Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
Mount Kailash isn't just a destination point, it's a journey-a journey beyond all forms of human imaginings that actually takes you to an altitude of 21,788 feet and forever changes your experience in life. A sense of isolation envelops you in more instances than one during this expedition by conquering formidable peaks, walking along arduous terrains. If you overcome this emotional upheaval and are constantly physically challenged, you return home with an invincible winner. So remarkable an evolution, the storyline of this metamorphosis will be bestsellers ' stuff. Lord Shiva's resting place for Hindus, Buddha Demchok's home as according to Buddhists, the spiritual center of power by Bon followers, and the spot where Rishabhadeva, the originator of the Jain religion, reached Nirvana-Mount Kailash is a hero of mythological legends and an quintessential spiritual destination. While hundreds and thousands of pilgrims try this pleasurable journey, it can only be completed successfully by those who are truly driven.
A spiritual and life-changing adventure can be actually accomplished by Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.The itinerary starts with a wonderful ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. We will ride to kyirong on a bus after syabrubesi. Kyirong is this tour's starting stage. Coming to Kailash Mansarovar, before returning to Kathmandu, you will be blessed with sacred shower and parikrama. We will start a jeep drive to Lake Mansarovar after crossing the border, perform a puja and take a sacred bath. We'll drive to Yam Dwar next day and from where our Kailash parikrama continues.
The name of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra comes from two sacred, spiritual and holy sites: Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Mt. Kailash (6,638 m), also the most sacred mountain in Asia, familiar to the Hindus as Kailash Parvat. Hindus truly believe that Lord Shiva and his family live in the mountain. The mountain is sacred not only to Hindus, but also to Buddhist, Jain and Bonpo religions. Buddhists visualize Mt. Kailash is the home of Buddha Demchok and Bon, a Tibetan religion believes the mountain is the seat of all divine power. The site in Jainism is the nearby venue where first Jain prophet Rishabhadeva reached Nirvana (freedom). Circulating the mountain (parikrama) on foot, pilgrims still practice an ancient ritual of devotion with the belief that it might bring some good fortune to their lives. Hindus and Buddhists believe that the mountain is circulating in the clockwise direction, while followers of Jain and Bonpo religions believe otherwise, i.e. in the anti-clockwise direction. Another important highlight of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra (trip) is Lake Mansarovar, the world's highest freshwater lake (4500 m). Pilgrims fully believe that all their sins will be washed away by drinking water from the lake or dipping or bathing in the lake.
Some of the important sites of Kailash Yatra:
Mount kailash Charansparsh
Today we have to wake up early in the morning. After a warm breakfast, we will be trekking to Charansparsh which is located at a height of 4572m. This site of holy Mt. Kailash has religious and mythical significance which is very famous among the Kailash pilgrims who seek the blessings of the supreme Lord Shiva. Pilgrims give pure determination and have faith when he wants to achieve huge accomplishment. So, the pilgrims travel here to seek blessings of Almighty God. The pilgrims touch the foothills of the mountains which they believe to be the feet of Lord Shiva which provide them mental and physical strength to complete the parikrama. The marvelous breathtaking beauty will develop your faith in god.
After Charansparsh we will return back to Derapuk and stay overnight in Derapuk in a monastery guest house.
Mount Kailash Inner Kora
Today is a very challenging and sensitive day for us as we will be trekking for 22kms today to reach Zuthulphuk. In the inner kora, we will be passing through Kuber Kund which is one of the most sensitive walk. We have to walk through deep layers of snow. The sharpness of stones is very scary. Without the proper guidance of climbing Sherpas, it will be very difficult find our way. Our inner faith and will power will take us to success.
After completing inner kora we will arrive Zhutulphuk at late evening for our overnight stay at Zuthulphuk guest house.
Visit Darchen to Astapath and Saptarishi caves
Everyone seeks nirvana at some point in their life. Achieving nirvana is the highest level of inner peace of mind. Astapad refers to “eight steps” which is one of the most religious sites for attaining freedom from pleasuring life. This journey combines eight steps leading to caves of different kinds. The devotees take the parikrama covering a distance of 52kms around Mt. Kailash to attain the path of liberation.
It falls on the way of Nandi inner kora. These caves are situated at a high altitude of 6000m which have significant values among the Pilgrims. The caves consist of 13 chortens. In the time of Nandi inner kora, the trekking to the Saptrishi caves is the most sensitive one.This site is very famous for the sages who were dedicated devotees of Lord Shiva. The pilgrims want to take this immense journey to get the divine grandeur of heavenly abode of Lord Shiva. After leaving Atmalingam, the pilgrims have to climb the vertical facet of the mountain wall to reach Saptrishi caves.
We need to return back to Darchen in the late evening for our overnight stay in Darchen.
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