Kailash Tour is a mind-blowing and challenging tour towards the west of Tibet. Mount Kailash is a sacred mountain in Tibet remaining on the base of Lake Manasarovar.
Mount Kailash and the Holy Lake Manasarovar is the two eminent traveler destination in the far western corner of Tibetan Plateau. It takes around 4 days on Jeep to arrive at the fantasy land of Kailash. People also trek from Simikot, Nepal to reach Kailash in a week. The incredibly wonderful lake with the drifting swans and the marvelous mount Kailash is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. For Hindus, Mt Kailash is the house of Lord Shiva. Four extraordinary streams start from Lake Mansarovar – the Indus, Karnali, Bramhaputra, and the Sutlej.
Kailash is the home of Lord Shiva. Mt Kailash standing at an elevation of 6741 m, is a dark mountain with four sheer walls and snow-topped top. The 53 km fringe is the path for circumambulation around this sacred mountain and takes 3 days. The Kora or circumambulation starts from Darchen within the range of 30 Km from Lake Manasarovar. This fantastic Kailash Tour offers an extraordinary perspective on the world’s tallest mountains, along with the nomad sheepherders. And furthermore, offers the intriguing beauty of the Tibetan desert.
The Stairway to Heaven, Mount Kailash is the most charming mountain range in the entire Himalayas. For Hindus and Buddhists, Mount Kailash is the physical epitome of Mount Meru. Hindus recognize Mount Kailash as the abode of Lord Shiva, where he resides there with goddess Parvati and children. Whereas the Buddhist calls it Mount Meru and believes that Mount Kailash is home to Lord Buddha.
Lying 6,656 meters above the sea level, Mount Kailash is a source of four great rivers. One of them is the Shiquan River, which means Lion Fountain, popular as the Indus River in the lower area. Another is the Maquan River, which means Horse Fountain, the origin of Yarlung Tsangpo River. Similarly, the next one is the Xiangquan River, which means Elephant Fountain, popular as Sutlej in the lower area. Finally, the last one is Kongqu River, which means Peacock Fountain, and is the beginning of the Ganges River. The 4 rivers got their names from the geographical highlights of their origins.
Each year, thousands of pilgrims take the Kailash Tour. Travelers of various religions believe that circumambulating Mount Kailash brings good fortune. The circumambulation is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists. While Jains and Bönpos circumambulate the mountain in an anticlockwise direction.
Kailash Manasarovar Tour
This phenomenal Kailash Manasarovar Tour takes you to one of the popular lakes and tranquil lakes, Manasarovar. Tibetan popularly calls it as Tum Tso and is a most sacred lake in Tibet. Manasarovar stands at an elevation of 4,583 meters and is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. This serene lake resides 20km southeast of Mount Kailash in the Burang County. People believe that taking a dip in the Manasarovar Lake wipes out the sins from the last 7 births. Further people also believe that doing just one circumambulation of this holy lake wipes of the sins forever. While carrying out the 108 circumambulation takes you to point of Salvation or Nirvana.
Due to all these religious beliefs, numerous pilgrims visit Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar throughout the year. In Hinduism, Lake Manasarovar is an instance of purity. And they also believe that drinking water from the lake will take you to the abode of Lord Shiva in the afterlife. While Buddhist people revers Manasarovar as the legendary lake where the Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Lord Buddha.
Each summer, groups of swans assembles on the lake, carrying elegance and life to the zone. Legend says that the fish in the lake can fix sterility, dystocia, dropsy, and various other illness. Synthetic investigations show that the lake water without a doubt contains different sorts of minerals. While Manasarovar is a freshwater lake, at only 3 kilometers from Manasarovar, the “Ghost Lake” La’ang is a saltwater lake. With high breezes and quick flows, it’s hard for fish to survive in the lake or weeds to grow in the lake.
Temparature of Mount Kailash and Manasarover Lake
Residing in western Tibet, at a high height, the climate around Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar is colder and harsher. Its climatic condition is much colder than the vast majority of the traveler destination in Tibet. Furthermore, the normal temperatures go from around – 12°C to as high as 14°C. Temperatures change greatly from day to night, with an average distinction of between 14°C-20°C among night and day, contingent upon the season. Perhaps the coldest region of Tibet, Ngari is a lot colder all through the year than both Lhasa and Shigatse.
During Summer, from June to September, the normal temperatures go from 16°C to 21°C. However, the winter months regularly have temperatures between 0°C and – 4°C during the daytime, dropping to well beneath freezing at night time. All through the year, aside from the summer of July and August, the temperatures around evening time are normally around or well underneath freezing. Also, the coldest month of the year is in January. The breeze is additionally a factor all through the year, with the gnawing twists blasting to as high as 20km/h, causing it to feel a lot colder on occasion.
Spring and autumn temperatures ordinarily go from around 5°C to 17°C in the daytime, with temperatures dropping as low as 0°C to – 6°C around evening time. Spring climate is regularly genuinely dry, with almost no downpour. With the colder winter climate gradually scattering, the brilliant sun causes the temperatures to feel hotter when out of the gnawing winds. The Autumn climate is correspondingly dry, with a few of downpour showers some of the time waiting around well into September. Upon the end of monsoon, the climate remains genuinely warm all the way to October, and the fields are as yet shrouded in rich green grass from the monsoon.
Best Time for Kailash Manasarovar Tour
Spring, from April to June, is perhaps the best season to carry out the Kailash Manasarovar Tour. Clear skies, warm temperatures, and a more lovely climate make this a perfect time to visit the sacred mountain and take on the overwhelming three-day Kailash Kora. While the climate still feels a bit chilly in April, and there is as yet the opportunity of snow in the region, however, the moderne black-top roads are kept very much cleared. And finally, from May and June, the hotter climate makes for simpler travel and a more charming visit.
Autumn is likewise the second ideal time to visit Ngari, which runs from around early September to the end of October. When the summer passes the monsoon rain fades, the skies clear up rapidly and the warmer climate that proceeds after the summer continues well through September. The region is lavish and green in the fields while skies are splendid and clear all the time. However, there is as yet the opportunity of rain in September. By October, the climate chills off a bit, and the possibility of showers is less. Dry clear climate starts, cooling gradually through the end of October.
Summer, which is also the monsoon season lasts from July to August, is not appraised as a decent time to carry out Kailash Tour. However, the zone in the northwest of Tibet really observes almost no downpour in comparison with the remaining of Tibet’s traveler zones. The downpours in July and August typically observe just around 22mm of precipitation a month, which is minimal in excess of a couple of showers all through the late spring. The grass is lavish and green, and the fields and grasslands are at their best, with a superb view of summer blossom. Temperatures are warm, not blistering, running as high as around 20°C to 22°C all through the summer, and dropping to just around 6-7 degrees around evening time. Summer is a wonderful and warm an ideal opportunity to visit, for those that are not scared of downpour showers.
However, it is difficult to carry out the Kailash Manasarovar Tour in the winter months. The temperatures and climate are excessively cold and harsh for many people. Barely any Tibetans adventure out in the badlands of Ngari in the winter months. As the temperatures drop to around freezing the majority of the days, and getting as low as – 20°C around evening time in the coldest month of January.
Things to Do During Kailash Manasarovar Tour
Mt. Kailash Kora
Mount Kailash Kora Trek is one of the most exhausting trips in Tibet and is probably the most ideal approach to go through three days of your Tibet visit. Walking more than 52 kilometers around the sacred mountain, the kora journey is 3 days hike along the valleys and over the high pass that reaches out around the mountain itself.
Sacred Mount Kailash in reality has two kora courses, inward and outward. However, the travelers normally join the outer kora, as it makes for a superior journey than the inner kora. As Inner Kora is a lot harder to climb and arrives at a higher altitude. Likewise, the outer kora, which covers 52 kilometers, takes three days for visitors to finish. However, some Tibetan pioneers will finish the entire kora in only one day.
The trip is split between the two fundamental monasteries of the kora, halting at each monastery for the evening. The first-day trek takes you 22km from Darchen, toward the south of the mountain, monastery of Drirapuk. This monastery lies at an elevation of 5,080 meters. The next day is a climb of another 22km that takes you to the high pass of Dolma La, at an elevation of 5,648 meters. From here you go towards the campground at Dzultripuk Monastery, at 4,835 meters. Now finally from this point, it is only a 12km climb to end kora, at Darchen.
People believe that finishing one circuit of the kora pardons you of the sins of a lifetime. While finishing 108 circumambulations of the kora brings you to the immediate enlightenment. Also, the Year of the Horse in the Tibetan lunisolar calendar, says that one completion of the kora course is what could be compared to 13 circuits in an ordinary year. In Tibet, this is the most significant chance to do any ritual pilgrimage to sacred sites, for instance, Mount Kailash.
Lake Manasarovar Kora
Lying 20km toward the south of Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is one of the most lovely kora courses in Tibet. It passes around the sun-shape lake that also in a clockwise direction through probably the most exceptional view on the planet. The kora course, which extends for around 110 kilometers around this extraordinary lake, takes around five days to finish. It begins at the Chiu Monastery and ends on the northwest corner of the lake.
Beginning at the Chiu Monastery, the course heads around the lake in a clockwise direction. Now it goes through Langbona Monastery, Hor Qu town, Seralung Monastery, Trugo Monastery, and Gossul Monastery. It is an extraordinary climb that offers incredible perspectives on Mount Kailash toward the north. And furthermore, it also offers the scope of the Himalayas toward the west and south. Therefore, this great trip is much simpler than the kora course around the sacred mountain.
For Tibetan Buddhists, the demonstration of finishing the kora in the Year of the Goat in the Tibetan calendar is equal to finishing 13 circuits in any ordinary year. The lake likewise has profoundly purifying waters, and Tibetans believe that drinking or bathing in the lake can purge the soul of a lifetime of sins.
Observe Saga Dawa Festival
The Saga Dawa Festival is held on the fifteenth day of the fourth month in the Tibetan calendar (May or June). This festival is one of the most significant celebrations in Tibet. Held in numerous spots, the most profound celebration is held at the foot of Mount Kailash, and is a day of the extraordinary spiritual significance that commends the birth, passing, and illumination of Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
The celebration remembers a few ceremonies for Tibetan Buddhism. Thousands of pilgrim along with numerous tourists participate in this festival every year. After the ceremonial functions around Tarboche, the flagpole is brought down. Now the prayer flags is replaced before pilgrims start their journeys around the outer kora of Mount Kailash.