Mount Kailash is a snowcapped bulk black peak elevated at 22,000 feet, (6,714 meters) above sea level forming part of the Trans-Himalaya in Tibet which has a unique distinction of being the world’s most venerated holy place. Before the emergence of Hinduism Jainism or Buddhism, the cosmologies relate Mount Kailash as the mythical “Mount Meru” or “Mount Sumeru”, the center of all the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. It has different names as entitled by different religions such as “Kang Rimpoche”, “Asthapada”, “Jewels of Snow”, “Soul of Universe” or “Center of Universe”.
Via the route of Nepal, huge numbers of Hindu religious people from across the globe and neighboring country India come to visit the sacred Kailash Parbat and Manasarovar Lake, situated in the southwestern part of China’s Autonomous Region of Tibet every year believing it as the dwelling of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. To accept the strenuous pilgrimage and have a divine view of Shiva’s dwelling is to obtain the benevolence of fortunate for entire lifetime.
It is believed that completing the Kailash Circuit once removes all the sins committed knowingly or unknowingly ever in the life time. Circumambulating Mt. Kailash 108 times means that one directly achieves “Nirvana” (liberation). There are different mythologies associated with Kailash Parvat which was already legendry before the Hindu epics The Ramayana and The Mahabharata were written. It is also source to four prominent rivers of Asia namely, The Brahmaputra, The Indus, The Ganges and The Sutlej.
Manasarovar Lake: The name Mansarovar composed of two Sanskrit words “Manas” meaning mind or consciousness and “Sarovar” meaning Lake is believed to be the Lake of Knowledge and wisdom. This lake lying 15 meters below the Holy Mount Kailash is also another pilgrimage destination in the Kailash range. However It is not any easy trail to rotate the gigantic lake as it takes almost 3 full days for locals and 5-7 days to adventure lovers for camping to walk around its relatively circled peripheries. We can see eight different Buddhist Monasteries and popular is Chiu Gompa Monastery while rounding Mansarovar Lake, which is situated at an altitude of 4580 meters or 15,000 ft. above the sea level. Hindus worship it as the bathing Lake of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Buddhists also believe that Lord Buddha meditated nearby this lake to attain the enlightenment. The praying and chanting of the Priests, Monks and high lamas on the shore of the lake inspires the devotees to complete their arduous rotation. One to three rotations is believed to be the way of carving the way towards heaven after death. Even one dip into its cold water is believed, by Hindus, to relinquish the soul and physical body of sins of 100 births. The serenity of the spiritual environment compensates the tiredness, anxiety and fear with the reward of eternal satisfaction and peace from within and rest of the world to the pilgrims visiting these divinities. Many others also come to take a bath with the desire to retain youth and vitality. Ultimate Salvation called “Mokshya” is believed to be the reward of the exertion of this holy circumambulation of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake.
The Travel Company Monterosa makes a very pleasant Yatra every year. Please come and join us to make your pilgrimage a life long memory. Monterosa always welcomes you. Here is our itinerary for this year. “Om Namo Shivaaye”.
Meeting point: As soon as you arrive to Tribhuvan International Airport, our staffs will welcome you and take you to hotel.
30 April 2017 Day 01: As soon as you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will welcome you and escort you to the Hotel followed by your own free saunter around there in the local market, Thamel. You will have your dinner and stay at a Kathmandu hotel.
01 May 2017 Day 02 After having your breakfast, you will be taken for sightseeing of the holy Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. After that, you will have an orientation and documentary show about Kailash Tour.
02 May 2017 Day 03: It is the first day of the tour. Beginning from Kathmandu to Shybrubeshi (Nepal) Drive (1400 meters- 117 kilometers) – After having breakfast, the departure starts from Kathmandu in Nepal to Tibet border on a private tourist coach or jeep as per your tour package. It takes 6 to 7 hours drive to reach Shybrubeshi passing through Kalikasthan, Ramch and Dunche. We will take our lunch at Trisuli bazaar. There are facilitated hotels and lodges for tourists.
03 May 2017 Day 04: Early in the morning after having our breakfast, we begin to move towards Timure. Visitor’s visa and passport will be investigated at Nepal immigration office at Ghate Khola. After completing entire formalities we continue driving for 15 minutes' to Rasuwagadi which is nearby Nepal Tibet boarder and is 17 Kilo meter far from Shyabrubeshi. After crossing friendship bridge (Miteri Bridge), Tibetan immigration office, check Tibet visa for Kailash one by one yatri and Nepali staff. There will be our Tibetan guide waiting for us with travel permit for Kailash tour/Yatra. He will be dealing with entire immigration formalities and take you via Tibetan bus / van or Jeep to Kerung city which is 24km far from boarder and 2900meter above the sea level. There are lodges and guest houses with local Tibetan settlement along with simple accommodation for tourists.
04 May 2017 Day 05: Drive to Saga from Kerung which is 400 km far. Peku Tso Lake, Salt Lake (Nunilo Tal) falls on the way and then you can reach Saga city after 6/7 hours long drive. You can enjoy the views of Nomads looking after thousands of sheep & yaks on the way. Yatris will be served Lunch box and you will get somewhere near Pekhu Tso Lake for lunch. Then, we drive & cross the Bhramha Purtra River (Sangpo) the way to Tibetan city Saga. It is facilitated city with many facilities way to Kailash & Mansarover Yatra Tour.
05 May 2017: Day 06: It is a complete resting day. We just relax and acclimatize.
06 May 2017 Day 07: Saga - to Mansarovar Lake (4580m). We should travel around 470km in not more than 7-8 hours. Our day starts with full of excitement, by the afternoon as you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Mansarovar Lake from Hor. We manage for hot lunch box and on the way we stop for lunch. Then, we continue driving to Mansarovar Lake reaching Hor. Mansarovar Lake Circumambulation begins from here. We can complete it in about 2-3 hours time but if we walk on foot it may take 3 to 5 days for the same rotation. We can see 8 Monasteries all through the circumference of the Lake. Finally we will reach Chiu Gompa (Monastery) that is near Mansarovar Lake.
07 May 2017 Day 08: Mansarovar Lake to Darchen. In the morning, we will choose a safe special point to take holy dip in Mansarovar Lake taking bath in its cold water. Pilgrims offer flowers, money to god at this Lake and are also seen meditating reciting the names of their ancestral gods, performing the homas (offering grains mixed with purified butter to the fire) in the name of their ancestors, in order to relieve themselves from any kind of sins which they might have committed knowingly or unknowingly and obtain Mokshya. After completing religious rituals they exchange their happiness by hugging, much to the amusement of the onlookers. Everybody is deeply praying god and are doing Aarati (oil-fed lamps) by joining hands. It will be the most spiritual day so far.
Lunch will be arranged at around 2:00 in the afternoon and then we will drive to Darchen to spend the night at a guest house. If pilgrims are interested to move up to Astapad it can be managed if it is open for pilgrimage in year of 2017.
08 May 2017 Day 09: We will drive from Darchen to Yamadwar. Yamadwar is often called as gate for the god of death. From here, we start walking to Dirapuk (4890 meters-11 kilometers) Monastery. Yatris can take pony & local porter for 3 days from here. It eases your journey. If you want to hire pony and porter you should inform while at Mansarovar Lake and Tibetan guide will be managing all before starting the Kora. As it is the first day of parikrama, we should start our journey after breakfast as early as possible. We have to walk continuously for about 5 to 6 hours. Our entire stuffs will be carried by Yak. Mt. Kailash north face is seen much closer from Dirapuk. It looks as lord Shiva is staying there. We stay at Dirapuk mud house.
09 May 2017 Day 10: Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk (4790 meters - 22 kilometers) It is very tough day today as we have to pass Dolma La or Dorma La Pass, which is 5636 meters above the sea level. The weather in unpredictable and snowstorm can begin at any time here. Starting journey early is worthy for today. We can have the Darshan of Ganesh Kund on the way. But, it is a little bit difficult to go down split walking path and reach Gauri Kund Lake. We need to climb steep up and up until we reach Dorma La pass. After this, we need to go steep down till Shapje Datok & after flat path till Zuthulpuk monastery. Our night stay will be again at a mud house.
10 May 2017 Day 11: Zuthulpuk to Mansarovar Lake: After having our breakfast, we walk / Trek down to the Chongdo for 3 hours and drive to Darchen. We take Lunch followed by the drive to Mansarovar Lake for overnight to see full moon. Pilgrims fill up the holy water from Mansarovar Lake (Holy Jaal / water) Full moon night in Mansarovar Lake
11 May 2017 Day 12: Manasarovar Lake to Saga: Drive to Prayang, Dongba and Saga. Overnight in Saga
12 May 2017 Day 13: Saga to Kerung: drive to Kerung for 7 to 8 hours. It will be last night stay at Kerung in Tibet side.
13 May 2017 Day 14: Kerung to Kathmandu – After having our breakfast, we drive to Nepal-Tibet Friendship Bridge Rasuwagadi. Completing entire immigration formalities clearance in Tibet and Nepal side, we continue driving to Kathmandu for about 7 / 8 hours, and then transfer to the hotel. You will be served lunch on the way back to Kathmandu.
14 May 2017 Day 15: You will be taken to Airport from hotel for final departure
Package A: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel Kathmandu USD 2,600 per person Hotel Radisson/Similar
Package B: 4 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,475 per person Hotel Vaishali / Similar
Package C: 3 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,350 per person Manang / Marshaydi/ Hotel Arts
Single Supplementary US$ 400, US$ 300 & US$ 250 who use single bed room
Extra cost: Tibet visa fee American US$ 175, Canadian US$ 155 & other NRIs/ tourist US$ 85
Package cost for Residential Indians (Indian Passport holder)
Group size Minimum 17 Persons or more (Follow rules of Tibet Tourism Bureau 2014)
American Currency $ 1 = INR 62.00 Valid or less
Standard Tour to Kailash INR 1, 35,000 Per Persons (Standard service) 3 star hotel in Kathmandu and guest houses, mud houses in Kailash Yatra. Travel by deluxe coach bus and If van / jeep is used in addition cost INR 10,000 (Ten thousand)
Deluxe Tour to Kailash INR 1,40,000 per Persons (Deluxe service) 4 star hotel in Kathmandu and guest houses, mud houses in Kailash Yatra. Travel by deluxe coach bus and If Van / Jeep is used in addition cost INR 10,000 (ten thousand)
Supper Deluxe Tour to Kailash INR 1, 45,000 Per Persons (Super deluxe service) 5 star hotel in Kathmandu and 3 star hotel , 3 star in Saga, 4 star hotel in Darchen, other places are guest houses, Mud houses in Kailash Yatra. travel by deluxe coach bus and If van / jeep is used in addition cost INR 10000 (ten thousands)
Single Supplementary Per Person INR 5000 for 5 star hotel
Single Supplementary Per Person INR 3500 for 4 star hotel
Single Supplementary Per Person INR 3000 for 3 star hotel
Extra Service If required
Mountain flight / Everest Flight is INR 7000 (USD 225) 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