About Mount Kailash Mansarovar Tour
Mount Kailash Mansarovar Tour is a religious and spiritual excursion to the holiest of all the holy mountains, Mount Kailash and sacred Lake Mansarovar. Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar are revered as the holiest junction of Hindu, Buddhist, Bon and Jain people. Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar is a hero of mythological legends and ultimate spiritual destination for all four religion people. Some mythologies of Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar which make these places supremely sacred site of four religions and billions of people and the world’s most venerated holy place are given below:
As per Hindu belief, Mt. Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva and his divine consort Parvati and their children lord Ganesh and Lord Kartikeya. Similarly, Lake Mansarovar fed by the Kailash glacier is also considered to be a sacred lake among Hindus. According to Hindu theology, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma after which it manifested on Earth. Hence, it is called “Manasa Sarovaram” which is a combination of the two Sanskrit words "manas" which means “mind” and "sarovara" means “a lake or large pond”. According to Hinduism, Lake Manasarovar is a personification of purity, and one who bath in Manasarovar and drinks water from the lake will cleanse all sins and go to the abode of Shiva after death.
According to Bon religion, Manasarovar is the lake where Tonpa Shenrab, the founder of the Bon religion took bathe when he visited Tibet for the first time making it a holy lake. Mt. Kailash is also known as “nine-story Swastiaka Mountain” among Bon people. Bon scholars have equated Mt. Kailash with Tagzig Olmo Lung Ring.
According to Jainism, Lake Manasarovar is associated with the first Tirthankara, Rishabhadeva. As per Jain scriptures, the first Tirthankara, Bhagwan Rishabhadeva attained nirvana on Ashtapada, the mountain next to Mt. Kailash. After Rishabhadeva nirvana, his son Bharata Chakravatin constructed three stupas and 24 shrines of the 24 Trithankaras in Ashtapada with their idols studded with precious stones and named it Sinhnishdha, on of the sacred place for Jain people. According to Jain tradition, the 24th and last Tirthankara, Vardhamana Mahavira was taken to the summit of Kailash by Indra making it a holy place of Jain.
According to Buddhist texts, Mt. Kailash is also known as Mt. Meru and a major pilgrimage sites for some Buddhist traditions. For Vajrayana Buddhists, Mt. Kailash is the home of the Buddha Chakrasamvara, also known as Demchok, who represents supreme bliss. Buddhists associate the lake with the legendary lake Anavatapta where Maya is believed to have conceived the Lord Buddha. There are few ancient monasteries on its shore; the most notable is the Chiu Monastery.
Besides being a religious place, Mt. Kailash Mansarovar tour offers superb views of snow-covered peaks including Holy Kailash, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Shishapangma (8013m), Gurla Mandadata, Lakpa Ri and many more. During your tour, you will cross some of the most stunning landscapes, serene mountain towns, unique mountain terrains, high passes, sand dunes and encounter Tibetan monasteries and Tibetan culture which gives you opportunities to explore the culture and tradition of the Nomads living in the area with their Yaks and sheep. The sunrise over the Mt. Kailash is the epic point of the tour. The view of the Mt. Kailash painted gold during the sunrise will definitely concretize your faith in it is called God.
Mt. Kailash Manasarovar tour starts with the drive from Kathmandu to Kerung. This tour last of 13 days which includes 6 days drive on 4 wheel vehicle and 3 days adventurous trek starting from Darchen to Zuthul Puk covering a total distance of 53 km in total. During these three days, you will circumambulate around Mt. Kailash. This trek route around Mt. Kailash is widely known as Kailash kora which is the main part of the tour sacred to four religious and a deeply numinous place. Mansarovar Lake and ancient Chui Monastery is also the main highlight of this tour.
The fierce winds, harsh weather, and rugged trails can make your journey to Kailash difficult and almost impossible. With a team of experienced guide and crew of Lapha Holidays, we make sure that your attempts for this cathartic journey Mt. Kailash Mansarovar tour to be a complete success.