PILGRIMAGE TO MOUNT KAILASH
Exploring the Origins of Modern Yoga
AUGUST 5 - 20, 2019
Join Mark Whitwell on an empowering journey into the essence of yoga and the heart of Tibet’s ancient Tantric traditions, Buddhist and pre-Buddhist cultures and art. Beginning in Lhasa, Tibet’s vibrant capital, the journey includes practical instruction in yogas of body, breath, and mind as we prepare for inner journey exploring the caves at Lake Manasarovar with stunning views of the sacred Mt. Kailash where Krishnamacharya spent over 7 years. This time together for full moon in August we will join pilgrims from across cultures including Hindus who pay reverence to Mount Kailash as a throne of Lord Shiva, the great Tirtha and the ultimate pilgrimage site on earth. We will also visit the rarely seen tenth-century Buddhist Kingdom of Gugé and little known cave citadels that inspired the legends of Shambhala and Shangri-La. Please see an example itinerary below for further details.
We will meet today at Chengdu International Airport for a midday flight to Lhasa’s Gongkar Airport and then transfer from there to Tibet’s ancient capital for orientation and a traditional Tibetan welcome dinner. O/N Kyichu Hotel (11,975 feet above sea level)
In the morning, we will visit the Jokhang Temple, shaped like a giant mandala, followed by a journey through the Dalai Lamasʼ Potala Palace and the Lukhang Temple, located on an island and featuring rare mural paintings that illustrate advanced forms of yoga and meditation. O/N Kyi Chu Hotel (11,975’)
Crossing over a high pass, we will drive via the turquoise-colored Yamdroktso Lake and the glacier-flanked Karo La pass to the historic trade and pilgrimage center of Gyantse. O/N Gyantse Shambhala Hotel or other (12,450’)