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Mystic Kailas on the Full Moon. 14 days

On this journey we will make a kora (kora is a ritual circumambulation) around the mystical Mount Kailas, the strongest place on our planet, the 7th chakra of the Earth. Kailas is the most sacred mountain of the Himalayas, the center of the world’s crown chakra. This is where the Earth’s purpose or true will is conceived and broadcast.
Kailas is a natural mandala. You don’t have to do special meditation techniques here. Meditation happens here.

On this journey, the circumambulation of Mount Kailas falls on the Full Moon of August 19. This day falls on the second day of the bark. One bark passed on a Full Moon counts for three.

All spiritual seekers strive to come here to gain intimate knowledge of Man and his possibilities, to have mystical experiences.

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.

Followers of four world religions consider Kailas a sacred place and make pilgrimages to it. That’s more than 1.2 billion earthlings – 400 million. Buddhists, 820 million. Hindus, 3-5 million. Jainists and about half a million followers of the Bon religion. For Buddhists, Kailas is the abode of Shakyamuni Buddha in wrath form. For Hindus, the abode of Shiva, the god of illusion-breaker. The Jains believe that the spiritual epiphany of their first prophet, Mahavira, took place here. The Bonzes call the mountain the seat of life force.

Apart from Mount Kailas, this trip will take you to other mystical places 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 other monasteries and stupas, meet lamas;
you will participate in pujas (Buddhist services).

  1. Tour dates: August 11-24, 2024 (dates while in Tibet, no flight).
  2. Number of days: 14 days / 13 nights in Tibet.
  3. Where to: Tibet (territory of China).
  4. Number of people in the group: Number of people in the group: from 6 to 22.
  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 (3 days), visit temples, monasteries. We will see the beautiful capital city of Lhasa.
  7. Accommodation: in 4*, 3* hotels and guest houses.
  8. Difficulty of the trek: Kora around Mount Kailash is a 3-day trek of moderate difficulty, which is accessible to many people with good 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 $2,100.
  12. The group is accompanied by: experienced Tibetan guide and guide-translator in Russian Evgeny Andreev.
  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 in the capital Lhasa and immediately get to an altitude of 3650 m. First we spend 2 days in Lhasa, resting and visiting local monasteries and temples, as well as the Potala Palace, the historical residence of the Dalai Lamas. On the third day we ascend to an altitude of 4,885 m, where the Drak Yerpa cave complex is located (35 km from Lhasa), and then we go back down to Lhasa. Then we gradually gain altitude and with stops and excursions we reach the town of Darchen at the foot of Mount Kailas – altitude 4576 meters. Here we spend the night, the next day we visit the sacred lakes Manasarovar and Rakshastal. This allows us to not only acclimatize better, but to attune ourselves to a place of strength, meditate on the lake overlooking Mt. Kailas, and tune in for the 3-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 hike begins from the settlement of Darcen at an altitude of 4,576 m. Here we acclimatize. And only after that we make a detour around Mount Kailas beginning at an altitude of 4,576 m. On the second day of the bark we reach the maximum point of our route – 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, that’s also part of the program – 3 days of trekking on a pilgrimage trail around Mount Kailas at high altitude, without showers and in gesthouses. 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.

Route

Lhasa - the capital of Tibet (3650 m)
Drak Yerpa (4880 m)
Shigatze (3845 m)
Saga (4640 m)
Darcen (4576 m)
Sacred lakes Manasarovar and Rakshastal (4590 m)
Kailas - bark around the mountain (3 days) (from 4576 to 5669 m)
Darcen (4576 m)
Saga (4640 m)
Shigatze (3845 m)
Lhasa - the capital of Tibet (3650 m)

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Travel program

Day1. August 11, 2024, Sunday. Arrival in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Acclimatization and familiarization.

Meet at the airport in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet (3650m above sea level). Transfer to the hotel. A scenic road from the airport to the city 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.
Lunch and rest of the day at the hotel.

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Lhasa.

Day 2. August 12, 2024, Monday. Lhasa Attractions. Potala Palace, Jokang Temple.

After breakfast, 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.

Optional: Evening Tibetan cultural show (60 USD).

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Lhasa.

Day 3. August 13, 2024, Tuesday. Lhasa and the surrounding area. Drak Yerpa Cave Complex,
Dalai Lam’s summer residence – Norbulinka Park.

Drak Yerpa cave complex, is located 35 km from Lhasa (4880 m). It is also home to the Drak Yerpa Monastery, founded in the 12th century. It was here that the most famous teachers of Tibet – Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) and Atisha, as well as the king of Tibet – Songtsen Gampo – spent years in meditation. The monastery was also the summer residence of the Gyuto Tantric College. It is one of the three most important monasteries of the Gelug lineage honoring Maitreya Buddha (Buddha of the Future).

After lunch we will walk around the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas – Norbulinka Park. There used to be a healing spring in the place of the present Norbulinka Park. The 7th Dalai Lama Gesang Gyaltsu (1708-1757), who was characterized by poor health, came to bathe in the spring every year in summer. Thus was the beginning of the construction of the park. The park covers an area of 3600 thousand square meters. – It is the largest and highest artificial park in the world and is included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
Overnight in a 4* hotel in Lhasa.

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Day 4. August 14, 2024, Wednesday. 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-tsho (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.

Stupa kumbum

Day 5. August 15, 2024, Thursday. Tashilunpo Monastery. Transfer from Shigatze to Saga.

In the morning, we will visit Tashilunpo Monasterywhere the Panchen Lamas used to live in earlier 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 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)

Day 6. August 16, 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 7. August 17, 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.

Transfer to Rakshastal Lake, the “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.

Day 8. August 18, 2024, Sunday. The first day of the bark around Mt. Kailas.

(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.

Day 9. August 19, 2024, Monday. Day 2 of the bark around Kailas. FULL MOON!

(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 hard physically. The trek of the second day starts from Dhirapuk Monastery at an altitude of 4850 m. nadu.m.
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.

Day 10. August 20, 2024, Tuesday. 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.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Darcena.

Day 11. August 21, 2024, Wednesday. Transfer from Darcen to Saga.
Overnight in a 3* hotel in Saga.

Day 12. August 22, 2024, Thursday. Transfer from Saga to Shigadza.
Overnight in a 4* hotel in Shigadza.

Day 13. August 23, 2024, Friday. 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.

Day 14. August 24, 2024, Saturday. 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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$2100

COST from 2100 $ (USD) (depends on the number of people in the group):

$2,100 with a group of 22-23 people;

$2,200 with a group of 19-21 people;

$2,400 with a group of 15-18 people;

$2,500 with a group of 11-14 people;

$2,700 with a group of 9-10 people;

$2,900 with a group of 6-8 people.

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 Tibetan guide in Russian.

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;
– entry tourist visa to China (to be issued in advance). Citizens of Belarus and Kazakhstan do not need a visa;
– med. insurance;
– surcharge for accommodation in a single room (single) – on request, $600.
– Tip to the driver, Tibetan guide.

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