Mount Kailash Pilgrimage

Join us on a sacred Kailash Pilgrimage during the auspicious Saga Dawa Festival.

Kailash pilgrimage (KORA) - 52 km trek around Mount Kailash.

The Saga Dawa Festival - Celebrates the birth, parinirvana (death), and enlightenment of Buddha. The most auspicious place to celebrate is the holy Mount Kailash.

Clean your KARMA.
Mount Kailash - the Stairway to Heaven is the most sacred and mysterious mountain peak of all Himalayas.

One KORA around the sacred mountain will wipe away all the sins (bad karma) of one's current lifetime.

The KORA trek during the Saga Dawa Festival is a time when ones merits are accumulated from this holy pilgrimage and is multiplied 100,000 times.

This is a unique opportunity to prepare yourself and successfully complete a Kailash Pilgrimage with the guidance of Lama Tendar during the most auspicious and significant time of a year - Saga Dawa Festival.

Places are limited to 20 pilgrims.

per adult from

$13,735

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Duration

21 days

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  • What's included :
    • 20x Breakfast
    • 8x Dinner
    • 4x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 20 nights
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Spiritual guidance, Group Pilgrimage Meditation Sessions and Teachings by Lama Tendar
    • Participation in the Tibetan sacred ceremonies during the Pilgrimage
    • Private airport transfer at the start of the tour
    • Local English speaking expert guide in Kathmandu
    • Physical preparation training advice, group training sessions and local hikes are all provided
    • All entrance fees at sites in the itinerary
    • Yaks to carry luggage during Kailash Pilgrimage
    • Expert local Tibetan guide whilst in Tibet
    • All Tibetan Visas and Permits are provided
    • Oxygen tank and water in the bus at all times
    • Entry/Admission - Pataleban Vineyard Resort
    • Entry/Admission - Boudhanath Stupa
    • Entry/Admission - Pashupatinath Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Swayambhunath Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Manasarovar
    • Entry/Admission - Mount Kailash
    • Entry/Admission - Tashilunpo Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Potala Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Sera Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden)
    • Entry/Admission - Jokhang Temple
    What's excluded :
    • Flights to Kathmandu for the start of the tour
    • Flights back home from Lhasa at the end of the tour
    • Nepal 15 Day double entry visa
    • Meals not included in the itinerary
    • Any expenses of personal nature such as tips to guides and drivers
    • Personal insurance, we recommend you obtain travel insurance with coverage for medical repatriation

  • Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be picked up from the airport and driven to the Pataleban Vineyard Resort.

    Stop At: Pataleban Vineyard Resort, Chisapani, Chandragiri 2, Nepal
    The resort site lies 16km west of Kathmandu city at an altitude of 1600m above sea level.

    The resort is surrounded by a community forest known as the Pataleban. With its mesmerising sunset views over the Himalayan range of Langtang, Ganesh, Manaslu, Annapurna and the Dhading valley.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Pataleban winery resort

    Day 2: Full Day Tara retreat with Lama Tendar.

    Stop At: Pataleban Vineyard Resort, Chisapani, Chandragiri 2, Nepal
    During this retreat Lama Tendar will give teachings on how to overcome afflictive emotions so as to protect one's own mind and to live life positively.

    He will also give instructions about how to conduct Tara practice during the pilgrimage, teach Tara mantras, and offer guided meditations. This knowledge is essential for the preparation and duration of the Kailash pilgrimage.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Pataleban resort

    Day 3: Stay at the resort

    Stop At: Pataleban Vineyard Resort, Chisapani, Chandragiri 2, Nepal
    Early morning hike to Indradaha. The route is well known for Bird Watching and majestic views of the Mountain and Terrain.
    Duration: 24 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the resort

    Day 4: Drive to Kathmandu.

    Stop At: Boudhanath Stupa, Boudh, Kathmandu 44600 Nepal
    visit Boudhanath Stupa
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Pashupatinath Temple, 44621 Pashupati Nath Road, Kathmandu 44600 Nepal
    Pashupatinath
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the Moon Light hotel in Thamel

    Day 5: Explore Kathmandu

    Stop At: Swayambhunath Temple, Swayamhu Circle Road, Kathmandu 44620 Nepal
    Swayambhu is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. The Tibetan name for the site means 'Sublime Trees' , for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. For the Buddhist Newars, in whose mythological history and origin myth as well as day-to-day religious practice Swayambhunath occupies a central position, it is probably the most sacred among Buddhist pilgrimage sites. For Tibetans and followers of Tibetan Buddhism, it is second only to Boudha.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner: Nepalese traditional dinner and cultural performance
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the Moon Light hotel in Thamel

    Day 6: Drive from Kathmandu to Gyirong

    Stop At: Gyirong County, Gyirong County, Tibet
    Drive from Kathmandu to Gyirong. The whole distance from Kathmandu to Rasuwa Bridge of Gyirong Port, the China-Nepal border, is about 160 km. The total travel time is about 8 hours.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Gyirong

    Day 7: Stay at Port Gyirong for acclimatisation

    Stop At: Gyirong County, Gyirong County, Tibet
    Known as the “backyard of the Himalayas”, Gyirong is just 2,800 meters above sea level.

    Gyirong Valley is one of the most stunning locations in Tibet for lush flora and abundant fauna, and has been rated as the most beautiful unknown valley on the plateau.

    We will be hiking for about 3 hours to Kyipuk Canyon and Guru Rinpoche's meditation cave in the morning and will visit the Kyirong Temple after lunch.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Gyirong

    Day 8: Drive from Gyirong to Saga

    Stop At: Saga County, Saga County, Tibet
    Distance 170 km. Approximately 5 hours. Enjoy the magnificent landscapes off the Tibetan plateau.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Saga hotel

    Day 9: Stay in Saga for acclimatisation

    Stop At: Saga County, Saga County, Tibet
    The altitude of Saga County is around 4600m.
    Spend some time walking around the town acclimatising to the high altitude. Avoid any strenuous activities.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Saga hotel

    Day 10: Drive from Saga to Manasarovar Lake

    Stop At: Lake Manasarovar, 35 miles East of Pulan County, Burang County 110001 China
    Drive from Saga to Manasarovar Lake.
    The distance is 460 km and will take approximately 6 hours.

    On arrival visit the Chiu (Sparrow) Monastery. The monastery's name comes from the story that Guru Rinpoche was guided here by a sparrow before staying for seven days. The main chapel contains the meditation cave and stone footprint of Guru Rinpoche.
    On a clear day Mt Kailash looms dramatically to the north.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Stay overnight at the guesthouse

    Day 11: Drive to Darchen

    Stop At: Tibet, Tibet
    Drive to Darchen, a small town at the foot of Mount Kailash.
    Altitude is 4,575 metres.
    Rest and prepare for the pilgrimage tomorrow.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the hotel

    Day 12: Kailash kora - Day 1

    Stop At: Mount Kailash, Within Pulan County Humla Simikota, Burang County 859500 China
    Kailash kora - Day 1.
    Darchen - Dirapuk Monastery (6-7hrs, 20km, 200m ascent)

    In the morning watch a new prayer flagpole being erected at Tarboche during the Saga Dawa festival. Hang your prayer flags on the pole before it is erected. Each prayer flag represents a prayer that someone wants fulfilled. The flags are left to fly in the wind to increase the potential for answering. Watch Lamas performing sacred Buddhist rituals around the pole. Perform a ritual walk around the perimeter of the flags.

    Then walk 20 km to Dirapuk Monastery and stay at the North face overnight.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel at the North face overnight

    Day 13: Kailash kora - Day 2

    Stop At: Mount Kailash, Within Pulan County Humla Simikota, Burang County 859500 China
    Climb up to the foot of Mount Kailash, hang prayer flags and participate in the Traditional Tibetan Fire Puja to eliminate all the obstacles for a very important day tomorrow - crossing the Tara Pass.

    Visit Dirapuk Monastery, meditate in the Milarepa cave.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel at the North face overnight

    Day 14: Kailash kora - Day 3

    Stop At: Mount Kailash, Within Pulan County Humla Simikota, Burang County 859500 China
    Dirapuk Monastery to Dzultripuk Monastery (7-8h, 18km, 550m ascent, 600 descent)

    The hardest day of the pilgrimage - physically and emotionally. This is where you are really challenged and your Karma is being cleaned at the Drolma Pass.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel or guesthouse overnight

    Day 15: Kailash Kora - Day 4

    Stop At: Mount Kailash, Within Pulan County Humla Simikota, Burang County 859500 China
    Dzultripuk Monastery to Darchen (3-4 hours, 14km, 150m descent)

    From the monastery, for about an hour the trail closely follows the river and then climbs above the river and enters a narrow canyon.

    When the trail emerges onto the Barkha plain, it’s now an easy one-hour walk back to Darchen along a dirt road.
    Here you will finish one of the most sacred pilgrimages in the world.
    Congratulations,
    your Karma is clean now.
    Welcome to your new life.

    After a quick meal, start driving to Saga.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Saga hotel

    Day 16: Drive from Saga to Shigatse

    Stop At: Shigatse, Shigatse, Tibet
    Saga to Shigatse.
    450 km, approximately 8 hours.

    Shigatse is the second-largest city in Tibet and is fairly modern city
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Shigatse hotel

    Day 17: Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa

    Stop At: Tashilunpo Monastery, Jijilangka Road, Shigatse 857001 China
    360 km, approximately 5 hours.

    Visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas and has the unique Shambhala sutra - which is the only single copy in the world.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Lhasa hotel

    Day 18: Lhasa

    Stop At: Potala Palace, No.35 Gongqian Alley, Beijing Middle Road Cheng Guan District, Lhasa 850000 China
    Explore Tibetan culture by visiting an iconic Potala Palace and watching debating monks at the Sera Monastery
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Sera Monastery, Wuze Hill , Sera Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000 China
    Explore Tibetan culture by visiting an iconic Potala Palace and watching debating monks at the Sera Monastery
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Lhasa hotel

    Day 19: Lhasa

    Stop At: Norbulingka (Precious Stone Garden), No.21 Luobulinka Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000 China
    Visit Chakpori thousand Buddha images Temple and Norbulingka Palace.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Lhasa hotel

    Day 20: Explore Lhasa

    Stop At: Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet, China, 850000
    Visit Jokang - Tibet's most famous temple.
    Shop through local market's stalls and shops.
    Enjoy the delicious authentic Tibetan cuisine
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Lhasa hotel

    Day 21: Leaving Lhasa

    Stop At: Lhasa, Lhasa, Tibet
    Fly back home refreshed, renewed, full of lasting memories and new friendships for life.


    Enjoy the new YOU
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Pataleban Vineyard Resort, Chisapani, Chandragiri 2, Nepal
    Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Lhasa, Tibet, China
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Remote Destinations Travel

Activity ID: V-216133P1

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