Kailash & Mansarovar Tour
Situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, Mt. Kailash (6,740m.) is wholly within Tibet. It is the abode of Lord Shiva and his divine better-half Parvati. Mt. Kailash has been recognized as one of the most important pilgrim centers for both the Hindus and the Buddhists. Besides, Jains also acknowledge Kailash as ashtapada and padma harda. They believe that Guru Nanak meditated in this holy mountain. Buddhists believe that Demchook( the fierceful form of Buddha) seated on the summit of Mount Kailash for meditation. In the Vedas, the oldest book in the world's library as well, we find the reference of Kailash. The importance of Mt. Kailash is also mentioned in the Puranas, the holy book of Hindus. It is said that Mansarovar is created by Brahma. Emperor Mandhata in Golden Age, Ravana, Bhasmasura and other in the Silver Age did penance to propitiate Lord Shiva in Mansarovar. It is claimed that those who take the holy dip at Mansarovar and carry out Parikrama around Kailash are absolved of their sins through generations and is absorbed into the Supreme Finality.
It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with 4 great faces. It is called Khang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) to Tibetans and they see it as the navel of the world. It is generally believed that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and the four rivers flow in the four cardinal directions. The River of the Lion Mouth to the North, the River of the Horse Mouth to the east, the River of the Peacock Mouth to the south and the River of the Elephant Mouth to the West. Strangely enough, four major rivers do indeed originate near Kailash, the Indus, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Karnali and the Sutlej. Tibetans believe that their great poet & saint Jechun Milarepa spent several years for meditation in this holy place.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1320m.)
We will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) and upon our arrival at the airport; we will be received by our company representatives and will transfer to a hotel. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu
After breakfast, we go for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. Within the distance of 20km., seven World Heritage Sites which have glorified the valley are found. These sites are: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Changu Narayan Temple.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Nyalam (3750m.)
We take early drive from Kathmandu to the small Tibetan town of Nyalam located at a height of 3750m. The distance of 150 km will be completed within around 8-9 hours. Nyalam boasts lush verdant forests all around. Overnight stay at hotel in Nyalam.
Day 04: Nyalam to Yak Kharkha (4675 m.)
After breakfast we proceed to Yak Kharkha (4675 m.) from Nyalam. It will take about 8-9 hrs to cover the distance of 240 km. Overnight stay in our camp.
Day 05: Yak Kharka to New Dongba (4500m.)
Today we drive from Yak Kharkha to New Dongba which is situated at an altitude of 4500m. The distance of 160 Km journey through mountainous terrain will be covered within 6-7 hrs. Overnight stay in the tent.
Day 06: New Dongba to Mayumla Phedi (4500m.)
In the morning drive from New Dongba to Mayumla Phedi located at a height of 4500m. The total distance that we need to cover today is 210 km. The journey of today is an exciting one and rewarding with snow-capped mountains rising all around the landscape. Overnight stay in the tent.
Day 07: Mayumla Phedi to Mansarovar (4560m.)
Having the customary breakfast, we drive to Manasarovar (4560m.) from Mayumla Phedi. Mansarovar is located at a distance of 120 km from Mayumla Phedi. Overnight in the camp.
Day 08: Mansarovar to Darchen (4560 m.)
We embark on Mansarovar tour by Jeep. We would also pay our visit to Chui Gompa. Having visited the monastery, we drive to Darchen which is located at an altitude of 4560 m. Overnight stay at hotel/guest house in Darchen.
Day 09: Darchen to Dira Puk (4775m.)
In the morning, we take our drive for a while and trek to Dira Puk from Darchen. It is the starting point of the Kailash Parikrama Yatra to be traversed on foot. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 10: Dira Puk to Zuthul Puk (4700m.)
We start our trek early in the morning to Zuthul Puk which is located at a height of 4700m. The trail which is 22km long passes through the Dolma La Pass (5650 m). Today’s trek is quite strenuous. During the 10-11 hr journey, one will be treading on treacherous mountain path. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 11: Zuthul Puk to Manasarovar Lake (4560 m.)
After breakfast we begin our 14 km trek to the lake Mansarovar at Hor Qu. Geographically, the lake falls in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. The Mansarovar Lake and Mount Kailash are sacred pilgrimage for thousands of Hindu and Buddhist devotees who take the famous Mansarovar holy tour.
Day 12: Manasarovar Lake to Mayumla (4500m.)
We bid adieu to the idyllic surroundings and drive from Hor Qu to Mayumla Phedi. It takes about 6-7 hours to complete the 120 km distance. Overnight stay in our camp.
Day 13: Mayumla to New Dongba (4500m.)
Today we drive from Mayumla Phedi to New Dongba. We will cover the distance of 210km. route in a normal walk of 7-8 hrs. We go to camp for overnight stay.
Day 14: New Dongba to Yak Kharka (4675m)
After breakfast, we leave New Dongba for Yak Kharka (4675m). It takes about 5-6 hr. for us to reach Yak Kharka. Overnight stay in Camp.
Day 15: Yak kharka to Nyalam (3750m)
Today we drive from Yak Kharka to Nyalam (3750m) located at 240 km away from Yak Kharka. It takes about 6-7hr.for us to complete the distance. Overnight in the tent.
Day 16: Nyalam to Kathmandu
Today, we drive downhill to Kathmandu. It takes about 8-9 hr. for us to complete the distance of 150 km. Farewell dinner will be served in Bhijan Griha, a typical Nepali hotel. Stay at the hotel in the night.
Day 17: Back home destination.
Note: Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay.
Trekking Region: Tibet
Trekking Name: Holy Tour to Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar
Best Season: April to October
Trekking Type: Lodge + Camping
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Highest Altitude: Dira Puk (4775m.)
Duration: 17 Days