Mt. Kailash, the striking peak standing in the remote south-west corner of Tibet in the Himalayan Mountains. Rising at an elevation of 6638 m (21778 ft) it is one of the highest parts of the Himalayas and serves as a source of some of the longest rivers in Asia. Known as Gang Tise or Gang Rinproche in TibetMount Kailash Parvatan it is a precious and prominent symmetrical peak. Made up of black rock Mt Kailash is a wonderful diamond like shaped mountain that is surrounded by beautiful landscape which is rugged and dry.
An important event in Hindu pilgrimage calendar, Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is an annual event organized between the temperate months of May to September. Between the months of May to September, the weather and climate at one of the highest zones of the earth, around Mount Kailash remains mild as rest of the year the region mostly lies under severe cold and frozen conditions. Below is mentioned the list of dates when you can book o journey to Kailash Manasarovar.
Mt. Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2016 by Helicopter (10 days or 08 days) Fixed Departure Dates
Batch No. Arrival in Kathmandu Return from Kathmandu Remarks 1 04th June 13th June 2 10th June 19th June 3 16th June 25th June Full Moon Trip 4 22nd June 01st July 5 28th June 07th July 6 02nd July 11th July 7 03rd July 10th July From Lucknow 8 08th July 17th July 9 09th July 16th July From Lucknow 10 14th Aug 23rd Aug 11 15th Aug 24rd Aug Full Moon Trip 12 01st Sep 10th Sep 13 02nd Sep 11th Sep 14 07th Sep 16th Sep
Mt. Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2016 Overland Yatra by Bus (13 days) Fixed Departure Dates
|Batch No.||Arrival in Kathmandu||Return from Kathmandu||Remarks|
|1||14th July||26th July||Full Moon Trip|
|2||29th July||10th Aug|
|3||05th Aug||17th Aug|
|4||09th Aug||21st Aug||Full Moon Trip|
|5||13th Aug||25th Aug||Full Moon Trip|
|6||17th Aug||29th Aug|
|7||20th Aug||01st Sep|
|8||24th Aug||05th Sep|
|9||02nd Sep||14th Sep|
|10||07th Sep||19th Sep||Full Moon Trip|
|11||11th Sep||23th Sep||Full Moon Trip|
|12||15th Sep||27th Sep|
Places of Interest during visit to Holy Kailash
Tirthapuri, positioned northwest of Mount Kailash in Western Tibet are intimately associated with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). It is one of the interesting places near Kailash, pilgrims particularly come here after completing their kailash pilgrimage.
- Gauri Kund
Gauri Kund, a water body that is also known as the Lake of Compassion, lies on the way while going on downwards from Dolma – La (Dolma Pass). This steep descent from Dolma Pass is a wonderful lake which is at an altitude of 5608m. As per Hindu mythology, there is a fascinating tale about Gauri Kund and has been described in legend “Shiva Purana”. The lake is also famous as “Parvati Sarovar” as this was the place where goddess Parvati had acquired her son Ganesha (Elephant headed God).
- Yam Dwar
Yam Dwar is situated in Tarboche which is approximately 30 minutes drive from Darchen. The exact meaning of the Yam Dwar in Hindi lingo is “the gateway of the God of Death”. It is the initial point of circumambulation of Mount Kailash. Known as Chorten Kang Ngyi which means two legged Stupa in Tibet
Located at a height of 17000 ft, Asthapad is the bottom of Mt. Kailash and one of the main holy places for the Hindus and Buddhists. It is also considered a major Jain Tirths as the first of the 24 Jain Tirthankara “Shri Adinath Bhagwan” had attained salvation (Nirvana) at this place. The literal meaning of SiwasthalAsthapad is “Eight Steps” as Astha means Eight and Pad means Steps in Sanskrit and that’s how the place derived its name.
Just around 2 hours walk from Deraphuk Gomba situated on the way to Dolma – La is Siwastal. Many pilgrims visit this place as it is known a duplication of the magical funeral ground at Bodh Gaya. Pilgrims here experience ritual death and enter into the dreadful presence of Yama, before being reborn on top of the Drolma La.
Tarboche flagpole, is one of the most important aspect of Tibetan spirituality. On “Saga Dawa” Tarbochewhich is an impressive and capturing annual festival of Mt. Kailash this giant flagpole which has numerous prayer flags on it is brought down and replaced. This annual festival or one can also mention it as a carnival attracts Tibetans from all over along with other tourists and pilgrims. This ritual is performed every year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, to celebrate Sakyamuni’s enlightenment”. During the flagpole ceremony as the poles tip is raised and pointed east towards Gyangdrak Monastery, monks of that monastery carry out a special ritual.