Holy for Hindus, Jains, Bons and Buddhists alike, the pyramid-shaped structure of Mount Kailash and the beautiful lake of the holy Mansarovar make for a spectacular trip into the heart of a remote, barren and mesmerizingly beautiful region of the Tibetan plateau.
In Hinduism, it is believed that a ‘Parikrama'(circumambulation) around the holy mountain and a drink from the holy lake can bring about good fortune, and wash away one’s sins. The lingam-shaped mountain of Kailash is believed to be the abode of the Hindu God of virility and destruction of ignorance and illusion – Shiva- where he sits in a perpetual meditative state along with his consort, the Goddess Parvati.
Tantric Buddhists believe that the mountain is home to the Buddha of Supreme Bliss- Demchok, or Chakrasamvara. Mount Kailash is also the site where followers of Buddhism believe that the great Milarepa defeated the Bon Hero- Naro Bon-Chung in a race to the mountaintop by riding the sun’s rays. Numerous sites in the region are associated with the first teacher of Buddhism in Tibet- the Precious One, Guru Rinboche, or Padmasambhava.Practitioners of the slowly disappearing religion of Bon believe the mountain and surrounding mystical region to be the seat of all spiritual power.
In Jainism, the region is believed to be where the first Jain Tirthankara Rishabhadeva, a rare human being who helped others attain enlightenment, first attained Moksh, or Nirvana.
Mark the holy trail of this great pilgrimage with your own footprints. After a long jeep ride, circumambulate (go around) the mountain clockwise if you’re Hindu or Buddhist along the 52 km trail, and anti-clockwise if your religious persuasions are Bon or Jain.
Many believe this pilgrimage will take you to transcendental heights of the mind and spirit, but rest assured that the geographical heights you will attain will be more than noteworthy themselves, parts of the trail getting up to 5500 meters (18,200 feet).
The itinerary below outlines the plan for Buddhist and Hindu devotees, and so the trail goes clockwise. You may take the other way round the mountain, if you’re a devout Bon or Jain.Also, for those without religious standing, you may decide not to trek around the mountain at all, thus cutting the trip short by a few days.
Get here and meet a handpicked professional tour guide, one of the finest the country has to offer, who will take you to your hotel. Program briefing at the evening, dinner, overnight stay at hotel.
Early morning optional Himalayan mountain flight tour. After breakfast start to Katmandu sightseeing including Pashupatinath and Budha Nikanth Darshan, back to hotel and rest of the day is free for shopping and packing, overnight stay in Katmandu.
This is the first day of the Yatra. Early morning with pack breakfast depart from Katmandu to China border by tourist coach. It takes about 5 to 6 hours depending on road conditions. The view is spectacular- sheer cliffs towering over lush countryside valleys of the Sunkoshi and Bhotekoshi rivers. Walk through the Nepal-Tibet border on the Friendship Bridge. Our staffs will complete custom formalities and check into Tibet – an autonomous part of China. After lunch drive to a small Tibetan town called Nyalam. Overnight stay at Guest House.
Altitude Sickness, it seems, picks victims at random regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. Acclimatization is important but it doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. We will spend the day acclimatizing in Nyalam with easy hikes into the hills nearby and by walking in and around the local town. This helps a lot to make the body fit for the rest of driving days. One more day are recommended to spend here to acclimatize fully to be very fit on the onward journey, stay hydrated and aware of your body. Consult with the staff about how you’re doing.
After breakfast Travel to Paryang (475 kms) Lunch en-route at Saga passing through lalung la pass (16000ft) huge lake Paigu – Tso and Brahmaputra. Night stay at Paryang in dormitory rooms
After breakfast drive to Mansarovar passing through Mayumu la pass (17000ft) the highest point of the driving, Exchange environment friendly buses from Huore Bus Depot to Manasarovar. Conducting Mansarovar Parikrama by vehicle. This is the first day stay at the bank of the Manasarovar Lake where the first sight of Mount Kailash and blue water of Lake Manasarovar can be seen. Take holy bath near Tru-Gompa, Perform puja or Meditation, view Rakshastal and reach Chiu Gompa Overnight stay at Chiu Gomba Guesthouse
The staff will set up private bathing tents on the shores of the holy Lake for the sacred bath till late noon, which is usually considered mandatory before the circumambulation of the holy Mt Kailash. After the bath, you will head north towards Darchen, considered the base camp of Mount Kailash. Overnight stay at Darchen Guesthouse
The trek begins here in Darchen. The first day of Kailash Parikrima, After breakfast drive to Tarboche do the parikrama of Yamdwar and Start trek of Kailash Parikrama to Diraphuk (16500 ft) – 12 Kms Horse can be hired at extra cost those who are not able to walk. Yak will carry the kitchen utensils and equipment. Light lunch on the way, Dinner and Overnight stay at Diraphuk camp.
The second day of the Kailash Parikrima is bit complex journey, taking you to the top of the Dolma-La Pass at 5610 meter. After a short standing break at the top of the pass its steep trail descend to Gouri Kund and further trek along with the river to Zutulphuk. (22 Kms) The weather is unpredictable in Doma-la Pass and at any time snowstorm can fall. Dinner & Overnight stay at Camp (Dormitory Facilities )
After breakfast complete last portion of Parikrama around 10 kms, reaching Bus station & then drive to Darchen . After lunch drive to Lake Manasarovar ( horchu side ) 70 kms Exchange Vehicle completing Manasarovar parikrama. Start Continuous Drive to Paryang . our tour starts back for Kathmandu following the same route and same system applies for all subjects of our accommodation and meal. Dinner & Overnight stay at guesthouse in Paryang ..
Drive back to Nyalam, which is the last stay in Tibet part. Dinner & Overnight at Guest House
After breakfast drive from Nyalam to Zhangmu border, post immigration and custom formalities – cross over to Nepal border, lunch at Tatopani – drive to Kathmandu . Spend the evening shopping or hanging out around Thamel – the major tourist hub in Kathmandu before a traditional Nepali dinner and dance program to celebrate our journey.
We’ll take you to the airport. Ask your guide about your options for the day if your flight is in the afternoon or later.