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Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
  Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Mt. Kailash, 6,740 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 navel 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.

16 days tour programme

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival, transfer to hotel and rest of the day free to acclimatize. O/n hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu
Visit Durbar Square, Pashupatinath & Swoyambhunath Temple.

Kathmandu Durbar square: This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries used to be the seat of Malla kings of Kathmandu. The Durbar square, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also several Museums inside the palace building.

Pashupatinath temple: One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. It is situated 5km east from city center. The richly ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate its existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple also a World Heritage Sites.

Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple)
This is considered as oldest Buddhist stupa. Watches over the valley from the top of hillock on its western side. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites of Nepal. It' establishment is linked to the creation of Kathmandu valley out of primordial lake. It's listed in World Heritage site.

Day 03 : Kathmandu - Nyalam
From Katmandu to Nyalam - depart at 5.00 am from Kathmandu and drive through the Nepal-Tibet border along the famous Araniko Highway. Stop for a quick breakfast at Dhulikhel and lunch at Kodari. After immigration and customs formalities on both sides (Kodari and Zhangmu), we drive to the small town of Naylam (3700 m). Please note that the guest-houses in Tibet will be of a very basic and dormitory style. Drink lots of water.

Day 04: Nyalam
A day for rest - to facilitate altitude acclimatization. We may do some hiking around. All meals and overnight stay at the same guest house/camp.

Day 05: Nyalam - Saga
Drive to Saga (250 kms 4500 m). We start after breakfast, enjoying the grand view of Mt.Shishapangma(8021 m), Gauri Shanker and other high mountains from Lalug la (5050 m) Pass. Packed lunch will be served at sacred lake Pigutso. Overnight camp/guest house.

Day 06: Saga - Paryang
Drive to Prayang - after breakfast we drive across the vast Tibetan plateau to Prayang (225 km). Packed lunch will be served, O/N camp/guest house.

Day 07: Paryang / Horr Chu
From Prayang to Lake Manasarovar Camp at Horr Chu. The auspicious day for all travelers having first glimpse of the Holy Manas and Darshan (view) of Mt.Kailash from The Horr Chu pass . Camp for night on the shores of Lake Manasarovar.

Day 08: Manasarovar
Rest in Lake Mansarovar. The experience of being in the abode of God, while we spend 1 day in Lake Mansarovar it will help us to acclimatize, we can take bath then Drive to Darchen, if time permit trek up to Gangtak Gompa to view close view of Holy Kailash.

Day 09: Parikrama - Dirapuk
Start Parikrama of Kailash - early in the morning, trek up to Diraphuk (north face of Kailash).

Day 10: Zutulphuk
Trek to Zuthulphuk Gompa - Parikrama - the day of challenging journey that every pilgrim talks about. We trek up to Dolma La Pass (5600 m) , offer very short Prayers at the Dolmala and go down towards the Gaurikunda. Lunch and dinner, as usual, will be provided at the camp, in front of medicine Buddha Mountain near by Zuthulphuk Gompa.

Day 11: Darchen
Zuthulphuk - Darchen - after breakfast, we trek around 8 kms to reach the point where our jeeps will be waiting for us and drive to Darchen, or we can walk. Parikarama ends and same day drive to Horr Chu. Lake Mansarovar to fill the holy water in bottle.

Day 12: Paryang
We return through the same route. The same procedure as earlier will be followed for meals and accommodation. Drive to Prayang.

Day 13:
Drive back to Saga.

Day 14:
Drive to Naylam.

Day 15:
Drive to Kathmandu. O/n hotel.

Day 16 :
Kathmandu - departure to airport for your flight to onward destination.

Travel Tips for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Accommodation:
Accommodation will be very simple with a cozy room with common bathrooms and toilets. However, hot water will be provided in every room for refreshing and for drinking.

Food:
The food will be supplied from our side while camping breakfast, lunch & dinner with occasional tea break. The food will be very simple as per the clients taste. All meals provided will be vegetarian.

Clothing & Accessories:
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 celcius. We recommend 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, one rain coat, 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, sun cream, chap stick.

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 to carry the camping & your personal heavy gears.

Guide/ Escort:
A Tibetan/ English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the trip including few 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 advise 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, naussea, 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 excersise like morning or evening walk or jogging. Even swimming will give more fitness.

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. Copy of Passport, Visa and 04 passport size color photographs of each person should reach us atleast 25 days prior to the arrival date.

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.

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.


FIBRE PILE JACKET
NOTE BOOK/DIARY/PENS
SHORTS OR SKIRT SMALL PADLOCK
LIGHT COTTON TROUSERS 4 PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS
BREECHES /TRACK SUIT BOTTOMS /ULTRA FLEECE TROUSERS A COPY OF YOUR INSURANCE CERTIFICATE
DUVET JACKET MONEY BELT
WOOL BALACLAVA, WOOL MITTS READING MATERIAL
WATERPROOFS WALKMAN and 2 tapes - for those early nights. Spare batteries
SUN HAT CHOCOLATE BARS, SWEETS!
SCARF PERSONAL MEDICAL KIT.
SUNGLASSES / GOGGLES SMALL PLASTIC BAGS /STUFF SACS OR PILLOW CASES
SUN CREAM CIGARETTE LIGHTER
LIP SLAVE/LABISAN OPTIONAL: SKI STICK
WATER BOTTLE THERMAREST
IODINE CAMERA GEAR
TOILET ITEMS GAMES
HEAD TORCH UMBRELLA
SEWING KIT WET WIPES
SMALL KNIFE  


Insurance & Emergency Expenses:
We suggest that clients insure themselves against a comprehensive claim policy. Which should also include Helicopter Evacuation if necessary. Please note that our Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Tour Package does not include any rescue or evacuation expenses in emergencies. Any Emergency arrangement other than regular straight forward tour itinerary service should be borne by the client themselves.

Camera & Films:
A 35 mm system with interchangeable lens will allow you to get the best shots in most situations. A wide angle [28-35mm] and a telephoto [80-200mm] are very useful. Skyling filters protect your lens [skylight IB] and a polarizing filter is useful for snow scenes. A brush for cleaning your lens is important and your camera and lens need to be in protective cases. Kodachrome 64 is excellent for slides and for prints 100 ASA film is suitable. Faster films may be needed if using zoom lenses and 200 ASA film would be required if you plan to visit Chitwan National Park. 12 rolls of film per trek is not too many for the enthusiast.

General Considerations when Packing:
Keep the weight and bulk down to a minimum. Baggage allowance on most international flights is 20 Kg's/44 lbs.. Most people tend to bring more clothes than they do actually need. You will only need one change of clothes for Kathmandu. On trek it is important to dress in layers. When it is hot you will only be wearing a base layer, when it gets colder you can add to this until you are wearing most of your clothes!

Personal Medical Kit:
We suggest that you bring the following:-

Elastoplast
Adhesive tape
4" crepe bandage
Elasticated knee and /or ankle support if you experience strain these joints
Blister dressings, e.g. moleskin, compead, spenco dressings
Nasal Decongestant
Throat lozenges/ glucose sweets
* Wide spectrum antibiotic [Ciproxin recommended] Anti -diarrhoea - Immodium or Lomotil
* A course of Flagyll [treatment of giardia]
* Codeine Phosphate - constipator, cough suppressant and pain killer
Cold and flu suppressant
Aspirin / paracetamol.
Rehydrate powder - useful for adding to your water bottle and for fluid replacing purposes.
Small pair of scissors
Any special medicines you require

Liability:
HIMALAYAN SAFARIES INDIA PVT. LTD., New Delhi acts as an intermediary between the concerned airlines, hotels, transport/tour operators and local tourist offices providing the services. Swadeshi Journeys or its PSA or its sub agent, is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury sustained by the tourists, including those occurring outside the touring programs. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accidents, natural disaster, political actions and unrest must be borne by the tourists. Program, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of printing and are therefore subject to change without advance notice before or during the tour.

Any part of unutilized services is non refundable.

Participation in our tour implies the tourists agreement to the above conditions.

The most important thing the guests need to bring is the positive frame of mind! Afterall, the holy darshan doesn't come so easily.………..

 
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