Mt. Kailash Kora (Circumambulation)

Mt. Kailash Kora

A great mass of black rock soaring over 22,000 feet, Mt. Kailash (6741 m)- the most sacred mountain in the Tibetan Buddhist world is considered to be the centre of the universe. Uncannily symmetrical, this remote and remarkable peak is located in the far west of Tibet. For many it is a primordial image of a stupa/ choerten, crowned with a glacier and a perfect cone of pure snow. Mt. Kailash has arguably, the unique distinction of being the world's most venerated holy mountain while at the same time being the least visited. Being the sacred mountain of four different religions and over one billion people. Kailash is seen by no more than several thousand pilgrims every year.

The cosmologies and origin myths of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism refer to Kailash as the mythical Mt. Meru, the Axis Mundi, the centre and birthplace of the entire universe. The mountain was already legendary before the great Hindu epics; the Ramayana and the Mahabharata were written. Mt. Kailash is so deeply embedded in the myths of ancient Asia that for many it is the location of the strongest cosmic power. Geologically Mt. Kailash was formed around 50 million years ago, whereas the Himalayas are considered to have evolved 10 million years ago.

In Sanskrit Kailas means luminous crystal. Hindus believe Mt.Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva. According to legend, the immortal Shiva is enthroned on the top of Kailash and the mountain is regarded as the location of exceptionally powerful transformation. Therefore a Hindu making the pilgrimage to Kailash and having a darshan (divine view) of Shiva's abode is to attain release from the clutches of ignorance and delusion. Kailash is also sacred to the Jains, they call a hill near the Kailash formation Astapada, and that is the place where Rishaba, the first of the twenty-four Tirthankaras attained liberation. Followers of Bon, the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet, call the mountain Tise and believe it to be the seat of the Sky Goddess Sipaimen.

Trip Facts:

Trip destination: Mt. Kailash-Tibet
Trip Duration: 14 Days
Grade: Moderate adventure
Starts in: Nyalam
Ends in: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge and camping
Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser with support truck
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner during tour

Maximum altitude: 5610m
Group size: Minimum 02 to Maximum 25 people
Cost: Please contact us

Mt. Kailash Kora - Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu/ Nyalam (3750 m). Overnight Guest house.
Day 02: Rest at Nyalam.
Day 03: Nyalam/ Saga (4600 m) camp.
Day 04: Saga/ Paryang (4550 m) camp.
Day 05: Paryang/ Chiu Gomba (4550 m) camp.
Day 06: Chiu Gomba/ Gosul Gomba (4540 m).
Day 07: Gosul Gomba/ Darchen (4520 m) camp.
Day 08: Darchen/ Dera Phuk Gomba (4860 m) camp - A three day trek around Mt. Kailash.
Day 09: Dera Phuk Gomba/ Zutul Phuk Gomba (4760 m) camp.
Day 10: Zutul Phuk Gomba/ Horaa (4500 m) camp.
Day 11: Horaa/ Paryang camp.
Day 12: Paryang/ Saga camp.
Day 13: Saga/ Nyalam. Overnight Guest house.
Day 14: Nyalam/ Zhang-Mu/ Kathmandu.

Notice: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.

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Price Includes:

3 night's standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin share BB basis | 12 nights accommodation in Tibet using guesthouse /camp with meals | Mt.kailash Permit Fee | Yaks & Yak Men for luggage during Kailash Parikrama | Ground transfers in Tibet using Toyota Land Cruisers or bus as applicable | Services of English speaking guide in Tibet | Services of our trekking equipment and Sherpa staff | All Trekking & camping equipment including Gyamo Bags | Sleeping bags and oxygen cylinder.

Price Excludes:

Using extra nights in lodge (Except the mentioned on itinerary). Yak/porter for personal use. Rescue/ evacuation or the entire extra cost because of partition from the main group or serious.

Essential info on Holiday

Accommodation
Twin sharing rooms (single rooms available for in additional cost) in a high quality hotel in the heart of Katmandu while in Nepal. In Tibet, very simple guest houses with shared rooms and basic toilet facilities (in case of heavy rush and emergency we do use tented camp as well) will be your accommodation. Our staff will attend to all the camping responsibilities.  

Food
All meals during the trip will be provided. Our staff will cook delicious vegetarian foods include soups, rice, noodles, bread, curry, dal (lentils), potatoes, pickle, porridge, tea, milk, coffee.

Transportation
Private bus will be transportation to border from Kathmandu and 4 wheels drive Landcruisers and Jeeps with trucks to carry personal and group gear will be on Tibet site. There will be 4 clients per vehicle and 1 driver. During trek we provide yaks to carry your personal gear. Extra yak/horse and yak/horse man can be provided ( for an additional cost)

Visa & Documentation
Clients must have a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining. We will take care of all the Tibet visa and entry permit procedures, once we receive copy of your passport and advance deposit.

Insurance
We recommend that all clients obtain proper medical and travel insurance prior to the trip. Make sure travel insurance includes emergency and rescue coverage.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude is a major factor on all of our Tibet tours. We often reach altitudes of over 5000m.This can have mild or severe affects on the body no matter what your level of health. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. The best way to prevent this is to stay extremely hydrated and conscious of how your body is functioning. We also have rest days to help the body acclimatize. Diamox is a prescription altitude medication (consult your doctor) that can help prevent symptoms. We also carry oxygen tanks and portable altitude chambers. Be sure each of you is traveling on your own risk. It's recommended to have a file with your medical history on this type of trip with recent medical report.

Physical Fitness

Although most of the trip will be done in vehicles, it is important that clients be in relatively good health. The trek around Kailash requires some demanding hiking and altitude can take a physical challenge on the body. We suggest clients start an exercise routine prior to the trip that includes hiking or jogging for a least an hour 3-4 days a week. If you have any concerns about the physical demands of the trip feel free to contact us please .If you have any chronic health problems please consult your doctor.

Personal Gear

The following is a list of the personal gear required for the tour. Some items might be available for rental in Kathmandu. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about gear.

  • 1 large duffel bag or backpack (we do provide as well)
  • 1 small backpack or day pack
  • 2 pair warm synthetic or cotton pants 
  • 1 pair light hiking pants
  • 2 pair long underwear tops and bottoms
  • 1 fleece/wool jacket / pants
  • 1 down jacket (we do provide as well)
  • 1 Sleeping bag (we do provide as well)
  • 1 set of light rain gear tops and bottoms
  • 1 warm hat and 1 sun hat
  • 6 pair warm socks
  • 1 pair comfortable waterproof hiking boots
  • I pair comfortable shoes (for wearing around camp)
  • 2 pair long sleeve cotton shirt
  • 1 pair warm gloves or mittens
  • 1 pair of sunglasses (100% UV protective)
  • Sunscreen / lip salve (at least SPF 25)
  • 1 silk or polyester scarf (to protect neck from sun)
  • 1 towel
  • Water bottle 2/lts
  • 1 flashlight (w/ extra batteries)

Toilet items:

Towel, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brush, comb/brush, razor, shaving cream, women's items, toilet paper etc.

First Aid / Medical Kits

We provide basic 1st aid items but we highly recommend that please bring a well-stocked personal medical kit. Suggested items are below. Consult you doctor for all prescription medicine.

  • Band-aids, bandages, medical tape, Neosporin, and other wound dressings
  • Blister dressings, moleskin, spenco, 2nd skin
  • Cold and flu tablets / nasal decongestant
  • Antihistamine (for allergies)
  • Aspirin or ibuprofen 
  • Imodium or lomotil (anti-diarrhea)
  • Hydration powder
  • Throat lozenges / cough medicine
  • Small pair scissors / tweezers / thermometer
  • Antibiotics (consult doctor)
  • Full supply of all current prescription medications.

Further Information

Our homepage contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 23742 (Jitendra), 0977 98510 23758 (Thakur).

Testimonials

Two weeks holiday in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek

My wife and I took a 2 week tour in Nepal with Mission Eco-Trek in Feb 2011 and had a fantastic time. Mission Eco-Trek provided the very highest caliber guides and Ram Kumar (the proprietor) personally made sure that everything went smoothly. When storms caused our original flights to be cancelled and then cancelled for a second time, he graciously accommodated our changes at no extra cost. The cost was reasonable and the services provided were exceptional -even beyond what we had expected from the contract....

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New York, USA

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