Mt. Kailash (22028 Feet), considered to be a physical embodiment of the mythical Mt. Meru, is believed to be the most sacred mountain in the world. Its snow dusted rock pyramid is located in the scenically rich area of western Tibet, which lies between the Himalayas and Karakorum ranges. From its peak, one can enjoy the views of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. It is considered most auspicious to make a religious pilgrimage around its fifty-three kilometers circuit (32 miles parikrama).
Mt. Kailash is of important religious significance and includes the two turquoise-blue, pristine high-altitude lakes of Mansarovar and Rakshesa Tal. Mt. Kailash is regarded holy by followers of several religions. To Hindus, Kailash is the abode of Shiva and nearby Manasarobar Lake, the soul of Brahma. Tibetans call Kailash Kang Rimpoche. Jains worship it as Mt Ashtapada, the peak from which the religion's founder, Rishabanatha, achieved spiritual liberation. And the followers of Bon-Po, the ancient pre-Buddhist shamanistic religion of Tibet, revere Kailash as the soul of Tibet.
Another uniqueness contributing to the mystical aspects of Kailash is that four most sacred rivers of the Indian sub-continent begin from here - Sutlej, Karnili (a major tributary of the Ganges), Brahmaputra and Indus. The end of these rivers are more than 2,000 kilometres apart, yet they all have their source within hundred kilometres of Mt. Kailash. Nature lovers can encounter numerous unusual species of birds, wildlife, and flora here. This holy region is known as navel (center) of the universe, attracting scholars and researchers from all over the world. Mt. Kailash (also known as the 'Sumeru Parbat' in Hindu epics) provides a spiritually enriching, naturally unique and a truly rewarding journey of a lifetime.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1300m).
Arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our team leaders will lead you and transfer to hotel. Dinner and Briefing.introduction Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Trip preparation day with half-day sightseeing of Kathmandu city.
After breakfast, you will do a half day sightseeing in Kathmandu including Pashupatinath temple and Buddhanath Stupa. After lunch, we will have time for final preparation for the Kailash pilgrimage tour i.e. checking the equipment which will be used during the tour. If you need to buy a few things or rent something, our staff will assist you. In the evening, Chinese visa and Tibet permit will be handed over and brief you about the trip. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Kerung (2700m), 155km, drive 8 hours.
Today is the first day of our adventure and a holy trip to Mt. Kailash. After an early breakfast at the hotel, we start 8-hour journey to Tibet border. We cross the friendship bridge and meet our Tibetan guide and drivers. After all the immigration and customs formalities at the Chinese check post here, our journey continues to Kerung Village. We will spend the night at a basic guest house.
Day 04: Rest day in Kerung for proper acclimatization.
Today is a rest day to have proper acclimatization. Leisurely walk or we will be going for the short trek which is in preparation for Kailash trek and it helps us to acclimatize fast. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05: Drive from Kerung to New Dongba (4600 m), 220 km, drive 6 hours.
Breakfast at Kerung, we start our drive to New Dongba passing through many beautiful but traditional villages and camps of Yak herders. We can see snow-capped mountain peaks on our far south. But most of the time, we will be driving on plains, hence a comfortable drive. We will enjoy hot tea after arriving in New Dongba. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06: Drive from New Dongba to Mansarovar (4558 m), 280 km, drive 6 hours.
After having early breakfast, we will be ready for the longest driving day. Start an amazing drive to Mansarovar, en route we would be able to enjoy the first view of Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. We drive further to holy Mansarovar (4550m), the highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rakshash are lying on its surrounding. Overnight at a guest house near Mansarovar Lake.
Day 07: Drive from Mansarovar Lake to Darchen (4800m), 40km drive.
After breakfast, explore the holy Mansarovar - the lake of compassion, tranquility, and bliss may take in the real spiritual world. After the morning excursion, we will move towards the Holy Mansarovar circuit by Land cruiser with packed lunch and continue to drive towards Darchen. If time permits, we visit Chui Gompa. Darchen is considered as a base camp for Holy Kailash trek. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Overnight at guest house in Darchen.
Day 08: Start Kailash trek, Day one, trek to Dirapuk (4920m).
Drive to Tarbuche (trek starting point) and trek to Dirapuk, north of Kailash. Total hiking: 16km (6km driving and 10 km walking), 6-7 hours. Our first day of trekking around Kailash begins at Tabuchi. As we make our way along the route we pass numerous chortens (stupas) as well as the sky burial site of the 84 Mahasiddas. We will drive through the Yama Dwaar – the Gate of the God of Death to start the Trek (Kora). We will also take in wonderful views of cascading creeks, streaming waterfalls and the mighty west face of Kailash. We will pass the Chukku monastery and arrive at the Dirapuk monastery about six hours later, where we will stay in a mud house. A short hike to see the awe-inspiring north face of Kailash will be done after some rest and snacks.
Day 09: Kailash trek – Day two, trek to Zutul Puk (4850m).
Total hiking: 22km, 8-9 hours. The hardest day of the pilgrimage tour is also the holiest. We cross a rocky uphill dotted with stone cairns draped with the clothes left as offerings by pilgrims who have come before us. Further hiking ascents up to Dolma-La pass (5700m) and a beautiful natural sight of Gaurikunda, after a short break at the top of the pass we will head down the steep trail (two and half hour) and walk on a flat river valley (two and half hour) to our eventual campsite at Zutulpuk monastery (4790m), site of the cave of miracles where the greatest Tibetan yogi Milarepa meditated and developed the powers of flying. Along the way, we will be having wonderful sights of high peaks, streams, waterfalls and mountain caves.
Day 10: Trek last day – trek to end of the valley and drive back to Paryang.
Total Hiking: 15km (4-5 hours). On the last day of Kailash trek, a three-hour gentle downhill walk along the river brings us to where it emerges onto the Barkha plain. Our jeeps will be waiting for us there, then drive to Mansarovar fill up spiritual, later our tour starts back for Kathmandu following the same route and same system applies for all subjects of our accommodation and meal Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Paryang.
Day 11: Drive back from Paryang to Kerung.
On the way, we will see the beautiful Pigutso Lake, enjoy a good view of Himalayan range including Shisapangama. Overnight at Guesthouse in Kerung.
Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu (1300m).
Drive to Kathmandu via Shabrubensi. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13: Transfer to Airport for final departure.
OR you may extend the stay at Kathmandu for Mountain Flight, Manakamana road trip, or Muktinath tour by Helicopter/flight, or Bus to Pokhara.