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Inner Kora & full moon night in Mansarovar Lake 27 July 2018 (Guru Purnima)

In Tibetan, Mount Kailash means “mountain of god”. It is located on the remote Western Tibetan plateau. It is one of the most sacred places in the Earth for the devotees belonging to Hinduism, Buddhism Jainism, and Bonpo religions. Hindus describe this place as an abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Buddhists believe it as a meditating spot of Lord Buddha. Jains consider it as a place where their first saint attains Liberation from the natural cycle of the mortal life.

This black peak at an elevation of 6714 meters has age long spiritual influence and religious significance. Ancient Hindu scripture associate the holy Mount Kailash as “Sumeru Parvat” or “Meru Parvat”. To complete the arduous foot walk called Kailash Kora or Kailash Parikrama around the Kailash area of 53kms is believed to be the way of releasing from the known or unknown sins ever committed in the life attaining ultimate salvation called “Mokshya”.

Mount Kailash is the source of four holy rivers of Asia namely, The Brahmaputra, The Indus, The Ganges and The Sutlej. It is not so easy to accomplish the circumambulation of Kailash Parvat. Devotees even rotate the beginning point of the Kora (Circuit) “Yamadwar “and return back. This provides them the feeling of reaching Kailash Parvat. This mountain has become a center of attraction for the devotees around the world. Ever year huge numbers of people venture this spiritual land via Nepal.

Manasarovar Lake: There is another center of attraction of this holy pilgrimage that is Mansarovar Lake. Many ancient mythologies are associated to this Lake. It has age long spiritual and religious significance for Hindus and Buddhists. Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati are believed to have bath in this Lake. The name of this lake has been derived from Sanskrit languages, “Manas” means mind or consciousness and “Sarovar” means Lake. This lake is believed to be the source of knowledge and wisdom. It is believed that drinking the water of this lake one can sanctify his /her soul from sins and physical body from sickness. Rotating this lake is not an easier task as this lake is so gigantic with 88 km periphery. The high lamas and devotees bathing, chanting and praying at the shore of the lake inspire the devotees to continue their Journey. An ultimate Salvation and place in heaven is believed to be the reward of this exertion. People believe that one to three rotations of this lake opens the door to heaven for us and we will directly go to the Shiva’s abode after death. The spiritual environment delights every devotee mitigating their anger, anxiety and fear leading them towards the peaceful state of mind and heart.

If you are dreaming to visit this holy place, then contact travel company, Monterosa. We are always at your service. Come and create a lifetime holy memory with us. Here is our itinerary. Please have a glance upon it. Haar Haar Mahadev.]

Monterosa is the travel company which organizes holy trip to Mount Kailash and Manasarovar every year. Please come to join us for the indelible memory of holy trip. The outline of our itinerary is here.

Meeting point: Arrival day pickup from Kathmandu airport scheduled to your arrival timetable. Meeting point: Arrival day pickup from Kathmandu airport scheduled to your arrival timetable

Important highlights

  • Of total 53 km Kailash Parikrama / Kora/round, 38 km must be walk/trek from Yamdwar to Chongdo. There is no any car/bus and jeep service available. So, everybody should walk or ride horse. It is also possible to hire pony and local porter for 3 days.
  • Age limit for enrolling Kailash tour is 12-65 year old for Indian passport holder. 12-60 year old people can only do Kora and 61-65 year old people can travel only up to Yamdwar.  Although you don’t need any heath certificate from doctor you need to be physically fit for Kailash and Mansarovar tour.
  • The minimum age restriction for other country passport holder is 12 years old while there is no such maximum age limit. 
  • Your passport must have at least 6 months or more validation from travel date.
  • Though popular as Shiva’s abode, we cannot see any temple of Lord Shiva but at Khojarnath there is the temple of Lord Ram, Sita & Laxman in Khojarnath. You can see Rashes Lake one the way.
  • Hor - Chiu Gompa (Nearby Manasarovar Lake)- Darchen - Yamadwar - Darchen – Hor. Eco vehicle blue bus must be used compulsorily for travelling which we can get from Nagri Tourism of Bureau in Darchen.
  • Every Yatri have Life, Medical, Rescue Jeep or Helicopter insurance before getting enrolled in Kailash Tour. Do insurance at home country.
  • We provide Pressure checking machine, Oxygen level checking machine, enough oxygen bottle, Mask-regulator, Altitude Gamo bag (Lifesaving chamber bag) & Medicine Dimox (Latitude medicine) for safe journey.

Mount Kailash Mansarovar holy Tour - Itinerary

21 July 2018 Day 01: Soon after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will welcome you and take you to hotel followed by your own free ramble around the local market, of Thamel with dinner and night stay at hotel.

22 July 2018 Day 02: After having breakfast we tend to move for the exciting guided sightseeing to the Pashupatinath Temple, Budhanilkantha and Doleshwor Mahadev in Bhaktapur. Returning back at hotel will be an orientation program of the trip with the Kailash and Mansarovar documentary show to familiarize you with the trip.

23 July 2018 Day 03: Kathmandu to Shybrubshi (Nepal) Drive (1400 meters - 117 kilometers) - This is the beginning day of the Yatra. After having breakfast, we depart from Kathmandu in Nepal to Tibet border on a private tourist coach or jeep as included in your package after which driving continues to Kalika sthan, Ramch, Dunche and finally reaching Shyabru Beshi. Conventional lodging facilities with Nepali or Indian food are available here.

24 July 2018 Day 04: Early in the morning after having breakfast we begin the Journey to Timure, break off for Ghate Khola as there is Nepal immigration office where visa and passport will be checked. After finishing all formalities continue drive for 15 minutes to reach Rasuwagadi which is nearby Nepal Tibet boarder and 17 Kilo meter far from Shyabru Beshi. After crossing Friendship Bridge there is Tibetan immigration office where Tibet visa for Kailash is checked one by one of yatri and Nepali staff. Our Tibet guide will be waiting there for us with travel permit for Kailash tour/Yatra. He will handle all the formalities and take us in Tibetan bus / van or Jeep travel to Kerung city which is 24 km far from the boarder. It is situated at 2900meter height from sea level. With local Tibetan settlement, fine lodges and guest houses are found there with basis facilities and delicious food prepared by Nepali staff.

25 July 2018 Day 05: Drive to Saga from Kerung. Saga is (4640 meters) is 400 km far from Kerung . On the way you can see Peku Tso Lake, Salt Lake (Nunilo Tal) can be seen on the route while going to Saga. It is about 6/7 hours drive. Here you find the Nomads who guard thousands of sheep & yaks at his own. For day lunch, warm lunch box will be arranged for our yatri, traveler & we have a lunch break at PekhuTso Lake or somewhere. After lunch continue drive & cross the Bhramha Purtra River (Sangpo) the route to Tibetan city Saga with conventional facilities for Mount Kailash and Mansarovar visitors. After resting here for a while we move forward to Dongba which takes not more than two complete hours to Saga (115kms). Here our night stay is managed in a comfortable hotel.

26 July 2018: Day 06: Saga Rest day for acclimatization

27 July 2018 Day 07: Travelling from Saga to Mansarover Lake (4580m) 400 kilometers is to be covered not exceeding 6-7 hours. After having our breakfast we drive from Saga to Mansarover Lake. The first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Mansarover Lake from Horchu adds excitement to our travelers from Horchu, a small village. Again hot lunch box arranged for yatris will be entertained with a break then continue the drive to Mansarover Lake reaching Horchu. Rotation of Mansarover Lake starts from here which takes 2-3 hours time. But rotating in a foot takes 3 to 5 days as the total circumference of the gigantic Lake is 102 Kilometers. 8 Monasteries around the lake has boosts up its spirituality. Finally we reach to Chiu Gompa. The pilgrims are seen meditating to impress Lord Shiva reciting the names of their ancestral gods also performing the hom (offering grains mixed with purified butter to the fire) in the name of gods, with a belief of relieving themselves from any known or unknown sins. After completing the hom, they are exchanging happiness between each other. Everybody is doing Aarati (oil-fed lamps) and praying by joining their hands. The entire day is devoted to spiritual activities and worship. Full moon night in Manasarovar Lake (Guru Purnima)

28 July 2018: Day 08: Mansarovar Lake to Darchen (4600 meters – 40 kilo meters drive.) In the morning, we will choose a special point to take a deep dip in Mansarovar Lake taking bath in cold water. According to Hindu religion, is seen offering water, flowers, money to the God and after the prayers to Lord Shiva & Parbati. The pilgrims are seen meditating in Lord Shiva and reciting the names of their ancestral gods, performing the homas (offering grains mixed with purified butter to the fire) in the name of gods, in order to relieve themselves from any kind of sins which they might have committed knowingly or unknowingly. After completing the homas, they are exchanging happiness by hugging, much to the amusement of the onlookers. Everybody is doing Aarati (oil-fed lamps) and praying by joining hands.

The entire day is devoted to spiritual activities. We take lunch at around 2:00 in the afternoon and drive to Darchen to spend the night at a guest house. Astapad excursion also can be made by the interested pilgrims at this place if open for year of 2018.

29 July 2018 Day 09: Drive from to Tarboche (Yamadwar -gate for the God of Death) & 5 minutes further drive & it come Sershong, from our journey starts by walking to Dirapuk (4890 meters - 15 kilometers) a Monastery. Here some yatri can take either a pony or some local porters for 3 days. (If you take pony & porter) You should tell in Mansarovar Lake and Tibetan guide will be managing all before starting the Kora. If you take a pony for round Kailash, much and much easier for doing Yatra Tour, this is the first day of Kailash Parikrama. We should start our journey after breakfast as early as possible. This day, we have to walk continuously for about 5 to 6 hours. Yak will carry all our goods and equipment, From Diraphuk, You can see Mt. Kailash north face is much closed, looks Shiva god staying there. There we stay at Dirapuk mud house.

30 July 2018 Day 10: Dirapuk to Shapje Datok (4790mts. - 16kms.).Today is a crucial day as we have to pass the Dolma-La or Dormal Pass, which is 5636 meters above the sea level. The weather here is unpredictable in and at any time snowstorm may begin. So we try to start our journey as early morning as possible. In route we can have Darshan Ganesh Kund before pass and after Gaurikund as well as but it is little bit difficult to go down split walking path and touch Gaurikund Lake. From Dirapuk, slope climb up & up till the Dormala pass, after the pass we go steep down till Shapje Datok and continue down till Kailash view point. Lhamchu river side, make camping here for night halt

31 July 2018 Day 11: Kailash view Point - Kuber Kunda – Zuthulpuk: In the morning we take breakfast and start to climb up until Kuber Kunda, touch Lake, and have the view of Kuber Parbat & get back the same way viewing the East face of Kailash then we follow the normal route a flat path till Zuthulpuk monastery. There we stay for the night either in the mud house or in the open tent fixed by our crew.

01 August 2018 Day 12: Zuthulpuk to Darchen, after breakfast we walk down to the Chongdo for about 3 hours and drive to Darchen where we take lunch & stay over night

02 August 2018 Day 13: Early in the morning start walking from Darchen to Serlung Gompa. Once we reach Serlung Gompa, in the next 10 minutes walk, we reach Astapad. There we see the Astapad, a spectacular mountain amphitheatre at the base of Mount Kailash. Walk to Sapta Rishi cave, Darshan Atmalingam, visit Sapta Rishi cave & Darshan Sapta Rishi Cave. Nandi Kora is not easy; we need to be very fit for walking & rock climbing near the Sapt Rishi cave. Here we can see Saptrishi cave and 13 Chhurten. After the 10 minutes climb up and then can see Sardung Chuksum La pass 5858m. We need mountain guides for this trip and they will put rope and carry some emergency oxygen for the yatri / travelers. You will feel easy for doing this trip with professional mountain guides. After the Nandi Kora,we will return to Serlung Gompa and then continue to Darchen to spend the night. Serlung Gompa -Saptarishi Cave/ Atma Lingam / Nandi Parikarma is 13 kilo meters far. As described in the Hindu myth, a person who moves around the Kailash Parbat, we will be free from all the sins committed in life. It is believed that if they move round the Parbat for 108 times, they directly get Nirvana. It is also said a person who moves Nandi once, gets an equal fruit of rotating the Kailash for 13 times.

03 August 2018 Day 14: Darchen to Saga: Morning take breakfast and drive to Saga for overnight.

04 August 2018 Day 15: Drive to Saga and Kerung and it takes for 10 hours, which is the last night stay in Tibet part.

05 August 2018 Day 16: After having our breakfast we drive to Nepal-Tibet Friendship Bridge Rasuwagadi Then complete the customs and immigration formalities in Tibet and Nepal side. Continue drive to Shyabru Besi and Kathmandu.

06 August 2018 Day 17: Drive from hotel to airport for final departure. In this way Kailash trip ends.

Kailash TourTour Cost for Non Residential Indian (NRIs) Foreigners/tourist

Package A: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,750 per person (with van) Hotel Radisson
Package B: 4 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,650 per person (with van) Hotel Vaishali / Similar
Package C: 3 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,550 per person (with van) Manang / Marshaydi
Package D: 3 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2300 per person (Deluxe Bus) Manang / Marshaydi
Single Supplementary US$ 400, US$ 300 & US$ 250 who use single bed room

Extra cost: Kailash visa fee for American US$ 175 & other NRIs or tourist US$ 85

Package cost for Indian resident (Indian Password Holder)

Group size Minimum 17 Persons (4 star hotel in Kathmandu)
American Currency $ 1 = INR 62.00 Valid or less

17-22 Persons, Per Person INR 1,55,000 (Deluxe Luxury coach) 5 Star Hotel Radisson / Similar
17-22 Persons, Per Person INR 1,50,000 (Deluxe Luxury coach) 4 Star Hotel Vaishali / Similar
17-22 Persons, Per Person INR 1,25,000 (Deluxe Luxury coach) 3 Star Hotel Manang / Similar
Single Supplementary INR INR 4000 who use single bed room

Extra Service If required
Mountain flight / Everest Flight are INR 7000 (USD 206) per person

Extra cost if required for Kailash:
Horse ride during the Parikrama 1 horse for 3 days USD 400
(Directly payable to the Tibetan guide)
Porter for carrying small bag for 3 days round Kailash USD 250

Additional Services if required
Extra day trip to Tirthpuri – USD 400 per Jeep
Personal equipments like camera, phones, etc
Extra trip to Khojarnath Ram Sita temple USD 400 Per Jeep

Cost Includes

  • Arrival Kathmandu airport & transfer hotel, welcome drinks 
  • Darshan to Pashupatinath & Budhanilkantha (Jal Narayan)
  • Kailash tour briefing for Kailash outer Kora and Inner Kora
  • 3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu (double-bed on sharing basis)
  • 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner ) pure vegetarian
  • Drive to Kerung Tibet border- Kathmandu by  tourist coach
  • Guest house & mud houses during Mt. Kailash tour / Yatra
  • Tibetan guide, Nepali team leader speak in English & Hindi
  • Mountain guide for Saptarishi cave and Nandi Kora(Round)
  • Climbing Rope for Saptarishi cave and Nandi Kora (Round)
  • Experience chef head cook-who can prepare-Indian dishes
  • Cook helper and support Nepali staff for Kailash tour/Yatra 
  • Deluxe luxury air-condition coach/Van / Hiace as group size
  • Support truck for carrying Kailash food, equipments & staff
  • Yak and yak man for round / Kora / Parikrama Kailash tour
  • Gamow bag- life saving device in case of altitude sickness
  • Oxygen cylinder-mask-regulator for tour-for emergency use
  • Basic first – aid - kit box, altitude sickness medicine -dimox
  • Life and medical insurance for Nepali staff for Kailash tour 
  • Duffel bag and certificate Kailash tour(certificate if required)
  • Tibet Kailash permit and Tibet visa for Kailash Yatra / Tour 
  • We Arrangement special hom-fire wood- Mansarovar Lake

Cost Excludes

  • All kinds of personal expenses
  • Rescue expenses if required
  • Personal equipment for Kailash
  • Visa & re-entry visa for Nepal 
  • Extra any cost for the trip, tours
  • Extra cost for the land slides
  • Natural disaster in Kailash tour
  • Tips for guide, staff, drivers

Packing list for Kailash Yatra (each Yatri / traveler)

  • Small  back pack 4 days Kailash outer & inner Kora
  • Enough  warm clothing for Mt. Kailash Yatra /  tour
  • Basic medicines-for minor injuries or life saving kits
  • Regular medicines t hat you  have  been prescribed
  • Toiletries  kit (Shop,  Shampoo, Toothpaste, brush)
  • Water  bottle / Thermos flask for hot water (2 litters)
  • Sport  shoes  good for trekking, gloves,  torch lights
  • Woolen socks (minimum 4 pairs), good sun glasses
  • Wool/Thermo cot undergarments, Sun lotion,  cream
  • (Shirt & pants which is easier to be while doing Kora)
  • Rain coat or Umbrella, walking stick for 4 days Kora
  • Sweets, Zinger/garlic candies, dry fruits, lozenges etc. 

Cancelation Policy

  • Cancellation made up to 7 days before the trip departure will incur a 50% fee of the total trip cost
  • Cancellation made less than 1 week before departure/upon arrival in KTM will be charged full price

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