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”.
Airport meeting. Transfer & accommodation in hotel 3* Thamel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is a complete resting day. We just relax and acclimatize.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MANASAROVAR – PARAYANG
Breakfast, Transfer to Parayang, Accommodation at a hostel. Lunch. Free afternoon for individual activities. Dinner.
PARAYANG – SAGA
Breakfast. Transfer to Saga and accommodation at a hostel. Socializing and exchanging experiences with companions always bring new insights and knowledge. Dinner.
SAGA - KYARUNG
Drive to Kyarung for 7 to 8 hours. It will be last night stay at Kyarung in Tibet side.
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.
Breakfast. City sightseeing with a guide. Visit to the world’s largest Stupa – Bouddhanath Stupa; Transfer to the airport. Departure.