The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is one of the holiest pilgrimages for people following four different religions — Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bon. Hindus believe Mt Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva. It is one of the toughest pilgrimages in the world as pilgrims have to negotiate high passes and endure life in high altitudes of the Himalayas. It is one of the most-do pilgrimages for Hindus. They take a holy dip in the sacred Mansarovar Lake and circumambulate the difficult trails around Mt Kailash for the holy Parikrama or Kora as the Buddhists say. It is believed that taking a holy dip in Mansarovar washes away one’s sins of past 100 lives. The pilgrimage is generally undertaken between June and August as weather at this time is generally good.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Stay in the hotel as we complete visa formalities for you. Overnight: Hotel.
After breakfast, we will start our sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley. We will begin with Swoyambhunath Stupa and then visit Bouddhanath Stupa. After lunch, we visit Patan Durbar Square. All these sites are UNESCO World Heritage sites and have great religious and historical significance. Remaining time is free for independent activities and trek preparation. In the evening, we will organize a trip briefing program for you. Overnight: Hotel.
We resume our journey after having breakfast at the hotel. We leave Kathmandu Valley from Nagdhunga pass and drive downhill until Galchhi. From there, we go upstream on the banks of the Trishuli River to Trishuli and reach Syafrubesi via Betrabati and Dhunche. Syafrubesi is the beginning point of the famous Langtang Valley Trek. From Syafrubesi, we reach the Nepal-China border town of Rasuwagadhi in about an hour. From there, Kerung is only around 25 kilometers away. Overnight: Hotel.
Today we stop in Kerung to acclimatize in the higher altitude. We will spend the day exploring the historic Kerung market – a center for Nepal-Tibet trade during the Malla rule several centuries before. Overnight: Guesthouse
Today, we will drive around 350 km to reach Dongba (4,500 m.).The road first climbs up to the Thong-La Pass (5120 m), La Lung (5050 m) and then pass through Lake Peikutso to reach Saga where we meet the Lhasa-Mansarovar Highway. From there, we pass through gigantic valleys and beautiful grazing grounds to Dongba. Overnight: Guesthouse.
We continue our drive to Mansarovar early in the morning. The drive is easy and takes around 6 hours. The holy lake of Mansarovar is the source of four big rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and Indus. It feels great to see such a huge body of water in the arid landscape of Tibet. You can also see Mt Kailash towering behind the holy lake. Overnight: Guesthouse.
We begin the day by taking a holy dip in the Mansarovar Lake. You can also perform your holy rituals on the banks of this lake. The lake area provides breathtaking views of Mt Gurula Mandhata (7728 m) in the south and Holy Kailash in the north. After the holy bath, we will drive to Darchen, the base camp of Mt Kailash, via Chiu monastery and the hot spring. Overnight: Guesthouse.
After breakfast, we drive for around 45 minutes to Tarboche which is called Yama Dwar by the followers of Hinduism. We can see numerous chhortens as well as the sky burial site of the 84 Mahasiddas. The holy Parikrama begins from Tarboche. A trek of about five-six hours from here will take us to Deraphuk (4880m) where we will spend our night. Overnight: Guesthouse
Today is the most difficult leg of the trek. But it is also the day of the holiest pilgrimage. We begin the walk, crossing a rocky expanse dotted with stone cairns draped with the clothes offered by pilgrims as a spiritual sign of death. Gaurikunda is one of the holiest sites to view/ visit from the top. We climb further to Dolma La pass (5630m) where we take a short break and enjoy the view around. From here, the trail is mostly downhill. We spend the night in a guesthouse near Zuthulpuk Monastery. Overnight: Guesthouse
We resume our trek after having breakfast at the guesthouse. After a short walk, we will reach Darchen where we board a waiting vehicle and drive back to Mansarovar. The drive takes approximately one hour. Overnight: Guesthouse.
We start our drive after having breakfast at our guesthouse. We will complete the distance of approximately 340 km in around six hours. Upon arrival in Saga, we will check into our guesthouse. Remaining time is free for independent activities. Overnight: Guesthouse.
Drom Saga, we leave the main Mansaroavar-Kailash road and head southward toward Kerung. As Kerung is emerging as a commercial hub, it is an ideal destination for buying Chinese goods. Overnight: Guesthouse
A drive of around 25 kilometers will take us to Nepal-China border town of Rasuwagadhi. After completing customs and immigration formalities, we drive southward toward Kathmandu. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight: Hotel
We wrap up our Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage by offering worship to Lord Pashupatinath early in the morning. Then we will drive you to the airport for your return flight.