Mount Kailash, 6,638m (21,778ft), located in the far west of Tibet is considered a sacred place in four religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon and Jainism. In Sanskrit language Kailash means luminous crystal. Hindus believe Mt. Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva and a place of eternal bliss. According to legend, the immortal Shiva is enthroned on the top of Kailash and the mountain is regarded as the location of exceptionally powerful transformation. Therefore a Hindu making the pilgrimage to Kailash and having a darshan (divine view) of Shiva’s abode is to attain release from the clutches of ignorance and delusion.
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 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed and escorted to the hotel. In the evening you will be invited for welcome dinner.Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2 Kathmandu – visit temples
Early morning Pashupathinath Darshan and tour briefing in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel.Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 Kathmandu – Nyalam 3750 m ( 150 kms )
Early breakfast at hotel, today we arrive at Tibet , lunch at border ( Nepal side ), after immigration and custom formalities – we proceed to Zhangmu ( border Tibet side ), here we meet our Chinese guide, drivers and vehicles(Toyota Land Cruiser) – continue drive to Nyalam ( our first overnight in China) , and overnight at Nyalam lodge or similar .Meals: Breakfast
Day 4 Nyalam – Day free for acclimatization
Whole day we are here for the acclimatization. Overnight at lodge ( Nyalam lodge or similar ).Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 Nyalam – Dongba.
After breakfast we drive Dongba, en-route you will be passing through Lalungla pass ( 16000ft ) – huge lake Paigu-Tso & Brahmaputra river, delicious packed lunch will be served on the way ,o/n at hotel in Dongba.Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Dongba – Mansarovar 4558 m ( 277 kms ).
Today is the day for the lifetime that you are going to have darshan of the Holy “Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarover” – day’s program as usual, after breakfast at around 8 am , we drive through Mayumu – la pass ( 17000ft ). – the highest point of the driving , lunch on the way , dinner and overnight at Camp Horchu ( 2 men tent ) .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Mansarovar Parikrama – Darchen
Till 2 pm free for pooja and hawan, Drive to Darchen via Mansarovar parikrama , overnight at Darchen lodge( 3- 4 pax dormitory accomodation ). Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 Darchen – Tarboche – Dirapuk ( 4860 m )
“Tough day” – after breakfast drive to Tarboche (8 kms) and start trek for Kailash parikrama to Diraphuk ( 16,500 ft ) – 12 kms , light lunch on the way, Dinner overnight at Camp ( 2 men tent ) .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk ( 4760 m ) – Dolma-la pass ( 5200 m ).
This is the day every pilgrims talk about, the most difficult journey throughout the yatra – trek up to the 18,600ft. ( Dolma- la Pass) – descend to Gauri kund and further trek along with the river to Diraphuk , dinner & overnight at Camp ( 2 men tent ).Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 Zuthulpuk- Darchen – Mansarovar.
After breakfast we trek around 6 kms, and we will be reaching to the point where the jeeps will be waiting for us – drive to Darchen , after lunch we drive to Lake Mansarovar ( horchu side ) 70 kms , overnight at Camp ( 2 men tent ).Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Mansarovar to Dongba.
We are returning home – leaving this holy place, after breakfast drive up to Dongba , lunch en-route , dinner & overnight stay at Dongba.Meals: Breakfast
Day 12 Drive Dongba to Nyalam.
After breakfast drive to Nyalam – light lunch on the way – dinner and overnight at lodge.Meals: Breakfast
Day 13 Drive to Zhangmu – Kathmandu.
After breakfast drive to Zhangmu, after the immigration and custom formalities – cross over to Nepal border , lunch at border guest house and drive to Kathmandu (144 kms). Overnight in Kathmandu.Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 14 Departure from Kathmandu
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to board the flight back home or to your onward destination.
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