Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2021
Take the delight of our comfortable, affordable, and surreal Kailash Mansarovar Yatra package. You can explore the untamed nature and power of the divine en route at a pocket-friendly Kailash Mansarovar Yatra cost. Embarking on the Kailash Yatra remains on the bucket list of a vast majority of Hindus. The tour will start from Kathmandu and will take you to the impeccable landscapes of Kailash Manasarovar in Tibet. So get ready for a must-do holy journey to the land of Gods where you can be blessed by Lord Shiva! Divine Kailash offers you a safe yatra during this COVID-19 situation.
History about Mount Kailash
With a height of 6, 638 m (21, 778 ft), the high peak of Mount Kailash is dubbed as the “Stairway to Heaven”. It forms a part of the Trans-Himalaya in the Ngari Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. The divine Mt. Kailash is nestled near Lake Rakshastal and Lake Manasarovar. Considered sacred in Buddhism, Hinduism, Bon, and Jainism, Mt Kailash finds its origin in the world “kelasa”, meaning "crystal".
- The Tibetan name for the mountain is Gang Rinpoche.
- Another local name is Tise mountain. This name comes from the Zhang-Zhung language, and means "water peak" or "river peak”.
- The Kailash and Lake Manasarovar region is the birthplace of the Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej, and Dihang rivers.
- In Hinduism, Kailash is considered the holy abode of Lord Shiva and his family that includes his consort goddess Parvati and children Kartikeya and Ganesha.
- Buddhist texts mention the mighty mountain as Mount Meru - a major Buddhist pilgrimage site. Vajrayana Buddhists consider the mountain as the home of buddha Cakrasaṃvara.
- In Bon, a native Tibetan religion, Mt. Kailash is regarded as the Axis Mundi. This means that the sacred mountain is the cosmic axis, or center of the world, where the earth meets heaven.
The Mystical Lake of Kailash Manasarovar
The mystically beautiful Lake Mansarovar lies at the base of Mount Kailash at an altitude of 4, 590 m above mean sea level. It is a freshwater lake in Burang County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibetan Autonomous Region, China. Fed by the Kailash Glaciers, Lake Mansarovar mixes with its next-door neighbor, Rakshas Tal. Interestingly, the holy lake’s water remains placid whether it is windy or not. The name of the lake is a blend of two Sanskrit words- Manas and Sarovara. While Manas means mind, and Sarovara means "a lake or a large pond". Lake Mansarovar has remained a pilgrimage site for thousands of years. Its religious significance is immense and unending.
- In Hinduism, it is believed that the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma, which later manifested on Earth.
- According to Hinduism, bathing in Lake Manasarovar and drinking its water can cleanse all sins.
- Jainism links the lake to the first Tirthankara, Rishabha. According to Jain scriptures, Bhagwan Rishabhdev attained nirvana on the Ashtapad Mountain.
- According to Bon religion, Tonpa Shenrab, the founder of the Bon religion, bathed in the lake, when he visited Tibet for the first time.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra-The Religious Connection
Cooped up in the majestic Trans-Himalayas of Tibet, this natural wonder of Kailash Mansarovar has captivated several pilgrims from Tibet, India, Nepal, and many other countries. Not only natural mysticism but the Kailash Mansarovar temple and surrounding region is also steeped deep into mythology. The holy Kailash mountain is considered to be the center of the world by four different religions.
Since time immemorial, several ancient religions have considered Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash, Lord Shiva's abode, as a place where anyone can attain Nirvana. Some people believe that walking around the mountain or the lake brings good fortune. This ritual is known as Kailash parikrama. Devotees also believe that bathing in the holy lake’s water washes off all the sins. However, on the other hand, some go on the Kailash Parvat Yatra to test their mental strength and physical endurance through a rugged Kailash Mansarovar trek!
The Holy Kailash Parikrama
The Kailash parikrama, or circumambulation, is a religious ritual of circling the natural shrines that form an important part of the journey to Kailash and Manasarovar. Generally performed in a clockwise direction, the religion Bon performs it anticlockwise. Buddhists believe that Kailash parikrama is equivalent to going through a cycle of life and rebirth into a new life. It is also believed that one parikrama can wash off a lifetime's worth of sins, and completing 108 parikramas can ensure nirvana or liberation from the circle of life and death.
The Kailash Parikrama process consists of two parts, Inner Kora and Outer Kora:
Kailash Outer Kora:
The outer kora of the Kailash Parikrama is a 56km trek that takes 3 days with overnight stays at Zuthulpuk and Diraphuk. During the Kailash Outer Kora Parikrama, one needs to cross the Dolma La mountain pass which is 5, 620 meters in height and toughest in the entire Kailash Yatra.
Kailash Inner Kora:
You will directly head to the south face of Mount Kailash. Considerably harder than the outer Kora, the inner Kailash Parikrama needs 34 km of trekking around Nandi Parvat, Asthapath, Atmalingam, Saptarishi cave, Rakshas Lingam. The trek starts and ends at Darchen. Know that the Kailash Manasarovar trek takes you through rough, rocky, and snow-covered landscapes.
Description Of The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
Here is a brief idea about our Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2021-22:
- Region: Nepal and Tibet autonomous region of China.
- Tour Activity Type: Group Tour.
- Group Size: Minimum 20 People per Group.
- Duration: 13 nights / 14 days.
- Difficulty Level: Easy, Medium, and High.
- Best time to travel: May to September.
- Approx Trekking KM (Parikrama): 39 KMs.
- Trip Begins and Ends at Kathmandu.
- Maximum Altitude Gain: 5,620 meters / 18, 438 feet (Dolma La Pass).
- Border Entry and Exit for Tibet: Kyirong.
- Type of Accommodation: Hotel / Guest House.
Itinerary of the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra
- Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
- Day 2: Kathmandu local tour.
- Day 3: Drive to Syabrubesi / Timure.
- Day 4: Immigration and Drive to Kyirong.
- Day 5: Acclimatization Day in Kyirong.
- Day 6: Drive from Kyirong to Saga.
- Day 7: Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar.
- Day 8: Puja, Hawan, and drive to Darchen.
- Day 9: Drive to Yamdwar and Trek to Dirapuk (1st day of Parikrama).
- Day 10: Trek to Zuthulphuk via Dolma La Pass and Gaurikund (2nd day of Parikrama).
- Day 11: Trek to the ending point and drive to Saga via Darchen (3rd day of Parikrama).
- Day 12: Drive to Kyirong.
- Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu via Rasuwa Gadi / Timure.
- Day 14: Departure – Check out by noon.
The Activities of the Yatra from Lucknow
Here’s what you will do on your Manasarovar Yatra from Lucknow:
- Day 1: Arrive at Lucknow and Drive to Nepalgunj.
- Day 2: Fly to Simikot.
- Day 3: Fly to Hilsa by Helicopter and drive to Taklakot.
- Day 4: Drive to Lake Manasarovar.
- Day 5: Puja, Hawan, and drive to Darchen.
- Day 6: Drive to Yamdwar and Trek to Dirapuk (1st day of Parikrama).
- Day 7: Trek to Zuthulphuk via Dolma La Pass and Gaurikund (2nd day of Parikrama).
- Day 8: Trek to the ending point and drive to Hilsa via Taklakot and fly to Simikot (3rd day of Parikrama).
- Day 9: Fly to Nepalgunj.
- Day 10: Departure.
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Via Lhasa
You can reach your destination by taking the Kailash Manasarovar yatra route from Lhasa. There are two ways to travel via Lhasa- the northern route and the southern route. The North Route via Namtso Lake is very rough and travels past Lake Namtso through Nagqu. On the other hand, the South Route via Everest Base Camp Travel Route is faster and includes Lhasa, Shigatse, Tingri, EBC, Saga, Darchen, and Mount Kailash. It covers a total distance of 1,577 kilometers. You can also board a flight if you want to avoid being on the road for days. The airport in Gunsa Village is the nearest. You will find direct flights from Lhasa Gonggar International Airport to Ngari departing daily at 7:30 am. The starting point of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2022 is from Kathmandu.
Itinerary of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Lhasa
- Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu (altitude 1400 meters).
- Day 2: Tour preparation and sightseeing day in Kathmandu.
- Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3700 meters).
- Day 4: Acclimatization and sightseeing in Lhasa city.
- Day 5: Fly to Ngari Gunsa Airport, also known as Ali Gunsa Airport, and Drive to Darchen (4, 200 meters) – 160 KMs.
- Day 6: Drive to Lake Mansarovar (4500 meters) - 40 KMs.
- Day 7: Drive to Yamdwar and walk to Diraphuk (4900 meters / 1st day Parikrama) – 12 KMs, 6 hours.
- Day 8: Trek to Zuthulphuk via Dolma La Pass (5620 meters) and Gaurikund (2nd Day of Parikrama) (4700 meters) – 22 km, 8-10 hours walk.
- Day 9: Trek to the ending point and drive to Ali Gunsa Airport.
- Day 10: Fly back to Lhasa.
- Day 11: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu.
- Day 12: Departure.
The itinerary of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra via Lhasa is customizable so you can change it to as per your requirements, you can visit Kailash and Manasarovar via Everest Base Camp by road from Lhasa. Also, you can exit from the land border after your Kailash Yatra finishes, no need to return back via Lhasa.
Best Time To Visit Kailash Manasarovar
Choose to travel during summer and monsoon, preferably from May to mid-September for your Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. It is the best time to trek, enjoy outdoor activities and enjoy the Saga Dawa Festival, a Tibetan Buddhist Festival.
Inclusions Of The Kailash Yatra
Here’s what is included in our Manasarovar tour packages:
- Accommodation with vegetarian Indian food as mentioned in the itinerary throughout the Yatra.
- Permit and Visa Charges – Tibet-China visa, Tibet entry permit, Kailash and Manasarovar Lake Parikrama entry fees, and local taxes.
- Support Crew – Experienced and Certified English and Hindi Speaking Nepali Guide, English Speaking Certified Chinese Guide, Experienced Cook and Nepalese Sherpas for handling the baggage.
- First Aid Kit and Oxygen Cylinders for emergencies. All our guides are trained in First Aid.
- Down Jacket, Duffle Bag, Day pack, and Warm cap (Down Jacket should be returned, and the rest is usually is a souvenir from the tour company).
- Toilet Tents, Toilet Chairs, and Shower tents for women in Manasarovar.
- Transportation – All Airport transfers, Bus/Van Transfers as per the itinerary.
- Kathmandu Sightseeing.
Exclusions of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Cost
We will not include the following in the Kailash Manasarovar yatra package:
- Travel Insurance, Rescue and Emergency Evacuation Charges, Medical, and Hospital Expenses in case of any emergency during the Yatra.
- Extra Accommodation and food if the Yatra is delayed/ postponed due to weather or other unavoidable circumstances.
- Group Visa Splitting Charges – If any Yatri decides to return midway from the Yatra, an amount of RMB 165* for visa splitting and USD 100*/day for transportation will be charged according to the China – FEC rules. *The mentioned amount generally gets changed every year, check the actual amount from your tour operator.
- Personal Expenses, Expenses for hiring a horse for Parikrama, or Porters for Parikrama.
- Beverages and other food which is not mentioned in the itinerary.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra- Process, Terms, and Conditions
- An amount of INR 35,000* + 5% GST per person is to be paid as an initial advance for visa and permit processing. *The mentioned amount generally gets changed every year, check the actual amount from your tour operator.
- Yatris are requested to send a color scanned copy of Passport, PAN card, and Aadhar card for documentation.
- Second Advance – An amount of INR 100,000* + 5% GST per person to be paid within a month of selected departure date. *The mentioned amount generally gets changed every year, check the actual amount from your tour operator.
- Yatris need to send their Passports to the Delhi Chinese Embassy for visa processing within 15 days before the departure date.
- It is mandatory to have a valid passport for 6 months and is not a diplomatic Passport.
- Passports sent to Delhi will be handed over to you in Kathmandu, so it is Mandatory to have a valid voter ID to fly to Nepal.
- Yatris below 70 Years of age will be only allowed to do the 2nd day of Parikrama if they are physically fit, and it will be the ultimate decision of the Chinese Guide.
Important Information For Yatris Above 70 years Of Age
- Has to submit a Medical Certificate from Government Medical Hospital at the time of booking.
- Has to deposit USD 1000* as a refundable security deposit which is non-refundable in case of the sudden demise of the Yatri. *The money deposit rule generally gets changed every year, check the actual amount from your tour operator.
- The Yatris will undergo a Health examination before the Parikrama and be allowed to do the Parikrama only if approved by the health examiner.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra- General Information
- Insurance: It is not mandatory to have travel insurance for visa processing. However, we recommend our Yatris have travel insurance. This will be useful in case of any emergencies.
- Oxygen: Tour company provides oxygen cylinders to all the groups which can be used in emergencies. However, Yatries willing to buy a handy oxygen cylinder personally can buy the same in Kyirong, which generally costs around RMB 20 – 30 per cylinder.
- Dry Food: Yatris can carry dry food items to make the yatra convenient.
- Money Exchange: Other currencies except for USD are not accepted in China but are acceptable in Nepal. Yatris can exchange the currency for Chinese Yuans in Kathmandu.
- Temperature: 4 to 18 degrees Celsius during daytime and 0 to -10 degrees Celsius during the night.
- Hot water consumption: Consuming hot water in high altitudes is always helpful and one of the best practices to help a successful Mount Kailash tour.
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