Complete Guide for Mount Kailash Trek and Mansarovar yatra 2024
Kailash Mansarovar yatra – The great footsteps of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage with vegetarian foodservice and journey to the abode of Lord Shiva.
Yatra to Kailash (known as Kang Rimpoche – snow jewel) is one of lifetime achievement journey for everyone. Lord Shiva, is a true symbol of the ultimate divinity to mankind. We believe every human soul of this Universe is associated with the sacred mountain of Kailash. Kailash as an icon gives to the world that the vicious circle/chakra of life goes on by the universal truth and divine devotion of Shiva and eternal power.
How to reach Kailash Mansarovar easily?
Which months are Best time for Kailash Yatra in 2024.
Generally, the beginning of May till the end of September months and time are very suitable for Mansarovar Yatra. Keep and mind, by helicopter to Kailash is not best for July August. Because of bad weather in Nepaljung – Simikot flight route, some time kailash yatra length can be longer than your schedule. By bus from Kathmandu and Via Lhasa flight kailash tours are always (May till September) reliable and cost-effective.
The yatra can be done from seven to 15 days in a different way. There are few popular kailash yatra routes in the following.
Kailash Yatra by bus from Kathmandu – 14 days including Pashupatinath Darshan via Kerung border.
Mount kailash yatra via flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu and drive -16 days with Pashupatinath Temple.
Kailash Manasarovar yatra by helicopter to Hilsa and drive – 10 night 11 days, but some people do within seven days as well.
Kailash Yatra via Ali is Fastest and deluxe kailash yatra by flight to Lhasa and Ali, drive to Mansarovar 11 days, is one of most expensive but luxury route with avoiding long bus journey.
All the Kailash Mansarovar yatra route are very popular, valuable and precious. Although, Kailash yatra from Lhasa and By bus from Kerung route is most popular and very experience able, cost-effective and reliable according to the previous devotes experience.
To prepare for a lifetime experience kailash and mansarovar yatra following ideas can apply for everyone.
First, make sure your yatra date and plan the fixed schedule for Kailash yatra. Choose your suitable kailash yatra travel route, get general information about the route and places about.
Book your yatra by best, experience local tour operator, those agencies who take you directly to the Yatra and take care to you. Compare the cost and their service before booking your mansarovar yatra.
Fill up your yatra booking form very clearly in detail (Because it date apply to the Chinese Embassy and if something wrong and mistake, you will not get the visa and permit to Mount Kailash.)
Provide detail of your passport, address, arrival detail in Kathmandu and Make sure about your hotel detail in Kathmandu.
Be patient for valuable time schedule, do some physical exercise and every day at least 2 to 4-kilometer hiking before a month from yatra in your home. That helps you lot for your successful mount kailash circuit parikrama.
Eat healthy food (suggested to be a vegetarian during the yatra).
Get knowledge of kailash yatra equipment and prepare for those things.
Get your daily life very actively, that helps for good respiration.
Geographical condition of Mount Kailash and Mansarovar.
The spiritual mountain of Kailsah and holy lake mansarovar are located in the West part Tibet region of the Trans Himalayan belt. Since the region is restricted and part of Tibet (Chinese Territory) since 1958 AD. Travel to Mansarovar and Kailash parvat, require permits/permission from the Chinese authorities is required for (Kailash Mansarovar yatra) the journey to the sacred site. And, need to get special paper visa authority from Chinese Embassy through the reputation and experience kailash yatra operator. Individually pilgrimage is not permitted to go Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
Kailash Mansarovar region is at the altitude of 20,000 feet above sea level, the Holy Kailash mountain is spread over an area of around 63 km. Standing tall high with an elevation 6638 meter and the Stony up and down terrain of the mountain, make a journey to region challenging, tiring and picturesque with several faces and added divinity all around while you are in kailash yatra.
The Magic Face of Kailash Parvat or Mt. Kailash.
When we see the mountain from the south direction, we would feel the drawing of an image of the three-eyed Lord Shiva’s face. On looking at it from the west side, the mountain looks with the theme and the signs of Nagaraja Vasuki, which usually resides around Shiva’s neck i.e., the snake.
Based upon the Hindu Mythological books – the symbols of Nagaraja on the mountain appear at the time of turning around of the Ocean of Milk.
From the north side, the enigmatic feel of this divinity can be felt where the shrine of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati lies.
Mount Kailash trek – the 52-kilometer holy walk/kora around the Kailash.
Kailash circuit begins from Datchen (A small developing Tibetan town just below the Mt. Kailash south face. Quite well settlement place with 4-star hotel facilities). The total length of kailash parikrama is 52 kilometers and that takes two and a half days for yatries. Kailash Parikrama route is
Parikrama Day 1:
Darchen to Yamadwar – Six kilometer, easy walk takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. Now a day, Mostly people drive to Yamadwar. Make a three times parikrama of yamadwar that like one parikrama of Kailash.
Yamadwar to Deraphu Monastery – About 12 km. That takes about 4 to 5 hours along the riverbank of Sutlej from Northside of Kailash is called Atmalingam.
Parikrama Day 2:
Deraphu to Dolma-La pass – Gaurikunda – Zutulphu Monastery: About 22 Kms. Is one of longest, difficult and important day of kailash journey. Today, you cross 5630m. altitude over Dolma-La pass and Gauri Kunda darshan. Uphill a downhill walk takes almost 10 to 11 hours.
Parikrama day 3 :
Zutulphu Monastery to Chongdo- Darchen: About 12 kilometer to darchen, takes about 5 hours. But, now a day most people end their kora from Chongdo before 4 kilometers from Darchen and take the drive.
Every year, thousands of people dreaming to a join for kailash yatra from the world, but only some of they able to go for this yatra. The yatries are increasing every year. The yatra service is offering better and better, things and weather changing lots, but the Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar do not change and never changing the charms.
Kailash Yatra – one of the most popular and difficult journey in the high Tibetan plateau. People describe Mt. Kailash is the center of the Universe, the 6967m mountain is the beginning source of four very strong rivers in every direction. Of earth from high Tibetan plateau.
The Brahmaputra River – East direction.
The Karnali River – South Direction.
The Sutlej River – West Direction.
The Indus River – North Direction.
Five holiest temples and Monasteries around Kailash Trek – The Mount Kailash in its circumference has five monasteries:
Nyari Monastery – Nyari is the first site on the Kailash Kora.
Drirapuk Monastery – On the way to Kailash Parikrama day one.
Songchu Monastery – Located in Inner kora.
Gyangzha Monastery – Located in Inner Kora.
Zutulphu Monastery – Located in after dolma-la pass on day 2 of kailash kora.
Each monastery has its own different legendary stories and has been bestowed by distinctive sculptures, statues, murals, thangkas, and other Tibetan cultural objects. Although most of the temples & Monasteries are destroyed due to changing weather of the terrain. Still, some of the monasteries offer simple accommodation to pilgrims and trekkers and function as mud houses during the Kailash Parikrama.
Suggest equipment – packing list information for kailash Mansarovar yatra 2024 specially.
Winter wear: Gore-Tex material is highly recommended. Down jacket, raincoat or windbreakers, thermal underwears, Jackets, warm trousers & woolen shirts (cotton will also do), warm sweaters, woolen gloves, sun hat, comfortable kailash trekking shoes, woolen hat (‘monkey cap’) & scarf/dust mask to protect your eyes & nose from dust. Mouth dust-protected mask or buff, Day snacks along the way, Chocolates, Dry fruits, Glucose or any kind of biscuits and strong water bottle for hot water. Personal medical kit and Diamox tablet (for high altitude). Sun glasses (to protect your eyes from UV, which is especially strong in high altitude). Sunblock or sun cream lotion, leap guard, wet tissues (Fresh-ones are excellent to wipe off the dust), clothes-line/clips, torch lights & spare batteries, day-pack (small shoulder bag), if needed Camera & films, battery charger, and Chinese currency.
Kailash Yatra travel route information on Map for 2024.
Importance of Mansarovar Lake and the holy Bath.
Mansarovar lake known as holiest religious significance for Hindus, Buddhist, Bonpo and Jain Religion.
According to the Hinduism mythology – The holy lake Mansarovar perform purity. Who drinks the lake water is side to attain relief from all his sins of last 100 lifetimes. And reach the Lord Shiva’s abode after Death. The legends also say that the lake was first formed in the Lord Brahma’s mind. thereafter, the same was evidence on Earth. The mane of the lake is derived from the Sanskrit term ‘Manas Sarovaram’ which means mind, and lake means Sarovaram. It believes mansarovar lake is a place for a holy bath for Goddess Parvati and playground of Shiva nearby Kailash.
According to Buddhism philosophy – To Buddhists was seen to represent the Wheel of Life, with the hub at the center of the lake and the eight gompas representing the places where the spokes of the wheel connected with the rim. Thus, one full kora pilgrimage around the lake represented a single turning of the wheel, with all of the benefits that apply. The pilgrimage route, while hitting all eight gompas along the way, is about 64 miles long and takes two to four days to complete. If one just circumambulates around the shores of the lake, it is about 54 miles. Some Buddhists believed that the lake was identical to the legendary Anotatta Lake, where the Buddha’s mother dreamt she had bathed and saw a vision of the Buddha appearing from the direction Kailash on a white elephant before he was born. There are several other Buddhist legends of the lake as well.
According to Jainism – The Lake is said to be associated with Lord Shree Rishabhdev, the first Tirthankara. Ashtapad Mountain, located close to Mt Kailash, is regarded as the place where Lord Rishabhdevji with his disciples attained Nirvana (Moksh).
Popular places visit during your holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route.
Brahmaputra River while the drive to and from Mansarovar lake.
Mansarovar Lake and around Monasteries (Tsu Gompa, duku Monastery)
Rakas (Rakashes Tal) the poison lake.
Natural Hot Spring just between Mansarovar lake and Rakas Tal.
Darchen and Yamadwar/Darboche.
Deraphu Monastery and Atmalingam (touch Kailash)
Pap Dharma (Hell and Haven cave/whole before Dolma-La pass.
The Blessing stone Center.
Dolma-La pass (5630m)
Gauri Kunda/Parvati Kunda.
Wish you a Successful Yatra in 2024. May Lord Shiva bless you. Om Namo Shivaya
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