Tibet Pilgrimage Tour
The route heads through a magnificent mountain area, past lively villages of the Thakuri community, along rivers and across the Nara Lagna Pass. From the 4580m high pass you can see the vast Tibetan plateau. You will hike to the Nepali/Tibetan border till the village of Sherpas on the Tibetan side, where a vehicle will pick you up and drive you to Taklakot. Geographically, you are directly south of Kailash, which Hindus and Buddhists view as the “Center of The World”. On your way to the holy mountain you will wander along the western shore of Lake Mansarovar and camp. “There are countless beautiful landscapes in the Himalayas, in the Trans-Himalaya and in the areas of high Asia, yet the view from Gosul Gompa across the lake and the surrounding mountains surpasses everything I have ever seen”, wrote Sven Hedin in “Transhimalaya“ (1909).
The mighty rock dome of Kailash comes closer as we drive along. Together with pilgrims from far and wide you follow the trail (Parikrama) across the Dolma La (5600m), which is adorned with countless prayer flags. It takes three days to circumambulate the snow-covered cupola of the 6714m tall mountain. In Tibetan tradition you will conclude this pilgrimage in Tirthapuri – which is one of the most important pilgrim destinations along with Kailash and Lake Mansarovar.
Only 30 km from Mt Kailash is another important pilgrimage site, the beautiful and serene Lake Mansarovar. According to mythology it was formed in the mind of Brahma, and Indian and Tibetan pilgrims can also be seen circumambulating this lake, a distance of 90 km.
On this trip, we drive across the wide open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau to Lake Mansarovar, before completing a kora around Mt Kailash. From there, we re-cross the vast arid plains before heading south to the Nepalese border and return to Kathmandu. This is will no doubt be the trip of a lifetime with eye-catching scenery and cultural highlights of an extraordinary kind.
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