Destinations : Kailash Mansarovar
Duration : 15 Night/ 16 Days
a height of 6714m, Mt. Kailash is locally called Kang Rinpoche or 'The
Precious Jewel of the Snow'. It is striking with its snow capped peak
against the clear blue sky which justifies its name Jewel of the Snow.
Four major religious pay reverence to this mountain. The Hindus consider it
the domain of Lord Shiva, For the Buddhist, Kailash is the manifestation of
Sakyamuni, Buddha. The Jains revere it as the site of their first Saint
Adinath's emancipation. Followers of Bon, the oldest religion of Tibet,
worship it as the Sacred Nine Stone Swastika Mountain Shenrad, their founder
saint is said to have descended on this peak.
Mt. Kailash also known as Mt. Meru, is referred to as the navel of the
earth. Four legendary rivers flow from within a radius of 50 kms in four
different directions. It is said that a stream from the mountain pours into
a nearby lake and from here the rivers flow into the four cardinal
directions. To the south is the Sapphire face from where flows the Karnali,
from the Ruby face on the west flows the Sutlej, from the Gold face on the
north flows the Indus and eastwards from the crystal face flows the
Bramhaputra also referred to as Yarlang Sangpo.
of Mt. Kailash's face highlights different moods. The west face is enveloped
in an aura of compassion and benevolence. The southern face reflects majesty
or splendor, it is fully covered with snow. The North face is stark,
forbidding and daunting while the east, only visible from a distance is
mysterious and distant.
The southern face of Mt. Kailash displays the making of celestial steps a
long vertical cleft punctuated by a horizontal line of rock starta. The
design resembles a Swastika indicating the rays of the sun in Hinduism,
since the vedic age. It is the Buddhist symbol of spiritual strength.
The Parikrama or circumbulation of Mt. Kailash is a three day trip, 53 kms
long, and the most sacred for all yatris. The Parikrama is performed in a
clockwise direction. The followers of Bon, the pre Buddhist religion of
Tibet perform it anti clockwise.
The Kora or parikrama starts from Drachen and can be completed at ones own
pace with in three days. The weather also dictates the progress. One
parikrama of Kailash is said to erase the accumulated sins of lifetime,
while 108 of these will ensure nirvana or liberation from the circle of life
the legend goes, Brahma created this lake for his meditation and worship.
Literally speaking it is Manas + Sarovar, Manas refers to the mind of the
supreme God Brahma, the lake being its outward manifestation. The sacred
Manas is at a height of 4560 m with a circumference of 110 km, which can be
trekked in about 3 days. It has a depth of 300ft and covers an area of 350
sq kms. It is amongst the highest bodies of fresh water in the world, though
most of the year lake remains frozen Around April when the ice melts, the
pilgrims start their yatra. By the Manas is referred by the Tibetians as
Mapham Yum Tso which means 'victorious'. 'The waters of Mansarovar are like
the pearls, drinking it erases the sins of a Hundred Lifetimes' said
Kalidasa. The water is considered to have healing powers. Manas pilgrims
often gather white-ringed pebbles from the lakes shore as mementos of their
Day 1 :
Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet and transfer to
Day 2 :
At leisure in Kathmandu. Obtain Chinese Visa.
Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 3 :
Embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Kodari. Walk to the
friendship Bridge & drive uphill to Zhangmu. After completing custom &
immigration formalities, proceed to Nyalam. Overnight at Hotel. Nyalam or
similar. (153 kms/ 6-7 hrs)
Day 4 :
Stay at Nyalam (3750m) for acclimatization. The
Group will be taken for a 3 hrs trek in Nyalam. Overnight at Hotel Nyalam or
Day 5 :
Drive Nyalam to Saga (4600m-240 kms/ 6-7 hrs).
Overnight at Guest House
Day 6 :
Drive to Paryang (4750m-255kms/ 5-6 hrs).
Overnight at Hotel Paryang
Day 7 :
Drive to Hor-Quo (4560m-223 kms/ 5-6 hrs). Camp
at the banks of Lake Mansarovar
Day 8 :
In the morning Parikarma of Lake Mansarovar by
Jeep (4520m-115 kms/ 4-5 hrs). In the evening drive to Darchen (4620m).
Overnight at Guest House
Day 9 :
Trek to Serlung Monastery & to Nandi Parbat for an
excellent view of Mount Kailash. The Group will stay at Darchen and make
final preparation for the Kailash Parikarma. Overnight at Guest House
Day 10 :
Drive ahead to Tarboche to start the
trek of Mt. Kailash (13 kms). Trek to Dirapuk (4860m-7kms) approx 5-6 hrs.
Overnight at Camp.
Day 11 :
Trek to Zuthul Puk (4760m-18kms) approx 9-10
hrs. Overnight at Camp
Day 12 :
End of Kailash Kora (10kms) approx. 3-4 hrs
trek. Drive to Paryang (270 kms/ 6-7 hrs). Overnight at Hotel Paryang.
Day 13 :
Drive to Saga (255 kms/ 6-7 hrs). Overnight at
Day 14 :
Drive to Nyalam (240 kms/ 6-7 hrs). Overnight
at Hotel Nyalam or similar
Day 15 :
Drive downhill to Zhangmu and Friendship
Bridge where transportation awaits for the final leg of journey of
Day 16 :
Morning breakfast in the Hotel. Transfer to
the Airport for your Flight.