Each year thousands of religious pilgrims and travelers descend on Mt. Kailash to make the ritualistic trek around its base. Tibet Travel Expert discusses what’s in store for travelers who make the trip.
Kailash Manasarovar Pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra brings thousands to Tibet each year. This year has been no exception! Religious pilgrims and travelers alike descend on the holy Mt. Kailash, making the ritualistic trek around its base to purify their souls and take in dramatic Tibetan landscapes. For Hindus, Tibetan Buddhists, Jain, and Bon this is a sacred place. Kailash is to people of these faiths as Jerusalem is to Christians and Jews. Regardless of faith, all travelers are welcomed on this special journey of natural beauty and cultural discovery!
For Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Pilgrimage, you can chose private tour or group tour.
Tibet Travel Expert has been taking travelers on professionally guided Kailash tours for more than ten years. For many people this maybe once a life time experience and the one has to be fortunate enough to be able to do the Kailash Yatra. However, located in the far northwest Tibet, with around 1500 km distance away from the capital city of Lhasa, it takes 3-4 days to drive to the base of Kailash mountain, while 2 and half hours to fly to Kunsha airport which is still around 200 km away to Kailash, this journey to Kailash is not only time consuming but also costs big. With the price increase of the Tibet tourism vehicle and serious economy inflation problem recent years in Tibet, private Kailash tour for solo travelers or small group of 2-4 people becomes more and more expensive, many people can not even afford to pay for such a long distance trip. Here with Tibet travel expert, we provide the small group size group tours to Kailash and Lake Manasarovar thus travelers can share the expensive tour vehicles, however if there are 4-6 travelers, it costs very efficient to book a private tour.
Will I need to bring trekking equipment?
Travelers won’t need to worry about bringing things like tents, sleeping, bags and cooking equipment. On the trekking portion of the tour, nowadays there are dorm bed lodging available during the 3 days trek around Mt Kailash. You can also hire yaks, horses or porter at Darchen, the starting point of the trek to carry luggage for you. The Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage trek normally takes three days to complete, although you can spend less or more time there. Tibetans leave behind a lock of hair or stone to symbolize leaving behind their anger, fear, and prejudice. Travelers may also do this. However, please don’t leave behind anything that may harm the fragile environment!
Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage Packages in 2019
Typical Kailash Yatra Itinerary
Mt Kailash Kora (Pilgrimage Circuit) – A pilgrimage to Mt Kailash involves nothing more or less than making circuits around the sacred mountain. The Outer Pilgrimage Circuit (Chikhor) is about 52 km, and Tibetans can complete a circuit in a day. The majority of pilgrims try for 13 circuits, if they can. Some pilgrims do a circuit performing Kyangcha (Prostration). While the average circuit takes about 14 hours to complete, those doing prostration can take a couple of weeks. Those seeking to secure their path to enlightenment try for 108 circuits. Buddhists and Hindus travel clockwise around the mountain while Bonpos travel counter-clockwise. Most travelers take three days to complete a circuit.
- 1st Day – Darchen – Drirapuk Gompa (about 20 km)
Darchen – Chogu (Chuku) Gompa (3-4 hrs), Chogu (Chuku) Gompa – Drirapuk Gompa (3-4 hrs)
- 2nd Day – Drirapuk Gompa – Dolma La – Zutrulpuk Gompa (18 km)
Drirapuk Gompa – Zutrulpuk Gompa (7-8 hrs)
- 3rd Day – Zutrulpuk Gompa – Darchen (14 km)
Zutrulpuk Gompa – Darchen (3 hrs)
The Lake Manasarovar Pilgrimage Kora Itinerary
- First Day – Chiu Gompa – Langbona Gompa
- Second Day – Langbona Gompa – Seralung Gompa
- Third Day- Seralung Gompa – Trugo Gompa
- Fourth Day – Trugo Gompa – Chiu Gompa
Here below are some Typical Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Experiences
- 12 Days Kailash Manasarovar Yatra-Spiritual Parikrama
- 14 Days Indian Spiritual Kailash Manasarovar Tour of Tibet
- 15 Days Tibet Mt. Everest & Kailash Pilgrimage Group Tour
- 16 Days Spiritual Manasarovar Kailash Yatra with Full Moon
- 19 Day Tibet North Loop Grand Tour-Photography Adventure
- 19 Days Everest-Kailash Guge Kingdom Mystery of Tibet.
The unique blend of opportunities to enjoy dramatic landscapes and encounter people of a variety of cultural backgrounds is the draw for the thousands of travelers who come to Kailash every year. Tibet Travel Expert employs native Tibetan guides who are passionate about sharing where they come from and helping travelers gain the most authentic perspective possible. Travelers are encouraged to start planning and book their tour now! Email us at [email protected].