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Culture Tour

Mt. Kailash, 6,740 M. is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrer, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with 4 great faces. It is the spiritual enter for four great relegions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre- Buddhist animistic religion- Bonpo. To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the nave of the world. It is said that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and from here rivers flow in the four cardinal directions. The River of the Lion Mouth to the North, the River of the Horse Mouth to the East, the River of the Peacock Mount to the South and the River of the Elephant Mouth to the West. Strangely enough, four major rivers do indeed originate near Kailash, the Indus the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Karnali and the Sutlej. Tibetans believe that it is the residence of Demchong, a fierce looking tantric deity who lives there with his consort, Dorje Phagmo. For the Tibetans also, it is a particularly special place in that their poet saint Milarepa, spent several years here meditating in a cave.
For the Hindus Mount Kailash is the earthy manifestation of Mt. Meru, their spiritual centre of the universe, described as a fantastic 'world pillar' 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its roots in the lowest hell and its summit kissing the heavens. On the top live their most revered God, Shiva, and his consort Parvati. For the Jains, an Indian religious group, Kailash is the site where their first prophet achieved enlightenment. For the older, more ancient religion of Bon, it is the site where its founder Shanrab is said to have descended from heaven. It was formerly the spiritual centre of Zhang Zung, the ancient Bon Empire that once included all of western Tibet. Bon people walk around the mountain in a constantly journeyed immense distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves of skin, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather and bandit attacks.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu- Kodari- Zhangmu- Nyalam
Day 04: Nyalam
Day 05: Nyalam-Saga
Day 06: Saga-Paryang
Day 07: Paryang-Chhu Gompa
Day 08: Chhu Gompa-Darchen
Day 09: Darchen- Tarboche- Dirapuk
Day 10: Dirapuk-Zuthulpuk
Day 11: Zuthulphuk- Zongdui- Horche
Day 12: Horche-Paryang
Day 13: Paryang - Saga
Day 14: Saga-Nyalam
Day 15: Nyalam- Zhangmu- Kodari- Kathmandu
Day 16: Final Departure

Day 01: Arive Kathmandu

Namaste! A warm welcome awaits you at the airport in Kathmandu. A Kora Tour representative will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel and help you check in. You will then be briefed about your daily activities. You will have rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu

After breakfast at the hotel, we will have briefing about Kailash Tour and half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city / Pashupatinath
Kathmandu City: Known as Kantipur, is the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal. A 218 square miles of land, situated above 4400 ft above sea level, Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's traditional culture and arts. Kashtamandap the source of the name Kathmandu and supposed to be made from the timber of a single tree and the Durbar Square are with its array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka, Seto Machendranath and the ancient place of the Nepalese Royalty.
Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in Pagoda Style has gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu- Kodari- Zhangmu- Nyalam

Early morning breakfast at the hotel and drive from Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal-Tibet Boarder). The distance we travel is 130 kms and the drive takes 7-8 hours. Under normal road condition. Upon reaching the border, customs formalities will be carried out. We will have lunch here & we drive up to Zhangmu (9300 ft) which is the main entrance of Tibet, In Zhangmu, you will be received by our guide and help you complete all custom & immigration formalities. Then transfer to Nyalam (12500 ft) which takes some 3 more hrs.
Overnight at Guest house.

Day 04: Nyalam

Spend the whole day at Nyalam for acclimatization.
Overnight at Guest house.

Day 05: Nyalam- Saga

After breakfast, a drive to Saga will take almost 7 hrs (240 km). During the drive, you will pass through the first highest pas of Lalung La Pass (5000 m) and encounter superb view of Himalayas. Upon arrival at Saga, check in to a local Guest House where you will stay overnight.

Day 06: Saga- Paryang

After beakfast, a drive to Prayang will take almost 78 hrs (240 km). During the drive you can enjoy distance view of beautiful snow capped mountains. Upon arrival at Paryang, check in at local Guest House. Where you will stay overnight.

Day 07: Paryang-Chhu Gompa

Breakfast at the hotel. This is the day we reach to the point from where we get the first view of Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. The we start the Parikarma (circumambulation) of the Lake Mansarovar to reach Chhu Gompa which is on the banks of Lake Mansarovar. The drive to Chhu Gompa is 280 kms. And takes 10 hrs. On the way we complete most of the circumambulation of Lake mansarovar.
Overnight at the Guest House.

Day 08: Chhu Gompa-Darchen

After breakfast, we depart for darchen which is 45 kms wich takes about 2 hrs. Darchen is a small village close to Munt Kailash. We must mentally prepare ourselves for the 'Parikarma' of Mount Kailash the next day.
Overnight at Guest House.

Day 09: Darchen- Tarboche- Dirapuk

Today is also the day of the Parikarma. In the morning we drive for Tarboche (8 kms, 30 mnutes drive) from where we start our trek to Dirapuk. The trek distance is 18 kms and takes 5 hrs. We stay overnight at the Tented Camp.

Day 10: Dirapuk-Zuthulpuk

In the morning we start our trek from Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk. We trek through Drolma La Pass which is at an altitude of 18,600 ft, the highest point in the course of our journey. This is the most challenging day for pilgrimage with the total distance of 22 kms and 9 hrs, of trek. We stay overnight at the Tented Camp.

Day 11: Zuthulphuk- Zongdui- Horche

In the morning after breakfast, we start our trek from Zuthulphuk, which is about 6 kms to Zongdui, the pickup point. From here, we drive to Horche which is 40 kms far and takes 2 hrs. Horche is a small village near the lake's northeast corner. On the way, we complete remaining circumambulation of Lake Mansarovar. We relax overnight at the Tented Camp.

Day 12: Horche-Paryang

After breakfast, we begin our journey back to Paryang. The distance to Paryang is 280 kms and takes about 11 hrs. Overnight at a Guest House.

Day 13: Paryang- Saga

Breakfast at the Guest House. After breakfast, a drive to Saga, which lies at an altitude of 4600 mtrs and the drive, takes almost 7 hours for 255 kms. Overnight at a Guest House.

Day 14: Saga- Nyalam

Morning breakfast at the guest house and drive to Nalam (3750m) hich is 240 kms far. The journey will take almost 7 hours.
Overnight at the Guest House.

Day 15: Nyalam- Zhangmu- Kodari- Kathmandu

After breakfast at the guest house in the morning, drive downhill to Zhangmu and Frienship Bridge (Nepal/ Tibet Border) where transportation awaits for the final leg of journey to Kathmandu.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16: Final Departure

Morning breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for your final departure.