Kailash Mansarovar Tour

Starting From $ | Duration: 11 Days
  • Maximum Alt: 5,648 m
  • Group Size: 2 - 6
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Best Seasons: Spring / Summer / Autumn
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  • Mount Kailash (elev. 6,640 m), a gigantic mass of black rock in the arid plateau of Tibet, is considered as one of the important pilgrimage sites in Asia, and is sacred to four different religious groups. According to Hindu mythology, Kailash is the abode of Lordh Shiva– deity of destruction and the Master of Tantra. Similarly, Tibetan Buddhists revere the mountain as Kang Rimpoche or the precious one in the snow, who they believe bestows enlightenment on pilgrims freeing them from suffering and attachment. For the followers of Bon-Po (the primitive religion of Tibet) Mount Kailash sits sky goddess Sipaimen. On the other hand, the mountain is venerated as Asthapada by Jains who believe that it was here where Rishaba, the founder of Jainism, attained liberation. Pilgrims, especially Hindu and Buddhists, encompass the holy mountain in a clockwise fashion hoping for good fortune; Jains and Bon-Po followers, on the contrary, make a counter-clockwise round. The site also holds a common legendary significance for both Buddhists and Bon-Pos: it is said that yogi Milarepa vanquished a Bon Shaman in a battle of sorcery that resulted in the taking over of Bon Po by Buddhism in the region.
    Mansarovar is a holy freshwater lake situated at an altitude just below 4,600m. The lake also holds religious significance to Hindus, Buddhists and jainsalike.
    Though comprising of an immense religious significance and magnificent views, Mansarovar and Kailash are less frequented (less than 2000 pilgrims per year) due to their high location and geographic harshness. But thanks to the alpine road network and well-organized tours it is now possible to fly or drive to the panoramic place within short time period and much ease.

  • Day 01: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,300 m); Drive in a private vehicle
    Approximate altitude gain: 1,905m
    You will leave Kathmandu early in the morning after breakfast and drive north-east towards Nepal-China border. After customary formalities at Zhangmu, you will drive to Nylam for overnight.
    Overnight at Nylam; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 02: Acclimatization at Nyalam
    The importance of acclimatization can’t be overstressed. As you will be spending few nights over 4000 m, going slow is a must in order to avoid the chances of altitude sickness!
    Overnight at Nylam; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 03: Nyalam to Saga (4,450 m); Drive
    Approximate altitude gain: 1,150 m
    The scenery takes a dramatic shift from arid desert dunes to lakes where nomads lead their yaks and sheep. Tibetan town of Saga is reached after crossing Bramhaputra River which holds a religious importance for Hindus.
    Overnight at Saga; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 04: Saga to Manasarovar (4,560 m); Drive
    Accompanied by snow-clad peaks to your south, 9 hour’s drive through sandy desert will take you to the the holy lake of Mansarovar. The blue freshwater lake of Himalaya is breath-taking not due to the altitude but because of its hypnotizing texture and vastness. There are few hotels around the lake –you will overnight in one of those.
    Overnight at Mansarovar; 3-course meal is included.

    Day 05: Circumambulation and back to Tarchen (4,565 m); Drive
    Devout Hindus hold that drinking water from Mansarovar and taking a bath here will wash away all the carnal sins. Even If you neither are a Hindu or a religiously inclined person, you might consider plunging in the lake till the waist level just for an adventure. After necessary rituals and trolling around the lake, you drive to Tarchen which is the base camp of Mount Kailash circumambulation. You will overnight in tent or a lodge (if available).
    Overnight at Tarchen; 3-course meal is included

    Day 06: Tarchen to DiraPuk (5000 m); trek
    Circumambulation, also known as Parikrama (in Sanskrit) or Kora (in Tibetan), is the act of offering devotion to venerated deities by pilgrims. Both Hindus and Buddhists encircle Kailash clockwise– in the fashion opposite to Jains and Bon-Po followers.

    You will commence your trek today, walking along the rocky cliffs. After about 7 hours of taxing walk, you will reach DiraPuk. The views of Kailash and nearby are worth capturing through your camera lens. You will overnight in tent or a lodge.
    Overnight at Dirapuk; 3-course meal is included

    Day 07: Dira-Puk to ZuthulPuk (4,710 m); trek
    Another day of a tiresome trek but packed with spectacular sceneries and adventurous excitement of crossing the Dolma-La pass (5,648 m) .You will encounter Parvati-stal, Gauri-Kunda, Shivasthal and other places that are sacred to the followers of Hinduism. You will eventually reach Zuthul Peak or the cave of miracles where Buddhist Yogi Milarepa had meditated.
    Overnight at Zuthulpuk; 3-course meal is included

    Day 08: Kailash Circumambulation and back to Manasarovar (14950 ft.); trek
    The last day of trek will require a walk of about 3 hours. At the end of the trek, you will meet the driving crew waiting for departure. Lake Mansarovar is reached within late afternoon.
    Overnight at Mansarovar; 3-course meal is included.
    Days 09 to 11: Mansarovar to Kathmandu; Drive
    You will retrace your way back to Kathmandu

    Day 09: Mansarovar to Saga
    Day 10: Saga to Nyalam
    Day 11: Nylam to Kathmandu

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