Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake is a popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bonpos. They are situated in the roof of the world that is China’s Autonomous region of Tibet. Most Hindus believe Mount Kailash is the home of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Accomplishing the pilgrimage to this place is believed as a way to purge one’s soul form all known or unknown sins. Even more, it is believed that one can attain ultimate salvation by having a divine view to these reverential sanctums.
The founder of four different religions, The Hinduism, The Buddhism, The Jainism, and The Bonpo is also believed to have mediated and resided here once. Because of this reason also the devotees from across the globe aspire to visit this epitome of beauty and sacred land at least once in their lifetime. Mount Kailash is also the mother principle to the four holy rivers of Asia namely, The Brahmaputra, The Indus, The Ganges and The Sutlej.
Despite of several hurdles to face during the journey such as, the high altitude sickness, extreme temperature, wildest roads, the snow capped rocky peak, Kailash Parvat (6714m) attracts the pilgrims and they worship it as the precise “Center of the Universe”. Moreover, the artistic monasteries, prayer halls of chanting monks and remote Cliffside heal every suffering of the devotees during Kailash Circumambulation (Korra).
Mansarovar Lake: The uniquely spiritual Lake, Manasarovar is situated at an altitude of 4580 m above sea level. It is another important pilgrimage destination situated in between Mount Kailash and Mt. Gurla Mandata. In Sanskrit Language, the meaning of this Lake is Consciousness of mind. Hindus believe Mansarovar as a bathing pond of Lord Shiva and Parvati whereas Buddhists believe that Lord Buddha meditated nearby this lake for long time and obtained wisdom about reality of life. And, we worship Lord Buddha as a god of Enlightenment. According to the legends, one to three rotations of the lake can relinquish our sins of 100 births. Also, we can get “Moksha”, liberation from the chain of this mortal life securing place in heaven after death. That is why it is said that one has to reach the vicinity of the Kailash Parvat and Manasarovar Lake at least once in their life time. Devotees drink the water of this Lake and take holy deep into its sacred water believing that it keeps them away from any kind of diseases and pain making them youthful and energetic forever. Tibet is a place that will likely change the way you see the world and to be there Nepal’s route is the easiest one.
Monterosa Treks and Expedition can organize a pleasure tour if you desire to have the precious experience of holy Yatra. We leave no stones unturned to make your pilgrimage a life long achievement. Here we have our itinerary for this year. Please feel free to contact us for further information. Haar Haar Mahadev.
Meeting point: As soon as you arrive to Tribhuvan International Airport, our staffs will welcome you and take you to hotel.
18 June 2018 Day 01: As soon as you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will welcome you and escort you to the Hotel followed by your own free saunter around there in the local market, Thamel. You will have your dinner and stay at a Katmandu hotel.
19 June 2018 Day 02: After having your breakfast, you will be taken for sightseeing of the holy Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. After that, you will have an orientation and documentary show about Kailash Tour.
20 June 2018 Day 03: It is the first day of the tour. Beginning from Kathmandu to Shybrubeshi (Nepal) Drive (1400 meters - 117 kilometers) – After having breakfast, the departure starts from Kathmandu in Nepal to Tibet border on a private tourist coach or jeep as per your tour package. It takes 6 to 7 hours drive to reach Shybrubeshi passing through Kalikasthan, Ramch and Dunche. We will take our lunch at Trisuli bazaar. There are facilitated hotels and lodges for tourists.
21 June 2018 Day 04: Early in the morning after having our breakfast, we begin to move towards Timure. Visitor’s visa and passport will be investigated at Nepal immigration office at Ghate Khola. After completing entire formalities we continue driving for 15 minutes' to Rasuwagadi which is nearby Nepal Tibet boarder and is 17 Kilo meter far from Shyabrubeshi. After crossing friendship bridge (Miteri Bridge), Tibetan immigration office, check Tibet visa for Kailash one by one Yatri and Nepali staff. There will be our Tibetan guide waiting for us with travel permit for Kailash tour/Yatra. He will be dealing with entire immigration formalities and take you via Tibetan bus / van or Jeep to Kerung city which is 24km far from boarder and 2900meter above the sea level. There are lodges and guest houses with local Tibetan settlement along with simple accommodation for tourists.
22 June 2018 Day 05: Drive to Saga from Kerung which is 400 km far. Peku Tso Lake, Salt Lake (Nunilo Tal) falls on the way and then you can reach Saga city after 6/7 hours long drive. You can enjoy the views of Nomads looking after thousands of sheep & yaks on the way. Yatris will be served Lunch box and you will get somewhere near Pekhu Tso Lake for lunch. Then, we drive & cross the Bhramha Purtra River (Sangpo) the way to Tibetan city Saga. It is facilitated city with many facilities way to Kailash& Mansarover Yatra Tour.
23 June 2018 Day 06: It is a complete resting day. We just relax and acclimatize.
24 June 2018 Day 07: Saga - to Mansarovar Lake (4580m). We should travel around 370km in not more than 7-8 hours. Our day starts with full of excitement, by the afternoon as you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Mansarovar Lake from Hor. We manage for hot lunch box and on the way we stop for lunch. Then, we continue driving to Mansarovar Lake reaching Hor, Mansarovar Lake Circumambulation begins from here. We can complete it in about 2-3 hours time but if we walk on foot it may take 3 to 5 days for the same rotation. We can see 8 Monasteries all through the circumference of the Lake. Finally we will reach Chiu Gompa (Monastery) that is near Mansarovar Lake.
25 June 2018 Day 08: Mansarovar Lake to Darchen. In the morning, we will choose a safe special point to take holy dip in Mansarovar Lake taking bath in its cold water. Pilgrims offer flowers, money to god at this Lake and are also seen meditating reciting the names of their ancestral gods, performing the homas (offering grains mixed with purified butter to the fire) in the name of their ancestors, in order to relieve themselves from any kind of sins which they might have committed knowingly or unknowingly and obtain Mokshya. After completing religious rituals they exchange their happiness by hugging, much to the amusement of the onlookers. Everybody is deeply praying god and are doing Aarati (oil-fed lamps) by joining hands. It will be the most spiritual day so far.
Lunch will be arranged at around 2:00 in the afternoon and then we will drive to Darchen to spend the night at a guest house. If pilgrims are interested to move up to Astapad it can be managed if it is open for pilgrimage in year of 2017.
26 June 2018 Day 09: We will drive from Darchen to Tarboche / Yamadwar. Yamadwar is often called as gate for the god of death. From here, we start walking to Dirapuk (4890 meters – 11 kilometers) Monastery. Yatris can take pony & local porter for 3 days from here. It eases your journey. If you want to hire pony and porter you should inform while at Mansarovar Lake and Tibetan guide will be managing all before starting the Kora. As it is the first day of parikrama, we should start our journey after breakfast as early as possible. We have to walk continuously for about 5 to 6 hours. Our entire stuffs will be carried by Yak. Mt. Kailash north face is seen much closer from Dirapuk. It looks as lord Shiva is staying there. We stay at Diraphuk mud house.
27 June 2018 Day 10: Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk (4790 meters - 22 kilometers) It is very tough day today as we have to pass Dolma La or Dorma La Pass, which is 5636 meters above the sea level. The weather in unpredictable and snowstorm can begin at any time here. Starting journey early is worthy for today. We can have the Darshan of Ganesh Kund (Pond) on the way. But, it is a little bit difficult to go down split walking path and reach Gauri Kund Lake. We need to climb steep up and up until we reach Dorma La pass. After this, we need to go steep down till Shapje Datok & after flat path till Zuthulpuk monastery. Our night stay will be again at a mud house.
28 June 2018 Day 11: Zuthulpuk to Mansarovar Lake: After having our breakfast, we walk / Trek down to the Chongdo for 3 hours and drive to Darchen. We take Lunch followed by the drive to Mansarovar Lake for overnight to see full moon. Pilgrims fill up the holy water from Mansarovar Lake (Holy Jaal / water). Full moon night in Mansarovar Lake
29 June 2018 Day 12: Manasarovar Lake to Saga: Drive to Prayang, Dongba and Saga. Overnight in Saga
30 June 2018 Day 13: Saga to Kerung: drive to Kerung for 7 to 8 hours. It will be last night stay at Kerung in Tibet side.
01 July 2018 Day 14: Kerung to Kathmandu – After having our breakfast, we drive to Nepal-Tibet Friendship Bridge Rasuwagadi. Completing entire immigration formalities clearance in Tibet and Nepal side, we continue driving to Kathmandu for about 7 / 8 hours, and then transfer to the hotel. You will be served lunch on the way back to Kathmandu.
02 July 2018 Day 15: You will be taken to Airport from hotel for final departure.
Package A: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,600 per person Hotel Radisson/Similar
Package B: 4 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,495 per person Hotel Vaishali / Similar
Package C: 3 Star Deluxe Hotel Kath. USD 2,395 per person Manang / Marshaydi/ Hotel Arts
Single Supplementary US$ 400, US$ 300 & US$ 250 who use single bed room
Extra cost: Tibet visa fee American US$ 175, Canadian US$ 155 & other NRIs/ tourist US$ 85
Package cost for Residential Indians (Indian Passport holder)
Group size Minimum 17 Persons or more (Follow rules of Tibet Tourism Bureau 2014)
American Currency $ 1 = INR 62.00 Valid or less
Standard Tour to Kailash INR 1, 40,000 Per Persons (Standard service) 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
and guest houses, mud houses in Kailash Yatra.
Deluxe Tour to Kailash INR 1, 45,000 per Persons (Deluxe service) 4 star hotel in Kathmandu and
guest houses, mud houses in Kailash Yatra
Supper Deluxe Tour to Kailash INR 1, 50,000 Per Persons (Super deluxe service) 5 star hotel in Kathmandu
and 3 star hotel , 3 star in Saga, 4 star hotel in Darchen, other places are guest houses, Mud houses in Kailash Yatra
Single Supplementary Per Person INR 5000 for 5 star hotel
Single Supplementary Per Person INR 3500 for 4 star hotel
Single Supplementary Per Person INR 3000 for 3 star hotel
Extra Service If required
Mountain flight / Everest Flight is INR 7500 (USD 225) per person
Extra cost if required for Kailash:
Horse ride during the Parikrama 1 horse for 3 days USD 400
(Directly payable to the Tibetan guide)
Porter for carrying small bag for 3 days round Kailash USD 250