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Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Yatra  - 15 days

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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.

Overview

Arrival City
Arrival City
Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure City
Departure City
Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals
Meals
14 dinner, 14 breakfast, 13 lunch
Max Altitude
Maximum Altitude
5,943m/19,499ft
Activity
Activity
Trekking and Hiking, Cultural and Historical Tours, Religious and Spiritual Tours

Outline Itinerary

Itinerary Maximum Altitude Walking/Hiking
Day 01 Arrive to Kathmandu (We recommend an early morning flight to allow rest and time to prepare) 1,350m/4,429ft
Day 02 Pashupatinath Darshan, Boudhnath Stupa and Patan Visit 1,350m/4,429ft
Day 03 Kathmandu to Kerung 2,800m/9,187ft
Day 04 Rest day in Kerung to acclimatize 2,800m/9,187ft
Day 05 Drive from Kerung to Saga 4,600m/15,093ft
Day 06 Drive from Saga to Manasarovar 4,590m/15,060ft
Day 07 Parikrama of Mansarovar by Bus/Jeep. Drive to Rakshas Lake -
Day 08 Parikrama to Dehara Puk - 6-8 hrs
Day 09 Hike to Charansprash - 8-9 hrs
Day 10 Parikrama continues to Dolma-La Pass - Hardest but Holiest day of our pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (Pass) between two valleys 5,943m/19,499ft 10-12 hrs
Day 11 Parikrama ends and drive to Saga 4,600m/15,093ft 3 hrs
Day 12 Saga to Kerung 2,800m/9,187ft
Day 13 Kerung to Kathmandu 1,350m/4,429ft
Day 14 Buffer day in Kathmandu 1,350m/4,429ft
Day 15 Fly Home Sweet Home. -
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Includes

  • 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)

Excludes

  • 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)

DATES & PRICES

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FAQs

Mt. Kailash is located in far west corner of Tibet and is the most sacred peak in Asia. Known by the Tibetans as Kangrinboqué, Mt. Kailash is a high peak in the Kailash Range and lies at an altitude of 6,638m (21,778ft.). The Kailash Range forms part of the trans-Himalaya in the Ngari prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region in China.  Mt. Kailash is located near Lake Mansarovar and Lake Rakshastal, close to the source of some of the longest Asian rivers such as Brahmaputra, Indus, Sutlej, and Ghaghara (also known as Karnali). Of the two beautiful lakes, Mansarovar at an altitude of 4,590m (15,059ft.) is considered to be the highest freshwater body in the world.

Due to its high religious significance, Mt. Kailash has always remained and unclimbed mountain till now. The mountain is sacred to the Hindus, Buddhists, Bons and Jains. According to the Hindu mythology, the mountain has been regarded as the abode of Lord Shiva. Many attempts have been made in the past to get to the summit, but none succeeded due to extreme weather conditions the moment they set foot on the mountain. Although the Chinese government, during the mid-80s, offered Reinhold Messner, the Italian alpinist authorization to climb Mt. Kailash, he simply declined the offer after protest from mountaineers around the world. The Chinese government then got the message and banned any future climbing attempts. There isn’t much information, but it is believed that the only person to reach the summit was the Tibetan Buddhist yogi, Milarepa in the 11th century.

The direct answer to this question is: Yes! It is a very arduous and a challenging trip especially due to the altitude and thin air that is dry and contains 40% less oxygen that that at sea level. In such conditions, there is a high risk of catching altitude sickness. During the Yatra, pilgrims have to pass through high-altitude areas under hostile conditions. The extreme steep slopes and the long distances to be covered every day from one camp to another make the Kailash tour rather difficult. If you have a previous hiking experience in high altitude and do regular exercises and in a very good health, then it wouldn’t be a problem.

There are 3 major routes from Nepal to do the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The first route is via Simikot entering the Tibetan border at Hilsa either on a helicopter or trekking from Simikot till Hilsa and then an overland trip to Mansarovar. Another route is flying from Kathmandu to Lhasa and then continuing on a road drive either from Lhasa itself or Ngari. Then there is a land route beginning from Kathmandu and driving all the way through the Kyirong border to Darchen at the foot of Mt. Kailash. This route is quite adventurous and comparatively more economic than the other routes. For most visitors traveling to Kailash Mansarovar, the best way is to travel overland to Kailash from Lhasa after a short flight from Kathmandu to the Tibetan capital. This route will help reduce the risk of altitude sickness as you gradually begin driving from Lhasa over a few days. But, for some adventurer seekers, the land route through Kyirong border may be the best way to reach their destination.

Kailash Mansarovar can be visited any time during the months from mid-April to September end each year. However, the best time to arrange your travel to Mt. Kailash is undoubtedly April to June and September that offers high visibility of the mountain along with the stunning beautiful views and the wonderful temperatures. July and August are the monsoon months that bring intermittent light rains and fogs. November through March is the cold season that experiences ice and heavy snow falls making it nearly hard to cross certain sections of the trail.

Firstly, Mt. Kailash turns heavenly on a full moon night. It is believed that a holy dip in the Lake Mansarovar on a full moon night washes away all the sins of present and the past 100 lives and this very holy dip turns a person into a new human soul with the same body. According to the ancient Vedic astrology, the full moon radiates the most positive and vibrant cosmic energies. So, people try to reach Kailash on full moon to be a part of the sheer spiritual energy emanated in the natural surroundings of Kailash and Mansarovar Lake.

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