Kailash trekking – Mansarovar Kailash trekking ~ Holy Kailash trekking

Kailash trekking- Mount Kailash trekking Kailash tour is one of the popular trekking trail in Tibet. Kailash Mansarovar tour offers pilgrimage tours in Tibet where you will enjoy with panoramic Himalayan scenery, landscape, holy mansarovar lake, holy mount kailash, potala palace, monasteries and lush valleys. Mt. Kailash is considered the holiest mountain on earth by a number of faiths and religious. Through millennia, monks, yogis and pilgrims from all over the world have brave unimaginable hardships to reach this abode of Gods. Mt. Kailash considered to be a physical image of the mythical Mt. Meru, is believed to be the most sacred mountain in the world. Its snow dusted rock pyramid is located in the scenically rich area of western Tibet, which lies between the Himalayas and Karakurum ranges. In fact, the entire region of Mt. Kailash is of important religious significance and includes the two turquoise-blue, pristine high-altitude lakes of Mansarovar and Rakshesa. Mt. Kailash is regarded holy by followers of several religions. To Hindus, Kailash is the abode of Shiva and nearby Manasarobar Lake, the soul of Brahma. Tibetans call Kailash Kang Rimpoche. Jains worship it as Mt Ashtapada, the peak from which the religion's founder, Rishabanatha, achieved spiritual liberation. And the followers of Bon-Po, the ancient pre-Buddhist shamanistic religion of Tibet, revere Kailash as the soul of Tibet.

Another uniqueness contributing to the mystical aspects of Kailash is that four most sacred rivers of the Indian sub-continent begin from here - Sutlej, Karnili (a major tributary of the Ganges), Brahmaputra and Indus. The end of these rivers are more than 2,000 kilometres apart, yet they all have their source within hundred kilometres of Mt. Kailash. Nature lovers can encounter numerous unusual species of birds, wildlife, and flora here. This holy region is known as navel (center) of the universe, attracting scholars and researchers from all over the world. Mt. Kailash (also known as the 'Sumeru Parbat' in Hindu epics) provides a spiritually enriching, naturally unique and a truly rewarding journey of a life-time! Himalaya Journey trekking and Expedition will arrange the Kailash Kora trekking according to your holiday schedule and wish.

Kailash trekking itinerary {Fly in Drive out)

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition airport representative will transfer to hotel, Tibet Lhasa tour briefing with officially arrangements .overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 02: After breakfast , HJT representative will take your original passport for issue the Tibet Visa at Chinese Embassy Kathmandu and our tour guide will take to you historical monuments sightseeing around kathmandu valley including Pasupatinath, Boudhhanath, Kathmandu Dubar square , Sywambhunath ( Monkey temple) and prepare for Tibet tour. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Arrive Lhasa (3660m)
Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition , Nepal ;arrange your arrival in Lhasa from anywhere. You can either join the trip from Kathmandu and fly to Lhasa or arrive Lhasa from Chengdu, Beijing , Shanghai, Xian or any nearby hub.;You will be met at Gonggar Airport by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities, you will be driven to Lhasa (3650 meters). It takes around an hour to reach the old city. After checking in at your hotel, you are advised to take rest and take it easy. Drink plenty of fluids and let your body get used to Lhasa’s high altitude.
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa
;After breakfast, you will be briefed on the day’s program. An experienced guide will take you on a tour to Sera Monastery, Norbulingka and theBarkhor Square. At the famous Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. Jokhang temple provides yet another glimpse of the rich Tibetan cultural heritage. You will also get the chance to stroll around the busy Barkhor Square, the nerve centre of Lhasa. After the day’s tour, you will be escorted back to your hotel.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa
After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Later in the day you will visit the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest. 
Note: Sinceonly a limited number of visitors are allowed inside the Potala palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide.
Day 06: Drive to Gyantse (3950m)
Driving along the Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La, at 4794 m, with a brief halt to take in the majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, standing at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across the Karo La pass at 5045m. If you take a glance at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down onto the road. After driving 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse.
Day 07: Sightseeing in Gyantse & drive to Shigatse (3900m)
Gyantse prides on Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong, a 14th century historical fort, overlooks the entire Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, you take a 90 km drive and arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, which lies at an altitude of 3900 meter.
Day 08: Sightseeing in Shigatse & drive to Lhatse (4050m)
Shigatse was previously both a stronghold and a monastery city. At the western tip beneath Mt Drolmari, lies Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is the major attraction of Shigatse. Today you shall get to visit this ancient monastery, which is also the seat of the Panchen lamas and one of Tibet's four great monasteries. After the visit to the monastery you will get to explore Shigatse's free market. The free market bustles with vendors offering a selection of practical and souvenir items.
Later in the day, you drive along the Friendship Highway to Lhatse. After a drive of 157 km, you will finally reach the small dusty town of Lhatse. Good restaurants, well-stocked shops and guesthouses are available in Lhatse. This place has many ruined dzongs(forts) which were built by the Tibetan kings in the olden days. The small Changmoche Monastery lies at the west end of the town.
;In Lhatse, you will meet your Nepalese Sherpa cooking staff. They reach Tibet by traveling overland from Kathmandu. They will be in charge of the cooking and camping chores from this point onwards.
Day 09: Drive to Saga (4600m)
Heading away from Lhatse, the road goes past the Tsang Po river (Brahmaputra river). Further ahead, a river valley sprawls over and you see picturesque traditional villages. This drive provides plenty of opportunity to photograph the scenic vistas. Thereon, the road moves towards the northern route. On covering 295km, you reach Saga at an elevation of 4,600 meters.
Day 10: Drive to Paryang (4750m)
Taking another 255km drive from Saga to Paryang, you weave your way through the small dusty town of Zhongba amidst charming views. When you arrive at Paryang, you prepare yourself for the forthcoming Mount Kailash tour and trek.
Day 11: Drive to Manasarovar (4560m)
Prior to Mount Kailash tour and trek you have to traverse along 270 km distance from Paryang to Manasarovar. This route takes you to the beautiful and sacred Manasarovar Lake amazingly set on the Tibetan plateau bordered by the majestic Gurla Mandata. ;extraordinary landscape. As you near this sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the north-west shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can even get a glimpse of the majestic Mount Kailash and Gurla Mandata. This journey leaves you spiritually fulfilled.
Day 12: At Manasarovar (4560m)
Free day in Manasarovar. While the trekking crew is busy with the camping arrangement, you can explore the scenic area. Hindus believe that in order to complete the Kailash pilgrimage one should bathe in the sacred Lake Manasarovar.
Day 13: Drive to Tarboche (4750m)
After some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar, with the snowy massif of Gurla Mandata (Memo Nani), towering at 7694m just across the lake, you drive along the jeep trail to the start of the kora at Tarboche. Tarboche is marked by a tall flagpole adorned with thousands of multi-colored prayer flags and kata (scarves).
;It is from here that you begin the 53km Kailash Kora (loop trek). Tibetans regard this mountain as the manifestation of Mount Meru, “the navel of the earth” where founder of Bon religion, Tonpa Shenrab, is believed to have descended from heaven; Hindus believe it to be the abode of Lord Shiva, Buddhists as the abode of Samvara and the Jains venerate it as a sacred site where their prophet, Rishaba, attained spiritual enlightenment. A three-day trek (Parikrama or Kora) around Mount Kailash over a 5630 meter Drolma La (pass), clockwise for Buddhists and Hindus, and anti-clockwise for followers of the ancient Bon religion, is said to erase the sins of a lifetime.
Day 14: Trek to Dira-puk (4900m)
Early in the morning you meet your team of Tibetan yak drivers with the yaks, who will escort you around the kora. Further ahead from Tarboche, you trek past verdant meadows and picturesque streams to Lha Chu Valley. The trail overlooks a river cascading over a narrow canyon with high steep cliffs. En route, the north face of Kailash comes into view. The trail then approaches the 13th century monastery of Dira-Puk. Visiting this monastery serves for an insightful experience. Eventually, you will conclude the trek of the day at Dira-Puk.
Day 15: Trek to Zutul-Puk (4790m)
Lha Chu Valley blurs as you turn towards Drolma Chu Valley. You ascend to Drolma La (5630m), the highest point of the trip. But soon after the breathtaking view of Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion, at the summit, you realize that this tough and challenging ascent has indeed been worthwhile and fruitful. Several prayer flags can be seen at the summit. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-Puk, which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves. These caves were used for meditation. Milarepa’s cave is one of the most ancient and popular. Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints is believed to be imprinted all over this cave filled with mani stones. You then reach Zutul-Puk.
Day 16: Trek to Darchen (4560m) & Drive to Manasarovar
Away from Zutul-Puk, you follow the trail through Bharkha plain leading to Darchen. It is an easy walk along some impressive gorges and around many mani stones and mani walls back to the Bharkha Plains and dusty Darchen. The kora has come to an end – you have erased your sins, endured cold nights and mornings, crossed some of the highest passes in the world, met countless fellow pilgrims and sent prayers of peace out to the world. Shortly after arriving at Darchen, you board the waiting vehicle for a short drive to Chiu Gompa, on the shores of Mansarovar Lake.
Day 17: Drive to Paryang (4750m)
After the Parikrama or Kora around Mount Kailash over the 5630 meter Drolma La (pass), clockwise for Buddhists and Hindus, and anti-clockwise for followers of the ancient Bon religion, which is said to erase the sins of a lifetime, you take a 300 km drive crossing Mayum-la and several rivers. On the way you pass green pastures and nomadic herdsmen with their horses and flocks of sheep.
Day 18: Drive to Saga (4600m)
You continue the drive for another 255km that takes you to Saga passing through dusty town of Zhongba and a few smaller passes.
Day 19: Drive to Nyalam (3750m)
Crossing Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra river) by a ferry, you drive 250 km to Nyalam. Soon after leaving Saga, the road opens into a wide flat plain and passes through a huge turquoise lake, the Peiku-Tso, with the spectacular Shishapangma (8027m) rearing up in the background. You further drive across Lalung La (5200m) with picturesque hamlets and craggy windswept hills dotted with tumbling glaciers and finally reach Nyalam, lying at 3750 meter.
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m)
From Nyalam, you drive down to the border town of Zhangmu. From Zhangmu, it’s a short drive to the Friendship Bridge, which spans the Bhote Kosi river and marks the Chinese - Nepalese border. Here you part with your Tibetan guide and driver and walk to the Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari, where you will be met by your Nepalese staff. After completing the re-entry formalities, you continue the drive to Kathmandu which, depending on road condition, should take about 5-6 hours.
Day 21: After breakfast, Relaxing/shopping with own activities ,Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition’s representative will drop to Kathmandu international airport for onward destination

Option II .Kailash trekking itinerary {Drive in Fly out)

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition airport representative will transfer to hotel, Tibet Kailash Mansarovar trekking ;briefing with officially arrangements .overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 02: After breakfast , HJT representative will take your original passport for issue the Tibet Visa at Chinese Embassy Kathmandu and our tour guide will take to you historical monuments sightseeing around kathmandu valley including Pasupatinath, Boudhhanath, Kathmandu Dubar square , Sywambhunath ( Monkey temple) and prepare for Tibet tour. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Nyalam ;(3750m) –  
We leave Kathmandu early in the morning, driving for 123 km (approx 5hrs) through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to Kodari on the Nepal - Tibet border. After completing the border formalities at both the Nepalese and Chinese immigration posts we drive up 8 km (approx ½ hrs) a series of incredibly steep switchbacks to Zhangmu on the Tibetan side of the border. A short drive of only 30km (approx 1 hrs) from the border takes us to Nyalam, on a steep winding road which passes through a mossy gully with cascading waterfalls.
Day 04: Drive to Saga ;(4840m)
Today we drive approx 8 hrs (250 km) to the huge lake called Peiku-tso crossing two high passes. After a picnic lunch at bank of Peiku-tso lake we continue drive to Saga crossing the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra River) on a ferry.
Day 05: Drive to ;Paryang ;(4540m)  
A longer day’s drive today, (250 km) 8 hrs approx, takes us to Barayang, We continue on across the vast dry plains to the small town of Barayang.
Day 06: Drive to ; Mansarovar (4558m)  
A longer day’s drive today, 280 km approx 8 hrs From Barayang, we set out across the plains to Manasarovar located just 30km south of Mt Kailash. The lake is separated from another lake, Rakshas Tal, myth has it here Ravana prayed and had the audience with Shiva.
Day 07: AT Acclimatization day in Holy Mansarvor lake.
The day to wash away sins of a lifetime! After performing puja and taking a holy dip in the Lake we will spend rest of day wandering around the lake and prepare ourselves for Kora around Mt. Kailash.
Day 08: Drive to ;Darchen ;(4560m)
Leaving the lake, we drive for about 30 km towards Darchen, the Base Camp of Kailash where we stay at Guest house.
Day 09: Trek to Dira Puk (4900m) ;
Drive about 5 km to Tarboche, this is the starting point for our kora, the 53km trek around the mountain. From Tarboche, we walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. Those who do want wish to trek around Kailash can go back to Mansorovar or Darchen and wait for the kora group to return.
Day 10: Trek to Zutul Puk (4790m)  
We now leave the Lha Chu Valley and enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La (5630m). It’s a tough climb to the summit which is festooned with prayer flags but from there it is all downhill or flat to Zutul-puk.
Day 11: Trek to Darchen  (4560m) Drive to Mansarovar.
On the final day of the kora we cross several streams. We then enter the Bharka plain and it’s about an hour’s walk through this desert-like landscape to Darchen. We board the car waiting at Darchen and drive approx 2 hrs to Manasarovar for overnight halt.
Day 12: Drive to Paryang [4750m]

Today is a long drive, about 300km, to Paryang. Along the way, we cross the Mayun-la and make several river crossings. The scenery along this section is one of the most panoramic of the entire journey.
Day 13: Drive to Saga [4600m
We continue driving today along a 255km stretch of road to Saga, passing through the small, dusty town of Zhongba en route.
Today is the longest drive of our journey, 452km to Shigatse. Leaving Saga, we pass the turn-off for the northern route and skirt around a lake, passing through a series of valleys. Approaching Kaga, we'll come across the first trees and agricultural fields that we've seen for many days and the town itself is situated next to a picturesque lake. We continue on to Lhatse where we join the paved Friendship Highway and follow it for the final 150km to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.
Day 14: Sightseeing & drive to Gyantse [3950m]

This morning in Shigatse we have time to visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet, before driving 90km to Gyantse. Once in Gyantse, we can explore the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa and its many chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals.
Day 15: Sightseeing & drive to Lhasa [3650m]
A spectacular 261km drive today will take us over the Karo La [5045m], where we are treated to the awesome sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred metres of the road. Beyond the small, developing town of Nagartse, the road follows the bank of a beautiful turquoise lake, the Yamdrok-tso, for about 20km. We then cross the Khamba La [4794m] and continue on to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
Day 16: Sightseeing in Lhasa

Today will be spent visiting several of Lhasa's many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best preserved monasteries in Tibet. Within its white-washed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study.
After lunch we'll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor - a maze of narrow cobbled streets which is the central market of Lhasa.
Day 17: Sightseeing in Lhasa
This morning we will visit the Potala Palace which dominates the city of Lhasa. A spectacular building, it contains the private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century. ;A visit to the Drepung Monastery this afternoon will complete a truly awe-inspiring day. Founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once the largest in the world with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution. Note: Since only a handful of visitors are allowed inside the Potala palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide.
Day18: Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition drop to Gogar airport for onward journey to Nepal or onward destination.

ies ,Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition’s representative will drop to Kathmandu international airport for onward destination.

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