19 Days Kailash Mansarovar Tour
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive at the airport in Kathmandu where our representative will accompany you to the hotel. On arrival, check into your room and refresh. Dinner and overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu - Nyalam
Today you will drive to Nyalam in the morning. This 6-hour drive covers 126 km of pristine territory. On arrival in Nyalam, check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Beside Nyalam you can find the contemplative cave of one of Tibet 's most famous yogis and poets , 10 km north of Nyalam, near the village of Zhonggang (Tibetan name). A monastery built around a cave where the enlightened yogi Milarepa (1040-1123) and his disciple Rechungpa spent many years in meditation. Rebuilt in 1983 with assistance from Nepalese craftsmen.
Day 3: Nyalam - Peiku-tso
Today you will drive to Peigu-tso in the morning. This 7 to 8 hours drive covers 221 km of breathtaking landscapes. On arrival in Peigu-tso, check in at the camp for dinner and overnight stay at local guest house. Peiku Tso is a beautiful alpine lake located near Shishapangma, the 14th highest mountain in the world. Located 40km to the east of Gyirong county town, is a light salty lake, with a water area over 300 square kilometers. By it are a lot of birds nesting, and such wild animals as Tibetan antelope, wild donkeys. It is a real uncivilized area, it is the paradise for trekking here and up to Manasarovar and Kailash mountain.
Day 4: Peiku-Saga
Today you will drive to Saga in the morning. This 6 -7 hours drive covers 115 km of breathtaking Himalayas. On arrival in Saga, check in at the camp for dinner and overnight stay in guest house.
Day 5: Saga - Paryang
Today you will drive to Paryang in the morning. This 7 - 8 hours drive covers 185 km of snow-capped Himalayas. On arrival in Paryang, check in at the camp for dinner and overnight stay in guest house.
Day 6: Paryang - Manasarovar
Today you will drive to Lake Manasarovar in the morning. This 7-hour drive covers 227 km of snow-capped Himalayas that unexpectedly gives way to the crystal clear make of the Lake Mansarovar. On arrival in Manasarovar, check in at the camp for dinner and overnight stay. Lake Manasarovar is the highest freshwater lake in the world, located at the foot of mount Kailash in Tibet. It is the holiest lake in Asis and an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists alike.
Myth and Mystery
According to Hindu tradition, Manasarovar was created by Brahma, god of creation, to provide an appropriate place for religious rituals. It is said that he had 12 sons, who were holy men and performed rituals and austerities on the dry land at the site. To give them a more suitable place to earn merit, Brahma created the beautiful Lake Mansarovar. The lake's Indian name derives from this legend: Brahma had a mind (manas) to create a lake (sarowar). For Hindus, a circumambulation of Mount Kailash and a dip in the cold waters of Lake Mansarovar removes the sins of all lifetimes, bringing salvation from reincarnation. Buddhists associate Manasarovar with Anotatta Lake, where the Buddha was mystically conceived. According to Buddhist legend, the Buddha's mother was transported here by the gods, where she bathed in the sacred waters of Manasarovar until her body was purified. She then saw a white elephant running to her from Mount Kailash, as the Buddha entered her womb.
There were once eight Buddhist monasteries around the lake, symbolizing the Wheel of Life. Pilgrims circumambulated the lake, visiting each of the monasteries along the way, representing a turn of the wheel. Most of the monasteries have now disappeared (the most notable survivor being Chiu Gompa), but Buddhists still make the pilgrimage around the sacred lake.
What to see
Located at the southern base of Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is famed for its exceptional beauty. Its color changes from a clear blue around the shores to a deep emerald green in the center; it looks positively magical in the moonlight. The lake is 55 miles (88 km) in circumference, 330 feet (90m) deep, and 120 sq mi (320 sq km) in total area. The journey around the lake is 64 miles long and usually takes four days. Many travelers opt to pitch a tent by the lake for a couple days instead, recuperating from the strenuous journey around Mount Kailash.
Day 7: Manasarovar - Darchen
Today you will drive to Dorchen in the morning. This 1-hour drive covers 30 km beyond the lake and opens to the view of a picturesque mountain village. On arrival in Darchen, check in at the guest house for dinner and overnight stay. Darchen is situated right in front of the sacred mountain, Mount Kailash. Its altitude is 4,575 meters (15,010 ft) and is the starting point for pilgrimages in the region. Mt. Kailash is a striking peak in the Himalayan Mountains of western Tibet. The source of some of the longest rivers in Asia, Kailash is a sacred mountain for four faiths: Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and followers of the indigenous Ancient Tibetan religion of Bön.
What to see
Mount Kailash rises to 22,028 feet (6,714 m) in one of the highest and most rugged parts of the Himalayas. Made of black rock, the symmetrical peak has a distinctive diamond-like shape with four steep facades. The south face has a vertical gash across its horizontal layers, creating the appearance of a swastika - an ancient symbol of good luck in this part of the world. The landscape around the mountain is rugged and dry but crossed by crystalline blue streams and other bodies of water. Near the sacred mountain is the source of the Indus, Sutlej and Brahmaputra rivers and on its south side are two freshwater lakes, the easternmost of which is the highly sacred lake Manasarovar (Mapam). With an altitude of 14,950 feet, Mansarovar is the highest body of fresh water in the world. The other lake, Rakshastal, also has legendary significance.
Myth and Mystery
According to Hindu mythology, Shiva, the god of destruction and regeneration, resides at the summit of a legendary mountain named Kailash. Mount Kailash is regarded in many sects of Hinduism as Paradise, the ultimate destination of souls and the spiritual center of the world. According to a description in the Puranas, Mount Kailash's four faces are made of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli; it is the pillar of the world; rises 84,000 leagues high; is the center of the world Mandala; and is located at the heart of six mountain ranges symbolizing a lotus. From it flow four rivers, which stretch to the four quarters of the world and divide the world into four regions. This legendary mountain has long been identified with the striking peak in the Himalayas that now bears its name. Shiva is therefore believed to dwell at its summit. Some traditions say the mountain is Shiva'slinga, while Lake Manasarovar is the yoni of his consort. The importance of this holy mountain in Hinduism is reflected, among other places, at the famous Ellora Caves in India, where the largest and most important rock-carved temple is dedicated to Mount Kailash. Tibetan Buddhists believe that Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok (also known as Demchog or Chakrasamvara), who represents supreme bliss. They also say it was on this sacred mountain that Buddhism displaced Bön as the primary religion of Tibet. According to legend, Milarepa, champion of Tantric Buddhism, arrived in Tibet to challenge Naro-Bonchung, representative of Bön. The two magicians engaged in a great sorcerous battle, but neither was able to gain a decisive advantage. Finally, it was agreed that whoever could reach the summit of Kailash first would be the victor. WhileNaro-Bonchung soared up the slope on a magic drum, Milarepa's followers were dumbfounded to see him sitting still and meditating. Yet when Naro-Bonchung was nearly at the top, Milarepa suddenly moved into action and overtook him by riding on the rays of the sun, thus winning the contest and bringing Buddhism to Tibet. In Jainism, Kailash is known as Mount Ashtapada and is the site where the founder of their faith, Rishabhadeva, attained liberation from rebirth. In Bön, the religion which predates Buddhism in Tibet, the mountain is believed to be the abode of the sky goddess Sipaimen.
Every year, thousands make a pilgrimage to Kailash, following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating (walking around) Mount Kailash will remove sins and bring good fortune. The pilgrimage around the sacred mountain is called the Kailash Kora.
Day 8: Darchen - Dira Puk
Today you will trek to Dira Puk to begin your Kailash Parikrama. This 6 - 7 hours trek covers 18 km of pristine landscape. On arrival in Dira Puk, have dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 9: Parikrama - Dromala Pass - Zuthul Puk
Today you will trek to Dromala Pass and Zuthul Puk. This 7 - 8 hours trek covers 22 km of breathtakingly white Himalayas. On arrival in Zuthul Puk, have dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 10: Zuthul Puk - Darchen
Today you will trek to Darchen. This 3 - 4 hours trek takes you 14 km downhill. On arrival in Darchen, have dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 11: Darchen - Lake Mansarovar - Paryang
Today you will drive back to Paryang via Lake Mansarovar. This 7-hour drive covers 227 km of gorgeous Himalayan landscape. On arrival in Paryang, check in at the camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 12: Paryang - Saga
Today you will drive back to Saga. This 8-hour drive covers 185 km of gorgeous Himalayan landscape. On arrival in Saga, check in at the camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 13: Saga - Lhatse
Today you will drive to Lhatse in the wee hours of the morning. This 7-hour drive covers 115 km of Himalayan countryside. On arrival in Lhatse, check in at the camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 14: Lhatse – Shigatse
Today you will drive to Shigatse. This 8-hour drive covers 308 km of Himalayan countryside. Later, check into the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Visit Tashilhunpo monastery, sightseeing local free market. Shigatse second largest city in Tibet and in particular residence of the Panchen Lama. Tashilhunpo monastery is one of the six great Gelugpa institutions, alone with Drepung, Sera and Ganden monastery in Lhasa, and Kumbum and Labrang in Amdo (modern Gansu and Qinghai provinces). It was founded in 1447 by Gedun Drupa, who was the first Dalai Lama Tashi Lunpo monastery initially isolated from Gelugpa affairs, which where centre in Lhasa region. The monastery’s standing rocketed, however when the fifth Dalai lama declared his teacher –then the Abbot of Tashilhunpo –to be manifestation of Amitabha the Buddha of infinite light. Thus functioning of monastic institution Tibet. Stay in *** Hotel Manasarovar over night
Day 15: Shigatse – Gyangtse
Today you will tour Gyangtse located at 4300 m above sea level. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas. Later, check into the hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Gyangtse is one of the most beautiful ancient towns but later destroyed during the British invasion 1903-1904.A Kumbum (Tibetan: "One hundred thousand holy images", The Kumbum or great Gomang (many-doors) chorten at Gyangtse is a three dimensional Mandala, meant to portray the Buddhist cosmos. The Kumbum, like other Mandalas, which are portrayed by a circle within a square, enables the devotee to take part in the Buddhist perception of the universe and can depict one's potential as they move through it. Mandalas are meant to aid an individual on the path to enlightenment. The Kumbum thus each Lhakhangs and each level creates a Mandala, and the entire Kumbum represents a three-dimensional path to the Buddha's enlightenment in terms of increasingly subtle tantric Mandalas.
Day 16: Gyangtse - Lhasa
Today you will drive to Lhasa located at 5191 m above sea level. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas and get familiar with the Buddhist character of this serenely beautiful town in Lhasa. Later, check into the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 17: Lhasa-Potala palace and Jokhang temple
Today we explore Potala Palace & Joking Temple. In the morning we visit Jokhang temple and afternoon we will visit Potala palace. Jokhang temple for most Tibetans it is the most sacred and important in Tibet. It is in some regards Pan- sectarian, but is presently controlled by the Gelugpa School. It was founded during the reign of King Songtsan Gampo. Zuglakhang in Tibetan house of science of compassion and wisdom, the spiritual heart of Tibet, people do pilgrimage for days, weeks, months and years to see this holiness of a spiritual centre of Lhasa. Potala palace is remarkable, which was constructed in 637 AD by the great king of Tibet Songtsan Gampo, the first king of united Tibet and later reconstructed and served as winter residence of the Dalai lamas .
Day 18: Lhasa-Sera - Drepung
In the morning you will visit Drepung monastery and in the afternoon you will visit Sera monastery.
Drepung monastery is one of the three great Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet. Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries. Freddie Spencer Chapman reported ,after his 1936 -37 trip to Tibet that Drepung was at that time the largest monastery in the world and housed 7,700 monks, but sometimes as many as 10,000 monks. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choeje Tashi palden (1397-1449) of Lama. Sera one of the great Gelugpa school of learning centre and famous debate session of monks on Buddhist sciences of philosophy, metaphysics, psychology and epistemology. The history of sera monastery is strongly connected to master lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), The founder of Gelug order, the much venerated and highly learned guru in Buddhist sacred scriptures. It was under his divine tutelage that his disciple Jetsun kunchen lodroe Richen Senge established the Sera monastery complex in early 15th century AD .
Day 19: Departure from lhasa
Transfer from lhasa to Gangkar airport or train station in the morning, trip ends. We would love to send you all our best wishes for your continue very happy journey.