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 – Nepalgunj – Mansarovar|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||4820 m|
After your landing in Kathmandu and the completion of your airport formalities, we will pick you up and escort you to the hotel for the overnight stay.
Kathmandu has a lot of heritage sites to observe and explore. After a quick visit to Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, you will take the afternoon flight to Nepalgunj, a town in the western plains of Nepal bordering India. In the evening, you can visit the bustling market of Nepalgunj. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
You will take an early morning flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot, the gateway to Kailash. The hour-long flight allows you to get an aerial view of the Nepalese topography before landing in the remote town of Simikot. Simikot is the headquarters of Humla district and thus houses some lodges catering to Kailash Yatra pilgrims. Overnight in Simikot.
From Simikot, you will take a 20-minute helicopter ride to Hilsa. Once you land in Hilsa, you will cross the Karnali River on a suspension bridge and enter the Chinese side of the border. Then from Khojarnath, you will drive to Taklakot walking alongside Mabcha Tsnagpo. Overnight in Taklakot.
Today you will drive through the beautiful Tibetan landscape towards the holy Lake Mansarovar. On the way to Manasarovar, you will also reach Rakshas Tal, which is believed to be a representation of the devil. Without stopping at Rakshas Tal, you will head straight to Lake Manasarovar, where you can take a holy dip that supposedly washes away all your sins. Overnight in Mansarovar.
If you please, you can perform a morning puja at the bank of Lake Manasarovar before heading on to Darchen. Afterward, you take a short drive through the desert-like terrain of the beautiful Tibet to reach Darchen, situated on the foot of the holy Mt Kailash (6714m). Darchen is the starting point of Kailash Parikrama (circumambulation), hence is often vibrant with pilgrims. Overnight in Darchen.
You will drive to Yam Dwara, the auspicious gateway to the Parikrama around Mt. Kailash (6714m). The Parikrama begins as you trek from Yama Dwara towards Deraphuk. The trail to Deraphuk is easy and flat, however, because of the high elevation, you may find it difficult to walk. Overnight in Deraphuk.
Continuing on the Parikrama, you will now trek to Zuthulphuk via Dolma La (5660m). This is the hardest part of your journey as you will need to ascend to Dolma La, and then, you will follow a somewhat flat and descending trail to reach Zuthulphuk. You will then visit Gauri Kunda and Zuthulphuk Gumba. Overnight in Zuthulphuk.
Today, you will complete the circumambulation around Mt. Kailash (6714m). The Parikrama will complete as you arrive in Darchen, from where you will drive back to Hilsa. Enjoy the beautiful drive past Lake Mansarovar and Rakshas Tal along with the alluring view of Tibetan landscape. Cross the Nepal-China border and arrive in Hilsa. Overnight in Hilsa.
From Hilsa, you will fly to Simikot and then to Nepalgunj. Again from Nepalgunj, you will fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel for the overnight stay.
We will transport you to the airport for your further departures.