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Kailash Pilgrimage, Tibet

Pilgrimage travel to the sacred Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake

Mount Kailash (6740m) is located in the North of the Himalayas, in Tibet. This fascinating mountain resembles a meteor that got stuck in the ground. Kailash is the spiritual center of four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and the ancient Tibetan religion that came before Buddhism – Bongo. This mountain is the destination of many pilgrims coming from all over the world. Nowadays, a growing number of people believe that Kailash is the energy center of the Earth and that the entrance to the Forbidden City – Shambhala – is located near the mountain. Also near Kailash, on the Tibetan plateau, is the the impressive Lake Manasarovar. Going on a pilgrimage around Mount Kailash and swimming in Manasarovar are sacred experiences that bring redemption and wash away all sins committed throughout life.

Buddhist pilgrims circle the mountain on foot, throwing their bodies to the ground at intervals, thus measuring the entire path (52km). The simplicity of nature, the spirituality and the lack of internet and mobile phone connections will help you feel “out of this world”.

Itinerary

Day 1

KATHMANDU

Airport meeting. Transfer & accommodation in hotel 3* Thamel.

Day 2

KATHMANDU VALLEY

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing (Swayambhunath Stupa, Buddhist Monkey Temple) with a guide. For those who are interested, we can provide entry into the temple and conversation in excellent English with the monks. The temple is located on a hill with a beautiful view of the Kathmandu Valley.

Day 3

KATHMANDU – TIMURE/RASUA (Nepal Side Border)

It is the first day of the tour beginning from Kathmandu to Shybrubeshi (Nepal); drive (1400 meters – 117 kilometers) – After having breakfast, the departure starts from Kathmandu in Nepal to Tibet border on a private tourist coach or jeep as per your tour package. It takes 6 to 7 hours drive to reach Shybrubeshi passing through Kalikasthan, Ramche and Dunche. We will take our lunch at Trisuli bazaar. There are facilitated hotels and lodges for tourists.

Dan 4

SYABRUBESI-KYARUNG (Tibet side Bazaar)

Early in the morning after having our breakfast, we begin to move towards Timure. Visitor’s visa and passport will be investigated at Nepal immigration office at Ghate Khola. After completing entire formalities we continue driving for 15 minutes’ to Rasuwagadi, which is nearby Nepal Tibet boarder and is 17 Kilometer far from Shyabrubeshi. After crossing friendship bridge (Miteri Bridge); Tibetan immigration office, check Tibet visa for Kailash one by one Yatri and Nepali staff. There will be our Tibetan guide  waiting for us with travel permit for Kailash tour/Yatra. He will be dealing with entire immigration formalities and take you via Tibetan bus / van or Jeep to Kerung city which is 24km far from boarder and 2900meter above the sea level. There are lodges and guesthouses with local Tibetan settlement along  with simple accommodation for tourists.

Day 5

KYARUNG - SAGA

Drive to Saga from Kerung, which is 400 km far. Peku Tso Lake, Salt Lake (Nunilo Tal) falls on the way and then you can reach Saga city after 6/7 hours long drive. You can enjoy the views of Nomads looking after thousands of sheep & yaks on the way. Yatris will be served Lunch box and you will get somewhere near Pekhu Tso Lake for lunch. Then, we drive & cross the Bhramha Purtra River (Sangpo) the way to Tibetan city Saga. It is facilitated city with many facilities way to Kailash & Mansarover Yatra Tour.

 

Day 6

SAGA

It is a complete resting day. We just relax and acclimatize.

Day 7

SAGA via PRAYANG – MANASAROVAR (4580m)

We should travel around 470km in not more than 7 – ­8 hours. Our day starts with full of excitement, by the afternoon as you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Mansarovar Lake from Hor. We  manage for hot lunch box and on the way we stop for lunch. Then, we continue driving to Mansarovar  Lake reaching Hor. Mansarovar Lake Circumambulation begins from here. We can complete it in about 2 -­ 3 hours time but if we walk on foot it may take 3 to 5 days for the same rotation. We can see 8 Monasteries all through the circumference of the Lake. Finally we will reach Chiu Gompa (Monastery) that is near Mansarovar Lake.

Day 8

MANASAROVAR - DARCHEN

In the morning, we will choose a safe special point to take holy dip in Mansarovar Lake taking bath in its cold water. Pilgrims offer flowers, money to god at this Lake and are also seen meditating reciting the names of their ancestral gods, performing the Homas (offering grains mixed with purified butter to the fire) in the name of their ancestors, in order to relieve themselves from any kind of sins which they might have committed knowingly or unknowingly and obtain Mokshya. After completing religious rituals they exchange their happiness by hugging, much to the amusement of the onlookers. Everybody is deeply praying god and are doing Aarati (oil-­‐fed lamps) by joining hands. It will be the most spiritual day so far.

Lunch will be arranged at around 2:00 in the afternoon and then we will drive to Darchen to spend the night at a guesthouse. If pilgrims are interested to move up to Astapad it can be managed if it is open for pilgrimage in year of 2018.

Day 9

DARCHEN – DAIRAPHUK MONASTERY CAMP

We will drive from Darchen to Yamadwar. Yamadwar is often called as gate for the god of death. From here, we start walking to Dirapuk (4890 meters – ­11 kilometers) Monastery. Yatris can take pony & local porter for 3 days from here. It eases your journey. If you want to hire pony and porter you should inform while at Mansarovar Lake and Tibetan guide will be managing all before starting the Kora. As it is the first day of parikrama, we should start our journey after breakfast as early as possible. We have to walk continuously for about 5 to 6 hours. Yak will carry our entire stuffs. Mt. Kailash north face is seen much closer from Dirapuk. It looks as lord Shiva is staying there. We stay at Dirapuk mud house.

Day 10

DAIRAPHUK MONASTERY CAMP - MEDICINE BUDDHA CAMP

Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk (4790 meters -­ 22 kilometers) It is very tough day today as we have to pass Dolma La or Dorma La Pass, which is 5636 meters above the sea level. The weather in unpredictable and snowstorm can begin at any time here. Starting journey early is worthy for today. We can have the Darshan of Ganesh Kund on the way. But, it is a little bit difficult to go down split walking path and reach Gauri Kund Lake. We need to climb steep up and up until we reach Dorma La pass. After this, we need to go steep down till Shapje Datok & after flat path till Zuthulpuk monastery. Our night stay will be again at a mud house.

Day 11

MEDICINE BUDDHA CAMP - MANASAROVAR

Breakfast. Trek to Darchen where the Kailash Kora pilgrimage ends. Visiting the Zuthulphuk monastery and transfer to Horr Chu Pass. Accommodation at the camp. Unbelievably blue skies in the background of Mount Kailash, reflecting on the waters of Lake Manasarovar. The lake and other wonders of nature cannot compare to the spiritual experience that you will take home with you. Dinner.

Day 12

MANASAROVAR – PARAYANG

Breakfast, Transfer to Parayang, Accommodation at a hostel. Lunch. Free afternoon for individual activities. Dinner.

Day 13

PARAYANG – SAGA

Breakfast. Transfer to Saga and accommodation at a hostel. Socializing and exchanging experiences with companions always bring new insights and knowledge. Dinner.

Day 14

SAGA - KYARUNG

Drive to Kyarung for 7 to 8 hours. It will be last night stay at Kyarung in Tibet side.

Day 15

KYARUNG -­ KATHMANDU

After having our breakfast, we drive to Nepal -­ Tibet Friendship Bridge Rasuwagadi. Completing entire immigration formalities clearance in Tibet and Nepal side, we continue driving to Kathmandu for about 7 to 8 hours, and then transfer to the hotel. You will be served lunch on the way back to Kathmandu.

Day 16

KATHMANDU

Breakfast. City sightseeing with a guide. Visit to the world’s largest Stupa – Bouddhanath Stupa; Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Dates & Prices

August 04th, 2020
Spots available: 4 2480 €, Per Person
August 12th, 2020
Spots available: 7 2480 €, Per Person

F.A.Q.

What’s included in the price?
To maximize convenience, we include as much as possible, so you can just relax and think about hiking. Here’s what’s included:

  • Minibus transfers from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the airport
  • Accommodation in 3*  hotel in Kathmandu based on full board
  • Accommodation in hostels in Tibet based on full board
  • Accommodation in tents in Tibet (two people per tent) based on full board
  • Visa for Tibet
  • Tibet travel permit
  • All entrance fees and tickets for the monasteries in Tibet
  • Private bus transfer Kathmandu – Kerung – Kathmandu
  • Minivan for the transportation of equipment and members in Tibet
  • Yaks for the transportation of the equipment, food and personal belongings
  • Professional guide service during the trek
  • Local guides and porters during the trek

What does not included in the price?

  • Air tickets to/from Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa when entering the country ($ 40)
  • International Health Insurance
  • Optional tickets to museums and temples in Kathmandu
  • Taxi service in Kathmandu
  • Individual costs

You will need to cover flights; insurance and extra spend. You’ll need to book your flights to and from Kathmandu, travel insurance and cover other personal expenses (etc. drinks, souvenirs…).

What’s the hike like?
The hike is moderate to strenuous. Every day from Kathmandu to Lake Mansarovar we will transport you by minivan. This pilgrimage includes a 4-day walking tour around sacred Mount Kailash (52 km).You will walk on mountain trail. It is safe and solid. It can be windy and cold because it is more than 4.500 above sea level. The highest point on this trail is Dorma la pass (around 5636m).

What’s the city tour like?

All-day city tour is organized with a our guide and transportation. We will see the most important cultural and historical monuments in Kathmandu.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?

You need high level fitness level. The previous hiking experience at altitudes up to 4000 above sea level is mandatory. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start.

What do I need to bring with me?

  1. Backpack (up to 40l)
  2. Sleeping bag (-10 in comfort zone)
  3. Trekking trousers
  4. Gore-Tex jacket (or anything waterproof)
  5. Hiking shoes
  6. Socks (thermal + cotton)
  7. Cotton T shirts
  8. Base layer shirt and thermal long underwear pants (active underwear)
  9. Woolen cap (or polar)
  10. Hat (sun protection)
  11. Polar jacket
  12. Gloves
  13. Towel and toiletries kit
  14. Sunglasses
  15. Head lamp
  16. Water Bottle 1Lx 2
  17. Medicines and vitamins
  18. Sunscreen ( 30 SPF or higher) + lip cream
  19. Raincoat
  20. Trekking poles
  21. Down jacket

What are the guides like?
All the activities on this trip will be led in English by qualified and licensed UIAA guide.

What’s the food like?
All food is local and is freshly cooked, hearty mountain meals. These include domestic cheese and other local milk products, dry meat specialties, pasta, rice and vegetable. We can organize your meal in the way you like. The drinks are not included.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?
Absolutely. Just let us know when you fill in your travel documents.

When can I go on this trip?
Book on to our pre-set dates above. If you are considering alternative dates, the perfect time for this adventure is between April and  September.

What’s the weather like?
Spring, summer and early autumn are the best periods to visit this region. In summer the average temperature in Kathmandu can be around is 30 degrees, but on the mountain is  colder and temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius.During night temperature is between minus 10 and 0 degrees Celsius. Autumn is slightly chillier but still really pleasant and colors are stunning. On the trail around Mt.Kailash  there can be some snow parts.

Which flights should I book?
You should book flights to Kathmandu airport (Nepal capital).

How do I meet the transfer?
At your arrival, the transfer will be holding a sign with the name of the tour. We’ll give you all extra details before travelling.

How big will the group be?
This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, and a maximum of 15. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled. Please contact us for confirmation before booking your flights, or book with a credit card.

Can I customize the trip?
Of course! For private groups of six or more the trip can run on any days you wish, be extended or changed to suit your needs. Enquire now for a private trip.