Greetings from The Land of Mt. Everest

 

11/12 DAYS DRIVE IN DRIVE OUT ZHANGMU/KAILASH/ZHANGMU TOUR

DAY 01:  ZHANGMU (2300 m) NYALAM ( 37500M ) 153KM ( 6-7 hrs)

Drive to ZHANGMU (border town of Tibet). After necessary border formalities at Nepal/Chinese immigrations – Drive to Nyalam –
-Over night at Guest house. 

DAY 02:   NYALAM

Stay at Nyalam for acclimatization. The day group will be taken for 3-4 hrs short trek around Nyalam as a preparation for the Kailash Yatra.

-Over night at Guest house. 

DAY 03:  NYALAM - SAGA (4,600M) 240KM (6-7 hrs)

Today we drive about 240km to Saga and along the way pass the huge lake called Peiku-tso. We cross two high passes, before leaving the Friendship Highway and we then head west towards Saga.

-Overnight at Guest house.

DAY 04:   SAGA – PARYANG (4750M) 255KM (6 - 7 hrs)

A day's drive of about 255km, takes us from saga across the vast dry plains to the small town of Prayang

-Overnight at Guest house.

DAY 05:  PARYANG – LAKE MANASAROVAR (4560 M)-
DARCHEN(4600M)290KM (7-8 hrs)

Beyond Prayang, there are everal river crossings to negotiate before we see our first view of Mt. Kailash from Horr Chu Pass. We then arrive at the beautiful Lake Manasarovar, just 30km south of Mt Kailash. It is separated from another lake, Rakshas Tal, by a narrow strip of land and the two lakes are linked by a small channel. On the rare occasions when water flows in this channel, it is said to be a good sign for the Tibetan people.  )  Leaving the lake, we drive for about 35 km towards Mt Kailash and Darchen. This is the starting point for our kora, the 53km trek around the mountain.-

-Overnight at Guest house.

DAY 06:   DARCHEN - DIRPHUK ((4860M) 20KM(5-6 hrs)

We drive further to Darboche(13 km) and start our Kora(Parikrama) today and walk up the Lha Chu valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt. Kailash towering above us. We follow the river which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls.
Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th.century monastery at Dirapuk. – Overnight at Guest house.  

DAY 07:  DIRAPHUK – ZUTUL PUK (4790m) (9 - 10 hrs) Trek.

Climb through the moraine to a meadow at 5210m. and then past rock cairns to emerge at DOLMA LA at 5630 m. Descend via GAURIKUNA (lake) to the La CHUKKIR valley at  5150m. Where you should look out for the foot prints which, pilgrims believe, belonged to the LORD BUDDHA. Descend further along a long & gentle path to ZUTUL PUK COMPA ( 4790 m.), where there is a cave in which the saint MILAREPA is said to have meditated.
-Overnight at Guest house. 

DAY 08:   ZUTUL PUK – DARCHEN - LAKE MANASAROVAR)(4560M)180KM(7-8 hrs)

On the final day of the kora we cross several streams, and follow an impressive gorge. Along the way we are once again treated to magnificent views of Kailash. We then enter the Bharka plain and it's about an hour's walk through this desert-like landscape to Darchen. Then continue drive to Lake Manasarovar.


-Overnight at Guest house.

DAY 09:   MANASAROVAR - PARYANG (4750M)240KM(6 - 7 hrs)

After breakfast we start to drive back towards the Paryang, - 
-Overnight  at Guest house. 

DAY 10:   PARYANG - SAGA(4600m)255km(6-7 hrs).

After breakfast continue drive back to Saga.
-Overnight at Guest house
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DAY 11: SAGA – NYALAM(3750M)240KM(6-7 hrs)

Scenic drive through the Tibetan countryside past PAIKU TSO LAKE & small village plus LALUNG PASS & 5050 M)from where one can enjoy lifetime view of MT.  Xishapagma & Mt. Cho Oyu (weather permitting) and then descend the plateau through the winding mountainous road, - Overnight at hotel. 

DAY 12:   Nyalam – Zhangmu (2300m) Kathmandu (6-7 hrs)

Scenic drive descending the Tibetan plateau with fascinating views of formation of the Tibetan Plateau with cascades & canyons – at Zhangmu (border town of China Tibet) and TATO PANI ( Nepalese border town), undergo necessary border formalities at Chinese/Nepali immigrations –  scenic drive to Kathmandu through the lush green landscape of Nepal – Transfer to your hotel. 

Tour Ends

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MT. KAILASH MANASAROVAR



A great mass of black rock soaring to over 22,000 feet, Mt. Kailash has the unique distinction of being the world's most venerated holy place at the same time that it is the least visited.

A great mass of black rock soaring to over 22,000 feet, Mt. Kailash has the unique distinction of being the world's most venerated holy place at the same time that it is the least visited. The supremely sacred site of four religions and billions of people, Kailash is seen by no more than a few thousand pilgrims each year. This curious fact is explained by the mountain's remote location in far western Tibet. No planes, trains or buses journey anywhere near the region and even with rugged over-land vehicles the journey still requires weeks of difficult, often dangerous travel. The weather, always cold, can be unexpectedly treacherous and pilgrims must carry all the supplies they will need for the entire journey.


How long have people been coming to this sacred mountain? The answers are lost in antiquity, before the dawn of Hinduism, Jainism or Buddhism. The cosmologies and origin myths of each of these religions speak of Kailash as the mythical Mt. Meru, the Axis Mundi, the center and birth place of the entire world. The mountain was already legendary before the great Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, were written. Indeed, Kailash is so deeply embedded in the myths of ancient Asia that it was perhaps a sacred place of another era, another civilization, now long gone and forgotten.

Hindus believe Mt.Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Like many of the Hindu gods, Shiva is a character of apparent contradictions. He at once the Lord of Yoga and therefore the ultimate renunciate ascetic, yet he is also the divine master of Tantra, the esoteric science that regards sexual union as the most perfect path to spiritual enlightenment. According to legend, immortal Shiva lives atop Kailash where he spends his time practicing yogic austerities, making joyous love with his divine consort, Parvati, and smoking ganja, the sacred herb known in the west as marijuana, Hindus do not interpret Shiva's behaviors as contradictory however, but rather see in him a deity who has wisely integrated the extremes of human nature and thus transcended attachment to any particular, and limited, way of being. For a Hindu, to make the arduous pilgrimage to Kailash and have the darshan (divine view) of Shiva's abode is to attain release from the clutches of ignorance and delusion.

Kailash is sacred to other religions as well. The Jains call the mountain Astapada and believe it to be the place where Rishaba, the first of the twenty-four Tirthankaras attained liberation. Followers of Bon, Tibet's pre-Buddhist, shamanistic religion, call the mountain Tise and believe it to be the seat of the Sky Goddess Sipaimen. Additionally, Bon myths regard Tise as the sight of a legendary 12th century battle of sorcery between the Buddhist sage Milarepa and the Bon shaman Naro Bon-chung. Milarepa's defeat of the shaman displaced Bon as the primary religion of Tibet, firmly establishing Buddhism in its place. While the Buddha is believed to have magically visited Kailash in the 5th century BC, the religion of Buddhism only entered Tibet, via Nepal and India, in the 7th century AD. Tibetan Buddhists call the mountain Kang Rimpoche, the 'Precious One of Glacial Snow', and regard it as the dwelling place of Demchog (also known as Chakrasamvara) and his consort, Dorje Phagmo. Three hills rising near Kang Rimpoche are believed to be the homes of the the Bodhisatvas Manjushri, Vajrapani, and Avalokiteshvara.

Pilgrims to Kailash, after the difficult journey getting there, are then confronted with the equally arduous task of circumambulating the sacred peak. This walking around the mountain (clockwise for the Buddhists, counter-clockwise for Bon adherents) is known as a Kora, or Parikrama, and normally takes three days. In hopes of gaining extra merit or psychic powers however, some pilgrims will vary the tempo of their movement. A hardy few, practicing a secret breathing technique known as Lung-gom, will power themselves around the mountain in only one day. Others will take two to three weeks for the Kora by making full body prostrations the entire way. It is believed that a pilgrim who completes 108 journeys around the mountain is assured enlightenment. Most pilgrims to Kailash will also take a short plunge in the nearby, highly sacred (and very cold) Lake Manosaravar. The word 'manas' means mind or consciousness; the name Manosaravar means Lake of Consciousness and Enlightenment. Adjacent to Manosaravar is Rakas Tal or Rakshas, the Lake of Demons. Pilgrimage to this great sacred mountain and these two magical lakes is a life changing experience and an opportunity to view some of the most magical scenery on the entire planet.

Additional notes on Tibetan pilgrimage:

For Tibetans, pilgrimage refers to the journey from ignorance to enlightenment, from self-centeredness and materialistic preoccupations to a deep sense of the relativity and interconnectedness of all life. The Tibetan word for pilgrimage, neykhor, means "to circle around a sacred place," for the goal of pilgrimage is less to reach a particular destination than to transcend through inspired travel the attachments and habits of inattention that restrict awareness of a larger reality........By traveling to sacred sites, Tibetans are brought into living contact with the icons and energies of Tantric Buddhism. The neys, or sacred sites themselves, through their geological features and the narratives of transformation attached to them, continually remind pilgrims of the liberating power of the Tantric Buddhist tradition.......Over time pilgrimage guidebooks were written, giving instructions to pilgrims visiting the holy sites and accounts of their history and significance. These guidebooks, neyigs, empowered Tibet and its people with a sacred geography, a narrated vision of the world ordered and transformed through Buddhist magic and metaphysics.

16 Days- Ktm/Manasarovar/Mt. Kailash Yatra (Pilgrimage Tours)

17DAYS KTM/LHASA/KAILASH/ZHANGMU/KTM TOUR

 

DAY 01:          KATHMANDU-LHASA(3650 M)
Transfer to airport and fly CA 408 to Lhasa (1hr). Upon arrival at Gonggar airport(Lhasa) meet with Tibetan guide and transfer to Hotel – Remaining day full rest for acclimatization. – Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02:          IN LHASA,
After breakfast visit to Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor stree. – Overnight at hotel.

DAY 03:          IN LHASA,
Full day visit Drepung Monastery, & Sera Monastery. - Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 04: LHASA –GYANTSE (3950M)
Scenic drive to Gyantse (7-8 hrs). It is a full day drive crossing over Yamadroke Tso, Khamba La & Karo La. – Overnight at hotel.

DAY 05: GYANTSE – SHIGATSE (3900M)
AM: Visit Phalkhor and Kumbum monasteries. PM: Continue drive to Shigatse. Check in into Hotel. Then sightseeing tour to Tashilumpo Monastery.- Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06: SHIGATSE – XEGAR (4,100 M) (6-7 hrs)
Continue scenic drive to XEGAR (4,150 M) crossing over Gyatchu La (5220 M). The drive is quite scenic and offers opportunities to encounter Tibetan nomads– Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07: XEGAR – SAGA ( 4100M) ( 6-7 hrs),
Continue drive to Saga through typical Tibetan landscape. Meet with Sherpa crew at Saga. – Overnight at Guest house.

DAY 08: SAGA – PARYANG (4,300 M) ( 5-6 hrs)
Continue our drive to Paryang through the Tibetan countryside. – Overnight at Guest house.

DAY 09: PARYANG – MAYUM LA ( 5,150 M)- MANASAROVAR LAKE (4,450 M) ( 5-6 hrs)
Scenic drive to Manasarovar lake and explore Manasarovar lake. – Overnight at Guest house.

DAY 10: MANASAROVAR – DARCHEN ( 4560 M) ( 1 hrs)
After whole morning exploration of Manasarovar Lake, in the afternoon a short drive to Darchen. – Overnight at local guest house.

DAY 11:   DARCHEN - DIRPHUK ((4860M)(5-6 hrs)
We drive further to Darboche(13 km) and start our Kora(Parikrama) today and walk up the Lha Chu valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt. Kailash towering above us. We follow the river which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls.
Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th.century monastery at Dirapuk. – Overnight at Guest house.  

DAY 12:  DIRAPHUK – ZUTUL PUK (4790m) (9 - 10 hrs). 
Climb through the moraine to a meadow at 5210m. and then past rock cairns to emerge at DOLMA LA at 5630 m. Descend via GAURIKUNA (lake) to the La CHUKKIR valley at  5150m. Where you should look out for the foot prints which, pilgrims believe, belonged to the LORD BUDDHA. Descend further along a long & gentle path to ZUTUL PUK COMPA ( 4790 m.), where there is a cave in which the saint MILAREPA is said to have meditated. -Overnight at Guest house. 

DAY13: ZUTUL PUK – DARCHEN - LAKE MANASAROVAR)(7-8 hrs).  On the final day of the kora we cross several streams, and follow an impressive gorge. Along the way we are once again treated to magnificent views of Kailash. We then enter the Bharka plain and it's about an hour's walk through this desert-like landscape to Darchen. Then continue drive to Lake Manasarovar. – Overnight at Guest house.

DAY 14:   MANASAROVAR - PARYANG (4750M)(6 - 7 hrs)
After breakfast we start to drive back towards the Paryang, -  Overnight  at Guest house. 

DAY 15:   PARYANG - SAGA(4600m)(6-7 hrs).
After breakfast continue drive back to Saga. -Overnight at Guest house.

DAY 16: SAGA – NYALAM(3750M)(6-7 hrs)
Scenic drive through the Tibetan countryside past PAIKU TSO LAKE & small village plus LALUNG PASS & 5050 M)from where one can enjoy lifetime view of MT.  Xishapagma & Mt. Cho Oyu (weather permitting) and then descend the plateau through the winding mountainous road, - Overnight at hotel. 

DAY 17:   NYALAM – ZHANGMU (2300m) KATHMANDU (6-7 hrs)-
Scenic drive descending the Tibetan plateau with fascinating views of formation of the Tibetan Plateau with cascades & canyons – at Zhangmu (border town of China Tibet) and TATO PANI ( Nepalese border town), undergo necessary border formalities at Chinese/Nepali immigrations –  scenic drive to Kathmandu through the lush green landscape of Nepal – Transfer to your hotel.

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