Mount Kailash Tour

Mount Kailash Tour - Tibet

The Holy Mountain and Sacred Lake

Mt. Kailash Tour According to ancient Sanskrit documents, the Gangdise Range had become a holy Mountain as early as 2,000 years before Christ. The Hindu myth has it that the "palace" for the god of gods was built on the peak of Kailash of the Gangdise Range. This important mountain in Asian history with elevation of 6,656 meters is located in the county of Bruagn in Ngari area. The Tibetan Buddhists believe that the mountain is in the shape of an olive with a grand legendary palace on the peak. Four streams flow down the mountain from four sources, each in the shape of a horse, lion, elephant and peacock, which have given names to the four famous rivers in Ngari. The mountain "palace" was home to 500arhats. It is believed that centuries ago a visiting Bangladesh monk had heard chimes of bells and drum beats from the "palace". Pilgrims today still claim that a few lucky ones may hear mysterious sounds from the mountain. Kailash crowns the Himalayan Mountains with its myriad of myths and legends and remains the focus of the religious emotions of those who feel its pull. For centuries, pilgrims have come from afar to pay homage, praying for redemption by walking around this holy mountain of purity and benevolence. A full circle around the mountain takes from 24 hours to 36 hours. This tradition of worshipping was deep rooted in ancient pagan rituals and is still alive and strong today. One myth has it that Mila Xiba, a famous Tibetan monk, subdued a heretic in battle of faith and power on Mt. Kailash. The victory has been celebrated in every Year of the Horse when pilgrimage to the holy mountain is at its height.

Lake Manasarova, one of the highest fresh water lakes of the world, is over 20 kilometers to the southeast of Mount Kailash with a total surface area of 400 square kilometers. This placid lake is a vast expanse of pristine water, absolutely beautiful under the vast and clear sky. The legend has it that Goddess Woma bathed in the lake. Because of its sheer beauty and charming myths and legends, the lake was mentioned as a celestial lake of the west in an ancient book written by Xuanzang, a Tang Dynasty monk known for his journey to India in search of Buddhist scriptures. The book was entitled "The Western Territories of the Great Tang Empire". The lake was already known to the Tibetans as Macuitso about nine centuries ago. It was believed that in the "palace of the dragon king" on the bottom of the lake were boundless treasures. The chosen ones after walking around the lake a full circle would be promised a life of plenty by a small fish, a pebble or a feather they might have picked up. After the triumphant rise of Buddhism in Tibet in the 11th century, the lake was given a Buddhist name "Manasarova", meaning "perpetually invincible". Thereafter, the lake has been regarded as a gift from Buddha with cleansing and redeeming power that will bring spiritual and physical well-being. The lake has thus gained a primordial force, which, together with the Holy Mountain Kailash, has attracted countless pilgrims to the area of Ngari. They would take the strenuous journey around the mountain and lake as a test of their faith and for an experience of the holy power. Many of them have harbored the wish of bathing in the lake for many years. There are four holy bathing spots around the lake respectively named Lotus, Fragrance, Purification and Faith. Bathing at each spot while trekking around the lake would redeem different sins. The mysterious powers of Lake Manasarova are believed to be just as great as those of the towering Mount Kailash.

Trip Details

  • Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive and transfer to the Hotel. (Sunday, Tuesday or Thrusday).
Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu/Also Visa Preparation).

Day 03: Kathmandu - Kodari (Border) Nyalam (155 KM) [ 3,750 M ]: After Breakfast Early in the morning we take scenic drive to Kodari (Nepal-Tibet boarder) through the beautiful Nepalese countryside [2300M]. We reach Friendship Bridge [Nepal - China Boarder] by mini-coach. Walk along for 10 minutes to cross the bridge and meet Chinese (Tibet) guide and driver then proceed the journey to Zangmu (where we will have a Lunch), all the immigration and custom formalities are ought to be accomplished. After the accomplishment of all formalities, we drive to Nyalam. Arrival at Nyalam and overnight at Nyalam Very Simple Guest House. (Driving time 6-7 hrs).

Day 04: Acclimatization Day at Nyalam [ 3,750 M ]: It’s important to spend an extra night at Nyalam for acclimatization purposes before venturing higher. After breakfast we Explore the surrounding of Nyalam village and also We can visit the Nyalam Pelgye Ling temple associated with the great Milarepa, the Tibetan yogi. overnight at Nyalam. Very Simple Guest House.

Day 05: Nyalam-Pelku-Tso -Saga (240 KM) [ 4,640 M ]: After breakfast at Nyalam we start our driving to Saga with the typical view of Tibetan landscape over two high passes (Yarle Sungla (5,100 m), (Lalung - La 5,050 m). We arrive at Pelku Tso for lunch. If the weather permitting we will see spectacular views of Mt. Sishapangma (8,021m), Gaurishanker and many other peaks, all of which are dwarfed by the Tibetan plateau. You will cross the Bramhaputra River just before Saga. Overnight in Hotel or Tent. (Driving time 6-7 hrs).

Day 06: Saga-Zhongba-Paryang (235 KM) [4,750 M ]: After breakfast in Saga we start driving to Paryang via Zhongba. You will be driving in the valley with lots of nomad camps, Yaks and sheep are being grazed in the beautiful grass land. Once you see those nomads and their own live stocks, you will naturally feel the beauty of Tibet and her culture and custom. You will also see the longest river flow which is Bharmaputara flows all the way from western Tibet via Shigatse, Yarlung Valley, Eastern forest region of Tibet and finally emptied into the bay of Bengal. Paryang is a very small village with a few small shops, very basic guest houses and some families. Overnight in Very Simple Guest House or Tent. (Driving time 6-7 hrs).

Day 07: Paryang - Lake Mansarovar (230 Km) [4,560 M ]: Today, you will almost have the same view as the view from Saga to Paryang. The additional interest things that you can see today are several types of wild animals such as wild donkeys, wolves, foxes, ibex etc if you are lucky enough. Of course toady is also the most exciting day for you as it is the day of seeing the first spot of Lake Mansarovar and holy mount Kailash from a site called Chaktsal Kang where pious people do prostration to holy mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Today you will have the first Darshan (view) of holy Mt. Kailash from Horqu. Overnight in Tent or Guest House Domritery. (Driving time 7-8 hrs).

Day 08: Lake Manasarovara-Darchen [4,620 M ]: Darchen was an empty spot where pilgrimages and tourists stopped one night while they were preparing their Kailash Kora but nowadays Darchen has become like a small town with full of Tibetan tents where pilgrims stay in and a few guest houses where the tourists stay in. We start our Journey after the Breakfast at Lake Manasarovara On the way from Lake Mansarovar to Darchen, you can have spectacular view of mount Kailash. After lunch, you may want to prepare yourself for the three days trekking ahead. Crews will be organizing pack animals (yaks), gear and supplies for the trek. Overnight in guesthouse or Tent. (Driving time 2 hrs).

Day 09: Darchen - Dira Phuk Gompa. 18Km [ 4,860 M ]: Today is the first day of your Kailash Kora which is totally around 52 Km. You start your Kora from Darchen and after like 2 hrs walk, you will face Darpo Che where there is a huge prayer flag pole which is annually replaced by the pilgrimages on 15th of forth Lunar month, known as Saga Dawa festival, As well as Trulku monastery on your left side up on the hill side. You can also see ibex and blue sheep running in the rocky hillside while you are walking and then you will reach Dhira Phuk which was a monastery before but nowadays you can only see the ruins of the monastery as the monastery was destroyed in the cultural revolution. Overnight in Tent or Guest House.( (Trekking time 6-7 hrs).

Day 10: Diraphuk - Zutrul Phuk 20Km [ 5,000 M ]: Today is the second of your Kailash Kora which is indeed the hardest day of your three days trek. Today we will cross Dolma La pass at the height of 5,630 m and frozen Lake of Gouri Kunda at 5,608 m. This is the lake where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in icy water of the lake. There will be three sloppy hike to get to the top of Drolma La pass 5,630 m from Dhira Phuk and then pretty steep down hill with rocky path all the way to the valley. On the right side of the downhill path, there is a small lake called Thuje Lake, meaning compassionate lake.Zutrul Phuk was the cave where Mila Repa and Nagro Bonchung debated for their religion sects and nowadays, it is a small monastery. Overnight in Tent or Guest House. (Trekking time 8-9 hrs).

Day 11: Zutul Phuk -Trek to Darchen 14 KM then drive to Manasarover: Today is the easiest and last day of your Kailash kora as you will trek down in the valley with beautiful distant scenery of Rakshas Tal lake. We finish our trek at Darchan then we drive to Lake Manasarovara. Overnight in Guest House. (Trekking time 2-3 hrs). (Driving about 2 hrs).

Day 12: Drive from Mansarovar to Paryanag. Very Simple Guest House.
Day 13: Drive from Paryang to Nyalam. Very Simple Guest House.
Day 14: Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu. Over night stay at Hotel.
Day 15: In Kathmandu free day.
Day 16: Trip ends ! fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time.

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