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Mount Kailash


Group Size: 5-10 People Max Altitude: m
Destination: Tibet Difficulty: Moderate
Cost: $ Duration: 21 Days/22 Nights
Arrival at: Kathmandu Departure from: Tibet
Location: N/A Trip Style: Active Adventures


Trip Introduction

According to legend, immortal Shiva lives a top Kailash where he spends his time practicing yogic austerities, making joyous love with his divine consort, Parvati, and smoking ganja, the sacred herb known in the west as marijuana, Hindus do not interpret Shiva's behaviors as contradictory however, but rather see in him a deity who has wisely integrated the extremes of human nature and thus transcended attachment to any particular, and limited, way of being. For a Hindu, to make the arduous pilgrimage to Kailash and have the darshan (divine view) of Shiva's abode is to attain release from the clutches of ignorance and delusion.

Kailash is sacred to other religions as well. The Jains call the mountain Astapada and believe it to be the place where Rishaba, the first of the twenty-four Tirthankaras attained liberation. Followers of Bon, Tibet's pre-Buddhist, shamanistic religion, call the mountain Tise and believe it to be the seat of the Sky Goddess Sipaimen. Additionally, Bon myths regard Tise as the sight of a legendary 12th century battle of sorcery between the Buddhist sage Milarepa and the Bon shaman Naro Bon-chung. Milarepa's defeat of the shaman displaced Bon as the primary religion of Tibet, firmly establishing Buddhism in its place. While the Buddha is believed to have magically visited Kailash in the 5th century BC, the religion of Buddhism only entered Tibet, via Nepal and India, in the 7th century AD. Tibetan Buddhists call the mountain Kang Rimpoche, the 'Precious One of Glacial Snow', and regard it as the dwelling place of Demchog (also known as Chakrasamvara) and his consort, Dorje Phagmo. Three hills rising near Kang Rimpoche are believed to be the homes of the the Bodhisatvas Manjushri, Vajrapani, and Avalokiteshvara.

Pilgrims to Kailash, after the difficult journey getting there, are then confronted with the equally arduous task of circumambulating the sacred peak. This walking around the mountain (clockwise for the Buddhists, counter-clockwise for Bon adherents) is known as a Kora, or Parikrama, and normally takes three days. In hopes of gaining extra merit or psychic powers however, some pilgrims will vary the tempo of their movement. A hardy few, practicing a secret breathing technique known as Lung-gom, will power themselves around the mountain in only one day. Others will take two to three weeks for the Kora by making full body prostrations the entire way. It is believed that a pilgrim who completes 108 journeys around the mountain is assured enlightenment. Most pilgrims to Kailash will also take a short plunge in the nearby, highly sacred (and very cold) Lake Manosaravar. The word 'manas' means mind or consciousness; the name Manosaravar means Lake of Consciousness and Enlightenment. Adjacent to Manosaravar is Rakas Tal or Rakshas, the Lake of Demons. Pilgrimage to this great sacred mountain and these two magical lakes is a life changing experience and an opportunity to view some of the most magical scenery on the entire planet.

Itinerary

Day 01 : Fly Kathmandu-Lhasa and transfer to Hotel
Day 02 : Sight-seeing Lhasa
Day 03 : Sight-seeing Lhasa
Day 04 : Drive Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse with sight-seeing Gyantse
Day 05 : Sight-seeing Shigatse & drive to Latse
Day 06 : Drive to Daoban
Day 07 : Drive to Tsochen
Day 08 : Drive to Gertse
Day 09 : Drive to Gakyi
Day 10 : Drive to Shiquanhe
Day 11 : Drive to Tsada [Guge]
Day 12 : Excursions Kingdom Guge
Day 13 : Drive to Darchen
Day 14 : Kora [trek]
Day 15 : Kora [trek]
Day 16 : Kora [trek]arrive Darchen
Day 17 : Drive to Manasarovar lake
Day 18 : Drive to Paryan
Day 19 : Drive to Saga
Day 20 : Drive to Paiku Tso
Day 21 : Drive to Zhangmu, cross border
Day 22 : Drive Back to Kathmandu

Date & Cost (Scheduled Trips)

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
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