The twin destinations Mount Kailash and the calm waters of The Lake Manasarovar, considered the most sacred and revered pilgrimage for Hindus, Jains and Buddhists lie in the southwestern part of Tibet. According to legend, you have to be called by the divine to perform The Holy Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.
AS PER RECENT REGULATIONS, INDIAN PILGRIMS ABOVE 65 YRS. ARE NOT ALLOWED TO UNDERTAKE KAILASH YATRA. ALL BUSES SHALL HAVE TO PARK AT INFORMATION CENTRE NEAR HOR QUE AND FROM THERE ALL GUESTS SHALL TRAVEL TO MANSAROVAR, DARCHEN and for KAILASH KORA BY BATTERY OPERATED ECO-BUSES (To be provided by Chinese Authorities).
Indian Passport Holders:
INR 2,20,000per person on sharing basisincluding Kathmandu / Lhasa / Kathmandu airfare Single room supplement in Kathmandu, Lhasa andShigatse: INR 35,000 per person (Twin sharing will only be applicable in Kathmandu, Lhasa and Shigatse only whereas at all other places, dormitory / twin / triple sharing accommodation would be provided)
Foreign Passport Holders:
US$ 4300 per person* on sharing basisincluding Kathmandu / Lhasa / Kathmandu airfare Single room supplement in Kathmandu, Lhasa andShigatse: US$ 800 per person (Twin sharing will only be applicable in Kathmandu, Lhasa and Shigatse only whereas at all other places, dormitory / twin / triple sharing accommodation would be provided)
*VISA Fee supplement for USand Canadian Passport Holders would be US$ 120 per person
Itenery for Kailash Mansarovar Tour by Lhasa - 15 Days
Day 01 : Arrival Kathmandu
Take off for The Kailash Yatra!.
Arrive Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport who will assist you to transfer to your pre booked hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02 : Temple visit in Kathmandu
After breakfast, proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple and Budhaneelkantha. Evening at leisure in Kathmandu. We'll obtain your Chinese VISA in Kathmandu for Foreign Nationals only on this day whereas VISA for Indian nationals shall be done in Delhi well in advance however your travel permit for Tibet would be applied well in advance by us. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03 : Kathmandu / Lhasa (3650 m)
After breakfast, in time transfer to the airport to board flight for Lhasa. Upon arrival at Gonggar Airport, the group shall be met by our local representative and transfer provided to your hotel in Lhasa. The group will reach the Hotel in about 2 hrs. The first day will be spent resting to acclimatize with the altitude because Kathmandu is at 1200 m above sea level and Lhasa is at 3650 m. So it needs some time to acclimatize with the altitude. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Day 04 :Lhasa - Visit Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery and Norbulinka Temple Jokhang Temple
The Jokhang temple, a massive building consisting of three floors and an open roof all filled with chapels and chambers, has undergone extensive reconstructions and additions since the 7th century, particularly during the 17th century reign of the fifth Dalai Lama. While parts of the existing temple structure date from earlier times, most of the murals are from the 18th and 19th centuries and few statues (with the notable exception of the Joyo Sakyamuni) are older than the 1980's. The temple was sacked several times during Mongol incursions but its worst treatment has been at the hands of the Chinese since their occupation of Tibet in 1959. The Jokhang is the most celebrated temple in Tibet. Because the temple is not controlled by a particular sect of Tibetan Buddhism it attracts adherents of all the sects as well as followers of Bon-Po, Tibet's indigenous religion. Three pilgrimage circuits exist in Lhasa, each directing pilgrims to the JowoSakyamuni statue: the Lingkhor, which encircles the citys sacred district; the Barkhor, which encloses the Jokhang temple; and the Nangkhor, a ritual corridor inside the Jokhang. Every day throughout the year hundreds of pilgrims circumambulate each of these three circuits. Some pilgrims will cover the entire distance by prostrating every few feet, and others will walk slowly, chanting sacred mantras and spinning hand-held prayer wheels. For more than a thousand years millions of pilgrims have trod these sacred paths with devotion in their hearts; this cumulative focusing of intention and love has charged the Jokhang with an enormously powerful field of sanctity. Barkhor Street: The center of the old Lhasa, Barkhor is a circular street, which is the oldest street in Lhasa and remains very traditional. It is a place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble and a place to which a visit must be paid. It was said that in the seventh century when SongtsenGampo, the first Tibetan King (617 or ?-650) who unified Tibet, married Chinese Princess Wencheng and Nepal princess Tritsun. Later Princess Tritsun built Jokhang Temple to accommodate the JowoSakyamuni aged 12 brought to Tibet by Princess Wencheng. Barkhor is the road which pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang Temple through centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street clockwise every day into deep night. They comprise most of Lhasa's floating population. Norbulinka Monastery:The park was begun by the 7th Dalai Lama beginning in 1755. The Norbulingka Park and Summer Palace were completed in 1783 under Jampel Gyatso, the Eight Dalai Lama, on the outskirts of Lhasa and became the summer residence during the reign of the Eighth Dalai Lama.The stables of the Dalai Lamas in Norbulingka, photographed in 1986.The earliest building is the Kelsang Potang Palace built by the Seventh Dalai Lama which is "a beautiful example of Yellow Hat architecture. Its fully restored throne room is also of interest." The 'New Palace' was begun in 1954 by the present Dalai Lama and completed in 1956. It contains chapels, gardens, fountains and pools. The gardens are a favourite picnic spot and provides a beautiful venue for theatre, dancing and festivals, particularly the Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival', at the beginning of August, with families camping in the grounds for days surrounded by colourful makeshift windbreaks of rugs and scarves and enjoying the height of summer weather.The palace is located three kilometers west of the Potala Palace which was the winter palace. Additional buildings were added to the park during the first half of the 20th century. There is also a zoo at Norbulingka, originally to keep the animals which were given to the Dalai Lama. Overnight at hotel Mansarovar or similar in Lhasa.
Day 05 :Drive to Shigatse (3900 m) - 350 km/ 7-8 hrs
After breakfast, visit drive to Shigatse. Shigatse is the second biggest city in Tibet, 90KMs away from Gyangtse. Visit the famous Tashillunpo Monastery in Shigatse, seat of the Panchan Lama, one of the six important Gelupa Monasteries in China, was built in 1447 by the first Dalailama. Overnight at hotelGetsar or similar in Shiagtse.
Day 06 :Drive from Shigatse to Saga (4640 m) 460 km / 9-10 hrs
After early breakfast, leave for Saga (460 km. / 9 hrs.). Packed lunch will be served en route. Overnight at hotel in Saga.
Day 07 : Drive Saga to Chui Gompa (4560 m) 478 km/ 8-10 hrs. drive
After breakfast, drive to Prayang for about 250 km, post lunch we continue driving crossing Mayum La pass (5200 m) and then drive to Hor Quo (4560 m). Here group shall leave its vehicle and the group members along with the baggage shall be shifted to battery operated Eco Buses provided by CIPSC as a conservation effort. Group shall drive to Chui Gompa by doing MansarovarParikarma by the Eco Bus.
Today is the day of lifetime, as we will have the first sight (darshan) of Holy Mt. Kailash and Holy Lake Manasarovar. Stay in a guest house on the bank of Holy Mansarover Lake.Overnight at guest house in Chui Gompa.
Day 08 : Drive to Darchen (4620 m)
After breakfast, it is a day for Puja and Holy bath in the holy lake. We will continue our drive post lunch by be Eco Buses to reach Darchen (4620 m). Darchen is located beneath the majestic holy Mount Kailash, a small town with couple of guesthouses and a few hotels as well. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place is flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents/guest houses all around. Darchen is the beginning and end point of the Kora. Overnight at a guest house in Darchen.Theis a place from where your guide shall coordinate for all your yaks and ponies alongwith yak-men and pony-men / porters however you will have to inform your requirement for Pony / Porter while you are at Mansarovar.
Day 09 : Drive to Tarboche (13 km) and trek to Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hrs
After breakfast, drive approx. 13 Kms. to Tarboche by Eco Buses, the trek starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as the outer "Asthapath". The first day of our Kora is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trail leads us to few ups and downs till we reach our camp/guest house at Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hours trek.Overnight at Dirapuk Hotel / Guest House.
Those not feeling comfortable to continue parikarmashall stay back at Darchen and wait for the Parikarma group to return.
Day 10 :Trek to Zuthulphuk (4760 m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs.
Today our circumbulation (Kora) leads to much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Holy Mount Kailash. The walk will bring us to one of the highest point at Drolma La, 5,200 m. before descending to the gradual field towards Zuthulphuk for the overnight stay after 5-6 hours walk. Zuthulphuk (4760 m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs.
After early breakfast, group will set off as the sun's rays break over the ridges above. After the footbridge the trail rises up a rocky slope. Take this gently but steadily. It soon reaches a level walk. The peak of Mount Kailash rises to the right and can now be seen linked to a long spur, which joins the eastern ridge. This is the top edge of the glacial valley from which the Lhachu ("Divine River") flows.
This day is the climax of this holy journey & is the most difficult day of our journey. One has to pass through Drolma La Pass 5200 m - highest altitude on this tour. Physically it is the most arduous day. At the pass is a large boulder depicting Tara, festooned with prayer flags. Here too Tibetans leave a memento of themselves such as a tooth, a lock of hair or even a personal snapshot.
After perhaps 30 minutes, we descend a steep, rock-strewn path to the valley below. Just below the pass is Lake Tu-jeChenpoDzingbu (Gauri Kund) i.e. "The Pool of Great Compassion". Take great care now because it is easy to sprain your ankle or worse. You must negotiate steep staircases down to a snowfield. The only way down is to jump from boulder to boulder across a large rock fall. On the ridge above is a formations known as the Lekyi Ta-ra ("Axe of Karma"), as though one's moment ripen in an accident, suffering or death.
A final steep descending staircase brings you to the valley floor. From here it is still about 5 hours to the day's destination with no shelter in between. It is vitally important to remain on the right hand side of the river, the West bank. If not, you will get trapped, unable to cross it. The walk now becomes very pleasant and relaxing (as long as the weather is clear and there is no howling gale.) The path follows the gentle slope of the valley over grassy fields and clear brooks for several Kilometers before it narrows and turns further south to merge with another valley before reaching Zuthulphuk, the "Miracle Cave" of Milarepa. Overnight in Fixed Tents.
Day 11 : Zuthulphuk to Darchen trek 10 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. and 8 drive to Saga
Te morning can be spent exploring the caves and visiting the temples and shrine that has been built around Milarepa's cave. A married elderly couple supervises the temple, which is usually an active residence for over half a dozen Tibetan devotees, helpers, or relatives who continuously busy themselves with the tasks of maintaining the buildings.
One imagines Milarepa's disciples meditating here. Many of the caves contain meditation platforms, self-contained by dry stonewalls which divide them from their cooking partitions and entrance areas. It is well worth the short climb up to these caves before beginning the final stage of the trek. The winding gradual tracks finally ends our holy pilgrimage walk 10 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. Once we reach at the trek end point near Darchen, our Eco Bus will be waiting to take the group back to Chui Goempa Information centre from where the group shall board its luxury bus for return journey to Lhasa.
Overnight at Hotel in Saga.
Day 12 : Drive Saga to Shigatse
After breakfast, drive to Shigatse. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse.
Day 13 : Drive Shigatse to Lhasa
After breakfast, drive to Lhasa and the day is free to relax after a tough journey! Overnight at hotel in Shigatse.
Day 14 : Fly back to Kathmandu
In time transfer to International Airport to board your onward flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Stay Overnight at Soaltee or Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 15 : Fly back fromKathmandu
In time transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport to board your onward flight from Kathmandu.