Mount Kailash (the Holy mountain) is claimed to be the apex of the Hindu religion. And also it is also one of the highest mountains in Tibet at 6.700 meters. And Lake Mansarovar lies at 4,556 m above 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 for example 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.
Mountain Kailash ToursWe needs 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).
Welcome to the group with flower garlands and transfer to hotel, welcome drink served & check in rooms, overnight in a hotel
After breakfast we do a half day sightseeing in Kathmandu and you get a tour briefing at hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal-Tibet border) where we meet the Tibetan/Chinese guide with transport. Drive further 8 km uphill to Zhangmu (2220m) where we will have to complete the Chinese immigration and custom formalities. Drive further to Nyalam for overnight stay.
Rest at Nyalam for acclimatization. Nyalam is a small Tibetan town. 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), stops for a while to see the breathtaking views Of Mountain range then drive further to Saga via Paiku-Tso o/n in camp.
Drive to Dzongba, stop for lunch and continue to Paryang (4540m) o/n in 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. Lake Manasarovar lies at 4,556 m (14947.5 ft) above mean sea level, making it the highest fresh-water lake in the world. It is relatively round in shape with a circumference of 88 kilometres (55 mi). Its depth is 90 m (300 ft) and its surface area is 320 square kilometres (120 sq mi). The lake freezes in winter and melts only in the spring. Like Mount Kailash, Lake Manasa Sarovar is a place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from India, Nepal, Tibet and the neighboring countries. Bathing in the Manasa Sarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins.
Drive to Darchen (4700m).
The circuit around Mount Kailash typically begins and ends in Darchen, where foreigners must register and pay an admission fee to the Kailash area. Overnight at camp.
Rest at Darchen for acclimatization.
Drive to trek-starting point then start the trek around Mt. Kailash (6656 m). It is said that one trip around the sacred mountain will wipe away all the sins (bad karma) of one’s current lifetime. The rugged path around Mount Kailash is 32 miles (52 km) long, following a blue mountain stream much of the way. 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.The walk which is a steep climb to Dolma La Pass is 6 km. Dolma La is thehighest point at 5550 meters (18.600 ft) we touch during our entire journey. It is most difficult phase of the parikrama. 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 camp.
Drive to Zhangmu, after finishing immigration formalities, drive back to Kathmandu.
Beakfast and fee day for shopping, overnight at hotel
After breakfast transfer to international airport.