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Travel Guidelines Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 


Best Time for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra in 2020


Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover is Holy place, where people visit as a pilgrimage, Mt. Kailash and Manasarover lies at western part of Tibet. Kailash Manasarover Tour is considering as holy tour to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. The 3 days trekking around Mt. Kailash called Kailash Kora. Mount kailash kora is Spiritual walk around Sacred mount Kailash. It is one of the challenging parts of the tour.

The best season to travel here from may to September. Pilgrimage from the world reach here every year from its. There are many ways to reach Mount Kailash and Manasarovar. The best way is from Kathmandu Nepal. It is 11 days overland tour via Tibetan villages crossing Kerong boarder/Rasuwagadi border. Flying to Lhasa and drive to Kailash Manasarovar is another option from Nepal. You can also reach Lhasa from mainland China and drive to Shigaste-Saga-Manasarover- Kailash. & Via Lucknow Nepalganj Simikot Hilsa Helicopter route . Kailash Yatra team of NTP can organize your Kailash Mansarovar Tour package from any part.

Mount Kailash is the most visited holy mountain in the world. A historical point in the world, with the origination of four of the most sacred rivers ensuring that Mount Kailash sits at a very high position of religious virtue. The four sacred streams which flow from Mount Kailash are – The Indus River, Sutlej River, Brahmaputra River and Karnali River.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is the pilgrimage to take in 2020. It will enlighten your spiritual self, with the sacredness Mount Kailash offers which will help your future be brighter. It is no wonder that thousands of visitors celebrate its existence each year. People of different faiths take part in the pilgrimage as it is believed to be of pure magnificence.

The whole circuit pilgrimage takes 3 days to complete, while some spend up to a month doing complete body prostrations. Take part in it in 2020, and you will notice the difference and successes in health, wealth and peace compared to the previous years. A combination of Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake make for a religious journey that will wipe away your sins and will bring in calm and a sense of peace in your life.

General Weather Condition of Mount Kailash Area

The weather conditions in Mount Kailash are mostly chilly during the nights and not as cold during the days. There are three seasons in the Area of the Holy mountains – Summers, Monsoons, and Winters.

Summers are from May to August with the climate in an average of 15°C. At this time is the mega Saga Dawa Festival which is held around May and June each year. The Saga Dawa festival is the most important annual religious festival in Tibet, where you can witness vast crowds of pilgrims doing the yatra around Mount Kailash and taking a dip in the holy waters of Lake Manasarovar.

Monsoons are from September to November and have little rain falls. This tends to drop the temperature down to 10°C.

Winters are from December to April and near temperatures of 5°C. It can even reach dangerous cold levels of -15°C. There is often snowfall during this period, making it a very challenging period for travelers.

Best Time to Trek Mt. Kailash Kora

When doing a pilgrimage, doing it at the right weather conditions will help you internally to offer your whole soul into purity as well as externally to be physically able to complete it. The best time to pay respects to the holy Mount Kailash is usually between May and October. It depends on the year, and in 2020 it will start earlier from the 28th of April to the 8th of October. What is important is the visibility is very clear during this time, which ensures that no dangers are faced in the remote area. It will not be warm, but the temperature is comfortable to be trekking around and not extremely cold below freezing point.

Mt. Kailash Kora

The best time to do Mt.Kailash Kora will make you comfortable

Traveling during the safest times will ensure the brute weather changes and harsh cold climate will not have to be faced by your group and you. Moving during Monsoon Seasons can lead to severe falls due to rainfall and can give you chills as temperatures are way below that during the summers. As for the winters, the sub-zero climate can lead to severe cases of heart attacks due to overexertion from respiratory or heart problems. The cold winter seasons can also cause harsh frostbites.

Best Time to Take Lake Manasarovar Yatra

Lake Manasarovar Yatra is a holy lake for both the Tibetan Buddhists and Indian Hindus. They have similar ways of paying homage to the lake that relieves sins and brings salvation. Pilgrims take a bath and drink the holy water which gives them a sense of relief from the past evil deeds.

Lake Manasarovar Yatra
Lake Manasarovar Yatra will offer you amazing landscape

Likewise, to Mount Kailash, pilgrims go around the Manasarovar Lake also called Parikrama. The Parikrama is done at the height of an altitude of 15,060 feet. Since the Parikrama and a holy dip is done, doing it at the right time of the year is recommended. It is best to be done along with the Mount Kailash yatra during the summertime, as visibility is much clearer during this period. The holy dip will not be able to be done during winters as the freezing cold temperatures could lead to severe health problems.

Tibet Travel Permits Needed for Kailash and Mansarovar Trek

First and foremost if you are a foreigner and not a Chinese citizen, it’s important to hold a password for traveling to China. If you have a passport, apply for the valid China Visa with Tibet Travel permits to travel around Tibet. The Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa issues the Tibet Travel Visa and this can be best done by a legal Tibetan Travel Agency like Tibet Vista. Usually, it takes 15-20 days to obtain Tibet Travel Permit. Apart from this, there are three other permits required for your destinations in Tibet:

Aliens’ Travel Permit – Which gives you permission to enter 6 prefectures in Tibet which are Shigatse, Nyingchi, Shannan, Ngari, Nagchu, Qamdo. Since Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake are located in Ngari, this is an important permit. It is issued by Public Security Bureau and takes only 40 minutes to get this permit.

Tibet Border Pass – This helps gain access through the checkpoints before getting to areas in Ngari like Mount Kailash and also if you are flying in from Kathmandu to Lhasa. It is issued by the Tibet Armed Police Border Corps in Lhasa.

Military Permit – Since Mount Kailash is near sensitive military settlements, this permit allows you to bypass the military bases. It is issued by the Military office in Lhasa and can take quite a lot of time for gaining it as its very strict.

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What to Pack for Kailash Manasarovar Tour

Traveling to Mount Kailash during the long but spiritual pilgrimage means, cold temperatures and long treks. Carry light and only essentials so that the trek is far easier –
• Back Pack
• Track Suit Long Sleeved Shirts
• Towels
• Lots of Socks
• Muffler
• Two pairs of Gloves
• A Pair of Hiking Boots
• Under Garments
• Bed Sheet
• Money Cap
• Sweater with High Neck
• Pair of Thermal Bottoms
• Night Wears
• Long Sleeve T-Shirts
• Swim Wear for Bath
• Camera
• Sunglass
Shoes & Sandal
• First Aid Kit – Painkillers, Multivitamin Pills, Band-Aid, Altitude Sickness Medicines
• Toiletries – Tooth Paste, Tooth Brush, Soap, Shampoo, Lip Balm, Sun Block Cream

Things to Be Ware for Kailash Manasarovar Pilgrimage

1. Along with packing the essentials, be better prepared to face the pilgrimage by preparation. This could be a pleasant one hour walk every morning, jogging daily, stretching and regular exercises which can help you strengthen both your cardiovascular strength and stamina. Yoga and meditation should be done appropriately before the pilgrimage to keep the mind sharp and be ready to battle signs of giving up.

2.The items you carry will be in a backpack, and so the physical strength will help you carry the backpack in extreme climates. Hiking specific training can be the main point of physical activity to be best prepared for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.

3.Overall the experience of a Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is one of a kind. Mount Kailash along with Lake Manasarovar yatra are beautiful escapes from the modern day world. The pilgrimage taken will keep your soul and heart both happy, with an experience of a lifetime. Therefore going at the right time will ensure that reroutes to the region are not experienced, along with physical and mental health in check being maintained.

4.It is not only this but the Saga Dawa Festival which falls every once a year is during the warmer summertime in the high regions of Mount Kailash.

Book well in advance for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, as the flock of pilgrims during the summertime tend to book out the hotels and tour packages. Keep yourself well prepared and plans flexible, and you will experience a pilgrimage which will eternally make you feel happier, stronger and spiritually more enlightened.

So if you’re ready to an Adventure Tour to Tibet- Kailash Mansarovar

1.) enjoy the mind-blowing Himalayas

2.) trek to the foot of Mt. Everest, the world’s summit

3.) explore mysterious Tibetan Buddhism

4.) appreciate the beauty of holy Tibetan lakes- Mansarovar & Taal

5.) experience divine kora around holy Mt. Kailash

6.) witness exotic Tibetan culture

7.) taste Tibetan, Nepali, Indian cuisine

8.) look for a paradise of photography

9.) have safari on the roof of the world

10) View of Gauri Kund

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Why Take a Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

In Buddhism, all beings are born to suffer and everyone has to suffer from six destinies (including heaven, people, animals, demon, ghost and hell) before the final liberation. Yatra, also called kora or circumambulation, is both a type of pilgrimage and meditative practice in the Tibetan Buddhism and Bon tradition. It is believed that Yatra can save people from the cycle among six destinies and lead a safe and happy life.

Mount Kailash, meaning the residence of the gods, is regarded as the center of the world by Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Bon and Jainism. Every year, there are different religious pilgrims from different places to have a Yatra around Mount Kailash. Honored as the mother of holy lakes, Lake Mansarovar is believed to purify the evil of people. Kora around Lake Mansarovar is also a great practice. With a short distance between this holy mountain and sacred lake, pilgrims always undertake a Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. According to the Buddhist doctrine, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is helpful to wash off all the sins in one’s life.

Mount Kailash Yatra

There are two circumambulating circuits for Mount Kailash Yatra – the outer circuit centering on Mount Kailash while the inner circuit focusesing on Mount Yinjietuo. The Buddhist legendary goes like that only the people who have finished thirteen rounds of the out circuit are qualified for an inner kora. However, in the year of horse according Tibetan calendar, one round Yatra is equal to thirteen rounds in the others years. Therefore, if you have Mount Kailash Yatra in the year of horse, you can undertake another in the inner circuit. The last year of horse is 2014 and the next year of horse is 2026.

Outer Mount Kailash Yatra

When we take about Mount Kailash Yatra, we always mean the outer kora. The outer circuit is long as 52km (or 49km without visiting monasteries but upto Yumdwar busses ply so from there the trek is for 38kms only to be completed in 3 days time . The Yatra starts from and ends at Darchen. The milestones include Dirapuk Monastery (elv. 4080m), Drolma-la (elv. 5630m) and Zutulpuk Monastery (elv. 4835m). Because the physical strength varies on different people, the pilgrims may spend one day, two days or three days on Mount Kailash Yatra.

One day’s route demands the strong energy and superior stamina. It is only suitable for the very experienced trekkers and local pilgrims with sturdy constitution. In order to complete the Yatra smoothly, you are recommended to start at 5:00am, get to Dirapuk Monastery at 12:00pm, to Drolma-la at 16:00pm, back to Darchen at 22:00pm. The whole Yatra takes about 15~18 hours. In this region the day breaks at about 7:00am and it becomes dark at around 22:00.

Two days’ route, quite easier to finish, but still requires the good energy and sound body free from High Altitude Sickness. Starting from Darchen at 9:00 on day one, the pilgrims can take about 1 hour to get to the peak and enjoy the colorful prayer flags, and another 1 hour to get to the pagoda. Then trek along with the up-and-down road, and get to Dirapuk Monastery 3~4 hours later. On day two, climb to Droma-la from descend down ZUTHULPUK (trek for about 10-12 hrs. Then take about 2~3 hours to get to Zutulpuk Monastery and another 3~4 hours back to Darchen.

Three days’ route are available for all people with good health.

Lake Mansarovar Yatra
Lake Mansarovar is located 30km southeast to Mount Kailash, covering an area of over 400 square kilometers. The road around Lake Mansarovar is in much better condition than Mount Kailash. The Mansarovar Yatra is a lovely walk and you can enjoy the great lake view and wild nature. The circuit of Mansarovar Yatra reaches to nearly 90km and it takes four days to accomplish it usually VIA Rakashastal.

Clockwise Walking

Make sure that you undertake the Yatra around the mountain or lake in a clockwise direction, unless you have a special affinity to the Bon faith, in which case you should walk in a counter-clockwise direction.

Best Time

As one of the coldest areas in Tibet, Region has a low temperature. The first priority during your Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is keeping warm. In January, February, March, November and December, the road is always covered by snows and you should avoid kora. Best Yatra time starts from April to October when the temperature is suitable. But the July and August are yearly rainy seasons with strong wind sometimes, and you’d better wear and pack accordingly.

Accommodation & Dining

There is very basic accommodation along your kora, including the guesthouses in monasteries Don’t expect air condition, a private bathroom or a shower. In the peak seasons, you may be unable to find a bed in the guesthouses. And in off seasons, some guesthouses along your Mansarovar will be closed and you need to camp by yourself. Food is also available but still simple and basic although we send our Kitchen with the group during the Parikrama. You are suggested to bring some snacks, dry fruit and energy bar from home

Necessary Permits

For pilgrims who want to have a Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, there are several permits needed. Tibet Travel Permit is the most important one, and you can’t board the train of flight to Tibet without it. Then you need an Alient Travel Permit which allows you visit RegionPrefecture. After that, you have to obtain Border Pass and Military Permit. All the permits can only applied by Travel Agency on behalf of travelers only. Tibet Travel Permit must be obtained before your trip while the Alien Travel Permit, Border Pass and Military Permit will only be checked when you are already in Tibet.

Packing and Wearing

Basic warm, comfortable and firm clothing are required for Kailash Mansarovar. Don’t forget to wear a pair of strong and waterproof shoes because you will kora along the bank of lake and the wet road. Under the premise that you pack all necessary articles for a Tibet travel, make your luggage as light as possible.

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