Mount Kailash & Manasarover Pilgrimage Tour (16 Days)

The circumlocution of Mt. Kailash is an important pilgrimage for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Hindus perform a 'parikrama; Buddhists call it a 'Kora'. You are welcome to do either of these, or simply makes a trek around the peak. Tibetan Buddhists believe that a single kora washes away the sins of one life and that 108 circuits secure nirvana in this life. Devout Tibetans often make the 52 KM circuit in a single day. Indian Pilgrims make the circuit in three days, but this also is rushed, particularly since the circuit, though mostly level, involves the crossing of a 5630m pass. A four day trek is far more enjoyable and rewarding.

Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims make a clockwise circuit of the peak. Bon-po tradition is to circumambulate in the opposite direction. As you circle Kailash by the traditional route, you'll meet followers of Bon-po making Kora in the opposite direction.

The most pious of the pilgrims are those who prostrate themselves around Kailash, lying flat on the ground, then rising, walking to the point that their hands touched and repeating the process. It's an awesome spectacle to meet a group of pilgrims performing this feat.

There is also an 'inner Kora' that passes two lakes to the South of Kailash. Tradition dictates that only those who have made 13 circumambulations of Kailash may follow this inner route. This tradition is so important to Tibetans.

Trekking Days: -› (13)
Total Days: -› (16)
Min. Altitude: -› (3600m./11811ft.)
Max. Altitude: -› (5680m./18635ft.)
Walking Per Day: -› Approximately 5-6hrs
Route Nature: -› Lodge + Camping [TH or FOT]
Difficulty: -› Medium
Season: -› Automn/Spring.

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and drive to Hotel.

You will be welcomed by the boss of company at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1300m).After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our company display board at the arrival gate. You will be transfer to Hotel. After check in, you will visit our office; meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. Later in the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent Touristic Restaurant where you will enjoy with a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing and Trek preparation.

Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital, Kathmandu. We will be visit the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu.

Morning:

We will start from your hotel by a morning walk in the blocked alleyways of Kathmandu. Your first contact with the smiling Nepalese people. We begin to cross the nice area of Thamel, full of nice shops, bars and restaurants.

We will see during this walk many temples and stupas: it will be for you the beginning of religious lessons, making the difference between Buddhists stupas and Hindu temples. You will discover with a great surprise how these two religions live together.

We will make a stop at Thahiti Tole, then in front of Kathesimbhu stupa. Always meeting statues and local shops (suits, spices, incenses, and so on) and listening the noise of bells (and of horns), we will see Asan Tole with wonderful Hindu temples. Then Indra Chowk and Pyaphal Tole. After 2 hours of walk and of wonder, we will arrive at Durbar Square.

Kathmandu Durbar Square situated the center of Kathmandu where you can see the House of Living Goddess “KUMARI” Kasthamandup temple” Said that was built from single tree in 16th century, big bell-big drams, erotic carving in old temple, old palace etc. All the most important monuments of the city are in this area. You will be filled with wonder by all these numerous such majestic and so ancient temples registered in the Heritage of the UNESCO. It is possible to spend hours, sat on the walk of one of these monuments, admiring architecture, considering the animation of places, dreaming. We will take lunch at the top of a restaurant, with a great plunging view.

Afternoon.

You will begin the afternoon by another walk in the streets of Kathmandu, to look at the real face of this city, with local buildings and narrow streets. Then we will arrive at Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). Swayambunath stupa has it that Manjushree, found of Kathmandu valley, and discovered the lotus of ancient valley lake on which site the great stupa of Swayambunath was later built. The omni sighted stare of Buddha greets visitors & residents alike compassion. This is one of the oldest Buddhist stupa in the world, which has been registered in UNESCO heritage side.� It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. At the summit of this hill, the painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world.

From this place we can have a wonderful panoramic view on all the capital. So great at the end of the day, with the sunset. We will come back hotel by bus.

Evening: Time for you to prepare the trek and we introduce in front of you our crew members. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 : Tibet departure - drive to Nyalam (3600m)
Commence the journey by taking a drive to Nyalam (3750m). First reach Kodari and complete the immigration formalities. There is another immigration check point at
Zhangmu, where permits will be checked. Then from Zhangmu head towards Nyalam
which is expected to take 3-4 hours of bus ride. Nyalam is a small Tibetan town near
Nepal’s border. Friendship Highway/ Araniko Rajmarg leads to the city, which is
152km north of Kathmandu.

Day 04 : Acclimatization
Spend a day acclimatizing at Nyalam. Visit some of the local attractions along the
trail such as - Labu Jikang Peak, Zhangmu Treaty Port and Peikucuo Lake. Labu
Jikang Peak is a junction of Nyalam country and Tingri County. Altitude sickness can
get severe as we continue to ascend. So in the course of acclimatization you will get
the opportunity to learn Pranayam, a special yoga to help you better acclimatize in
the mountain; this physical training is conducted under the guidance of a yoga guru.
Learn the ways to cope with acute mountain sickness and also learn to adapt to the
healthy food habits. Prayers or Bhajan- Kritan will be conducted in the morning and
evening. Have a pleasant one-night stay at Nyalam, and do not forget to visit
Nyalam’s monasteries.

Day 05 : Drive to Saga (4200m)
Drive from Nyalam to Saga (4600m), the road stretches up to 240km and it takes 8-9 hours to reach on foot. Enjoy panoramic views of the some of the peaks such as Gaurishanker, Shishapangma, and Lantang Himal as we trail through the Lalung La
Pass (5000m) and the holy river of Bhramaputra.

Day 06 : Drive to Paryang (4500m)
The drive from Saga to Pryang (4750m) lasts from 6-7 hours for 223 km. Enjoy the
rough terrains of the Tibetan Plateau, and be awed by the landscapes that change
from sandy dunes to rocky vistas to savannah type.

Day 07 : Drive to Manasarovar (4500m)
Head out early from Pryang to Mansarovar (4750m), take a long road trip of 255 km lasting 8-9 hours. Take a first time glimpse of the holy Mt. Kailash and sacred Lake of Mansarover.

Day 08 : Puja at Manasarovar and drive to Darchen (4340 m)
At Darchen you may worship deities, meditate and take holy bath in the holy pool.
There are plenty more to explore around the area at the Mansarovar Tal. Visit Chue
Monastery while continuing to journey towards Mansarovar Parikrama, then drive up
to Darchen. Also visit Asthapada and Nandi temples for Darshan (to worship). Take
some time to visit some exquisite local ornaments and souvenir shops.
Day 09 : Parikrama of Kailash, trek to Dira Phuk gomba (4800m)
Set off early morning from Darchen to Tarboche, which is 13 km away. Then from
Darchen trek 12km to Dera puk (4900m). Trek up to 6-7 hours. Look out for a
superb view of north face of the Mt. Kailash.

Day 10 : Parikrama of Kailash, Trek over Dolma La pass [5630m] camp at Khando Shanglham (4900m)

Day 11 : Parikrama of Kailash, trek to Darchen and Drive to Manasarovar.
Set from Zutul Phuk early, trekking for 5 to 6 hours and enjoy the scenic view along
the trail before reaching Darchen. On the way look out for some fascinating caves,
birds, and Mani stones. Arrive at Darchen and vehicles will be ready to pick up. Drive
for two hours to reach Tirthputri an equally significant holy place for Hindu deities,
Spend some time at Tirthputri to pray and relax. Hit the roads again, drive all the way
to Mansarovar. From this point on, you basically begin to retrace your path.

Day 12 : Drive to Paryang
Set out on an early drive from Mansarovar and reach Paryang completing 255km of
journey.
Day13 : Drive to Saga

Day 14 : Drive to Nyalam

Day 15 : Drive to Kathamndu and shopping for souvenir

Day16 : Fly back home.


You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. You will be transferred to the Airport by The Boss of Nepal Assemble Treks before 2 hours of flight with nice farewell. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Price include:

* 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.

* Fully catered tours with support of Nepali crew members.

* Accommodation at tented camp & local guest houses (as specified in the itinerary).

* Tibet travel permit and other applicable entrance fees.

* First-aid kid for emergency use.

* Private boarder transfer, Kathmandu sightseeing & airport transfer- Tibet visa (including rush fee)


Price does not include:

* International airfare, airport tax.

*Nepal visa fee ( 40 US Dollar Cash)

*Any expenses of personal nature.

*Personal equipment & clothing.

* Additional visa fee of US D 14 imposed on American passport holders.

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