Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
Durations: Approx 24 Days
Best Time: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Cost: On Request
Route: Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand)
Places Covered: Delhi - Almora - Dhaurchula - Nabi Gaon - Kala Pani - Nabhidhang - Taklakot - Darchan - Deraphuk - Zunzhai Pu - Qugu - Taklakot - Nabi Gaon/Gunji - Darchula - Almora - Delhi
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
Kailash Parvat and Mansarovar Lake, important religious sites for Hindus, are located in the western part of Tibet. Both the sites hold religious importance for the Hindus, Jains and the Buddhists. For Hindus, Mount Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva. The journey through Lipulekhh, the gateway to Kailash Mansarovar, involves trekking of around 90 Kms at high altitudes of up to 19,500 feet, under inhospitable conditions, including extreme weather and rugged terrain. However, the new route through Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh will save pilgrimages from the arduous journey that they have to undertake and cut the travel time from 3-4 weeks to just one.
Passport is mandatory for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra as Mount Kailash is located in China-occupied Tibet. China also supplies visas and permit for the yatra. Only group visas are issued, so the yatra has to be done through tour operators.
Delhi- Almora (06.00-20.00 hrs | 340 km/Bus | 5250 ft)
From New Delhi, yatris travel to Almora, a small town in the foothills of the Himalayas in the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand, for an overnight halt there. As the departure from New Delhi is planned early morning by 06.00 hours, yatris need to ensure that their baggage is packed and ready by 05.00 A.M.
Almora - Dharchula (06.00-16.00 hrs | 220 km/Bus | 2985 ft)
The journey to Dharchula is through steep mountain roads. The town of Dharchula, located on the bank of river Kali with Nepal just across the river, is the last big town en route Kailash Manasarovar. Yatris will have early breakfast at Almora. Lunch will be served at Didihat. All the yatries are requested to do the necessary preparation and all formalities for the yatra same day, as the batch will move early morning next day. Check in the hotel/Homestay and dinner at the same place.(Hotel on Twin / Triple sharing basis) (Meals: B, D)
Dharchula - Gunji / Nabi Gaon(80 KMs/ 5 Hrs) 3200 M
Departure to Gunji after breakfast enroute sightseeings of beautiful waterfalls and villages, Chialekh, Garbyang and Napalchu. The road condition is not so good hence it takes atleast 5 to 6 hrs to cover 80 kms – we use powerfull vehicles to transport you with comfortable seats. Upon arrival check into your homestay/lodge and later walk around the village and enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains. Later come back to the Homestay/lodge for dinner and overnight stay. (Meals: B, D)
Gunji / Nabi Stay
There will be a medical recheck of yatries, for those which were under the guidance of medical team. Only the yatries found fit at this stage will be allowed to continue the Yatra. Unfit yatries will return to Delhi with the next returning batch.
Gunji - Kalapani (07.00-12.00 h | 10 km/Trek | 12067 ft)
Gunji to Kalapani is now 9 km long motorable but unpaved road. Kalapani Temple is considered the origin of River Kali. From here, yatries can see a mountain which has Sage ‘Vyasa’s cave’. According to Hindu legend, this is the cave where Sage Vyasa performed penance for years. At Kalapani emigration checkpoint, passports of Yatries are checked and stamped before moving forward.(Hotel on Twin / Triple sharing basis) (Meals: B, D)
Kalapani to Navidhang (07.00-13.00 hrs | 9 km/Trek | 13980 ft)
The stretch from Kalapani to Navidhang is a gradual uphill climb. At Kalapani emigration checkpoint, passports of Yatris are checked and stamped before moving forward. As yatries move to the upper reaches of the Himalayas, the kali will be left far below. The 09 km stretch takes yatries above the tree line revealing the face of the mountains. It is from the camp at Navidhang that yatries can view the unique phenomenon of ‘Om’. The mountain on the eastern side, Om Parvat, has patterns on the snow, which resemble a naturally formed ‘Om’, a rare sight since the mountain is usually wreathed in clouds. – upon arrival check in your homestay. (Meals: B, D)
Navidhang to Taklakot via Lipulekh (07.00IST -13.00 hrs CST | 12+15 km/Trek | 12930 ft)
This is the last stretch in India before yatris cross over to the Tibetan side. This is a treacherous walk and more so if weather conditions are not favourable at the narrow pass, which is at about 16,730 feet. The crossing of the pass is a finely timed affair with the new batch of yatris crossing into Tibet meeting the batch returning to India after completing the Parikrama. The guides provided by the Chinese Government will meet Yatris at the Lipulekh Pass. From Lipulekh, the terrain here is very barren, with hardly any vegetation in sight. Indian Pony/porter will take leave at the top of the pass. After all Yatris have successfully crossed the Lipulekh Pass (around 7 km uphill), the Chinese authorities take over and guide the descent into Tibet. The time difference between India and Tibet is plus 2 ½ hours. Yatris may have to walk downhill for about 3 km to the point where bus would be available for journey to Taklakot. In this stretch, porter/pony is not available. (Hotel on Twin / Triple sharing basis) (Meals: B, D)
Stay at Taklakot
Yatries will stay at Taklakot to complete immigration and custom formalities. Taklakot (Purang) is an old trading town. It has a main street with shops. Yatris will be put up in a guest house with basic facilities. Hot water for bathing will be available. Food is also served at set times and normally includes rice, soup and boiled vegetables provided by the guest house. Chinese officials will check documents of yatris here and collect the fees [Fees & Expenditure for Yatris]. Yatris will stay at Taklakot to complete Immigration and Customs formalities. Yatris may exchange money for Chinese Yuan/Renminbi to purchase items of need and for hiring ponies and porters for the Kailash Parikrama. (Hotel on Twin / Triple sharing basis) (Meals: B)
Taklakot to Darchen (CST 09.00-12.00 hrs | 102 km/Bus | 15320 ft)
From DAY-9 to DAY-14, the Manasarovar and Kailash Parikramas are performed.
Darchen is the base camp for Kailash Parikrama. On the way to Darchen, Yatris will briefly stop by the Rakshas Tal, a beautiful lake separated by a thin stretch of land from the Lake Manasarovar. While Manasarovar is likened to the Sun and Light, Rakshas Tal is compared to the Moon and the Darkness of night. It is believed that Ravana meditated on the shores of Rakshas Tal to seek Lord Shiva’s favour. The lake is, therefore, referred to as Ravana Tal. It is from Rakshas Tal that yatris get the first view of Mount Kailash. The bus also stops by Manasarovar Lake for a short while
Darchen to Deraphuk (CST 08.00-14.00 hrs | 7+12 km/Bus+Trek | 16600 ft)
The 48 km Parikrama of Kailash starts. The first leg will take yatris to Deraphuk, 19 km from Darchen. The first 7 km distance is covered by bus/truck. Upon reaching the 'Yam Dwar', pony and porters are allotted and trek begins. Deraphuk is 12 km away, on mostly level track. Along the way, magnificent rock cliffs tower around, with streams and waterfalls flowing from some of them. Some of the rocks have inscriptions of Buddhist mantras on them. The literal meaning of Deraphuk is 'Cave of the Female Yak’s Horns'. It provides a magnificent view of Mount Kailash. This is the closest and clearest view that yatris will get of Mount Kailash – a spectacular sight especially when illuminated by the rays of the setting sun. Yatris will spend a night in this camp. (Hotel on Twin / Triple sharing basis) (Meals: B, D)
Deraphuk to Zunzhui Pu (CST 05.00-17.00 hrs | 19 km/Trek | 15680 ft)
Yatris set off very early in the dark (torches are required) from Deraphuk on a trail which ascends to an 18,600 feet pass, supposed to be guarded by a Tibetan goddess called Dolma. This is the toughest part of the journey with a long trek. Yatris need to stay close in one group, especially when it is dark, and help each other. Along the way, a flat stretch strewn with discarded clothing 23 Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2019 can be seen. This is Shiv Sthal, where Yama, the King of Death is supposed to judge those who cross it. Crossing the Dolma pass remains a test of faith and determination, as blizzards are known to strike without warning. A rock here is said to represent the goddess Tara Devi. Yatris can pray to the Goddess by placing prayer flags, pots of butter and light incense sticks, if so desired. As yatris descend from the Dolma Pass, they will pass the emerald green Gauri Kund, the lake where goddess Parvati is believed to have bathed. The next 2 km distance is a steep descent where one has to be careful. Thereafter, more or less flat path continues till Zunzhui Pu where yatris stay overnight. (Meals: B, D)
Zunzhui Pu to Qugu (CST 09.00-12.00 hrs | 5+95 km/Trek+Bus | 15160 ft)
Yatris head to Qugu for Manasarovar Parikrama, taking a route, which is mostly on flat terrain. This completes the Parikrama of Mount Kailash. Part of Manasarovar parikrama would have been done by bus on DAY-9 to DAY-12 on way to Darchen from Taklakot. Yatris reach the camp at Qugu around lunch time. Qugu is located on the banks of Lake Manasarovar. On the foothills of Mount Kailash, lies the magnificent Lake of Manasarovar. The Lake changes colour and mood with the passing hours and seasons: placid now, tempestuous the next. The reflection of the Sun, the clouds, the stars and even Mount Kailash, keeps the beholder spellbound. The Lake is large, being 88 km in circumference with a maximum depth of 300 feet. Its fascinating variety and beauty capture the heart and imagination of the viewers. The water of the Lake can be freezing at certain times of the day and pleasantly warm at others. (Hotel on Twin / Triple sharing basis) (Meals: B, D)
Stay at Qugu Yatris continue to enjoy staying close to Lake Manasarovar.
(Hotel on Twin / Triple sharing basis) (Meals: B)
Qugu to Taklakot (CST 07.00-10.00 hrs | 65 km/Bus | 12930 ft)
Yatris return to Taklakot, thus completing the Parikrama of Lake Manasarovar. Immigration and Customs formalities are completed here.
Taklakot to Gunji (CST 06.00-IST15.00 hrs | 15+26 km/Bus+ Trek | 10370 ft)
Yatris have to cross back into India via the Lipulekh pass to stay overnight at Gunji.
Nabi Gaon - Darchula (80 KMs/5 Hrs)
Lv after breakfast for Darchula and enjoy the drive – evening check in the Hotel and once again if you wish you can visit Nepal border for shopping and later back to the hotel. (Hotel on Twin / Triple sharing basis) (Meals: B, D)
Darchula - Almora (220 KMs/7 Hrs)
Lv after breakfast and visit enroute Chitai Golu Devta Temple just 8 kms before Almora and later upon arrival check in the hotel. Almora- is a mountainous district, formed in the shape of a horse’s hoof. According to a legend, Kaushika Devi of Almora is said to have killed the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha in this region. Almora was ruled by the Chand empire first and then by the Katyuri dynasty.Almora is popular for its sweets which you can order upon arrival and they will have it prepared by next morning. Almora is famous for its alluring beauty, panoramic view of the Himalayas, rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, and delicious cuisines. (Hotel on Twin / Triple sharing basis) (Meals: B)
Almora- Delhi Drop (390 KMs/8 Hrs)
Lv after breakfast for Delhi and you arrive by Evening – the tour ends here.
Terms & Conditions
Booking shall be accepted with a non-refundable deposit of INR 25,000 per person. Balance payment should be paid at least 30 days before the trip departure. Payment should be made by bank transfer to Panch Kailash Yatra | 308, DDA-1, District Center Janakpuri, New Delhi – 110018 (India)
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our INR or Foreign Currency Account or should be made by INR draft favoring & Club Holidays & Adventures payable at Delhi.
Passport copy with minimum 6 months validity.
Letter from a doctor certifying that the participant is fit to undertake this pilgrimage.
Booking MUST be made minimum 2 months prior to each departure date.
Booking Form duly filled up
Once a booking is made, the deposit fee is non-refundable, irrespective of circumstances.
Cancellation made 30 days before the departure date – 25 % of total package cost.
Cancellation made 15 days before the departure date – 50 % total package cost.
No refunds for any cancellation made within 15 days from date of travel.
Cancellations must be sent by e-mail, verbal cancellations shall not be entertained.
In case Club holidays cancels the group/departure due to political unrest / VISA / Permits denial / factors beyond our control, our liability shall be limited to advance payment received by us. We shall not be responsible for any kind of flight cancellation cost etc.
Disputes, if any, shall be subject to Delhi jurisdiction.