It was the last day of final semester engineering and myself Arjun was getting emotional with my friend Ravi and Amar. So we decided to take to go for a trip of lifetime, yes we decided to go for Kailash Manasarovar yatra. We were really looking forward for this amazing experience and started preparing for the tour.
We did all our preparations, packed out back packs, got enough clothing with footwear, got required medicines got the currency conversion done and we were all set to start from Delhi. We took a flight from Delhi to Kathmandu and from there we took the jeeps as organized by our tour operator and started on this expedition. Covering the bumpy roads we reached Kodari for immigration to cross over to China. After the immigration was done, we had our land cruisers waiting for us with the luggage packed over it. In midway, we stopped at a Chinese restaurant for lunch and had Indian food in a Chinese restaurant!
After a climb of about 8000 feet we reached Nyalam, we wandered for some time on the streets and made a stay there. Next day we started and made a stay over at Paryang, located strategically in the mid of road to Mansarovar. Following day we started and we reached Manasarovar, the fresh water lake at the height of 4500 meters. The eye-catching sight of the lake just made us awe about the amazing traits of nature, the lake also changes color. The lake looks absolutely splendid in moonlight and is a delight for the photographers. There are also some rituals performed at the lake in the evening.
After a couple of days of local sightseeing and arrangements we finally begin our march for Kailash Yatra, we hired some porters to carry our luggage and help us at the starting point of trek which is Yamadwar. We saw streams of water flowing as we were striding on our way we could see the north face of Charan Sparsh glacier that comes down from mount Kailash. We made a halt at in the night on one of the resting point and started early next day on the path which was sandy, rocky and hilly. The trek was getting difficult but we were enjoying it. After a series of uneven crossings we were finally able to make it to our destination. It was awe-inspiring and a feeling of great accomplishment.
After this spectacular few days, we realized our Kailash tour was coming to end. This trip has given us an experience of lifetime and an expedition we would never forget. Anyone who is with normal health should try this, it is worth a tour.
Day 1 Pickup from Lucknow. Nepalgunj arrivalPick from Lucknow. Arrival at Nepalgunj. Transfer to Hotel in Nepalgunj OR drive to Surkhet (2hrs) and stay at Surkhet based on situation.
Day 2 Fly Nepalgunj – Simikot (2900m) & Heli to Hilsa (3700m) & Drive to Taklakot (3900m) – Overnight in TaklakotEarly Morning – Flight Nepalgunj to Simikot (1hr). Rest for few hours at Simikot.
Day 3 At Taklakot (3900m) – Rest Day – Overnight in TaklakotAll Day – Entire day free for Acclimatization
Day 4 Drive to Manasarovar Lake (4550m) – Overnight in MansarovarAfter Breakfast – Drive towards Mansarovar Lake (95 km). On the way you will have to pass the first checkpoint. Then after driving for 70 kms from Taklakot we will reach Rakshas Tal. On the right of Rakshas Tal you will see Gurla Mandhata Parvat & first view of Mount Kailash and Mansarovar lake. Drive from Rakshas Tal to Manasarovar Lake (25 km). Start Parikrama of Manasarovar Lake (90 km – 3hr by bus). Take holy dip & perform Puja.
Day 5 1st Day of Parikrama – Drive to Darchen (4650m) & Yama Dwar & Trek to Dirapuk (4880m) – Overnight in DirapukAfter Breakfast – Drive to Darchen (35 km – 1 hr) and Yama Dwar (8 km) – the starting point for Kora. We will trek to Dirapuk for 14 km. You will visit the North face of Mt. Kailash and touching the feet of Mt. Kailash (Charan Sparsha). Travelers who do not want to trek around (Parikrama) Mt. Kailash can go back to Darchen wait for rest of the group to arrive from Parikrama. Meal: Breakfast at Mansarovar, Lunch & Dinner on the way during Parikrama
Day 6 2nd Day of Parikrama – On to Zuthulpuk (4670m) via Trek to Dolma La Pass (5700m) – Overnight in ZuthulpukAfter Breakfast – Trek from Dirapuk to Dolma La Pass (8 km). About 3 kms before reaching Dolma La Pass is steep hill and quite difficult to walk. Also descending from Dolma La Pass is the same for upto 3 km. While descending you can see Gaurikund on the right. After walking for about 2 – 3 hrs we will reach Phedi. After some rest we will start trek to Zuthulpuk (12 km trek for 6 hours).
Day 7 3rd Day of Parikrama – Trek to Darchen – Drive to Hilsa via Taklakot – Overnight in Hilsa / SimikotAfter Breakfast – After short easy Trek (8 km – 3 hrs), we will reach our bus pick up point. Then drive to Darchen (3 kms) and merge with other members who were waiting. From there drive to Hilsa (also we will take helicopter to Simikot based on situation)
Day 8 Fly to Nepalgunj – Transfer to Lucknow.Fly to Simikot. Fly from Simikot to Nepalgunj / Surkhet and proceed to Lucknow.
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