Roof of the World

TIBET - a sacred land of myths and mysteries inhabited by the ever smiling people, has not only exerted a magnetic pull upon travelers for centuries but also spies, missionaries, scholars, geographers, mystics, soldiers and cranks, etc. Yet, few intrepid, serious and determined have been able to make it. Tibet was opened to tourism in 1985. Before this, it avoided influence from the West and this country developed its unique culture and religion independently. Since Tibet was governed by the spiritual leaders, monasteries and religious institutions were the backbone of power so the importance and prestige were shown by the size and magnificent architecture of these buildings.

Tibetan Buddhism contains many elements of their older religion, "Bon Po" which worshipped the sky, moon, sun, fire, soil and even evil spirits and this is why a monastery such as Tashilumpo contains thousands of unique statues, paintings (thangka), religious and historical books that to visit in detail would take weeks. The Monasteries are crowded by pilgrims who often travel long distances to fulfill their vows and wishes and their emotions show that religion still holds a very important place in their daily lives.

In the hundred ages of the gods I could not tell the glories of (the Himalaya).....there is no mountains like (the Himalaya) for in it are Kailas and Mansarovar.
- From the Hindu epic RAMAYANA

MT. KAILASH (6,741m) is perhaps the most scared of Holy Mountains in TIBET. Together with the two lakes of MANASAROVAR & RAKAS, the region is one of the few truly nature wonders of the world. Three of the orient's greatest rivers; the BRAHMAPUTRA, the SUTLEJ, and the INDUS, all take their sources within a hundred kilometers of this "SNOW CAPPED JEWEL" which attracted Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bon-po's from the four corners of Asia for centuries. MT. KAILASH - also known as TISE or KHANG RIMPOCHE (Jewel of the snow), has since the time immemorial been celebrated in many eastern cosmologies as MT MERU, the axis mundi (the center of the physical and metaphysical universe). For the Hindus, it represents the abode of Lord SHIVA and for the Buddhists, a terrestrial projection of the cosmic MANDALA of the FIVE DHYANI BUDDHAS & The Wheel of life.

People believe that a single Kora or Parikrama washes away the sins of a lifetime and Buddhists believe that 108 circuits secure Nirvana in this life. On the trek, one may encounter Bon Pilgrims circling the route counter clockwise or the very devoted continually prostrate them along the whole 32.5 miles loop. There is also the 'inner Kora' that passes two lakes to the south of Mt. Kailash. Tradition dictates that only those who have made 13 circumambulation of Kailash may follow this inner route. The mouth of the four great rivers are within 100 Km of the mountain-the Indus, The Brahamaputra, The Sutlej and the Karnali, a major tributaries of The Ganges. The Mt. Kailash circuit is 32.5 miles of strenuous trails which crosses the Dolma La. This pass is the route highest point at 18525 ft. At a large boulder is a collection of offerings where pilgrims traditionally deposit one item and take another.

Although the journey entails long rides by Land cruisers over Tibet's great western plateau through a region inhabited by few wild animals, holy lakes and the occasional nomad, this existing tour involving a three day trek with yaks in the remotest part around MT KAILASH and offers the most fascinating experience.

TIBET - extremely remote and isolated by the most formidable Himalayan ranges is a fascinating world of timeless splendor, unique tradition and breathtaking scenery awaits all travelers to the Roof of the World.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu. PM: FREE (Note: The Visa's for Tibet will be processed this day). Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03: Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 04: Drive Kodari, Zhangmu and transfer to Nyalam (3,800m). Dinner and Overnight at the Guest House.
Day 05: Acclimatization at Nyalam. Dinner and Overnight at the Guest House.
Day 06: Nyalam - Saga (4,300m). Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel / Guest House.
Day 07: Saga / Paryang. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
Day 08: Drive Paryang / Mansarovar. Dinner and Overnight at Camp.
Day 09: Explore Manasarovar Lake and drive to Darchen. Overnight at the Guest House in Darchen.
Day 10: Darchen / Chhuku Gompa and Trek to Dira Phuk Gompa (4,900m). Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
Day 11: Trek to Sabje Dratok (4,900m). Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
Day 12: Trek to Darchen / Hor Qu (4,900m). Dinner and Overnight at Camp.
Day 13: Drive to Paryang (4,750m). Overnight at the Camp.
Day 14: Drive to Saga (4,600m). Overnight at the Guest House.
Day 15: Drive to Nyalam (3,750m) to Zhangmu (2,600m). Overnight at the Guest House / Hotel.
Day 16: Drive Zhangmu to Kodari to Kathmandu. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 18: Final Departure.

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