Kailash Manasarovar

Overview
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About Kailash Manasarovar
 
An imposing 21,778-feet tall, the magnificent and majestic Mount Kailash is more than just a mountain. It’s a legend. A revelation. An epiphany. A journey, that is both outwards and inwards. Located in the Himalayan mountain ranges of the remote southwestern corner of Tibet, Kailash is not just one of the highest parts of the world and the source of four mighty rivers of Asia — the Brahmaputra, the Sutlej, Ganga and the Indus — but it’s also one of the most significant spiritual spots on the planet, revered by millions of people from different religions.
But more than anything, the journey to Kailash Manasarovar is a life-changing experience for the thousands of pilgrims who undertake it every year, catapulting them into uncharted inner frontiers like nothing else can. For a pilgrimage to this isolated, timeless, breathtaking and fascinating spiritual spot is like a journey within yourself.
Kailash Sacred Walks, a program by Isha Sacred Walks, offers you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of embarking on this journey to Kailash Manasarovar. All our fellow travelers will unanimously agree that they returned from this trip completely transformed. The magical and mystical spot has been drawing people to its divine presence for various reasons. Here’s why you should not miss the chance to be a part of the Kailash Manasarovar yatra.
  • The Kailash Parvat or Mount Kailash along with the holy Manasarovar lake is deeply integral to the heart of spiritual Asia, capturing the imagination of human beings since time immemorial.
  • According to Hindu legend, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma. Hence, in Sanskrit it is called Manasarovar, which is a combination of the words ‘Manas’ (mind) and ‘Sarovar’ (lake).
  • Hindus believe Mt. Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva, the holy center of the earth and the manifestation of heaven itself.
  • Tibetan Buddhists profess that Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok who symbolizes supreme harmony.
  • In Jainism, Kailash, referred to as Mount Ashtapada, is the place where the creator of their faith, Rishabhadeva, attained freedom from the cycle of life and rebirth.
  • Just 20 kilometers away from Mt. Kailash, the sacred blue and emerald green Manasarovar lake that lies at a height of 15,015 ft, is said to be an epitome of purity, containing healing properties and the power to wash off all mortal sins.

For these reasons and more, a trip to Kailash Manasarovar is an intense spiritual experience, complete with the inclusion of meditation sessions, satsangs (spiritual discourses) and much more. The 13/14-day trip will commence at Kathmandu, where you will explore the ancient city. Then it journeys into Tibet, with a drive to Saga, and overnight camping and meditation sessions at the breathtaking Manasarovar Lake. This will be followed by the challenging yet fulfilling trek to the North face of Kailash, where you will get a chance to meditate in the presence of the mighty peak before you journey back.

A sojourn to this "roof of the world" is an arduous but rewarding one. Every single traveler of this incredible journey undergoes a humbling and enlightening transformation, which cannot be described, but can only be felt first hand.

Get ready for some incredible experiences. Soak in the sights of cliff-top monasteries, yak caravans leisurely ambling over snowy passes, and the magnificent peaks of the Himalayas. But most importantly, get ready to have an honest peek into your own self. As Sadhguru says, you return home with “a little bit of Kailash with you in your heart and your mind”.

With our team of highly skilled, trained and dedicated volunteers ever ready to help you with every step you take on this memorable journey, you will be enveloped in a sense of endless energy, tranquility and oneness.

This year, our groups will embark on the Kailash Manasarovar Sacred Walk between July 22nd and September 15th.

Come, be a part of this beautiful and enlightening journey with us.

 
 
 
Dates & Registration
 
Dates / Registration
 
Group Arrive/Depart at Kathmandu Communication Language Registration Status
A0

July 30th to Aug 13th, 2018

English CLOSED
A3

Aug 13th to Aug 26th, 2018

English CLOSED
A4

Aug 16th to Aug 30th, 2018

Telugu CLOSED
A5

Aug 15th to Aug 29th, 2018

English CLOSED
A6

Aug 16th to Aug 30th

English CLOSED
S4*

Aug 8th to Aug 24th

Russian Register Now
S5*

Aug 21th to Sep 5th, 2018

English CLOSED
S8**

Aug 30th to Sep 14th, 2018

English CLOSED
C1

Aug 23rd to Sep 4th, 2018
(Arrive/Depart at Lhasa)

Chinese Register Now
H1

Sep 4th to Sep 16th, 2018

English Register Now
Program Itinerary
 
Program Itinerary
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Day
3
Fly to Lhasa

Fly to the capital city of Tibet, Lhasa. The word “Lhasa” translates into “abode of god” and was once named the “forbidden city,” as only those initiated into a spiritual process were permitted to enter. Today, Lhasa is a dynamic and bustling city that still holds an old world charm.

Day
4
Lhasa

A stay at the sprawling city of Lhasa is just the thing to help with high altitude acclimatization. Immerse yourself in Tibetan culture by visiting some of the famous temples and monasteries.

Day
5
Drive to Shigatse

Let the magnificent scenic Himalayan landscapes soothe your senses as you journey to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.

Day
6
Drive to Saga
  • Drive down to Saga (“happy land”), which is situated along the banks of the Brahmaputra. Feast your eyes on the enchanting beauty of Tibet and shop for last minute supplies.
Day
7
Manasarovar
  • Prepare yourself for incredible vistas of sand dunes, snow capped mountains and large lakes as you travel to Manasarovar. Your first view of this freshwater lake will be truly breathtaking. Being the highest source of freshwater in the world, this blue and emerald green lake seems otherworldly. This will be a mystical day of meditation and invocation. Experience a refreshing and cleansing dip in the lake, which is known to be an epitome of purity and to possess healing properties. Stay overnight on the banks of the lake and drink in the peace that surrounds this space.
Day
9
Kailash
  • Trek from Dirapuk to the north face of Kailash for meditation in its mighty presence, and then back to Dirapuk. Staying another night in the company of this powerful peak will allow you to fully imbibe and take in your experience.
Day
10
Manasarovar
  • The trek comes to a close and you head back to Manasarovar – time to allow the essence of Kailash to take root in you. One more overnight stay at the lake allows you to absorb your experiences.
Day
11 & 12
Drive to Saga and Shigatse
  • After the immensity of Kailash, enjoy the relaxing journey as you return to Shigatse.
Day
13
Drive to Lhasa
  • This is the final leg of the journey in Tibet, where you stay overnight.
Day
14
Kathmandu
  • Fly back to Kathmandu. Devote the day to exploring the city. Visit the ancient Pashupatinath temple, considered the holiest temple in Kathmandu. Entry into the temple is permitted only for Hindus. Others can enjoy the temple from the banks of the river Bagmati.
Day
15
Departure from Kathmandu
  • You return home carrying, as Sadhguru says, "a little bit of Kailash with you in your heart and your mind."
Day
4
Drive to Shigatse

Let the magnificent scenic Himalayan landscapes soothe your senses as you journey to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.

Day
5
Drive to Saga

Drive down to Saga (“happy land”), which is situated along the banks of the Brahmaputra. Feast your eyes on the enchanting beauty of Tibet and shop for last minute supplies.

Day
6
Manasarovar

Prepare yourself for incredible vistas of sand dunes, snow capped mountains and large lakes as you travel to Manasarovar. Your first view of this freshwater lake will be truly breathtaking. Being the highest source of freshwater in the world, this blue and emerald green lake seems otherworldly. This will be a mystical day of meditation and invocation. Experience a refreshing and cleansing dip in the lake, which is known to be an epitome of purity and to possess healing properties. Stay overnight on the banks of the lake and drink in the peace that surrounds this space.

Day
7
Kailash

Get ready for a trail that is as challenging as it is rewarding. Pack up and drive to the starting point of the trek, Yamadwar, and then trek to Dirapuk. Enroute, behold the sights of cliff-top monasteries, yak caravans leisurely ambling over snowy passes, and the western face of Kailash. Finally experience the powerful and indescribable phenomenon of this revered mountain. As you stay the night at its base, indulge in the beauty and immensity of the esoteric Kailash.

Day
8
Kailash

Trek from Dirapuk to the north face of Kailash for meditation in its mighty presence, and then back to Dirapuk. Staying another night in the company of this powerful peak will allow you to fully imbibe and take in your experience.

Day
9
Manasarovar

The trek comes to a close and you head back to Manasarovar – time to allow the essence of Kailash to take root in you. One more overnight stay at the lake allows you to absorb your experiences.

Day
10&11
Drive to Saga and Shigatse

After the immensity of Kailash, enjoy the relaxing journey as you return to Shigatse.

Day
12
Drive to Lhasa

This is the final leg of the journey in Tibet, where you stay overnight.

Day
13
Kathmandu

Fly back to Kathmandu. Devote the day to exploring this 2000-year-old city. Visit the ancient Pashupatinath temple, considered the holiest temple in Kathmandu.

Day
14
Departure from Kathmandu

You return from the sojourn carrying, as Sadhguru says, “a little bit of Kailash with you in your heart and your mind.”

Day
1
Arrival at Kathmandu

Get your first glimpse of vibrant Kathmandu as you are transferred to your hotel for some rest. A satsang and orientation bring the day to a close.

Day
2
Fly to Nepalgunj

Stay overnight at Nepalgunj, a bustling town close to the Indian border en route to Simikot, our next stop.

Day
3
Fly to Simikot

Experience the incredible flight to Simikot, a town accessible only by air. A small hamlet nestled in the mountain; Simikot is the headquarters of Nepal’s most remote district, Humla.

Day
4
Fly to Hilsa and Drive to Purang

Take a helicopter ride to Hilsa, border town of Nepal, and cross over to Tibet. Feast your eyes on the enchanting beauty of Tibet as you drive to Purang on the Tibetan-Nepalese border.

Day
5
Purang

Stay in Purang for an extra day to acclimatize to the high altitude and shop for any last minute supplies.

Day
6
Drive to Manasarovar

Prepare yourself for incredible vistas of snow-capped mountains and large lakes as you travel to Manasarovar. Your first view of this freshwater lake will be truly breathtaking. Being the highest source of freshwater in the world, this blue and emerald green lake seems otherworldly. Stay overnight on the banks of the lake and drink in the peace that surrounds this space.

Day
7
Manasarovar

This will be a mystical day of meditation and invocation. Experience a refreshing and cleansing dip in the lake, which is known to be an epitome of purity and to possess healing properties. Once again, stay overnight at the lake, which allows you to absorb your experiences.

Day
8
Kailash

Get ready for a trail that is as challenging as it is rewarding. Pack up and drive to the starting point of the trek, Yamadwar, and then trek to Dirapuk. En route, behold the sights of cliff-top monasteries, yak caravans leisurely ambling over snowy passes, and the western face of Kailash. Finally experience the powerful and indescribable phenomenon of this revered mountain. As you stay the night at its base, you have the opportunity to indulge in the beauty and immensity of the esoteric Kailash.

Day
9
Kailash

Trek from Dirapuk to the north face of Kailash for meditation in its mighty presence, and then back to Dirapuk. Staying another night in the company of this powerful peak will allow you to fully imbibe and take in your experience.

Day
10
Return to Hilsa

The trek comes to a close and you head back to Hilsa – time to allow the essence of Kailash to take root in you.

Day
11
Fly to Simikot and Nepalgunj

Indulge your eyes on the magnificent Himalayas from up high as you fly back to Simikot and Nepalgunj.

Day
12
Fly to Kathmandu

This is the final leg of the journey, where you stay overnight. Devote the day to exploring this 2000-year-old city. Visit the ancient Pashupatinath temple, considered the holiest temple in Kathmandu.

Day
13
Departure from Kathmandu

You return home carrying, as Sadhguru says, “a little bit of Kailash with you in your heart and your mind.”

Sometimes due to last minute changes in government rules or in case of natural calamities like floods, landslides, etc., a few changes in the itinerary may happen. We seek your understanding and cooperation at these times.

Please Note
  • Those arriving at Kathmandu before the scheduled date are required to make their own stay arrangements.
  • We can suggest accommodation options on request.
  • The hotel where the group will stay will be announced at a later date.
  • Please send your travel itinerary to us at least one month prior to the date of departure.
  • The check-out on the last day is at 12 noon. Please plan your flight accordingly.
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