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: 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 and transfer to Hotel
Day-2: Obtain Tibet Visa / Sightseeing. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner.
Day-3: Drive Kathmandu- Kyirong (Kerung)We drive from Kathmandu to Nepal Tibet border along a scenic highway. After immigration formalities at the border, you meet our Tibetan guide and driver. After some briefing we drive to a Guest House.
Day-4: Rest Day in Kyirong (Kerung)Free to explore the town on arrival or rest prior to the start of the trek. Stay Overnight Guest House.
Day-5: Drive Kerung to Saga/4450m- 232 kmDrive about 250km to the town of Saga at 4600m, passing by the huge lake called Peiku-tso. We will also cross over two high passes with spectacular mountain views before leaving the Friendship Highway and heading west. The drive will take us about 7 hours to cover 232km. Camp Overnight
Day-6: Drive to Paryang at 4700 metersThe drive is about about 8 hours, across the vast dry plains of the Tibetan Plateau. Overnight
Day-7: Drive to Horchu (4500 meters).Covering 290 kms in about 8 hours. Overnight
Day-8: Visit Darchen at 4580 metersPrepare for the trek. Today will be a relatively short drive of about 1.½ hours
Day-9: 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-10: 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-11: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-12: Free timeToday we will have a free day to spend time to explore the surrounding area of the Lake Overnight
Day-13: Drive back to Paryang. (292 kms / 08 to 09 hrs).
Day-14: Drive back to Saga (252 kms / 07 to 08 hrs).
Day-15: Drive back to Kerung (232 kms / 07 hrs).Overnight at Guest House.
Day-16: Cross the border and continue drive to Kathmandu (115 kms / 05 hrs).Hotel Overnight.
Day-17: Free day to explore Kathmandu.Hotel Overnight.
Day-18: Final Departure from your trip to Mount Kailash
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|Mt Kailash via Simikot 26 Days||Mt Kailash from Lhasa 22 Days|
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 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