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Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra: A Journey of Spiritual and Natural Wonder

Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is a pilgrimage unlike any other, a journey that combines spiritual fulfillment with the raw beauty of the Himalayas. This trek to the sacred Mount Kailash and the pristine Lake Mansarovar is revered by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bonpos alike, drawing thousands of pilgrims and adventurers every year. The yatra, or journey, offers an unparalleled experience of devotion, endurance, and scenic splendor.

Mount Kailash: The Axis Mundi

Mount Kailash, standing at 6,638 meters (21,778 feet), is considered the spiritual center of the universe. Hindus believe it to be the abode of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. For Buddhists, it is associated with Demchok, a representation of supreme bliss. Jains regard it as the site where their first Tirthankara, Rishabhadeva, attained liberation, while Bonpos, followers of Tibet’s ancient religion, revere it as a sacred mountain.

The unique pyramidal shape of Mount Kailash, capped with eternal snow, stands isolated from other peaks, which adds to its mystique. Pilgrims undertake a 52-kilometer (32-mile) circumambulation, known as the Kailash Kora, which usually takes three days to complete. The Kora is a test of physical and mental stamina, as it involves traversing high-altitude terrain, including the challenging Dolma La Pass at 5,645 meters (18,525 feet).

Lake Mansarovar: The Sacred Waters

Located near Mount Kailash is Lake Mansarovar, one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world at 4,590 meters (15,060 feet) above sea level. The lake’s name is derived from Sanskrit, with “Mansarovar” meaning “mind lake,” signifying its origin from the mind of Brahma, the creator god in Hindu mythology.

The turquoise waters of Lake Mansarovar are believed to cleanse sins and purify the soul. Pilgrims often take ritual baths in the lake and perform prayers on its shores. The lake is also considered sacred in Buddhism, where it is associated with the legendary Anavatapta Lake, believed to be the source of the four great rivers of the Indian subcontinent.

The Journey: Routes and Preparation

The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra can be undertaken via various routes, each offering a unique combination of challenges and rewards. The two primary routes are through Tibet (China) and Nepal. The Tibetan route, accessed from Lhasa or via the Purang County, is the most popular and well-developed, with road connectivity and support facilities for pilgrims.

The Nepali route, which involves trekking through the Humla district and crossing the border at Hilsa, is more arduous and less frequented, offering a more rugged and intimate experience with nature. Regardless of the route, thorough preparation is essential. High-altitude acclimatization, physical fitness, and mental readiness are crucial, as the journey involves significant physical exertion and exposure to harsh weather conditions.

Cultural and Spiritual Significance

The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is not just a physical journey but a deeply spiritual one. For Hindus, the journey to Kailash is akin to a pilgrimage to the abode of Lord Shiva, embodying the union of the physical and spiritual worlds. The Kora around Mount Kailash is considered a path to moksha (liberation) and is often undertaken with intense devotion and reverence.

Buddhists view the pilgrimage as a journey towards enlightenment, with the Kora representing a path to nirvana. Jains and Bonpos also regard the yatra as a deeply significant spiritual quest. The shared reverence for Kailash and Mansarovar among different faiths underscores the universal appeal of these sacred sites.

The Experience: Natural Beauty and Challenges

The yatra offers a profound connection with nature, from the towering peaks of the Himalayas to the serene expanses of Lake Mansarovar. The stark beauty of the landscape, with its rugged mountains, pristine lakes, and vast open skies, provides a sense of awe and tranquility.

However, the journey is not without its challenges. High altitudes pose risks of altitude sickness, and the harsh weather conditions can be physically taxing. Pilgrims must be prepared for long treks, cold temperatures, and limited amenities. Despite these challenges, the journey’s rewards are immense, offering a sense of accomplishment, spiritual fulfillment, and unforgettable memories.

Practical Tips for Tourists

1. Acclimatization: Spend a few days at high-altitude locations to acclimatize before starting the yatra.
2. Physical Fitness: Engage in regular cardiovascular and strength training exercises to prepare for the trek.
3. Travel Permits: Obtain necessary permits and travel documents well in advance.
4. Guides and Support: Hire experienced guides and support staff, especially if traveling through less-developed routes.
5. Health Precautions: Carry a medical kit, including medication for altitude sickness, and be mindful of health and safety guidelines.
6. Spiritual Preparation: Approach the journey with respect and reverence, understanding its spiritual significance.

The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is a journey of a lifetime, offering a unique blend of spiritual depth and natural beauty. Whether undertaken for religious devotion or personal adventure, the yatra leaves an indelible mark on the soul, providing profound insights and unforgettable experiences. As you traverse the sacred paths of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, you embark on a journey not just across physical landscapes but through the realms of the spirit and the heart.

 

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Difficulty Level

High

Maximum Altitude (MTS)

5600

Trip Days

11
Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Day 2

Early in the morning after breakfast, go on a sightseeing tour to Pashupatinath, Jal Narayan, and Guheshwari Temple, after lunch preparing for Kailash Yatra

Day 3

Drive from Kathmandu To RaswaGadi (2500m) 7 hrs drive(152 km)

Day 4

After breakfast immigration and customs formalities on both sides (Nepal & China). Drive to the small town – of Kerung(26km) O/N Hotel (3700m)

Day 5

After breakfast Drive to Sanga 250kms (4500m) Enjoy a grand view of Mt. Shishapangma(8021mt High) Gauri Shankar and other high mountains from Gurungng –La Pass(5050 mt)

Day 6

Drive to Lake Manasarovar 385km (4500m).Very auspicious day for all people who will have their first glimpse of Holy Manasarovar and view of Mt. Kailash from Horchu Pass. Overnight stay at Lodge at Chhu Gompa at the shore of lake Manasarovar.

Day 7

The abode of god will be a lifetime - achievement. Puja, Havana. Meditation, Holy baths, etc will be done. In the afternoon drive to Darchen (30km) 4560m.O/N New Hotel

Day 8

Darchen to Diraphuk 18km. Kora (circuit) begins with a 10 km drive to Tarboche and a trek of approximately 4-5 hours to Diraphuk (4890m). Overnight stay at GuestHouse

Day 9

Trek to Zuthulphuk (4790m), 22km walk approximately 8-10 hours. Parikarma continues; this is the day every pilgrim talks about, the most difficult journey throughout the trip., Trek up to Dolma La pass(5600m). Trek up to Dolma La pass (5600m). We will offer concise prayers at Dolma La and move towards Gaurikunda. Overnight stay at Guest house.

Day 10

Trekking from Zuthulphuk to Sanga via Manasarovar Horchu. After breakfast, we will trek around 8 km to the point where our jeeps will be waiting to drive us to Darchen. After lunch, we will drive to Sanga via Manasarovar Horchu and stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 11

Drive back to Kerung.

Day 12

Kerung to Katmandu transfer to Hotel.

Day 13

Departure transfer to Kathmandu airport.

2- 3 Pax
₹ 180,000.00
Available: 100

Does

1.Research your destination: Learn about the culture, customs, and laws of your destination to avoid any unintentional faux pas. 2.Pack smartly: Pack only what you need and avoid overpacking. Consider the climate and culture of your destination when choosing clothes and accessories. 3.Keep important documents safe: Keep your passport, visa, and other important documents in a secure place, such as a hotel safe. 4.Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated, especially in hot and humid climates. 5.Respect local customs and traditions: Be respectful of local customs and traditions, and avoid any behavior that may be offensive or disrespectful. 6.Be open-minded and flexible: Embrace new experiences and be open to trying new things. Be flexible with your plans and willing to adapt to changes. 7.Learn some local phrases: Learning a few basic phrases in the local language can go a long way in communicating with locals and showing respect. 8.Try local cuisine: Trying local cuisine can be a great way to experience the culture and flavors of your destination. 9.Stick to a schedule: Stick to a schedule to ensure that everyone has enough rest and downtime throughout the trip. 10.Respect nature: Respect nature and leave no trace of your presence behind.

Don't

1.Don't ignore safety warnings: Pay attention to safety warnings and avoid areas that are known to be dangerous. 2.Don't carry too much cash: Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, and consider using a travel card or credit card instead. 3.Don't be overly trusting: Be cautious of strangers and avoid giving out personal information or accepting offers from people you don't know. 4.Don't be disrespectful: Avoid disrespectful behavior such as littering, defacing public property, or ignoring local customs and traditions. 5.Don't rely solely on technology: Don't rely solely on technology for navigation or communication. Carry a physical map and a backup charger for your phone. 6.Don't overindulge: Avoid excessive alcohol or drug use, which can impair your judgment and put you at risk. 7.Don't be afraid to ask for help: If you're lost or need assistance, don't be afraid to ask for help from locals or authorities. 8.Don't overschedule: Avoid packing too many activities into your itinerary, which can leave everyone feeling exhausted and stressed. 9.Don't forget to take breaks: Make sure to schedule breaks throughout the day to allow everyone to rest and recharge. 10.Don't leave trash behind: Carry your trash with you and dispose of it properly when you reach a designated trash bin.

Inclusion Notes:

In Kathmandu 3 star standard hotel accommodations 3 nights with full board meals basic and 1-night standard hotel in Rasuwagadhi, Full board meals basic as per above itinerary, All required transportation and sightseeing as per the above-listed trip itinerary in Nepal & Tibet. Tibet visa, Entry permit, Kailash parikrama entry fee, Guesthouse including two nights during the parikrama, all veg meals. (dinner/breakfast/lunch). Packed lunch while we walk on parikrama. Experienced Indian cook, English,and Hindi-speaking Nepalese guide,English speaking Chinese guide. Luxurious coach transportation. supporting truck for luggage, Yak and yak man during the parikrama for carrying luggage, first aid, Oxygen gas Cylinder, Holy Lake Mansarovar parikrama (Circuit) by drive. We provide Duffle Bag, Down Jackets, and Day pack.

Exclusions:

Tips, personal expenses, Beverage, cold drinks, phone call, rescue and emergency cost, medical and hospital expenses (incase sick on the way kailash Yatra). Travel insurance Personal riding horse, Personal use porter

Notes:

Rules & Regulations

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1. We strictly follow "Do Not Litter" policy. If possible we will pick up already existing garbage from the nature. 2. All necessities will be taken care by the organizer. We expect you to be flexible enough during the event. 3. Go Buddy Adventures not responsible for any accidents or injuries, loss or damage to your personal belongings or any other uncertainties during the event. The participants agree to take full responsibilities and sign a letter of undertaking before the start of the event.

Cancelation Policy

Cancelation Policy
All the bookings Confirmation after 50% Advance Payment. Once the booking is Confirmed, Vouchers will be issued with suggested Trip Detail & hotel reservation, which may change with prior notice to the client. Once you receive the Hotel confirmation from our staff, the client can reconfirm with the hotel for their reservation. We would Require 100% payment Before Travelling . For Cash Deposit In Current Account Pan Card Required If cancelled from 00 to 10 days before the check-in date 100% booking amount will be charged. If cancelled from 11 to 20 days before the check-in date 70% booking amount will be charged. If cancelled from 21 to 30 days before the check-in date 30% booking amount will be charged. No refunds for unused nights or early check-outs or Any Kind Of Services. All refunds are processed by the method of payment used in the initial transaction, except in the case of cash payments where the refund is processed through Cheque or online transfer. Mid-tour Cancellation – Yes you can cancel but the amount would be nonrefundable.

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