Introduction Mt. Kailash, 6,740 m. is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with 4 great faces. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion - Bonpo. To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the navel of the world. It is said that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and from here 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 it is the residence of Demchog, a fierce looking tantric deity who lives there with his consort, Dorje Phagmo. For the Tibetans also, it is a particularly special place in that their poet saint Milarepa, spent several years here meditating in a cave.
A Shiva-linga shaped Mt. Kailash from the Northern Face
For the Hindus Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, their spiritual centre of the universe, described as a fanatastic 'world pillar' 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its roots in the lowest hell and its summit kissing the heavens. On the top lives their most revered God, Shiva, and his consort Parvati.
For the Jains, an Indian religious group, Kailash is the site where their first prophet 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. It was formerly the spiritual centre of Zhang Zung, the ancient Bon Empire that once included all of western Tibet. Bon people walk around the mountain in a counter clockwise manner, unlike the other religions.
Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly journeyed immense distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves of sin, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather and bandit attacks.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath & Boudhnath. PM: Free. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam (3750m). Overnight at Hotel/guest house in Nyalam.
Day 04: Drive Nyalam to Yak Kharkha (4675m). Overnight in Camp.
Day 05: Drive Yak Kharkha to New Dongba (4500m) Overnight in Camp.
Day 06: Drive New Dongba to Mayumla Phedi (4500m). Overnight in Camp.
Day 07: Drive Mayumla Phedi to Manasarovar (4560m). Overnight in Camp.
Day 08: AM Manasarovar Parikarma by Jeep. Time permitting visit Chui Gompa. PM Drive to Darchen (4560m). Overnight at Guest House in Darchen.
Day 09: Drive approx 8 Kms from Darchen Tarboche, the trek starting point of Kailash Parikarma. Trek to Dira Puk (4775m). Overnight in Camp.
Day 10: Continue Parikarma over Dolma La Pass (5650m) to Zuthul Puk (4700m). Overnight in Camp.
Day 11: The Kailash Kora ends today after an easy trek 14 Kms. Proceed to Hor Qu (4560m) at Lake Manasarovar. Overnight in Camp.
Day 12: Drive Hor Qu to Mayumla Phedi (4500m). Overnight in Camp.
Day 13: Drive Mayumla Phedi to New Dongba (4500m). Overnight in Camp.
Day 14: Drive New Dongba to Yak Kharka (4675m). Overnight in Camp.
Day 15: Drive Yak Kharkha to Nyalam (3750m). Overnight in Camp.
Day 16: Drive downhill to Friendship Bridge for transportation for final leg of journey to Kathmandu (1300m). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 17: Transfer to airport for your onward journey.
Travel Tips for Mt. Kailash - Mansarovar Yatra
Depending upon the season, during June, July, August till September, day time will be pleasant and quite warm with about 15-20 degrees Celsius. During afternoon time 1-4 pm can be windy. The morning and evening will be chilly between minus 2 to 0 degree Celsius.
Before booking for this trip, clients should be in sound good health preparation for this trip.
Visa & Documentation:
Clients must be in possession of a valid passport to obtain visa. We will require the following details from your passport at the time of booking the trip - Full Name as in Passport, Nationality, Date of issue & expiry of Passport, Passport No, Date of Birth & Occupation
Acute mountain sickness is a frequent problem in the Himalayan region. The altitude of the peaks and trails between them are among highest on earth. Acclimatization to altitude above 3000 meters takes time. The body undergoes a number of physiological changes some of which are immediate like increased pulse rate & respiratory rate. Others appear more slowly over a period of weeks like the change in acid base balance and production of extra red blood cells. These changes plus the effect of intense sunlight, walking hard & dehydration may cause a number or mild vague symptoms such as Loss of appetite, fatigue, headache, nausea, dizziness, sleeplessness, mild shortness of breath with exercise. The best treatment is prevention! Avoid rapid ascends, take acclimatization symptoms seriously. If symptoms are severe and the patient is ill descend immediately, 300 Meters of descent or more should be sought. This usually gives rapid improvement