According to Hindu religion, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma. Hence, in Sanskrit it is called "Manas sarovara", which is a combination of the words manas (mind) and sarovara (lake). The lake, in Hindu mythology, is also supposed to be the summer abode of swans, who are considered as very wise and sacred birds. It is also believed the Devas descend to bathe in the lake.
Mansarovar Lake lies at 4,556 m (or about 14947.5 feet) above sea level. It is one of the highest fresh-water lakes in the world . Lake Mansarovar is relatively human skull in shape. The circumference of Mansarovar is 88 kilometers (55 mi), depth is 90 m (300 ft) and it occupies a total area of 320 square kilometers (120 sq mi). The lake freezes in winter and melts only in the spring. It is connected to Lake Rakshastal by the natural Ganga Chhu channel. The Sutlej River, the Brahmaputra River, the Indus River, and the Karnali River (Ghaghara River) all trace their sources to its close vicinity. Like Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar is a place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from India, Tibet and the neighbouring countries. Bathing in the Mansarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins. One is at loss of words in describing the splendours of nature seen in waters of Mansarovar.
Mansarovar Parikrama is about 88 kilometers; the entire parikrama is done by bus and to be done in two section.
First section starts from Horchu to Chue Gomap. You will perform almost 75% of Mansarovar Parikrama in first section. Horchu to Chue Gompa is about 7 to 8 hours drive. Second section will start after your Kailash Parikrama. Please see the Map to understand in details.