Mt. Kailash Pilgrimage Tour – 16 Days
Location: Tibet, Asia
Mt. Kailash is one of the holy mountains in India. it’s approximate height is about 6715 m. It is believed to be the physical embodiment of the mythical Mt Meru, said to be the center of the universe or ‘navel of the world’ . Mt. Meru is depicted as a mandala, and its image occurs throughout both Buddhista and Hindu parts of Asia. Images of Mt Meru occur as far away as Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Borobadur in Indonesia. Mt Kailas is holy to followers of four religions. To Hindus, Kailas is the abode of Shiva and nearby Manasarobar Lake is the means or soul of Brahma. Tibetans call Kailas Kang Rimpoche. Jains worship it as Mt Ashtapada, the peak from which the religion’s founder, Rishabanatha, achieved spiritual liberation. Followers of Bon-Po, the ancient pre- Buddhist shamanistic religion of Tibet, revere Kailas as the soul of Tibet. Mt. Kailash has long been an object of worship for four Major religious, for Hindu, it is domain of Shiva, It is also the abode of samvara-a multiarmed, wrathful deity worshipped in the chakrasamvara Tantric cycle of Tibetrian Buddhism. The joins of India also reverse the mountain as the site at which the first of their saints emancipated. And in the ancient Bon religion of Tibet, Kailash was the secred 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.
Lake Mansarovar: At an elevation of 4510m, is more important to Hindus than to Buddhists. Hindu pilgrims make an 85km. circuit around Manasarovar that is made longer and more difficult by marshes and complicated stream crossings. The Tibetans, being more pragmatic, often make a circuit of the lake in the winter when the streams are frozen and the route is shorter. Near Manasarovar is another large lake, Rakshas Tal, the ‘Demon Lake’ that holds far less spiritual significance.
Sprawling below Mount Kailash is the sacred lake Manasarovar (4580m), where ritual bath will deliver a pilgrim to brahm’s paradise and drink of its water relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes.
MOUNT KAILASH MANASAROVAR OVERLAND YATRA-16 DAYS
DAY 01 Kathmandu (1300m.) arrival.
Pick up from the airport/Drive to Hotel, if time permits our guide will take you to Pashupatinath for Darshan during Arati time. Dinner
DAY 02 Kathmandu
Morning: breakfast/ guided tour of Kathmandu holy sites including Pashupatinath , Boudanath and Soyambhunath . Back to hotel for lunch. Afternoon: final preparation for Yatra . Personal gear and equipment will be checked. If anyone needs o buy or rent any gear our staff can assist you in shopping at the various stores in Kathmandu .
DAY 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (3700m) 175 Km /9 hrs. Over Night at Guesthouse
Journey begins at 5:30 am . Breakfast in hotel, the road follows the river valleys of the Sunkosi and Bhotakosi rivers, passing through green mountains and cliffs. By the afternoon we get to the Tibetan boarder. Depending on the road conditions, we may stay in Zhangmu. If road conditions permit, we will continue 30km to Nyalam .
DAY 04 Rest Day for acclimatization Over Night at Guesthouse
Nyalam (3700m) This day gives us a chance to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude. It is important to stay hydrated and extremely aware of your body’s physical condition.
DAY 05 Drive to Saga (4200m) 232km / 8 hrs. Over Night at Guesthouse / Camp
The road climbs up to the, La Lung (5124m) then drops down before heading western part of Tibet . Road to east goes to Lhasa , capital city of Tibet . The driving is difficult, but the stunning views of the Himalayas and in particular Shisha Pangma (8012m) more than make up for the rough travel. By late afternoon we will cross the Bhramaputra river and a quick drive will bring us to Saga.
DAY 06 Drive to Paryang (4500m) 285 km / 8 hrs. Over Night at Guesthouse / Camp
Our jeeps and trucks roll through the gigantic valleys following the various rivers through the grazing lands of yaks and sheep. The landscape is highlighted by snow capped peaks rising out of the distant sand dunes. Depending on the season, many Tibetan nomads and traders in traditional dress will inhabit this area.
DAY 07 Drive to Lake Manasarovar (400m) 298km / 9 hrs. Over Camp
This is the longest driving day of the trip. By late afternoon the drive through the green pastures and huge valleys gives way to the first sighting of Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar . We will drive to Thogu holiest bathing gate of Manas.
DAY 08 Drive to Tarchen (4600m) 60km Over Night at Guesthouse
Lake Manasarovar (4500m) Lake Manasarovar is regarded as the most holy of all of Tibet ‘s many lakes. According to Hindu and Buddhist cosmology the four great rivers of the Indian sub-continent, the Brahmaputra, Sutlej, Ganges, and Indus all arise from the lake. It is said that Lord Vishnu floated in it for an eternity, dreaming, until the life force stirred, and out of the water’s infinite potential sprang forth all of creation. This day offers a wonderful opportunity to see the great lake Manasarover with mt . Gurula Mandhata (7728m) on south and Holy Kailash on the north. After bath and Puja drive to Tarchen via Chiu monastery and hot spring.
DAY 09 Drive to Tarboche (5 km) trek to Dirapuk (4800m) Over Night at Camp
Our first day of trekking around Kailash begins at Tarpuche . As we make our way along the route we pass numerous chortens as well as the sky burial site of the 84 Mahasiddas . We will also have wonderful views of cascading creeks, streaming water falls and the mighty west face of Kailash. We will pass the Chukku Gompa and 5 hrs later arrive at the Dirapuk Gompa where we will set up camp for the night. Total hiking for the day will be 15 km 7 hrs
DAY 10 Trek to Zutulpuk Gompa (4790m) Over Night at Camp
The hardest but holiest day of the pilgrimage. We will cross through a rocky expanse dotted with stone cairns draped with the clothes offered by pilgrims as a spiritual sign of death. Gaurikunda is one of the holiest sites to view/ visit from the top. Further hiking brings us to the accent up to Dolma -La pass (5630m). After a nice break at the top of the pass we will head down the steep trail to our eventual campsite at Zutul-Puk Monastery (the cave of miracles where Milarepa meditated) Total hiking for the day will be 18 km 8 hrs
DAY 11 Trek to Tarchen and drive to Manasarovar Hor Over Night at Camp
Trek to Tangsar Tangmar and drive to Manasarovar Hor a 3 hrs walk brings us to where the river emerges onto the Borkha plain. Our jeeps will be waiting to transport us to our camp at Lake Mansarovar .
DAY 12 Drive to Paryang
DAY 13 Drive to Saga Drive to Nyalam
DAY 14 Drive to Kathmandu
DAY 15 Transportation to airport / Departure