Mt. Kailash – Mansarovar
Trek ( Zhangmu – Zhangmu )
Mt. Kailash (6714m) is the most sacred mountain in Asia. It
is believed to be the physical embodiment of the mythical Mt
Meru, said to be the center of the universe or ‘navel of the
world’ . Mt. Kailash is described with reverence as the
abode of Lord Shiva who is revered as the destroyer and
transformer of the Hindu Triad and his divine consort
Parvati. This extraordinary mountain is regarded as the
'heart of the universe' by Hindus, Buddhists, the Jains and
the Bons.. For Hindus, Mt. Kailash is abode of Shiva and the
near by Mansarovar is the soul of Brahma, Tibetans call
Kailash Kang Rimpoche and followers of Bon-Po, the ancient
pre- Buddhist shamanistic religion of Tibet, regard Kailas
as the soul of Tibet, Jains worship it as Mt Ashtapada, the
peak from which the religion’s founder, Rishabanatha,
achieved spiritual liberation.
As described in great Hindu epic, Ramayan, there is no place
on the earth for Hindus besides Mt. Kailash where all the
knowingly or unknowingly committed sins of the life time are
eliminated by the sight of it just as the due is dried up by
the morning sun. Mt. Kailash stands as only virtue for an
absolution of living creature. The supremely sacred site of
four religions and billions of people, Kailash is seen by no
more than a few thousand pilgrims each year due to its
remote location. The adverse weather condition and journey
by rugged four wheel drive make the trip a bit difficult.
However the quest of spiritual and religious quest direct
people to this unique destination of being the world's most
venerated holy place.
The 53 Km. Kailash circuit is the holiest for all Hindu as
well as Buddist pilgrims. It is said that a single Parikarma
of Mt. Kailash erases the committed sins of a lifetime,
while 108 circumbulation will achieve Salvation.
Lake Mansarovar, the sacred lake stunningly set on the
Tibetan plateau at an elevation of 4510m, and bordered by
the majestic Gurla Mandata is more important to Hindus than
to Buddhists. To complete the revered Mt. Kailash yatra,
Hindu pilgrims make 85km. circuit around Manasarovar
crossing streams. Hindus has strong faith that the ritual
bath will deliver a pilgrim to brahm's paradise and drink of
its water releases the sins of a hundred lifetimes.
Day 01: Meet at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: After breakfast, half day sightseeing tour of
Kathmandu: Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath. After
lunch final preparation for the journey / yatra, checking of
equipment and assisting of renting or buying of gear if
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (3700m) 175 Km /9
hrs. Over Night at Guesthouse.
Journey begins after breakfast at 6:00am on Araniko highway
passing the scenic spot Dhulikhel than following the river
valleys of the Sunkoshi and Bhotekoshi rivers. We arrive at
Nepal – China border by afternoon. After immigration
formalities, we proceed to Zhangmu and then to Nyalam ( if
the time permits depending on the road condition ).
Day 04: Rest day for acclimatization. Overnight at
Day 05: Drive to Saga ( 4200m. ) 232 km / 8 hours. Overnight
at guest house / camp.
We drive up to the La Lung ( 5124m. ) and descend before
heading to the western part of Tibet. The road to east goes
to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, and we move forward to
the west. The road is rough and the driving is difficult but
the journey is compensated by the stunning views of the
Himalayas, specially the Shisha Pangma ( 8012m. ). We will
cross Bhrahmaputra ( a holy river ) by afternoon and further
driving will take us to Saga.
Day 06: Drive to Paryang ( 4500m. ) 285km. / 8 hrs.
Overnight at guesthouse / camp.
We drive through enormous valleys, the grazing land of yaks
and sheep following several rivers. The beautiful landscape
and the views of snow capped peaks entertain the whole day.
Day 07: Drive to Lake Mansarovar ( 4000m. ) 298km. / 9 hrs.
We continue driving through the rough road passing through
green pastures and gigantic valleys and get the first
sighting of Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansaroval. We drive to
Thogu, the holiest bathing gate of Manas.
Day 08: Drive to Darchen ( 4520m. ) 60km. Overnight at
Lake Mansarovar is revered as the most holy lake among the
lakes in Tibet. According to Hindu and Buddhist cosmology
Mansarovar is the source of the four great rivers: The
Brahmaputra, Ganges, Indus & Sutlej of the Indian
subcontinent. We get the opportunity to observe this
beautiful lake, take a holy bath and do some puja. The great
views of Mt. Gurla Mandhata ( 7728m. ) on the south and Mt.
Kailash on the north enhance the journey.
Day 09: Drive to Tarpuche ( 5 km. ) and trek to Deraphuk (
4860m. ) 15 km / 7 hrs. . Overnight camp.
The first day of trekking starts at Tarpuche. We pass
through numerous chortens as well as the site of the 84
Mahasiddas having the magnificent views of water falls and
the west face of Kailash. We will pass Chukku Gompa and
arrive at Deraphuk Gompa for the overnight camping.
Day 10: Trek to Zutulpuk Gompa 4760m. ) 18 km. / 8 hrs.
Today is a hard day, we walk through rocky expanse dotted
with stone cairns drapped with the clothes offered as a
spiritual sign of death. We get the sight of Gaurikunda, one
of the holiest sites in the journey. We ascend to Dolma La
Pass ( 5630m. ) and descend through steep trail to Zutul
Phuk Monastery ( the cave where Milarepa had meditated ),
the camp site for the overnight camping.
Day 11: Trek to Darchen and drive to Horaa ( 4500m. ).
We trek for three hours and arrive at Tangsar. We drive to
Lake Mansarovar and camp.
Day 12: Drive to Paryang
Day 13: Drive to Saga
Day 14: Drive to Nyalam
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu. Overnight hotel
Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight hotel
Day 17: Airport transfer for international departure.
Cost will be provided on request.