Mount Kailash (the Holy mountain) is claimed to be the apex of the Hindu religion. It is also one of the highest mountains in Tibet at 6.700 meters. And Lake Mansarovar lies at 4,556 m above mean sea level, making it the highest fresh-water lake in the world. Certainly, a difficult region to reach due to the variable and extreme weather conditions. The mountain is located in a particularly remote and inhospitable area of the Tibetan Himalayas.
A few modern amenities, such as benches, resting places, and refreshment kiosks, exist to aid the pilgrims in their devotions. Every year, thousands make a pilgrimage to Kailash, following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. The peregrination is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists. The path around Mount Kailash is 52 km (32 mi) long.
The distance from Lhasa is approximately 2000 Km. Only during the last few years have lots of ordinary and not so ordinary travelers, being able to experience this region. Road conditions are difficult much of the time and we have to make much preparation to ensure that we have a reasonable chance of reaching Kailash. We need to bring our own food and camping equipment. As per Chinese regulations, transportation ( 4WD Jeep) and a Chinese/Tibetan guide is a must to hire from China/Tibet whereas we will send Nepalese staff for camping and cooking arrangement.
All the camping/kitchen gear and food supplies will be brought along from Nepal. The Nepalese kitchen crew will prepare the food of your taste. To travel for days on this remote plateau with the chance encounters of nomads herding their sheep or yaks is to be transformed into another way of life, to see and become a part of such a devout pilgrimage as shown by pilgrims around Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar is to put some aspects of our western way of life into proper perspective. We begin the tour by traveling to Kathmandu and departing by road to the Nepal/Tibet border town of Zhangmu where we collect our Transport. We travel by the southern route and after our pilgrimage (religious-secular) we return by the same route).
where we meet the Tibetan/Chinese guide with transport. Drive further 8 km uphill to Zhangmu (2220m) where we will have to completer the Chinese immigration and custom formalities. Drive further to Nyalam for overnight stay.
Nyalam, traditionally known as Tsongdu is a small Tibetan town near the Nepal border. It is the county seat of Nyalam County in Xigaze Prefecture (part of the historical Tsang Province of the old Tibet). Nyalam is situated at 3,750 metres (12,300 ft) above sea level. A town of stone buildings and tin roofs. Overnight Camp.
Drive to Thong-La (4990m), stop for a while to see the breathtaking views Of Mountain range then driveurs further to Saga via Paiku-Tso. Overnight camp.
Drive to Dzongba, stop for lunch and continue to Paryang(4540m) at camp.
Drive towards Mayum-La (5010m) and continue the drive to Chiu Gompa, on the west bank of Lake Mansarovar where you can have a shower at the hot spring. Overnight camp near Chiu Gompa.
Drive to trek-starting point then start the trek around Mt. Kailash (6656 m).Overnight at camp Dera puk at the base of Dolma-La.
Trek over the Dolma-La (5600m) then descend for a while and continue to Zhutul Puk. Overnight at camp.
Finish the trek and drive to Hora. Camp on the bank of lake Mansarovar.
Drive to Parayang via Mayum-La (5010m). Overnight at camp.
Drive back to Saga via Dzongba. Overnight at camp.
Drive to Nyalam via Paiku-Tso and Nyalam Thung-La. Overnight hotel.
Drive to Zhangmu, after finishing the immigration formalities, drive back to Kathmandu
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