Mt. Kailash Spiritual Tour
Destination : West Tibet
Duration : 14 Days
Style Of Tour : Spiritual
- 3 nights in Kathmandu
- 1 night Syabrubensi in simple lodge
- 9 nights during trekking
Mt. Kailash (6,714 m) situated in the South-western part of Tibet has long been an object of worship for four major religions. Mt. Kailash to the Buddhists is the abode of Demchok – the wrathful manifestation of Sakyamuni. It’s a dwelling of Lord Shiva – the destroyer and transformer to the Hindus. To the Jains of India the mountain is a site at which the first of their saints was emancipated. And finally to the Bon people Mt Kailash is a sacred nine-stacked-swastika mountain upon which the Bonpo founder Shenrab alighted from heaven. Also according to the sacred Sanskrit literature called the Vishnu Purana, it is a representation of Mt Sumeru – the cosmic mountain at the center of the universe.
The 53 km parikarma (also known as ‘Kora’ or ‘Circumabulance’)around the Holy Mt. Kailash is one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus and Buddhists alike. It is believed that a single parikarma erases the sins of a lifetime, whereas 108 circumambulations will help one achieve Salvation.
Just below Mount Kailash is the sacred lake Manasarovar situated at an elevation of 4,510 m. This is another important religious site for Hindus. It is believed that by taking a dip in this holy lake will deliver a pilgrim to Brahma’s paradise and by drinking its water washes away the sins of a hundred lifetimes.
Now after a gap of nearly three years the Overland tour to Mt. Kailash has resumed with an opening of Rasuwagadi-Kerung border. This has made travelling easier, shorter and better price. The Kerung border is located 175 km from Kathmandu and lies in the Rasuwagadi district of Nepal. Due to narrow and basic road construction duration of driving can take around 8/9 hours – so in order to reduce bit of travelling time at one go we have kept one night at Syabrubesi before travelling further. Kerung is elevated around 3,700 meters height and staying one day for acclimatization assists to alter your body in high altitude. From Kerung, we take scenic drive to the villages of New Dongba, Mansarovar and Darchen with amazing landscape with mountain view Mount Kailash surroundings and beautiful Tibetan settlements.
- Visiting Holy Pashupatinath temple and Boudha stupa in Kathmandu
- Visit of Holy Lake Manasarovar
- Parikarma of Holy Mt. Kailash
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. Finish immigration formalities, collect your baggage then you be received by our staff at the arrival lounge. From there drive to the hotel, assist in check in at the hotel. After briefing about the trip. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Accomodation: Airport transfers and hotel accommodation.
Today darshan trip to Holy Pashupatinath Temple and later to Sleeping Vishnu temple at Budhanilkantha.
Overnight at the hotel.
Accom : Breakfast, accommodation, tour with Guide, Vehicle, Entrance fee during tour.
Today we will collect the passport with the visa in the morning from the Embassy and then we drive to SHYABRU BESI for an overnight stay. The drive is around 7 hours on a mountain terrain road which makes it bit tiring. Upon reaching Dhunche or Shyabru Besi stay in a lodge/guesthouse. Overnight at the Guest House.
Distance : 122 kms/7 hours approx., Alt : 1,600 m , Accom: Basic lodge; Meals : BLD
Morning we drive around 17 kms initially to Rasuwagadi which is a border town between Nepal & Tibet. Finish the Immigration formalities then walk a short distance on foot to reach the China side. Here our vehicle from Chinese side will be waiting for you to be transported to Kerung (3,700 m) which is around 23 kms drive.
Overnight at the Guest House.
Distance : 40 kms/3 hours approx., Alt : 3700 m , Accom: Guest House; Meals : BLD
This day will be based at Kerung purely for acclimatization of our body before proceeding towards higher elevation. Day can be used exploring a bit of Kerung with our guide. From here you can enjoy the view of Mt. Ganesh and Mt. Langtang in the Nepal Tibet border. Kyirong is also a famous religious historical place, home of the 11th century great Saint and Guru Milarepa known for his tantric wisdom. Overnight at the Guest House
Distance : Alt : 3700 m , Accom: Guest House; Meals : BLD
After having acclimatization we drive to our next destination moving further higher through the mountains terrain and the Tibetan plateau which offers spectacular view of huge bluish salt lake Pieko-Tso. Our journey continues crossing over the Tsangpo River (Brahmaputra River) then turn towards northern route till we arrive at a small settlement of Saga. Slowly the landscape changes to the high plains of Tibet, soft beautiful and photogenic. We drive further till we reach the growing village of New Dongba for an overnight stay.
Distance : 320 kms/5 hrs approx, Alt : 4750 m , Accom : Basic Lodge; Meals : BLD
Today we head to sacred Lake of Manasarovar 4,590 m for taking the holy dip. Our journey involves crossing of Mayumla Pass (4,900 m) from where you can have a view of snowcapped mountains with nice landscape then we continue on Paryang county. Here our permit will be checked before moving further to the holy lake for an overnight. Sometimes you might have to change the vehicle here and travel in local buses operated by the local authority. We will have a good chance to darshan holy Mt. Kailash from the Lake Manasarovar. This day we will also be doing the Parikrama of 70% of Lake Manasarovar.
Overnight at Chiu Gompa.
Distance : 350 kms/6 hrs approx., Alt : 4600 m , Accom : Simple Lodge ; Meals : BLD
Today is the puja day and taking a holy bath in Lake Manasarovar, the lake created by Brahma in his mind. Explore the lake and after lunch we will take a short drive to Darchen the base camp of Mt. Kailash and also the starting point for parikrama. On the way to Darchen we can also see the panoramic view of the Rakshas Tal (The Demon’s Lake) in the other side of Lake Manasarovar. Darchen is just right in front of Mt. Kailash, it is the major administrative hub of Kailash region with basic development in infrastructure. This day you can always explore around the town. Overnight at the guesthouse
Distance : 40 kms,; Alt : 4650 m ; Accom-Basic Lodge; Meals : BLD
Today is the start of a parikarma of Holy Mt. Kailash initially we will take an eco-bus and then drive to the starting point of the trek Sharshung Valley near Yama Dwar. After reaching there one can get the blessing with ultimate Darshan of South Face of Mt. Kailash. The pilgrims who are unable to make Kora of Mt. Kailash will pray and make three times circular of Yamadwar in the name of Lord Shiva & Parbati and return to Darchen waiting for other trekkers to return back from 3 days of Parikarma.
For those who are ready to do the parikarma we meet yak & porters for our gears then we begin our parikarma. Trek today is moderate and goes on a flat trail with gradual ascend along the bank of Glacier River. We will be stopping enroute for lunch break. Then the trails goes slightly uphill to our destination Diraphuk (4920m) with some fine views of north face of Mt. Kailash.
Overnight at the guest house.
Distance : 13 kms/6hrs trek, Alt : 4900 m , Accom : Basic lodge, Meals : BLD
This day early morning rise before dawn and view the first sunlight on Mt. Kailash which is just incredible. After have a breakfast ready to move in order to cover the long and bit difficult trail including crossing of Dolma Pass (5,600m). The trail initially goes steep up for around 4 hrs to Dolma La (pass) then drops steep down for another 3 hours to Gauri Kunda then continues on a flat trail for around 3 hours. In Dolma-la pass you will find Shivasthal covered by prayer flags with different kind of offering like cloths & ornaments by the prayers. On the trail you can see locals Tibetans prostrating in the Kora path with the belief of achieving extra merit or blessing. This day we will be spending the night either in a Government guesthouse or in fixed Tibetan style tent. Rooms can be in dormitory style.
Distance : 22 kms/09 hrs approx. trek, Alt : 5600 m ; Accom – Basic Lodge; Meals : BLD
Today is the last day of the trek it is bit shorter and easy than the previous day. It will be around 4 hours walk to Zongta and it is mostly in descending order. Along the trail you can see piles of Mani Stones. Trek will end around noon times then our vehicle will pick you up and drive you down to Darchen for lunch. After collect the baggage then we start retreating back to the town of New Dongba for an overnight stay. We will be drop off at Manasarovar bus stand by Blue Bus of Ngari region then we will move to our private bus from Lhasa. Then our journey will retrace back through same way.
Distance : 07 kms trek/ 295 kms drive- approx. 9 hrs treks and drive, Alt : 4600 m , Accom : Basic Lodge; Meals : BLD
After breakfast we continue retreating back towards Kerung through the same route which we passed some days ago. The journey passes through the villages, views of stunning Himalayas, Lake Pieko. Overnight at the Simple basic guest house.
Distance : 275 kms/05 kms drive approx, Alt : 3700 m , Accom : Guest House; Meals : BLD
Today we drive to the border, complete Immigration formalities again, change the vehicle then we drive to Kathmandu. Drive takes around 8/9 hours through mountains terrain and rough road.
Distance : 170 kms/7 hours approx, Alt : 1400 m , Accom : Hotel; Meals Included : B
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport to board your flight back to home.
Meals Included : Breakfast and airport transfer
- Arrival / Departure Transfers by AC Coach
- Twin Sharing Accommodation at Hotel Royal Singhi / Shankar or Similar with Full Board Meals
- Sightseeing Tours with monumental entrance fees
- Kathmandu / Kerung / Kathmandu by Bus
- Luxury Bus on Tibet Side
- One Support Truck
- Best available accommodation at Kerung, Saga, Lake Manasarovar, Darchen, Dirapuk and Zhuthulpuk during Kailash Sojourn
- Full Board Vegetarian Meals set up by our Fixed Kitchen
- English Speaking Tibetan Guide
- One Team Leader & Experienced Support Staff
- Yaks & Yak-men during Parikarma
- All Permits
- Tibet / China Visa Fee
- Complimentary Duffel Bag
- Dawn Jacket on returnable basis
- First – aid Kit
- Travel Insurance
- Evacuation Cost in the event of emergency
- Meals lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Cost of Hiring Horse / Pony / Porter during the 3 days Kailash Parikarma
- Expenses Of Personal Nature
- Anything not included in our include box