For the Hindus, it is the domain of Shiva. It is also the abode of Samvara-a multi armed, wrathful deity worshipped in the Chakrasamvara Tantric cycle of Tibetan Buddhism. The Jains of India also revere the mountain as the site at which the first of their saints emancipated. And in the ancient Bon religion of Tibet, Kailash was the sacred nine storey Swastika Mountain, upon which the Bonpo founder Shenrab alighted from heaven.
Sprawling below Mount Kailash is the sacred Lake Manasarovar (4560 m), where a ritual bath will deliver a pilgrim to Brahma's paradise and a drink of its water relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes. The 53 km Kailash circuit is the holiest of all Tibet's pilgrimages and the tour has been drawing travellers from all over the world. It is said that a Single Parikarma erases the accumulated sins of a lifetime, while 108 circumambulation will achieve Salvation or Nirvana. So, the Tibetans are found making the circumambulation as many times as possible.
Tour Itinerary: (13 Days)
Day 1: Embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu – Kodari. Walk to The Friendship Bridge and drive uphill to Zhangmu After completing custom and immigration formalities, proceed to Nyalam. O/n at Htl Nyalam or similar. (153 km/6-7 hrs)
Day 2: Stay at Nyalam (3750 m) for acclimatization. The Group will be taken for a 3 hrs Trek in Nyalam. O/n at Htl Nyalam or similar.
Day 3: Drive Nyalam – Saga (4600 m – 240 km/6 – 7 hrs). O/n at Hotel Saga.
Day 4: Drive to Paryang (4750 m - 255 km/5-6 hrs). O/n at Htl Paryang.
Day 5: Drive to Chui Gompa (4560 m – 223 km/5-6 hrs). Circumbulation of Lake Mansarovar. O/n at Guest House.
Day 6: AM Free at Lake Manasarovar. PM Drive to Darchen (4620 m). O/n at Guest House.
Day 7: Drive to Serlung Monastery and to Nandi Parbat for an excellent view of Mount Kailash. The Group will stay at Darchen and make final preparation for the Kailash Parikarma. O/n at Guest House.
Day 8: Drive ahead of Tarboche – to the trek starting point of KailashParikarma (13 km) Trek to Dirapuk (4860 m – 7 km) approx 5 – 6 hrs. Trek. Camp/Guest House.
Day 9: Trek to Zuthul Puk (4760 m – 18 km). approx 9-10 Hrs. Trek. Camp/Guest House.
Day 10: End Kailash Kora (10 km) approx 3 - 4 Hrs Trek. Drive to Paryang (270 km/6-7 Hrs.) O/n at Htl Paryang.
Day 11: Drive to Saga (255 km/6-7 hrs) O/n at Htl Saga.
Day 12: Drive to Nyalam. (240 km/6-7 hrs). O/n at Htl Nyalam or similar.
Day 13: Drive downhill to Zhangmu and Friendship Bridge where transportation awaits for the final leg of journey to Kathmandu.
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