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Secrets of Tibet. Kailas on the Full Moon with access to the North and South faces of Kailas. Everest. 16 days. Tour with Elena Sitnikova

It is a dream trip, on which there is an opportunity to unravel the mysteries of a country that has been closed to foreigners for centuries. This is where the expedition of N.K. Roerich in search of the legendary Shambhala. Hitler sent his men to Tibet to study the phenomenon of the Superman. According to the beliefs of four religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon, and Jainism – in Tibet on Mount Kailas live their main gods. There are legends that the Great Teachers – Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Zarathustra, Confucius – were in the “sarcophagus” of Kailas in a state of deep meditation (samadhi). What will you discover in Tibet?
Only personal experience is real.

“We have before us the way to Kailas. One of the fifteen sacred wonders calculated in the books of Tibet is towering. Bell Mountain! On sharp ridges walk to the top of it. It stands on top of the last juniper, on top of all the yellow and white folds of the mound. PadmaSambhava also walked here, as the ancient Gando-La monastery testifies. This is where Milarepa’s caves are.
And not one, but many, hallowed by the name of the hermit who listened before the dawn to the voices of the devas. Here are also the spiritual strongholds of Gautama Buddha. Not far away, too, are the legends that have been put together near Pahari Baba. Many Rishis have walked here.”
N.K. Roerich

On this journey we will make a kora (kora is ritual circumambulation) around a shrine, the most powerful place on our planet, a place where all spiritual seekers have sought to go in order to gain intimate knowledge of Man and his possibilities, to have a mystical experience.
Kailas is believed to be one of the main occult sites on earth, which accelerates one’s spiritual development and promotes connection with conscious beings.

We will make an exit to the North Face of Mount Kailash and touch it! Touching Kailas, the most powerful energy point on the planet, is a special moment. The classic path around the mountain doesn’t provide that opportunity – you only see the mountain from a distance. On this itinerary, we purposely added 1 day to touch the mountain and possibly have a mystical experience.

On this journey, the circumambulation of Mount Kailas falls on the Full Moon of June 22. This day falls on the first day of the bark. One bark passed on a Full Moon counts for three.

Another feature of this journey to Kailas is the opportunity to see the South Face of Kailas up close and to visit the place where the inner bark, the Nandi bark, begins. The inner bark is the circumambulation of Mount Nandi adjacent to the South Face of Kailas. Buddhists and Hindus only do the inner kora if they have previously undergone the 13 outer koras. In addition, the route of the inner crust is technically difficult, some sections are very steep, slippery, the danger of rockfalls is not excluded. This may be why access to the inner crust is now closed by the Tibetan authorities. On our trip, we will organize a jeep ride to the South Face of Kailas after passing the outer crust for those who wish to do so! This is another additional opportunity to be in the energies of Mt. Kailas. It will be possible to meditate with a view of the South Face of the mountain (Photo of the South Face of Mount Kailas below in the photo).

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kailash

Another “highlight” of this trip is. visit to Everest Base Camp. You will see the highest mountain of our planet (8848 meters)! Mount Everest is called “Jomolungma” in Tibet, which translates to “Mother of the Universe”. You will see this mountain from the side of the North Base Camp at about 5100 meters above sea level.

In addition to Kailas and Everest, this trip will take you to other places of power in Tibet:
Visit the sacred lakes of Manasarovar, Rakshastal and Yamdrok Tsho;
You will visit the former residence of the Dalai Lam of many generations – the Potala Palace;
See the first 2,500-year-old Buddha statue that heals (at Jokhang Temple);
Visit the most significant monasteries and stupas, meet lamas;
you will participate in pujas (Buddhist services).

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  1. Tour dates: June 15 – June 30, 2024 (dates while in Tibet, no flight).
  2. Number of days: 16 days / 15 nights in Tibet.
  3. Where to: Tibet (territory of China).
  4. Number of people in the group: Number of people in the group: from 7 to 24.
  5. Where to fly: Lhasa airport, the capital city of Tibet.
  6. What we do: We will make a kora (ritual circumambulation) around Mount Kailas, make an exit to the North and South faces of Kailas, visit temples, monasteries. We will see the beautiful capital city of Lhasa. Let’s see Everest!
  7. Accommodation: in 4*, 3* hotels and guest houses – according to the program.
  8. Difficulty of the route: The bark around Mount Kailash is a 4-day hike of medium difficulty that is accessible to many people with good physical fitness and prior preparation.
  9. Visa: tourist visa to China + Permit (permission to enter the territory of Tibet) – processed through us. Citizens of Belarus and Kazakhstan do not need a visa.
  10. Insurance: standard medical insurance for traveling abroad.
  11. Tour cost: from $2,400.
  12. The group is accompanied by: Group Leader Elena Sitnikova + Tibetan guide.
  13. Organizer: Travellers’ Club “All Ways”.
  14. Pre-registration to the group: on WhatsApp / Telegram +1 530 8440836.

About the peculiarities of the route and organization

Tibet is high in the mountains. The most important point in such a program is competent acclimatization, which, in our experience, should take place in comfortable conditions. We arrive at the airport in Lhasa and immediately transfer to Tsedang, a town about 1.5 hours from the capital. This allows for a gentle acclimatization as Tsedang is located at an altitude of 3100 meters, which is lower than Tibet’s capital Lhasa, located at an altitude of 3650 meters. We spend 1 night in Tsedang, visit the very first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, Samye, and transfer to Lhasa. There we rest and visit local monasteries and temples as well as the Potala Palace, the historical residence of the Dalai Lam. Then we gradually gain altitude and with stops and excursions we reach Everest Base Camp at 5150 meters.
After such a high point on the way, the altitude on the route decreases again and then we reach Dharkhen (4570m), a town located at the foot of Mount Kailas. Here we overnight and spend one day visiting the sacred lakes of Manasarovar and Rakshastal. This not only allows you to acclimatize better, but also to attune with the place of strength, meditate on the lake overlooking Mount Kailas, and tune in for the 4-day mountain circumambulation (kora).

The bark around Mount Kailash is a hike of moderate difficulty that is accessible to many people with good physical fitness and prior preparation. It’s not mountaineering, but you will need to walk at altitude for a long time. The trek starts from Darchen settlement at an altitude of 4576m. The highest point of our route is 5669m. Then the altitude decreases.

For good health in Tibet, in addition to competent climbing and drinking plenty of water, it is important not to overcool yourself and to eat well. Therefore, we do not save on accommodation, and stay in good hotels 4 * and 3 *, where there must be hot water in the showers and heating (air conditioners work on heating). The hotel in Lhasa receives a doctor at any time who can measure your blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen levels and help you with “mountain sickness” if necessary.

Ascesis time will come, it’s also part of the program – 4 days of hiking the pilgrim trail around Mount Kailas at high altitude, without showers and in hostels. But by the beginning of the bark around Mount Kailas, you must be healthy and strong enough to make the journey you have come for.

Yes, you also don’t have to carry all your stuff behind you during the hike. Your belongings will be carried by porters (porters) or yaks.

All transfers are made on a comfortable tour bus, which always has drinking water, warm tea, and oxygen tanks. We provide sleeping bags – clean but not new. You can use them if you wish. We also provide trekking poles. This is all included in the price of the tour.

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Route

Tsedang (Samye Monastery) (3100 m)
City of Gods - Lhasa - the capital of Tibet (3650 m)
Shigatze (3845 m)
Tingri (4300 m)
Everest Base Camp (5150 m)
Saga (4640 m)
Darcen (4576 m)
Sacred lakes Manasarovar and Rakshastal (4590 m)
Kailas - bark around the mountain (4 days) (from 4576 to 5669 m)
North face of Kailasa, South face of Kailasa
Darcen (4576 m)
Saga (4640 m)
Shigatze (3845 m)
Lhasa - the capital of Tibet (3650 m)

 

 

 

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Travel program

Day1.

Arrival in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Transfer to the town of Tsedang. Acclimatization and familiarization.
Meet at the airport in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Transfer to hotel in Cedang (transfer about 1.5 hours).
For a milder acclimatization, the first point of our itinerary is the town of Tsedang, which is located at an altitude of 3100 meters, which is lower than the capital of Tibet, Lhasa, located at an altitude of 3650 meters.

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Tsedang.

Lhasa

Day 2.

Visit to the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet – Samye. Easy trekking to Mt. Chimpu. Transfer to Lhasa.

Samye Monastery is the first and oldest Buddhist monastery in Tibet. It was founded by the legendary Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). Samye Monastery is located on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra River. Built in the form of a mandala, it is the only structure of its kind in Tibet. In “A Short Biography of Padmasambhava” about Samye Monastery it says: “It was erected as a symbol of Mount Sumeru, surrounded by four large continents and eight small ones, the sun and the moon, and a wall of iron mountains”. The monastery has preserved relics related to Padmasambhava.

Mount Chimpu rises above the monastery and is home to many retreat caves and hermit huts. Even in our days, practitioners continue to hold retreats there.

We’ll visit Samye Monastery, and if we’re lucky, we’ll be a part of Buddhist puja (service) at the oldest monastery in Tibet, get a blessing from the Lama.
After lunch, those who wish to do so can walk up the mountain to the caves, which offer scenic views of the valley. Here you can feel the spirit of Tibet, the antiquity of this land and its sacredness. Through contact with the outer silence, experience the silence of the inner silence.

Transfer to Lhasa.
Overnight in a 4* hotel in Lhasa.

Tibet. Samye

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Day 3. Lhasa Attractions. Potala Palace, Jokang Temple.

In the morning we transfer to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. A scenic road with high mountain scenery and views of Tibetan villages and views of the world’s highest river, the Yalutsangbu. The drive will take about an hour.
A visit to the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas of many generations – Potala Palace. It is a royal palace and a Buddhist temple complex. The palace was built from 641 AD to the 17th century. The palace has 999 luxurious rooms. From here you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of Lhasa. The Potala is the historical, architectural, political and religious center of Tibet. The magnificent halls of the Red and White Palaces, many chapels, and the covered terraces of the Dalai Lama’s residence fascinate with their architecture. Within the palace grounds at the Phakpa Lhakhang temple is a statue of Arya Lokeshwar, sacred to Buddhists. It also houses the Dalai Lama’s personal monastery, religious school, monks’ cells, treasury and store rooms.

Visit to the most sacred temple of Lhasa – Jokang. (17 в.). Pilgrims from all over Tibet come here to worship the sacred statue of Shakyamuni, brought to Lhasa in the 10th century. This is the very first statue of Buddha (Jowo Shakyamuni), which is 2500 years old; it was consecrated by Buddha himself. The temple has 14 separate prayer rooms dedicated to Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug-ba sect, Avalokiteshvara (one of the main manifestations of Buddha), and the famous teacher (guru) Lama Rimpoche. Pilgrims stretch out in front of Jokang Temple. Miracles happen in this temple! The Buddha statue heals people and fulfills innermost wishes. (Dr. Myasnikov shared a story of his life after visiting the Temple: “While visiting the temple, my wife put a small money in front of the Buddha and asked for health and good luck for her son. The next morning (!!!!) she calls me and silently shows me her leg. The ulcers had all healed overnight! I am well aware that this just can’t happen! And when in 2 weeks we landed in Moscow and my son still on the plane turned on his phone, the first e-mail was from the Sorbonne: “we have fallen out of one of the applicants and you are next in line. We’ve accepted you!”….

Walking with pilgrims along Barkhor Street, visiting the old market. Taste Tibetan tea with the locals at a tea house.
After sightseeing, if time permits, you can take a guided tour to a Tibetan handicraft center or a Tibetan traditional medicine center.

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Lhasa.

Lhasa. Potala Palace

Jokhang. Buddha statue

Day 4.

Transfer to Gyantse and onward to Shigatse. The sacred lake of Yamdroktsho. Pelkhor Chode Monastery. Kumbum Stupa.

On the way we will see one of the three Great Lakes of Tibet Yandroyung-tsoho (Yamdroktsho). The high-altitude lake is located at an altitude of 4,488 meters. Formerly a wealthy settlement strategically located at the confluence of several important trade routes. It is known for its mystical properties, predictions and magic. We will see the Korola Glacier and Lake Manak.

In Gyantse, we will visit Pelkhor Chode Mon astery. Pelkhor Chode Monastery was a complex of 15 monasteries of three different traditions, which in itself is a rarity in Tibetan Buddhism. 9 of the monasteries belonged to the Gelug, 3 to the Sakya and 3 to the small Budon tradition, whose main monastery, Shalu, was located near Shigatse. The largest stupa in Central Tibet, Kumbum, is located here. It has five floors, many rooms, statues and altars. “Kumbum” means “thousand” as there are 1000 images of Buddhas, deities and bodhisattvas. As for the statues, most of them were damaged during the Chinese Cultural Revolution but have now been restored. We will also see the outside of the ancient fort, built back in the 14th century. The fort is located in the center of the city and spectacularly crowns a rocky hill several hundred meters high. It was designed as a major defensive fortification on the road leading to Lhasa from the south. Numerous white stone buildings still make an impressive impression: high (5-8 m) and thick (up to 4 m) walls, powerful fortifications, massive buildings. It housed a garrison of 500 men in peacetime.
We’ll visit a traditional barley mill.

Overnight in Shigatze in a 4* hotel.

yamdrok tsho lake tibet

 

Stupa kumbumDay 5. June 19, 2024, Wednesday.
Transfer from Shigatze to Tingri. Tashilunpo Monastery.

In the morning we will visit Tashilunpo Monastery, where Panchen Lamas used to reside in previous centuries. The monastery, which belongs to the Gelupta Sect, currently has 800 monks in training. The tombs of all the Panchen Lamas and the 13th Dalai Lama are preserved in the temple complex. The main temple houses an ancient statue of the Future Buddha Maitreya, 26 meters high.
In the evening we will arrive at the small village of Tingri (4348 m) – the place where all climbers make their first stop before reaching Everest base camp.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Tingri.

Day 6. June 20, 2024, Thursday.
Everest base camp – 5150 m. Transfer to Saga.

Today we will need to get up very early, around 4am, to catch the first rays of dawn on the shining ice-covered north face of the Top of the World – Jomolungma (8848m). The trek to Everest base camp will be a good preparation for us for the kora. We will also be able to see other peaks of the Main Himalayan Range on the way. We will climb to an altitude of 5150 meters.

In the afternoon we will be transferred to Saga. On the way we will see the beautiful Peiku Tso Lake and a view of another “smallest eight thousand meter peak” – Shishapangma (8021m). In addition, we will be accompanied by stunning views of the Main Himalayan Range almost all the way.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Saga (4640 m)

EBC Everest
EBC Everest

Everest
Day 7. June 21, 2024, Friday.
Transfer from Saga to Darcen.

On the way, we will see a stunning view of the Saga Valley between the Gangdise and Himayala ranges. We will see beautiful meadows and local villages, drive over Mayomla Pass (5112 m), see Naimonagni Mountain, drive past the sacred Lake Manasarovar.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Darcena.


Day 8.June 22, 2024, Saturday.
Lakes Manasarovar and Rakshastal. Visit to Chiu Monastery.

Today we will arrive at the place of power – the sacred Lake Manasarovar (4557 meters) – a lake with “living water”! Here you can meditate on the shore of a lake overlooking Mount Kailash, and tune in for a 3-day mountain circumambulation (kora). Lake Manasarovar is mentioned in the Indian epic Ramayana. Hindus believe that Manasarovar is the soul of the god Brahma. Shiva and his wife Parvati are believed to have washed themselves here. Another legend says that Lake Manasarovar was the first earthly creation that Brahma created in his mind. Buddhists believe that Manasarovar is the legendary lake where the gods carried the Buddha after birth to wash him.

Also today we will visit Chiu (“bird”) Monastery, which sits on either side of a cliff overlooking Lake Manasarovar.
The monastery is built over the cave of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche, the teacher who brought Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century). The Precious Master spent three years in meditation in the cave and, according to one version, realized a rainbow body in it. It also houses a lifetime sculpture of Chomdente Buddha.

Moving to the lake Rakshastal is a “demonic lake” which is located just three meters away from the sacred water of Manasarovar. But it’s a completely different body of water.
According to legend, a demon meditated for ten days near this very body of water. The ten-headed Ravana cut off one head every day and threw it to Shiva. When the demon had one, last head left, the god Shiva softened his anger and gave the petitioner the power he craved. There is another tale. According to legend, the demon meditated by the dead lake for ten days waiting for the coveted Parvati. But Shiva’s wife never lavished the unfortunate demon with her attention. She didn’t show up.
Tibetans don’t like to stop by this lake – a bit afraid of the place. Nevertheless it is beautiful, and we can stop by if we wish.

Return to Darcen. Bark preparation.
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Darcena.

Manasarovar

Day 9.
The first day of the bark around Mt. Kailas. Full moon!

(We drive to Sarshung village 7 km, trek 13 km. climb to an altitude of about 5000 meters).

Route: Tarboche, Chukugompa Monastery. House of lucky stone, West face of Kailasa, Dhirapuk Monastery, North face of Kailasa.

The spiritual meaning of the journey:
On the first day of the kora, at the white chorten, the symbolic new life of our soul begins. It is as if we are being born again, acquiring a new symbolic body.
Overnight at the guesthouse.

Kailas bark

Day 10. June 24, 2024, Monday.
Radial exit to the North Face of Mount Kailas.
(We walk about 4 hours one way and the same amount back, climbing to the height of 5400 m).Touching Kailas – the most powerful energy point of the planet with reference vibrations.

Overnight at the guesthouse.

kailas north face

Day 11.
Day 2 of the bark around Kailas.

(The way is 18 km, the crossing takes 7-9 hours, climbing to the height of 5669 m).
Kailas, bark. Dhirapuk Monastery, past the Valley of Death, Shivatsal Cemetery, Green Tara Pass, Gaurikund Lake, Axe of Karma, Zutulpuk Monastery.
The spiritual meaning of the journey:
On the second day of the bark, our soul lives through symbolic maturity, old age, death, bordeaux and new birth. This day is very physically demanding. The trek of the second day starts from Dhirapuk Monastery at an altitude of 4850 meters above sea level.
After Shivatsal cemetery up to the top of Green Tara pass symbolically our soul lives through the state of bordeaux, there is a scanning of karma, a feeling of waiting for the results after a fateful exam, the gods are testing the human soul to decide what will be its future destiny. The top of the pass is a place of celebration, a long-awaited symbolic new birth takes place here.
From the top of the pass, there are views of Karma’s Axe Mountain. The axe of karma finally cuts off the old karma and one feels the beginning of a new life.
Overnight at the guesthouse.

Kailash bark

Day 12.
Day 3 of the bark around Kailas.

(The path is 7 km, the crossing is easy and beautiful, takes 3-4 hours).

Return to Darcen, lunch.

Optional jeep ride to Sarlung Monastery to see and meditate on the South Face of Kailas, from where the journey to the Inner Kora (Nandi Kora) begins.

This is a unique opportunity to see the South Face of Kailas up close and visit the place where the inner bark – Nandi bark – begins. The inner bark is the circumambulation of Mount Nandi adjacent to the South Face of Kailas. Buddhists and Hindus only do the inner kora if they have previously undergone the 13 outer koras. In addition, the route of the inner crust is technically difficult, some sections are very steep, slippery, the danger of rockfalls is not excluded. This may be why access to the inner crust is now closed by the Tibetan authorities. On our trip, we will organize a jeep ride to the South Face of Kailas after passing the outer crust for those who wish to do so! This is another additional opportunity to be in the energies of Mt. Kailas. It will be possible to meditate with a view of the South Face of the mountain.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Darcena.

Kailas South Face

Day 13.
Transfer from Darcen to Saga.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Saga.

Day 14.
Transfer from Saga to Shigatze.

Accommodation at the hotel in Shigatze 4*.

Day 15.
Transfer from Shigatze to Lhasa.

Returning through the Yalong valley back to Lhasa. If time permits, we will visit a water mill for making material for Tibetan incense.

Free time to walk around Lhasa, evening shopping.

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Lhasa.

День 16.
Lhasa Walking Tour. Group transfer to Lhasa airport.

Free time in Lhasa. Shopping. Transfer to Lhasa airport. The flight home.

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Cost of travel

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COST from 2400 $ (USD) (depends on the number of people in the group):

$2,400 with a group of 22-23 people;

$2,550 with a group of 19-21 people;

$2,700 with a group of 15-18 people;

$2,900 with a group of 11-14 people;

$3,200 with a group of 9-10 people;

$3,300 with a group of 7-8 people.

Single (single) room supplement of $500.

The price of the tour includes:
– Permits (permits to stay in Tibet)
– all transfers by coach
– accommodation in 4* and 3* hotels (2-bed accommodation) and guesthouses – according to the program
– hotel breakfasts
– drinking water
– oxygen tanks
– sleeping bags (clean but not new, optional)
– excursions according to the program, all entrance tickets
– yaks and drovers during the bark (to carry things)
– accompanying the group by an experienced guide in Russian + Tibetan guide.

The tour price does not include:
– airfare to and from Lhasa;
– lunches and dinners;
– individual permit and individual transfer of the permit in a transit Chinese city – 70 $ (if you are not flying together with the group, but on other flights. Our groups fly with a connection in Chengdu, flights will be sent on request);
– services of horses during the bark – if you can’t go yourself (if you need them, usually you don’t – the participants’ belongings will be carried by yaks or porters – they are included in the price of the tour). The cost of a horse for 1 day of bark is approximately $100;
– Transfer to the South Face of Mount Kailas by jeep (1 jeep for 4 people costs approximately $100) – optional, after the main bark;
– entry tourist visa to China (to be issued in advance). Citizens of Belarus and Kazakhstan do not need a visa;
– med. insurance;
– Additional payment for accommodation in a single room (single) – on request, $500.
– Tip to the driver, Tibetan guide.

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