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Mansarovar Yatra

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The Kailash Parvat stands at a height of 22,028ft. Kailash Parvat/ Mount Kailash is also known as the first of the mountains, rooted in the seventh hell and piercing to the highest heaven. The Kailash Parvat and the Mansarovar are revered by almost all religions including Jainism. So in a way the Mansarovar Yatra also signifies, unity in diversity.

The Legend :

As per the Hindu Mythology, the Lake Mansarovar was discovered by King Mandhata. Mandhata had done the penance on the shores of the Mansarovar Lake at the foot of the Mountains named after him. Now it so happened, that the place where Mandhata was praying, just below it under the earth was a big mansion of the Serpent King. The land of the serpent King covered the Mansarovar Lake. And so the lake has a big Fruit tree, whose fruits fell in the lake with a voice of Jam and thus this Dweep came to be known as JambooDweep. And from there on, the Lake Mansarovar came into limelight..

As per the Skanda Purana there are no mountains like the Himalayas, as it is here that the Kailash and Mansarovar stand. Another myth says that the at the Core of Jambu Dweep , the landmass surrounding the lake Mansarovar, stood the colorful mountain of Meru with four changing colors and faces. The faces were of a Brahmin, a Vaishya, Kshatriya and a Shudra.

Gaurikund is the small pond which comes en- route to Mt. Kailash. Or it is the main stop between Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar. Gaurikund comes while proceeding through Dolma Pass, is a steep descend of 5,608 mts and is also known a Compassion Lake.

Shivlingam - Kedarnath
Nestled in the Snow Clad Himalayas, it is accessible only on foot and is open six months a year. The beauty of the Hills can be seen from far away. The little yet beautiful temple in Kedarnath, called Kedarnath Temple is the ultimate destination.

Mount Kailash
» Mansarovar Track :

Nepalgunj - Semikot - Tuling- Kermi- Yangar- Tumkot – Nara La Pass - Taklakot – Manasarovar – Derachan - Deraphuk – Mt. Kailash.

» The Yatra :

Nepalgunj (Nepal): Nepalgunj is the first point of Mansarovar Yatra. Located in Banke District of Nepal - Behri Zone. The nearest Indian Border is 8kms from here. In Nepalgunj there is a beautiful temple of Shiva. Here the Lord Shiva a moustache, which makes it a Temple of its own kind. Nepalgunj is the place from where you begun the Mansarovar Journey. From here you can take a flight to Semikot which takes approx. 1hr. If you drive to Semikot from Nepalgunj, then it takes 3 and 1/2 hrs.

Semikot : Semilkot is a very small village in Nepal and works as a Halt in Mansarovar Yatra. From here one has to trek to Tuling which takes another 3-4 hrs.

Tuling : You will reach Tuling by afternoon where you can have lunch and dinner. Resting here is the best thing to do. Early morning get up for a 5-6 hrs trekking to Kermi.

Kermi : Yet another small village with no listing of Schools and other general places, yet it has the best view around. With lush greenery and the river flowing by, its the best place for camping. Rest here as much as you can for the next days trekking.

Yangar : A beautiful small town of Nepal, Yangar has a number of Hotels, Chemist Shops, Stores, Fast and Packed foods and entertainment facilities. Its the place where you can refurbish your depleting stocks for further travel. Its a long way from here, so its better to pile up as much as you can walk with. At a height of 3040mts, its a place for night rest. With Good Hotel facilities, its more appropriate to stay in Hotel rather than camping. After breakfast be ready for a 9 Hr trekking to Tumkot.

Tumkot : For the Tumkot Valley one has to climb the route to Yalbang. Taking the trek of Tooth Paling Monastery on reaches Yankhar. From here, 3 Hrs more of trekking to Karnali from where one reaches Muchu Village. From Muchu take the trail straight down to the Tumkot Town. Taking breaks at the mentioned place you reach the valley. Keep your bags here, lit a campfire near the river Tumkot , have your dinner and take rest for the next day. If you need to meet the Doctor ( Apart from the accompanying Dr.). Tumkot is the best place.

Nara La Pass : After the Breakfast take the path crossing the Yari Village. This is the place where you leave Nepal and enter Tibet. Your Passport has to be shown here for further Travel/ Yatra. Yari is the last Nepal Village. From here you walk towards the Nara La Pass which is the Border between Nepal and Tibet. Nara La Pass is at a height of 4325 mts from sea level. On reaching Nara La Pass, you will find a number of prayer flags and Monasteries here. You can see one of the Monasteries, if you wish so. There is also a beautiful river flowing down. It takes another 3-4 hrs to cross Nara La Pass.

From Nara La Pass you move on to Taklakot via Karnail which takes an approximate of 7-8 hrs by bus/ Jeep. Its better to take the vehicle than trekking as the road is good and also because, there are rough terrains from here to Taklakot. You will be passing through the Village called Sher.

Taklakot (Tibet) : Taklakot is a pretty big town with good facilities. After having your lunch, visit the Tibetan Market and shop for food and other things. You can also move around the Trans Himalayan Trade Route by Jeep. See this route simply for its natural beauty. You can also visit the Thegu Gompa built inside the camp. Climb a hill top and you will be able to see the entire Taklakot from there.

After this refreshing change, be ready to see what you have been walking for. The next destination is Mansarovar Lake! This is also the last place where you will see the human beings, animals, birds or any other kind of Living Form Except yourself !

Mansarovar Lake : There are two ways of reaching Mansarover Lake either by foot or by Bus/ Jeep. Bus ride will take 3 - 4 hrs while the walk will take the entire day. The Bus will pass through beautiful lakes - Rakshas Lake ( Demons Lake ) and the Mansarovar. The bus will pass through Chiu Gompa, situated by the side of the river Mansarovar.. Chiu Gompa is also the place of rest of Guru Padma Sambhava. Usually all the camps are situated near Chiru Gompa.

The beauty of the Mansarovar lake is relentless, boundless and speechless. No words, no definition can explain this. The sky you see here cannot be seen anywhere else and the waters are so pure that you can see the Patal or the world inside the water with your own eyes. However, there are no boats to take you inside the Mansarovar and Swimming is not permitted. Some people turn back from here and other move on further. The route from here, takes you on a very rough terrain which has to be covered by foot. Oxygen is less from here and the weather conditions are as unpredictable as human nature.

Darechan : The Parikrama of Mt. Kailash begins from Darchen. You can stay in the Darchen which provides only the basic facilities. Usually a room is given to the yatris with Stove. One has to prepare their own food. A stove and the Room is provided by the Chinese Authorities. Darechan is also the last place for making ISD Calls. The Bus from Mansarovar will cover the first 10kms. After these 10kms one has to trek. The English speaking Tibetan Guide will follow you from here. One can also take Yaks for further distance, but mostly people prefer to trek to Mt. Kailash.

Deraphuk and Mt. Everest : The 48 kms of Parikrama of Mt. Kailash begins from Barkha Plains. Deraphuk is 14 kms from Darechen. The last place you will reach by bus/ truck is Yamdwar - Door of Yama. After trekking another 10 kms, one reaches the La Chu Valley or The Valley of Gods. Along the way. you can see the magnificent rocks with Buddhist inscriptions on them. Here, you set onfoot on a trail of 18,600 ft - pass which is supposed to be guarded by Tibetan Goddess called Dolma. From here you will reach a place which has stretch strewn clothes lying around. This place is called the Shiv Sthal where the Yama, God of Death Tests you. Here Blizzards are known to strike without warning. As you descend the Dolma Pass you reach the Gauri Kund, a place where the wife of Lord Shiva is supposed to take Bath, very early morning each day. If you wish to take water from Gauri Kund, then you should ask the Yak Handlers to go down. Do not go down yourself, as the path is rigid and not friendly with everyone.

If the time permits then you can also visit Ashtapad ( South face of Mt. Kailash). The route is beautiful and the Mt. Kailash looks the most beautiful from here. This ends the Parikrama of Mt. Kailash and from here you have to take the rough and flat route back to Deraphuk.

Not to be Missed

Monasteries - As you walk to the Kailash Mansarovar Route, you will find a number of Buddhist Monasteries. You can see them is you wish so.

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  • Government Permits and Health Certificates are mandatory for Mt. Kailash or Mansarovar Yatra. In India you are usually sent to Delhi Heart and Lung Institute. The nominal charges of Medical Checkup have to be borne by you. You are also required to sign an Indemnity Form declaring that you are taking the Mt. Kailash or Mansarovar at your own risk and that the Govt. Of India nor the Chinese Govt. is responsible in case of your death.
  • A Chinese Visa has to be taken to visit Mansarovar as its located in China. For this you need to have a Indian Passport valid for more than 6 months after the end of the yatra.
  • Usually a group of 16 people is permitted to visit Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar. People lesser than these are not allowed. Individuals are strictly not entertained.
  • Take appropriate Foreign Exchange. You have to pay approximately $700 ( the fees may vary ) to the Chinese Authorities for the rooms accommodation and the Cooking Stove.
  • Its a hard truth, but many a people die enroute to Mt. Kailash or while returning from there. For this, you need to have the Chinese Consent Letter for the Cremation of Mortal Remains.
  • The entire Medical Checkup can go upto Rs 5000/- with tests like Stress Echo Test.
  • Usually, the Cooks are provided by the tour operators who prepare only vegetarian food. For further queries, contact us.
  • The Flights can take you upto the Mansarovar Lake. Otherwise the entire route has to be covered by foot or Jeep.
  • Children and aged people are not allowed to take the Mansarovar Yatra because of the Rough Terrain.
  • As per the changing weather conditions, take both warm and cotton clothes. To know more, contact us.
  • Always keep the filled water bottle with you and some edibles too.
  • The whole Yatra should take an estimated cost of Rs 60,000 / - . Those to intend to cover the route till Mansarovar by flight or Helicopter, the costs can go upto Rs 90,000 /-.
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