from our fellow travelers, it was very clear that we were lucky in having such a competent, conscientious and caring tour guide to make our visit successful.

Please note that you don't actually 'reach' the Kailash peak, but you circumambulate it (a total of about 32 miles / 51 km) around the holy mountain. This is known as Kora by the Tibetans and considered to be a very highly religious, spiritual and meditative experience. It is recommended to keep the pony/porter combination before you start the trek for the eventuality that you are not able to walk (due to the high altitude, fatigue or other reasons), since it is not possible to hire the help when you need it later. You start at about 15,000' and go as high as 18,500' when you cross the Droma la pass. You typically camp/stay for 2 nights, first one in Derapuk and the second one in Zithulpuk. These are built structures but depending upon the tour, it may be a tent. In our case, we also had cooks/sherpa's helping with food, medicine and also religious activities.

This year was specially auspicious so there were lots of people (Indian pilgrims, Tibetans and many Chinese, less westerners) despite the fact that many visas were denied.

Hope this helps with your planning. Make the right choice for the guide as it will make or break your trip. Good luck!

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Thanks a lot. I have gone through the Kailas Manasasarovar poligrimmage in July 2014. Wonderful experience. Stayed one night in Manasasarovar and three night in Darchen gateway to Kail Kailas. Beautiful natural scence. Thanks to tour operator Fishtail tours and travels of khatmandu. Nice arrangements of foods, accommodation and proper guidence. But grievances are there. This is negligible ,because group of 49 tourists clatic condition . And facilities not available except Saga & Nylam. We don't want to go again

Because fully satisfied with natural beauty and piligrimmage. When we visited 2014_July climate was good, except one rain fall and snow fall. High altitude sickness is common. Life time memorable tour it was.

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Thanks a lot. I have gone through the Kailas Manasasarovar poligrimmage in July 2014. Wonderful experience. Stayed one night in Manasasarovar and three night in Darchen gateway to Kail Kailas. Beautiful natural scence. Thanks to tour operator Fishtail tours and travels of khatmandu. Nice arrangements of foods, accommodation and proper guidence. But grievances are there. This is negligible ,because group of 49 tourists clatic condition . And facilities not available except Saga & Nylam. We don't want to go again

Because fully satisfied with natural beauty and piligrimmage. When we visited 2014_July climate was good, except one rain fall and snow fall. High altitude sickness is common. Life time memorable tour it was.

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