Holy Mount Kailash and Nandi
"A journey of lifetime that all human beings should make once"
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The Holy Mt. Kailash is situated at a height of 6714 m (22,156 ft) above sea level. For four major religions of the world, i.e. Buddhism, Jainism, Bonpo (a religion prior to Buddhism in Tibet) and Hinduism, Mount Kailash is the sacred place of utmost reverence. For the Buddhists, Kailash is the center point of the universe. For the Jains, Kailash is the Mt Ashtapada, the embodiment of their 28th Guru. For the Bonpo followers, Kailash is the nine-faced swastika mountain and is constantly emanating great power. For the Hindus Kailash is the Sumeru Parvat, the throne of Lord Shiva and the spiritual center of the world around which all the earthly powers revolve. The Kailash Manasarover region gives birth to four great Asian rivers the Indus, Brahmaputra, Ganges and Sutlej. "As the dew is dried up the morning sun light, so are the sins of human beings cleansed up by the sight of the Himalayas, where Lord Shiva lived and where the Ganga falls from the foot of Vishnu like the slender thread of a lotus flower. There are no mountains like the Himalayas, for in them are Holy Mt. Kailash and lake Manasarovar."
Our expert team takes you to the most fascinating Kora (Circumambulation) of Kailash, crossing the high pass Dolma La 5,636 m (18,600 ft) above sea level. So as you trek around Mt. Kailash you enjoy the grand views on both sides of the valley and Mt. Kailash from all faces. We also take you for the parikrama (circumambulation) of Manasarovar Lake by jeep and visit some of the Gompas and holy site on the shore of the lake. It is indeed a rare opportunity and privilege for all devotees who have been dreaming to be close to the home of the Gods in this world. We invite you to join one of our tours to this holy region with its dazzling beauty of nature.
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Day 01: Drive to Naylam (125km / 3,750m)
We depart early in the morning at 05:00 hours from our hotel to Naylam on the famous Arniko Highway. The drive to the frontier check post of Kodari will take us approximately 5 hours and from there to Naylam will take us another 2/3 hours. Overnight will be at simple lodging with basic facilities.
Day 02: Acclimatization day
We will have a leisurely hike to the nearby hill for better acclimatization.
Explore Naylam bazaar in the afternoon.
Day 03: Drive to Saga (250km/4,600m)
After breakfast, we will continue our climb towards Tibetan plateau. As we come to the plateau, we will have great views of Tibet's highest mountain including the Mt. Shishapangma (8,012 m). We enter into Shishapanga conservation area and drive past Peiku Tso down to Bramapurta river valley to Saga.
Day 04: Drive to Paryang (185km /4,750m)
After breakfast, we continue our drive across the vast Tibetan plateau, heading west on the left bank of the Matseng Tsangpo River through the villages of Shue.
Day 05: Drive to Manasarovar Lake (310 kms/4,560m)
Today's drive, mostly over 15,500 ft is enriched with scenic beauty, which compensates the tedious drive. From far away appears the goal of our expedition. The Mt. Gurla Mandhata marks the holy land of Kailash and Manasarover. As we arrive to the bank of Manasarover, Mt Kailash appears to the west. After praying our first glimpse of Mt. Kailash, We start our Manasarover parikrima. The journey is scenic besides being pious. We will stop at several places with crystal clear water and view of Mt. Kailash. We will stop overnight on the shore of Manasarovar.
Day 06: Manasarover Puja | Drive to Darchen (40 km / 4,700m) | Kailash south face view from Austapad
We will enjoy the morning on the shore of Manasarover, perform little Homa puja or prayers and leave for Darchen in the afternoon. Darchen, at the foot of the Holy Mt. Kailash consists a market, Hotel and guesthouses for Indian mastery. Here we shall meet our yak men with their yaks, which will be used to transport our tents and personal gear during the parikrama. If the weather permits, drive to Austapad (Serlung Gompa) for close up view of Kailash South face view in the evening.
Day 07: Trek to Dirapuk (18 kms/ 4,950m) | Kailash north face view
From Darchen, our Kailash parikrima begins with a short drive to valley of gods towards northwest. We stop briefly at Tarpuche (Yamadwar) for prayers. Here we meet our yaks and horses. Even though the day is not difficult, we will stop a lot to sort our luggage, yaks and horses and to set them on a trail. The trail follows the valley on a leveled path for 3 hrs and then gradually climb for another 2 hrs to Derapuk on the base of Kailash north face.
Day 08: Trek to Zethulphuk (20 km/4,850m)
The most difficult, also most rewarding day lies ahead of us. In about 3 hours march we gain 2,000 ft height to reach the highest point of parikrama at Dolma la (18,150ft). For non-trekkers it is advisable to hire a horse. The feeling of reaching this point can hardly be described in words. Just below the Dolma - La lies the Gauri Kunda, mostly frozen. From here the trail goes steep downhill and is advisable to make the rest of the walk to our camp on foot than riding horses. About 6 hours from Dolma La we will arrive to mud houses of Zethulphuk.
Note: the trail downward from Dolma La goes mostly over large rock boulders, loose stones and scree. It can be tiring, jumping from one rock to the other.
Day 09: Trek back to Darchen then drive to Manasarovar.
A leisurely walk from Zuthulphuk Gompa is 15 km to Darchen. Zuthulphuk gompa was made at the meditaiton cave of Tibetan yogi Milarepa (1041-1123). After accomplishing 53 km Kailash cora at Darchen, we will drive back to Manasarover for the overnight stay.
Day 10: Drive back to Dongba (3,50 km / 7 hrs)
Day 11: Drive back to Nyalam
Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu | Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel
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