Tibetan poet and seer of 11th century Milarepa's remarks on moutain Kailash is worth quoting: "There is no place more powerful for practice, more blessed, or more marvelous than this. May all pilgrims and practitioners be welcome!" The journey to mountain Kailash is the most important pilgrimage for millions once in life time. It is believed that one circuit of the sacred mountain Kailash (54 km/32 mile) is sufficient to wipe out all the sins of your lifetime. Although main focus of this tour is mountain Kailash in Tibet, the journey through Nepal’s border with Tibet at Zhangmu, Saga and Paryang to Darchen is culturally and scenically rewarding.
Religious axis is also one of the highest mountain in Tibet at 22022 feet and Lake Mansarovar at 14950 feet is said to be the highest and holiest fresh water lake in the world. We begin the tour by traveling to Kathmandu and departing by road to the Nepal/Tibet border town of Zhangmu where we collect our transport. We travel by the southern route and after our pilgrimage (religious secular) we return by the same route. The day to day programs is outlined as follow.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu. Our representative will be waiting at the airport to receive you and transfer to hotel. Everest Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu. Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Pashupatinath and Boudhnath and Kathmandu Durbar Square while our administration will be busy for obtain Chinese visa.
Day 3: Zhangmu - Nyelam. Entry Zhangmu border and drive to Nyelam (3800 m). Overnight at Nyelam Guesthouse.
Day 4: Nyelam. Rest day for acclimatization at Nyelam with an excursion to Milarepa's Cave. Overnight at Nyelam Guesthouse.
Day 5: Nyelam - Saga. Drive Nyelam to Saga (4580 m) via Lalung La Pass, Paiku Tso and cross the Brahmaputra river (known here as the Yarlung Tsangpo). Overnight at camp.
Day 6: Paryang. Drive Saga to Paryang (4500 m). Overnight at camp.
Day 7: Mansarovar. Drive Paryang to Manasarovar (4560 m). Overnight at Trugo Gompa or Chiu Gompa Guesthouse.
Day 8: Mansarovar. Puja/holy dip at the lake followed by Manasarovar parikrama in Land cruiser. Time permitting visits Chiu Gompa.
Day 9: Darchen. Drive to Darchen (4560 m) via Tidaburi. Overnight at Kailash Hotel.
Day 10: Mountain Kailash. Start Kailash Kora/Parikarma from Darchen pass the first prostration point, Tarboch Flag Pole, the auspicious gateway and the sky burial ground, to Drira-Puk (4765 m). Overnight at camp from where you have superb views of mountain Kailash.
Day 11: Drolma-La-Pass. Continue Parikarma over Drolma-la Pass (5610 m) to Zuthul-Puk (4700 m). Just below the Dolma La is the Gauri Kund. Overnight at camp.
Day 12: Darchen. Crosses third and fourth prostration point, Zutul-Puk monastery and trek back to near Darchen and drive to Hore (Hor Qu) at 4560 m near Lake Manasarovar. Overnight at camp.
Day 13: Paryang. Drive to Paryang. Overnight at Yak camp.
Day 14: Saga. Drive to Saga. Overnight at camp.
Day 15: Nyalam. Drive to Nyalam. Overnight at Nyelam Guesthouse.
Day 16: Kathmandu. Drive downhill to Friendship Bridge following the gorge of Bhote Kosi River for the final leg of the journey to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Departure. Free for souvenir shopping and other independent activities. In time transfer to the airport to connect departure flight.
Note: Do not expect luxury in Tibet, accommodation will be very basic with a cozy room with common bathrooms and toilets. Hot water will be provided for wash and drink.
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