Holy Mount Kailash and Nandi
"A journey of lifetime that all human beings should make once"
Join our small group or write our experts to customize a private trip to Mt Kailash. 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 monasteries 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 the place with such a high spiritual energy. Read More
Day 01: Drive to Kerung boarder (8 hrs / 145 km / 3,500 m)
Kerung boarder in north has been international boarder since 2017. The border / friendship bridge is 110 km north of Kathmandu crossing the Himalayas through Langtang national park. We will start early enough to cross the border on the same day. After the immigration formalities on the both side, we will be transferred to the town of Kerung which is about 35 km from the border.
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 (6 hr/230km/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 guest houses 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 meditation 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 Saga (3,50 km / 10 hrs)
Day 11: Drive back to Kerung
Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu | Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel
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