Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is known for its religious value, cultural significance, physical beauty and thrilling nature. It is undertaken by thousands of people every year. Holding significance for the Hindus as the abode of Lord Shiva, it holds religious importance also for the Jains and the Buddhists. The Yatra is organized every year between June and September. It is open to eligible Indian citizens, with holding valid Indian passports, who wish to proceed to Kailash-Manasarovar for religious purposes.
A surreal phenomenon. A majestic epiphany. A staggering revelation- Mount Kailash is not a destination, it’s a journey- Kailash Mansarovar Yatra beyond all form of human imagination that takes you to an elevation of 21,788 feet, and changes your life forever. Conquering formidable peaks, walking along arduous terrains, a sense of isolation envelopes you on more instances than one during this expedition. Overcoming this emotional upheaval while being constantly challenged physically, you return home a winner beaming with invincibility. An evolution so palpable, the story of this metamorphosis is going to be the stuff of bestsellers.
The abode of Lord Shiva for Hindus, home of Buddha Demchok according to Buddhists, the spiritual seat of power per Bon followers, and the place where Rishabhadeva, the creator of Jain religion attained Nirvana- Mount Kailash is a hero of mythological legends and an ultimate spiritual destination. While thousands of pilgrims attempt this cathartic journey, only the ones truly driven are able to complete it successfully. And if you are reading about it so intently, we are in no doubt about your superlative motivation.
The first step to this two-part life altering experience begins at Kathmandu where we offer prayers at Pashupatinath and Budhanilkanth Temples to seek strength for the next 13 days. The prime reason that drives people to take this demanding sojourn is the Lake Manasarovar Parikrama in which you circumambulate around the mountain to wash away all your sins. This place is also known to be the gateway to Nirvana or Moksha. Deem 70% of this ritual complete once you reach the highest glacial lake near Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar. The remaining 30 ends with the trek.
While on the trek, you cross some of the most stunning landscapes, serene mountain towns, unique mountain terrains, and high passes. A thrilling yet gruelling ordeal, your climb to an important milestone of the route - the Derapukh, is worth every ounce of energy spent on the hike. The breathtaking view of the first rays of the sun touching the peak, Mount Kailash painted gold, often called the “Golden Kailash” will concretise your faith in it being called God’s very own.
Fierce winds, harsh weather, testing situations- you will have a million reasons to give up. But no one said reaching God is going to be easy. The courage to keep going is deep within your heart and call it transcendental, but to every impediment on the way lies a solution that appears in front of you just when you think you have hit dead end.
Kathmandu, Nepalgunj/ Simikot and Mount Kailash and Mansarovar lake
10 Nights & 11 Days
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport , Kathmandu (1,350 M), meet & welcome by our office representative & transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 02: PILGRIMAGE SIGHTSEEING & FLY TO NEPALGUNJ / ARRIVE LUCKNOW & TRANSFER TO NEPALGUNJ, B/L/D
Puja at Lord Pashupatinath temple and Budhanilakantha temple. After lunch transfer to domestic airport for flight to Nepalgunj (150 M, 45 minutes flight.). Arrive Nepalgunj and check into hotel.Or arrive Lucknow and drive to Nepalgunj Overnight stay at Hotel Siddhartha/ Sneha/ Cygnett or similar.
DAY 03: FLY TO SIMIKOT AND WALK TO LODGE B/L/D
Early morning transfer to airport for flight to Simikot (2,910 M). Complete immigration formalities & proceed to the Lodge. Overnight stay at lodge at Simikot.
DAY 04: FLY TO HILSA & DRIVE TO TAKLAKOT, B/L/D
Early morning walk to airport for chartered Helicopter flight to Hilsa (3,704 M, 15 min flight). Cross the bridge to Sera where our coaches will be waiting (15minutes’ walk). After short introductions with your Chinese guide & driver, drive to Taklakot (3,500 M) (Known to Chinese as Purang) - 30 km - 1 hour drive. Arrive at Taklakot and check into hotel.Full day free to acclimatize and relax at Taklakot. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 05: DRIVE TO MANSAROVAR & MANSAROVAR PARIKRAMA B/L/D
Drive to Mansarovar (4,590 M, 120 KM - 2 hrs). Perform puja, hawan and Devtarpan (self) followed by Mansarovar Parikrama. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
DAY 06: DRIVE TO DARCHEN, B/L/D
Morning holy bath and Puja at Lake Mansarovar. Visit Chiu Gompa & drive (30 KM) to DARCHEN (4,675 M) for about 1 hours. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
DAY 07: DRIVE TO YAMADWAR & HOLY TREK TO DIRAPUK, B/L/D
With packed lunch box, drive to Tarboch Flag Pole, the first prostration point, -an auspicious gateway and the sky burial ground. Visit Yamadwar (4,750 M) and further drive to Sershong (total 8 KM from Darchen). Meet your porters/pony caretaker etc.and trek to Dirapuk (4765 m, 10 KM, 3 to 4 hours trek). Overnight stay at guesthouse.
DAY 08: HOLY TREK TO ZUTHULPUK, NB/L/D
Continue Parikrama over Dorma La Pass (5,610 M) to Zuthulpuk (4,700 M, 22 KM, 7 to 8 hrs trek). Overnight stay at guesthouse.
DAY 09: HOLY TREK TO NEAR DARCHEN & DRIVE TO TAKLAKOT/ HILSA B/L/D
Last and final day of Mt. Kailash Parikrama ends near Darchen (4,664 M, 14 KM / 3 to 4 hrs trek) & drive to Taklakot (150 KM, 2 hrs). Arrive at Taklakot (3,500 M) and check into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 10: DRIVE TO HILSA, FLY TO NEPALGUNJ VIA SIMIKOT & DRIVE TO LUCKNOWFOR FLIGHT TO ONWARD JOURNEY / FLY TO KATHMANDU B/L/D
Drive to Hilsa and walk to Hilsa helipad to take chartered helicopter flight to Simikot . After immigration at Simikot, proceed for Nepalgunj by scheduled flight. Arrive Nepalgunj and drive to Lucknow for flight to onward journey/Fly to Kathmandu.
DAY 11: FINAL DEPARTURE. Breakfast only
Breakfast and free time until transferred to international airport for onward flight.