Mt. Kailash alias 'Jewels of snow' as the Tibetians call it, is the most sacred mountain in Asia. The mountain believed to be an abode of Lord Shiva by the Hindus is also venerated by Buddhist, Jains and the Bon, Tibet’s indigenous religion. For thousands of years the Kailash region is the sources of the Ganges, the Sutlej, the Indus and the Brahamaputra River, which also drains the vast of Tibetan plateau. Hindus, declare it to be Lord Shiva's throne and according to the legends river ganges is said to have emanated from one of strands of Shiva’s long matted hair. Buddhist cosmography identifies Kailash with the mighty Mt. Sumeru, the central peak of the world. Jains identify the Kailash area with the place of their first saint's spiritual liberation. As a Bon centre, Mt. Kailash is the soul of universe and assures perpetuity and protection for all the Tibetan people.
Situated between Mt. Kailash and Mt. Gurla Mandata is the sacred lake Manasoravor. This is another important pilgrimage sites to the Tibetans. It is known as Mapham Tso (Lake), "the unconquerable lake". As per the Hindu mythology it was formed in the mind of Lord Brahma (the creator). It was created to show the omnipotence of Brahma's mind, 'MANAS'. Holy Lake Manasorvar, the mother principle, represents Buddhist transcendent consciousness.
Devotees and high lamas are found devoted chanting and praying ceaselessly as most make the difficult spiritual walk around Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasoravor (clockwise by Hindus and Buddhist and anti-clockwise by Bon religion). This hardest walk around Mt. Kailash is called Kora or Parikrama that normally takes three days and is believed to release from the sins of 100 births. A legend has it that even a beast that bears the name of Manasarovar shall go to the paradise of Brahma. This is a journey of lifetime - a pilgrimage for us all.
Duration: 13 Days
Trip Starts from: Kathmandu
Trip Ends from: Kathmandu
Best time of Travelling:End of April, May, June, July, August & September
Mode of Trip:By Coach Maximum altitude : 1350m to 5850m
- Day 01:
Upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport meet our office representative. He will assist to transfer the Hotel. In the evening tour briefing at the hotel.
- Day 02:
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
In the morning, you will visit Pashupatinath temple and Budhanilkantha, the sleeping Bishnu. Today your night halt will be either at Kathmandu or Nagarkot, hill station 35 km east of Kathmandu city.
Optional tour: Morning Everest Mountain Flight (1 hr) can be done.
- Day 03:
Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam
Early morning you will drive towards Friendship bridge at Kodari border. After crossing the friendship bridge you go through immigration formalities. Then drive to Nyalam.
- Day 04:
Rest at Nyalam
Rest day in Nyalam for acclimatization purpose. Today you go for a short hiking above Nyalam for a couple of hours. This will help you to be acclimatized properly.
- Day 05:
Drive Nyalam to Dongba
The journey starts with newly built road smooth and pleasant. Today you pass 5000m high pass, the Lung La with great views over the Himalayas including the closest Mt. Sashibangma. You also cross beautiful Peiku Lake, Brahmaputra River and Saga.
- Day 06:
Drive Dongba to Mansarovar
Today you travel to Mansarovar via Prayang and Mayum La Pass (5200 m) and arrive at Hor Quo (4560 m). Lunch on the way. From Hor Quo you go for parikarma of Mansarovar Lake by drive and arrive at Chu Gompa for night halt. Today is the day of lifetime as you will have the first sight of Holy Mt. Kailash and Holy Lake Mansarovar.
- Day 07:
Drive Lake Mansarovar to Darchen, Base Camp of Kailash
In the morning do Pooja and take holy bath at Mansarovar. After lunch, drive to Darchen, the base camp of Mt. Kailash. The drive takes about 1 & half hours.
At Darchen yatris who wants Mt. Kailash Parikarma with horses and porters will have to confirm our guide so that he can arrange all before starting the parikarma.
- Day 08:
1st Day of Parikrama to Diraphuk
Morning drive near to Yama Dwar. Here you will meet our yaks and yak men. We will load all logistics on yaks and start Parikrama. Visit Yama Dwar on the way. The First day of Kora is a gradual walking of 5 hours. From the way you have Darshan of West face of Kailash. Today your night halt at Dirapuk. From Dirapuk view of North face of Kailash in a distance.
Yatris who are not going Mt Kailash Parikarma will stay at Darchen till those people going Parikarma return back.
- Day 09:
2nd Day of Parikrama to Zuthulphuk
Early morning trek uphill Dolmala Pass. It takes about 4 to 5 hours. After reaching top of the pass 5850 m then trek down to the valley floor. It takes another 4 to 5 hours. After cross Dolmala when you move down you see Gauri Kunda. This day is longest and toughest day of Parikarma. So be prepared in mind accordingly. Like yesterday today also your overnight will be in tented camp at Zuthulphuk.
- Day 10:
3rd Day of Parikrama. Drive to Dongba
Today is last of Parikarma. After breakfast you trek down of 10 km with the winding gradual track. Once you reach the place called Chongdo, our transport will pick up you and drive back to Dongba. Today you night halt will be at Dongba.
- Day 11:
Drive Dongba to Nyalam
Morning after breakfast you set off your journey back to Nyalam with sweet memory of Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Lake.
- Day 12:
Drive Nyalam to Kathmandu
From Nyalam you drive back to the friendship bridge at Kodari. After completing Chinese immigration formalities you drive to Kathmandu.
- Day 13:
After breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu Airport to connect flight for onward journey.
We will do it best to make the tour with safe and smooth. As all the tour programs are conducted strictly under the rules and regulations of Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB), we will not be accountable for any changes due to change of official rules and laws of Tibet. Moreover we will also not be liable for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, cancellation of flight, sickness and accidents. Any extra cost arising due to the above circumstances shall be borne by the clients on the spot.
If you wish to extend your trip to any pilgrimage site such as Muktinath, Janakpur Dham, Damodar Kund, Kagvusundi Lake etc. or you want to go for any short trips such as Pokhara, Chitwan, Dhulikhel, Nagarkot etc. please ask us.
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