According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva Resides on top of Mount Kailash, where he sits in a state of meditation along with his wife Parvati, the Daughter of Himalaya. The Kailash Parvat is believed to be the ultimate destination of souls and the spiritual center of the world. Like Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar is the abode of purity. It is a place of pilgrimage, attracting Hindus from all over the world. Taking a bath in Mansarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins committed over a hundred lifetimes.
Those who have visited the holy spots of Lake Mansarovar and Kailash Parvat carry with them a memory of a lifetime which remind them of the presence of Lord Shiva in their lives and gives them a feeling of peace and tranquility. The pristine beauty and serenity of these religious sites is truly awe inspiring and instills in people the feeling of being one with Shiva.
Hindus who walk around the 32 mile circumference of Mount Kailash use the term Parikrama. Tibetans refer to the clockwise circumambulation as a Kora. Both words mean the same thing: pilgrimage. The parikrama of Kailash Parvat is an essential part of your overall journey to Mount Kailash. Trekking through this long path is difficult and physically taxing. However, with proper preparation devout pilgrims are able to complete this Parikrama.
Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu (We recommend an early morning flight to allow rest and time to prepare)
A warm welcome as we receive you at the airport and drive you to a palace hotel – Hotel Shankar. We will collect your passport to obtain VISA for Tibet.Late afternoon we will have a group meeting to prepare for the Yatra and collect sleeping bags, Down jacket, and Duffle Bags. Welcome Dinner at a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant. (Overnight in the Hotel Shankar, Kathmandu)
Day 02: Pashupatinath Darshan, Krishna Temple, Kathmandu Site-seeing
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 stay at Hotel Shankar, Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Nylam (12,303 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 5 - 6 Hours
After early breakfast we depart for the Tibet border. Lunch at the border. Clear Nepali customs/immigration and a 15 minute walk across Friendship Bridge to Tibet where the Chinese border police will check passport & visa. Here, our land cruiser awaits (4 yatris plus a driver per vehicle). 30 minute drive from Kodari to Zhangmu, where second immigration formalities have to be done. From Zhangmu to Nylam is 3 to 4 hours scenic drive. Overnight at Guesthouse in Nylam.
Day 04: Rest day in Nylam to acclimatize (12 303 Feet Elevation)
After breakfast we will take a small walk through Nylam village to visit monastery. An option for a 2 hour trek for acclimatization or rest at the guesthouse. Overnight at the same guesthouse.
Day 05: Drive from Nylam to Saga (14,409 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 5 -6 hours (with Lunch break) (365km)
The road today is bumpy. Enjoy the view of snow capped mountains; we will be passing through the first highest 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
Day 06: Drive from Saga to Mansarovar (14,954 Feet Elevation) Travel Time 6 - 7Hours (370km)
Today is the most auspicious day for all of us as we will see the first glimpse of holy Mt.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
Day 07: Drive around Mansarovar towards Raksas Lake (14,975 feet Elevation) Overnight at Mansarovar
Early Morning Havan Puja on lake before breakfast. After Breakfast, you may choose one of the options below:
Visit to Astapad and Nandi Parvat – Additional cost of USD $100 per jeep (4 people)
Visit to Tirthpuri – Additional cost of $200 per jeep (4 people)
Day trip to Saptrishi Cave and Nandi Parikrama – USD 200 per jeep (4 people)
Parikrama of Mansarovar by jeep and visit Raksas Lake – USD $200 per jeep (4 people)
Overnight at the Mansarovar Lake Guest House. We will pack our Back Pack and Repack our luggage for Parikrama days. One Duffle bag per two people is allowed.
Day 08: Parikrama to Dehara Puk (16,404 Feet Elevation)
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
Day 09: Parikrama continues to Dolma-La Pass (19,500 Feet Elevation)
Hardest but Holiest day of our pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (pass) of 19,500 ft between two valleys: 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 to Zuthal Puk (the cave of Miracles. Overnight in tents
Day 10: Parikrama ends and drive to Saga 5-6 hrs
After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting your arrival. We will continue our drive to Saga and arrive by Evening.
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu. (6 – 8 hrs)
Early morning, we will depart Saga and drive to border town of Zhangmu where we will clear customs and continue our journey to Kathmandu
Day 12: Transfer to airport for your Flight home sweet home… :)
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