Mt. Kailash Tour by Kodari Zhangmu
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MT KAILASH (6,714 m) is the holiest mountain in TIBET. The grandeur of MT KAILASH can be rivaled by a very few mountains in the world. Situated in the far western corner of the Tibetan plateau, this legendary snow-capped jewel is revered by four different religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism & Bonpo) as one of the most sacred and challenging pilgrimages in the world. Four of the Orient’s greatest rivers; the Brahmaputra, the Sutlej, the Indus & the Karnali originate from and around the MT KAILASH. At the base of the mountain are two vast lakes, MANASAROVAR & RAKAS TAL.
For the Hindus, MT KAILASH is regarded as the earthly manifestation of MT MERU, a spiritual centre of the universe, which is described in the Hindu mythology as a fantastic pillar of 84,000 miles around which everything revolves with its root to the lowest hell and summit touching the heaven. MT KAILSH is itself an abode of LORD SHIVA, lord of the universe, who shares this magnificent mountain with his consort PARVATI. There at the base is the sacred LAKE MANASAROVAR, where a bath offers a pilgrim an access to Brahma’s (Hindu god for creation) paradise and drink of its holy water wipes out the sins of hundred lifetimes. For the Jains, a religious group in India with many similarities with Buddhism, MT KAILASH is taken as the holy pilgrimage where their first prophet achieved enlightenment.
The 53 km Kailash circuit is the holiest of all Tibet's pilgrimages and it has been drawing increasing number of travelers from all over the world. It is said that a single Parikarma (circumambulation) erases the accumulated sins of a lifetime, while 108 circumambulations will achieve Salvation or Nirvana.
One time inaccessible MT KAILASH can be reached from three directions. One is through the nearest border point of Nepal: ZHANGMU, the 2nd one is through LHASA by flight and the third via SIMIKOT with a bit strenuous trekking of 5-6 days in Nepal side. Trekking lovers prefer the last option as the route is still almost virgin and prestine. So, this tour offers an opportunity to explore Mt Kailash and Manasarovar via Simikot.
Compared to earlier days, facilities in terms of road, accommodation and food in the Kailash are increasing day by day. This way, the pilgrimage is getting cheaper and affordable. The road condition has been improved with well black topped high way so as to make the journey as comfortable as possible. Besides, Mt Kailash is easily assessable by flight of about 1½ hours from and to Lhasa with a four hours highway drive from ALI to Mt Kailash or vice versa where there is a newly built international standard airport.
This way, more and more visitors are undertaking the pilgrimage day by day.
Just, join our pilgrimage tour and take a chance to wipe out your sins of hundred past lives.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu via Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Shoyambunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and evening visit to Thamel area
Day 03: Preparation and Tibet visa procedure day: In this day we will proceed for Tibet visa and also have little shopping for personal equipment at Thamel area necessary for Tibet tour. In evening we will have little briefing for Tibet.
Day 04: Drive to Nylam (150km), 3750m: Morning after breakfast leave Kathmandu to commence yatra to Nyalam [3750M]. We reach Friendship Bridge [Nepal – China Boarder] by mini-coach. Walk along for 10 minutes to cross the bridge and there get acquainted with Chinese guide and land cruiser drivers. They will give a brief information regarding the further trip then proceed the journey to Zangmu, where all the immigration and custom formalities are ought to be accomplished. After the accomplishment of all formalities, we proceed to Nyalam. Arrival at Nyalam and overnight stay at guesthouse.
Day 05: Rest Day at Nylam, 3750m: It is more a day for acclimatization.
Day 06: Saga/4450m: (Labug-La 5150m, Peku-tso and Saga, 232km) On the first long driving day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you busy. By the late afternoon you will cross Bhramha Purtra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town, Saga for night.
Day 07: Paryang (4600m) 230 km 7-8 hrs: Jeeps and trucks roll on the wide valley following rivers and grazing land of yaks and sheep. Far south you can see snow covered peaks near by you, lots of rocky peaks and sand duns give you an ideal world. Depends on season, nomads and other mobile shopkeepers are attired by beautiful traditional costume, waiting your arrival with hot tea and other supplies along with big smile.
Day 08: Drive Paryang to Manasarover (4558m) 277km 8 hours: The longest driving day starts with full of excitement, by the late afternoon you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Manasarovara. Hore, a small village near by Lake Manasarover.
Tibet Tour Holy-Manasarovara: At 14950-ft/ 4558m. The highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rashekshi are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Night will be spending at Chu Gumba.
Day 09: Puja and drive to Darchen (4,560m) 40km: Manasarovara is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning Bath and Puja we will be heading towards Tarchen. It is considered as a base camp for the Holy Kailash Parikrama.
Day 10: Trek to Dhira Phuk/5000m: It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; water falls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is every where with tons of blessing to you.
Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be keep on appearing. For 15 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs.
Day 11: Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (pass) of 18600ft 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 to forget yourself. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive Zutul Phuk (the cave of Miracles). The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here).
Day 12: End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovara: After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting for your arrival. By the late afternoon you will be at your lodge.
Day 13: Drive Paryang to Saga (460km) 8-9 hrs – guest house
Day 14: Drive to Nyalam : (296km) 5-6 hr. – Guest house
Day 15: After breakfast, scenic drive to Zhang Mu (2,300 m)(32 km) and check out from the Chinese and Nepalese immigration – Drive back to Kathmandu with a private bus (123 km) 4-5 hrs – Transfer to your hotel and rest.
Day 16: Rest or final shopping day: In this day we will rest at hotel or have some shopping for memorandom of Nepal and Tibet visit. And at evening we will have dinner all together with Nepalese staffs and members for memory.
Day 17: Final departure to your next destination