Mount Kailash is the most visited holy mountain in the world. A historical point in the world, with the origination of four of the most sacred rivers ensuring that Mount Kailash sits at a very high position of religious virtue. The four sacred streams which flow from Mount Kailash are – The Indus River, Sutlej River, Brahmaputra River and Karnali River.
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is the pilgrimage to take in 2018. It will enlighten your spiritual self, with the sacredness Mount Kailash offers which will help your future be brighter. It is no wonder that thousands of visitors celebrate its existence each year. People of different faiths take part in the pilgrimage as it is believed to be of pure magnificence.
The whole circuit pilgrimage takes 3 days to complete, while some spend up to a month doing complete body prostrations. Take part in it in 2018, and you will notice the difference and successes in health, wealth and peace compared to the previous years. A combination of Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake make for a religious journey that will wipe away your sins and will bring in calm and a sense of peace in your life.
General Weather Condition of Mount Kailash Area
The weather conditions in Mount Kailash are mostly chilly during the nights and not as cold during the days. There are three seasons in the Area of the Holy mountains – Summers, Monsoons, and Winters.
Summers are from May to August with the climate in an average of 15°C. At this time is the mega Saga Dawa Festival which is held around May and June each year. The Saga Dawa falls on the 29th of April, Sunday in 2018. This festival is the most important annual religious festival in Tibet, where you can witness vast crowds of pilgrims doing the yatra around Mount Kailash and taking a dip in the holy waters of Lake Manasarovar.
Monsoons are from September to November and have little rain falls. This tends to drop the temperature down to 10°C.
Winters are from December to April and near temperatures of 5°C. It can even reach dangerous cold levels of -15°C. There is often snowfall during this period, making it a very challenging period for travelers.
Best Time to Trek Mt.Kailash Kora
When doing a pilgrimage, doing it at the right weather conditions will help you internally to offer your whole soul into purity as well as externally to be physically able to complete it. The best time to pay respects to the holy Mount Kailash is usually between May and October. It depends on the year, and in 2018 it will start earlier from the 24th of April to the 8th of October. What is important is the visibility is very clear during this time, which ensures that no dangers are faced in the remote area. It will not be warm, but the temperature is comfortable to be trekking around and not extremely cold below freezing point.
Traveling during the safest times will ensure the brute weather changes and harsh cold climate will not have to be faced by your group and you. Moving during Monsoon Seasons can lead to severe falls due to rainfall and can give you chills as temperatures are way below that during the summers. As for the winters, the sub-zero climate can lead to severe cases of heart attacks due to overexertion from respiratory or heart problems. The cold winter seasons can also cause harsh frostbites.
Best Time to Take Lake Manasarovar Yatra
Lake Manasarovar Yatra is a holy lake for both the Tibetan Buddhists and Indian Hindus. They have similar ways of paying homage to the lake that relieves sins and brings salvation. Pilgrims take a bath and drink the holy water which gives them a sense of relief from the past evil deeds.
Likewise, to Mount Kailash, pilgrims go around the Manasarovar Lake also called Parikrama. The Parikrama is done at the height of an altitude of 15,060 feet. Since the Parikrama and a holy dip is done, doing it at the right time of the year is recommended. It is best to be done along with the Mount Kailash yatra during the summertime, as visibility is much clearer during this period. The holy dip will not be able to be done during winters as the freezing cold temperatures could lead to severe health problems.
Tibet Travel Permits Needed for Kailash and Manasarovar Trek
First and foremost if you are a foreigner and not a Chinese citizen, it’s important to hold a password for traveling to China. If you have a passport, apply for the valid China Visa with Tibet Travel permits to travel around Tibet. The Tibet Tourism Bureau in Lhasa issues the Tibet Travel Visa and this can be best done by a legal Tibetan Travel Agency like Tibet Vista. Usually, it takes 15-20 days to obtain Tibet Travel Permit. Apart from this, there are three other permits required for your destinations in Tibet:
Aliens’ Travel Permit – Which gives you permission to enter 6 prefectures in Tibet which are Shigatse, Nyingchi, Shannan, Ngari, Nagchu, Qamdo. Since Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake are located in Ngari, this is an important permit. It is issued by Public Security Bureau and takes only 40 minutes to get this permit.
Tibet Border Pass – This helps gain access through the checkpoints before getting to areas in Ngari like Mount Kailash and also if you are flying in from Kathmandu to Lhasa. It is issued by the Tibet Armed Police Border Corps in Lhasa.
Military Permit – Since Mount Kailash is near sensitive military settlements, this permit allows you to bypass the military bases. It is issued by the Military office in Lhasa and can take quite a lot of time for gaining it as its very strict.
What to Pack for Kailash Manasarovar Tour
Traveling to Mount Kailash during the long but spiritual pilgrimage means, cold temperatures and long treks. Carry light and only essentials so that the trek is far easier –
• Back Pack
• Track Suit Long Sleeved Shirts
• Lots of Socks
• Two pairs of Gloves
• A Pair of Hiking Boots
• Under Garments
• Bed Sheet
• Money Cap
• Sweater with High Neck
• Pair of Thermal Bottoms
• Night Wears
• Long Sleeve T-Shirts
• Swim Wear for Bath
• First Aid Kit – Painkillers, Multivitamin Pills, Band-Aid, Altitude Sickness Medicines
• Toiletries – Tooth Paste, Tooth Brush, Soap, Shampoo, Lip Balm, Sun Block Cream
Things to Be Ware for Kailash Manasarovar Pilgrimage
1.Along with packing the essentials, be better prepared to face the pilgrimage by preparation. This could be a pleasant one hour walk every morning, jogging daily, stretching and regular exercises which can help you strengthen both your cardiovascular strength and stamina. Yoga and meditation should be done appropriately before the pilgrimage to keep the mind sharp and be ready to battle signs of giving up.
2.The items you carry will be in a backpack, and so the physical strength will help you carry the backpack in extreme climates. Hiking specific training can be the main point of physical activity to be best prepared for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.
3.Overall the experience of a Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is one of a kind. Mount Kailash along with Lake Manasarovar yatra are beautiful escapes from the modern day world. The pilgrimage taken will keep your soul and heart both happy, with an experience of a lifetime. Therefore going at the right time will ensure that reroutes to the region are not experienced, along with physical and mental health in check being maintained.
4.It is not only this but the Saga Dawa Festival which falls every once a year is during the warmer summertime in the high regions of Mount Kailash.
Book well in advance for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, as the flock of pilgrims during the summertime tend to book out the hotels and tour packages. Keep yourself well prepared and plans flexible, and you will experience a pilgrimage which will eternally make you feel happier, stronger and spiritually more enlightened.