Lhasa with Mansarovar Yatra and Kailash Kora is a wholesome package that covers most of the important and famous Tibetan landmarks at the same time. Designed especially for those who want to get the taste of everything unique and beautiful about Tibet, this Yatra offers a lifetime chance to witness traditional ancient Tibetan art and culture in the form of temples, palaces, monasteries and nunneries along with the panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and unique landscapes and also the spiritual calmness exuded by Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar.
This is a traditional Tibetan pilgrim route that starts from Jokhang Temple and ends at Mt. Kailash. The Yatra begins with a flight to Lhasa "the forbidden city" and the roof of the world. After visiting the rich cultural heritages of Lhasa including Barkhor Street, Jokhang temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace and many others and getting acclimatized with Tibetan climate and culture, the Yatra proceeds further through the beautiful cities of Gyantse, Shigatse to the world famous pilgrim site Mt. Kailash.
Famous for its beauty, isolation and prominence, this dome shaped peak is revered by millions of Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Bons and other religious devotees as an ultimate destination for salvation and spiritual satisfaction. The Yatra then leads you to the holy pilgrimage walk around the Mt. Kailash, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of Kailash and at the same time experience the feel of spiritual calmness. The trail finally leads you to the beautiful and vast lake of shifting colours, the Lake Mansarovar, where with a holy dip your journey ends. Enchanting the travellers with the unexplored wonders of Forbidden City and taking travellers to the holiest journey of their lives around the Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar, this journey is truly, the journey of a lifetime. It is the perfect way of gaining spirituality in an adventurous way amidst the breathtaking views and thrilling landscapes.
What are the Highlights of Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Yatra
The ‘’yatra’’ holds significance for two things mainly- performing a parikrama of Mount Kailash and taking a dip in the holy Lake Mansarovar. These two acts are believed to rid the pilgrims of sins committed in a hundred lifetimes and bring salvation. Pilgrims believe that a kora (parikrama or circumambulation of Mt. Kailash) gives them a new life, that they are re-born.
What is ‘‘The Parikrama?’
The walking around in anti-clockwise or clockwise (done clockwise by the pilgrims) direction is called a Parikrama. Pilgrims to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar circumambulate the area which takes 2-3 days on foot, one can also hire a yak or a pony or a Jeep for some parts. For, non-religious people, the journey is simply one of the most scenic routes in one of the most remote places on earth. Mount Kailash is not only visually stunning but a real challenge to get to as well, and Lake Mansarovar situated on the foothills of Mt. Kailash is not only one of the holiest lakes in the world, but also one of the most visually pleasing.
1. Mount Kailash and the mythology related to it:
Mt. Kailash is more than a summit to Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon followers. The 6,638m tall peak in the Kailash range is a part of the Tibetan Transhimalaya and is sacred to Hindus.
Hindus believe Mt. Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva, to Jains the mountain is where Tirthankara the first Jain attained Nirvana, for Buddhists Kailash mountain, is where Buddha resides in his supreme bliss and Bön religion believes the entire region is the seat of all spiritual power. The high altitude and its remote location in western Tibetan Himalaya result in only a few thousand pilgirms doing the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra every year.
2. Lake Mansarovar: It is one of the two most important element of Adventure Club Tre’s 13-day long Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Yatra. At the height of 4,500 meters, Mansarovar is the highest body of the freshwater lake in the world and is considered one of the holiest lakes in the world. The lake is believed to be clear blue near the shores and change the color to emerald green towards the center. The lake looks stunning in full moon.
Other Major Attractions of Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Yatra - 13 Days
Besides Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansoravar, other attractions include Tirthapuri-where one can bathe in spring pools, Gauri Kund (known as the Lake of Compassion), Yam Dwar where the ‘parikrama’ initially starts, Dolma La (a high pass), and the scenic drive from Sera to Kerung among others. Lake Rakshash or Rakshashtal even though not mythically favored, is just as much of a visual delight as Lake Mansarovar.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Flying out to Tibet requires a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit which can both be acquired in Kathmandu with the help of a travel company (Tibet via Nepal). A valid visa for China isn't the same as a Tibet Travel Permit. Those with a Chinese traveler visa will at present need to apply for a Tibet travel permit. The permit is still required for remote foreign traveler traveling to Tibet from territory China. To obtain the permit you have to book a guide for your whole trip and pre-organize private transport for trips outside Lhasa. The trip outside Lhasa likewise requires extra permits which are arranged by the travel agent you are going with.
All who intend to enter Tibet must hold at least 6 months valid passport.
Passport - valid for 6 months
Chinese Visa — you can apply for one from a Chinese Embassy or through China Highlights (who entry from China)
Group Visa — whom entry from Nepal to Tibet after Tibet tour traveler can visit China mainland with valid group visa.
Individual Visa will be cancel when we apply for group visa (if a visa is in the passport)
Tibet Entry Permit — it is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is an absolute necessity for outsiders entering Tibet.
A few people who wish to travel to specific areas in Tibet must also obtain:
Travel Permit — it is required when you are planning to the movement to closed areas in Tibet. These are issued after you land in Tibet.
Military Permit — it is acquired to travel to some militarily sensitive regions.
The weather in Tibet is similar to that of Mainland China, though with lower temperatures due to higher altitudes. Summers have warm days with strong sunshine and cool nights, but summer days can even be chilly at higher elevations. Winters are cold but there isn't all that much snow. Lhasa enjoys much sunshine even in winter. Most of Tibet experiences frost at least 6 months of the year. Some high lakes are frozen from October to March. The weather varies a lot from region to region. Lhasa is an ideal destination because it is in a valley area of lower elevation.
We recommend you to go through our following safety guidelines and stay tuned with the latest happenings.
Have at least 2 copies of Tibet Permit.
Keep your belongings properly.
When you feel uncomfortable due to altitude change or have any troubles, report to train staff promptly.
Never rush to visit attractions shortly after you arrive in Lhasa.
Shop around but avoid undue bargaining with street vendors and never buy wildlife and unknown Tibetan herbal medicine and fake products.
Take your money and important belongings with you all the time.
Spend a few days in Lhasa for acclimation and always follow a gradual ascent when traveling to higher places to avoid altitude sickness.
Refrain from heavy drinking and smoking.
Respect the religion, customs and avoid taboos in Tibet.
Pay special attention to unique alpine climate (such as sunburn, dramatic temperature change, etc.)
Keep necessary medicines at the consult of your doctor.
Never travel alone at night or venture into unknown places without informing your guide.
In most places, cash is only accepted. Do prepare enough and small change.
If an emergency arises, report it to your guide promptly.
Don’t carry any documents or papers related to Dalai Lama or feel Tibet.
We also recommend not carrying any guidebook to Tibet.