Mt. Kailash, Tibet

August 8 - 26, 2018
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Highlights

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16 Day All Inclusive & Guided Silent Pilgrimage

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Supreme Silence inside Mother Earth's Naval Chakra

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Fireside Philosophy, Meditation, and Spiritual Study

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Practice Mauna (silence) as You Trek this Sacred Pilgrimage Site

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Private Guided Tour, All Meals, Basic Trek Accommodation Provided

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Investment : $3997 USD All Inclusive

Information

During this Silent Mount Kailash Pilgrimage, we will be visiting Tibetan plateaus, wild nature, and Tibetan nomad camps.  We’ll experience the nomad culture as well as their unique way of living.  When we reach our final destination, Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar we’ll enjoy the absolute natural beauty.  Still the mind. Listen. Enter the silence. In silence, one becomes aware of his soul consciousness. Silence is a prerequisite for the apprehension of the reality. Enter the silence, realize the reality.

In this Silent Sacred Pilgrimage you will be invited to silence the tongue; silence the desires; and silence the thoughts. You will enjoy the bliss of the eternal. Love silence. Live in silence. Grow in silence. Spend your life in silence. The truths of the Upanishads are revealed through the grace of God through silence.

In silence, there is God realization. Silence is the peace that passes understanding samadhi (the superconscious state).  Experience 16 days of silence, pilgrimage, connection, oneness.  Experience Kailash.

Location

In the remote corner of the exotic west of Tibet, the pristine Mount Kailash (6714 meters) dominates the entire region’s landscape. The celestial beauty of Mt. Kailash is not only fascinating, it is also the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon religions from around the world. For all four religions, Mount Kailash is the spiritual epicenter. 

Hindus pay reverence to Mount Kailash as a throne of Lord Shiva, and the ultimate pilgrimage site on earth. It is considered most auspicious to make a religious pilgrimage around its fifty-three kilometers circuit which is also known as Kailash Parikrama.

Jains refer to Mount Kailash as Mt. Asthapada and believe that their religious founder, Rishavdev, attained Nirvana – The Ultimate Happiness there.

Buddhists have named Mount Kailash Garu Rimpoche, meaning “precious jewel of snow” and a gigantic mandala. According to the legend, it is the abode of Chakra Samvara and Guru Rinpoche – Padma Sambhava, who brought Buddhism to Tibet and beyond.

In Tibetan Buddhism, it is believed that Mt Kailash is the dwelling place of Chakra Samvara Demchog (the Wheel of Bliss) and his consort, Dorje Phagmo. It is also venerated as the abode of one of the great Tibetan yogi – Milarepa.

In Tibet’s pre-Buddhist, Shamanic Bon religion, Mt Kailash is an abode of Sky Goddess Sipaimen and is in the form of a giant Mandala that is the central point of all Tantra Rituals and Forces. The founder of Bon Religion, Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche is believed to live on Mt Kailash, which is considered as nine-story Swastika Mountain, and the axis mundi – the central pillar of the world. The Bonpo Pilgrims walk counter-clockwise around the Mt Kailash.

Our Mt. Kailash Pilgrimage begins in Lhasa with three nights and two days Lhasa enjoying the town and sightseeing which allows us to acclimatize to the high altitude of Tibet.   From there we’ll begin our silent pilgrimage and slowly make our way up to Shigatse along the Bharmaputra river by car.  From there, we’ll stay one night in Shigatse after the 280 KM drive once again acclimate to the high altitude.  We’ll visit the Tashi Lhunpo monastery in Shigatse and then continue to our Silent Pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash.  We’ll pass many zigzag mountain passes and stunning views of the Himalayan mountains.

During this Silent Pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash you will enjoy beautiful Tibetan plateaus, wild nature landscapes, and Tibetan nomad camps.  We will trek in silence by day, and enjoy spiritual study, fireside Satsang and meditations by night.  When we reach our final destination of to Mt. Kailash and the sacred Lake Mansarovar you will take in the magic of untouched, natural beauty.  As we make our way back from Mt. Kailash we’ll drive through the southern part of Tibet, where the Samye Monastery and Tsetang are located.  These are two of the most important Pilgrimage destinations and the first Tibetan monastery (Samye Monastery).

Purify the mind and meditate. Be still, and know that you are God. Calm the mind. Silence the bubbling thoughts and surging emotions. Plunge deep into the innermost recess of your heart and enjoy the magnanimous silence. Mysterious is this silence. Enter into silence. Know that silence. Become silence itself. – Swami Sivananda

Days Trip Outline Daily Activity Accommodation Guide & Driver Meal
01 Arrival in Gongkar airport and travel to Lhasa. (3650m/60Km) Yarlung Tsangpo,Kyichu river, Lhasa city. Jokang temple Hotel In Lhasa Local BB
02 Lhasa sightseeing tour Potala Palace, Jokang temple, Bharkor Bazzar Hotel in Lhasa Local BB
03 Lhasa sightseeing tour Drepung and Sera monasteries Hotel in Lhasa Local BB
04 Lhasa to Shigatse (3900m/280km) Bharmaputra river, Shigatse, Tashi Lhunpo monastery Hotel in Shigatse Local BB
05 Shigatse to Sangsang (4676m/300km) Lhatse, Ngamring county, Ngamring lake, Sangsang grassland Camp in Sangsang Local BLD
06 Sangsang to Dargyeling monastery (4730m/200km) Beautiful grassland, nomad camp, Saga, Dargyeling monastery Camp at the monastery Local BLD
07 Dargyeling monastery to Lake Mansarovar (4590m/390km) Western Tibetan plateau, wild lives, Lake Mansarovar and Kailash Camp at lake Mansarovar Local BLD
08 Mansarovar to Dharchen (4660m/60km) Mansarovar, Chiu Gompa, Dharchen, Mt. Kaialsh Hotel in Dharchen Local BLD
09 Kailash trek, Dharchen to Dhiraphuk monastery (5210m/15km) Kailash trekking Camp at Dhiraphuk Local BLD
10 Dhiraphuk monastery to Zutrulphuk monastery (4810m/15km) Kailash trekking Camp at Zutrulphuk Local BLD
11 Zutrulphuk to Dharchen trek, drive to Baryang (4750m/200km) Kailash, lake Mansarovar, Baryang Camp in Baryang Local BLD
12 Baryang to Sangsang (4676m/375km) Tibetan plateau, grassland Camp in Sangsang Local BLD
13 Sangsang to Gyantse (3950m/385km) Lhatse, Shigatse, Gyantse Hotel in Gyantse Local BB
14 Gyantse to Samye monastery (3600m/290Km Palchoe monastery, Kubum Pagoda stupa, Lake Yamdrok, Karola glacier, Samye monastery Monastery hotel in Samye Local BB
15 Samye moanstery to Tsetang (3600m/60km) Samye monastery, Hepori, Tsetang, Yumbu Lhakang, Traduk temple Hotel in Tsetang Local BB
16 Tsetang to Gongkar airport (3600m/115km) Bharmaputra river and Yarlung valley

 

Silent Pilgrimage Retreat Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Daily Spiritual Study & Meditation
  • Philosophy & Satsang Fireside Chats
  • Yoga Classes when time allows
  • Pranayama Classes when time allows
  • All entry fees to the sites and monasteries
  • Breakfast at the hotels
  • All necessary Tibet tour entry and road permits
  • Kailash special permits
  • English speaking Local Tibetan travel guide
  • Transportation during the tour
  • Yamdro lake conservation fee
  • Karola glacier conservation fee
  • Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar conservation fee
  • Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar conservative bus fee
  • Pack Yak and Yak men for Kailash trekking
  • Tibetan cooking team and camping equipment (except for sleeping bags)
  • All camping fees
  • Oxygen in the vehicle in case needed

Retreat DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Both international and domestic flight tickets
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • China Tibet Visa
  • Riding horses for Kailash trek
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Insurance including personal, medical, travel and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses such as (laundry, phone calls, etc)
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves

Silent Pilgrimage Guide: Yoga Veda Founder, Andy Betancourt

Andy is one of the founding directors of Yoga Veda Institute. He was born in Venezuela and has always had a strong interest in two things, traveling and understanding the meaning of life. Luckily for him, they are both on the same educational path.  Join Andy on this very unique and once in a lifetime opportunity at Mount Kailash.  Read more about Andy here.

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