Mt. Kailash, a very sacred mountain amongst all Hindus is revered for bringing the abode of Lord Shiva. It is believed to be the physical incarnation of the mythical Mount Meru, also said to be the center of the universe or ‘Navel of the World’, depicted as a Mandala. Mount Kailash is holy to the followers of four religions. To Hindus, Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva. Tibetans call Kailash as Kang Rimpoche. Jains worship it as Mount Ashtapada, the peak from which the religion’s founder, Rishabanatha, achieved spiritual liberation. Every year, hundreds of devotees participate in this spiritual and holy trail seeking for blessings of the Lord and take a dip in the holy lake of Mansarovar. Followers of Bon-Po revere Kailash as the soul of Tibet. It is said that a single Parikarma erases the accumulated sins of a lifetime, while 108 will achieve Salvation.
Lake Mansarovar (4510m), a sacred lake situated into the heart of Himalaya is believed to be adobe of purity. Taking a bath will cleanse all your sins you have committed over a hundred lifetime. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is a trip of a lifetime with stunning scenery and cultural highlights with Himalayan wilderness in a land of Buddhist culture, Artistic Monasteries and Centuries-old caravan trails.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (1350M/4,430ft)
Day 2: Sightseeing Tour and Preparation
Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Kerung (3499m/177km, 8-9Hrs)
Day 4: Free day at Kerung for acclimatization
Day 5: Drive Kyirung to Saga (4450m/ 232km, 6Hrs)
Day 6: Drive from Saga to Mansarovar (4600m/ 507 km, 8-9 hrs)
Day 7: Drive to Darchen (5465m/40km, 2Hrs)
Day 8: Trek to Diraphuk (5000m/16404ft, 7Hrs)
Day 9: Trek to Zuthulphuk (4790m/15715ft, 22kms, 8-9Hrs)
Day 10: Ends of Parikrama. Drive to Saga
Day 11: Drive back to Kerung (3499m/232km, 7Hrs)
Day 12: Drive Kerung to Kathmandu (3499m/177km, 8Hrs)
Day 13: Departure from TIA
Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. You will have a brief explanation about the travel itinerary. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Early morning commence for half day sightseeing tour of 2 biggest power place of Kathmandu, Pashupatinath and Budanilkantha. Rest of the day free time for last minute shopping. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast you will have a scenic drive to Rasuwagadi (154km) on Nepal-Tibet border. After immigration formalities, meet with our Tibet guide who will transfer you to Kerung (23Km). Overnight stay at Guest House.
Today you will have a free day for acclimatizing our body with Tibetan high altitude to prepare us for our journey ahead. You will have enough time to explore the surroundings. Overnight stay at Guest House.
This day enjoy the drive through the deserted terrain of Tibetan plateau passing many nomad camps, sheep and yak herds. Cross Lalung La Pass (5000m/16404ft), from where you can enjoy dramatic views of Gaurishankar, Sishapangma and Langtang Himal. Continue your drive through Khunmen Tso, Singling, Karru Ongchen and Peiku Tso Lake (4400m/14435ft).This day we will also be crossing Holy River Bhramaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo) before arriving Saga (4840m/15879ft). Overnight stay at Guest House.
Today after breakfast drive through the mountains passing the small settlement of Zhongba and Mayumla Pass (4900m/16076ft), and Paryang to reach Lake Mansarovar from where you can see first glimpse of Holy Mt Kailash. Mansarovar Lake (4,590m/15,060 ft) is the highest freshwater lake with turquoise complexion, surrounded by Mt Kailash, Mt Gurula-Mandata and Lake Rakchyas. You will get a chance to perform a holy dip at Lake Mansarovar and explore the surroundings. Overnight at Tented Camp or Guest House.
On the way to Darchen, we can also see the panoramic scenery of Rakshas Tal (Demon’s Lake) on the other side of Lake Mansarovar. Darchen is the major administrative hub of Kailash region with basic development in infrastructure and facility and also considered as the base camp of Mt. Kailash from where the circumambulation around Kailash begins. Overnight stay at Guest House.
After breakfast start our Journey by driving up to Yamdwar and start walking continuously for about 7 hours. We can hire horses for those who cannot walk at extra charge. You will be walking through some beautiful waterfalls and rocky cliffs. The 13 km trial takes almost 7 hours to complete till Diraphuk. Overnight at Tented Camp or Guest House.
This day is the hardest yet holiest day of your Kailash Trek. With the first dawn of the light on Holy Mt. Kailash, start your trek towards Zuthulphuk with packed lunch. The trial ascends continuously upto Dolma-La Pass (5600m/18372ft) and descends steep down to Gauri Kunda. Once you reach the top, make your holiest offering. You can find the place called Shivasthal covered with holy flags and the personal related things like clothing, ornaments. There is strong belief in Tibetan religion that you will get it (whatever you offered here) in heaven after your death.After the downhill trial you will catch flat trial till Zuthulphuk. Please keep in mind that the one riding on horses also have to walk for 2-3 hours as the decents from Dolma-La is steep. By late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthul Phuk where the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles. Overnight at Tented Camp or Guest House.
Today you will end your Holy Parikrama (Kora) after 3 Hours trek. Our crew will be waiting for you who will transfer to Saga. Overnight at Guest House.
Today retrace your trial back to Kerung. Overnight stay at Guest House.
To drive back to Kathmandu via Nepal-Tibet border. Complete the immigration process and retrace your trial back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.
To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.
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