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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: Today, we head out to Zhangmu, about 115km and on to Nyalam crossing over the Friendship Bridge which marks the Chinese - Nepalese border.
Day-4: We will spend a full day at Nyalam to help us to acclimatise to the increase in altitude. Overnight basic guesthouse.
Day-5: Today we drive about 250km to Saga at 4600m, passing by the Peiku-tso lake. We will cross two high passes with spectacular mountain views before heading west. The drive will take about 7 hours to cover 232km. Camp
Day-6: We drive to Paryang at 4700 meters, taking about 8 hours, across the vast dry plains of the Tibetan Plateau. Camp
Day-7: Today, we drive to Horchu (4500 meters). Covering 290 kms in about 8 hours. Camp .
Day-8: Visit Darchen at 4580 meters and prepare for the Kailash Yatra pilgrimage. Today will be a relatively short drive of about 1.5 hours.
Mt Kailash Yatra Pilgrimage Trek
During the Kailash trek you will gain altitude and dependant on the time of year, may be accompanied by a number of other people doing the pilgrimage. During the Saga Dawa festival, hundreds of Tibetans flock to this point.
Day-9: Start the Kailash pilgrimage trek. 14kms, 7 to 8hrs, 4800meters.
Day-10: Kailash Trek. 24kms, 9 to 10hrs, 4680meters.
Day-11: Complete the Kailash Yatra (15kms / 03 to 04 hrs). Drive on to Horchu, Manasarovar Lake (4500 meters). Lake Manasarovar is located in West Tibet and the Gurla Mandhata Range. This is a holy, sacred lake. Camp
Day-12: Today we will have a free day to spend time to explore the surrounding area of the Mansarovar. CampContinue Back
Day-13: Drive back to Paryang (4700 meters). (292 kms / 08 to 09 hrs). Camp.
Day-14: Drive back to Saga (4600 meters). (252 kms / 07 to 08hrs). Camp
Day-15: Drive back to Nyalam (3700 meters). (232 kms / 07 hrs). Overnight at Guest House.
Day-16: Cross the border (Zhangmu) (38kms / and continue drive to Kathmandu(115 kms / 05 hrs). Hotel.
Day-17: Free day to explore Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day-18: Final Departure from your trip to Mount Kailash
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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 will camp in all places except Nyalam and Zhangmu.
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.