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Believed to have been formed about 30 million years ago, Mount Kailash, rising to an altitude of 6714m, is one of the most revered and sacred places in the Himalayas. Pilgrims of the Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Tibetan Bon faiths come to Kailash to complete a ritual circumambulation around the base of the mountain.
The Kailash 'Gang Rinpoche', which means 'Jewel of snow' is striking in the way it rises high above the surrounding range and always remains snow - capped. Mount Kailash has a unique and distinct shape, with four sheer faces matching the cardinal points of the compass. It is also free standing, solitary. Regarded as the earthly manifestation of mythic Mount Meru, or Sumeru, the spiritual center of the universe in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cosmology, Mount Kailash is also believed to be the source of four life-giving rivers. To Tibetan Buddhists, Kailash is the abode of the tantric meditational deity Demchog. Hindus see Kailash as the throne of the great god Shiva, while the Jains revere Kailash as the site at which their first prophet received enlightenment.
At the base of Mount Kailash, is Lake Mansarovar (derived from the word 'Sarovar,' meaning lake, and 'Man' from its creator, Brahma. A pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and a bath in the Mansarovar is believed to bring about salvation (Moksha).
The most important time to visit Mount Kailash, is during the festival of Saga Dawa held in May of each year. It is celebrated in every village and monastery but most importantly, to Mount Kailash. During this festival which honours Buddha, monks hold religious activities and Buddhists sing chants of sutras, and circumnambulate sacred places in a clock-wise direction. It is a time of meditation, respect and prayer.This is a very important time for Tibetans. If a Tibetan does any good deeds or religious practices, its merit is doubled during the month of Saga Dawa.
Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day-2: Full day guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley.
Day-3: Preparations for the trip.
Day-4: Flight: Kathmandu- Nepalgunj. Free to explore the town on arrival or rest prior to the start of the trek. Stay Overnight Hotel.
Day-5: Flight: Nepalgunj - Simikot and prepare for the trek. Commence the trek to Tuling which will take about 3 hours.). Overnight Camp.
Day-6: Continue the trek to Kermi , taking about 5 hours.
Day-7: Continue trek to Yangar (6 hrs trek).
Day-8: Continue trek to Muchu (6 hrs trek).
Day-9: Continue the 5,5
hour trek to the settlement of Yari with its stone houses and checkered fields.
Day-10: Meet the Tibetan team or your Mt Kailash trek at Shara border and drive to Purang. Overnight in a Hotel
Day-11: Drive about90km to Manas Lake at 4500m. It is advisable to get some sleep on arrival due to the increase in altitude. Camp Overnight.
Day-12: Continue to Darchen at 4580m. Overnight Guesthouse.
Start of Trek to Mt Kailash
Day-13: Today we start the trek up to an altitude of 4800m. It will take us about 7 hours to complete a distance of 14km 's, due to the altitude. Camp overnight.
Day-14: Today, we will drop in altitude as we trek about 24kms over 9 hours to about, 4680meters. Camp overnight
Day-15: On this final leg of the trek, we will walk for 15km in about 3-4 hours and then drive on to Horchu, Manasarovar Lake at 4500 meters. Camp Overnight
Day-16: Spare day to explore the surrounding area of Mansarovar Lake. Camp Overnight . This will be our last night of the trek near the base of Mount Kailash.
Day-17: Today will drive to Paryang , rising up to about 4700 meters, 292 kms away. Camp Overnight.
Day-18: Today, we will drive about 252km to Saga at 4600 meters. Camp Overnight
Day-19: Our camp tonight will be at Lhatse at 4050 meters, a 9 hour drive away. Camp Overnight
Day-20: After a 5 hour drive, we will arrive at Shigatse at 3700 meters. Hotel Overnight. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet with lovely markets and also the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day-21: Drive to Gyangtse (3800meters). (95kms, 02hrs). Hotel Overnight.
Day-22: Today we will continue our overland journey along the Friendship Highway towards Lhasa, at 3680m. We will cross several high passes today, beautiful valleys and Tibetan villages Hotel Overnight.
Day-23: This morning we will visit the Potala Palace, which dominates the city of Lhasa. This spectacular building 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.
This is a leisure day in which we are free to explore further, revisit a favourite monastery or simply sit in a coffee shop overlooking the Barkor and watch the pilgrims as they walk around the Jokhang, stopping regularly to peruse the merchandise at the stalls lining the route.
Day-24: Flight: Lhasa Kathmandu. Free day to explore the attractions. Hotel Overnight.
Day-25: Free day for shopping and etc. Hotel Overnight.
Day-26: Final Departure
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Being a high altitude plateau, weather conditions can be unpredictable.
Summer (June to September) is the warmest time of year across the Tibetan Plateau and as a result, a popular time for people to visit. It is however, also the time when Tibet is likely to get more rain. Despite this, it is still possible to go trekking, although the downside is that the mountains tend to be more cloud covered than in the winter. Summer in Tibet is also the time when you will see more signs of nomadic life, as nomads make their way through green pastures with their yaks.
In September and October there is not much rain making the air drier. It is also harvest time in Tibet. This is a perfect time to come to Tibet for trekking or cycling and also a great time for good photographic opportunities.
Winters (November to March) are cold (the average temperature in January is -2°C)
The night temperatures listed below are from April to November on average. Minimum temperatures on average at base camp are:
April: -10 deg C or -14 deg F
May: -8 deg C or 18 deg F
June: -4 deg C or 25 deg F
July: -3 deg C or 27 deg F
August: -4 deg C or 25 deg FSeptember: -6 deg C or 21 deg F
October: -10 deg C or 14 deg FNovember: -11 deg C or 12 deg F
Across the Tibetan Plateau, we make use of three star hotels in Nepalgunj, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Shegar.
From there, we will be making use of a mix of guesthouses (lodges) and tents. When we stay in tents they will be erected by our porters and trekking team. You will be given a bowl of boiled water in the morning for washing along with a cup of bed tea. Meals are prepared by our cook and served in the Dining Tent. Lunches will probably be packed lunches which you can enjoy along the route.
The quality of the lodges vary and generally become more basic as one gets to higher elevations.
Your guide will always seek out a lodge which offers comfortable rooms. Note that while some lodges have private bathroom facilities, others only offer shared facilities. Some offer attached bathrooms which you can pay extra for. Some lodges have hot shower facilities at an extra charge.