Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Road 2021
About Mount Kailash
Mount Kailash (standing tall at approximately 22000 feet) is not just a mere massive mountain situated in the Great Himalayas, it is much greater than that. For believers living in various parts of the world, it is an embodiment of spirituality, faith, religion, hope and of love. Mount Kailash, the holiest of the holy mountains is situated within the Tibetan Plateau. Tibetan Plateau is the highest in the world, and is rightly said to be the “Roof of the World”. According to Hindu beliefs, Holy Mount Kailash is considered to be an Abode of Lord Shiva, where he lives with his consort Goddess Parvati. It is said that Lord Shiva still resides atop the mountain and perform various activities like practicing yoga, meditation, etc. It is believed to be an incredible personification of a place of peace and power. Some even believe and consider it to be “Heaven on Earth”. It is the most worshipped mountains in the world, and is considered to be of massive spiritual significance for four different religions, namely Hinduism, Budhhism, Jainism and Tibetan Bon Tons. The Tibetan Buddhists regard the mountain as Kang Rimpoche, or ‘The Precious one among Glacial Snow’ and believe it to be the residence of Demchog or Chakrasamvara. The Jains call the mountain as Astapada and their belief is that this is the place where the first of the twenty-four Tirthankaras, Rishaba attained liberation. Mount Kailash of holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra has been embedded deeply in the myths of Ancient Asia as a sacred place since eternity. Many theories believe it to be the center and birthplace of entire world. Pilgrims believe that by making it through the pilgrimage and having a divine view of the Abode, they will attain Nirvana and all their sins will be cleansed off. Anyone who visits the place and indulges in the pilgrim trek will feel the immense power and peace this place holds within. It is believed that anyone who comes here will be attaining enlightenment.
About Lake Mansarovar
The entire journey of holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is full of great folklores, mysteries and superior beliefs. The best part about the sacred yatra is that it does not just consist of the Mountain; it also takes you in front of the Holy Lake Mansarovar.
Along this holiest of the holy yatra, pilgrims indulge in pilgrimage of a wonderous and sacred Lake Mansarovar, which stands at the foot of Mount Kailash. Lake Mansarovar stretches up till approximately 88 kilometers area wise and is famous worldwide as a divine freshwater lake with crystal-clear and pristine waters. It is also said to be changing colors, from crystal blue towards the edges to emerald green in the center. A full moon night is supposed to be the best an ideal opportunity to see the Lake at its best as it shines like a jewel. Believers and pilgrims who come for the yatra, believe that completing a full kora or circumambulation of Lake Mansarovar is considered to be an act of wish fulfillment and it cleanses our soul from all sins of previous hundred years. As per Hinduism, the Lake was formed inside the mind of Lord Brahma, hence the name Mansarovar was given to it. ‘Manas’ means ‘Mind’, and ‘Sarovar’ means ‘a large water body’. Another very positive and interesting belief about the sacred lake is that when you take a holy dip inside the pristine waters of Mansarovar, you feel something otherworldly. It is said that the dip can cleanse away all your pains and sorrows and all your negative energies within seconds. Drinking its water or bathing in the lake will again, get your soul as well as your mind clear of any negative thoughts and will set you on track to attain Nirvana. Pilgrims also have stated to see several events in their lives or moments from their past after they took a small dip in the freezing waters. This interesting phenomenon has been experienced by many people with reverence and wonder.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra: When and How?
The journey through the Kailash Mansarovar yatra is divine in itself and on the way you may experience many different destinations holding some unique and sacred significance in the minds of the pilgrims coming here from different parts of the planet . This trek is stated to be the most challenging and adventurous of all the pilgrim treks in the world. You will experience lush green valleys, infinitely stretched barren lands, a range of snow-capped mountains and beautiful lakes. It is indeed an experience of a lifetime and a “bucket-list worthy” trip to take.
The visit happens from May till the finish of September in the Tibetan area of China. The most important part of the pilgrimage is known as the kora. A kora means to steer while circling around any particular place or spot. It is accepted that any individual who finishes the kora will gather up the entirety of their wrongdoings that he or she might have committed in life. Various religions have various convictions about the parikrama of Mt. Kailash. The Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims complete the kora, clockwise, while the Jains as well as the Bon pilgrims walk around the mountain anti-clockwise. The total length of a full kora around the Holy Mountain is 56 kilometers. The landscape scene is quiet risky and the journey turns out to be steep and unpleasant now and again. Hence, the pilgrims need to be at the best of their health to complete the journey.
Mount Kailash Parikrama
The Mount Kailash trek or parikrama is rightly said to be one of the most daunting and dangerous one for the pilgrims in the world. It takes 3 days to complete the one full round or kora around the Shiva’s Abode. The trek is divided into three days since our bodies are not programmed to be trekking in such high altitude and in such light breathing conditions. The base camp is setup in Darchen which is at an altitude of around 15,000 feet above sea level. There are camps or local guesthouses for accommodation and to relax the mind and soul after the tiring climb and descent around the mountain. The first day trek starts from Darchen and heads towards Dirapuk Monastery. This day is a very easy day since the trek route is mild and moderate with just some little ups and downs. You just need to stick together with the group at all points. The second day of the trek starts from Dirapuk and takes you all the way to Zuthulphuk Monastery. This day is the most daunting as well as the most tiring or challenging day of the three. It takes you through the Drolma La Pass, which is the highest point of the trek at an elevation of 5630m. The trek is extremely dangerous with drastic ascents and descents and one needs to be very careful with the same as it features a rough and rugged terrain. It is advised to not stay at the Drolma La pass for much long since the thin air and strong cold winds could be harmful. The third and last leg of the kora is the easiest, covers the least distance and completes the holy parikrama of the Mount Kailash at Darchen. While this is certainly not a picturesque stretch of the kora, the consistent ground underneath permits you to float off and ponder the previous three days.
Some great philosopher has rightly said, “The Journey is the most memorable part of the trip.” And on this great mix of a spiritual and an adventurous journey, you could come across many different divine spots or spiritual hubs which are accompanied with immense sanctity. These holy places to visit on the way through Kailash Mansarovar Yatra are given further.
Darchen is the base camp for starting the parikrama to the holy Mount Kailash. It is situated right in front of the mountain, and is basically a small village. Darchen is surrounded by several varieties of tea shops, so people could stay warm. Due to its location, people travelling on a Kailash Mansarovar yatra need to rest in here every year. People start their trek from here, and those who do not want to go further can stay here for a few days before heading back home with the group.
‘The Gateway to the God of Death’ and ‘The Gate of Salvation’ is a few names or meanings given to the mysterious Yam Dwar located in Tarboche at an elevation of about 15,000 feet. People or pilgrims going forward on the pilgrimage trek around the holy Kailash parvat, need to go through this door so all their sins are gone and they can achieve Nirvana. People tend to pray to the God of Death – ‘Yam’ while passing through the gate so they could start their holy pilgrimage and for the deceased to pass through the bridge in their spiritual form.
The lake of devil or the Rakshas Tal carries many mysterious tales and folklores regarding the Demon King – Ravana. It is situated near the Lake Mansarovar and the most interesting thing about the lake is that it was once a part of the holiest lake Mansarovar. It is recognized throughout the world as the sole saltwater lake in Tibet and is said to comprise of poisonous gases. Earlier, it used to be a part of Lake Mansarovar, but then due to the geographical shifts and movements the two lakes got separated. A thin isthmus of mountains separates them now, as if differentiating the good and the bad. The Rakshas Tal is said to be the dwelling place of Ravana and thus, is of great historical and spiritual relevance.
Nandi is Lord Shiva’s sacred vehicle and a symbol of honor existing in today’s time as the holy Nandi Parvat. It is said to be one the most vital peaks in the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra holding utmost divinity. Nandi is said to be born as human, but is depicted as a half-man half-bull or a bull sitting with its limbs folded. It is said that he was said to die at the age of 8, and so he started worshipping to Lord Shiva with great attention and passion. This made Lord Shiva happy and he gave a piece of a necklace with a bell attached to Nandi thus transforming him into half-human half-bull and making him immortal. It is said that Nandi is the hub of powers, provider of boons, a true symbol of honor, justice, faith, wisdom and boldness and also the protector of Dharma.
Also called as Parvati Sarovar, the Gauri Kund consists of a plethora of tales and folklores about Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is one of the most winsome lakes across the globe. It is recognized as “The Lake of Compassion” and is tucked at an elevation of around 5608 metres above sea level. The ancient tale relating to the Gauri Kund has been very illustrated in the holy Shiva Purana. According to the tale, it is said that Gauri Kund is the place where Goddess Parvati was able to get back her son – Lord Ganesha. Gauri Kund is said to be an essential spot to be seen by all the pilgrims of the Kailash yatra. The splashing of the water of the Kund is believed to purify your senses and your soul.
Ashtapad is considered to be one of the most splendid pilgrimage spots and is spotted by all tourists or pilgrims on their way to the holy Abode of Lord Shiva. It is known as the place where the first Tirthankar of Jains, Bhagwan Rishabdev achieved Nirvana and thus, the spot is very significant to the Jain religion. Ashtapad simply translates to eight steps which states that there is a prevalence of eight mountain peaks on this religious or divine spot. Amongst all the destinations or places falling in between the Kailash Mansarovar yatra, Ashtapad is said to be the most beautiful due to the natural scenic views and the positive holy vibe present at this place. Experience and visit all these unique and divine places on your way to the holy abode of Shiva on your pilgrimage.
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Duration:- 14 Days / 13 Nights
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu.
The first day of our journey starts with the arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our representative welcomes all tourists and transferred to their respective hotels. Check in to rooms follow this. Stay at a 3-star hotel on sharing basis. Distance covered: 0 kms, Altitude: 1400m, Meals: Dinner.
Day 2: A visit to Kathmandu Temple.
After the breakfast at the hotel, we start on our sightseeing tour in Kathmandu wherein we visit Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkanth Temple, both holding religious regards to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. After this, we return to our hotels for lunch. In the evening, we shall have a briefing and introduction session for all group members. Overnight stay at the hotel. Distance covered: 0 kms, Altitude: 1400m, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Day 3: A long drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche or Shyabru Besi.
We leave after breakfast on a bus to Dhunche. This drive isn't long in distance but the traffic can make it tiring. Upon reaching Dhunche/Shyabru, the stay would be in a hotel or lodge. Dinner shall be served. Distance covered: 130 kms. Altitude: 3200m, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 04: A drive from Dhunche/Shyabru Besi to Keyrong Via Rasuwagadhi
Again, we leave after breakfast for the Nepalese border Rasuwagadi which is 15 kms from Shyabru. We complete our immigration formalities, we cross the border on foot to reach China. All pilgrims then get transferred to their Chinese bus. Tibetans shall guide the tour. The
food material shall be loaded into the buses by the accompanying Nepalese Sherpas. On arrival to Keyrong, we check into our rooms and take rest. Hot tea or coffee shall be served with light snacks. You may walk around in the nearby markets and dinner shall be served after that. Overnight stay at a guesthouse. Distance covered: 125 kms, Altitude: 3700m, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 05: Free Day at Keyrong
We rest on this day for acclimatization of climate in Tibet. Our tour manager shall guide you for a short hike in around Keyrong which will help you to adjust with the harsh climate. Distance covered: 0 kms, Altitude: 3700m, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 06: Keyrong to New Dongba via Saga.
We drive through the mountains followed by plains with a splendid picturesque view of lake Pieko-Tso. We cross river Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) for the north and arrive at a settlement of Saga. As we move, the landscape changes to the beautiful high plains of Tibet. We further drive to New Dongba and stay overnight at guesthouse or lodge. Distance: 380 kms, Altitude: 4750m, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 07: Dongba to Lake Mansarovar.
This is an important day where we leave at 7:30 AM after breakfast. We take a short break at Mayumla Pass for permit formalities and lunch after which we cross the Mayumla and Paryang country. We stop before heading into our camps/guesthouses for permit formalities, which can be used for praying. After this, we drive to our guesthouse at Chiu Gompa which depends upon the permission of local authorities. We complete approximately 70% of Lake Mansarovar Parikrama today and the rest shall be completed after the Kailash trek. You will have a significant moment in the Lake Mansarovar which shall be the best moment of your life. You can also visit Chiu Gompa Monastery. Stay in the guesthouse. Distance covered: 310 kms, Altitude: 4600m, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 08: Lake Mansarovar to Darchen.
After the breakfast and holy dip in Lake Mansarovar, we arrange Pooja and havan for you. The crew shall provide everything that you need. After finishing this, we head for lunch and then we head for Darchen, which is a major administrative hub of Kailash. You can stroll around here at markets. The stay shall be in the guesthouse. Distance covered: 40kms, Altitude: 4650m, Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 09: A short drive to Yam Dwar and Parikrama to Dirapukh
After breakfast, we head to Tarboche. All tourists can pass through Yam Dwar before the trek
starts. The tourists not going for Parikrama can stay at the guesthouse for two nights. The journey ahead shall be carried on foot. Horses or yaks can be hired by those willing to and shall be guided by Tibetan guides on payment basis. Food shall be carried on Yaks and travellers should carry their lunch and hot drinkable water. We gradually ascend through the banks of the glacial river so that it becomes easier to reach Derapukh within 4-6 hours. The temperature at Darchen shall be below zero and all tourists shall stay at guesthouses and dinner with soup shall be served upon reaching. Altitude: 5056m, Meals: Breakfast, a packed meal for lunch and light dinner.
Day 10: Trek from Derapukh to Zuthulphuk via Dolma La pass.
Waking up early before dawn to catch the golden sunrise of Mount Kailash. After breakfast, we leave for Zuthulphuk, which is the toughest trek. We climb continuously for 3-4 hours and steep down to Gauri Kunda and up to a flat valley for 2.5 hours and then another 2 hours flat walk. All travellers shouldn't forget their packed lunch and hot drinkable water before starting to trek. We shall take a break after crossing Gauri Kunda for lunch. The downtown journey wouldn't be easy as it will be downhill with loose stones. Then after a flat trail, we reach Zuthulphuk. Even the travellers on horses will have to walk 2-3 hours while coming down from Dolma La. The stay at Zuthulphuk shall be at guesthouses and after dinner, you can sleep early in your warm bed. Altitude: 5650m, Distance: 22kms trek, Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.
Day 11: Trek to Darchen and drive to Dongba.
This is the last day of Trek after breakfast we begin our final journey on foot to Darchen. Your transport will pick you up from Darchen. The road is accessible and upon reaching Darchen you will join other group members. We have lunch at Darchen and then head towards Dongba by completing the rest 30% of the Parikrama at Lake Mansarovar. The night stay shall be at guesthouses. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Distance: 08 kms Trek and 340 kms drive.
Day 12: Drive Dongba to Keyrong
We leave after breakfast to Keyrong where we pass the beautiful town of Saga. Our journey consists of the beautiful view of Brahmaputra river, Tibetan plains, Himalayas, Shishapangma and the Pieko-Tso lake. We drive on evenly pitched roads as we reach Keyrong where we stay overnight. Distance covered: 310 kms. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 13: Keyrong to Kathmandu via Rasuwagadhi.
We leave after breakfast for a drive to Keyrong border. After this, we take a walk to the Nepalese
immigration control in Rasuwagadhi and get into our vehicles for the Nepalese border. Drive further to Kathmandu is followed. The drive might take 7-10 hours depending upon the traffic. Dinner and stay at Kathmandu. Distance: 270 kms. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Day 14: Leave Kathmandu. After breakfast, all tourists shall be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport in the bus to head back home.