The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra holds immense religious values for the Hindus. Believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Mt. Kailash is claimed to be the apex of the Hindu religious axis. Lord Shiva or Bhola Baba is the most beloved among the thousands of Hindu deities. Hence, there are uncountable devotees who take on this tour to receive the blessings of Lord Shiva and attain spiritual contentment.
Completing a Kora (Parikrama) around Mt. Kailash is believed to erase the sins of a lifetime. To complete the Kailash pilgrimage, one should bathe in the sacred Lake Manasarovar, which lies only 30km from Mt Kailash. According to Hindu Mythology, it was formed in the mind of Brahma, and the Goddess Parvati is believed to have taken the form of the lake Manasarovar. Even drinking the waters of the lake frees a human being from sins of all kind as well as illness. Myth has it that the Gods come to bathe every morning in this lake between 3 to 5 am and this time is called ‘Brahmamuhurta‘. Another legend has it that Parashuram’s ashram is situated on a hill, on the banks of Manasarovar.
Kailash Yatra begins with an hour flight from Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Simikot, followed by an exciting Helicopter ride to Tibet Nepal Border. A 4WD landcruiser or tourist coach transfers you to Lake Manasarovar, where your spiritual journey begins.
While in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, you will enjoy a tour to the city’s attractions and later visit the holiest of Hindu shrine “Pashupatinath”. Pashupatinath is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of the Hindus. A spiritual atmosphere is maintained throughout this trip.
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. Our tour officer and driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to hotel Grand. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities. .
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to Pashupatinath, the most revered Hindu shrine and the holiest pilgrimage destinations for Hindus all over the world. Pashupatinath is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of the Hindus. After paying homage to Lord Pashupatinath we continue to enjoy cultural and historical sights of Kathmandu valley, including Budhanilkantha, where lies the large idol of Narayan laying on a bed of snakes in water. We also make a short visit to the largest Buddhist Stupa in town Boudhanath. .
Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight for Nepalgunj. Approximately, it takes 45 minutes to reach Nepalgunj. Our airport representative will transfer you to Hotel Sneha. You can spend the rest of the day as you like..
After breakfast, you will catch early morning flight to Simikot. It will take approximately 50 minutes to reach Simikot airport. Upon your arrival, our representative will escort you to Sun Valley Resort. You can spend the rest of the day as you like. .
Today you will be flown from Simikot to Hilsa via Fishtail Air’s helicopter. The flight takes 22 minutes. From Hilsa you have to trek for 45 minutes to reach Sher Trek. After completing border formalities, you will be driven towards Purang, Tibet on 4WD landcruiser or Bus along with English speaking Tibetan local guide. After driving for 1 hour and 30 minutes, you will reach Taklakot. .
Your Kailash Parikrama begins today. We drive for about 75 km to Manasarovar via Rakshash Tal. This route takes us to the beautiful and sacred Manasarovar Lake set amidst extraordinary landscape. After taking a holy bath and performing Puja, we perform Parikrama at the sacred Manasarovar. From this vantage point, we can even get a glimpse of the majestic Mount Kailash. This journey leaves us spiritually fulfilled..
After performing Puja and taking a holy dip in the Lake, we drive for about 30 km towards Darchen, the Base Camp of Kailash. Rest of the free time, you can relax with friends and family. .
Drive about 8 km, approx 45 minutes to Tarboche; this is the starting point for our Parikrama, the 53km trek around the mountain. This is the most easy and accessible point from where you get the closest view of Mt. Kailash. From Tarboche, we walk today for 6 hours+ up the Lha Chu Valley, past beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt. Kailash towering above us. Those who do want wish to trek around Kailash can go back to Manasarovar or Darchen and wait for the Parikrama group to return. Overnight stay at Dira-puk guest house. .
Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La (5630m). It is a tough climb to the summit, which is festooned with prayer flags, but from there it is downhill or flat to Zutul-Puk. Today we walk for 9 hours+. Those who are not performing Parikrama can rest at Lake Manasarovar or take optional tour to Astapath, Thirthapur, etc. at their own expense. You will be accommodated in Tented Camps..
Today is the final day for Parikrama. After completing the trek, you will be driven back to Purang (Taklakot). Refresh and drive to Sher. After completing immigration formalities, walk down to Hilsa. .
After breakfast, you will be flown to Simikot by Fishtail Air’s helicopter. .
Morning flight to Nepalgunj and later catch connecting flight to Kathmandu. Our tour officer will escort you to Grand hotel. You can spend the free time shopping for souvenirs or as you like in Kathmandu. .
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home..
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The sceneries and the landscapes during High Passes Trek where we also had an opportunity to meet kind local people and the wildlife activities at Chitwan are the best memories of this Holiday. The service of Explore Himalaya was very good.
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