Mount Kailash Mansarovar Trip | Tour and Trek Overview
One of the most respected and sacred locations for believers of numerous faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon, is Kailash Mansarovar, which is tucked away in the captivating Himalayas. Thousands of pilgrims visit the area each year due to its profound religious significance and stunning natural beauty.
At the heart of this divine abode stands Mount Kailash, often referred to as the "Center of the Universe." This magnificent peak, soaring to an elevation of 6,638 meters, is believed to be the dwelling place of Lord Shiva, the destroyer in Hindu mythology. As you circumambulate this sacred mountain, you can feel the spiritual energy coursing through every step, transcending you to a higher state of consciousness.
Mansarovar Lake: An Oasis of Tranquility
Mansarovar Lake, nestled at the base of the sacred Mount Kailash, is a divine oasis of tranquility that has enchanted spiritual seekers and adventurers for centuries. Its name translates to "Lake of Consciousness," signifying its profound spiritual significance across multiple faiths. Pilgrims undertake the arduous journey to this enchanting freshwater lake, believed to be created from the pure consciousness of the gods, to cleanse their souls through a sacred dip in its crystalline waters.
The serene ambiance and majestic Himalayan backdrop make it an ideal sanctuary for meditation and introspection, where one can embark on a transformative
Upon arriving in Kathmandu, the vibrant capital city of Nepal, you will be warmly welcomed by our representative at the airport. They will assist you with the immigration process and transfer you to your hotel.
Later in the day, attend a comprehensive briefing session where our experienced guides will provide essential information about the upcoming pilgrimage. This is an opportunity to get acquainted with fellow travelers and address any questions or concerns you may have.
After your breakfast, we start our trip passing the Kathmandu valley through twisted roads along with up and down hills. Drive offers you dine view of the Annapurna Mountain range in the west and the Langtang Mountain range in the east after leaving Ranipauwa village. Lush green vegetation and dense flora and fauna via Langtang National Parks reached Kerung after 7-8 hours’ drive after immigration formalities at the border. Complete arrangements of accommodation are maintained along with typical Nepalese food.
As we depart from Kerung and cross the Nepal-China border at Rasuwagadhi, we ascend into the highlands of Tibet, revealing stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including Langtang Lirung and Shishapangma. The road then leads us through vast and arid plateaus, where we witness wide-open plains, snow-capped peaks, and occasional highland lakes, experiencing the grandeur of nature's purest form. After we drive through Khunmen Tso, Singing, Karru Ongchen, and Pleiku to Lake (4400m) we arrive at the mighty Brahmaputra River. The river symbolizes the essence of life for the region's people. Finally, we arrive in the picturesque town of Saga, nestled amid rolling hills, offering a warm welcome and serving as a vital stopover for pilgrims and travelers en route to Kailash Mansarovar.
Finally, we arrive at Tarchen, the gateway to the Kailash Kora (circumambulation), where pilgrims prepare themselves for the sacred journey. Amidst the awe-inspiring backdrop of Mount Kailash, this drive serves as a prelude to the transformative pilgrimage ahead, connecting pilgrims with the spiritual essence and mystical aura of this hallowed land.
Early in the morning after the holy bath and performing religious activities, we leave behind the tranquil shores of Mansarovar Lake, the road winds through the rugged Tibetan Plateau, offering enchanting vistas of the sacred Mount Kailash on the horizon. Along the route, we pass by Chiu Gompa, a sacred monastery perched atop a hill, providing breathtaking panoramic views of Mansarovar Lake.
As we venture further, we encounter traditional Tibetan villages like Hor Qu, where yaks graze in the picturesque fields. Finally, we arrive at Tarchen, the gateway to the Kailash Kora (circumambulation), where pilgrims prepare themselves for the sacred journey. Amidst the awe-inspiring backdrop of Mount Kailash, this drive serves as a prelude to the transformative pilgrimage ahead, connecting pilgrims with the spiritual essence and mystical aura of this hallowed land.
As the trek progresses, the enchanting Lha Chu Valley unfolds, offering mesmerizing vistas and occasional wildlife encounters. Pilgrims pause at Charan Sparsh to show humility and reverence by touching their foreheads to the ground. Ultimately, the trek reaches the revered Dirapuk Monastery, nestled at the base of Mount Kailash's northern face.
Here, amid the tranquility of the ancient monastery, pilgrims find respite and behold the magnificent sight of the sacred mountain. This transformative journey from Darchen to Dirapuk deepens the spiritual connection with the divine energies of Mount Kailash, as seekers embark on a path of self-discovery and inner reflection.
Early in the morning, we tighten our gears to explore Zuthulpuk. The trek from Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk is a profound and challenging pilgrimage, forming the second part of the sacred Kailash Kora. Leaving Dirapuk Monastery behind, pilgrims embark on a transformative journey through rugged and scenic terrains.
The trail leads to the formidable Dolma La Pass, standing tall at an altitude of about 5,630 meters (18,471 feet), where seekers offer prayers and seek spiritual blessings. The route takes pilgrims to Gauri Kund, a holy site where devotees take a purifying dip in icy waters. The pilgrimage continues to Shiva-tsal, a sacred cave with natural rock formations resembling the face of Lord Shiva, evoking deep reverence and spiritual significance.
Finally, the trek culminates at Zuthulpuk Monastery, a place of solace and rest, known for its association with the revered Buddhist saint Milarepa. This transformative journey from Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk is a test of both physical endurance and spiritual devotion, where pilgrims find inner strength and experience the profound energies of Mount Kailash. The pilgrimage is graced with the blessings of nature and the spiritual presence of countless seekers, making it an unforgettable spiritual odyssey.
The drive from Dongba to Kerung is an exhilarating and visually captivating journey, taking travelers through the stunning landscapes of Tibet. Departing from Dongba, the road winds through the rugged terrains of the Tibetan Plateau, offering awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Along the way, travelers may encounter notable places such as Pelgu Tso, a mesmerizing high-altitude lake with pristine waters reflecting the surrounding peaks. The drive also leads through the majestic Lalung La Pass, where travelers can revel in panoramic vistas of the majestic Himalayan range. As the journey continues, the Kyirong Valley presents its lush greenery, charming waterfalls, and traditional Tibetan villages, providing a peaceful and picturesque interlude to the adventure.
Viewing the desert tertian and bushy grassland we reach Kerung for our overnight stay after an 8-9 hours drive on high and rugged roads. The drive from Dongba to Kerung is a memorable blend of excitement, tranquility, and cultural exploration, leaving travelers with cherished memories of the enchanting landscapes and the authentic experiences of the Tibetan Plateau.
Along the way, travelers may encounter small towns with bustling markets, where they can stop for refreshments and to purchase local handicrafts. Finally, the drive reaches Kathmandu, where travelers are welcomed back to the hustle and bustle of the city, with its ancient temples, vibrant markets, and lively atmosphere. The return journey from Kerung to Kathmandu is a seamless transition from the tranquility of Tibet to the vibrant charm of Nepal, leaving travelers with a sense of fulfillment and gratitude for the memorable experiences and diverse landscapes they encountered throughout their pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar.
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All ground transportation (including Nepal Tibet and Kathmandu Sightseen, airport pick up/drop) by private tourist vehicles as per itineraryFour-star category hotel in the city (Kathmandu) in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis & standard lodge in Tibet trekking route
Full meals during trekking as mentioned in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with tea or coffee)First aid medicine items support Permits for Manasarovar and Kailash Kora (round)
Kailash Permit, Tibet (Chinese) visa feeExperienced, Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) approved guide for Tibet, guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu including their salary, accommodation, meals, and their insuranceOne assistance guide if trekkers are more than five in the group including their salary, accommodation, meals, transportation, and insuranceYaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel, etc while making Kailash outer koraLeading guide and other team members during Kailash Inner KoraSome necessary types of equipment are a sleeping bag & down jacket you need to return after the trip)One special cultural show and farewell dinner programOxygen support for the whole trip Duffle Bag to use in trekking, T-shirt, and Trip certificate (after trip completion our government/Local taxes and official expenses Emergency evacuation support
Extra Lunch & Dinner in KathmanduKathmandu city tour entrance feePersonal expenses shopping, phone calls, extra drinks, laundry, yak, etcYour international air ticket & travel insuranceHorse/ Pony Charges for Kailash outer and Inner KoraTips for the crew members
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The Kailash Mansarovar trip requires around 12-15 days including travel and days in Kathmandu too. Besides, we offer a 12-day complete tour starting from Kathmandu via Kerung including parikrama to holy Lake Manasarvor and ending at Dharchen exploring Mt Kailash Base Camp. Some itineraries may include additional days for rest, exploration of nearby monasteries, and buffer days to account for any unexpected delays due to weather or other factors. Weather conditions can be unpredictable, leading to possible delays or the inclusion of buffer days in the itinerary. The group size and individual health conditions may also influence the duration, with some participants requiring more time for acclimatization or engaging in spiritual activities at specific locations. Customized itineraries can be designed to meet specific preferences and needs.
Dolma La Pass is the highest pass of the Himalayas in the Tibetan region, situated at an altitude of 5470m (18525ft) above sea level.
One of the representatives from Bold Himalaya will come to pick you up at the airport on your arrival. We have standby crew members after and during the whole trip. He /She will welcome you and transfer you to 4 stars category hotels referred by our company.
Due to the pandemic period of the Covid zero policy, all the Chinese borders are closed until August 2022. Every year we operated tours before covid 19. We will continue the Mount Kailash Manasorvor Trip when the China border will open trip when the Mansorvor trip will continue after the pandemic periods come to the end.
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The Kailash Mansarovar trip involves challenging trekking and higher altitudes, making it physically demanding. While it is open to people of all age groups, participants should be in good health and reasonably fit. Make sure to properly train your kids if you want to take them on the journey.
Yes, vegetarian food options are available throughout the journey. Most meals provided during the trip are vegetarian to respect the religious sentiments of different pilgrims.
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