The Kailash Motorbike tour begins and concludes in Kathmandu where you will travel across Tibet via the Kerung border. Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar are separated by about 1600 kilometers of riding. You will also have around three days of hiking around Mount Kailash, passing through Valley of the Gods, Derapuk, the highest Dolma La pass (5645m) and Juthulpuk valley. Pilgrims from Nepal, India and Tibet have been making the difficult journey to Kailash for more than two centuries due to its worldwide esteem as a sacred destination. Due to the lack of infrastructure in the area, pilgrims must choose their own transportation as well as the necessary food and supplies for the epic journey.
Mt. Kailash is located entirely within Tibet, north of the Himalayan barrier. It holds the distinction of being the most beloved mountain in the world, yet it is the least visited of the world's main holy sites. Four religions and billions of people regard the mountain as a supremely sacred spot. The mountain, however, is only visited by a few people due to its remote location in far western Tibet. Mt. Kailash is considered by Hindus to be Lord Shiva's home. Shiva is a Hindu god who appears to be full of contradictions.You'll see cliff-top monasteries, wild-looking but hospitable Tibetans, yak caravans navigating through snowy passes, the great Himalayan peaks with a portrait of grazing animals and a sparkling turquoise lake on the journey to Mt. Kailash.
The first day of the motorcycle tour takes you to Syabrubesi, where you will spend the night. It passes through Nepalese communities and a tiny mountain road. The second day of riding takes you to Rasuwagadi, where you'll cross the Nepal-Tibet border and arrive at Kerung, the first Tibetan settlement at an elevation of 2,500 meters. Kerung is the first spot to stop for two nights to allow for proper acclimatization before ascending to the Kailash region's greatest height. From here, you can see the beautiful Manasarovar Lake and the magnificent Mount Kailash. Another attraction here is the oldest and most prominent Tsui monastery, which is important to local Tibetans and is located on the summit of a hill near the Lake.
The base of Mount Kailash is reached via a ride to Darchen. We'll leave our bikes here and prepare to trek across Kailash for three days. Walking around Mount Kailash for three days is both a pilgrimage and an adventure, traveling via the 5,645-meter Dolma La pass and the magnificent Gauri Kunda. Mount Kailash's north, west, and east faces as seen from Kailash Kora. Bikes, except for a few locals, and any other mode of transportation other than emergency vehicles, are prohibited from driving after Darchen. Walking around Mount Kailash ends in Darchen and then you will take the same route back to return Kathmandu via Kerung.
With your Tibet travel permit, motorcycle permit and other documentation you must complete many immigration formalities. The entire excursion in Tibet is overseen by an English-speaking Tibetan guide. Firante takes care of all immigration processes, permits, visas, guarantee deposits at immigration for a bike and any other requirements.