Kailash Mansarovar Tour

Kailash Mansarovar Tour

Kailash means 'Treasure or Saint on Snow Mountain' in Tibetan. The name originates from the year-round snow on its peak and its historical religious connections. The mountain is sometimes called 'Mother of Iceberg'. It appears to be gazing at another mountain, Namcha Barwa, or 'Father of Iceberg' in the far distance.

Mt. Kailash is the highest peak in the massive Gangdise mountain range, with an altitude over 6,638 meters. The peak is very pointed and looks like a pyramid piercing the sky. Seen from the south, the vertical ice trough and horizontal rock formation combine as the Buddhist symbol Swastika, which represents the eternal power of Buddha. More often than not, clouds will gather above the peak, so clear days are thought to be a blessing because local residents can get an unimpeded view.

Legend has it that a high lama named Milarepa competed with Naro Bonchung, the leader of Bon, for supernatural power. Milarepa was triumphant, and thus the mountain came under the guidance of Buddhism. However, the mountain is also said to be the gathering place of masses of gods, among which are the highest gods of Hinduism. So it is no surprise that many pilgrims of different faiths visit here.

Walking around the mountain is a popular ceremony despite the length and difficult terrain. According to the sayings of Buddhism, one circle around the mountain can atone for all the sins committed throughout one's lifetime. Completing ten circles around the mountain will prevent eternal damnation of hell tribulation in one's reincarnations for 500 years. Completing one hundred circles will make a person, one with the Buddha. While walking, Buddhists follow clockwise, while Bonists proceed in a counter-clockwise direction. In the horse year when Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, is said to be born, worshipers get credit for thirteen circles for every one completed. Naturally, these years draw the largest number of tourists.

Manasarovar Lake- Mansarova lies about 20 km (12.43 mi.) southeast of Mt. Kailash. It means 'Invincible Jade Lake' in Tibetan. The name originates from a story that Buddhism wins a victory against Bon in a religious match beside the lake. The lake is the same 'Jade Pool of the Western Kingdom' described by the high monk Xuanzang of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in his Westward Diary.

The altitude of the lake is about 4,588 meters (15,052.49 ft.), making it one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. The water is very limpid and bright. The Hindu legend has that it is the amrita designed by the great god Brahma that can wash away all one's sins as well as any anxiety or improper thoughts. Many pilgrims bathe in the lake and take some water back as a gift to their relatives and friends. The surrounding area is the point of origin for India's two most famous rivers, the Indus and the Ganges. Walking around the lake also has ceremonial value for the Tibetans. There are many temples along the way, the two most notable being the Jiwu and the Chugu.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival, transfer to hotel, overnight at hotel (B).

Day 02: to Day 03: Kathmandu Sightseeing (Visa Application Submit) preparation day (BB).

Day 04: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1730m) drive by Bus/Jeep 6–7 hours, overnight at Hotel/Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 05: Drive to Kerung (2900M), overnight at hotel/Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 06: Drive from Kerung to Saga (5-6 hours, 4640m), overnight at hotel/Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 07: Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarover (4558m) 500km, overnight at hotel/Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 08: Explore, Puja and drive to Darchen (1 hour 40KM, 4575m), overnight at hotel/Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 09: Trek to Deraphuk (5000m), overnight at Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 10: Trek to Zuzulpuk (Juthulpuk) 4760m, via Dolma-La Pass (19KM, 8–9 hours), overnight at Guest hours (B/L/D).

Day 11: Drive to Saga (4640m), overnight at Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 12: Drive Back to Kerung City, overnight at Guest house (B/L/D).

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu, 7/9 hours, overnight at hotel (B/L/D).

Day 14: Transfer to from hotel to Airport (BB).