Mt. Kailash is an important pilgrimage for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Hindus perform a 'parikrama; Buddhists call it a 'Kora'. You are welcome to do either of these, or simply makes a trek around the peak. Tibetan Buddhists believe that a single kora washes away the sins of one life and that 108 circuits secure nirvana in this life. Devout Tibetans often make the 52 KM circuit in a single day. Indian Pilgrims make the circuit in three days, but this also is rushed, particularly since the circuit, though mostly level, involves the crossing of a 5630m pass. A four day trek is far more enjoyable and rewarding.
Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims make a clockwise circuit of the peak. Bon-po tradition is to circumambulate in the opposite direction. As you circle Kailash by the traditional route, you'll meet followers of Bon-po making Kora in the opposite direction.
The most pious of the pilgrims are those who prostrate themselves around Kailash, lying flat on the ground, then rising, walking to the point that their hands touched and repeating the process. It's an awesome spectacle to meet a group of pilgrims performing this feat.
There is also an 'inner Kora' that passes two lakes to the South of Kailash. Tradition dictates that only those who have made 13 circumambulations of Kailash may follow this inner route. This tradition is so important to Tibetans.
Day 01: Kathmandu arrival - Pick up from the airport and drive to Hotel and briefing.
Day 02 : Breakfast/Sightseeing - Pashupati Nath, Bouddha Nath and swayambhu Nath.
Day 03 : Tibet departure - drive to Nyalam (3600m)
Day 04 : Acclimatization
Day 05 : Drive to Saga (4200m)
Day 06 : Drive to Paryang (4500m)
Day 07 : Drive to Manasarovar (4500m)
Day 08 : Puja at Manasarovar and drive to Darchen (4340 m)
Day 09 : Parikrama of Kailash, trek to Dira Phuk gomba (4800m)
Day 10 : Parikrama of Kailash, Trek over Dolma La pass [5630m] camp at Khando Shanglham (4900m)
Day 11 : Parikrama of Kailash, trek to Darchen and Drive to Manasarovar.
Day 12 : Drive to Paryang
Day13 : Drive to Saga
Day 14 : Drive to Nyalam
Day 15 : Drive to Kathamndu
Day16 : Fly back home.
- 3 nights hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis on twin sharing
- Fully catered tours with support of Nepali crew and/or specialist Indian cook.
- Accommodation at tented camp & local guest houses (as specified in the itinerary).
- Tibet travel permit and other applicable entrance fees.
- Supply of mineral water throughout the trip.
- Gammov bag (pressure bag), Oxygen bottle and first-aid kid for emergency use.
- Private boarder transfer, Kathmandu sightseeing & airport transfer- Tibet visa (including rush fee)
- International airfare, airport tax.
- Nepal visa fee [for NRIs]
- Any expenses of personal nature.
- Personal equipment & clothing.
- Additional visa fee of USD 14 imposed on American passport holders.
- Photography & filming fee
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