Kailash Manasarovar Yatra with Muktinath via Kerung

Duration: 
18 nights/19 days
Altitude: 
5,650m/18,532ft
Difficulty: 
Strenuous
Holiday Style: 
Pilgrimage
Starts/Ends: 
In Kathmandu, Nepal

Holiday Overview

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra with Muktinath

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is a journey in search of religious merit and spiritual significance. It is the path to acquiring moral values and spiritual merits for getting Moksha, the liberation.

Mount Kailash is the holiest mountain in the trans-Himalayan region at an elevation of 6,714 meters. Likewise, the holiest Lake Manasarovar is in between Mount Kailash and Mount Gurla Mandhata at 4,588 meters.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra with Muktinath is the highest level of pilgrimage, known as Para Brahma Kshetra; the formless realm of the Cosmic Mandala. Mount Kailash and Manasarovar are centers of reverence not only for Hindus, but also for Buddhists, Jains, and Bon people.

For Hindus, it is the divine abode of Lord Shiva, known as Mount Sumeru, the center of the universe. Believers hold that a mere glimpse of Kailash absolves a lifetime of sins, while a ritual bath in Manasarovar purifies both mind and body. Buddhists call Kailash ‘Kang Rinpoche’ and worship as the place of Chakrasambhara, the god of eternal bliss. They believe Manasarovar, Mafam Yomtso, is the Sweet Dew, a divine gift from the Lord Buddha.

Jains honor Astapada, near Kailash, where their first Tirthankara attained Kaivalya; Bons see Kailash as their ancestral Swastika Mountain of Crystal. Swaminarayan followers attribute particular importance to Kailash, as Neelkantha Varni visited it in 1792. The region of Kailash is renowned for its serenity and natural beauty.

Arrival, Preparation, and Sightseeing in Kathmandu:

Welcome to Kathmandu, the land of lord Pashupatinath. We will receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer you to a 5-star hotel. In Kathmandu, we spend the initial four days visiting World Heritage Sites and sacred temples including Budhanilkanth and Doleshwor. During this time, we spare moments to make final preparations for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, attend detailed briefings, and perform Pashupatinath darshan and Rudrabishek before embarking on the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Muktinath: Temple of salvation

Muktinath, located in the Mustang district of Nepal, holds a revered status among Hindus and Buddhists for its spiritual significance. Situated at an altitude of 3800 meters, the temple is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Himalayas, enhancing its mystical charm.

Major attractions in Muktinath:

Muktinath Temple: Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple is one of the 108 divine orders, sacred temples mentioned in Hindu scriptures. It is believed that seeing Muktinath frees one from sin and frees one from the cycle of birth and death.

Jwala Mai Temple: Within the Muktinath Complex, this temple has an ever-burning natural gas flame, symbolizing the eternal presence of Lord Brahman.

Muktinath Trek: Adventurous souls can immerse themselves in the spiritual atmosphere of the Himalayas and embark on a journey to Muktinath through rugged terrain and beautiful terrain

For more information: https://youtube.com/@visitkailashtreks

 

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra trip highlights:

  • Darshan of highly revered Pashupatinath temple and perform Rudrabishek
  • Muktinath Darshan with Pokhara visit
  • Darshan of Doleshwor Temple- The head of Kedarnath
  • Pilgrimage to sacred Lake Manasarovar, holy Mt. Kailash, Charan sparsha and Tirthapuri, the Adi Badrinath
  • Nandi and Asthapada Darshan, close view of Mt. Kailash
  • Travel by Tourist Coach up to Lake Manasarovar and the base camp of Kailash (No walking involved except Kailash parikrama)
  • Overland journey to Kailash from scenic Kerung, Nepal-Tibet border. 

Holiday Summary

Day 01:           Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02-04:      Muktinath and Pokhara

Day 05-06:      Puja, Hawan and Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 07-08:      Enter Kerung, Tibet

Day 09-16:      On Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra

Day 17-18:      Back to Kathmandu

Day 19:           Departure

Day-to-day Brief Itinerary

1
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
( Altitude: 1300m, Duration: 45 minutes )
Duration: 
45 minutes
Altitude: 
1300m
Destination: 
Kathmandu
Visit Kailash representative welcomes you with a flower garland, Sagun, and drinking water in Kathmandu airport then immediate transfer to the hotel. He / She will deliver a short briefing on immediate and further arrangements. Check in to the hotel, yatra briefing.
2
Fly to Pokhara, Sightseeing
( Altitude: 800m, Duration: 35 minutes Flight )
Duration: 
35 minutes Flight
Altitude: 
800m
Destination: 
Pokhara
Morning guided sightseeing in Kathmandu. Visit Patan Durbar Square and Budhanilkantha temple. After lunch, fly to Pokhara and check in to the hotel. Evening, explore around.
3
Fly to Jomsom and drive to Muktinath
( Altitude: 2800m, Duration: 20 minutes flight and 22 km drive )
Duration: 
20 minutes flight and 22 km drive
Altitude: 
2800m
Destination: 
Jomsom
Fly to Jomsom by the regular morning flight, drive to Ranipauwa, and then a 30-minute uphill trek to Muktinath temple. Darshan, holy bathing, Puja, and meditation at the temple, and visit Jwalamai temple. Lunch at Ranipauwa and drive back to Jomsom. On the way, visit Kagbeni, the holy confluence of the Kaligandaki and Muktinath rivers. Kagbeni is very famous for performing ablution and Shradha or offering Tarpana to the departed souls. Overnight in a hotel in Jomsom.
4
Fly to Pokhara and sightseeing
( Altitude: 800m, Duration: 20 minutes Flight )
Duration: 
20 minutes Flight
Altitude: 
800m
Destination: 
Pokhara
Early in the morning, fly to Pokhara and check in to the hotel. In the afternoon, guided sightseeing to the major highlights of Pokhara including Devis Fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Bindhyabasini Temple, and boating at Fewa Lake. Explores around in the evening.
5
Fly to Kathmandu and sightseeing
( Altitude: 1300m, Duration: 35 minutes Flight )
Duration: 
35 minutes Flight
Altitude: 
1300m
Destination: 
Kathmandu
Early morning cable car ride to Sarangkot for sunrise and panoramic mountain view of the Himalayas (Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), II, III, IV, Annapurna South (7219m), Mt. Fishtail (6997m), Mt. Neelgiri (7061), and Lamjung Himal. Return back to the hotel for breakfast and then fly to Kathmandu. Up on arrival in Kathmandu, visit Doleshwor temple, the head of Kedarnath. Check-in to the hotel, and meet with other Kailash Yatries.
6
Pashupatinath Darshan (Havana, Puja)
Altitude: 
1300m
Destination: 
Kathmandu
Early morning Pashupatinath darshan and participate at the Rudrabishek performed by 11 Vedic pandits from Gurukulam. In the afternoon, you will have free time for packing and last-minute shopping if any.
7
Drive to Timure
( Altitude: 2300m, Duration: 6-7 hours )
Duration: 
6-7 hours
Altitude: 
2300m
Destination: 
Timure
After breakfast, we will drive to Timure, the border village on the Nepalese side. It takes 7-8 hours to reach Timure by tourist coach. The road traverses the Mahabharata mountain range and follows the bank of Uttar Ganga. The road is prone to landslides during the monsoon. We will have a lunch break on the way after driving halfway through. We will spend overnight in a local hotel with all meals inclusive.
8
Drive to Kerung
( Altitude: 2800m, Duration: 5 hours )
Duration: 
5 hours
Altitude: 
2800m
Destination: 
Kerung
After breakfast, we will perform border formalities on the Nepal and Tibet sides and drive to Kerung. The vehicular journey is comfortable, smooth, and scenic as we will drive past beautiful waterfalls and mountains. We will have a good rest after lunch at Kerung and spend overnight in a hotel. All meals will be served from Visit Kailash Treks’ kitchen.
9
Drive to Saga
( Altitude: 4500m, Duration: 5 hours )
Duration: 
5 hours
Altitude: 
4500m
Destination: 
Saga
Soon after breakfast, we will start driving to Saga, the final destination of the day. Soon after leaving Kerung, we will enter into Tibetan Plateau and experience true Tibetan culture and nature. We will drive through some of the highest passes above 5,000m and enjoy views of Mount Shishapangma (8,027m) and turquoise Pigutso Lake. We will spend overnight in a hotel.
10
Acclimatization day at Saga
Altitude: 
4500m
Destination: 
Saga
After breakfast, we will explore the bank of the Brahmaputra river.
11
Drive to holy Manasarovar Lake
( Altitude: 4588m, Duration: 10 hours )
Duration: 
10 hours
Altitude: 
4588m
Destination: 
Manasarovar
After breakfast, drive to Lake Manasarovar. Today is the first Darshan of holy Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Lake from Horre Pass. We will perform prayer on our first darshan and start Parikrama of Lake Manasarovar by eco-tourist bus. Stay overnight in a guesthouse at Chiu Gompa. Today, the accommodation is beyond basic but it is a lifetime experience to spend overnight right next to the holy lake.
12
Havana and ritual bathe at Manasarovar & drive to Tirthapuri, onto Darchen
( Altitude: 4700m, Duration: 5 hours )
Duration: 
5 hours
Altitude: 
4700m
Destination: 
Darchen
Morning we will perform Havana and Puja and take a holy ritual bathing in the Manasarovar Lake. Afternoon, drive to Tirthapuri also known as Adi Badrinath, situated at the bank of the Sutlej River, explore its major attractions, and drive to Darchen- the base camp of Kailash. This is a close view of Mt. Kailash, the south face. Overnight in a hotel.
13
Parikrama starts: - Trek to Diraphuk
( Altitude: 4900m, Duration: Ascend 200m, distance 8km by bus & 12km trek, total 20km )
Duration: 
Ascend 200m, distance 8km by bus & 12km trek, total 20km
Altitude: 
4900m
Destination: 
Diraphuk
Drive to Tharboche, which is an important PowerPoint for Tantric. Here you will have a Darshan of the West face of Kailash, the Mahakala form, and then trek to Diraphuk. Darshan of an amazingly close view of the North face of Kailash, the Linga form, is nothing less than divine from here. Stay overnight in a guesthouse at Diraphuk.
14
Charan Sparsha Day
( Altitude: 4900m, Duration: Ascend 400m & descend 400m, 10km up and down trek )
Duration: 
Ascend 400m & descend 400m, 10km up and down trek
Altitude: 
4900m
Destination: 
Diraphuk
After breakfast trek to Kailash glacier for Charan Sparsha, literally touching the feet of lord Shiva/Kailash. Chance for closest Darshan of Mt. Kailash. Trek back to Diraphuk, overnight in the same guesthouse.
15
Cross Dolma pass (5,650m) and trek to Zuthulphuk Gompa
( Altitude: 4850m, Duration: Ascend 800m & descend 850m, 22km on trek )
Duration: 
Ascend 800m & descend 850m, 22km on trek
Altitude: 
4850m
Destination: 
Zuthulphuk
Today is the hardest day of the Parikrama. So, we will start early in the morning. We will reach the Dolma Pass after 4-5 hours of trek or 2-3 hours by horse. After having the Darshan of Gauri Kunda near Dolma La, we will trek steep down to Sabje Zuthuk, the Buddha footprint where we will have our lunch. After lunch, continue trek down (or one can use a horse) to Zuthulphuk Gompa, where we will stay overnight in a guesthouse.
16
Parikrama ends: - Trek to Tangsar and drive to Saga via Darchen
( Altitude: 4500m, Duration: 6km on trek, 4km by drive, total 10km )
Duration: 
6km on trek, 4km by drive, total 10km
Altitude: 
4500m
Destination: 
Saga
Trek to Tangsar and drive to Darchen, where we will have lunch. And then, drive to Saga.
17
Drive to Dhunche
( Altitude: 2020m, Duration: 6-7 hours )
Duration: 
6-7 hours
Altitude: 
2020m
Destination: 
Dhunche
After early breakfast, drive to Kerung, then on to the Nepal-Tibet border. After the immigration formalities are done, drive to Dhunche.
18
Drive to Kathmandu
( Altitude: 1300m, Duration: 5-6 hours )
Duration: 
5-6 hours
Altitude: 
1300m
Destination: 
Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu, and check in to the hotel. Evening Yatra Certificate ceremony and Pashupati Aarati.
19
Kailash Yatra Ends, Trip concludes (Return to home)
Visit Kailash will provide a private vehicle for the airport drop.

What's Included

  • All ground transports including airport pickup and transfer in Nepal/Tibet.
  • 5-star category hotel accommodations in Kathmandu as per the itinerary including BLD.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu as per itinerary with entrance fees
  • Tibet Travel Permit and Visa
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara, Timure, Kerung, Saga, Darchen, and basic guesthouse accommodations in the rest of Tibet as per itinerary.
  • Pure vegetarian meals (Breakfast, lunch, tea-coffee and snacks, dinners) every day as per itinerary from our own kitchen.
  • Travel by tourist coach in Tibet with a supporting truck & medical emergency jeep
  • Knowledgeable guide and supporting staff
  • Personal cure, high altitude support, and first-aid medical kit
  • Travel duffel bag, rain poncho, water bottle holder, stationery, portable toilet, etc.
  • Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, portable toilets, and all necessary kitchen equipment.
  • Oxygen cylinders with other tools, oxy-pulse meter, etc.
  • Yaks to carry all supplies during Parikrama
  • Nepal domestic flight Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • ACAP and TIMS permits for Muktinath trip

What's not Included

  • International flight fares and Nepal Visa
  • Extra night’s hotel in Kathmandu in case the trip gets shortened/canceled due to unforeseen and unusual circumstances
  • Medical/evacuation and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses, e. g. bar bills, bottled drinks and Mineral Water, telephone bills, laundry service, etc.
  • Personal clothes and equipment
  • Horse for a personal ride during Kora (Parikrama)
  • Porter to carry personal handbag during Kora
  • Gratitude to the staff (TIPS) and offering / Dakshina at puja
  • Kathmandu to Kerung (Nepal-Tibet border) fly by helicopter (optional: 300$ per person*)
  • Kerung (Nepal-Tibet border) to Kathmandu fly by helicopter (optional: 300$ per person*)
  • Any other costs not mentioned above in cost include section

 

Holiday Extensions

The following extensions are available to add to your itinerary either before or after the trip.

  1. Janakpur, Valmiki Ashram, Lumbini, Pokhara and Muktinath Yatra (6n/7d US$ 1,999)
  2. Damodar Kunda Yatra by Helicopter
  3. Gosaikunda Yatra by Helicopter
  4. Tholing, Tshaparang: Guge Kingdom Extensions
  5. Everest Base Camp Extensions (1n/2d US$ 600)

Please contact us for further information and the best price.

 

                                                                             Om Namah Shivaya! See you in the Himalaya.

Date & Price

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