Pilgrimage around Mt Kailash
Mount Kailash trek is one of the most demanding and challenging of pilgrimage treks. This trek route in Tibet is widely known as a kora around Mt Kailash. The average altitude of this trekking is nearly 5,000m. The Kailash "Gang Rinpoche", which means "Jewel of snow" is striking in the way it rises high above the surrounding range and always remains snow - capped. Mount Kailash has a unique and distinct shape, with four sheer faces matching the cardinal points of the compass. It is also free standing, solitary.
Regarded as the earthly manifestation of mythic Mount Meru, or Sumeru, the spiritual center of the universe in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cosmology, Mount Kailash is also believed to be the source of four life-giving rivers.
To Tibetan Buddhists, Kailash is the abode of the tantric meditational deity Demchog. Hindus see Kailash as the throne of the great god Shiva, while the Jains revere Kailash as the site at which their first prophet received enlightenment.
A pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and a bath in the Mansarovar is believed to bring about salvation (Moksha).
Day-3: Preparations for the trip
Day-4: Flight to Nepalgunj.
Day-5: Flight Nepalgunj - Simikot. Simikot to Dharapani
Day-6: Dharapani to Kermi
Day-7: Kermi to Yalbang
Day-8: Yalbang to Tumkot
Day-9: Tumkot to Yari
Day-10: Yari to Hilsa. Drive to Purang
Day-11: Mansarovar Lake
Day-12: Continue the drive to Darchen
Day-13: Darchen - Dirapuk Monastery
Day-14: Dirapuk Monastery to Dzultripuk Monastery
Day-15: Trek, then drive to Horchu, Lake at 4500 meters
Day-16: Mansarovar Lake
Day-17: Drive to Paryang
Day-18: Drive to Saga
Day-21:Drive to Gyangtse (3800meters)
Day-23: Lhasa sightseeing
Day-24: Flight: Lhasa Kathmandu.
Day-25: Free day
Day-26: Final Departure
Day-1: Arrive and transfer to Hotel
Day-2: Obtain Tibet Visa / Sightseeing. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner.
Day-3: Preparations for the trip.Hotel Overnight.
Day-4: Flight: - Nepalgunj.Free to explore the town on arrival or rest prior to the start of the trek. Stay Overnight Hotel.
Day-5: Nepalgunj - Simikot and prepare for the trek.At Simikot, we meet our crew who will assist us for our journey ahead. We start our trekking journey by climbing up from the airstrip and walking on a rocky trail. We pass the fields of barley and wheat and ascend to a forested ridge above the town of Simikot. We make a long steep descend and pass Dandaphoya. We continue our trail through walnut and apricot trees until we reach the village of Dharapani. Overnight Camp.
Day-6: Dharapani to Kermi (5hrs)Leaving Dharapari, we walk on relatively flat trails along the Karnali River. We pass the fields of barley, buckwheat, rice and potatoes on our way. We can enjoy a hot water bath at two natural hot springs located near Kermi. The hot water bath can be an ailment to soothe our aching bodies. On the way, we visit two popular gompas on our trail namely Kermi Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa. Overnight at tented camp. Overnight Camp.
Day-7: Kermi to Yalbang (6hrs)Our trail goes flat and then takes a steep ascend over a rocky ridge before descending down to the greyish blue water of the Humla Karnali. We cross another ridge to a sandy meadow where the camps are set by the goat herders by the side of the river. Passing the meadow, we reach a valley that down as we cross more ridges to reach the village of Yalbang On the way, we visit a remote monastery - Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery and walk ahead enjoy the views of pine trees and Karnali River. We will also visit the remote. Overnight at tented camp.
Day-8: Yalbang to Tumkot (6 ½ hr)trek. Today, we walk through a trail above the Karnali River. As we ascend up, the lush in the environment starts to disappear and few small comes to sight. Then we make our way through pine trees and rocky hills to Tumkot. Upon reaching Tumkot, we visit the Dhungkar Choezom Monastery. It is one of the most important Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region. Overnight at tented camp.
Day-9: Tumkot to YariOur walk for the day is comparatively easy. The change in climate and vegetation is drastically noticeable. As we move forward, the landscape grows more wild, secluded and rocky. You can only see small bushes and low junipers in the name of vegetation. We continue our trail until we reach Yari. Overnight at tented camp. Tibet Portion
Day-10: Yari to Hilsa (3720m)/3-4 hrs. Drive to PurangTrek to Hilsa following the rugged mountain trail and cross the Nara la pass. (4620m). Upon reaching Hilsa we drive to Purang.Meet the Tibetan team or your Mt Kailash trek at border and then drive for about 50 km's to Purang at an altitude of 3780 meters. The trip will take about 2 hours. Overnight Hotel
Day-11: Mansarovar LakeDrive to Mansarovar Lake at 4590m, arriving after about 3 hours. It is advisable to get some sleep on arrival due to the increase in altitude.
Day-12: DarchenContinue the drive to Darchen at 4580m, about 30km away. Today will be a short drive of about 1 hour. Overnight Guesthouse.
Start Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage trek
Day-13: Darchen - Dirapuk Monastery (6rs, 20km 4800meters) Trek:During the trek you will ascend and descent in altitude and dependant on the time of year, may be accompanied by a number of other people doing the pilgrimage. During the Saga Dawa festival around May, hundreds of Tibetans flock to this point, some trekking from as far away as China. Some will pass you walking, and others will complete the trek by prostrating themselves on the ground for the full distance around the mountain.
The Kailash kora usually begins on the western edge of Darchen. Only 4km from Darchen the trail climbs up over the southwest end of an east-west ridge to each a cairn at 4730m. The cairn is strewn with prayer flags and marks the first views of Mt Kailash's southern face and the first of the kora'ss four prostration points. Very quickly the trail enters the barren Lha-chu Valley.
After passing a series of ruined chortens and a number of long mani (prayer) walls, the trail reaches a small bridge across the Lha-chu at 4710m. The bridge is about three hours walk from Darchen and is directly below Chuku Monastery perched high above the valley floor. During the pilgrim season, a few nomad tents may be set up on the other side of the river from the monastery, with food (instant noodles and snacks) and water for sale.
Day-14: Dirapuk Monastery to Dzultripuk Monastery (7-8h, 22kms, 9 to 10hrs, 4680meters.)This is the most challenging part of the 3-day trek as you will challenge the Drolma La Pass (5630m). Walking about two hours, you will reach a rocky expanse of Shiva-tsal (5330m). Pilgrims are supposed to undergo a symbolic death at this point, entering in the realm of the Lord of the Dead, until they reach the top of the Drolma-la and are reborn again. About 30 minutes from Shiva-tsal the trail turns eastward for the completion of the ascent to the highest point of this trail - 5630m Drolma-la. Weather permitting, most pilgrims and trekkers pause at the pass for a rest and refreshments before starting the steep descent. It takes approximately an hour to make the long and very steep 400m descent to the grassy banks of the Lham-chu Khir.
Day-15: Complete the trek (15kms / hrs).From the monastery, the trail follows the river closely for an hour or so then climbs above the river and enters a narrow scanyon. When the canyon narrows look for holes gouged into the cliff walls. These are not natural but made by pilgrims looking for holy stones. Also look for prayer flags festooned across the river, and in the far distance the blue waters of the lake Raksas Tal.
When the trail emerges onto the Barkha plain, it's now an easy one-hour walk back to Darchen along a dirt road.Drive to Horchu, (4500 meters) and Lake Mansarovar. This is a holy, sacred lake. Camp Overnight
Day-16:Spare day to explore the surrounding area of Mansarovar. Camp Overnight . This will be our last night of the trek near the base of Mount Kailash.
Day-17: ParyangToday will drive to Paryang, rising up to about 4700 meters, 292 kms away. Camp
Day-18: Today, we will drive about 252km to Saga at 4600 meters. Camp
Day-19: LhatseOur camp tonight will be at Lhatse at 4050 meters, a 9 hour drive away. Camp
Day-20: ShigatseAfter a 5 hour drive, we will arrive at Shigatse at 3700 meters. Hotel Overnight. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet with lovely markets and also the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Overnight Hotel.
Day-21: Drive to Gyangtse (3800meters). (95kms, 02hrs). Hotel.
Day-22: LhasaWe will continue our overland journey along the Friendship Highway towards Lhasa, at 3680m. We cross several high passes , beautiful valleys and Tibetan villages. Hotel
Day-23: LhasaThis morning we visit the Potala Palace. This spectacular building contains the private quarters of the Dalai Lama. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century.
A visit to the Drepung Monastery founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks.
Day-24:Flight: Lhasa Kathmandu.Free day to explore the attractions. Hotel Overnight.
Day-25:Free day for shopping etc. Hotel Overnight.
Day-26: Final Departure
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|Mt Kailash via Kathmandu 18 Days||Mt Kailash from Lhasa 22 days|
Day-3: Kathmandu- Kyirung
Day-4: Rest Day in Kerung
Day-5: Drive Kerung to Saga
Day-6: Drive to Paryang
Day-7: Drive to Horchu
Day-8: Visit Darchen
Day-9: Start the trek
Day-10: Trek. 24kms
Day-11: Complete the trek (15kms / hrs). Drive to Horchu
Day-12: Free Day
Day-13: Drive back to Paryang
Day-14: Drive back to Saga
Day-15: Drive back to Kerong
Day-16: Cross to Kathmandu
Day-17: Free day to explore Kathmandu
Day-18: Final Departure
Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu
Day-2:Full day guided sightseeing
Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)
Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)
Day-7: Gyantse to Shigatse 90km
Day-8: Drive to Lhatse
Day-9: Drive to Saga
Day-10: Drive to Paryang
Day-11 : Drive to Horchu
Day-12: Visit Darchen
Day-13: On Trek
Day-15: On Trek
Day-16: Complete the trek (15kms / 03 to 04 hrs).
Day-17 : Drive back to Paryang
Day-18: Drive back to Saga
Day-19: Drive to Kyirong County
Day-20: Cross the border (Kerung)- Kathmandu