Hindus people believe that the Lord Shiva resides atop Mount Kailash, so expedition to Mount Kailash is prohibited. Jain people also give huge respect to the Mount Kailash and they know it as Mount Ashtapada. As per them the place where the great sage Rishabhadeva, the founder of Jain religion, attained nirvana, here on the peak of Mt. Ashtapada.
Whereas Tibetans do clockwise circumference to Mount Kailash which is known as a kora. And in the ancient Bon religion of Tibet , Mount Kailash was the sacred nine storeys Swastika Mountain , upon which the Banpo founder Shenrab alighted from heaven. The 53 km Kailash Circuit is the holiest of all-Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrimages and the beacon, which draws most traveller to western Tibet . It is said that a single Parikarma erases the accumulated sins of a lifetime, while 108 circumambulation will achieve Salvation.
Mount Kailash Pilgrimage tour takes you to the highest point in the Trans-Himalayan region in Tibet, Mount Kailash is not just a mountain, it’s a legend. Clouded with numerous myths, this magnificent peak is believed to be the centre of the universe. Embarking on a voyage here is like taking a journey within yourself. This is where numerous trekkers and devotees have claimed to have felt at home.
Our representative will come to receive you at the airport and will escort you to the hotels where you can get fresh and rest for some time. After that you will be given an orientation class about the trekking and the itinerary. You can explore the streets of Thamel if you want to. You will be spending the night in the hotel.
We have to drive 150 km from Kathmandu to Nyalam. We then will reach the friendship bridge between Nepal and China by mini coach. From there we will walk 10 min across the bridge and get acquaint with the Chinese Guide and the Land Cruise driver. They will give us the brief information about the tour and then we will move toward Zangmu where all the custom formalities are ought to be accomplished. Then we drive to Nyalam where we will be staying for the night in a reputed lodge.
We will have an acclimatized day in Nyalam. After our breakfast we will have a 2 hours hike around the Nyalam which will help us to stay fit for the next day trek, then we will stay over night in Nyalam.
We will drive to Saga via Brahmaputra River, after breakfast. The road is rough and trail and pass through sandy and rocky land of Tibet. You can enjoy the view of snow capped mountains on the road journey. Then we pass through Labug-La i.e. 5150m, Peku-tso and crossing Brahmaputra River with superb views of Gaurishanker, Shishapangma, and Langtang Himal. Then we finally reach to Saga. We will spend the night in Saga.
This is the longest drive in this trip. By the late afternoon you can see the first glimpse of the Holy Mount Kailash and Manasarovar. There is a small village in Manasarovar where we will be spending the night.
Mansarovar is the highest lake with freshwater and turquoise complexion in the world.It is full of fishes and swans. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rashekshi are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Spend overnight in hotel.
Mansarovara is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss where you can take holy bath or encircle Mansarovar Lake. After completing the memorable morning Bath and Puja we will be heading towards Tarchen also known as the base camp spot for the Holy Kailash Parikrama. We will spend overnight in guest house.
Our trek will start from this point with excitement along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky. The beautiful place will make you feel as if Great God Shiva is everywhere showering tons of blessings to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be visible. We will trek around 15 km which takes around 7 hrs then we will be spending the night at a guest house.
This will be the hardest but holiest day of your pilgrimage trekking where we will pass to the Dolma-La between two valleys at about 22 km distance. Once you reach at the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget yourself. By the late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthal Puk (the cave of Miracles. The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here). Overnight in guest house.
On this day we will be walking back to ending our trek then we will be driving back to Saga and spend the night there at a guest house.
This will be the last day; we will be driving back to Kathmandu from Saga.
Today we say our final good bye. Our representative will come to see you off at the airport. Hoping you had a pleasant and wonderful trekking experience we bid you good-bye.
All you need to bring for this Tour is simply some comfortable clothes; there is no any requirement of special equipment on the tour. Personal belongings of the clients which is required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It is therefore advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
- Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
- Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
- Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside another gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
- 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton (for lady only)
Lower Body – Legs
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
- 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
- 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
- 1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
- 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
- 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
- 1 pair sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the tour. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important !
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
- Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
- Binoculars (Optional).
- 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
- A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
- Airport pickups and drops.
- All kind of land transportation in Tibet and Nepal (In Tibet Toyota Land Cruiser).
- Welcome and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu with Nepali cultural dance show.
- All vegetarian meals while on Yatra, Oxygen in each land cruiser, Yak and Yakman for luggage during Parikrama.
- All documents such as entrance fees, travel permit, government taxes, etc in Nepal & Tibet.
- Three nights accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 star hotel with breakfast.
- All accommodation in Tibet.
- English speaking Nepal tour leader, Tibetan guide, Porters and Sherpa Staff for cooking.
- Osho World Adventure printed t-shirt.
- Sleeping bag, Down Jacket and Duffle Bags (These equipments are to be returned after completion of journey).
- Kathmandu sightseeing with cultural tour guide as per Itinerary.
- One day Yoga and meditation course with Lunch and dinner.
- International Airfare from Home – Kathmandu – Home.
- All beverages photocopy charges, web usage and telephone calls.
- Tibet VISA cost which is $US90/person due upon arrival.
- Nepal VISA cost which will be charge at Tribhuvan International Airport.
- Extra night accommodation in Tibetan lodges (except mentioned in itinerary).
- Travel Insurance
- Extra cost due to natural calamities and hiring additional transportation and porters.
- All meals like lunch, dinner, etc in Nepal.
- Horse rental while on Parikrama (around $US200/person) or personal porter (around $US150).
- Emergency evacuation costs (Cost for rental of land cruiser). Medical and Rescue insurance is recommended. We recommend you to purchase insurance with zero deductible.
- Any additional meals in Kathmandu.
- Any kind of tips for Staff (10% of the Yatra cost is customary).