Kailash Mansarovar Yatra With Muktinath Yatra - 17 Nights / 18 Days

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Pashupatinath Temple, Rudrabhishek in Pashupatinath Temple,Doleshwar Mahadev, Sleeping Vishnu Temple, Mansarovar Parikarama by vehicle, Mansarovar Holy dip and Havan & Kailash Parikrama

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Muktinath Yatra

MuktinathkashetraSalvation, Tempale of Lord Vsihnu, Godesss Laxmi, Godess Saraswati, Godess Janki, Garuda, Luv-Kush and Sapt Rishies, only place in world where Saligram can be found; considered by Hindu as incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Two Kundas Water pound;to wash away negative karma, 108 Dhaara name of ‘Muktidhaara’ just behind the temple, continuously burning flame from running water sound ‘Jwalamayi Temple’, footsteps of Shree Swaminarayan Bhagwan, beautiful city Pokhara, Manokamana Devi Temple Shaktipith It is believed that Godess Manakamana grants the wished of all those who make the pilgrimage to her shrine to worship her.

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra with Muktinath Yatra (17 Nights / 18 Days) 2017

S.No Batch Arrival in Kathmandu Departure for Home
1 May/June 21-May-17 07-Jun-17
2 June 09-Jun-17 26-Jun-17
3 August/Sept 29-Aug-17 15-Sep-17
4 Sept 11-Sep-17 28-Sep-17
5 Sept/Oct 15-Sep-17 02-Oct-17

Note:

Please add extra days if you wish to join for Janakpuryatra (Birth and Wedding place of Mata Sita.

+Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport & take you to the hotel. In the evening we will have a group meeting for briefing for the Yatra. Overnight in the hotel. We suggest you take flight which arrives early in the morning to Kathmandu for good rest.

+DAY 02 : DRIVE TO POKHARA, 800M/2,624FT

After breakfast Scenic drive to Pokhara. On the way visit Manakamana wish fulfilling Goddess temple by cable car. Lunch will be served at cable car station. Overnight in a hotel in Pokhara

+DAY 03 : FLY JOMSOM / VISIT MUKTINATH, 3810M/12,496FT

Early morning fly to Jomsom, drive 21 km to Muktinath for the Darshan. Holy bath and Puja at Muktinath temple. Darshan of Bhagwan Shree Swamynarayan’s Holy foot steps. Drive back to Jomsom, overnight in a guesthouse

+ DAY 04 :FLY BACK TO POKHARA AND SIGHTSEEING IN POKHARA

Fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom, explore important sights in Pokhara. Overnight in a hotel.

+ Day 05 : BACK TO KATHMANDU

Fly back to Kathmandu. Evening briefing about the Kailash Yatra and preparation

+DAY 06 : RUDRABHISHEK AT PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE AND SIGHTSEEING

Early in the morning we will perform Rudrabhishek in Pashupatinath temple. After lunch, proceed for sightseeing to Budhanilkantha and darbar square.Overnight in the hotel in Kathmandu

+ DAY 07 : DRIVE FROM KATHMANDU TO KODARI TO ZHANGMU TO NYALAM 3700M, 12,142 FT

Travel time: 7 to 8 hours
After breakfast depart for Kodari border. Lunch at Kodari border. Clear Nepali customs/immigration. 15 minutes walk across Friendship Bridge to Tibet where the Chinese border police will check passport & visa. Walk to your allotted land- cruiser 4 yatris plus a driver and possibly one staff per vehicle. Land cruiser will have a room for backpack and small purse only. All the other bags duffle bag will be provided by us will be carried by trucks throughout the trip. 30 minutes drive from Kodari to Zhangmu, where second immigration formalities will be done. From Zhangmu to Nyalam is 2 to 3 hours uphill scenic drive. Night halt at guesthouse in Nyalam. In Tibet guest houses and hotels are very simple and basic

+ DAY 08 : ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN NYALAM

After breakfast, small walk through Nyalam village to visit monastery, and 2 hours trek for acclimatization. Night halt at the same guesthouse

+ DAY 09 :DRIVE NYALAM TO SAGA 4600M, 14,409 FT 240 KMS.

Travel time:6 to 7 hours
Enjoy the view of snow capped mountains; we will be passing through first pass,f Lalung La Pass 5000m from where magnificent view of Himalayan peaks can be seen, if weather favors us, such as Gaurishanker, Shishapangma to Langtang Himal. On way we will be crossing holy river Bhramaputra. Night halt at hotel in Saga.

+ DAY 10 : DRIVE SAGA TO LAKE MANSAROVAR 4750M, 14,180 FT 450 KMS

Travel time: 8 to 9 hours
The drive is very long. The road condition is fair. Enjoy vast Tibetan plateau, landscape changes from sandy dunes to rocky vistas to savannah type This is the most auspicious day for all of us, as some of you might have waited for so long, maybe since many life times to get the first glimpse of holy Mt.Kailas and sacred Lake Mansarovar. We will perform half Mansarovar Parikrama by jeep. Overnight at guest house/camp at Lake Mansarovar

+ DAY 11 :HAVAN/REST/ACCLIMATIZATION AT LAKE MANSAROVAR
The experience of being in the abode of God. A lifetime achievement: Puja, Havan-worship, Meditation, Holy dip, Tarpan etc. Here relax and explore around the Mansarovar area. Overnight at same guesthouse

+ DAY 12 : DRIVE MANSAROVAR TO ASHTAPAD DARSHAN TO DARCHEN

Continue Mansarovar Parikrama by jeep. On the way visit Chue monastery and drive to Darchen. After lunch drive to Ashtapada and Nandi darshan. Telephone services are available in Darchen. There are few jewellery and some souvenir shops

+ DAY 13 : DRIVE DARCHEN TO TARBOCHE 13 KM AND TREK TO DERAPUK 12 KM FIRST DAY OF PARIKRAMA

Trekking time: 6 to 7 hours
Drive about 13 km. to Tarboche. For those yatris who are not joining for Parikrama, they can do a small parikrama about 100 mt. of Tarboche flag, which is also considered as Parikrama of holy Mt. Kailas. Parikram will start on foot or horse/yak-back from here. The trail leads to few ups and downs till Derapuk. Be blessed by seeing the magnificent view of north face, of holy mountain Mt. Kailas. Overnight in guesthouse/camp.

+DAY 14 : TREK FROM DERAPUK TO DOLMALAPASS TO ZHUTULPUK VALLEY 4760M 15 KM – SECOND DAY OF PARIKRAMA

Trekking time: 9 to 10 hours
This is the toughest day of the yatra. To Dolmala, it is 6 kilometers uphill trekking. At Dolmala pray and perform puja for 10 to 15 minutes. After Dolomala pass is Gaurikund. From here you will start descending for another 6 kilometers. Trail is very slippery and you have to hop from rock to rock. Please use your walking stick. A final steep descending staircase brings you to the valley floor. Additional 4 kilometers of gradual walk to campsite. Overnight at camp located on beautiful site

+DAY 15 : TREK FROM ZHUTULPUK TO END OF PARIKRAMA AND DRIVE TO MANSAROVAR AND TO DONGBA – THIRD DAY OF PARIKRAMA

Trekking time: 5 to 6 hours
Very pleasant walk. Trail is very beautiful. Many caves, Mani stones and birds can be seen. This is valley of enlightenment Land cruiser will be waiting near Darchen where our Parikrama ends. Drive about two hours to ‘Tirthputri’. From the spiritual point of view this place is as important as Mt.Kailas and Mansarovar. We will spend Half an hour here and then we will drive to Lake Mansarovar for final holy bath and puja then continue drive back to Dongba. Overnight in guest house

+DAY 16 : DRIVE DONGBA TO NYALAM 480KM

We are now on return journey. Overnight at local guesthouse in Nyalam

+DAY 17 : NYALAM TO ZHANGMU TO KODARI TO KATHMANDU

Start early in the morning. Drive two hour to Kodari border. Leave Land Cruiser here and walk through Friendship Bridge. Coach will be waiting, drive to Kathmandu

+DAY 18 : DEPARTURE

Departure

+HIGH ALTITUDE AND MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

HIGH ALTITUDE TREKKING & CLIMBING
The pleasures of trekking in the world's highest mountain ranges are immense and so are some dangers. Altitude sickness can affect some people at as low as 8,000 feet, but serious symptoms do not usually occur until over 12,000 feet. Even then it is not the height that is important but the rate of ascent. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is actually more common in fit young men because they are more likely to attempt a rapid climb by racing up the mountain like some ego boosted super hero! As a general rule, it is far safer (and more enjoyable) to avoid altitude sickness by planning a sensible itinerary that allows for gradual acclimatization to high altitude as you ascend, (You can race back down as fast as you like!).
High
2,500 to 4,000 meters
8,000 to 13,000 feet

Very
4,000 to 5,500 meters
13,000 to 18,000 feet

Very
Over 5,500 meters
Over 18,000 feet

What is High Altitude?
It is difficult to determine who may be affected by altitude sickness since there is no specific factor such as age, sex, or physical condition that correlate with susceptibility. Some people get it and some don’t. Most people can ascend up to 2,500 meters (8,000 feet) with little or no effect. If you have been at that altitude before, you can probably return to that altitude without problems as long as you are properly acclimatized. If you haven't been to high altitude before, you should exercise extreme caution while doing so.

+PRECAUTIONS

Water is the best medicine for high attitude sickness.
Preventive Medications
Acetazolamide (Diamox):
This is the most tried and tested drug for altitude sickness prevention and treatment. (For prevention, 125 to 250mg twice daily starting one or two days before and continuing for three days once the highest altitude is reached is effective.. Gradual ascent is always desirable to try to avoid acute mountain sickness but if rapid ascent is undertaken and actazolamide is used, it should be noted that such use does not cut out the need for a prompt descent if severe forms of high altitude sickness occur, i.e. pulmonary or cerebral edema. Side effects of acetazolamide include: an uncomfortable tingling of the fingers, toes and face carbonated drinks tasting flat; excessive urination; and rarely, blurring of vision. On most treks, gradual ascent is possible and prophylaxis tends to be discouraged. If trekkers develop headache and nausea or the other symptoms of AMS then treatment with acetazolamide is fine. The treatment dosage is 250 mg twice a day for about three day.) Noted from medical literature.

+RECOMMENDED MEDICAL TESTS TO BE DONE BEFORE YATRA

Yatri should remember that both Kailas and Mansarovar are at a very high altitude and to go there one should get medically checked and be properly equipped.
Following tests are essential.

  • E. C. G
  • BLOOD PRESSURE
  • HEMOGLOBIN
  • BLOOD SUGAR
  • STRESS TEST
Besides this, inform your doctor about the high altitude, extreme climate & difficult terrain of the yatra and seek his advice about your fitness to perform it. Secure fitness certificate from the doctor for enabling you to perform this yatra.

+ NEPAL AND CHINA VISA INFORMATION

Passport:
A Nine months valid passport is required for travel to Tibet. Please check the expiry date of your passport.
Visa:
Nepal Visa: All travelers visiting Nepal require a Visa. There is new rule in Nepal. You don't need Nepal visa if you are not staying for more than three nights. You will require a Single entry visa to Nepal if you are joining Mukthinath Yatra. This visa will cost you around £25 (Twenty five pounds). You do not need to take Chinese Visa as it will be arranged by us. The visa fees for Chinese visa are included in our package price.
To obtain Nepal visa:
Choice 1:
Visa can be obtained at any Nepalese Embassy, Consul, or Honorary Consul outside Nepal. Your ticket agent may also arrange for your Nepal visa.
Choice 2 [Easy and fast way): Visa can be obtained on arrival at Kathmandu Airport Immigration. You will require two (2) passport size photos.

+ FIRST AID KIT

The best way to stay fit in the Kailas and Mansarovar region is to follow few simple rules. First and most important is water, please start drinking at least three litters of water from the day you decide you want to go for this yatra. During the yatra please keep drinking three to four liters of water everyday. Stay mentally fit; give time for acclimatization to avoid high altitude sickness.
Consumption of medicines should be avoided as far as possible which makes the body more prone to weakness. However in case of acute emergencies medicines may be advisable. Most of the pilgrims going on this pilgrimage do not consume garlic but for high altitude garlic pearls swallowed with water couple of times during the day avoids most of the inconveniences. For precautionary measures DIAMOX is one medicine that reduces the risk of getting high altitude sickness. We will provide this medicine to all pilgrims as and when needed. Other than this homeopathic medicines for high altitude are very helpful which your private practitioner or a registered Homeopathy store would advice you on. Ayurvedic medicines with honey are excellent for avoiding the maximum illnesses arising in high altitude. Other than this, please take your regular medicines that you have been prescribed by your family doctor. Recent first aid kits containing various sprays for injury, burns, sprains, etc. are very useful. Then Glucose, Electrolyte powder, cough syrups etc.
We strongly recommend you to consult your own doctor before you start the trip and bring the medications as per his/her advice.
However following items are worth to bring:

  • Paracetamol (Crocin)
  • Painkiller
  • Eye drops for burning eyes
  • Multivitamin pills
  • Muscle relaxant
  • Antibiotic
  • Motion sickness and high altitude sickness medicine
  • Vicks vapour
  • Water purification Tablet
  • Neosprin ointment
  • Band-aid
  • Antihistamine (contact cc)
  • Knee-cap
  • Electoral powder
  • Thermometer

+ WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Geographically, Tibet lies beyond the trans-Himalayas and has minimal rainfall and sunny days. For those traveling to Kailas region, the best time to visit is from May to September. Mid-day temperatures in this region could rise as high as 22 degrees Celsius with evening temperatures as low as 8 to 12 degrees below zero. May to September is the best time to visit central Tibet.

+ CURRENCY

The unit of currency in Tibet is Renmbi or Yuan. US $1 is equivalent to Yuan 9, Yuan 1 = INR 6. This exchange rate is subject to change. Currency can be exchanged in Kathmandu or in Zhangmu (Nepal -Tibet border)

+ INSURANCE

All travelers are advised to purchase travel insurance that provides care and services for sickness, accidents, emergency rescue, etc. related to international travel. Shree Kailash Yatra shall not be responsible for the loss of personal assets and belongings of the traveler/s due to unavoidable reasons or mishap.

+ TRANSPORTATION

Shree Kailash Yatra will arrange for all overland transportation. A coach will be provided for the Kathmandu-Kodari-Kathmandu portion of the trip and 4WD Toyota land cruisers will transport the group in Tibet. A support truck will carry the necessary camping gear and supplies. Yaks and yakmen will be arranged for the Kora (Parikrma).

+ POSTAL SERVICES AND COMMUNICATION

Many areas of Tibet are without communication facilities, including telephone and postal services. The last point in the journey from which a telephone call can be made is Saga, the small city near the famous Brahamaputra River. Beyond this point, it is not possible to make telephone calls. In case of emergency, please ask your family and friends to contact the staff at our Kathmandu office that will provide information and respond to their needs accordingly. Overnight at guest house/camp at Lake Mansarovar.

+ MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND SERVICE

Medical facilities in Tibet are very basic, if at all available. Shree Kailash Yatra will have first aid medical kit (for emergency only) and equipment for treating high altitude sickness including an oxygen cylinder with mask and altitude portable chamber. All travelers are requested to bring their own first aid kit with medicines and supplies recommended by their doctor.

+ RISK AND LIABILITY

Shree Kailash Yatra will make every effort to ensure that your journey is smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, please be reminded that all programs in Tibet are strictly conducted under the rules and regulations of the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Therefore, neither Shree Kailash Yatra nor its Tibet Agent shall be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances including but not limited to: Government restrictions, landslides, road blockages, flooding, snowfall, political disturbances, flight cancellations, illnesses or accidents. Any additional costs that are a result of such circumstances will be born by the traveler/s.

+ RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON KAILASH AND MANSAROVAR

  • KAILASH MANSAROVAR- SWAMI PRANVANAND
  • THE THRON OF THE GODS- Amold Heim & A. Gansser
  • THE SECRED MOUNTAIN-John snelling- London- 1983
  • KAILASH MANSAROVAR- ASCENT TO THE DIVIN- Rommel & Sadgana varma Switzerland (1985)
  • THREE YEARS IN TIBET- Ekai kawagachis –Madras- 1909.
  • TREKING IN THE HIMALAYAS- Tomoya lozawa- yama kei.
  • Motion sickness and high altitude sickness medicine
  • THE SACRED MOUNTAIN- THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO TIBET’S MOUNTAIN KAILASH. John snelling- forward by Dalai Lama publications- East west Publication- 1990 London.
  • A HERMIT IN HIMALAYAS- Burton, Dr,Paul- London 1975.
  • A JOURNEY TO LAHSA AND CENTRAL TIBET – Das Sharad Chandra 1902.
  • THE HOLY MOUNTAIN-Hamsa bhagwan shri- London 1934.
  • THE INDO TIBETANS- Hermans, Fr. Martin.
  • IN THE FORBIDDEN LAND(2 vol) – Landor, London 1898.
  • THIS MY VOYAGE- Longstaff Dr. Tom- London.
  • THE HOLY HIMALAYAS- Oakley E. S.
  • THE GREAT PLATEAU- Rawling, Capt. C. G. -London- 1905. IN SEARCH OF MAHATMAS OF TIBET- Schary Edwin London.1937
  • THAT UNTRAVELLED WORLD- Shipton Eric- 1969.
  • TRANS HIMALAYAS- Tucci Guiseppe- London 1973.

Things to Carry
+DOCUMENTS
  • Keep your documents updated for the travel.
  • Passport - Photo copy (1), on arrival in Nepal original passport will be collected by us.
  • Identity Card
  • Visiting Card
  • Diary: addresses, telephone numbers, contacts.
  • Waist Pouch.- to keep your important documents and money
  • Ball Pens (spare refills)
  • Maps / Charts / Books of the area.
  • Traveler's cheques, credit cards & currency.
  • Airline ticket / Railway tickets / vouchers.
+LIST OF CLOTHING
  • Shirts/T-shirts and trek pants or loose pants 4 to 5 pairs
  • Six pairs of cotton and two pairs of woollen socks
  • One pair thin gloves and one pair thick water proof gloves
  • Pair of sandal with back straps
  • One pair of hiking boots (light weight and waterproof) - very important
  • Waist Pouch.- to keep your important documents and money
  • Monkey cap (Balaclava) woollen, fleece -1 , Shawl-1 , Muffler-1
  • Wind Breaker jacket and pant
  • Woollen Sweater with high-neck and hood-1
  • Skirt for lady (good for open toilet) -1
  • Hot water bottle
  • Thermals -2 sets (two legging and two vests) - very important
  • Money belt, backpack
  • Garbage bags for used clothes
+TOILETRY

Sun block cream, Tooth paste and brush, Soap, Skin moisturizer & detergent, Hand mirror, Wide tooth comb, Lip balm, Sun cream, Lots of baby wipes and hand Sanitizer.

+ MISCELLANEOUS
  • Alarm clock
  • Video and still camera with extra batteries
  • Good torch with batteries -very important
  • Pair of sandal with back straps
  • Music cassettes
  • Nylon ropes (optional)
  • Notebook (optional)
  • Related books (optional)
  • Sunglass with retainer (thread/ chain) -1 very important
  • Whistle suspended from neck while doing parikrama/kora
  • Hot water bottle
  • Cigarette lighter -1
  • Swiss army Knife
  • Sewing kit
  • Water purifier
+ NECESSARY CLOTHING - WHAT TO PACK?

Those who are joining for Mukthinath Yatra and going to stay longer in Nepal need summer clothes like shorts, T-shirts, Panjabi's and skirts. During summer Kathmandu is very warm.
During your journey to Kailash and Mansarovar, because of frequent changes in the temperature, yatris will need clothes for both warm and cold weather. To make your Yatra light and comfortable, Shree Kailash Yatra will provide basic yet important clothing item such as down jackets.

Things Provide by Shree Kailash Yatra
  • Two-Men tent
  • Dinning and kitchen tent
  • Meals (three per day i.e. Breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Mattresses
  • Air pillow
  • Experienced and insured staff
  • 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Supporting truck
  • Oxygen cylinder and high altitude portable chamber
  • Yak and yak men to carry the supplies during the parikrama
  • Walking stick
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toilet tent
+1-Q How do we travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara. How much time will it take?
Kathmandu to Pokhara is downhill. It will take about six hours in luxury coach. If you are going via Manokamana devi temple then add two more hours to your journey to Pokhara.
+2-Q How far is Manokama temple from Kathmandu?
Manokamanadevi temple is about two and half hours from Kathmandu.
+3-Q What do we do in Manokamanadevi temple?

Manokamana devi is Shaktipith. Manokamana devi is on top of the hill. Its about 15 minutes cable car ride for this temple. Our guide will take you to the temple and give you half hour free for Darshan & puja. When you will come back to the base, your lunch will be ready. After lunch you will proceed for Pokhara.

+ 4-Q What kind of accommodation is available in Pokhara?
You will be given nice clean and comfortable hotel on twin sharing basis. Your all meals are included in the cost.
+ 5-Q We have heard the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom has always 50 % chances to take off. Is this correct?
Yes this is correct. We would say that there are only 70% chances of taking off. Even in favourable weather,there will be no flight after 12:30 pm.
+ 6-Q What if our flight does not fly?
We will try to arrange land cruisers or good quality jeeps. The cost is same or more than flights.
+ 7-Q How is the road condition if we have to drive from Pokhara to Jomsom ?
The road is ok butfew parts are really bumpy. The scenery is very beautiful.
+ 8-Q How do we go from Jomsom to Muktinath?
Jomsom to Muktinath is about 21 kilometres drive. In each vehicle, there will be 8 to 10 pilgrims.
+ 9-Q Is it advisable to take bath in Muktinath or in Gadnaki river?
One must take bath in 108 Gaumukh around Muktinath temple. Water of Damodar Kundand other kunds is considered as holy. Muktinath is Muktinath Kshetra. It is believed after one takes holy bath here, one attains Mukti from his past Karmas.
+ 10-Q How much extra money we will need for Muktinath yatra?
Rs 5000 is fine for the yatra. You may like to give some donation in Muktinath temple. If you want to buy Shaligram, then you may need some extra money.
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Kailash Yatra with Muktinath Yatra Photogallery