Kailash Mansarover Yatra 2012

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About Kailash Mansarovar
Lake Manasarovar lies at 4,556 m (14947.5 ft) above mean sea level. It is one of the highest fresh-
water lakes in the world. Lake Mapam Yumco is relatively round in shape with a circumference of 88
kilometres (55 mi). Its depth is 90 m (300 ft) and its surface area is 320 square kilometres (120 sq
mi). The lake freezes in winter and melts only in the spring. It is connected to nearby Lake Rakshastal
by the natural Ganga Chhu channel. Mapam Yumco is the source of the Sutlej River which is the
easternmost large tributary of the Indus. Nearby are the sources of the Brahmaputra River, the
mainstem Indus River, and the Karnali River (Ghaghara) which is an important tributary of the Ganges
River, so this region is the hydrographic nexus of the Himalaya.
The Himalayas, the crown of the Indian peninsula has remained the cultural locus for its teeming
millions. It is in the Himalayas, as the Skanda Purana records, where Lord Shiva lives, and there the
mighty river Ganges fell from the foot of Lord Vishnu like “the slender thread of a lotus flower”.
The myths descend down from Mount Kailash to the shores of Lake Mansarovar. It is said that
Maharaja Mandhata has discovered the Lake. The legend goes: Mandhata had done penance on the
shores of Mansarovar at the foot of the magnificent mountains named after him. According to the
legend, there was a big mansion down below on its bottom.
It is said to be the abode of the king of Nags – the serpent gods – and in the middle of the arc like
surface of the lake once upon there stood a huge tree. Its fruits fell into the lake with the sound ‘Jam’;
thus, the surrounding region came to be known as “Jambu-ling” or “Jambu-Dvipa” in the Hindu
Puranas.
In some Pali and Sanskrit Buddhist works, Mansarovar is described as Anotatta or Anavatapta – the
lake without heat and trouble. Buddhists believe that in its centre there is a tree, which bears fruits of
celestial medicinal properties that may cure all known physical as well as mental ailments.
The human ideal of mount Meru rising from the descent of the seventh hell and rising to perforate
through the loftiest of the heavens – the great mountain at the centre of the universe itself – comes to
rest at Kailash. The Skanda Purana therefore acknowledges, “There are no mountains like the
Himalayas, for in them are Kailash and Mansarovar”.
One myths goes that at the core of the Jambu, the landmass surrounding Lake Mansarovar, stood the
glorious mountain of Meru with four colours and faces: white like a Brahmin, the priest, on its eastern
surface; yellow like a Vaisya, the merchant, on the south; red like a Kshatriya, the warrior, on the
north; black on its western side like a Shudra, the menial.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Land Cruiser


Destination : Kathmandu - Kodari - Nayalam - New Dongba - Mansarovar Lake - Darchen - (3 Days
Kailash Parikarma) - Zutulphuk.- Darchen - Mansarovar Lake - New Dongba - Nayalam - Zhangmu
(Border) - Kathmandu




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DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport. Our representative will meet you at the airport & transfer to Hotel.
Evening dinner + tour briefing. Accommodation: Hotel

DAY 02: HALF DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR - DRIVE TO KODARI (NEPAL/CHINA BORDER)

Morning, you will visit Pashupatinath temple & Budhanilkantha Narayan (sleeping Vishnu). After lunch,
drive to Kodari. It is a four & half hours journey to Kodari. You will be reaching Kodari in the evening.
Overnight in Kodari.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (dormitory room) - very basic
Kathmandu - Kodari: Four & half hours
Distance: 123 km
Altitude: 1800 m.
DAY 03: CROSS THE BORDER THEN CONTINUE TO NYALAM

Morning (after breakfast), cross the friendship bridge (10 minutes walk), complete the immigration
formality in China side then drive to Nyalam (3750 m.). It takes an hour and half to get to Nyalam.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (dormitory room) – very basic.
Kodari – ZhangMu – Nyalam: 32 km
Driving hours: 1 hour
Altitude: 3750 m. (Nyalam)

DAY 04: FREE DAY IN NYALAM FOR ACCLIMATIZATION

Rest in Nyalam for acclimatization purpose. Today, you may go for a short hiking above Nyalam for a
couple of hours. This will help you to be acclimatized properly.
Accommodation: Guesthouse (dormitory room) – very basic.

DAY 05: DRIVE, NYALAM TO NEW DONGBA

Today, you should drive an extensive distance to reach New Dongba (4600 m.). On the way, you will
be passing through Dolma-La pass (5100 m.), Peiku Lake, Ganesh Parvat and the River
Brahmhaputra. Also, you will be passing through a couple of other small high passes

Accommodation: Guesthouse (the best quality available).
Nyalam to New Dongba: 500 km
Driving hours: 6.5 hours
Altitude: 4500 m.

DAY 06: DRIVE, NEW DONGBA TO LAKE MANASAROVAR (4550 m.)

Today you will drive to lake Manasarovar and stay in Horchu side (tented camp). On the way, you will
be passing through Paryang town and Mayum-La pass (5200 m.). This is the highest motorable pass
in this journey.

Accommodation: Horchu (dormitory tented camp) - very basic.
New Dongba to Lake Manasarovar: 550 km
Driving hours: 6.5 hours
Altitude: 4550 m.

DAY 07: DRIVE, LAKE MANASAROVAR TO DARCHEN (4663 m.)

Morning Pooja, holy bath at Mansarovar. After lunch, drive to Darchen by Land Cruiser. While going to
Darchen, we will make a clockwise drive of Lake Manasarovar. The drive takes about 1 & half hours.

Accommodation: Darchen Guesthouse (dormitory room) – very basic.



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Lake Mansarovar (Horchu) to Darchen: 55 km (with parikrama)
Driving hours: 1.5 hours
Altitude: 4680 m.

DAY 08: MORNING, DRIVE TO YAMA DWAR THEN START PARIKRAMA.
Drive to Yama Dwar then start Parikrama. The drive, from Darchen to Yama Dwar, takes about 45
minutes. Our Yaks & yak men will meet you here. We will load all logistics on Yaks then start the
journey.

PASSENGERS WHO ARE GOING PARIKRAMA:
After loading all logistic on Yaks, you will start your journey. Today, you will have to walk about 5
hours to reach Deraphuk.

PASSENGERS WHO ARE NOT GOING PARIKRAMA:
After Darshan of Kailash from Yama Dwar, you will return back to Darchen & have rest.

OPTIONAL:
Before heading out to Yama Dwar, you may visit Asthapad from where you can see a superb & closest
view of Mt. Kailash. It is nearly a 20 minutes drive to reach Asthapad.
Accommodation: Camp
Serson to Deraphuk Gomba: 10 km, approx.
Driving hours: 5 hours
Altitude: 4920 m.


DAY 09: CONTINUE PARIKRAMA TO ZUTULPHUK (4760 m.) VIA GAURIKUND

PASSENGERS WHO ARE GOING PARIKRAMA:
Early morning, trek uphill to Dolma-La. It takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach Dolma Pass. This is the
highest Pass (5600 m.) that you will cross on this journey. From Dolma pass, you will trek down to the
valley-floor. Just right after the pass, you can see a beautiful but tiny lake on the right hand side. This
is Gauri Kunda. From Dolma Pass, you have to trek another 4 hours to reach Zutulphuk. Please make
you mind up, this is the toughest and longest day in parikrama.

PASSENGERS WHO ARE NOT GOING PARIKRAMA:
Today, you will have to rest in Darchen
Accommodation: Camp
Deraphuk Gomba to Zutulphuk Gomba: 22 km
Trekking duration: 9 hours
Altitude: 4820 m.


DAY 10: END PARIKRAMA NEAR DARCHEN AND DRIVE BACK TO LAKE MANSAROVAR
(HORCHU) GAURIKUND

PASSENGERS WHO ARE GOING PARIKRAMA:
After a short trek (3 hours) from Zutulphuk, you will reach at the pick point, where you will find our
Land Cruisers waiting for you. Meet with other members then drive further to Lake Manasarovar
(Horchu).

PASSENGERS WHO ARE NOT GOING PARIKRAMA:
Today, you will meet other members who are in Parikrama and drive together to Lake Manasarovar.
Accommodation: Tented Camp (dormitory room) – very basic.
Zutulphuk to trek ending point: 8 km approx. - 3 hrs trek
Pick up point to Horchu (Lake Manasarovar): 35 km
Driving hours: 30 minutes
Altitude: 4550 m.




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DAY 11: RETURN JOURNEY TO NEW DONGBA

Early morning after breakfast, we set off our journey back to New Dongpa.
Accommodation: Guesthouse (dormitory room) - the best available
Lake Manasarovar to New Dongba: 550 km
Driving hours: 6.5 hours
Altitude: 4464 m.

DAY 12: RETURN JOURNEY TO NYALAM
 Return journey to Nyalam.
Accommodation: Shisapangma Guesthouse (dormitory room) – very basic.
New Dongba to Nyalam: 670 km
Driving hours: 7 hours
Altitude: 3750 m.

DAY 13: RETURN JOURNEY TO KATHMANDU

Drive to Zhangmu, cross the border then drive back to Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel
Nyalam to ZhangMu: 32 km
Driving hours: One & half hour
Altitude (Kathmandu): 1380 m.

DAY 14: RETURN HOME

Transfer to the Airport for your flight back home.




                Travel Tips for Mt. Kailash - Mansarovar Yatra

Acco mmodat ion: Accommodation will be very simple with a cozy room with common
bathrooms and toilets. However, hot water will be provided in every room for refreshing and for
drinking.

Food: The food will be supplied from our side while camping breakfast, lunch & dinner with
occasional tea break. While staying in lodges enroute the meal will be provided from the best
available Chinese or Tibetan restaurants. The food will be very simple as per the clients taste. All
meals provided will be vegetarian.

Clothing & Accessories: Depending upon the season, during June, July, August till September,
day time will be pleasant and quite warm with about 15-20 degrees celsius. During afternoon
time 1-4 pm can be windy. The morning and evening will be chily between minus 2 to 0 degree
celcius. We recommend one down jacket, one warm thick pull-over, one thin pull-over, two
warm pants, two light loose cotton pants, one warm windproof cotton jacket, four cotton sleeve
T-shirts, two thermal under pants, two thermal vests, one rain coat, one pair each of light tennis
shoes & light rubber sandal, six pairs of warm woolen socks, one light cotton or silk scarf, one
large cotton or silk scarf, one pair of warm gloves, soft paper tissues, monkey cap & sun hat, two
towels, Wind – Rain Jacket, sun hat, sun glass, sun cream, chapstick.




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Transportation: During the drive we will be providing a 4-wheel drive (Land cruiser or similar),
truck as a backup with all camping gear and crew. Maximum 4-5 people will be accommodated
in a land cruiser. While on trek, during the Kora, we will provide Yaks to carry the camping &
your personal heavy gears.

Guide/ Escort: A Tibetan/ English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the trip
including few Nepali staffs for the camping.

Photography: As Tibet get very bright sunlight due to thin air, so taking photographs can be quite
glare. We recommend you to take the advice from the photographic shop while purchasing the
film rolls for Tibet. Taking photographs inside monastery will be charged as per Monastery rule.
Please ask your guide before taking photographs inside the monastery or Army Camps.

Medicine: We suggest you to bring your own first aid kit with adequate medication regarding
altitude sickness, nauseas, dehydration and some painkillers.


Insurance: We highly recommend all clients to be insured against Medical, accidents &
necessary emergency evacuation, if needed.

Physical Fitness: Before booking for this trip with us, clients should be in sound good health
preparation for this trip. We advise bit of exercise like morning or evening walk or jogging.

Visa & Documentation: Clients must be in possession of a valid passport to obtain visa. We will
require the following details from your passport at the time of booking the trip - Full Name as in
Passport, Nationality, Date of issue & expiry of Passport, Passport No, Date of Birth &
Occupation

Alt itude Sickness: Acute mountain sickness is a frequent problem in the Himalayan region. The
altitude of the peaks and trills between them are among highest on earth. Acclimatization to
altitude above 3000 meters takes time. The body undergoes a number of physiological changes
acme of which are immediate like increased pulse rate & respiratory rate. Others appear more
slowly over a period of weeks like the change in acid base balance and production of extra red
blood cells. These changes plus the effect of intense sunlight, walking hard & dehydration may
cause a number or mild vague symptoms such as Loss of appetite, fatigue, headache, nausea,
dizziness, palpitations, sleeplessness, mild shortness of breath with exercise. The best treatment
is prevention! Avoid rapid ascents; take acclimatization symptoms seriously using rest days or
diamox. If symptoms are severe and the patient is ill DESCEND IMMEDIATELY 300 Meters of
descent or more should be sought. This usually gives rapid improvement.


Equipment on Trip: We provide 2 men roomy tents to sleep in. We also provide Dining Tent,
Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tents, Dining Tables, Folding Chairs and full kitchen utensils. We will
provide Sleeping Bag and Foam Mattress for bed.




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Personal Equipment Checklist: You need at least 3 pair of change of your clothing for this trip.
Shorts, skirt or lightweight trousers are ideal in the heat of the day along with T-shirt, long
sleeved cotton shirts and sun hat. During the evening and the higher altitudes warmers clothing
will be needed, breeches, track. Well fitting, comfortable boots are to be preferred over training
shoes for the actual trekking and clothing will be required for both extremes of climate, for hot
sun when trekking through the lower foothills to freezing temperatures at night when camping in
the high valleys.


   1. Fiber Pile Jacket: 1
   2. Shorts or Skirt: 1
   3. Light Cotton Trousers: 1
   4. Breeches/ Track Suit Bottoms/ Ultra Fleece Trousers: 1
   5. Duvet Jacket: Down or synthetic
   6. Wool Balaclava, Wool Mitts.
   7. Waterproofs: Jacket and trousers
   8. Sun Hat Scarf: Silk/Nylon, useful for keeping the sun off the back of your neck.
   9. Sunglasses/ Goggles: Essential to get a pair which cuts out 100% UV rays.
   10. Sun Cream: High protection factor [15 or higher] or high altitude glacier cream.
   11. Lip Slave/Labisan: Protection for the lips. Get one with a sunscreen.
   12. Water Bottle: 1 Liter. Metal
   13. Iodine: 2% Solution [TINCTURE OF IODINE] obtained from most chemists put into a small
       glass dropper bottle. 8 drops of iodine will sterilize 1 liter of water in 20 minutes.
   14. Toilet Items: Soap, Towel, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Comb, Sanitary protection,
       Toilet rolls [2], etc. Toilet paper is provided on Trek.
   15. Head Torch: [Petzl recommended] -spare batteries and bulbs.
   16. Sewing Kit
   17. Small Knife: Swiss army style - has many uses.
   18. Note Book/ Diary/ Pens
   19. Small Padlock: Useful for locking your kit bag
   20. 4 Passport Size Photographs
   21. A Copy of your Insurance Certificate.
   22. Money Belt
   23. Reading Material: (1Book).
   24. Walkman and 2 tapes - for those early nights. Spare batteries.
   25. Chocolate Bars, Sweets.
   26. Personal Medical Kit.
   27. Small plastic Bags/ Stuff Sacs or Pillow Cases: To separate and keep the gear in your kit
       bag in order
   28. Cigarette Lighter: for burning toilet paper and rubbish.


OPTIONAL:

   1. Ski Stick: Telescopic for easy carrying
   2. Thermarest: Or similar self-inflating mattress, gives decadent luxury.
   3. Camera Gear.


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   4. Games: Cards, chess etc. for the evenings.
   5. Umbrella: Not only for rain, makes a great sunshade.
   6. Wet Wipes: Or similar.


Insurance & Emergency Expenses: We suggest that clients insure themselves against a
comprehensive claim policy. Which should also include Helicopter Evacuation if necessary.
Please note that our Kailash Tour Package does not include any rescue or evacuation expenses in
emergencies. Any Emergency arrangement other than regular straightforward tour itinerary
service should be borne by the clients themselves.

Camera & Films: A 35 mm system with interchangeable lens will allow you to get the best shots
in most situations. A wide angle [28-35mm] and a telephoto [80-200mm] are very useful. Sky
ling filters protect your lens [skylight IB] and a polarizing filter is useful for snow scenes. A
brush for cleaning your lens is important and your camera and lens need to be in protective cases.
Kodachrome 64 is excellent for slides and for prints 100 ASA film is suitable. Faster films may
be needed if using zoom lenses and 200 ASA film would be required if you plan to visit Chitwan
National Park. 12 rolls of film per trek are not too many for the enthusiast.

General Considerations when Packing: Keep the weight and bulk down to a minimum. Baggage
allowance on most international flights is 20 Kg's/44 lbs.. Most people tend to bring more clothes
than they do actually need. You will only need one change of clothes for Kathmandu. On trek it
is important to dress in layers. When it is hot you will only be wearing a base layer, when it gets
colder you can add to this until you are wearing most of your clothes!

Personal Medical Kit: We suggest that you bring the following:

   1. Elastoplasts.
   2. Adhesive tape 4" crepe bandage Elasticated knee and /or ankle support if you experience
      strain these joints Blister dressings, e.g. moleskin, compead, spenco dressings Nasal
      Decongestant Throat lozenges/ glucose sweets.
   3. Wide spectrum antibiotic [Ciproxin recommended] Anti -diarrhea - Imodium or Lomotil. A
      course of Flagyll [treatment of giardia].

   4. Codeine Phosphate - conspirator, cough suppressant and pain killer Cold and flu
       suppressant Aspirin / paracetamol.
   5. Rehydrate powder - useful for adding to your water bottle and for fluid replacing purposes.
   6. Small pair of scissors any special medicines you require.


DEPARTURES:
APRIL:   25,29,30
MAY:     3,7,10,14,17,21,24,28
JUNE:    5,7,11,14,18,21,25,28
JULY:    2,5,9,12,16,19,23,26,30,31
AUGUST:  2,6,9,13,16,20,23,28,30
SEPTEMBER:3,6,10,13,17,20,24,27


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