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|Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
15 Nights / 16 Days
|There is more than enough reasons to call Mt. Kailash the holiest of all the holy peaks. Not only it is believed to be the abode of Hindu God Shiva, but also it is the Center of Spiritual Cosmos. To the Jains the Mt. Kailash is the site where their first prophet achieved enlightenment. An ancient religion Bon has a legend that its founder Shanrap was descent from heaven to the top of Mt. Kailash. For Buddhist it is the Precious Jewel Peak where pilgrims take the journey to attain enlightenment. Substantial historical significances, legends and myths are connected to this most sacred and sublime destination in Asia. Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly been braving their way to Mt. Kailash in order to attain spiritual enlightenment despite the harsh weather and frequent bandits attack in the gone days. The journey/yatra itself burns out the sins collected in one's lifetime. You won't be surprised to find yourself renewed person after your lifetime journey. A drop of water from beautiful and serene Lake Manasarovar, which lies 30 km further from Mt. Kailash and the source of four great rivers in Asia: the Indus, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), Karnali and the Sutlej, sets you free from our poisonous world.
The Hindu scriptures reiterate that who take the holy dip at Manasarovar and carry out the Parikrama around Kailash are absolved of their sins through generations and is absorbed into the Supreme Finality. To him, there is no rebirth, sorrows or joys: he is one with the ultimate - He is one with Shiva: He becomes the Shiva. SHIVOHAM.The awesome view of Lake Manasarovar, Gulra Mandhata and Ravana Lake bewilders the onlooker into subliminal aura. Ravana, the great actor in Hindu Ramayan epic, is claimed to have prayed at this lake (Ravana Tal / Rakshas Tal) and had the audience with Shiva. Manasarovar was created by Brahma at the request; of the great Rishis. This mind born lake contains the essence of all the Vedas. This is the place for holy ceremonial bath: oblations to the ancestors are offered here. Both the lakes are full of swans.
The entire area echoes with spiritual vibrations. Even the agnostics shall discover new Balance amidst that fathomless serenity. One has to experience it. It is widely believed that those who are ordained only could be there.
As this sacred place happens to be located in absolute remoteness a visit for mankind was something of a dream in the past. Now the dream has turned into reality by making it possible to reach there due to the net work of motorable roads and major highways. Adventure begins with a sweeping panoramic flight over the magnificent Himalayas to Lhasa - the capital city of Tibet or drive straight from Kathmandu to Zangmu, the borderland of Tibet. From here a drive in a 4 wheel power Land Cruiser will take us to the holy Lake Mansorover and Mt. Kailash for the pilgrimage circumambulation and to achieve our ultimate spiritual goal before returning back to Kathmandu. The experienced team of Trekker's Society has developed several optional tours to Mt. Kailash that fit with all age group ranging from 14-70 year old. Here are the some of sample itineraries:
Day 1 : KATHMANDU ARRIVAL
Arrival at Kathmandu. Our representative will meet you at the airport & transfer to Hotel. Evening dinner + tour briefing.
Day 2 : SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN KATHMANDU
Early morning, we visit Pashupatinath temple, Budhanilkantha Narayan(sleeping Vishnu). Afternoon, we visit Swoyambhunath temple (Monkey temple).
Day 3 : KTM TO KODARI (THE BOARDER TOWN) THEN CONTINUE TO NYALAM (3750 m.)
From Kathmandu, we make early morning departure for Kodari (border town of Nepal). At Kodari, we should go through the custom & immigration formalities. After completion the formality, we cross the friendship bridge. In China side, our guide and Land Cruisers are waiting for us. After meeting with Chinese guide and driver, we drive to Zhangmu (2225 m.) where once again we should complete Chinese immigration and custom formalities and will proceed for Nyalam (3750 m.).
Kathmandu to Kodari by private Bus: Four & half hours (123 km)
Kodari – ZhangMu – Nyalam by Jeep: Two & half hours (33 km)
Day 4 : FREE DAY IN NYALAM FOR ACCLIMATIZATION.
Day 5 : DRIVE, NYALAM TO SAGA (4460 m.)
Today, we should drive for an approximately 250 km to reach Saga (4600 m.). Saga is a small-growing town situated at the Bank of River Bramhaputra. There is a government Hospital (that will be closed on Sunday), some guesthouses available in this town. While driving to Saga, we will be passing through the Thong-La Pass (5200 m.) which is a highlight of today. From Nyalam it takes a couple of hours drive to reach Thong-La. You can see the magnificialt view of the Himalayan range including Mt. Shisapangma, the highest mountain in Tibet. After Thong-La Pass, we take a left turn and follow the route that leads to Shisapangma Base Camp but after a check post we leave this route and head out to Lake Peikutso. Here, we make lunch break. After lunch, we continue our journey to Saga. En route, we pass two small high passes. We will be arriving in Saga at late afternoon only. In the evening, our Chinese Doctor will check our passengers and if anyone is seriously suffered with altitude sickness, the patient will be sent back to the border.
Nyalam to Saga: Seven hours (250 km)
Day 6 : DRIVE, SAGA TO PARYANG (4550 m.)
Today we drive about 260 km to reach Paryang (4500).
Saga to Paryang: 6 hours (260 km.)
Day 7 : DRIVE, PARYANG TO LAKE MANASAROVAR (CHIU GOMPA - 4560 m.)
Drive of about 280km to Mansarovar camp (15400ft) at the shore of Mansarovar.
Paryang to Lake Mansarovar: 7 hours (280 km)
Day 8 : LAKE MANASAROVAR PARIKRAM ON JEEP THEN DRIVE TO DARCHEN (4663 m.)
Morning Pooja, holy bath at Mansarovar. After lunch, Mansarovar Parikrama by Land Cruiser. Short Drive to Dharchen (Base camp of Kailash) 15600ft.
Lake Mansarovar Parikrama: 72 km (3 hours)
Lake Mansarovar (Chiugompa) to Darchen: 2 hours (53 km)
Day 9 : DRIVE TO YAMA DWAR & START PARIKRAMA TO DERAPHUK GOMBA (4920 m.)
Early Morning (after breakfast), we take a 45 minutes ride on Jeep to Tarboche (Yam Dwar), the parikrama starting point. This is the easily accessible point from where you can see the closest view of Mt. Kailash.
Today, we walk near about 6 hours +. The trail is reasonably easy and flat. We camp at Dehraphuk (4880 m.).
Those who are not able to go for parikram will be back to Lake Mansarovar where they will be staying for another two days and waiting for the Parikram group. In this period, we provide accommodation in Camp. The charge will be extra for guesthouse accommodation.
Darchen to Yama Dwar: 8 km (45 minutes drive)
Serson to Deraphuk Gomba: 10 km (5 hours walk)
Day 10 : CONTINUE PARIKRAMA TO ZUTRULPHUK (4760 m.)
The group undertaking the Parikrama will further trek to Zutrulphuk (16000ft) via Dolmala pass (5600 m.). The passengers who are not taking Parikram will have rest in Lake Mansarovar.
Deraphuk Gomba to Zutrulphuk Gomba: 9 hours (22 km)
High pass on the way (Dolama-La): 5600 m.
Day 11 : END PARIKRAMA NEAR DARCHEN AND DRIVE BACK TO LAKE MANSAROVAR (HORA QUI)
After a short trek, we will reach near Darchen from where we will be picked up by Land Cruiser and drive to Lake Mansarovar to join the group.
Zutrulphuk to the ending point: 13 km (3 hours)
Ending point to Lake Manasarovar (hora Qui): 25 km (2 hours)
Day 12 : RETURN JOURNEY TO PARYANG
Early morning after breakfast, we set off our journey back to to Paryang. Lake Manasarovar to Paryang: 6 hours (250 km)
Day 13 : RETURN JOURNEY TO SAGA
Return journey to Saga. Paryang to Saga: 6 hours (255 km)
Day 14 : RETURN JOURNEY TO NYALAM
Return journey to Nyalam OR ZhangMu. Saga to Nyalam: 7 hours (250 km)
Day 15 : KODARI TO KATHMANDU
Drive to the boarder then continue your journey to Kathmandu. Nyalam to Kodari by Jeep: Two hours (33 km)
Kodari to Kathmandu by private Bus: Four & half hours (123 km)
Day 16 : AT LEISURE IN KATHMANDU
Today, you can go for Pashupati Darshan again (on your own). Afternoon, you can make shopping.
Day 17 : DEPARTURE
Transfer to the Airport for your flight back home.