Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is a journey about discovering oneself as much as it is about discovering the unique adventure surrounding the trek. Through arduous trails which test both mental and physical limitations of pilgrims the journey heads to Mount Kailash (6,383m) revered holy by many religions. On the periphery of the sacred mountain lies Lake Manasarovar revered as Mapham Yum Tso by the Tibetans which translates to “invincible turquoise Lake”. Kailash Yatra is the pilgrimage of a lifetime to the holy seat of Mount Kailash (6,383m) and sacred Manasarovar Lake shrouded by centuries of mysteries and stories and is one that needs to be experienced by everyone.
The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by helicopter begins with a lovely flight to the trailhead located at the remote hamlet of Simikot. A helicopter will then take us to Hilsa from where we enter Tibet. Driving alongside the Purang Border we reach the hamlet of Taklakot ending our first day on the go. The next day takes us to the tranquil Manasarovar Lake crossing Rakshas Tal on the way which also offers our first glimpse of Mount Kailash (6,383m). Circumambulating the mountain is said to bring good fortune and while Hindus and Buddhist perform the act in clockwise direction Bon Po and Jainism take the anti-clockwise route. After taking a holy dip in Manasarovar Lake we begin our Parikrama of Mount Kailash (6,383m) the next day. Trekking to Dirapuk in the latter stages of this Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, we will visit the north face of Mt. Kailash (6,383m). Continuing the Kora, we head towards Zuthrul Phug which concludes the Parikrama. The final few days sees us travel to Hilsa via helicopter and then back to Simikot concluding our pilgrimage.
The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is a journey which needs to be planned meticulously by accommodating everyone and also the climate and conditions of the region. We, here at Epic Adventure Treks, have accompanied pilgrims through this unique journey of finding God for decades and pride ourselves on the satisfaction of our clients.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
Today you take an early flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Flying above the Nepalese hills and the Himalayas and then above the Tibetan Plateau, we reach the capital of Tibet, the autonomous region of China. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, our Tibet team will receive you at the airport and will drive you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Lhasa.
Today you will spend the day sightseeing in some of the famous landmarks of Lhasa. You will be visiting the Potala Palace which was the residence of his holiness the Dalai Lama until he had to flee in 1959. A UNESCO world heritage site, Potala Palace has a spectacular architectural feat that is showcased in its 13 floors with more hundreds of rooms and thousands of sculptors. You will also visit Norbulingka with its huge garden and the Norbulingka Palace, which used to be the summer house of the Dalai Lama. You will also visit the sacred Jokhang Temple and stroll around Barkhor Street which encompasses Jokhang Temple. Overnight in Lhasa.
Today you leave the beautiful city of Lhasa and head towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. On your drive to Shigatse, you will be driving over the Kamba La Pass (4852m) and around Yamdrok Tso which is surrounded by the White Mountains. The drive is a beautiful one with many picturesque scenes to cherish forever. Overnight in Shigatse.
Our drive will take us through a similar dry landscape with multiple breathtaking views of the mountains and the valleys. Shishapangma (8013m), the 14th highest mountain in the world, starts to appear on the horizon while you meet the beautiful Brahmaputra River a few times en route. Enjoying the amazing Tibetan landscape, you reach Saga for the overnight stay.
On your way to Lake Mansarovar, you will be able to see the stunning valley of Saga below you while the skyline can be seen compact with various mountains spread along the Nepal-Tibet border. With the emerging view of Mount Kailash (6714m), you reach the beautiful Lake Mansarovar. The Mansarovar Lake is deemed sacred by the followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon, and Jainism, and drinking the holy water from the lake is believed to wash away your sins. Overnight in Mansarovar.
In the morning, you can perform your puja on the banks of Lake Mansarovar. Later, you head to Darchen to start your Kailash Yatra. Darchen is a small town on the foothills of Mount Kailash (6714m), the holiest mountain for people of many faiths. Little guest houses cater to the many visitors that come here every year, and the butter tea is a must try here. The Saga Dawa festival held during the month of April to celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and par nirvana of Lord Buddha attracts throngs of pilgrims here. Overnight in Darchen.
With the view of Mount Kailash (6714m) in the backdrop, you will head to Yama Dwar, the starting point for the Kailash Yatra. Circumambulating Mount Kailash (6714m), you will arrive in Derapuk, where you can see the gorgeous north side of the holy mountain. You will also visit the Dirapuk Monastery after your arrival in Derapuk. Overnight in Derapuk.
Today is one of the difficult days of walking as you will be gaining tremendous altitude. You will climb steeply to cross Dolma La pass (5660m), which is the highest altitude reached during this trip. As you descend to Zutulpuk, you will be able to see the beautiful Kadoe Lake and can also visit the Zutulpuk monastery. Overnight in Zutulpuk.
Today is the last day of the Kailash Yatra as you head back to Darchen from Zutulpuk. You will over your last prayers to the holy Mount Kailash (6714m) before driving back to Saga via Lake Mansarovar. You will drive through familiar landscapes and villages until you reach Saga for the overnight stay.
From Saga, you will leave the highway leading to Lhasa and follow another beautifully managed road to reach the border town of Kerung. Enjoying the views of Shishapangma (8013m) and the Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges, you reach Kerung, a vibrant town situated on the banks of Kyirong Chu. You can visit the monasteries in Kerung in the evening. Overnight in Kerung.
You will leave Kerung in the morning and cross the Nepal-China border on the Friendship Bridge. Then from Rasuwagadhi, the Nepalese side of the border, you will drive to Kathmandu via Dhunche and Bidur, ending the Kailash Mansarovar Tour.