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Kailash - Mansarovar


Mount Kailash

Mansarovar Lake

 Mount  Kailash alias 'Jewels of snow' as Tibetan call the most sacred mountain in Asia. The abode of Lord Shiva venerated by Buddhist, Hinduism Jains and the Bon, Tibet's indigenous religion. For thousands of years the Kailash area, from where the Ganges, the Sutlaj, the Indus and the Brahamaputra originates, which drain the vast Tibetan plateau. Hindus, declare it be a Shiva's throne. Shiva, one of the three primary gods in Hinduism, sits in eternal paradise, the long strands of his melted hair falling and flowing all about him. The holy Ganges River is said to emanate from one of these strands. Buddhist cosmography identifies Kailash with the mighty Mount  Sumeru, the central peak of the world. Jains identify the Kailash area with the place of their first saint's spiritual liberation. As a Bon centre, Mount  Kailash is the soul of universe and assures perpetuity and protection for all the Tibetan people.

Situated between Mount  Kailash and Mount  Gurla Mandata is sacred lake Manasoravor. This another important pilgrimage sites to Tibetans are knows as Mapham Tso (Lake), "the unconquerable lake". As per Hindu mythology it was formed in the mind of Brahma. It was created to show the omnipotence of Brahma's mind, 'MANAS'. Holy Lake Manasarovar, the mother principle, represents Buddhist transcendent consciousness.

Devotees and high lamas chanting and praying ceaselessly as most make the arduous circumambulating of the Mount  Kailash and Lake Manasoravor (clockwise by Hindus and Buddhist and anti-clockwise by Bon religion), is believed to released from the sins of 100 births. Even the beast that bears the name of Manasarovar shall go to the paradise of Brahma. This is a journey of lifetime - a pilgrimage for us all.


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Map: Kailash - Mansarovar


By Helicopter: 11 Days - By Landcruser: 15 Days - With Inner Kora Parikrama: 18 Days

 Schedule: 14 Days Tour to holy Mt.Kailash & Lake Mansarovar
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 AM: Visit Pashupatinath Temple and Budanilkantha.

PM: Briefing & preparation for trip. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 Drive to Kodari After immigration formalities drive to Nyalam (3900m). Overnight at
Guest House.
Day 04 Nyalam. Full day rest day for acclimatization.
Day 05 Drive Nyalam to Saga (4300 m), approx. 230 km. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 06 Drive Saga to Prayang (4540m), approx. 260 km Overnight at Guest House.
Day 07 Start a morning pleasant drive around Lake Mansarovar (30km) reaching Chiu Gompa.
Overnight at Guest House.
Day 08 Drive to Darchen (4620 m) base camp of Kailash. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 09 Commence trek/Parikarma (KORA) to Dira-puk (4860 m) approx. 20 km. Overnight at
Tented Camp.
Day 10 Proceed to Zutul-phuk (4760 m) via Dolmala pass (5800m) approx 18 km. Overnight at
Tented Camp.
Day 11 Trek about 10km, drive to Prayang or Dongba. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 12 Drive to Nyalam. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 13 Drive to Zhangmu, after completing Chinese immigration and drive back to
Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 Departure transfer to Airport to connect flight for onward journey.

 Schedule: 12 Days Helicopter Tour to holy Mt.Kailash & Lake Mansarovar
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. PM: Briefing & trip preparation.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 AM: Visit Pashupatinath Temple & Budanilkantha. Fly to Nepalgunj. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Fly to Simikot by Domestic airline. Fly to Hilsa by Helicopter. On reaching 10-15 min drive uphill to China boarder and drive to Purang [Taklakot]. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 04 Full Day rest in Purang [Taklakot] for acclimatization. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 05 Drive to Mansarovar. Overnight at Guest House [Chu Gompa].
Day 06 Drive to Darchen base camp of Kailash. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 07 Commence trek/Parikarma to Dira-puk. Approx. 16km. Overnight at Guest House or Tented Camp.
Day 08 Proceed to Zutul-phuk via Dolmala pass (5800m). Overnight at Guest House or Tented Camp.
Day 09 Drive to Purang [Taklakot]. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 10 Drive to Hilsa and fly to Nepalgunj by Helicopter and fly back to Kathmandu by private airlines. On the arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 Transfer to Airport to connect flight to onward journey.

 What you should take

Food -snacks and chocolates
Water bottle
Sunglasses
Sunscreen lotion
Flash light and batteries
Camera and film
Scarf or mask
Warm jacket
Thermal underwear
Warm trousers
Warm Sweaters
Woolen shirts
Gloves
Warm hat and scarves
Monkey cap
Light leather boots in case of snow


 Risk & Liability

Sunny Travels will do its best to make the tour safe and smooth. However we would like to bring to your notice that all the tour programs are conducted strictly under the rules and regulations of Tibet Tourism Bureau. Therefore Explore Kailash Treks will not be liable for any change in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslides, road blockage, flood , snow, political unrest, cancellation of flight, sickness and accidents. Any extra cost arising due to the above circumstances shall be borne by the client on the spot. Therefore it is best advised to have yourself fully insured against such accidents of unpredictable nature. It is also highly advised to have yourself an insurance against cancellation.


 

General Information on Kailash Tour

Weather

Tibet is cold in winter and cool in summer and generally dry. Sunlight is extreme intense. The most pleasant months for Mt. Kailash trip are from May to October. However, from May and June there is a wind factor and dust storm to consider, so a warm windbreaker and stout comfortable shoes are highly recommended.

Fitness and Altitude

This trip can be joined by anyone who can walk for average of 5-6 hours a day. Our itinerary is set on slow pace hike to meet the acclimatization and enabling our clients to enjoy the best. But as this trips goes above 3000 m, you may suffer from Mountain sickness alias altitude sickness. Most of the trekkers once they are acclimatize; rarely suffer more than mild discomfort from the altitude. Advise: Drink approx. 3 litres of water per day.

Currency

RENMINBI, the people's money used by millions of Chinese everyday, circulates in notes of 1,2,5,10 and 50, 100 Yuan, 1,2 and 5 jiao; there are also coins for 1,2 and 5 fen. With the Chinese currency Renminbi, one Yuan is divided into 10 jiao, into 10 fen (US$ 1= 8 Yuan). All hard currencies in any form (Cash /Travellers Checks) can be exchange in Zhangu bank on arrival.

Custom

There is no prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders as long as they're registered with a custom official; printed matters considered unsuitable by the Chinese government are prohibited. Customs regulations forbid the export of art objects created prior to 1959 or souvenirs in amounts deemed to be excessive. All baggage must be cleared through customs. Tourists may bring in dutiable goods such as tobacco and liquors (within the allowed quantity) duty free. Narcotics, arms and ammunition are strictly prohibited.

Transport & Roads

Roads in Tibet are, for the most part, unpaved. However they are improving day by day. Overland travel is by Jeep, Land Rover/Land Cruiser in Tibet section and in Nepal will be by private bus. A truck is provided to carry all the gears, food supply and camping stuff. Luggage must be kept to a minimum in jeep, as space inside vehicles can be tight. (Clients should be able to carry their own daypack in case of landslide, etc.)

Clothing Accessories

Warm clothes are required to fight the frosty cold and light clothes to shun the scorching heat. However a jacket and a sweater are advised throughout the year as the weather may unexpectedly change at any time. The recommended item are: A domestic first aid kit, toilet and tissue papers flashlight, sleeping bag, comfortable walking shoes, dust masks, utility knife, sunhat, sun glasses, suntan lotion, and sufficient number of clothes for through out the trip. No Laundry service will be available throughout the trip.

Food & Drink

While trekking/touring, all main meals, tea, coffee, juice and drinking chocolate are included. All the food are prepared by our trained cook and are served hot, however in some occasion specially while traveling, pack lunch are provided to reach the next camp on time. Boiled water/mineral water will be provided at every camp to fill your drinking water bottle.

Accommodations

Accommodation will be in lodges at every point except at Kailash Parikarma and Mansorovar. At these two points, accommodation will be on tent, provided by us along with two form mattresses, sleeping bags. Hotels and guesthouses in Tibet may be star-rated, but this is in name only. Standards differ, and management of hotels is often poor. Clients should be prepared for what will be encountered - shared and often-unisex toilets, infrequent hot water for showers in rustic facilities, washing bowls for sponge baths, etc. Single room are often cannot be guaranteed.

Telephone/ Phone/ Fax

We at Kailash Treks understand the importance of being in touch with your dear n near ones. Though the means of communication are highly poor or almost nil in the trip, we are equipped with satellite phone. This enables you to remain in touch with your home through out the trip. Also telephone lines are available at various points of the journey. It is advised to leave behind our office contact number and address with your family in case of urgent message. Our offices will make it a point to dispatch your message to your home at the earliest.

Insurance

The participant to Kailash tour must have comprehensive travel protection insurance that includes curtailment of tour, helicopter evacuation and other medical emergencies. You must provide us with the name, policy number and emergency contact number of your chosen insurance company

Emergency

Oxygen with mask and regulator sets for emergency/medical purpose is always available in each vehicle and during the trek/parikarma. Explore Kailash Treks makes every effort to minimise the risk of sickness and changes in itinerary. However, Charges for unforeseen circumstances are the responsibility of the clients. EXPLORE KAILASH TREKS is not responsible for charges incurred in the case of illness, landslides, or other emergency events. In the case of a landslide, it may be necessary to transfer vehicles.

Oxygen and Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC)

Oxygen cylinder or PAC will be provided for the whole tour, depending upon our agreements - Please note that Oxygen or PAC is to be used only in case of emergency. Responsibility: All arrangement, within Tibet is solely at the direction of China Tibet Tourism Bureau, a Government organisation and we have no control over the quality of facilities.

Briefing and Orientation

A full briefing about trip will be conducted on the day of your arrival followed by the equipment checking, to ensure you all have proper gears/clothing for the trip. Any left behind items can be either hired or purchased at Kathmandu.


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