Holy Manasarovar and Mount Kailash Tour
Tibet

HOLY MANASAROVAR AND MOUNT KAILASH (Mt. TISE) TOUR: 
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 center for four great religions: Bon-po, Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism and the Jain religion. 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 feed 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.

For the Hindus Mt. Kailash or Mt. Tise in Tibetan language is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru , the spiritual center of the universe, described as a fantastic 'world pillar' 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves. Its roots lie 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, Mt. Kailash/Mt. Tise 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 center 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.

Itinerary:
Day 01: Kathmandu (1300m.) Arrival : 
Arrival at Kathmandu Int'l airport (1,300 m). Transfer to your hotel. Free for independent activities on your own / Dinner at the hotel.
 
Day 02: A days sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley: 
It is your free day to explore the city. Many popular excursions include visit  to UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath temple, the Buddhist stupa, 2000-year old Monkey Temple or Swayambunath and Patan, city of fine arts.  In the evening you will meet your trekking guides and discuss about your equipment and any other needed things for your trekking.
 
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam 3750 m (150 km)
After early breakfast we drive through Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel and reach Friendship Bridge (i.e. Nepal-China border). From here we walk for about 10 minutes to cross Friendship Bridge and meet our Tibetan guide and landcruiser drivers. After all the immigration and custom formalities at the Chinese check post here, our journey continues for another 35 km which can take almost 3 hours through the up-winding road to Nyalam with beautiful scenery. You will then be transferred to the guest house in Nyalam (3700m). The facilities of the guesthouse are very simple and basic. We stay free and spend overnight here. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
 
Day 04: Nyalam – A day free for acclimatization
Today is a free day for acclimatization. We will be going for short trek in preparation for Kailash Parikrama and it helps us to acclimatize gradually. Overnight stay at guest house. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 
Day 05: Nyalam –Saga 4450 m (240 km)(passing through Lalung-La 5050m)
After breakfast drive to Saga. Firstly, a long drive over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet. We will be passing through the first highest pass called Lalung-La at 5050m. Stop and stay for about 10 minutes at Lalung-La and experience how you feel at an altitude of 5050 m. You can see the superb view of Gaurishankar, Shishapangma as well as Langtang Himal. Continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peigutso Lake (4400m). We will be crossing River Brahmaputra (Tibetan name “Yarling Tsangpo”) to reach Saga (4640m). Overnight stay at guest house. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 
Day 06: Saga – Mansarovar 4558 m. (450 km)
Start from Saga early in the morning to ‘Manasarovar’. This day is very auspicious because we will have the first sight of Mt. Kailas (Mt. Tise) and take holy bath in the lake Manasarovar this day. After having the bath we will have Manasarovar Parikrama by bus. We will have the sight of lake ‘Rakshas Taal’ on the way.  We will stay at guest houses near Chu Monastery on the shore of Manasa Sarovar
 
Day 07: Mansarovar Parikrama - Darchen.
In the morning, after bath we do ‘Ganapathi Homam' and ‘Mrithyunjaya Homam’ at the shore of Manasa Sarovar. Then we will proceed to ‘Darchan’ the base town of Kailas. Check in to Hotel. If the weather permit we will visit ‘Ashtapad’, the nearest possible place to the south face of Kailas. This place is also famous as the ‘Nirvan Sthal’ of Great Jain Theerthankar Sri ‘Rishabhadev’. Overnight at Darchen Guest House/lodge ( 3- 4 pax dormitory accomodation.
 
Day 08: Darchen – Tarboche - Dirapuk (4860 m).
In the morning we go up to ‘Yamadwar’ by bus. From here we begin ‘Kailasa Parikrama’ either by horse or walking. Pilgrims who are not opting Parikrama shall go back to Darchan from here. Those who are not hiring horse for Parikrama must hire a porter to carry the bag. Through the banks of river ‘Lachu’ we pass the west face of Kailas and will get to the camp ‘Dera-puk’, the north face of Kailas. Dinner overnight at Camp (tent/mud-house ).
 
Day 09: Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk (4760 m)  (18 km trek / 9-10 km) (passing through Dolma-la pass 5,200 m).
Second day of the Parikrama will start early in the morning. This day we pass the highest point of the entire journey ‘Dolma–La’ [19,200 ft high]. We can see the holy pond ‘Gauri Kund’ along the way.We reach ‘Zuthul – puk’ camp by late evening. Dinner & overnight at Camp (tent/mud-house ).
 
Day 10: Zuthulpuk - Darchen (10km) - Manasarovar (end of Kailash Parikrama) 
After breakfast we trek around 6 kms, and we will be reaching to the point where the jeeps will be waiting for us. Drive to Darchen, after lunch we continue our drive to Lake Mansarovar ( horchu side). Overnight at Camp (tent/mud-house )
 
Day 11: Mansarovar  to Saga
We will be returning home, leaving this holy place. After breakfast we will drive up to Dongba. Lunch will be offere en-route. Dinner & overnight stay at Saga. (Saga Guest House/hotel)
 
Day 12: Saga - Kathmandu via  Zhangmu
After breakfast drive to Zhangmu. Following the immigration and custom formalities, cross over to Nepal border and lunch at border guest house. Afterwards drive to Kathmandu (144 kms). Overnight at Hotel.
 
Day 13: Depart from Kathmandu
We will take you to the Kathmandu Airport to catch your flight back to your country. Our staff will take care of your safe and timely arrival at the Tribhuvan International Terminal and help you arrange your last minute 

Package Cost: US$ 3500 Per Person for Foreigner & NRI Passport holders on twin sharing.
Single Room Supplement: US$ 380 Single person.

Extra: Tibet/China Visa fee US$ 114 for Other Nationals
Extra: Tibet/China Visa fee US$ 175 for American Nationals
 
Price Includes:
# All hotels in Kathmandu on twin sharing with bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
# In Tibet accommodation on dormitory sharing basis with full board basis as per the itinerary
# English speaking experienced Tibetan guide in Tibet
# All trekking equipment such as two men tent, dinning tent, kitchen utensils, toilet tents, sleeping mattresses, camp chairs tables, all food stuff.
# Portable Enough oxygen cylinders in case of emergency
# Yak and Yak man for porter age of luggage and equipment
# English speaking experienced Nepali guide in Nepal
# All transportation in Tibet by TOYOTA landcruiser jeep as per the itinerary
# All sightseeing and Monastery entrance fees and necessary Tibet permits as per our itinerary
# All entrance fees in Nepal
 
Price Excludes:
# Tibet Visa Fee
# Nepal re-entry visa fee
# Lunch and Dinner in hotels
# Alcoholic beverages & bar bills
# Sleeping bag and Down jacket
# All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc
# Any kind of travel insurance, Emergency evacuation cost
# Extra Hotel, Activities, transportation if early arrive from Kailash to Nepal
# Asthapat and Tirthapuri Visit
# Extra charges for hiring horse ride meals accommodation incase of staying back instead of doing kailash kora and vehicles in case of land slide and other natural calamities
# Tips gratitude to staff provided to guide, cook, sherpa helpers, driver etc. 

 

Mount Kailash with its huge body mass of Lake Manasarovar Tours overland via Kyirong -  Full Moon date Departure 2018

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