Kailash and Manasarovar Pilgrimage Tour
Mt. Kailash presents probably the biggest irony in the tourism world and pilgrimage destinations. It is the most renowned and divine place visited by the devotees across the borders. It is an important religious destination for many religions like Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism and holds different significance to different religion just like the various names it has. The mountain towers up to 22,000 feet above sea level and is considered to be one of the toughest high rises to climb or even reach. Pilgrims even with the toughest of vehicles take weeks to reach here through a journey, which is nothing less than a great challenge.
For Hindus, Mt. Kailash is the sacred abode of Lord Shiva, ‘The God of Destruction’ of evil and sorrow. Hindus consider this mountain as eternal heaven and the center of soul and spirituality. As the legend has it, Lord Shiva sits at top of Mt. Kailash meditating and practicing yoga. The mountain is assumed to be the center of the world and the four rivers flowing through Kailash dividing the world into four different regions. In fact, the famous rock-cut Ellora caves in Maharashtra is named after Mt. Kailash. The walls of this cave have many carvings related to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Buddhist calls it Mountain Kang Rimpoche, ‘The Precious One of Glacial Snow’. The locales of Tibet call it Tise. They consider this to be the resting place of Buddha Demchok and the place where the intimidating battle between Milarepa and Naro Bonchung took place. Milarepa was the master of Tantric Buddhism (magic), and Naro Bonchung was the champion of Bon religion. After a long battle, no results were in sight and both came to the conclusion that the one who reaches the top of the mountain first wins. Soon Naro Bonchung got on his magic drum and proceeded towards the tip, but to everybody’s amazement, Milarepa sat there meditating. As Naro Bonchung was about to reach the top, Milerapa sprang into action and overtook him by riding the rays of Sun. Since then Buddhism prevails in Tibet.
This begins from Kathmandu with city tours. This is a big opportunity to know about history, Culture and People lifestyle of Nepal and Tibet. The drive to Mt Kailash from Kathmandu through the scenic countryside offers you a lovely view of the high mountain range.
- Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel.
- Day 02: In Kathmandu free day with tour of holy Pashupatinath temple and Bouddhanath Stupa and to obtain Tibet entry and visa permits.
- Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,465 m - 06 hrs journey.
- Day 04: Drive to Kyirong 2,890 m (Kyidrong / Dzonga) in local Guesthouse- 04 hrs.
- Day 05: At Kyirong acclimatization day and explore Tibetan culture and custom.
- Day 06: Drive to Saga 4,400m - 05 hrs.
- Day 07: Drive to west side of Manasrover at Chu-Gompa 4,545 m - 06 hrs.
- Day 08: At Manasrover Lake in the morning to perform puja afternoon short dive to Darchen 4,620 m with time to visit its busy markets.
- Day 09: Drive past Darchen to Tarboche 4,680 m and start walk to Dhirapuk 4,970 m -05 hrs in lodge or camping.
- Day 10: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,760 m and over high Dorma-la pass - 6 hrs.
- Day 11: Trek to near Darchen and drive to Dzongba 4,560 m - 06 hrs.
- Day 12: Drive to Kyirong - 05 hrs journey with overnight in local guest-house.
- Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu - 07 hrs.
- Day 14: Depart for international flight home ward bound or to respective countries.
- All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
- Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
- 04 night twin/double shearing accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
- Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle and necessary entrance fee
- Kathmandu to Border to Kathmandu by tourist bus and border to Lake Manasarovar to border by 4WD drive.
- Tibet special permit and visa and an English speaking Tibetan guide with necessary entrance fee.
- 12 night accommodation on BB in Tibet.
- International flight ticket with airport departure tax
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Tibet tours
- Nepal re-entry visa fee
- Travel and health insurance, insurance for helicopter evacuation.
- Trekking Bag pack.
- Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)
- Trekking shoes.
- Sports shoes or sandal.
- Trekking stick.
- Sun Hat, cap
- Warm woolen cap.
- Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
- Pullover or warm sweeter.
- 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
- Hand gloves.
- 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
- 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
- 3/4 pairs of Underwear
- Eye glass
- Water bottle.
- Sleeping bag.
- Flash or Torch light.
- Camera and batteries.
- Sun cream.
Difficulties rating of Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Tour
Trekkers have to pass difficult ways so trekker should be fit to do this trekking. You should be careful about altitude related risk. To get rid of it please walk slowly and have more water and avoid alcoholic drinks. Please be careful of frost bit and snow blindness. You must take care of your health.
Safe drinking water on Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Tour
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as we go higher cannot find it. In that case we suggest you to drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for protection of environment.
Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items On the Trek
Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, ipod, iPhone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adopters before the trip since plugs are limited.
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbages in the way where dustbin facilities is not available and conserve the environment.
Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu. On trekking, US$ 10-14 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.
Travel Insurance for Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Tour
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Tour:
All the guest houses offers hot showers, which can be in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or biogass for the ecological reason. Every lodge have some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water frozed then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilet are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilet are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually have two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
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