Mount Kailash Tour is an ultimate spiritual journey for many sects of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jains, and Bon followers and has been an adventurous tour for enthusiastic travelers. Tibetan believes it is The Precious Jewel of Snow (Khang Rimpoche), and they regard Mount Kailash as the navel of the world. Mount Kailash’s glaciated stream pours into the nearby lake, from where the river continues in four prime directions. This exotic tour in Tibet takes you to the mythical Mount Kailash (6,714 m) and Lake Mansarovar. For the religious pilgrim, a tour of Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar is the ultimate achievement of their spiritual pursuit. And for adventure-lovers, visiting Mount Kailash presents extreme remoteness, solitude, pure beauty, and adventure of a lifetime.
Mount Kailash is widely famous in the Asian region that lies in the far west of Tibet. Hindus and Buddhists regard it as a sacred mountain, and the religions spread over India, Nepal, and Tibet. The beauty of the mountain is accompanied by the emerald-green serene Manasarovar Lake, which lies 30km away from Mt. Kailash. However, the mountain is the origin of Nepal’s longest river, the Karnali, and other famous rivers of India like the Indus, the Sutlej, and the Brahmaputra.
Moreover, these rivers make their way through the great Tibetan Plateau. Mt. Kailash and the Manasarovar Lake are important pilgrimage sites for Tibetan and Indian pilgrims. For instance, the pilgrims attempt a 53km circular path around it, known as Kora, of Mt. Kailash. The altitude of the mountain is 6714 m with the snowcapped vertical landscape. Even the Manasarovar Lake having its circular distance of approximately 90km, is attempted by Indian and Tibetan pilgrims regarding it as formed in the mind of Brahma—the unified force field of energy—according to the Hindus and Buddhists’ mythology.
This focused tour is specially meant for Hinduism followers or like-minded spiritual travelers with busy schedules. The tour begins from Kathmandu valley as you move towards Zhangmu. However, after the necessary border formalities, we continue driving towards Nyalam. Soon afterward, you will travel southwest across the vast Tibetan Plateau. You will spend lots of time on the bank of Lake Manasarovar for the parikrama and then embark on your spiritual circuit around Mt. Kailash. However, we wish you an unforgettable diving experience.
On your arrival, our staff will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and escort you to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
You will explore Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most significant places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath, the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa are one of the largest stupas in the world. Then we meet up with travel manage for your Tibet tour briefing. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Early in the morning, you will be driving to Zhangmu from Kathmandu. After necessary border formalities, we continue driving towards Nyalam. Overnight at tented camp.
Today for your good acclimatization we stay or rest at Nyalam. You can enjoy your day here. This is most necessary to take one day in Nyalam for your good acclimatization and safety.
You will continue your drive uphill, this time on four-wheel-drive vehicles backed by a truck with food, equipment & trek crew, through up to a left turn beyond the highway. Then we head north from Paiku Tso and will drive to Zhongba. En route, you will come across many Tibetan nomads grazing their live stocks (yaks, sheep, goats, horses) concentrated near the water and pastureland with the panoramic view of the Himalayas to the south of the road. Overnight at tented camp.
From Zhongba you will head west along the bank of Matseng Tsangpo River through the settlements of Shue, Paryang, and Samsang to Mayumla (5,151 m) and below the pass at a height of 4500 m. Then we drive past Kongyu Tso through the Tibetan countryside and arrive at Lake Mansarovar, which Hindus believe was created by Brahma (the Hindu creator deity) as a reflection of the depth of his soul – manas. Overnight at tented camp.
Today is a well-earned rest day from the few days of a long drive, depending upon the camping site at Lake Mansarovar. Usually coming from Paryang we camp on the north-east side of the lake on the green field with great scenes of the Lake and the peak of Gurla Mandata. On this day we will take a drive to the east coast of the lake to visit the Chui Gompa and return to our camp and the rest of the time enjoy the spectacular beauty in the surrounding space.
After two hours’ drive, we will arrive at Darchen which is a small settlement with few guesthouses. These places can be quite busy with pilgrims during the auspicious time for the Kora (circumambulation). The holy walk heads west from the guest house compound high above the Barkha plain to a cairn and prayer flags, which gives an excellent view of Mt. Kailash from this spot. The trail continues across the plain to Shershong which is a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa high on the hill above. The west bank trail drives across the screed slopes to our overnight camp near Damding Donkhang that gives a good glimpse of the west face of Mt. Kailash.
This second day of the pilgrimage begins, crossing a log bridge as the north face of Kailash comes into view. As you reach the Gompa and guest house at Dirakphuk you are rewarded with an excellent view of the north face of the holy Mt. Kailash. The Kora track ascends onto a moraine, eventually meeting the trail from the east bank. The trail from here ascends steadily to a meadow finally leading up past piles of clothing. The local Tibetan pilgrims leave a piece of clothing or some of their belongings leaving their past life behind them. And the Kora continues through thousands of small rock cairns beyond to a stone hut and across a fieldstone and up to the high pass of Dolma-La at approx. 5, 470 m. A big boulder represents the goddess Dolma (Tara) is decorated with prayer flags. This place is the physical and spiritual high point of the pilgrimage Kora. The track from here descends to the plain below, a few hours walk brings you to the overnight camp at Zutul-Puk Gompa, Zutul means cave. The place is named after a cave in which the poet, Saint Milarepa stayed, meditated and remains of his footprints can be seen on the roof.
The last day of our holy walk ‘Kora’ heads to a stream of Kailash, then form up as the river descends towards the plain. The last part of the trek makes a dramatic departure from the river valley on to the plain as we walk passes to a Mani wall decorated with carved yak skulls. A short walk from here brings you to the windswept little town of Darchen for the celebration. After completing the most awaited highlight of the trip from Darchen, a short drive from here will lead us to Lake Mansarovar or near the base of Mayum-la. Then we’ll leave Lake Mansarovar and drive to Paryang, a beautiful small Tibetan village. Then we’ll leave Paryang and continue our journey which takes us back to Saga, where we’ll camp overnight.
Our route leads from Saga town to the Ferry at Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra River) after 40 minutes’ drive from the camp at Saga. As we reach the river bank we climb on the barge-like boat with the vehicle to get across the other side of the river bank. From here, the drive takes on the valley and through the passes until we reach near the lake Paigutsho. Further, we move on to the scenic drive through the beautiful countryside of Tibet with excellent panoramic views of Mt. Cho-Yu (8,201 m) and Mt. Shishapagma (8,012 m) from the Lalung La pass (5050 m). After Nyalam, we descend from the Tibetan Plateau first to the Chinese border town of Zhangmu. From here we’ll drive back across the Tibet -Nepal border at Kodari. And after the custom formalities, we drive to Kathmandu through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Overnight in the hotel.
We thank you for being a part of our tour and travel. We bid you farewell or the opportunity to join another of our programs. Our representatives will drop you at the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of your flight.
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