Mount Kailash is considered to be one of the most sacred places on earth and is sacred to four different religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon. Nobody has ever summated this sacred mountain and it is visited by a small number of pilgrims each year. Pilgrims come to circumnavigate the mountain, some religions go clockwise, some counterclockwise.
Hindus believe that Lord Shiva resides at the top of the mountain with his wife, in an eternal state of meditation. Mount Kailash is sacred for Tantric Buddhists as they believe the Buddha Demchock, who is a figure of supreme bliss, lives here. In Jainism, they believe that Mount Kailash is where the first Jain became liberated and in Bon, followers believe that Mount Kailash and the surrounding region is the “seat of all spiritual power.”
The path around Mount Kailash is 52km in total and pilgrims who complete this believe that it will bring them good fortune. You do not have to be a part of any of these religions, or of any religion for that matter to make this journey; many people from all over the world come here for the spirituality and peacefulness that Mount Kailash exudes. The reason for doing this pilgrimage is personal to you, whether it be to find inner peace, bask in the deep spirituality of the place and the pilgrims or simply just to experience something different, you will no doubt leave feeling replenished and enlightened.
A warm welcome as we receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport and escort you to your hotel ! After getting to the hotel, you can take rest in your hotel room or go out for a stroll around the vicinity of your hotel. Later in the evening, we will discuss about our Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and return back to hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu
After breakfast, we will depart at approx 9am to Pashupatinath temple. Proceed for sightseeing tour to Boudhnath and Patan Darbar square. Lunch on your own. Final Preparation for Yatra, shopping, etc Dinner on your own. Overnight in Kathmandu
We begin our drive to Kerung very early in the morning. We need to drive 154km to reach Rasuwagadi. From here we drive for an additional 23 km to reach Kerung. Since we pass through Langtang National Park, we are required to deal with a number of check-posts. Overnight stay in Kerung
After breakfast we will take a small walk around Kerung village. Spending an extra day in Kerung will help us acclimatize to the high altitude, thus preparing us for the journey ahead. Overnight at the same guesthouse
Enjoy the view of snow capped mountains; we will cross the high pass of Lalung La Pass (5000m) where a magnificent view of high Himalayas can be seen such as Gaurishanker, Shishapangma, and Langtang Himal. We will be crossing the holy river Bhramaputra. Overnight at hotel in Saga. Hot Shower Houses available here
Today is the most auspicious day for all of us as we will see the first glimpse of holy Kailash and sacred Lake Mansarovar. A lifetime achievement, here we will perform a holy dip, Relax and explore around the Mansarovar area. Overnight in a tent/camp or Guesthouse
Early Morning Havan Puja on the Lake side. After Lunch, We will pack up and drive to Darchen via Visiting Raksas Lake. Overnight at Darchen Guesthouse We will pack our back pack and repack our luggage for Parikrama Days. One Duffle bag per two people is allowed.
Today, it feels as if the heavens had opened up for us and allowed us to peek inside the world of gods and goddesses. We will walk 18 kilometers through the valley guided by Holy Ganges River on our left and shadowed by Mount Kailash on our right. The feeling of today can only be experienced by one and not described. Have your camera handy to capture amazing views of Mt. Kailash. Overnight in a guesthouse or tent
Charansprash – where we will have an auspicious opportunity to be as close as possible to Mt. Kailash. For those, who are equipped to walk in the snow, we will walk to touch the Holy Mount Kailash and receive ultimate blessings from Lord Shiva. After breakfast, we will depart to hike up to 21,000 feet elevation toward Mt. Kailash. Half way up the hike we will encounter snow. Today is an 8-9 hour hike. We will return to guesthouse in Dherapuk for an overnight. This is an optional hike for all. For those who wish to stay and rest at the guesthouse may do so.
Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation. Parvati-stal and Gauri Kund are on the way. By the late afternoon, you will arrive at Zuthal Puk (the cave of Miracles. Overnight in tents
Back from Tibet (After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting for your arrival. We will continue our drive to Saga and arrive by Evening.)
We retrace our journey back to Kerung from Saga. Kerung is a border town where we will spend the night. Overnight at a hotel in Kerung
We clear our customs in Kerung before driving back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
You may choose to do additional site seeing on this day or simply rest.