Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Yatra - 15 Nights/ 16 Days
In the most northern region of the Himalayas, high on the remote western Tibetan plateau, sits Mt. Kailash, the holy maountain. They Tibetan people call it Kang Rinpoche or snow jewel and Hindus call it Mt. Meru . Budhhist, Hindu and Jain pilgrims from all over the world go to this holy mountain to circumambulate rather than to scale the 22,028 feet high peak.
Hindus who walk around the 32-mile circumference of Mount Kailash use the term parikrama. They believe that lord Shiva, one of their three main gods, resides atop what they call Mount Meru . Tibetans refer to the clockwise circumambulation as a kora. Both words mean the same thing pilgrimage. It is believed that doing a walk around the mountain can take away your all sins.
Man Sarovar is a holy lake which lies on the way to Mount Kailash . It seems very beautiful on the high altitude of Tibet . You can either encircle it or take a bath when you reach there.
Mt. Kailash is also an important religious center for Jains as well. They call this mountain Mt. Ashtapada. According to their religion, this is the place where the great sage Rishabhadeva, the founder of Jain religion, attained nirvana, here on the peak of Mt. Ashtapada.
Mount Kailash (6714m), the farmed holy peak in west of Tibet.
Mt. Kailash has long been an object of worship for four Major religions. For Hindus, it is domain of Shiva. It is also the abode of samvara-a multiarmed, wrathful deity worshipped in the chakrasamvara Tantric cycle of Tibetian Buddhism. And in the ancient Bon religion of Tibet , Kailash was the sacred nine storeys Swastika Mountain , upon which the Banpo founder Shenrab alighted from haven. The 53 Km. Kailash Circuit is the holist of all-Hindu as well as Buddist pilgrimages and the beacon, which draws most traveller to western Tibet . It is said that a single Parikarma erases the accumulated sins of a lifetime, while 108 cicurmbulation will achieve Salvation.
Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Yatra Trip Facts:
Destination: Kailash Mansarvor tour (Holy Tour in Tibet)
Kailash Tour Duration in Tibet: 14 Nights/ 15 Days
Best season in Tibet: May, June. July, Aug, & Sep
Lodging in Tibet: Hotel Accommodation/ Camping
Activities: Bath and Puja and Kailash Kora
Maximum Altitude: 5650 m Dolma la pass.
Total duration: 16 Days
Majors interesting: Buddhist monasteries in Tibet and Hindu temples in Nepal
Himalayan Sights: Mt. Everest (8848m,) Mt Kailash, Gura Mandata, Sisha Pangma
Lakes: Lake Yamdrok , Lake Tu-je Chenpo Dzingbu (Gauri Kund), Holy Lake Mansarovar.
Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Yatra Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 01: arrival in Kathmandu: Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. As you fly, the panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range greets your sight. After the completion of Visa formalities, you have to come downstairs to collect Luggage and proceed to outside from terminal Building. Please look at your Printed Name and Our Company Signboard Annapurna Foothills Treks & Exp and follow them. Meet our representative and then you will be transferred to hotel. You will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice at the time of check in.
The Managing Director or The Manager of company will meet you in hotel and will brief about the trip. You should clear your dues before we proceed for the trip. You are free to relax or explore around the city in the very first day.
Day 02: Kathmandu Breakfast at hotel & morning Pashupatinath Darshan, you only have an hour here, lunch at hotel, afternoon clothing inspection and tour briefing, Dinner and overnight stay at Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive KTM to Nylam 3750m. Early breakfast at hotel, today we will arrive at Tibet . Lunch at border ( Nepal side). After immigration and custom formalities we Proceed to Zhangmu (Border Tibet side) here we meet our Chinese guide and Jeeps (Toyota Land Cruiser 4500 cc), after immigration drive to Nyalam (our first overnight in China ). Dinner and overnight at Hotel / Guest House / Camping.
Day 04: Rest Day at Nylam, 3750m: It is a day for acclimatization.
Day 05: Drive Nylam to Saga/4450m) Today is driving day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet , other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you busy. By the late afternoon, you will cross Bhramha Purtra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town, Saga for night.
Day 06: Drive Saga to Paryang (4600m) Jeeps and trucks roll on the wide valley following rivers and grazing land of yaks and sheep. Far south, you can see snow covered peaks near by you, lots of rocky peaks and sand duns give you an ideal world. Depends on season, nomads and other mobile shopkeepers are attired by beautiful traditional costume, waiting your arrival with hot tea and other supplies along with big smile.
Day 07: Drive Paryang to Manasarover (4558m) The longest driving day starts with full of excitement, by the late afternoon you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Manasarovara. Here, a small village near by Lake Manasarover . Holy - Manasarovara: At 14950-ft/ 4558m. The highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandala , Lake Rashekshi are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. We will spend night at Chu Gumba, guest house/ camping
Day 08: Puja and drive to Tarchen (4580m) Manasarovara is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning Bath and Puja, we will be heading towards Tarchen. It is considered as a base camp for the Holy Kailash Parikrama, Hotel/ camping
Day 09: Trek to Dehara Puk/5000m: It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; water falls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is every where with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will keep on appearing. For 15 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs. Over night stay at guest house/ camping
Day 10: Trek to Zuthulphuk (4760 m) After early breakfast, group will set off as the sun's rays break over the ridges above. After the footbridge the trail rises up a rocky slope. Take this gently but steadily. It soon reaches a level walk. The peak of Mount Kailash rises to the right and can now be seen linked to a long spur, which joins the eastern ridge. This is the top edge of the glacial valley from which the Lhachu (" Divine River ") flows.
This day is the climax of this holy journey & is the most difficult day of our journey. One has to pass through Dolma La Pass - 5680m - highest altitude on this tour. Physically it is the most arduous day. At the pass is a large boulder depicting Tara , festooned with prayer flags. Here too Tibetans leave a memento of themselves such as a tooth, a lock of hair or even a personal snapshot.
After perhaps 30 minutes, we descend a steep, rock-strewn path to the valley below. Just below the pass is Lake Tu-je Chenpo Dzingbu (Gauri Kund) i.e. "The Pool of Great Compassion". Take great care now because it is easy to sprain your ankle or worse. You must negotiate steep staircases down to a snowfield. The only way down is to jump from boulder to boulder across a large rock fall. On the ridge above is a formations known as the Lekyi Ta-ra ("Axe of Karma"), as though one's moment ripen in an accident, suffering or death. Overnight stay at camping.
Day 11: Zuthulphuk to Darchen trek 10 km After breakfast we will trek around 6 kms, and we will be reaching to the point where the jeep will be waiting for us. Drive to Darchen, after lunch at Darchen, we drive to Lake Mansarovar (horchu side) 70kms. Overnight stay at Hotel / Guest House/ Camping
Day 12: Drive Horchu to Prayang (4750 m) After the successful Darshan, now we are returning home, leaving this holy place but keeping in heart. After breakfast drive up to paryang, lunch and dinner is provided, overnight at Hotel / Guest House / Camping.
Day 13: Drive Prayang to Saga (4600 m) hrs. drive After breakfast, drive to Saga. Overnight at local guest house/ camping
Day 14: Drive Saga to Nyalam (3700 m) hours drive After breakfast, drive to Nyalam. Overnight stay at Hotel/ guest hous/ Camping
Day 15: Drive Nyalam to Kathmandu Drive downhill to Zhangmu & Friendship Bridge where transportation awaits for our final leg of journey to Kathmandu (150 Kms)/ 8 - 9 Hrs. After reaching Friendship Bridge , we'll be leaving our Tibet side vehicles on the other side of border and will walk for approximately 15 minutes towards Nepal Immigration Post where our coach for Nepal would be waiting for us. Our Border guide will assist us to shift our belongings towards Nepal Side of the bridge. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Fly back to your home with memories of Mount Kailash & Holy Lake Mansarovar After breakfast, free for souvenir shopping and other independent activities. In time transfer to International Airport to board your onward flight.
- Arrival, departure & sightseeing transfers by Coach in Kathmandu , Nepal
- Darshan of Pashupatinath & Budhanilkantha with Hindi/English speaking guide.
- Kathmandu-Kodari-Kathmandu transfer by private Coach.
- Hotel with full board in Kathmandu 4 Star Hotel.
- Pick up and drop services to / from Nepal / China border by non AC Tourist Bus.
- Sleeping mat, Jacket and Sleeping Bag while on Kailash Tour (returnable after trip)
- Transport by 4W Japanese Land Cruiser.
- Supporting Truck for Luggage.
- Nepali Team Leader and Supporting Team.
- Guesthouses and camping charges in Tibet.
- All camping and cooking equipment.
- Yak for Kailash parikrama luggage only.
- All entrance and conservation fee of Tibet.
- Gamow bag, oxygen.
- Buffet Indian veg. meals
- English speaking Tibetan guide.
- Chinese visa fee of Nepali and Client.
- Free Duffel Bag,
- Supporting truck.
- Especial cooks, all necessary Kitchen staffs, Sherpa.
Service Excludes :
- Air ticket to Kathmandu & return
- Nepal re-entry visa fee for NRIs
- Your travel insurance
- Rescue and evacuation service
- Personal expenses
- Bottled drinks
- Tip for guide & driver
- Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances
- Riding Yak/Horse for Kailash Parikrama (direct payable to Yak/horse harder)
- Extra visa charge for splitting the group in case returning early or delay.
- Extra night stay in Kathmandu other than the schedule.
What we provide to our clients:
Sleeping bag, down Jacket, Gamow bag and Oxygen.
We don't charge extra for the parikrama. If you wish to take help of a yak or horse, the cost will be approx US$ 70 for Yak and USD 110 for horse payable directly to the yak herder or Nepali Team leader who can make more easy with Tibetan. All Indian pilgrims are advised to hire one. You have to understand that the yaks are not domesticated but are meant to carry luggage.
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