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Mt. Kailash alias ‘Jewels of snow’ as the Tibetans call it, is the most sacred mountain in Asia. The mountain believed to be an abode of Lord Shiva by the Hindus is also venerated by Buddhist, Jains and the Bon and Tibet’s indigenous religion. For thousands of years the Kailash region is the sources of the Ganges, the Sutlej, the Indus and the Brahamaputra River, which also drains the vast of Tibetan plateau. Hindus, declare it to be Lord Shiva’s throne and according to the legends river ganges is said to have emanated from one of strands of Shiva’s long matted hair. Buddhist cosmography identifies Kailash with the mighty Mt. 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, Mt. Kailash is the soul of universe and assures perpetuity and protection for all the Tibetan people.
Lake Manasarovar lies at 4,590 metres (15,060 ft) above mean sea level, a relatively high elevation for a large freshwater lake on the mostly saline lake-studded Tibetan Plateau. Despite claims to the contrary, there are hundreds of higher freshwater lakes in the world, including a larger and higher freshwater lake at 4,941 meters (16,211 ft) above sea level and 495 km2 in size, Angpa Tso (East Chihpuchang Hu), further east on the Tibetan Plateau at 33-24N 90-17E. The largest freshwater lake of its size (290 km2) over 5000 meters elevation is Pumoyong Tso (Pumuoyong Tso), also on the Tibetan Plateau, at 28-34N 90-24E and 5,018 meters (16,463 ft) elevation.
Lake Manasarovar is relatively round in shape with the circumference of 88 kilometers (55 mi). Its depth reaches a maximum depth of 90 m (300 ft citation needed) and its surface area is 320 square kilometers (120 sq mi). It is connected to nearby Lake Rakshastal by the natural Ganga Chhu channel. Manasarovar is near the source of the Sutlej River which is the easternmost large tributary of the Indus. Nearby it are the sources of the Brahmaputra River, the Indus River, and the Karnali River (Ghaghara), an important tributary of the Ganges River.
As per Hindu theology, Lake Manasarovar is a personification of purity, and one who drinks water from the lake will go to the abode of Lord Shiva after death. He is believed to be cleansed of all his sins committed over even a hundred lifetimes.
Like Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is a place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from India, Nepal, Tibet and the neighboring countries. Bathing in the Manasarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins. Pilgrimage tours are organized regularly, especially from India, the most famous of which is the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra which takes place every year. Pilgrims come to take ceremonial baths in the cleansing waters of the lake.
Manasasarovar lake has long been viewed by the pilgrims as being nearby to the sources of four of the greatest rivers of Asia, namely the Brahmaputra, Karnali, Indus and Sutlej. Thus it is an axial point which has been thronged to by pilgrims for thousands of years. The region was closed to pilgrims from the outside following the Chinese Invasion of Tibet; no foreigners were allowed between 1951 and 1980. After the 1980s it has again become a part of the Indian pilgrim trail.
According to the Hindu religion, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma after which it manifested on earth. Hence, in Sanskrit it is called “Manasa sarovaram”, which is a combination of the words manasa (mind) and sarovaram (lake). The lake, in Hindu religious belief, is also supposed to be the summer abode of the Hamsa goose. Considered to be sacred, the Hamsa is an important element of the subcontinent, representing wisdom and beauty.
Buddhists also associate the lake with the legendary lake known as Anavatapta in Sanskrit and Anotatta in Pali, where Queen Maya is believed to have conceived Buddha. The lake has a few monasteries on its shores, the most notable of which is the ancient Chiu Gompa Monastery built on a steep hill, looking as if it has been carved right out of the rock. The lake is very popular in Buddhist literature and associated with many teachings and stories in Buddhism. Lord Buddha, it is reported, stayed and meditated near this lake on several occasions. Buddhists say that famous Uturu-kuru divaina (island or mountain range) was nearby the Anavatapta vila. However, more evidence shows that Uturu-kuru divaina was the Kuril Islands, as the Sanskrit meaning of Uturu-kuru is Northern-men as Kur meaning man, in the Ainu language. Lake Manasarovar is also the subject of the meditative Tibetan tradition, “The Jewel Tree of Tibet”. A modern narration and description of the meditation was made popular by Robert Thurman.
Darchen,Tarchan or Taqin is a small village in Purang county of the Tibet autonomous region of China. It was previously known as Lhara and still signposted as such. It was previously an important sheep station for nomads and their flocks and had only two permanent buildings; only one of which survived the Cultural Revolution and is now used to house Tibetan pilgrims.
Darchen is situated right in front of the sacred mountain, Mount Kailash. Its altitude is 4,575 metres (15,010 ft) and is the starting point for pilgrimages in the region.It is only a one day bus drive (about 330 km) from the town of Shiquanhe or (Ali) to the northeast, where Gunsa Airport, which opened at 1st July 2010, is located offering flights twice a week to Lhasa and Chengdu.
It contains a couple of restaurants and in the Ganges guesthouse and restaurant, the Zhusu guesthouse next door, and the Gandise Hotel the Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers are stationed from spring until October, and where pilgrims must get their travel permit stamped, and buy a “ticket” if they wish to circumambulate Mt. Kailash. There are also a few houses, the Swiss-funded Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute and dispensary where doctors are trained in Tibetan medicine, a number of stores and kiosks, and some camping grounds. Traditionally, pilgrims only eat vegetarian food in the region due to its proximity to the sacred Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash.
Mt. Kailash, located in the western region of Tibet, has been considered sacred by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bonpos for thousands of years. For Hindus it is the place where the Lord Shiva is residing and for Buddhists, Jains and Bonpos it is the center of the Universe. This tour includes rigorous overland driving enjoying enchanting Tibetan plateau. In fact this is the perfect way to experience pilgrimage tour to Mt Kailash and Holy Mansarovar Lake.
Upon arrival, you are greeted by our Royal Nepal Holidays representative at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Welcome drink and refreshment will be offered to you and then after a tour to the Kathmandu city. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley is the political and cultural heart of the Kingdom. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
In the morning, you will visit Pashupatinath temple and Budhanilkantha the sleeping Bishnu, then to Patan also Known as Lalitpur. This “City Of Beauty” is separated From Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the Second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan’s Central Durbar Square is absolutely packed with temples: it’s an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples Per Sq. Meter than of Kathamandu or Bhaktapur. Within the city also lies the Tibetan Refugee Center, home to most of the valley’s Tibetan Population. While technically refugees, the Tibetans are some of the wealthiest people in the valley because of the carpet industry they operate. For those looking to bring home a fine Tibetan carpet, this is the place to shop. You will then go to Swayambhunath the Golden Spire of the 5th-Century Swayambhu Stupa. It is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags. It crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps.
Optional tour: Everest Mountain flight can be done early in the morning.
Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam (3750M) – 6 HRS / 152 KM. GUESTHOUSE)
At morning after breakfast we will leave Kathmandu to commence yatra to Nyalam through drive which is 150km. We reach Friendship Bridge (Nepal – China Boarder) by mini-coach. We will walk along for 10 minutes to cross the bridge and there get acquainted with Chinese guide and land cruiser drivers. They will give brief information regarding the further trip then precede the journey to Zangmu, where all the immigration and custom formalities are ought to be accomplished. After the accomplishment of all formalities, we proceed to Nyalam. After arrival to Nyalam we will freshen up and spend our night at guesthouse.
Rest at Nyalam
We will take a rest for a day in Nyalam for acclimatization purpose after a short hiking above Nyalam for a couple of hours. This will help you to be acclimatized properly. Once a town of stone buildings and tin roofs, it was nicknamed ‘The Gate of Hell’ by the Nepalese traders because the old trail between Nyalam and the Nepalese border was so treacherous to negotiate. Today Nyalam is fast growing little town made of concrete buildings located on the Friendship Highway between Lhasa and the Nepal border. South of Nyalam the road drops abruptly through the gorge of the Matsang Tsangpo or Sun Koshi as it is known in Nepal. The town is about 40 km from the Nepalese border and 150 km from Kathmandu.
Drive Nyalam to Dongba (4500m) – 7 hrs / 395 km. Guesthouse
The journey starts with newly built road that is smooth and pleasant. Today you will pass 5000m high pass, the Lung La with great views over the Himalayas including the closest Mt. Sashibangma. You also cross beautiful Peiku Lake and Brahmaputra River.
Drive, Dongba to Lake Manasarovar (4550m) – 6 hrs / 360 km. Guesthouse
You will drive through barren territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with distance view of snow capped mountains but no trees. On this day the road is quite flat, hence the drive will be smooth and comfortable compared to the other days. Crossing Mayum River which is 112 km and have lunch, then again drive to Mansarovar. Today is the day of lifetime, as you will have the first sight of Holy Mt. Kailash and Holy Lake Mansarovar.Overnight Stay
Puja / holy dip in Lake Manasarovar & drive to Darchen (4663m) by afternoon after lunch – 1 hrs / 40 km. Guesthouse
In the morning do Pooja and take holy bath at Mansarovar. After lunch, you will drive to Darchen. While going to Darchen you will make a clockwise drive of Lake Mansarovar. The drive takes about 1 and half hours. Reaching Darchen Yatris who are interested to visit Asthapad may go there with extra payment of vehicle. At Darchen yatris who want to do Mt. Kailash Parikarma with horses and porters will have to confirm our guide so that he can arrange all before starting the parikarma.
Drive to Yama Dwar (8 km / 30 min) & then start trek to Diraphuk (4920m) – 5 hrs / 18 km.Guesthouse- 1st Day of Parikrama to Diraphuk
In the morning you will drive to Yama Dwar and enter the holy gate and then further drive to Tarboche. Here you will meet our yaks and yak men. We will load all logistics on yaks and start Parikrama. The First day of Kora is a gradual walking of 5 hours. From the walking trail you will have Darshan of North face of Kailash.
Yatris who are not going Mt Kailash Parikarma will return back to Darchen and take rest there till those people going Parikarma return back
Continue trekking from Diraphuk to Zuthulphuk (4820m) crossing Dolma La Pass (5600m) enroute – 9 hrs / 22 km. Guesthouse
Early morning trek uphill Dolmala Pass which takes about 4 to 5 hours. After reaching top of the pass 5800 m then trek down to the valley floor. It takes another 4 to 5 hours. After that, when you cross Dolmala and move downwards you will see Gauri Kunda. This day is the longest and toughest day of Parikarma. So be prepared in mind accordingly.
Trek upto near Darchen (3 hrs / 11 km) and then drive to Darchen for lunch and meet all group then continue drive to Dongba – 7 hrs / 350 km. Guesthouse
Today is last day of Parikarma. After breakfast you will trek down of 11 kilometers, with the winding gradual track. Once you reach the place called Chongdo, our land cruisers or bus will pick up you and drive back to Dongba for night halt. Overnight stay at Dongba.
Drive to Nyalam – 395 km / 7 hrs. Guesthouse
At morning after breakfast you set off your journey back to Nyalam with sweet memory of Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Lake.
Drive back to Kathmandu via Kodari border completing immigration formalities – 6 hrs / 152 km. Hotel
From Nyalam you will drive back to the friendship bridge at Kodari. After completing Chinese immigration formalities you drive to Kathmandu via Dhulikhel.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu Airport to connect flight for onward journey.
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Scenic Nepal Tour (06 D/05 N)- KTM-Chitwan Park / Pokhara
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Kathmandu = Hotel Marshyangdi / Hotel Manang / Hotel Vaishali / Hotel Tibet
Nyalam = Pilgrims Inn or Shishapangma Guesthouse or similar
Dongba = Yak Guesthouse or Shishapangma Guesthouse or similar
Chiugompa = Manas or Paramartha Guesthouse or similar
Darchen = Gangditse or Pumo or Mapsa Guesthouse or similar
Diraphuk = Shishapangma or Wongda or Monastery guesthouse
Zuthulphuk = Norpel or similar guesthouse
# FULL MOON DATES : May 16, June 11, July 14, Aug 13, Sep 11
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