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According to Hinduism, Mount Kailash is considered the divine abode of Lord Shiva, where he is perpetually seated in meditation alongside his wife, Parvati, the daughter of the Himalayas. This sacred mountain, Kailash Parvat, is believed to be the ultimate destination for the soul and the spiritual epicenter of the world. Lake Mansarovar, located near Mount Kailash, is revered as a reservoir of purity and is a prominent place of pilgrimage, attracting Hindus from across the globe who embark on the Kailash Yatra. Immersing in the waters of Mansarovar and partaking in the ritual of drinking from its pristine source during this journey are believed to cleanse the pilgrims of sins accumulated over a hundred lifetimes.
The fortunate individuals who undertake this sacred pilgrimage to Lake Mansarovar and Kailash Parvat carry back with them a cherished memory, which serves as a constant reminder of Lord Shiva’s presence in their lives, imparting a sense of peace and tranquility. The untouched beauty and profound serenity of these hallowed locations are truly breathtaking, fostering a deep connection between pilgrims and Lord Shiva.
Hindus call it ‘Parikrama,’ while Tibetans refer to it as ‘Kora’ – both terms signify the same clockwise pilgrimage around Mount Kailash. This practice is an essential part of the journey to Mount Kailash, though it can be physically demanding. Devout pilgrims, with proper preparation, successfully complete this spiritually significant trek.
|Day 01 Arrive to Kathmandu||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 02 Pashupatinath Darshan, Boudhnath Stupa and Patan Visit||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 03 Kathmandu to Nepal-Tibet Border at Rasuwa Ghadhi||2,800m/9,187ft|
|Day 04 Easy day to 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 Travel to Darchen - The Gateway to Mount Kailash||4,560m/14,961ft|
|Day 08 Parikrama to Dehara Puk||-||4-6 hrs|
|Day 09 A Day Hike to Charansprash ( Optional)||-||8-9 hrs|
|Day 10 Parikrama to Dolma-La Pass - The Most Challenging and Sacred Day of our Pilgrimage Yatra.||5,943m/19,499ft||10-12 hrs|
|Day 11 Conclusion of Parikrama and Return to Saga||4,600m/15,093ft||3 hrs|
|Day 12 Return to Kathmandu from Saga via Kerung||2,800m/9,187ft|
|Day 13 Contingency Day - Preparing for the Unexpected||1,350m/4,429ft|
|Day 14 Fly Home Sweet Home - A Journey's End||-|
Upon your arrival at the airport, you will receive a warm welcome, and we will arrange your transportation to the Aloft by Marriott. To facilitate the process of obtaining your Tibet visa, we will collect your passport. Later in the day, we will conduct a group meeting to provide you with essential information and preparations for your upcoming Yatra. As part of these preparations, you will receive a down jacket and a duffle bag for your journey. We will conclude the day with a delightful welcome dinner at an authentic Nepalese restaurant, and your overnight stay will be in Kathmandu.
We’ll start the day with breakfast before leaving at around 9am to visit Pashupatinath temple. Next, we’ll take a sightseeing tour of Boudhnath and Patan Darbar square. You’ll have lunch on your own, and then it’s time to make final preparations for the Yatra, which may include some shopping. You can choose where to have dinner on your own, and then you’ll spend the night in Kathmandu.
Our journey begins early after breakfast as we head to Rasuwa Ghadhi. Covering 154 kilometers, it’s worth noting that about a third of the road is rough. Along the way, we pass through Langtang National Park, encountering several check-posts before ending the day with an overnight stay in Rasuwa Ghadhi.
After breakfast, we will embark on a short walk to complete the check-out process at the Nepalese immigration checkpoint, followed by entry into Chinese immigration. It’s essential to be aware that Chinese immigration procedures are meticulous and precise. Around noon, we’ll take a brief stroll in Kerong. This will not only help us acclimatize to the high altitude but also prepare us for the adventures ahead. We’ll spend the night at the hotel.
As we drive from Kerung to Saga, relish the snow-capped mountain vistas and cross the lofty Lalung La Pass at 5,200 meters (17,060 feet). From there, enjoy a magnificent panorama of the Himalayan peaks, including Gaurishanker, Shishapangma, and Langtang Himal, and cross the sacred Brahmaputra River. The night’s accommodation is at a Saga hotel with hot shower facilities.
Today marks an incredibly auspicious day for all of us as we are about to behold the first glimpse of the sacred Mount Kailash and the pristine Lake Mansarovar. This moment is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement, and in the serene Mansarovar area, we will seize the opportunity to relax and explore its surroundings. For the night, we will be accommodated at a guesthouse.
In the early morning, we participate in a Havan Puja by the sacred Lake and later journey to Darchen with a stop at Raksas Lake. We spend the night at Darchen Hotel, preparing our luggage for the Parikrama Days, where two travelers share one duffle bag. Darchen is a vital hub for pilgrims and trekkers before they begin their circumambulation around Mount Kailash. Here, you’ll meet fellow travelers, ensuring a safe, well-prepared, and spiritually fulfilling adventure. Please note that Darchen is the essential starting point for the Kailash Yatra, catering to the needs of visitors on this profound pilgrimage.
Today, it feels as though the heavens have opened their gates, granting us a glimpse into the realm of gods and goddesses. We will embark on a 13-kilometer trek through a picturesque valley, with the Holy Ganges River to our left and the majestic Mount Kailash casting its shadow on our right. The emotions and sensations of today are beyond words, something to be personally experienced. Make sure to keep your camera ready to capture the breathtaking views of Mount Kailash. We will spend the night in a guesthouse.
Here, you’ll have a profoundly sacred opportunity to get as close as possible to Mt. Kailash, reaching out to touch this majestic mountain, an act believed to be imbued with Lord Shiva’s blessings. For those prepared and eager to trek on snow-covered terrain, we’ll start the hike after breakfast, reaching an elevation of 5,300 meters (17,388 feet) toward Mt. Kailash. About halfway into the hike, you may encounter snow, adding to the adventure. This journey entails a 6-8 hour hike, open to the physically fit. We’ll return to the guesthouse in Dherapuk for an overnight stay. Please note that this hike is optional, and those who prefer to rest at the guesthouse are welcome to do so.
On this day, we embark on the most arduous and spiritually significant leg of our pilgrimage journey. The path leads us through Yamasthal as we head toward Shiva-sthal, with each step bringing us closer to the formidable Dolma-La Pass. Upon reaching the summit, you’ll participate in the most sacred of offerings and find a tranquil spot for meditation. Along this journey, you will also come across Parvati-stal and Gauri Kund. By late afternoon, we will have arrived at Zuthal Puk, known as the ‘Cave of Miracles,’ where we will spend the night in a guesthouse.
After a 3-hour walk, our dedicated driving crew will be ready to meet you. We’ll continue our journey by road, returning to Saga and arriving by evening, where we will spend the night at a hotel.
We commence our return journey to Kathmandu from Saga early in the morning, around 5 am. We retrace our route back to Kerung, a border town. Upon reaching Kerung, we will complete the necessary customs and immigration formalities. Subsequently, we embark on the road trip back to Kathmandu.
Please note that this day’s journey is long and may be tiring. For those seeking a more convenient and shorter route, there’s an option to use a helicopter for the return journey, available at an additional cost.
In the realm of travel, preparation for the unexpected is essential. That’s why we’ve allocated a contingency day, a valuable safety net for your journey, ready to be used in case of travel delays or unforeseen natural circumstances. This flexibility ensures that your pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar remains on track, even in the face of unexpected hurdles. While we hope for smooth travel, the contingency day offers peace of mind, reflecting our commitment to your seamless and successful journey. Rest assured, you’re in good hands, ready to tackle surprises the Himalayan landscape may have in store.
Today marks the culmination of your spiritually enriching journey. After receiving blessings from the Yatra, it’s time to head to the airport for your flight back home. As you depart this sacred land, you carry not only the memories of your adventure but also the profound spiritual experiences etched in your heart and soul.
Your pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar has been an unforgettable journey of self-discovery and connection with the divine. As you return to your daily life, may the memories inspire and guide you.
It’s time to bid farewell to this extraordinary land, but the treasures you’ve collected during your Yatra will enrich your life for years to come. Safe travels back home, carrying the blessings and memories of this sacred journey.
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