Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Yatra - 13 Days

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Destination: Tibet Trip Cost: $2590 USD
Group size: Minimum 16 people Max-Altitude: 5,944m/19,500ft
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

Trip Introduction

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. The Kailash Parvat is believed to be the ultimate destination of souls and the spiritual center of the world. Like Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar is the abode of purity. It is a place of pilgrimage, attracting Hindus from all over the world. Taking a bath in Mansarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins committed over a hundred lifetimes.

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 and serenity of these religious sites is truly awe inspiring and instills in people the feeling of being one with Shiva.

Hindus who walk around the 32 mile circumference of Mount Kailash use the term Parikrama. Tibetans refer to the clockwise circumambulation as a Kora. Both words mean the same thing: pilgrimage. The parikrama of Kailash Parvat is an essential part of your overall journey to Mount Kailash. Trekking through this long path is difficult and physically taxing. However, with proper preparation devout pilgrims are able to complete this Parikrama.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu (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 4 Star City Hotel – Yatri Suites and Spa. We will collect your passport to obtain VISA for Tibet. Late afternoon we will have a group meeting to prepare for the Yatra and collect Down jacket, and Duffle Bags. Welcome Dinner at a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant. Overnight in the Hotel Shankar, Kathmandu.
Day 02: Pashupatinath Darshan, Boudhnath Stupa and Patan Visit
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 Dinner on your own. Overnight stay at Hotel Shankar, Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Kerung (11,482 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 8 – 9 hours
We begin our drive to Kerung very early in the morning. We need to drive 154km to reach Rasuwagadi. From here we drive for an additional 23 km to reach Kerung. Since we pass through Langtang National Park, we are required to deal with a number of check-posts. Overnight stay in Kerung.
Day 04: Rest day in Kerung to acclimatize
After breakfast we will take a small walk around Kerung village. Spending an extra day in Kerung will help us acclimatize to the high altitude, thus preparing us for the journey ahead. Overnight at the same guesthouse.
Day 05: Drive from Kerung to Saga (14,409 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 5 -6 hours (with Lunch break)
Enjoy the view of snow capped mountains; we will cross the high 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 from Saga to Mansarovar (14,954 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 6 - 7Hours (370km)
Today is the most auspicious day for all of us as we will see the first glimpse of holy 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 or Guesthouse.
Day 07: Parikrama of Mansarovar by Bus/Jeep. Drive to Raksas Lake (14,975 Feet Elevarion)
  • Visit Astapad and Nandi Parvat – Additional Approx Cost of $100/4 people/ Jeep (Prices may change)
  • Visit to Tirthpuri - Additional Approximate Cost of $200/4 people/Jeep (Prices may change)
  • Day Trip to Saptrishi Case and Nandi Parikrama - Additional Approx Cost of $200/4 people/Jeep
Overnight at 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 flat trail)
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 09: Parikrama continues to Dolma-La Pass (19,500 Feet Elevation) (10-12 hour hike up and down and through the valley) - Hardest but Holiest day of our pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (pass) of 19,500 ft be
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 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 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting your arrival. We will continue our drive to Saga and arrive by Evening.).
Day 11: Saga to Kerung
We retrace our journey back to Kerung from Saga. Kerung is a border town where we will spend the night. Overnight at a hotel in Kerung.
Day 12: Kerung to Kathmandu
We clear our customs in Kerung before driving back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Yatri Suites and Spa Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Transfer to airport for your Flight home sweet home… :)
Transfer to airport for your Flight home sweet home… :)

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Included in the Cost

  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • 3 night's accommodation at a 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 Tibetan Guide
  • Tibet Visa & All Permit Fees
  • 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
  • Soft Blanket for your journey(a Gift from HGT) 
  • Down Jacket (returned upon completion of journey)
  • Duffle Bag (returned upon completion of journey)

Not Included in the Cost

  • 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 $350) or personal porter (Approx Cost US $200)
  • 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 (10% of the Yatra cost is customary)(Note: this requires moderate walking)

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Visa & Entry Procedure

Aside from visas for China, travelers to Tibet must also obtain permits from the Tibetan Tourism Bureau. Himalayan Glacier Trekking will organize your Tibet travel permit. Please send copy of your passport if you are planning to enter Tibet via Nepal as soon as you book the trip. In the condition you are planning to enter Tibet via China; you need to send us copy of your passport and Chinese visa as soon as you book the trip. Read More

Equipments & Packing List

  • 4 pairs of pants (1 Cargo, 1 jogging or Yoga, 1 windproof- waterproof - breathable, 1 Ski Pants)
  • 1 or 2 long sleeves Shirts (Fleece or Hoodies)
  • 2 short sleeves (tees or polos)
  • One Towel (light weight), one warm Scarf, a Shawl, and a Pillow Case
  • 2 pairs of cotton and 3 pairs of woolen Extra Thick socks
  • 2 pairs of warm hand gloves (one warm and soft – one water resistant/Ski Gloves)
  • One pair of Gore-Tex, Ankle support Hiking Boots (should be 1 ½ size bigger than your foot measure)
  • One pair of Sneakers or Tennis Shoes and/or One Pair of sandal with back strap
  • 8 Under garments, 4 small and large ziplock bags, and 4 X- large garbage bags, 10 plastic grocery bags
  • Two winter hats with ear covers
  • One Wind breaker jacket with a hood( water resistant/proof)
  • One oversized heavy duty Poncho
  • Two Thermals (two legging and two top) (microfiber thermals are great and comes in black)
  • One set of warm Pajamas for night sleep
  • 2 Combination Locks for your luggage’s
  • Down jacket (provided -May choose to bring your own)
  • Small Back Pack (Day Pack) (Water proof or with rain cover)
  • Digital Camera with video capability, I-pod or Mp3 player, I-pod Speakers (Charging available up to Saga)(bring Asia plug adaptor for plug ins)
  • Headlamp or small Flash light with extra batteries AND UV protective Sunglasses with retainer (Thread/chain)
  • Slim Thermos for hot water AND a plastic durable water bottle (small)
  • Camel-Bak (small one or 2 liter) for drinking water during Parikrama (optional)
  • 2 Trekking Poles to be used during Parikrama (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 4 copies of Passport Photos (keep photos and passport in small zipbag to protect from rain)
  • Note book journal and a pen, Your Favorite book to read, Swiss army Knife, Travel Sewing kit
Toiletry:

Travel size Sun block, Tooth paste and brush, Travel Size Soap, Travel Size Lotion, Travel size tissue packs (10 per person), Wide tooth comb, Lip balm, Travel Size Shampoo, Hair Moisturizer or oil, hand sanitizer, and Deodorant.

First Aid and Medical Kids/Medicine:

Consulting with your physician is highly recommended and bring the medications as per his/ her advice. Only bring enough to last for travel days: your prescribed medicines, cough medicine, cough drops, pain medicine (Tylenol/Advil) Imodium, Ciprofloxacin(Rx – Traveler’s diarrhea), Emergen-C, Visine Eye Drops, multivitamins, band aid, Neosporin, Vicks Vapor Rub, Muscle Relaxer Cream, Motion sickness and high altitude sickness medicine (Diamox is Highly Recommended and provided by Himalayan Glacier Trekking. You may choose to bring your own.

Snacks:

Bring your favorite snacks like biscuits, Hard Candy, Chocolates, dry sweets, dry fruits, and Nasto PACKINg INSTRUCTIONS: Pack all items in extra large clear easy zip bags in one suitcase as per airline size. We will provide a Large Duffle bag for your Journey and leave behind your Suitcase at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684

Source:www.himalayanglacier.com