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Believed to have been formed about 30 million years ago, Mount Kailash, "Jewel of Snow" or " Snor Jewel," rises an altitude of 6714m. Pilgrims of the Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Tibetan Bön faiths come to Kailash to complete a ritual circumambulation around the base of the mountain.


Mount  Kailash  has a unique  shape, with four sheer faces matching the cardinal points. Kailash is regarded as the earthly manifestation of mythic   Mount Meru, or Sumeru, the spiritual center of the universe in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cosmology. To Tibetan Buddhists, Kailash is the abode of Demchog. Hindus see Sacred Mt Kailash as the throne of Shiva, while the Jains revere Kailash as the site at which their first prophet received enlightenment. A yatra or sacred pilgrimage to  Mount Kailash and a bath in the Mansarovar is believed to bring about salvation (Moksha). 


Mount Kailash Pilgrimage via Zhangmu Itinerary


Day 1  Arrive Kathmandu, meet and transfer to Hotel


Day 2  Full Day sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley. Join the welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural music


Day 3: Today, we head out to Zhangmu, abut 115km and on to Nyalam ( 3700meters), 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. 


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. Camp


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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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Mt Kailash trek

Location: Tibet

Total Tour Duration: 18 Days

Accommodation: Hotels, Tents, Lodges

Minimum Group Size: 1

Departures: April to October

Best: Saga Dawa

Risk: Altitude Sickness

Maximum Altitude: 4,800m

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A combination of long days with steep paths, boulders and some mountain scrambling. The route follows reasonable paths through thick vegetation, up hillsides, across rocky areas, and slippery shale surfaces.  Altitudes to 6000m


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