Kailash Overland Tour at 6,740 meters, situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. In ancient texts, it is referred as the center of the world. The reason can be understood from the geographical significance of its place: within 30 miles radius, are the sources of mighty rivers Indus (north called "Sindhu" in India), Sutlej (in west), Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsang-po in east), and Karnali (largest tributary to the Ganges in south). Mt. Kailash has four great faces, which promises one of the best mountain scenery. However, apart from the scenic beauty, it is also the spiritual centre for four prominent religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and a pre-buddhist animistic religion-Bonpo.
Hindus regard the peak as Shiva's symbolic 'Lingam'and worship Mt Kailash, which is the Sanskrit name for the mountain. Bonpos believe the sacred mountain to be the place where the founder of the Bon religion landed when he descended from the sky. Tibetan Buddhists believe Kang Rinpoche, which means Precious Snow Mountain, is a natural maṇḍala representing the Buddhist cosmology on the earth and the Jains believe this is the place where their religion's founder was spiritually awakened. Thus, every year thousands of pilgrims flock to Mt. Kailash from immense distances to achieve enlightenment and cleanse themselves from sins, braving harsh weather and possible bandit attacks.
The main attraction of the mountain is the pilgrimage circuit around the mountain. It normally takes 3 days and should only be undertaken by the well-prepared and fit.
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport (T.I.A.) and pick up by our private vehicle and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing in Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square. (B)
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam (3750m) 150 Kms./8-9 Hrs. Overnight at Hotel/guest house in Nyalam.
Day 04: Drive Nyalam to Yak Kharkha (4675m) 240 Kms/8-9 Hrs. Overnight in Camp.
Day 05: Drive Yak Kharkha to New Dongba (4500m) 160 Kms/6-7 Hrs. Overnight in Camp.
Day 06: Drive New Dongba to Mayumla Phedi (4500m) 210 Kms. Overnight in Camp.
Day 07: Drive Mayumla Phedi to Manasarovar (4560m) 120 Kms. Overnight in Camp.
Day 08: AM Manasarovar Parikarma by Jeep. Time permitting visit Chui Gompa. PM Drive to Darchen (4560m). Overnight at Guest House in Darchen.
Day 09: Drive approx 8 Kms from Darchen Tarboche, the trek starting point of Kailash Parikarma. Trek to Dira Puk (4775m) 12 Kms/6-7 Hrs. Overnight in Camp.
Day 10: Continue Parikarma over Dolma La Pass (5650m) to Zuthul Puk (4700m) 22 Kms/10-11 Hrs. Overnight in Camp.
Day 11: The Kailash Kora ends today after an easy trek 14 Kms. Proceed to Hor Qu (4560m) at Lake Manasarovar. Overnight in Camp.
Day 12: Drive Hor Qu to Mayumla Phedi (4500m) 120 Kms/6-7 Hrs. Overnight in Camp.
Day 13: Drive Mayumla Phedi to New Dongba (4500m) 210 Kms/7-8 Hrs. Overnight in Camp.
Day 14: Drive New Dongba to Yak Kharka (4675m) 160 Kms/5-6 Hrs. Overnight in Camp.
Day 15: Drive Yak Kharkha to Nyalam (3750m) 240 Kms/6-7 Hrs. Overnight in Camp.
Day 16: Drive downhill to Friendship Bridge where transportation awaits for the Groups final leg of journey to Kathmandu (1300m) 150 Kms / 8-9 Hrs. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 17: Transfer to airport for departure.
In June of 2007 I flew to Nepal on my own to take an arranged camping/trekking trip with Skyline Treks to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar in western Tibet. I had planned the trip online with Mr. Madhav Pandey, Company owner and Managing Director of Skyline Treks. He planned that I was to join in with a group of five other international travelers. When I arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu I discovered that my checked luggage was not there. Mr. Madhav Pandey was there himself to meet me at the airport and he completely took charge.