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Old 24th July 2009, 20:07   #1
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Default Traversing The Tibet Plateau To Mount Kailash

Over the years people have travelled immense distances in search of enlightenment or just to pursue their spiritual aspirations. They have braved enormous distances into unknown territory and have braved harsh weather conditions just to attain "Nirvana"

One such journey was undertaken by Mom and I between the 30th June and the 16th July. The destination was Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar in Tibet.

Though we did brave harsh weather conditions and some altitude related problems but I am not sure whether we were able to attain Nirvana. But one thing I am totally sure is that this has been the most fulfilling of all my trips ever, the most sceninc, most relaxing and has been totally a different experience of sorts.

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This travelogue is about the whole experience which I would like to share with all of you.

The first part of the travelogue would contain the daily diary of the trip from Kathmandu to Tibet, going across the plateau to Mt Kailash and back to Kathmandu.

Later on if you guys are interested I would add on various other details related to the trip. This may be beneficial to others who seek to take such trips in future.
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Wow Deky, this is going to be awesome. One of a kind here. I don't know how many folks here can actually go where you have just gone.

The first picture itself is so breathtaking so I an just only imagine how wonderful it would have been for you there.

Keep it rolling..
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It all started about 6 years back when Mom came up with the idea of visiting Kailash Parbat (the adobe of Lord Shiva). That time Dad and Mom applied to the MEA for the Govt. organised trek via Uttrakhand. They even got selected for the trip but unfortunately were placed in different batches. Various letters to the government also did not solve the problem hence they had to shelve the idea for the trip that year.

After that Nepal maoist problem started and the trip was forgotten till this year when Mom again expressed her desire to go to Mt Kailash. Government organised trek was ruled out due to all the walking involved via this route, hence we were left with only other option that was via-Kathmandu.

A travel agent in Kathmandu was shortlisted and date was finalised for the trip. During all this Dad decided not to go for this trip and I readily offered Mom to accompany her.

After a month of so of preparations finally on the 30th of June Mom and I flew out of Delhi airport to Kathmandu and our trip had started.

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Later on if you guys are interested I would add on various other details related to the trip. This may be beneficial to others who seek to take such trips in future.
Interested??! Are you kidding deky? Yes, YES, YES we are!!!

That sight of Mt Kailash and of Mansarovar is breathtaking. You must have come back feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and simply lighter in being.

For those who just cant wait there's Google Earth.

Rgds,
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Awesome teaser pic.
MORE MORE MORE MORE!!

DIL MANGE mooooooore
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Finally we get to hear from you. Been waiting eagerly for this thread
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Fantastic, that's a trip of a lifetime, sure do post all details
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A very nice start! I guess this would be the first time somebody has posted any pictures of Mansarovar in this forum!
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Wow! That is another trip of a life time. Please start the journey, am eagerly waiting with seat belts fastened

OT: I thought that MEA was the only route to Mansarovar and never knew that one could do privately. Details on this aspect will be highly appreciated
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The first part of the travelogue would contain the daily diary of the trip from Kathmandu to Tibet, going across the plateau to Mt Kailash and back to Kathmandu.

Later on if you guys are interested I would add on various other details related to the trip. This may be beneficial to others who seek to take such trips in future.
As this thread is going to be guide for Manassarovar via Kathmandu,
please post all details and info and pics.

That will be helpful to all.
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@deky

You have an avid follower here. Please pepper in as much details as possible on the booking part. Also, when the bookings start, what sort of papers you need, what sort of medical conditions they check, et al.

And of course, I, too, am waiting for the snaps
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Man...this is something I've wanted to do for a loooong time !! Waiting for all the pics and info !
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Default Various Routes

There are 3 possible routes to visit The Kailash Parbat

1. Government Trek Via Uttrakhand.

This was the only route for a while but was stopped in between due to the Sino-India war. Now open again this is a very physically demanding trek that involves 26 days of mostly walking.

This year the MEA trek started in May and will continue till late September. There will be total of 16 batches of 60 pax each. The selection for yatris is done via computer generated lucky draw.

The cost of this trek is
a. Rs. 20,000/- INR to be paid to KMVN
b. Rs. 2200/- INR to be paid to Delhi Hospital for medical Check
c. $700/- USD to be paid to China.
d. Other expenses regarding porter/ponies during the trek.

Since this trek involves a lot of challanges 2 medicals tests are done, one in Delhi before the trek and the other at ITBP check post at Gunji (3500mtrs) after 6 days of trekking.

Any person found medically unfit are not allowed to cross the border to China.

Following is the route taken for this trek.

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(this is a hand made map, and is not to the scale)

2. Helicopter trip to Mount Kailash

This is approximately an 11 days trip, where you fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then take a helicopter to the western Nepal border town of Hilsa. Then you proceed to Taklakot by land and continue to do the lake Kora and Mountain Kora as normal.

This trip will cost you around 1.75 lakhs but it is not advisable as you ascend to a height of 4600mtrs (Taklakot) in no time thus not giving you enough time to acclimatise.

3. Land cruiser trip to Mount Kailash ex- Kathmandu

This was the trip we decided to take and followind was the itenary.

Day1: 30/06/09: Arrive at Kathmandu, visit Pashupatinath temple
Day2: 01/07/09: Sightseeing day in Kathmandu
Day3: 02/07/09: Star from kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal-China border) Cross the border into Zhang-Mu (Tibet) and drive to Nyalam
Day4: 03/07/09: Rest day in Nyalam for acclimatisation
Day5: 04/07/09: Drive from Nyalam to Saga
Day6: 05/07/09: Drive from Saga to Paryang
Day7: 06/07/09: Drive from Paryang to Lake Mansarovar and stay at Hor chu camp
Day8: 07/07/09: Start Mansarovar parikrama and drive to Chiu Gompa
Day9; 08/07/09: Chiu Gompa to Darchen (Mt. Kailash Base camp)
Day10:09/07/09: Day 1 of Kailash parikrama- Tarpoche to Derapuk
Day11:10/07/09: Day 2 of Parikrama- Derapuk to Zutul Puk
Day12:11/07/09: Day3 of parikrama - Zutul puk to base camp and then drive to Paryang
Day13:12/07/09: Drive from Paryang to Saga
Day14:13/07/09: Drive from Saga to Zhang Mu
Day15:14/07/09: Cross to Nepal and drive to Kathmandu
Day16:15/07/09: Rest day In Kathmandu
Day17:16/07/09: Back to Delhi

The cost of the trip is Rs. 75,000/- INR (negotiable)

Following is the map
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Fascinating!

R2D2 --- thanks for the Google Earth hint
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Guys, you all need to thank me for this travelogue. The threat, a very subtle one, was issued on 24th at 11:22 and a 24 hr deadline was given. And lo behold, within 7 hrs the 1st picture of Lord Shiva's abode appeared.

Deky posted on 24th at 20:07.

NOW DON"T STOP. Continue at a fast pace and satiate our hunger..
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