Located in the Himalayan mountain ranges in Southwestern Tibet, the magnificent and majestic Mount Kailash stands at an imposing 21,778-feet and is a source of four mighty rivers of Asia; the Brahmaputra, Sutlej, Ganges, and the Indus. Mount Kailash is one of the most significant spiritual spots in the world, revered by millions of people from four different religions. Known as Kailash to Hindus, Mount Ashtapada to the Jains, Tise to the Bons (Tibet’s pre-Buddhist religion followers), and Kang Rimpoche to the Tibetan Buddhists, Mount Kailash is one of the most significant spiritual spots considered to be the ultimate destination of souls, revered by millions around the world. According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva Resides on top of Mount Kailash, where he sits in a state of meditation along with his wife Parvati, the Daughter of Himalaya. For a Hindu, to make the arduous pilgrimage to Kailash and have the darshan (divine view) of Shiva’s abode is to attain release from the clutches of ignorance and delusion.
Like Mount Kailash, the sacred blue and emerald green Lake Mansarovar that lies at a height of 15,015 ft, is known to be an epitome of purity, containing healing properties and the power to cleanse all mortal sins.
Those who have visited the holy spots of Lake Mansarovar and Kailash Parvat carry with them a memory of a lifetime which remind them of the presence of Lord Shiva in their lives and gives them a feeling of peace and tranquility. The pristine beauty, magnificence, and serenity of these religious sites is truly awe inspiring and instills in people the feeling of being one with Shiva.
After a difficult journey to Kailash, pilgrims are then confronted with the equally arduous task of circumambulating the sacred peak. This walking around the mountain, clockwise for the Buddhists and Hindus, and counter-clockwise for Bon followers, is known as a Kora, or Parikrama, and usually takes three days. The entire journey is difficult and physically taxing, however, with the right preparations, devout pilgrims are able to complete this Parikrama.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount importance to us at Alpine Club of Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (We recommend an early morning flight)
Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya welcome you at the airport. We will collect your passport to obtain the visa for Tibet, while you rest. In the late afternoon, we will provide briefing on the preparation for the Yatra, and collect down jackets and duffle bags from you. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu – Pashupatinath Darshan, Boudhnath Stupa and Patan
We depart in the morning to the Pashupatinath temple, a famous 5th century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of the Bagmati River. We then tour Boudhnath, one of the holiest Buddhist stupas, and the Patan Darbar square that has heritage buildings representing the four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur) in Nepal. You can do your final preparations for the Kailash Yatra, or your last minute shopping in the evening. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Nylam (12,303 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 5 – 6 Hours
After breakfast, we drive along the Friendship Highway, an 800-kilometre scenic route connecting Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, with the Nepalese border. The route offers a beautiful landscape with cascading waterfalls, rivers, and hill-side villages. We will stop for lunch at the border and pass through the Nepalese customs and immigration checkpoint. Upon crossing the Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge between Zhan
gmu and Kodari, we will be in Tibet! Then, we take a 30-minute drive from Kodari to Zhangmu where we must pass the Tibetan immigration checkpoint. From Zhangmu we drive up a steep winding road to Nyalam, a small Tibetan town near the Nepal border. Overnight in Nyalam.
Day 04: Rest day in Nylam to acclimatize (12 303 feet elevation)
In the morning, we stroll around Nyalam to help you acclimatize with the high altitude of 3,750 m. You have an option to go on a 2-hour trek or just rest at the guesthouse. Overnight in Nylam.
Day 05: Drive from Nylam to Saga (14,409 feet elevation) Travel Time 5 -6 hours (with Lunch break)-
We will drive to Saga, and on the way, enjoy fabulous views of two spectacular passes, the Thong La pass (5050m/16,568ft) and Lalung La pass (5082m/16,668 ft), and the Himalayan mountain range including Mt. Everest (8848m/29,028 ft), Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289 ft), and Gaurishanker, We will also cross the holy river Bhramaputra. Overnight in Saga.
Day 06: Drive from Saga to Mansarovar (14,954 feet elevation) Travel Time 6 – 7 hours (370km)
The most auspicious day of all, today you get the first glimpse of holy Kailash and the sacred Lake Mansarovar. You can perform a holy dip in the spectacular Mansarovar Lake and explore the area. Overnight in a tent/camp or guest house.
Day 07: Parikrama of Mansarovar by Bus/Jeep. Drive to Raksas Lake (14,975 feet elevation)-
Early in the morning, perform a havan, puja, or parikrama at the Lake. After Lunch, you may choose one of the options below:
Overnight at the Mansarovar Guest House. We will pack our back pack and repack our luggage for Parikrama Days. One duffle bag per two people is allowed.
Day 08: Parikrama to Dehara Puk (16,404 feet elevation) (6-8 hours walk on fairly even trail)
We will walk 18 kilometers through a valley guided by the holy Ganges River on our left and the magnificent Mount Kailash on our right. You will feel like the heavens have opened up for us. The heavenly ambience must be felt and cannot be described. Overnight in a guesthouse or tent.
Day 09: Parikrama continues to Dolma-La Pass (19,500 feet elevation) (10-12 hours)
You will cross Yamasthal to reach the Shiva-sthal as you get closer to the pass. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and do some meditation. Parvati-stal and Gauri Kund are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive to Zuthal Puk, the cave of miracles. Overnight in tents.
Day 10: Parikrama ends and drive to Saga
After walking for 3 hours, the Alpine Club of Himalaya representatives will be awaiting your arrival. We will continue our drive to Saga and arrive by evening.
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu. (6 – 8 hrs)
We will depart Saga and drive to the border town of Zhangmu, where you can see clear customs and continue our journey to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Transfer to airport for your Flight home sweet home… 🙂
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