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, Lhasa, Shigatse and Holy Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Lake
14 Nights & 15 Days
DAY 01: ARRIVAT KATHMANDU,
Arrival at Tribhuban International airport (1,350 M), meet and welcome by our office representative & transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 02: HALF DAY KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING & YATRA PREPARATION B/L/D
Breakfast leave for Pilgrimage sightseeing tour to Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa and Budhanilakanth temple. Return to hotel, lunch and preparation for yatra. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 03: FLY TO LHASA & REST, B/L/D
Transfer to airport for flight to Lhasa (3,600 M) .Arrive in Lhasa-the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Your guide will meet & assist you at the airport and transfer you to Lhasa city(62 km, 1 hour drive).Arrive hotel and check in. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 04: LHASA SIGHTSEEING, B/L/D
After breakfast leave for full day city sightseeing tour to Magnificent Potala Palace-the winter palace of the Dalai Lama; the place where the former great Dalai Lama's stupas are being kept; once the seat of the Tibetan government. With a history of over 1,300 years, the Potala Palace is the treasure of Tibetan religion and culture, storing plenty of figures of the Buddha, murals, sutras etc. After visiting Potala Palace, you will visit one of the three largest monasteries of Gelugpa- the Sera Monastery, and the Dalai Lama's summer palace of the treasure Park of Tibet, the Norbulingka. Return to hotel and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 05: DRIVE TO SHIGATSE, B/L/D
After breakfast drive to second largest city of Tibet- Shigatse (3,800 M, 265km, 5 hours drive). Arrive Shigatse and visit around the city and monasteries. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 06: DRIVE TO SAGA, B/L/D
After breakfast drive to Saga. There is nothing so special but you will enjoy the beautiful Tibetan landscape. After approx. 2 hour’s drive you will reach Lhatse (4,025 M, 155 kms). After Lhatse, continue drive to Saga( 447 Kms). Enjoy the Himalayan ranges on the distance and Holy Brahmaputra river. After approx. 7hours drive you will reach Saga (4,580 M).).Arrive at Saga and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 07: DRIVE TO MANSAROVAR& PUJA, B/L/D
After breakfast, drive to Mansarovar( 4,590 meter, 427Kms, 8 hours drive). Arrive Mansarovar, take a holy bath; perform Puja, Hawan, Devtarpan etc. (self). Freshly cooked dinner will be served at the edge of LakeMansarovar. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
DAY 08: DRIVE TO DARCHEN, B/L/D
Drive to Darchen (4,675 M, 30 km, 1 hour drive), en-route visit to Chuigumpa hot spring will be organized. Finally arrive in Darchen and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 09: 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 and further drive to Sershong( 8 kms from Darchen). Meet your porters/ pony caretaker etc. and trek to Dirapuk (4,765 M, 10 kms , 4/5 hour treks ). Overnight stay at guesthouse.
DAY 10: HOLY TREK TO ZUTHULPUK, B/L/D
Continue Parikrama over Droma La Pass (5,585 M) to Zuthulpuk (4,820 M, 22 KM, 7-8 hrs trek). Overnight stay at camp/ guesthouse.
DAY 11: HOLY TREK TO DARCHEN & DRIVE TO SAGA, B/L/D
Last and final day Kailash Parikrama ends near Darchen (4,675 M, 14 KM, 3-4 hrs trek), then drive to Saga( 427 km, 7/8 hours drive). Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 12: DRIVETOSHIGATSE OR DRIVE TO KYRUNG, B/L/D
Drive Saga to Shigatse (3,836 M, 597 kms , 8/9 hour drive) or drive to Kerung (2,700 M, 105kms3 to 4 hour drive). Overnight stay at hotel/guesthouse.
DAY 13: DRIVE TO LHASA OR DRIVE TO BORDER & KATHMANDU, B/L/D
Drive to Lhasa (3,600 M, 265kms ,4/5 hour drive) OR drive to Nepal China Friendship Bridge(50 kms, 1 hours drive) and further drive to Kathmandu( 140 kms, 7 /8 hours drive). Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 14: FLY TO KATHMANDU OR TRANSFER TO AIRPORT B/L/D
Transfer to airport for fly to Kathmandu (1,350 M) ORtransfer to Tribhuban International airport, Kathmandu, for flight to onward journey.
DAY 15: TRANSFER TO AIRPORT FOR FLIGHT TO ONWARD JOURNEY.B/L/D
Free time until your departure transfer to the International airport for your onward flight.
Note: 3 Nights in Beijing/Shanghai and 2 nights in Xining and Beijing/ Xining flight ticket and Xining/ Lhasa train ticket is included on Mount Kailash via China tours.