ITINERARY

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.

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AUGUST 5

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)


AUGUST 6

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’)

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AUGUST 7

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’)


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AUGUST 8

After visiting the mural-laden chapels of the Gyantse Kumbum and the Pelkhor Chöde Monastery, we will drive to Shigatse and visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the historic seat of Tibet’s Panchen Lamas. O/N Hotel Tashi Choden (12,585’)


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AUGUST 10

After the drive across the high Tibetan plateau to Saga, a small town near the banks of the Tsangpo-Brahmaputra River on the 9th we will will through spectacular landscapes inhabited by nomadic yak herders, we will arrive at a historic monastery on the southern shore of Lake Manasarovar. O/N Trugu Monastery Camp (15,052’)


AUGUST 11

Yoga, pranayama, and optional ablutions on the banks of Lake Manasarovar. O/N Trugu Monastery Camp (15,052’)

AUGUST 12

Today, we will follow part of the ancient pilgrimage track around Manasarovar, hiking from Trugu Monastery to Chiu Monastery and visiting caves connected with Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. O/N Chiu Monastery Camp (15,052’)

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AUGUST 13

After visiting Chiu Monastery, perched on a rocky outcrop with spectacular views of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, we will continue on to Darchen, the gateway village for the pilgrimage around Tibet’s sacred Mount Kailash. O/N Darchen Himalayan Hotel (15,092’)

 

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AUGUST 14

Today, we will share the trail with both Tibetan and Indian pilgrims on the way to Drirapuk Monastery, where there are stunning views of the northern face of Mount Kailash. O/N Drirapuk Monastery Camp (16,666’)

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AUGUST 15

On this full moon day, we will practice yoga and pranayama at the base of Mount Kailash’s spectacular northern face. O/N Drirapuk Monastery Camp (16,666’)


AUGUST 16

Today we will hike back to Darchen or, alternatively, those who want may cross the 18,471-foot Dolma-la pass to Zutrul Puk Monastery. O/N Darchen Himalayan Hotel or Zutrul Puk Guesthouse (15,831’)


AUGUST 17

If local circumstances allow, we may visit the Cave of the Seven Rishis in Kailash’s Inner Sanctuary. Alternatively, we will make a day excursion to the Silver Palace of the Valley of the Celestial Eagles, the center of Tibet’s ancient Shang Shung civilization. O/N Darchen Himalayan Hotel(15,092’)

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AUGUST 18

Today, we begin our return journey, driving across Tibet’s high altitude plateau and along the banks of the Tsangpo-Brahmaputra River to Saga. O/N Saga Camp (14,500’)


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AUGUST 19

Today, we continue our journey back to Shigatse and end our trip following the scenic pilgrim’s path from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery to Shigatse’s ancient covered markets for last-minute shopping. O/N Hotel Tashi Choden (12,585’)

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AUGUST 20

We will fly in the morning from Shigatse Airport to Chengdu International Airport for connecting flights home.


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