High on the remote western Tibetan plateau in the northern most region of the Himalayas, sits Mount Kailash, the holy mountain. The Tibetan people have named it Kang Rinpoche, or snow jewel, and the Hindus refer to it as Mount Meru. Buddhist, Hindu and Jain pilgrims from the world over go to this holy mountain to circumambulate rather than scale the 22,028- foot high peak.
Hindus who walk around the 52-mile circumference of Mount Kailash use the term parikrama. They believe that lord Shiva, one of their three main gods, resides atop what they call Mount Meru. Tibetans refer to the clockwise circumambulation as a kora. Both words mean the same thing pilgrimage. Doing a walk around the mountain can away a lifetimes worth of sins.
A Single circumambulation around Mount Kailash wipes away the sins of a lifetime.
The Jains who refer to the Kailash as Mount Ashtapada believe the founder of their faith, rishabanatha, resides atop the mountain. And the Bons the religion which predates Buddhism in Tibet, maintain that the entire mystical region and the Nine story Swastika Mountain is the seat of all power.
Mount Kailash is also the source of four major rivers: the Indus, the Brahamputra, the Karnali and the Sutlej. The comparison to the Indian legend of Mount Meru from whose summit flows four great rivers that irrigate all of Asia is hard to miss.
Eighteen miles southeast of Kailash is the circular, turquoise Lake Mansarovar or Tso Rinpoche (precious lake) a 64-mile circuit, which is rarely completed except by the most devout. Bathing in the lake, or even dousing ones head with the holy water is said to be of enormous spiritual benefit to those who can brave the icy water which many claim contain miraculous powers. Hindus are told that complete immersion into the lake ensure they be reborn as a god.
There is no place more powerful for practice more blessed, or more marvellous than their abode of god.
Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu: Welcome to Nepal (We recommend an early morning flight to allow rest and time to prepare) A warm welcome as we receive you at the airport and drive you to a palace hotel – Hotel Shankar. We will collect your passport to obtain VISA for Tibet. Dinner at a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant. Overnight in the Hotel Shankar, Kathmandu.
Day 02: Pashupatinath Darshan, Boudhnath Stupa and Patan Visit pasupatinath temple : After Breakfast, we will depart at approx 9am to Pashupatinath temple. Proceed for sightseeing tour to Boudhnath and Patan Darbar square. Lunch on your own. Final Preparation for Yatra, shopping, etc… In the evening we will have a group meeting to prepare for the Yatra and collect Sleeping bags, Down Jacket, and Duffle Bags. Dinner on your own. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Nylam (12,303 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 5 – 6 Hours : Way to tibet After breakfast we depart for the Tibet border. Lunch at the border. Clear Nepali customs / immigration and a 15 minute walk across Friendship Bridge to Tibet where the Chinese border police will check passport & visa. Here, our land cruiser awaits (4 yatris plus a driver per vehicle). 30 minute drive from Kodari to Zhangmu, where second immigration formalities have to be done. From Zhangmu to Nylam is 3 to 4 hours scenic drive. Overnight at Guesthouse in Nylam.
Day 04: Rest day in Nylam to acclimatize (12 303 Feet Elevation ) : nylam After breakfast we will take a small walk through Nylam village to visit monastery. An option for a 2 hour trek for acclimatization or rest at the guesthouse. Overnight at the same guesthouse.
Day 05: Drive to Saga (14,409 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 6-7 Hours : Saga The road today is bumpy. Enjoy the view of snow capped mountains; we will be passing through the first highest pass of Lalung La Pass (5000m) where a magnificent view of high Himalayas can be seen such as Gaurishanker, Shishapangma, and Langtang Himal. We will be crossing the holy river Bhramaputra. Overnight at hotel in Saga. Hot Shower Houses available here
Day 06: Drive to Paryang (14,180 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 6-7 Hours : Traveling by jeep The road condition is fair. Enjoy vast Tibetan Plato, landscape changes from sandy dunes to rocky vistas to savannah type. Overnight at guest-house in Paryang.
Day 07: Drive to Mansarovar (14,954 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 7- 8 Hours : Mansarovar lakeToday is the most auspicious day for all of us as we will see the first glimpse of holy Mt.Kailash and sacred Lake Mansarovar. A lifetime achievement: here we will perform a holy dip, Relax and explore around the Mansarovar area. Overnight in a tent/camp.
Day 08: Drive around Mansarovar towards Raksas Lake to Darchen (14,975 feet Elevation) : Kailash After completing the site seeing of Raksas Lake, we will be heading towards Tarchen. It is considered a base camp for the Holy Kailash Parikrama. Overnight in Darchen Guesthouse Today, we will pack our Back Pack and Repack our luggage for Parikrama days. One Duffle bag per two people is allowed.
Day 09: Parikrama to Dehara Puk (16,404 Feet Elevation) : Mount Kailash Today, it feels as if the heavens had opened up for us and allowed us to peek inside the world of gods and goddesses. We will walk 18 kilometers through the valley guided by Holy Ganges River on our left and shadowed by Mount Kailash on our right. The feeling of today can only be experienced by one and not described…Have your camera handy to capture amazing views of Mt. Kailash. Overnight in a guesthouse or tent
Day 10: Parikrama continues to Dolma-La Pass (19,500 Feet Elevation) : Prayer flag Hardest but Holiest day of our pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (pass) of 19,500 ft between two valleys: Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation. Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive to Zuthal Puk (the cave of Miracles. The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here). Overnight in tents.
Day 11: Parikrama ends and drive to Mansarovar : Lake After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting your arrival. By the late afternoon you will be at your camp site on other side of Lake Mansarovar. We will rest and drive to Saga at night.
Day 12: Arrive Saga by early morning (185km) : Saga Travel Time 7-8 hrs Rest, Shower, and shop in Saga for the day. Overnight in Saga.
Day 13: Drive to Zhangmu (180 KM) 5-6 hrs : View of roadOvernight in Zhangmu
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu (150 km) 5-6 Hrs : Back from tibet. This day includes clearing customs and changing border. (today you will have an option to Bungee jump 160. Farewell Dinner to celebration end of our Yatra back to kathmandu).
Day 15:Transfer to airport for your Flight home sweet home…..
Note :- If above program itinerary that don’t suit to you and wish to modify above itinerary then please let us know and we’ll be happy to create a tailor made itinerary especially for you. It is also possible to combines above trip with Jungle safari, rafting, Mountain flight or with any travel plans, just shares your interested with us. We will design and arrange your holiday accordingly.
Price For The Trip: The total cost for the trek or tour you decide you want to do will depend on several different factors. The type of accommodation you prefer in Kathmandu will make a difference to the overall cost (budget to 5 star accommodations). The mode of transport you prefer will also affect the cost of your package, for example prices vary greatly between flying versus private car/van, tourist or local buses. The camping trek and teahouse trek made a difference in the cost. The number of guides and porters required will also affect the total cost of your trek. For these reasons, the same trek/tour can vary in price quite substantially.
Trip Cost Includes :
- Welcome and Farewell Dinner
- 3 night’s accommodation at 3 or 4 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin share basis with breakfast
- Accommodation in Tibetan lodges or tents
- All Vegetarian Meals while on Yatra
- English Speaking Nepali Tour Leader and Tibetian Guide
- Tibet Visa & Permit Fee
- Yaks & Yak men for luggage during Parikrama
- Ground transfers in Tibet using Toyota Land Cruisers
- Sherpa staff (trekking guides, porters, cook, etc)
- Portable altitude chamber bags
- Oxygen cylinders in each Land Cruiser
- Specially designed Kailash Yatra T-Shirt
- Sleeping bag (return upon completion of journey)
- Down Jacket (returned upon completion of journey)
- Duffle Bag (returned upon completion of journey)
Trip Cost does not Includes :
- Airfares from Home – Kathmandu – Home
- All beverages, photography charges, web usage, and Telephone Calls
- Extra nights in Tibetan lodges (except mentioned in itinerary) Travel Insurance of Client
- Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation and porters
- All Lunches while in Kathmandu
- Horse rental while on Parikrama (approx Cost US $200) or personal porter (Approx Cost US $100)
- Emergency evacuation costs (cost for rental of Land Cruiser) (medical and rescue insurance is recommended). We advise you to purchase insurance with zero deductible.
- Any additional meals in Kathmandu except mentioned in the itinerary
- Staff and Driver Tips