Mt. Kailash - Mansarovar Yatra (tour) - 17 days

a journey to the heavens ...

Mt. Kailash - Mansarovar Yatra (tour)This Kailash and Mansarovar Yatra tour is designed to all the pious pilgrims (yatris) who cross oceans and continents in order to have a glimpse of the abode of Lord Shiva.

Holy Mount Kailash - Mansarover is one of the most popular ultimate Hindu pilgrimage sites in Himalayan region dedicated to Lord Shiva where every devotee wants to go. Mount Kailash, which is believed to have been formed 30 million years ago when Himalayas were in their early stage of formation, is one of the most revered places in the Himalayas.

Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash are two of the holiest pilgrimage areas to devotees of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Bonism and many other faiths. Each year thousands of devotees undertake the treacherous and rigorous journey through the mountains and plains of Nepal and China ( Tibet) to reach this sacred land.

Mt. Kailash, 6,740 mtr. high peak is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with four great faces. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion - Bonpo. For the Hindus Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, their spiritual centre of the universe, described as a fantastic '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 live their most revered God, Shiva ( Paramashiva, Kailashapati, MahaRudra), 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.

Spread out on the Tibetan plateau beside Mount Kailash is the giant lake of shifting colors - Lake Mansarovar. Brahma, the creator, had a mind (‘Man’) for the creation of a lake (‘Sarovar’), hence its name Mansarovar. A pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and a bath in the Mansarovar is believed to bring about salvation (Moksha) and washed away all the sins of life. 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. People have been visiting Kailash - Mansarovar for centuries. It used to be very hard journey in the past; today we (Earthbound Expeditions) can bring you there with help of Landcrusiors via Kathmandu. So it is lot easy to reach to the heaven now!

This adventure begins with the drive across the Himalaya west into Tibet to Holy Lake Mansarovar. Here you will join the throngs of pilgrims who, for centuries, have converged on this remote southwestern corner of Tibet to circumambulate the sacred mountain, considered to be the center of the universe by Hindus and Buddhist alike. Kailash enjoys great popularity the folk religion of Tibet - it is the soul of the country and assures protection for all Tibetans. The fountain head of four great Asian rivers ( Indus, Sutlej, Bramhaputra and Karnali), few mountain reveals Kailash for its mystique, isolation and prominence, for 3 days you will walk with pilgrims around this almost perfectly symmetrical mountain before the trek back into Nepal. Your trek / tour pioneered by Earthbound Expeditions takes you into northern riches of the country where only few trekkers have walked these trials, unchanged over the ages. The encounter with the herders, pilgrims and the local people will be lively and make for precious memory. It is an experience of a lifetime...!

Mt. Kailash - Lake Manasarovar Tour - 17 Days (Special for Indian and NRI Pilgrims)

This is by far the shortest and the most direct approach to Mt. Kailash mansraovar, is best suited for those on pilgrimage. Specially for Indians and NRI. We drive via Zhangmu following the southern route where the scenery, with its sweeping plains, sand dunes & the Himalayan range is more majestic. Please go though the itinerary below.

Itinerary of Kailash Manasarovar Tour

Day 01: Welcome to Nepal - Arrive Kathmandu, We will come to receive you at the Airport. Check into a 4 star Hotel. (1300mt)

Day 02: Half day Sightseeing (Pashupatinath Tample, BouddhaNath and Shyambhunath Stupa) and preparation for the trek, we pick up Tibet visa this day ( Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Overnight at hotel (Full board basis)

Day 03: From Katmandu to Naylam:
Depart at 5.00 am from our Hotel in Khatmandu and drive through the Nepal - Tibet border along the famous Araniko Highway. Stop for a quick breakfast at Dhulikhel and lunch at Kodari. After immigration and customs formalities on both sides ( Kodari and Zhangmu) we drive to the small town of Naylam. Please note that the guest-houses in Tibet will be of a very basic and dormitory style. B / D (3700mt)

Day 04: A day for rest to facilitate altitude acclimatization. All meals and overnight stay at the same lodge / camp. (3700mt)

Day 05: Drive to Saga: (250 kms.)
We start after breakfast, enjoying the grand view of Mt.Shishapangma(8021m), Gauri shanker and other high mountains from Lalug la (5050mt.) Pass. Packed lunch will be served at sacred lake Pigutso O/ N camp / lodge in Saga.. B, L, D (4500mt)

Day 06: Drive to Prayang.
After breakfast we drive across the vast Tibetan plateau to Prayang (225 km). Packed lunch will be served and O / n Camp or guest house. B, L, D (4560mt)

Day 07: From Prayang to Lake Manasarovar:
The auspicious day for all travelers having first glimpse of the Holy Manas and Darshan of Mt.Kailash from The Horr Chu pass .Camp for night on the shores of lake Manasarovar or stay at guest house. B, L, D (4660mt)

Day 08: The experience of being in the abode of God - a life-time achievement: Puja, Havana-worship, meditation, holy dip, Tarpan. A ritual Bath at Mansarovar is considered to attain Moksha and a drink of its water relinquishes the sins of lifetime. Later drive to Darchen. Preparation day for Kailash Kora (Parikrama). Overnight in very basic guest house. Can take a hike to Gyangtak Gompa B, L, D (4660mt)

Day 09: Kailash Kora (Parikrama) start, Trek to Dairaphuk Gompa. Enjoy the close up view of north face of holy Mt. Kailash from the camp. B, L, D (4650mt)

Day 10: Trek to beautiful valley after crossing the Dolma la Pass (5600 mtrs). Camp near Medecine Buddha mountain - Zuthulphuk B, L, D. While proceeding downwards from Dolma Pass, a steep descent to Gouri Kund at 5608 m, also called the Lake of compassion as referred to in the shiva Purana this is the setting for the legend of Parvati and how Ganesh acquired his elephant head bathing in the emerald waters of the kund. (4900mt)

Day 11: Trek to Darchen, Kailash Kora ends. On the way, visit Zuthulphuk Gompa, and drive to Horr Chu, Stay over night camping, collect holy water of Lake Mansarovar to bring back to home. B, L, D (4690mt)

Day 12: Drive to Parayang, stay there B, L, D

Day 13: Drive to Saga, stay there B, L, D

Day 14: Drive to Naylam. On the way we will see the beautiful Pigutso lake, enjoy good view of Himalayan range including Shisapangama. Overnight stay in Guest house B, L, D

Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu, stay in Kathmandu, full board basis.

Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu, can join cultural show and dinner . B,L, D

Day 17: Departure or free day. Namaste! . B ( can add extra trip to Muktinath Yatra, Manakamana ( Manasa Devi), Pokhara or to Chitwan National Park. Janakpur Dham, Lumbini etc.

If you have a STRONG WILL POWER and belief in LORD SHIVA, no one can stop you in completing this HOLY Kailash Mansarovar YATRA, join us for this journey to the Heavens...

Availability: May - October

Style: Guided Trip , fully supported trek

Grade: Moderate - Strenuous

Maximum elevation: 5600mt ( Dolma la pass)

Accommodation: 2 men Tent in camping and Guest house while possible, in Kathmandu 4 star hotel included

Transport: Latest 4500 model Toyota Lancrusior in Tibet - 4 person in each jeep) / Bus included

Meals included: Full board meal included ( as mentioned)

Note: Best season to travel May to Oct, please try to travel always with a direct agent and small group - private departure dates available. All persons ( Including Indian pligrimage) who are interested for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra have to have the passport with them at least validity up to 4 months. They have to stamp their passport at Nepal's entry point.

Trip Profile

  • 17 days Kailash mansarovar tour ( Yatra)
  • 4 days in Kathmandu, Pashupatinath and other world heritage sights
  • 13 days in Tibet, reach to Kailash - Mansarovar by jeep and back.

Cost Includes

  • All the airport pick up and drope service in Kathmandu
  • 4 star hotel accomodation in Kathmandu .
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing with guide and entrance permits.
  • Tibet Visa and permit.
  • Hotel in Tibet from day 03 - 15 on twin sharing and tented camp / or simple hotels
  • Tents, sleeping mats and camping gears.
  • Kitchen, toilet , dinning and bathing tent . (We normally provide twin sharing tent. If you would like to have single please let us know in advance.)
  • All the meals from day 01 till day 17. ( veg. meals.)
  • All entrance fees in Tibet with sightseeing.
  • All the staffs with their insurance (Cook, kitchen boy, helping sherpa and one Nepali and one Tibetan guide)
  • Necessary yaks on trek around Kailash for luggage, equipment and supplies (not for riding)
  • Transportation by four wheel drive Land cruiser of latest model ( 4 person in each jeep), truck for luggage and equipments.
  • Gambo bag ( high altitude chamber), Oxygen bag.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu and in Tibet ( Lhasa, Gyntse, Xigatse if you travel further).
  • Bar bills (soda pop, beer, water etc) and other personal expenses.
  • Airport departure tax (Aprox US $15 from Kathmandu).
  • Nepal re-entry visa ( Only for NRIs & European, Americans
  • Emergency rescue charges if necessary.
  • Tips and gratitude to staff
  • Photography charges where ever applicable in Tibet, riding yak charge
  • Any other Expenses which are not mentioned to your left.
  • Riding yaks and porter during the Kailash kora ( Parikrama)

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