Mt. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
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Kailash Mansarovar tour offers rigorous overland driving, trekking and camping, passing the remote and wild western Tibet. Popularly known as Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, this tour requires at least four weeks of physical endurance to perform the circumambulation while following this regimen. The tour of Kailash Mountain and Mansarovar Lake is an essential part of your overall journey to Mount Kailash. Trekking through this long path is difficult and physically taxing. We travel by the Southern route and after our pilgrimage (religious or secular) we return by the same route. With great divine pleasure we invite and welcome all the travelers to one of the most sacred pilgrimage of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The tour of Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar takes the seeker through Nepal and Tibet, where an array of temples and stupas and ancient architectures are explored and enjoyed.
The holy Tibet Mount Kailash Mansarovar is situated in the western Tibetan Plateau in the northernmost region of the Himalayas. Also referred to as Mount Meru and Kang Rinpoche, or snow jewel, Mount Kailash is a 6714m high peak is considered as the sacred place for Buddhist, Hindu, Janis and Bonpos for thousands of years. Hindus perform a 'parikrama' or walk around the 32-mile circumference of Mount Kailash, an act that is believed to wipe away all sins. It is believed that the Lord Shiva had dwelled in meditation on its top. According to Hindu legend, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma. Hence, in Sanskrit it is called Mansarovar, which is a combination of the words Manas (mind) and Sarovar (lake) many pilgrims visit the place with full of devotion.
Most pilgrims to Kailash also take a dip in the nearby, highly sacred Lake Mansarovar (Lake of Consciousness and Enlightenment). Kailash Mansarovar Lake tour has been pilgrimage site for centuries that people walking overland for weeks or months. Fee they are really approaching the centre of universe. Mt Kailash is also reversed as the source of four of the great rivers of Asia, fueled by the water of the nearby holy lake Mansarovar also known as Tso Rinpoche or 'precious lake' in Tibetan. Bathing in the freezing cold water of the lake which is said to contain miraculous powers is considered to be of massive spiritual benefit during the Kailash yatra tour in Tibet.
Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport:
We will meet you in Kathmandu at tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you find yourself fresh, we will invite you to visit our office and provide you with brief information about your trek program. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items.
Day 02: A full days sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley:
After breakfast our guide will accompany you on tour of sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. You will visit the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. You will also visit Swyambhunath, a 2000 year old temple which is popularly known as monkey temple. Moreover, you will enjoy Patan City which is famous for its fine arts and historical architecture. Back to hotel.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam 3750 m (150 km)
After early breakfast we drive through Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel and reach Friendship Bridge (i.e. Nepal-China border). From here we walk for about 10 minutes to cross Friendship Bridge and meet our Tibetan guide and land cruiser drivers. After all the immigration and custom formalities at the Chinese check post here, our journey continues for another 35 km which can take almost 3 hours through the up-winding road to Nyalam with beautiful scenery. Then, you will be transferred to the guest house in Nyalam. The facilities of the guesthouse are very simple and basic. We stay free and spend overnight here.
Day 04: Nyalam – day free for acclimatization
Today is free for acclimatization. We will be going for short trek which is in preparation for Kailash Parikrama and it helps us to acclimatize fast. Overnight stay at guest house.
Day 05: Nyalam –Saga 4450 m (240 km) 6-7 hrs.
After breakfast drive to Saga. First long drive over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keeping you busy. Today you will be passing through the first highest pass Lalung-La 5050m. Stop and stay for about 10 minutes at Lalung-La and experience how you feel at an altitude of 5050 m. You can see the superb view of Gaurishankar, Shishapangma to Langtang Himal. Continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peigutso Lake (4400m). We will be crossing River Brahmaputra (Tibetan name “Yarling Tsangpo”) to reach Saga.
Day 06: Saga – Paryang 4600 m. (185 km)
After breakfast drive to Paryang. Pass through many villages and camps of yak herders. Far south you can see snow-capped mountain peaks. Most of the time, you will be driving on plains with a comfortable drive. Arrive in Paryang and enjoy hot tea. Overnight stay at guest house.
Day 07: Paryang – Mansarovar 4558 m (277 km)
Early breakfast and get ready for longest driving day. Late afternoon you can have first view of Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Hore – a small village is situated near Holy Mansarovar Lake. Holy Mansarovar (14950 ft/4558m) – the highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rakshash are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Night will be spending at Chui Gompa. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 08: Mansarovar – Tarchen (40 km)
Holy Mansarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning bath and puja we will be heading for Holy Mansarovar Parikrama by landcruiser with packed lunch and continue drive towards Tarchen (Darchen). If time permits, we visit Chui Gompa. Tarchen is considered as a base camp for Holy Kailash Parikrama. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 09: Tarchen – Tarboche (13 km drive) – Dirapuk (4860m) 7 km/ 5 – 6 hrs.
After breakfast drive to Tarboche – starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as outer “Asthapath”. It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls 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 be kept on appearing. For 7 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 10: Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk (4760 m) (18 km trek / 9-10 km) (passing through Dolma-la pass 5,200 m)
Today you will be climbing to Drolma-la (Dolma-La 18600 ft) and then descending gradually to Zuthulpuk (4760m). Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Today is the most difficult day of the trek. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget in eternity. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By late afternoon you will arrive in Zuthulpuk (the cave of Miracles, the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have preformed miracles here).
Day 11: Zuthulpuk – Tarchen (Darchen) (10 km / 4-5 hrs) – Mansarovar
Morning we have free time to explore the caves, temples and shrine around Milarepa cave. After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting for your arrival. By late afternoon you will be at your lodge/camp near Mansarovar Lake.
Day 12: Drive to Dongba (366 km) 7-8 hrs.
We will drive back to dongba or Saga for the night stay.
Day 13: Drive Nylam to Kathmandu (156 km) 6-7 hrs
Drive back to Nyalam, which is the last stay in Tibet part.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Overnight at Hotel
Day 14: Depart from Kathmandu:
We will take you to the Kathmandu Airport to catch your flight to your home. Our staff will take care of your safe and timely arrival at the Tribhuvan International Terminal and help you arrange your last minute departure details.
- All airport Pick up and Drop
- Tibet Travel Permit, entrance fees
- Twin share accommodation in respective hotels
- Tours and transfers with English speaking guide
- All land transport in 4-Wheel Drive jeeps
- Breakfast every day.
- Lunch and Dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu)
- Airfare to Kathmandu & back.
- Any kind of Alcoholic and cold drinks, chocolates,
- Personal expenses, laundry, phone call, internet
- Personal tour Equipment, travel and medical insurance & helicopter rescue,
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
- Yak for personal riding during Parikrama
- Necessary Yak & Yak men for Kailash Kora
- Tips and Gratitude for trekking staff
Mouint Kailash Yatra May 2012
Puru Timalsena - Managing Director of Above The Himalaya Trekking (P) Ltd, organized the trip for 6 of us for Kailash Mansarover from May 28 - June 11, 2012. We had option for organizing our trip through Indian travel agent but choose to go with Puru, due to his honesty, committment and sincerity. We read on the Web that facilities for the trip was very basic but Puru and his team managed to get for us best of the basic facilities through out the trip. Thankyou very much Puru for making our journey memorable.
There was a minor issue with our travel - Due to restrictions by Chinese Authorities and communication gaps, our group size increased from 6 to 23 but Puru after our return from the trip, ammended our contract and promptly adjusted the cost charged for a larger group size - demonstrating his honesty. This is 1st time in my 25 years of travel, I have met a tour operator, who values his committments and is honest to customer. Thankyou Puru - we will come back to you again
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Trip Facts and Figures:
Tour Name: Kailash Mansarovar Tour
Tour Duration: 14 days Arrival to Departure
Best Season: Autumn (August, Sept, & Oct), spring (March & April) & summer (May, June & July)
Trip Grade: Moderate
Max Altitude: 5,250m/17,220ft
Accommodation: Hotels and Guest Houses
Transportation: Land Cruiser (4WD TOYOTA)
Group Size: Min 2 pax up to 10, this tour can be arranged for both individuals and small group travelers any time on your request.
Tour Price: For the most up-to-date and competitive price, please contact us
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