Kailash Manasarovar Yatra from Nepal

Posted by: Trekking Venue Nepal
Date: Mar 2024

Standing majestically at 21,778 feet (6,638 meters) amidst the vast Tibetan landscape, Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar exude a mystical aura that beckons both spiritual seekers and adventurous souls. The mountain, revered as the abode of Lord Shiva in Hinduism and the dwelling of Demchok in Buddhism, embodies cultural and religious significance that transcends borders. Lake Manasarovar considered the creation of Brahma in Hinduism, mirrors the mountain’s majesty, further enhancing the site’s sacred allure.

This profound spiritual significance has given rise to the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, a pilgrimage that attracts individuals from diverse religions and backgrounds. For countless Hindus, circumambulating Mount Kailash (known as Kailash Parikrama) holds immense religious importance, while Buddhists view the Yatra as an opportunity to connect with Demchok and attain enlightenment. In recent years, the Yatra has gained popularity, captivating not only pilgrims but also adventure enthusiasts seeking a challenging trek.

Every year, Sadhguru, the renowned Indian Spiritual Leader and founder of the Isha Foundation, undertakes a transformative pilgrimage to Kailash with a significant following of devotees. This spiritual journey led by Sadhguru has become a much-anticipated event for those seeking profound spiritual experiences and guidance.

The rugged terrain and high altitude of the region present a unique physical and mental challenge, drawing those who yearn to push their boundaries amidst breathtaking Himalayan scenery. This confluence of devotion and adventure has transformed the Yatra into a multifaceted experience, where participants can seek blessings, test their limits, and immerse themselves in stunning natural beauty.


Modes of Transportation: Overland Tours and Helicopter Yatra Options

Embark on this journey via Overland Tours or opt for a swift and comfortable experience with the Helicopter Yatra from Kathmandu. The overland adventure unveils scenic landscapes from Kathmandu to Kerung, crossing the Nepalese border at Rasuwagadi. This challenging yet accessible pilgrimage utilizes modern road infrastructure in Tibet, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and vast Tibetan plains. Alternatively, the helicopter yatra caters to time-conscious pilgrims, starting with a scheduled flight from Kathmandu to Simikot, followed by a chartered helicopter ride to the Nepal-China border. From there, road trips ensure swift access to the serene Lake Mansarovar and the divine Mount Kailash.

Major Attractions:
This journey unfolds through captivating attractions, each imbued with significance and breathtaking beauty.

Kailash Parikrama: The 32-mile circumambulation is an adventurous and spiritually fulfilling experience, taking about three days to complete.

Gauri Kunda: A beautiful blue lake associated with Parvati, Gauri Kunda offers hot water springs and breathtaking vistas of mountain terrain. Pilgrims also cleanse themselves here before the challenging journey.

Rakshas Tal: The “Demon’s Lake,” shrouded in mystical stories, adds a unique ambiance to the pilgrimage.

Tibetan Culture: Immerse in Tibetan Buddhist and Bon traditions, language, arts, music, and festivals along the pilgrimage route.

Mansarovar Lake: The holiest lake reflecting the mountain’s majesty, is believed to be a source of salvation and spiritual fulfillment.

Yam Dwar: This “Gateway of the God of Death” marks the symbolic start of the pilgrimage, representing leaving behind worldly bonds.

Asthapad: Holding religious significance for Jains, Asthapad offers a stunning view of Mount Kailash and a mystical atmosphere.

Nandi Parvat: Resembling Lord Shiva’s vehicle, Nandi, this towering mountain serves as a silent guardian of the sacred route.

Chiu Monastery: Nestled near Lake Mansarovar, this historic monastery offers a tranquil retreat for reflection and devotion.

Dirapuk Monastery: Located at the mountain’s base, this monastery provides a spiritual sanctuary for pilgrims.

Charan Sparsh: Touching the sacred ground at the foot of Mount Kailash symbolizes reverence and surrender, marking a profound moment in the journey.

Planning and Preparation:
Visa, permits, and documentation are crucial aspects of ensuring a smooth pilgrimage.

Visas: Two visas are essential for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from Nepal, namely the Nepalese Visa and the Tibet Travel Permit (TTP).

Nepalese Visa: All foreign nationals, excluding Indians, need a visa to enter Nepal. Multiple entry visas are obtainable from Nepalese embassies, and consulates, or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport or Immigration Offices at entry ports. A visa extension is possible for 15 days with additional fees.

Group Tourist Visa: Trekking Venue Nepal can manage the arrangement of visas and permits for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra participants.
(The visa to Tibet is accessible from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.)

Permits: Securing proper permits is a critical step for entry into the Tibetan Autonomous Region, including Mount Kailash.


 Tibet Travel Permit (TTP):

  • Required in addition to a Chinese visa for international travelers entering Tibet.
  • Issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and includes details such as tour group number, itinerary, and tour operator.
  • Handled by authorized tour operators for Indian pilgrims through the Ministry of External Affairs.

Documentations Required: Ensuring the necessary documents are in order is vital for a smooth Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Passport: A valid passport with at least six months of validity beyond the return date is mandatory.

Travel Insurance: Strongly advised for coverage in the Kailash region, including emergency helicopter rescue.
(Not included in trip packages, and pilgrims must ensure appropriate coverage.)

Passport Photocopy: Multiple copies of the passport, both front and back, should be kept as they may be requested at various checkpoints during the yatra.

Passport Size Photos: Carry several recent passport-sized photographs, often required for permits and visas.

Medical Certificate: While not compulsory, obtaining a medical checkup and approval from healthcare professionals is recommended.

Ensuring pilgrims’ medical fitness for challenges, particularly at high altitudes up to 5000 meters, is crucial. Compliance with visa, permit, and documentation requirements is essential for a hassle-free and spiritually enriching journey to Kailash Mansarovar.

Best Season to Travel:
The best time to visit Kailash Parvat (Mount Kailash) is generally during the summer months, from May to September. During this period, the weather is relatively milder, and the temperatures are more favorable for travel and pilgrimage activities. The weather allows for the circumambulation (Kailash Parikrama) and other trekking-related activities to be undertaken with less difficulty.

It’s important to note that Mount Kailash and the surrounding region have a high-altitude climate, and temperatures can still be quite cold, especially at night, even during the summer months. As weather conditions can vary, it’s advisable to check with local authorities or tour operators for the most accurate and up-to-date information before planning your visit.

Kailash Manasarovar stands not just as a religious destination but as a unique blend of spirituality and adventure. It beckons visitors with the promise of breathtaking vistas, a profound connection with the divine, and an unforgettable journey that pushes both physical and spiritual boundaries.

Trekking Venue Nepal offers meticulously crafted yatra packages led by experienced guides. Whether choosing an overland tour or a helicopter yatra, TVN ensures safety, memorable experiences, and spiritual enrichment. Feel free to contact us for package details and bookings for the spiritual odyssey to Kailash Manasarovar.

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