Kailash Manasarovar

Being touched by this energy, by this Grace, by the power of what is there at Kailash can transform a human being forever. - Sadhguru
seperator
 
About Kailash Manasarovar
 
An imposing 21,778-feet tall, the magnificent and majestic Mount Kailash is more than just a mountain. It’s a legend. A revelation. An epiphany. A journey, that is both outwards and inwards. Located in the Himalayan mountain ranges of the remote southwestern corner of Tibet, Kailash is not just one of the highest parts of the world and the source of four mighty rivers of Asia — the Brahmaputra, the Sutlej, Ganga and the Indus — but it’s also one of the most significant spiritual spots on the planet, revered by millions of people from different religions.
But more than anything, the journey to Kailash Manasarovar is a life-changing experience for the thousands of pilgrims who undertake it every year, catapulting them into uncharted inner frontiers like nothing else can. For a pilgrimage to this isolated, timeless, breathtaking and fascinating spiritual spot is like a journey within yourself.
Kailash Sacred Walks, a program by Isha Sacred Walks, offers you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of embarking on this journey to Kailash Manasarovar. All our fellow travelers will unanimously agree that they returned from this trip completely transformed. The magical and mystical spot has been drawing people to its divine presence for various reasons. Here’s why you should not miss the chance to be a part of the Kailash Manasarovar yatra.
  • The Kailash Parvat or Mount Kailash along with the holy Manasarovar lake is deeply integral to the heart of spiritual Asia, capturing the imagination of human beings since time immemorial.
  • According to Hindu legend, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma. Hence, in Sanskrit it is called Manasarovar, which is a combination of the words ‘Manas’ (mind) and ‘Sarovar’ (lake).
  • Hindus believe Mt. Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva, the holy center of the earth and the manifestation of heaven itself.
  • Tibetan Buddhists profess that Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok who symbolizes supreme harmony.
  • In Jainism, Kailash, referred to as Mount Ashtapada, is the place where the creator of their faith, Rishabhadeva, attained freedom from the cycle of life and rebirth.
  • Just 20 kilometers away from Mt. Kailash, the sacred blue and emerald green Manasarovar lake that lies at a height of 15,015 ft, is said to be an epitome of purity, containing healing properties and the power to wash off all mortal sins.

For these reasons and more, a trip to Kailash Manasarovar is an intense spiritual experience, complete with the inclusion of meditation sessions, satsangs (spiritual discourses) and much more. The 13/14-day trip will commence at Kathmandu, where you will explore the ancient city. Then it journeys into Tibet, with a drive to Saga, and overnight camping and meditation sessions at the breathtaking Manasarovar Lake. This will be followed by the challenging yet fulfilling trek to the North face of Kailash, where you will get a chance to meditate in the presence of the mighty peak before you journey back.

A sojourn to this "roof of the world" is an arduous but rewarding one. Every single traveler of this incredible journey undergoes a humbling and enlightening transformation, which cannot be described, but can only be felt first hand.

Get ready for some incredible experiences. Soak in the sights of cliff-top monasteries, yak caravans leisurely ambling over snowy passes, and the magnificent peaks of the Himalayas. But most importantly, get ready to have an honest peek into your own self. As Sadhguru says, you return home with “a little bit of Kailash with you in your heart and your mind”.

With our team of highly skilled, trained and dedicated volunteers ever ready to help you with every step you take on this memorable journey, you will be enveloped in a sense of endless energy, tranquility and oneness.

This year, our groups will embark on the Kailash Manasarovar Sacred Walk between July 22nd and September 15th.

Come, be a part of this beautiful and enlightening journey with us.

 
 
 
 
Dates / Registration
 
Group Arrive/Depart at Kathmandu Communication Language Registration Status
S7**

Sep 06 to Sep 18, 2022

Russian Register Now
S9**

Sep 07 to Sep 19, 2022

English Register Now
A2*

Aug 23 to Sep 03, 2022

Tamil Register Now
A3*

Aug 25 to Sep 05, 2022

Hindi Register Now
A8*

Sep 2 to Sep 13, 2022

English Register Now

*This Group is for Indian passport holders living in India.
**This Group is for NRI and Non-Indian Passport Holders.

  • The given dates are to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Please send the following documents together by courier:

  1. Application Form
  2. Medical fitness certificate & original medical reports
  3. Indemnity Letter – please send the original signed copy
  4. Passport-size photo – color copy
  5. Passport – color copy of the passport pages that show your photo, validity details and address.

Please ensure the copy of your passport pages are clear.

Scanned color copies of Passport & Passport-size photo can be emailed to us.

A registration confirmation will be sent within two weeks of receiving your application, documents and medical reports.

Isha maintains the right to accept or reject any application without providing an explanation.

southern sacred

 

 
Program Itinerary
seperator
 

1
KATHMANDU

Get your first glimpse of vibrant Kathmandu as you are transferred to your hotel.

Sadhguru says, “Nepal has witnessed a phenomenal amount of mystical work. The effort was to make the whole country into a sacred tantric body. Just being there is a powerful spiritual experience.”

This bustling city is also the last stop to shop for any last-minute supplies. The day ends with an evening satsang, orientation and dinner before we set off on the sojourn the next day.


2
POKHARA & SIMIKOT

This will be a day full of air travel and spectacular views as we fly over the majestic mountains and valleys of Nepal. We will first fly to Pokhara, followed by another flight to the remote village of Simikot, the gateway to Limi Valley and Mount Kailash.

Simikot Valley has an incredible culture and scenic landscape. Located at an altitude of 2910 meters/9550 feet, and being a region that gets little rain, this is an ideal starting place for pilgrims heading into the Himalayas.

Now is the time to start winding down from the hustle and bustle of your busy daily lives.


3
HEPKA

A highlight of the day will be the drive through Dhinga Valley to the quaint village of Hepka. The whole Hepka Valley has only 3 villages. The people here warmly welcome passing pilgrims and it is impossible not to notice their peaceful demeanor, and how connected they are to the bounty of nature that surrounds them.

We spend time amidst green and luxurious pastures with a backdrop of vibrant hues and colors of the surrounding mountains. An ideal place to stop for acclimatization, as there is plenty of space to walk and explore the terrain, imbibing the energies of this sacred land.

This will be the first night of camping, nestled in the lap of Nepal’s mountains and valleys.


4
TUPLING-LIMI VALLEY

Helicopter travel to Tupling-Limi Valley gives us an opportunity to have a bird’s eye view of our next beautiful camping spot.

A stunning place to spend two more nights and get acclimatized before we journey to higher elevation for our long-awaited Kailash Darshan.

The Limi community is a very close-knit community of people who continue to preserve age-old cultural traditions,including the artistic beauty of their dance.

This small village is surrounded by enchanting landscapes of evergreen forest and vast meadows, which makes it perfect grazing land for the shepherds to bring their herds. Their homes are impressively built of stacked stones and a small amount of timber; humble and efficient architecture in its simplest expression. Travel to such remote destinations can be a surreal experience for those coming from bustling cities.


5
LAPCHA-KAILASH MANASAROVAR DARSHAN

We drive to Lapcha at the Nepal-Tibet border. It is time to experience the powerful and indescribable phenomenon of this revered space and participate in an intense meditative process designed by Sadhguru to help enhance your receptivity to the potent energies of Manasarovar and the sacred Mount Kailash.

Be ready to imbibe the energies of this vast and multifaceted landscape surrounded by grand mountain peaks . Here, we will spend the day in meditation, beholding the South Face of beloved Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.

Gently embracing the day’s experience, we return to our cozy campsite at Tupling.


6
HELI TO SIMI

We make our way back to Simikot and enjoy the last helicopter ride over the vast and versatile mountain ranges of the land.

People of this land exude wisdom and humility like no other. And the memories of your experience of this are sure to remain with you forever.


7
POKHARA

Making our way back to Kathmandu, we fly to Pokhara to visit significant and unique sacred spaces.

We will visit Nepal’s most famous cave, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This cave is almost 3 km long and possibly the longest cave in Nepal.

Also on the agenda is a boat ride to Tal Barahi Temple. Located at the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storey pagoda is where Goddess Durga is worshipped as Barahi Devi.


8
KATHMANDU

Nearing the end of the journey, we travel back to Kathmandu, but not without devoting the day to a guided sightseeing tour of this 2000-year-old city. Pashupatinath Temple complex is of top priority, followed by two other gems on your itinerary – Patan, the ancient city of fine arts, and Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in the world.

After the immensity of this journey, we close the sojourn with a satsang and Guru Pooja, an offering of gratitude to the great Gurus of the past and present.

You will return from the sojourn carrying, as Sadhguru says, “a little bit of Kailash with you, in your heart and in your mind.”

 
Please Note
  • This sojourn begins and ends at Kathmandu.
  • This is a tentative itinerary and may vary depending upon several factors.
 
Conveniences Offered
seperator
 

• A dedicated Isha team to manage the entire sojourn

• A qualified doctor, especially trained to handle high-altitude sickness and other conditions that may arise, will accompany the group throughout the journey. The doctor will be equipped with all necessary medications and equipment including life-saving oxygen cylinders and Gamow bags.

• Five star hotel accommodation for three nights in Kathmandu on a twin-sharing basis

• Airport pickup and drop off will be available on the specified program start and end dates.

• Arrangements and guidance to visit Patan, the ancient city of fine arts and Boudhnath Stupa, the largest Buddhist stupa in the world

• All travel arrangements in Nepal and Tibet with experienced and friendly drivers • Round-trip flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa and return

• Visa and permit fee for Tibet/China

• Accommodation at the best hotels/guest houses in Tibet

• Wholesome vegetarian food

• Mineral water for the entire journey

• Pony for the sick or elderly during the trek

• Complimentary T-shirt and duffle bag

• Down jacket on a returnable basis

• Select photos of the journey will be sent after the sojourn Please plan for cost towards:

• Personal expenses

• Excess airline baggage fee if you exceed the weight limit. Please note that you are allowed to carry only 15 kg check-in baggage and 7 kg hand luggage on the flights between Kathmandu and Lhasa

• Personal porter while trekking to Mt. Kailash, if you require one.

• Expenses in case of evacuation due to medical emergencies (for travel, boarding, lodging and medical arrangements). • Extra expenses incurred due to natural calamity such as earthquake, landslide, floods or change of government rules, etc.

• Gratuity for drivers, cooks and porters on last day of the journey.

 
Prerequesites
seperator
 
Isha Yoga Programme

It is necessary to have completed the Inner Engineering Program. For upcoming programs nearest you, visit www.innerengineering.com.

Visa Process

Indian Passport holders do not require a visa for Nepal. The Tibet permit and visa for everyone will be organized by Isha Sacred Walks. To facilitate this, your original passport is required at New Delhi, well in advance prior to the departure date. The actual date and details will be confirmed based on the group you choose to travel with.

Passport

A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 180 days from the last date of the sojourn. Please note that diplomatic passports are not allowed. PIO/OCI or any other ID cards are not accepted in Tibet.

Medical

Be physically and mentally fit. Please note that this trek is not advised for pregnant women and those suffering from chronic health problems, like epilepsy, heart ailments, uncontrolled BP, diabetes, asthma, psychological problems, physical disabilities and obesity.

Age

Participants must be between 18 and 70 years of age. Those below the age of 18 must either be accompanied by a parent/guardian or must have a consent form signed by the parent/guardian.

 
Program Guide
seperator
 
Preparation
Packing
Packing Suggestions
  • A complimentary duffel bag will be provided in Kathmandu, where you are required to repack the items needed for the trek. You will leave the rest of your luggage behind at the hotel in Kathmandu until the end of the journey.
  • Please pack all your clothing and other items in ziplock bags to protect them from rain and moisture. In addition, a backpack with a waterproof cover is required to carry daily essential items. It will be the only piece of luggage allowed in the bus during the travel. The rest of the luggage will follow on a truck.
We advise you to pack the following items:
  • Clothing (6 sets – please avoid saris and dhotis.)
  • Woolen sweater or jacket (1)
  • Thermal Innerwear (2 pairs)
  • Wide Rim Hat (1)
  • Woolen Cap & Scarf (1 set)
  • Thick Woolen Gloves (1 pair)
  • Waterproof Gloves (1 pair)
  • Sports Sandals (1 pair)
  • Woolen Socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Cotton Socks (2 pairs)
  • Waterproof trekking shoes with a good tread/grip (Available at Decathlon stores in all major cities)
  • Rainproof Pants (1)
  • Rainproof Jacket with Hood (1)
  • Lock for duffle bag
  • Sleeping bag suitable for temperatures around 0°C (Optional)
  • Camera (Optional)
  • Down Jacket with Hood (Optional)

Please note that video cameras are not permitted.

*If you do not have a down jacket with hood, it can be made available to you on a returnable basis in Kathmandu. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you will be required to reimburse the cost of the same.

Other essential items

  • Personal Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Small Flask
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen Lotion (50 SPF or more)
  • Castor Oil - 50 ml (To lubricate the inside of the nostrils at high altitude)
 
  • Quick-dry Towel
  • Toilet Tissues
  • Wet Wipes
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks – (Chocolates, Biscuits, Nuts, etc.)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Powerful Flashlight or Headlamp (with extra batteries)

First Aid Medical Kit

  • It is important to carry a personal medical kit with electrolyte packs, pain killers, muscle relaxant cream, band aids, knee support, medicines for fever, common cold, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, and any other medication necessary.
  • If you are being treated for diabetes, please check with your physician if any change in medication is needed due to the altitude and trekking involved on this journey.
Currency

• The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees and Indian Rupees (Rs).
• The currency used in Tibet is Chinese Yuan.
• Indian Rupees, US Dollars and all other major currencies can be converted to Yuan in Kathmandu
where assistance will be provided.
• We recommend you convert a minimum of Rs. 10,000 to Yuan for personal expenses.
• If you wish to hire a personal porter, it will cost approx. Rs. 8,500 for three days. Please convert this amount to Yuan in addition to the amount mentioned above.
• Credit cards are not accepted for currency exchange.
• Credit cards are accepted for purchasing items only in some shops in Kathmandu and Lhasa. We suggest you carry cash for all your purchases.

Communication

Pay phones are available in Kathmandu, Lhasa, Shigatse and Saga. Airtel roaming works fairly well till Lake Manasarovar. The program coordinator will be equipped with a local China phone at Manasarovar and Kailash for emergency communication.

Weather

Weather conditions from May to September in Tibet can be expected to be dry and sunny, with precipitation in July and August. The daytime temperature can be between 10° to 22° Celsius. However, the intense sun at high altitude can make it feel even hotter. There can be an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening time. The temperature at night can drop as low as 0° or -10° Celsius.

Precautions

Lack of oxygen at high altitudes (over 2,500 m) affects most people to some extent. With an increase in altitude, the human body needs time to develop physiological mechanisms to cope with the decreased oxygen levels. This process is called acclimatization.

  • Diamox (Acetazolamide) tablets are necessary to counter high altitude sickness. Please see your doctor for a prescription as it is mandatory to start taking these tablets three days before arriving in Kathmandu. This medicine must be taken for the entire duration of the journey.

  • Those allergic to sulfa drugs can alternatively take Gingko Biloba, a natural supplement available at online stores.

  • During the trip, participants will be given simple, yet unique and tested practices for faster acclimatization.

  • A qualified doctor, especially trained to handle high altitude sickness and other conditions that may arise, will accompany the group throughout the journey. The doctor will be equipped with all necessary medications and equipment including life-saving oxygen cylinders and Gamow bags.

Amenities

Information on Tibet - A Must Read

 

Tibet, referred to as the highest region on earth, is also one of the least developed parts of the world. Being extremely remote and isolated, the facilities for pilgrims - although being upgraded - are still very basic. Modern amenities are very hard to find in the hotels and guest houses in Western Tibet.

 

The quality of accommodation will vary from place to place. It may be necessary at times to share a room with a few others or participate in an outdoor toilet adventure, or go without a shower for a few days. Rest assured, in every instance we will provide you with the best accommodation that the place has to offer.

 

Sometimes due to last minute changes in government rules or in case of natural calamities like floods, landslides, etc., a few changes in the itinerary may happen. We seek your understanding and cooperation at these times.

 

We have successfully taken thousands of people to these sacred places for many years now, and we will always be there to support you and make the journey a pleasant one.

 

Isha is not a tour company, yet we offer this sojourn with the intention of providing you with the opportunity to experience these sacred places in their true depth and dimension.

 
Contact Us
seperator
 
For online enquiry, please click here
Isha Sacred Walks

Thannerpandal, Velliangiri Foot Hills, Ishana Vihar Post,

Coimbatore – 641 114,

Tamil Nadu, India

India Registration Contact (Others Yatras)

Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Kerala:

+91 9488 111 333

tn@sacredwalks.org

 

Andhrapradesh/Telangana:

+91 8885 000 333

hyd@sacredwalks.org

 

Rest of India:

+91 9488 111 555 / +91 9488 123 555

india@sacredwalks.org

Overseas Registration Contact

USA & CANADA:

+1 612-562-9330

usa@sacredwalks.org

 

UK & EUROPE:

+44 7415 990433 (7pm-10pm UK time)

uk@sacredwalks.org

 

SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA & AUSTRALIA:

+65 8113 4290

sg@sacredwalks.org

 

MIDDLE EAST:

+961 3972 159

lb@sacredwalks.org

 

 
Frequently Asked Questions
seperator
 

You can either submit the form online or a registration form can be sent to you on request. You are also required to send us three copies of your passport (front and back pages with all relevant personal and passport details) along with four passport size photos. A passport scan via email is also accepted. A medical form is attached with the registration form with necessary instructions. This should be signed by a registered medical practitioner.

  • Incomplete address
  • Illegible email id and Phone no.
  • Clerical error while filling in the passport details
  • You must be medically fit, holding a valid passport with 180 days of validity.
  • Entry into Tibet on diplomatic passport is not permitted.
  • People above 65 years of age are requested to undergo additional medical tests to determine their physical fitness.

Participants must be between 18 and 65 years of age. Participants below the age of 18 must either be accompanied by a parent/guardian or a consent form needs to be signed by them. People above 65 years of age are requested to undergo additional medical tests to determine their physical fitness.

A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 180 days from the last date of the Kailash sojourn.

  • Indian nationals do not require a visa for Nepal
  • Non-Indian nationals require a 15-day multiple entry visa which can be availed on arrival at Kathmandu airport, Nepal.
  • Visa for Tibet will be organized by Isha

There could be expenses, if you choose to hire a pony or a porter during the trek.

You may be required to travel for a 5 hr – 8 hr stretch.

Pay phones are available almost everywhere. BSNL and Airtel cell phones work fairly well in the Himalayan region.

Although home to many scenic and tourist places where there has been a lot of development, the places of pilgrimage still remain very basic in terms of conveniences. Therefore, the quality of accommodation can be very basic and it may be necessary at times to share a room with a few others.

Yes. You are required to trek through high altitude regions. In such places, air pressure and density is decreased compared to mean sea level and people may suffer from hypoxia (oxygen deficiency). Participants hence need to be screened thoroughly before they are exposed to high altitudes.

Yes, it is necessary to undergo medical examination every time before going to a high altitude region.

By undergoing all the medical tests mentioned in the medical form and consulting your physician about your fitness to travel to a high altitude of 19,000 feet and above.

Yes, you are advised to take sufficient stock of medicines to last the entire duration of the trip.

A qualified and well-equipped doctor specially trained to handle high-altitude sickness and other conditions that may arise, will accompany you throughout the program.

Warm clothing such as thermal wears, gloves, woolen socks, etc are available in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, etc. For shoes, any brand such as Nike, Adidas or Reebok offers good water-resistant shoes and are available in almost all cities and towns.

Going to Mt. Everest is not recommended given the high rate of aircraft accidents. Travel to Mukthinath is possible if the weather is good and you are willing to stay for an extra 3 – 5 days along with the additional cost.

Testimonials