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Mount Kailash
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Owner description: Gangs Rin-po-che is the Tibetan name of Mt. Kailash which is considered as a sacred place in four regions: Bon Religion, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. Every year, thousands make a pilgrimage to Kailash for the faith they believed that circumambulating Kailash by foot will bring good luck and clear the sins. The trek begins and ends at Darchen which is at 4,575m elevation.Mount Kailash trekking is one of the most challenging and sacred treks in the world. The trek is widely known as Mt. Kailash kora which is scared in four religions, Bon Religion, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. What’s more, this holy mountain is also the headstream of four famous rivers in Asia: Indus River (also called Shiquan River in China), Sutlej River (a major tributary of the Indus River), Yarlungzangpo River (also called Brahmaputra River) and Ganges River. Every year, thousands make a pilgrimage to Kailash for the faith they believed that circumambulating this holy mountain by foot will bring good luck.
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We undertook MUkTHINATH trip conducted by Nepal Tourism Board from 23rd March 2018 to 28th March 2018. We were very happy with the service by Nepal Tourism Board. 5 nights at good hotels at best locations, pick up and drop promptly done.. local sightseeing were good

Thank Ganesh R
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

21,778-feet tall, the magnificent Mount Kailash is located in the South-Western corner in the Himalayas of Tibet.

Mt. Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva, the holy centre of the earth and the manifestation of heaven itself.

In Jainism, Kailash, referred to as Mount Ashtapada, is the place where the creator of their faith, Rishabhadeva, attained freedom from the cycle of life and rebirth.

Tibetan Buddhists profess that Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok who symbolizes supreme harmony.

Just 20 kilometers away from Mount Kailash, the sacred blue and emerald green Manasarovar lake that lies at a height of 15,015 ft, is known to be an epitome of purity, containing healing properties and the power to wash off all mortal sins.

According to Hindu legend, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma. Hence, in Sanskrit it is called Manasarovar, which is a combination of the words ‘Manas’ (mind) and ‘Sarovar’ (lake).

Every single traveler of this incredible journey undergoes a humbling and enlightening transformation, which cannot be described, but can only be felt first hand.

Criterias for travelling:
Participants must be between 18 and 65 years of age.
Participants below the age of 18 must either be accompanied by a parent/guardian or submit a letter of parental consent.

This trek requires you to be physically and mentally fit.
Please note that this trek is not advised for pregnant women and those suffering from chronic health problems, such as epilepsy, heart ailments, uncontrolled blood pressure or diabetes, asthma, psychological problems, physical disabilities or obesity.
It is mandatory to get medical insurance, which also covers emergency evacuation for the trip.

A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 180 days from the last date of the sojourn.
Please note that diplomatic passports are not allowed.
Hand written passports are no longer accepted at the Kathmandu airport.

How to Prepare Yourself
Physical and mental fitness is essential on this trip as you will be travelling to a region of high altitude and extreme weather conditions. To make the most of this program, you should start an exercise regime and develop a walking habit, at least a month prior to the trip.

We strongly recommend:
Daily brisk walking or jogging for 5 km / 3 miles.
Smoking and/or drinking alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited for the entire duration of the program.

Precaution at High Altitudes
Lack of oxygen at high altitudes (over 2,500 m) affects most people to some extent. With an increase in altitude, the human body needs time to develop physiological mechanisms to cope with the decreased oxygen levels. This process is called acclimatization.
Diamox (Acetazolamide) tablets are necessary to counter High Altitude Sickness. Please see your doctor for a prescription as it is mandatory to start taking this tablet before arriving at Kathmandu.
During the trip, participants will be given simple, yet unique and tested practices for faster acclimatization.
A qualified doctor will accompany the group throughout the journey with all necessary medications and equipments to handle any kind of medical requirement or emergency.

Tibet, referred to as the highest region on earth, is also one of the least developed parts of the world. Since most of Tibet is extremely remote and isolated, while facilities for pilgrims are being upgraded, they are still very basic. Modern amenities are very hard to find in the hotels and guest houses in Western Tibet.
The quality of accommodation will vary from place to place. It may be necessary at times to share a room with a few others or participate in an outdoor toilet adventure, or go without a shower for a couple of days. Rest assured, in every instance we will provide you with the best accommodation that the place has to offer.

Packing Suggestions
A complimentary duffle bag will be provided in Kathmandu, where you will be required to repack the items needed for Tibet. You will leave the rest of your luggage behind at the hotel in Kathmandu until the end of the journey.
We advise you to pack the following items:
Clothing (6 sets – please avoid saris/dhotis)
Woolen sweater or jacket (1)
Thermal inner wear (2 pairs)
Wide rim hat (1)
Woolen cap and scarf (1 each)
Thick woolen gloves (1 pair)
Water-proof gloves (1 pair)
Sport sandals (1 pair)
Woolen socks (3-4 pairs)
Waterproof (not water-resistant) shoes with a good tread/grip (1 pair – available at Decathlon stores in all major cities)
Rain-proof pants and jacket with hood (1 each)
A lock for the duffle bag
Backpack with waterproof cover
Sleeping bag suitable for temperatures around 0°C (1 – optional)
Camera (optional)
o Please note that video cameras are not permitted.
Down jacket with hood (1)
*If you do not have a down jacket with hood, it can be made available to you on a returnable basis in Kathmandu.

6  Thank spiritualcaravan
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

I did Kailash 3 days complete parikrama and 1 day touching of the North Face .
If you are a devotee of Lord Shiva, with some effort, he will grant you an opprtunity to visit kailash.

7  Thank DrVSara K
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

I did the Kailash Mansarovar with transhimalaya dot in. I suggest that you should not try the kailash quora if medical condition is not good. Always check O2 level. Quora is good for people who have done trekking from India. If you come through flight then only go up to Yam dwar aur up to point where 4 wheelers can go and return. Thats is as good as doing Quora. Lots of casuality happen due to mismanagement of Tour operators. Found transhimalaya way better in doing this. They are doing it ex-Kathmandu.

3  Thank Vinod K
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Reviewed 11 December 2017

In 2016 I went on an Ian Baker organised trip to Bhutan which, apart from one incident, was well organised. So when I received an invitation from him to join a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash I was interested. We were “invited to Join Tibet scholar and author Ian Baker on a trip of a lifetime to the geographical and mystical epicentre of this sacred mountain”. This sounded intriguing so I duly signed on at ianbakerjourneys.com

Then, 3 days before my departure date we were told that the Chinese had cancelled permission for our party to journey to Mnt Kailash but Ian offered us an alternate trip to the Sacred Mount Jowo Zedgyal in the Khampa Borderlands. Due to the short timescales it was “in for a penny in for a pound” time so I signed up for the alternate trip before the full details were distributed. Kham is a really remote area of Tibet and it turned out to be a very interesting trip which I will write about in a separate report.

However, our problems began when at the end of the trip all 5 western participants complained to Ian Baker that we felt we had been short changed. The basis of our complaint was that we had paid for 12 nights in commercial hotels on a shared room basis and lunches/evening meals on 8 of those days. Also breakfasts would have been provided on most of the days. Whereas on the Kham trip the accommodation, in the monasteries or nomads’ tents, was very primitive (it was all that was on offer). We all slept in the same room/tent with no toilet/washing facilities. All meals were provided by Josh (the leader) so as not to be a burden on the hosts, and the materials for these had been bought in bulk at local markets.

So the issue was the difference in costs between the commercially provided meals and accommodation on the proposed Kailash trip to the accommodation provided by nomads/monasteries and meals provide by Josh on the Kham trip. The nomads’ accommodation was most probably provided on a hospitality basis and a reasonable donation was, most probably, all that was required at the monasteries.

However, as soon as we made our complaint Ian’s tune changed. We were sent a series of long convoluted e-mails which tried to play down the Kailash trip, e.g. “Kailash, for all its splendour, has been deeply compromised by the police encampments, security checkpoints, and ongoing road construction around the mountain (As a friend who was at Kailash last month told me, the circumambulation felt more like a lament for all that was vanishing in Tibet)” and play up the spiritual value of the Kham trip. However, he never actually dealt with our complaint. After some exchanges Ian mentioned additional costs incurred with swapping the trip, but these were never enumerated. Had he done so this may have alleviated the whole issue. As it was I and some of the others just got bored with the whole thing, maybe the point of it all.

So really just a note of caution, if an Ian Baker/Rare Journey trip goes well, then all well and good. If there are issues then there is likely to be a long exhausting e-mail exchange that doesn’t seem to go anywhere. In fairness I should note that recently Ian has offered a 50% discount to any of us wishing to join a trip in 2018

9  Thank Alan R
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