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Mount Kailash (6638m) is one of the holy mountains in South Asia, believed to be the abode of Hindu Lord Shiva. Mount Kailash can be considered as a center of four religions--Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and the followers of Bon Pa religion. However, Kailash receives only few pilgrims every year because of its remote location. For followers of Hindu religion, Mount Kailash is the place where Lord Shiva resides with his wife and Goddess Parvati along with other helpers. Likewise, Tibetans revere Mount Kailash as Kang Rimpoche (Paths of the Soul), while the followers of ancient Bon Pa religion take Kailash to be the soul of Tibet. Similarly, Mount Kailash is Mount Ashtapada for the followers of Jain religion as they believe their saint Rishabanatha achieved spiritual liberation at Mount Kailash.
Hindus believe that a single rotation around Mount Kailash will spiritually purify an individual by wiping off all their sins committed in their life. Also, a total of 108 circumambulations of Mount Kailash will break us free from the never ending cycle of life and death.
Our 13-day itinerary will take you to the reclusive lands of Mount Kailash where you will enjoy the mountain and the adjoining natural landscape. Lake Manasarovar is one of the high points of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
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Arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Welcome by our office representative, transfer to the Hotel. Further program Briefing in the evening. Overnight at Hotel.
In the morning, visit Pashupatinath Temple & Budhanilakantha (Sleeping Vishnu). Afternoon final preparation for the Yatra. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to Rasuwa Gadi. After immigration and customs formalities on both sides (Nepal & China), we drive to the small town – Kerung. Overnight at guest house.
Today we relax and explore the small town of Kerung. Our guides will give you the lowdown on the sites and activities in the town. Overnight again at the guest house.
After breakfast, we have a long, but rewarding day of driving ahead of us. We drive 250km to Dongba/Saga. Enjoy grand views of Mt. Shishapangma (8021m), Gauri Shankar and other high mountains from Gurung La Pass (5050m) before arriving to Dongba.
We wake up and, have breakfast, and look forward to the scenic drive ahead of us. We drive roughly 385km to Lake Manasarovar. It is a very auspicious day for all people, as we have our first glimpse of Holy Manasarovar with views of Mt. Kailash from Horchu Pass. Overnight stay at a lodge in Chhu Gompa, on the shore of Lake Manasarovar.
We will spend the morning and early afternoon relaxing around Lake Manasarovar. Visiting the abode of agod will be a lifetime achievement. You can have a Puja, Havana worship, Meditation, Holy bath, etc. here before we depart back to Darchen (30km). Overnight in a hotel in Darchen.
After driving 18km, the Kora (circuit) begins. We drive another 10 km to reach Tarboche, where we trek upwards for about 4-5 hours to Diraphuk. Overnight stay at guest house.
After breakfast, we prepare for our strenuous, yet very rewarding walk to Zuthulphuk. In total, we trek about 22km, taking about 8-10 hours. This is the day every pilgrim talks about, as it is the most difficult day through out the trip. We trek up to Dolma La Pass (5600m), where we will offer some prayers, and descend to Zuthulphuk. Overnight in guest house here.
After breakfast, we will trek around 8 km. At this point our jeeps will be waiting to drive us further to Darchen, where the Parikarma Circuit ends. After Lunch we will drive to Dongba via Manasarovar Horchu. Overnight in guest house at Dongba.
We head back to Kerung, retracing our steps and enjoying the scenery along the way. Overnight in guest house in Kerung.
After breakfast, we head out of Kerung for Kathmandu. We'll take lunch along the way, and have a nice dinner in Kathmandu upon arrival. Overnight in hotel in Kathmandu.
We will transport you to the airport. Thanks for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels. We look forward to seeing you again!
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