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Kailash is a sacred mountain for four faiths: Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and followers of the indigenous Tibetan religion of Bön. Next to the mountain are two sacred lakes, the most important of which is Lake Manasarovar.
Mount Kailash rises to (6,714 m) in one of the highest and most rugged parts of the Himalayas. Made of black rock, the symmetrical peak has a distinctive diamond-like shape with four steep facades. The south face has a vertical gash across its horizontal layers, creating the appearance of a swastika - an ancient symbol of good luck in this part of the world.
The landscape around the mountain is rugged and dry but crossed by crystalline blue streams and other bodies of water. Near the sacred mountain is the source of the Indus, Sutlej and Brahmaputra rivers and on its south side are two freshwater lakes, the easternmost of which is the highly sacred Lake Manasarovar (Mapam). With an altitude of 4200m, Manasarovar is the highest body of fresh water in the world. The other lake, Rakshastal, also has legendary significance.
Mount Kailash is regarded in many sects of Hinduism as Paradise, the ultimate destination of souls and the spiritual center of the world. According to a description in the Puranas, Mount Kailas’s four faces are made of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli; it is the pillar of the world; raises 84,000 leagues high; is the center of the world mandala; and is located at the heart of six mountain ranges symbolizing a lotus. From it flow four rivers, which stretch to the four quarters of the world and divide the world into four regions.
This legendary mountain has long been identified with the striking peak in the Himalayas that now bears its name. Shiva is therefore believed to dwell at its summit. Some traditions say the mountain is Shiva linga, while Lake Manasarovar is the yoni of his consort.
Tibetan Buddhists believe that Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok (also known as Demchog or Chakrasamvara), who represents supreme bliss. They also say it was on this sacred mountain that Buddhism displaced Bön as the primary religion of Tibet.
According to legend, Milarepa, champion of Tantric Buddhism arrived in Tibet to challenge Naro-Bonchung, representative of Bön. The two magicians engaged in a great sorcerous battle, but neither was able to gain a decisive advantage.
Finally, it was agreed that whoever could reach the summit of Kailash first would be the victor. While Naro-Bonchung soared up the slope on a magic drum, Milarepa followers were dumbfounded to see him sitting still and meditating. Yet when Naro-Bonchung was nearly at the top, Milarepa suddenly moved into action and overtook him by riding on the rays of the sun, thus winning the contest and bringing Buddhism to Tibet.
In Jainism, Kailash is known as Mount Ashtapada and is the site where the founder of their faith, Rishabhadeva, attained liberation from rebirth. In Bön, the religion which predates Buddhism in Tibet, the mountain is believed to be the abode of the sky goddess Specimen.
Every year, thousands make a pilgrimage to Kailash, following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating walking around. Mount Kailash will remove sins and bring good fortune. The pilgrimage around the sacred mountain is called the Kailash Kora.
It is said that one trip around the sacred mountain will wipe away all the sins (bad karma) of one current lifetime; 108 revolutions will remove the sins of all one lifetimes and bring salvation from reincarnation (moksa). Alternatively, pilgrims who complete one circumbulation of Kailas and bathe in the frigid waters of Lake Mansarovar will also bring salvation.
No pilgrims climb Mt. Kailash; all four religions believe it would be a serious act of sacrilege to set foot on its slopes. Legend has it that the only person to have reached the summit is the Buddhist champion Milarepa who flew to the top in the 12th century and that all others who have ventured to defy the taboo have died in the process.
The rugged path around Mount Kailash is 52 km long, following a blue mountain stream much of the way. Altitudes range from 15,000 feet at the start to 19,000 feet at the Dolma Pass. The circumambulation is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists but counterclockwise by followers of the Jain and Bön religions.
A typical journey lasts about three days, but some try to earn extra merit by completing the entire walk in a single day. Braving the uneven terrain, high altitudes and variable weather, these hardy souls can complete the trek in about 15 hours.
Other pilgrims seek special merit by taking much longer to circle the holy mountain: instead of walking, they perform body-length prostrations for the entire 32 miles. The pilgrim bends down, kneels, prostrates full-length, makes a mark with his fingers, rises to his knees, prays, and then crawls forward on hands and knees to the mark made by his/her fingers before repeating the process. It requires at least four days of physical endurance to perform the circumambulation this way.
The mountain is located in a particularly remote and inhospitable area of the Tibetan Himalayas. Only those in the best health are able to undertake the journey even to the starting point of the circumambulation, let alone walk 52 km in a single day. A few modern amenities, such as benches, resting places and refreshment kiosks, exist to aid the pilgrims in their devotions.
Most pilgrims and trekkers take three days to complete the journey around Mount Kailash from the city of Darchen, aiming for Dirapuk Monastery on the first night, crossing Dolma La Pass and arriving at Zuthulpuk Monastery the second night, and finally returning to Darchen on the third day.
Most pilgrims begin their journey overland from Kathmandu or Lhasa. From there, they travel over the Tibetan plateau in a rented Jeep. It is a long journey with four night stops in camps, finally arriving at Darchen (4600 m). The circuit around Mount Kailash typically begins and ends in Darchen, where foreigners must register and pay an admission fee to the Kailash area.
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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we receive you and transfer to hotel. We are waiting you at Kathmandu airport with your name. The rest of the day is free and short tour briefing in the in the evening.
Day 2: Kathmandu Tour
Kathmandu day tour visits Pashupatinath temple and Budanilkanatha. The rest of the day is free and prepare for Kailash tour
Day 3: Kathmandu - Nyalam (3750m) - 150 km
After breakfast drive to Nyalam (Tibet), lunch at border (Nepal side). After immigration and custom formalities proceed to Zhangmu (border Tibet side), where we meet the Chinese guide, drivers and vehicles - continue drive to, dinner and overnight at Nyalam.
Day 4: Nyalam - day free for acclimatization
The whole day would be at Nayalam for the acclimatization, all meals will be provided - overnight stay at lodge.
Day 5: Nyalam - Saga
The whole day would be at Nyalam for the acclimatization, all meals will be provided - overnight stay at lodge.
Day 6: Nyalam - Paryang
After breakfast proceed your drive to Dongba, en-route you will be passing through Lalungla pass (5200m) - huge lake Peiku Tso and Brahmaputra river, delicious packed lunch will be served on the way, dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Dongba.
Day 7: Paryang- Mansarovar 4558 m (277 km)
Today is the day for Darshan of the Holy Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarover- morning after breakfast at around in the morning, drive through Mayumum - la pass (5600m). The highest point of the driving, lunch on the way, dinner and overnight at Camp Horchu.
Day 8: Mansarovar Parikrama - Darchen
Moning after breakfast, the day till afternoon is free for pooja and hawan, post lunch drive to Darchen via Mansarovar parikrama, dinner and overnight at Darchen lodge.
Day 9: Darchen - Tarboche - Dirapuk (4860 m).
After breakfast drive to Tarboche (8 km) and start trek for Kailash parikrama to Dirapuk (4800m) - 12 km, light lunch on the way.
Day 10: Dirapuk - Dolma-la pass (5200 m) - Zuthulpuk (4760 m)
Today morning after breakfast trek up to the 5800m (Dolma-la Pass) - descend to Gauri kund and further trek along with the river to Zuthulpuk, packed lunch will be provided.
Day 11: Zuthulpuk - Darchen - Mansarovar
After breakfast proceeds for trek around 6 km, and reach to the point where the jeeps will be waiting to proceed for your drive to Darchen, after lunch drive to Lake Mansarovar 70 km.
Day 12: Mansarovar to Dongba
After breakfast drive up to Dongba, lunch en-route, dinner & overnight stay at Dongba.
Day 13: Drive Dongba to Nyalam
After breakfast drive to Nyalam, light lunch on the way, dinner and overnight at lodge at Nyalam.
Day 13: Drive to Zhangmu – Kathmandu.
After breakfast drive to Zhangmu, after the immigration and custom formalities - cross over to Nepal border, lunch at border guest house and drive to Kathmandu (144 km). Overnight stay at hotel at Kathmandu.
Day 14: Kathmandu Airport.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport for departure flight. It needs to be at airport at least 3 hours before your flight schedule time.