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Mount Kailash, (6714m/ 22027ft) high peak is situated to the north of the Himalaya in Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with splendid beauty, with 4 great faces. It is the spiritual center for four great religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and Bonpo (the pre-Buddhist animistic religion of Tibet).
For the Hindus Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, their spiritual centre of the universe, described as a fantastic 'world pillar' 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its roots in the lowest hell and its summit kissing the heaven. On the top live their most revered God, Shiva, and his consort Parvati.
For the Buddhists; believe that Kailash is the mome of the Demchok or Demchog Chakrasamvara; who represents supreme bliss.
For the Jains (an Indian religious group), Kailash is the site where their first diviner achieved enlightenment.
For the older, more ancient religion of Bon, it is the site where its founder Shanrab is said to have descended from heaven.
Kailash is surrounded by two great lakes; Manasarovar, borne out the minds (Manas) of Bramha. It is the highest fresh water lake in the world. Sacred Lake Manasarovar is round like Sun signifying solar force and inner consciousness (Prajnam) leading to higher Atmic awareness. The water of the Manas is pure and Turquoise blue. It is always calm. A bath in the holy waters of Manas is said to wash away the sins of many Janmas (lives) leading to spiritual path ultimately leading to Eternity. The second lake Rakshas; Rakas or Ravan Tal, is crescent Moon shaped signifying lunar force and influences the lower desires i.e. demonic impulse. The waters of Rawan Lake are brownish and it is often rough. Pilgrims normally avoid taking bath in its waters.
According to the Hindus Mythology, Lord Shiva spends his most of the time on the top of the holy Mount Kailash, practicing Yogic austerities, joy and love with his divine consort Parbati (Mother of Mythology). The Lake Mansarovar and the holy Mount Kailash are the SOUL of all AUM followers in the world.
"Conventional wisdom says a single circuit of Mt. Kailash wipes out the sins of a lifetime, 108 Parikramas guarantees enlightenment. A ritual bath in the sacred Mansarovar Lake delivers pilgrim to Brahma's paradise and a drop drink of its water relinquishes the sins of hundred of lifetimes."
- Mansarovar & Holy Mt. Kailash –
Arrive to Kathmandu (1337m), an exciting and memorable experience with the panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan range greets your sight.
Nepal Travel and Tour's Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.
Hotel: Summit Residency Airport or Similar (3 Stars deluxe hotel)
Meal: Welcome drink and Dinner.
Kathmandu sightseeing / (Visa Day of NRI’s) / and evening program briefing. Over night stay at hotel.
Hotel: Summit Residency Airport or Similar
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
After breakfast proceeds to Kodari (Nepal - China Border). At our 5 hours driving. The Bhotekoshi River leads us up to Kodari is the second wilderness river in the world. Our boarder agent will complete custom formalities at Kodari. Check in to the Tibetan autonomous part of China after Lunch. Drive about one and half hour by Chinese vehicle to a small Tibetan town is called Nyalam (3750m).
Hotel: Xisapangma, Pilgrimage Inn or Similar.
Meals: Breakfast at Kathmandu, Lunch at Kodari Border and Dinner at Nyalam prepared by Nepalese staffs ( Start own kitchen).
Full day free at Nyalam (3750 m), trek around hill about 3 hrs. for acclimatization and Nylam city excursion.
Hotel: Xisapangma, Pilgrimage Inn or Similar.
Meals: bed tea, breakfast, lunch afternoon Tea/Coffee, Evening Dinner.
From Naylam to Dongba (4500m)– 6 to 7 hours.
Hotel: Dongba Xisapangma or Similar Guest House at Overnight
Meals: bed tea & breakfast at Dongba, hot case packed lunch on the way & evening Dinner at Camp.
Dongba to Manasarovar (4580m) Chiu –7 hours.
Drive to Lake Manasarovar with Parikrama (Kora) (Circumambulation) of Lake. Perform first holy Dip & short Pooja. Reach Chiu Gompa.
Hotel: Lake View, Parmartha Ashram or Similar.
Meals: Morning bead tea & breakfast at Dongba, hot case packed lunch while making Manasarovar parikrama & Evening at Camp.
Manasarovar to Darchen (4700m) Morning is free for spiritual performance; Puja Homa and excursion around secret Lake Manasarovar. Drive to Darchen about an hour; check in to the guest house. Start trek to Asthapatha and back Darchen after Inner Darshana.
Hotel: Darchen Guest house or Similar.
Meals: Morning bed tea, breakfast and lunch at Manasarovar. Evening hot Dinner at camp.
Darchen to Driaphuk (4890m)
This is first day of the Kailash Parikrama (Kora). Start after breakfast as earlier as possible, walk about 13 km within about 7 hours. One can ride personal horse.
Hotel: Xisapangma, or Mud house.
Meals: bet tea and breakfast at Darchen, packed lunch with fruits and chocolates, Dinner at Driaphuk Camp with hot soup and energy drink.
Driaphuk to Zuthulphuk (4790m)
Today is the day to Pass Dolma-La (5670m) above sea level. The weather will be unpredictable in Dolma-La, any time can change and start to snow storm. So we try to start our journey as earlier as possible. Devine view of Gaurikund is available on the way while descending from Dolma- La.
Hotel: Zhuthulphuk Guest house.
Meals: Morning bed tea & breakfast at Driaphuk, packed lunch with fruits, chocolates and cookies while trekking & evening hot Dinner at Camp.
Zuthulphuk to Paryang / Dongba
Trek about 2 or 3 hours to end the Parikrama (Kora) of Kailash at Mani wall and drive about 7 hours to Paryang/ Dongba.
Hotel: Dongba Xisapangma or Similar.
Meals: bed tea and breakfast at Zuthulphuk, hot case packed lunch on the way and dinner at Dongba Camp.
Paryang / Donga to Nyalam – 7 hours.
Hotel: Xisapangma, Pilgrimage Inn or Similar.
Meals: bed tea and breakfast at Dongba, hot case packed lunch on the way and dinner at Nyalam.
Nyalam to Kathmandu:
After clearing the boarder formalities Nepal part will pick up from boarder by our coach and continue proceed to Kathmandu, check in to the hotel. At evening, feedback assembly and certificate distribution. Overnight stay at hotel.
Hotel: Summit residency, hotel Airport or Similar.
Meals: bed tea and light breakfast at Nyalam, Lunch at Kodari Border and Dinner at Kathmandu hotel.
After breakfast at hotel, the day is free until your transfer to int. Airport for your onward journey. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
Meals: Breakfast at hotel.
Arrival and departure transfer by tourist coach / three nights accommodation at Kathmandu with all meal / Kathmandu valley sightseeing including Pashupatinath Darshan / Kathmandu – Boarder – Kathmandu transfer by Nepali tourist coach / Boarder – Kailash – Boarder transfer by Land Cruisers Jeep in 4 persons sharing basis and supporting truck during Kailash trip / all accommodation at Tibetan Guest house / hotels and camp / camping equipment with sleeping bag, down Jacket / carrying bag / Visa and visa approval fees of China / all entry, travel & road permit fees in Tibet part / Sherpas, cook and all necessary supporting staffs / Tibetan guide / Yak and Yak man / Oxygen & medicine kit box.
Beverage and personal nature cost / Nepal entry and re-entry visa fees for non-residence Indian / rescue & emergency cost / yak or horse cost for personal riding / Additional Jeep driving to Serlung / Accommodation cost at Darchen those stay at Base camp instead to go Kailash Parikrama & Tips.
Risk and Liabilities:
We will endeavor to make your journey smooth and as pleasant as possible. However the entire program in Tibet is conducted strictly under the rules and regulations of China Tibet Tourism Bureau. Therefore, Independent Himalayan Adventure & its related organizations will not be responsible for any changes in the itineraries due to unavoidable circumstance such as Government restriction, land slide, road blockage, flood, snow, and Political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay, Delay due to shortage of Land Cruiser Jeep in Tibet, sickness or Accident. Any extra cost including there shall be borne by travelers themselves.
Minimum three months valid passport and two copies of pp size photograph.
A normal health certificate from your personal doctor to those are 50 years and above by age.
This is not a trek or expedition but a tour; therefore no specific level of fitness is required. Anybody can join this Yatra if they think themselves fit and have strong willpower. People suffering from cardiac or respiratory problems should consult to their doctor. Morning and evening walks, jogging, stretching, meditation and regular exercise make the journey comfortable for all.
Food and Beverage:
We will serve delicious continental & Indian food; Breakfast and Dinner in Campsite serve by Nepali trained staff. Pack lunch will be provided for daytime. We will serve Mineral Water for drinking purpose.
Clothing and Necessities:
As the temperature varies greatly between day and night (from max. 20 degrees Celsius to min. –16 degrees Celsius) one should prepare accordingly.
Bring the following items with you:
Woolen gloves, Balaclava, Sun hat, Thermal wear, Water bottle, Woolen socks, Towel, Light Jacket, Sunglasses, Sun cream, Torch with extra batteries/bulbs, Muffler, Mask, Raincoat, Sweater, Shirt/T-shirt & Trekking shoes.
Full travel, insurance coverage for medicine, Helicopter evacuation if in case of emergency, loss of belongs, and trip cancellation is strongly recommended.