Mount Kailash is highly revered for the being the abode of Lord Shiva. Every year, hundreds of devotees embark on the treacherous journey to this peak for seeking the blessings of the Lord and take a dip in the holy Mansarovar Lake.
On arrival we will pick you up and transfer you to the Hotel. In the evening we will travel to the Shiva temple for the fire ceremony (Aarti), which is one of the most spectacular events at the temple. Transfers, Pashupatinath tour, Hotel with twin sharing room.
Sightseeing: After breakfast, we will debrief about the trip, following this you will have free time for shopping and packing for the rest of the high altitude Yatra that you are about to embark on. You can walk to the Local market area and Kumari temple after lunch (if time permits) and in the evening we will take you Swayambhunath (Buddha’s) Stupa to view the Kathmandu.
An early departure (around 6am - after breakfast) starts our Yatra to Kailash from Kathmandu. The trip will take us through the valleys of Dhulikhel, Sunkosi River and Bhotekosi River, passing through lush green countryside, over dramatic cliffs and through numerous smaller villages and towns. We will be at the Nepal-Tibet border by noon. Here we will stop for lunch and the guides will process the immigration paperwork. After crossing the border we drive for another 1.5 hours and spend the rest of the day acclimatizing at 3800m in Nyalam.
We will spend the day acclimatizing in Nyalam with easy hikes into the hills nearby and by walking in and around the local town. This helps a lot to make the body fit for the rest of driving days. One more day are recommended to spend here to acclimatize fully to be very fit on the onward journey.
Past Nyalam the road climbs up to La Lung (5050m) then drops down before heading to the western part of Tibet. From this point you will see stunning views of the Himalayas and chain valleys, as well as some of the highest peaks (8000m) including Shisha Pangma (8012m). You will see the grazing lands of yaks and sheep, the traditional villages and Bhramaputra River are also highlights on the long driving day. By late afternoon we will arrive in the town of New Zhongba. Depend on the follow of Yatris and health we can spend a night at Saga as well.
By late afternoon the drive through green pastures and massive valleys yield to the first sighting of Mount Kailash and blue waters of Lake Manasarovar. We shifting the vehicles, we will drive around the lake, the Holiest Lake Manasarovar. The four great rivers of the Indian sub-continent (the Brahmaputra, Sutlej, Ganges (Karnali), and Indus) all flow from its shores. Today’s next offer is a wonderful opportunity to visit the great lake and take in the spectacular views of Mt. Gurula Mandhata (7694m) to the south and Kailash (6638m) to the north. From there we will visit the Trugo monastery before heading to the Chiu monastery for an overnight stay. One extra night stay and a short acclimatization hike to Chiu Monastery will allow the body to adjust further, and also help see and participate the beauty of this holiest worship-place including Holy Bath.
In the morning, the tour staff will set up private bathing tent on the shores of Lake Manasarovar for the traditional sacred bath and the Fire Ceremony with Mantra Chants, homa will follow before the lunch. After lunch we will be head north towards Darchen, a small town with all the basic facilities which is the base of Holy Mountain. An amazing trip to Tirthapuri (Hot Springs) can be plan on the way to Darchen or visit Austapad once you are there in Darchen. (Please note that driving to Trithapuri and Austapad is not included in the regular trip).
Derapuk is north of Kailash. Total hiking: 14km, 6-7 hours. Our first day of trekking around Holy Kailash begins at Tarbuche. As we make our way along the route we pass numerous chortens (stupas) as well as the sky burial site of the 84 Mahasiddas. We will walk through the Yama Duar – the Gate of the God of Death to start the Parikrama. We will also take in wonderful views of cascading creeks, streaming waterfalls and the mighty west face of Kailash. We will pass the Chukku monastery and arrive at the Dirapuk monastery about 5 hours later (depending on walking speed), where we will stay in the pilgrims' lodge. A short hike is recommended to see and touch the awesome inspiring north face of the great Kailash. For senior personal helpers and horse for a backup support is recommended to have on trekking/parikarma days it may costs close to 300$ each).
Total hike: 18km, 10-12 hours. The hardest day of the pilgrimage is also the holiest. We will cross Shivasthali - a rocky expanse dotted with stone cairns draped with the clothes left as offerings by pilgrims who have come before us. Further hiking ascents up to Dolma-La pass (5640m) and a marvelous sight of Gaurikunda. After a short break at the top of the pass to put prayer flags, we will head down the steep trail to our eventual campsite at Zuthul puk monastery (4790m), site of the cave of miracles where the greatest Tibetan yogi Milarerpa meditated and developed the powers of flying. Along the way we will be having wonderful sights of high peaks, streams, waterfalls and mountain caves. OPTIONS: We can follow the inner route as well over night will be on the same place, Zuthul Puk!
On the last day of our Kailash parikrama, an easy 3 hour walk along the river brings us to where it emerges onto the Barkha plain, Tarchen. The backup team (horse/helpers) will be saying good bye to you with a smile. Our vehicles will be waiting to transport us to Lake Manasarovar from where our transport will take us back to Kathmandu. Night will be spend either at Manasarover or Zhongba .
Stay in hotel. We will rush back towards Kathmandu, on the same great road, after living in low-oxygen levels for so many days. We can spend overnight in the famous town of Saga. Some of the town offers upgraded hotels, restaurants and good shops to make you refresh! This day will be marked by long hours of driving, crossing over the high mountain pass and a majestic view of the Himalayan peaks in Tibet and Nepal.
We will rush back on the same great road, after living in low-oxygen levels for so many days. We will stay overnight in the famous town of Nylam where all the upgraded hotels, restaurants and shops are available to make yourself refresh!
This day will be marked by long hours of driving, crossing over the high mountain pass and a majestic view of the Himalayan peaks in Tibet and Nepal. We will start early to arrive at Zhangmu - the border. After completing the immigration formalities at the border we will drive back to Kathmandu to arrive by late afternoon. Back at the Hotel, we will have banquet to celebrate the success of the Yatra. We will distribute certificates and High quality CD’s which will be a fantastic reminder of the entire trip including Austapad, Nandi Kora, Thirthapuri, Hanuman Ashram, Rishi caves, Yatra with Inner route and outer route.
Fly back home or extra activities in Kathmandu/Nepal: Possible departure day or you can stay and relax extra days in Kathmandu and experience the Himalayan mountain flight, Mankamana road trip or Muktinath tour. We advise that you book this in advance. Allow 3 extra days for Manakamana, Pokhara, and Muktinath trip. For NRI it is better to have these sorts of activities before the Yatra to Kailash starts since we require your passport for two working days in Kathmandu in order to process the Tibetan permit and Chinese Visa. With Indian passports we will be doing all the official paper work in Delhi once original passports are received (a week earlier helps to save money, avoiding rush fees) before flying to Kathmandu.