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The Holy Mt. Kailash - Mansarovar Yatra

Mt. Kailash, 6,714 m. is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with 4 great faces. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion - Bonpo. To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the novel of the world. It is said that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and from here rivers flow in the four cardinal directions. The River of the Lion Mouth to the North, the River of the Horse Mouth to the east, the River of the Peacock Mouth to the south and the River of the Elephant Mouth to the West. Strangely enough, four major rivers do indeed originate near Kailash, the Indus, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Karnali and the Sutlej.

Tibetans believe that it is the residence of Demchog, a fierce looking tantric deity who lives there with his consort, Dorje Phagmo. For the Tibetans also, it is a particularly special place in that their poet saint Milarepa, spent several years here meditating in a cave. For the Hindus Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, their spritual centre of the universe, described as a fanatastic 'world pillar' 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its roots in the lowest hell and its summit kissing the heavens. On the top lives their most revered God, Shiva, and his consort Parvati.

For the Jains, an Indian religious group, Kailash is the site where their first prophet achieved enlightenment. For the older, more ancient religion of Bon, it is the site where its founder Shanrab is said to have descended from heaven. It was formerly the spiritual centre of Zhang Zung, the ancient Bon Empire that once included all of western Tibet. Bon people walk around the mountain in a counter clockwise manner, unlike the other religions.
Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly journeyed immense distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves of sin, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather and bandit attacks.

Travel Tips for Mt. Kailash - Manasarovar Yatra

Accommodation: Fixed Two or Four men tents at each transit camp will be provided for accommodation except for Guest House at Nyalam. While Camping we shall be providing mattress and camping equipment require for the trip excluding personal clothing and sleeping bags. Accommodation in guest houses will be very simple with a cozy room with common toilets. Hot water will be provided in every room for refreshing and for drinking.

Food: We will be providing vegetarian Breakfast and dinner cooked by our Sherpas at Camp Site, who will be taken from Kathmandu. You will be required to bring sufficient supplementary food like biscuits;, nuts, pickles, freeze- dried milk and your favorite tinned products to add variety to the meals. Lunch will be packed of light snacks.

Transportation: During the drive we will be providing a 4 wheel drive (Land cruiser or similar), truck as a backup with all camping gear and crew. Maximun 4-5 person will be accommodated in a land cruiser.

While on trek, during the Kora, we will provide Yaks or porters to carry the camping & your personal light luggage.

Staff
Sherpas who are capable to work & cook on high altitude will be accompanying the group. They will be in charge of setting of tents, cooking etc.

Clothing & Accessory: Depending upon the season, during June, July, August till September, day time will be pleasant and quite warm with about 15-20 degrees celcius. During afternoon time 1-4 pm can be windy. The morning and evening will be chilly between minus 2 to 0 degree Celsius.

We recommend that you bring the following items to make your Journey more Comfortable.

  1. One down jacket, one warm thick pull-over, one thin pull-over, two warm pants, two light loose cotton pants, one warm windproof cotton jacket, four cotton sleeve T-shirts, two thermal under pants, two thermal vests.
  2. One rain coat (should be roomy & have a waterproof hood), one pair each of light tennis shoes & light rubber sandal, six pairs of warm woolen socks, one light cotton or silk scarf, one large cotton or silk scarf, one pair of warm gloves, soft paper tissues, monkey cap & sun hat, two towels, Wind - Rain Jacket, sun hat, sun glass with side cover, sun cream, chap stick.

Guide/ Escort: A Tibetan/ English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the trip including Nepali staffs for the camping.

Photography: As Tibet get very bright sunlight due to thin air, so taking photographs can be quite glare. We recommend you to take the advice from the photographic shop while purchasing the film rolls for Tibet. Taking photographs inside monastery will be charged as per Monastery rule. Please ask your guide before taking photographs inside the monastery or Army Camps.

Medicine: We suggest you to bring your own first aid kit with adequate medication regarding altitude sickness, nausea, dehydration and some pain killers.

Insurance: We highly recommend all clients to be insured against Medical, accidents & necessary emergency evacuation, if needed.

Physical Fitness: Before booking for this trip with us, clients should be in sound good health preparation for this trip. We advise bit of exercise like morning or evening walk or jogging.

Visa & Documentation: Clients must be in possession of a valid passport to obtain visa. We will require the following details from your passport at the time of booking the trip - Full Name as in Passport, Nationality, Date of issue & expiry of Passport, Passport No, Date of Birth & Occupation

Altitude Sickness: Acute mountain sickness is a frequent problem in the Himalayan region. The altitude of the peaks and trails between them are among highest on earth. Acclimatization to altitude above 3000 meters takes time. The body undergoes a number of physiological changes some of which are immediate like increased pulse rate & respiratory rate. Others appear more slowly over a period of weeks like the change in acid base balance and production of extra red blood cells.

These changes plus the effect of intense sunlight, walking hard & dehydration may cause a number or mild vague symptoms such as Loss of appetite, fatigue, headache, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, sleeplessness, mild shortness of breath with exercise.

The best treatment is prevention! Avoid rapid ascends, take acclimatization symptoms seriously using rest days or diamox. If symptoms are severe and the patient is ill DESCEND IMMEDIATELY, 300 Meters of descent or more should be sought. This usually gives rapid improvement.

Payment: A 50% deposit must be sent in advance to our company or its associates. Balance 50% should be paid at least 30 days before the trip departure.

Cancellation & Refund Policy: If the booking is cancelled 30 days prior to departure, INR 11500 or USD 320.- nett per person would be charged as cancellation amount.

If the booking is cancelled 15 days prior to departure, INR 23000 OR USD 640.- would be charged as cancellation amount.

If the booking is cancelled 07 days prior to departure, there will be no refund.

If CTTB doesnot operate a particular tour, a full refund will be made of the tour.

Equipment on Trip: We provide 2 men roomy tents to sleep in. We also provide Dining Tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tents, Dining Tables, Folding Chairs and full kitchen utensils. We will provide Sleeping Bag and Foam Mattress for bed.

Personal Equipment Check-List: You need atleast 3 pair of change of your clothing for this trip. Shorts, skirt or lightweight trousers are ideal in the heat of the day along with T-shirt, long sleeved cotton shirts and sun hat. During the evening and the higher altitudes warmers clothing will be needed, breeches, track.

Well fitting, comfortable boots are to be preferred over training shoes for the actual trekking and clothing will be required for both extremes of climate, for hot sun when trekking through the lower foothills to freezing temperatures at night when camping in the high valleys.

Day by day itinerary - 14 Days

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam (3750m) 152 Kms./6-7 Hrs. Overnight at Local guest house.

Day 02:  Rest day at Nyalam. Overnight in Guest House/camp.

Day 03: Drive from Nyalam to Yak Kharkha (4675m) 240 kms/7-8 Hrs. Overnight in Guesthouse / Camp.
 
Day 04: Drive to New Dongba (4500m), 160 kms, 5-6 hrs. Overnight in Guesthouse / Camps.

Day 05: Drive from New Dongba to Mayumla Phedi (4500m) 210 kms, 6-7 hrs, Overnight in Guesthouse / Camp.

Day 06: Drive to Mansarovar (4560m) 120 kms, 4-5 hrs. Day free for rest, purification bath in holy lake, etc. Overnight in Camp.

Day 07: Am: Manasarovar Parikrama by Jeep. Drive to Darchen (4560m), 95kms, 2 hrs. Overnight in camp or Guesthouse.

Day 08: Start trek to Dira Puk (4775m) 12 kms, 6-7 hrs. Overnight in Camp.

Day 09: Continue Parikarma over Dolma La Pass to Zuthul Puk (4700m) 22 Kms. 7-8 hrs. Overnight in Camps.

Day 10: The Kailash Kora ends today after an easy trek near Darchen (4700m) and drive to Manasarovar - 14 kms. 3-4 hrs. Overnight in Camps.

Day 11: Drive to Paryang (4540m) 277 kms, 7-8 hrs. O/N in Guesthouse / Camps.

Day 12: Drive to Saga. (4840 m). 185 kms. 8 hours O/N in Guesthouse / Camp.

Day 13: Drive to Nyalam (3750m) 336 kms, 6-7 hrs. O/N guest house or camp.

Day 14: Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu. 125 Kms. 5-6 Hrs.

Kailash Tour 21 Days Itinerary

Day 01: Transfer to airport to connect flight to Nepalganj.
Overnight at Hotel Batika.

Day 02: Fly Nepalganj to Simikot (Yari), Trek to Sip sip. O/N. Camp.

Day 03: Trek Dharapuri (Camp 2270 mt)

Day 04: Trek Kermi (Camp 2690 mt)

Day 05: Trek Yangar (Camp 2990 mt)

Day 06: Trek Torea (Camp 3380 mt)

Day 07: Trek Tharedhunga (Camp 4100 mt)

Day 08: Trek Sip Sip (Camp 4300 mt)

Day 09: Trek to Hilsa crossing Nara Lagna Pass (Camp 3900 mt)

Day 10: Trek to Sher and drive to Lake Manasarovar (Camp 4410 mt)

Day 11: Rest day for acclimatize at Manasarovar (Camp 4410 mt)

Day 12: Drive to Darchen and walk to Tarboche (Camp 4710 mt)

Day 13: Walk to Dirapuk (Camp 5000 mt)

Day 14: Walk to Dolma-La pass and Lham Chu Khur Valley (Camp 4800 mt

Day 15: Walk through Zhultukpuk to Barkha plains and drive to Manasarovar (Camp 4410 mt)

Day 16: Drive to Sher and walk to Hilsa.

Day 17: Trek to Nara Lagna Pass and to Torea. O/N. Camp.

Day 18: Trek to Muchu. O/N. Camp.

Day 19: Trek to Dharapani. O/N. Camp.

Day 20: Trek to Simikot. O/N. Camp.

Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.