Akasha Seminar, Mt. Kailash
   

Training dates: 4th- 19th September, 2017 

ABOUT THE TRAINING

Akasha training in Tibet is the unforgettable 15 days that we will spend travelling along the magnificent Himalayas.

Our journey starts from Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, where we will get acclimatized to the plateau and visit the most iconic Tibetan Buddhist sites. Then we will set off to Mount Kailash – one of the world's most venerated holy places. On our way we will visit several ancient Tibetan monasteries enjoying some of the most magical scenery on the entire planet.
The key element of our training will be the initiation into the Akasha system that will take place at the foot Mount Kailash. After the initiation we will set off for the kora – a spiritual pilgrimage round Mount Kailash. This will be the most difficult and most significant part of our Journey. In 3 days we will walk 53 kilometers and go through a complete cycle of the spiritual journey of the Soul. It is believed that in the process of Kora old karma is burnt down and possibilities for a new stage of life are emerging.
On the last days of the journey we will integrate the experience and inspiration of the pilgrimage and go through a process of Creating the Future.
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MOUNT KAILASH
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, Ganges and the Indus — but it’s also one of the most significant spiritual spots in the world, revered by millions of people from different religions across the world.

How long have people been coming to this sacred mountain? The answers are lost in antiquity, before the dawn of Hinduism, Jainism or Buddhism. The cosmologies and origin myths of each of these religions speak of Kailash as the mythical Mt. Meru, the Axis Mundi, the center and birth place of the entire world. The mountain was already legendary before the great Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, were written. Indeed, Kailash is so deeply embedded in the myths of ancient Asia that it was perhaps a sacred place of another era, another civilization, now long gone and forgotten.

The journey to Kailash is a life-changing experience for the few thousands of pilgrims who undertake it every year, teaching them a sense of self like nothing else can. For a pilgrimage to this isolated, timeless, breathtaking and fascinating spiritual spot is like a journey within yourself.

THE PROGRAM:
Day 1: 4th Sept. - Arrival in Lhasa
You will be met at the airport or train station and transferred to the hotel in Lhasa. Take good rest upon arrival. The first day’s well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if possible. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2:  5th Sept
We will visit Patala Palace which is one of most important dreams of world to see, built on a small hill in 7th century by king Songtsen Gampo and since 5th Dalai Lama it was used to be their winter Palace. In the afternoon we are going to visit Norbu Lingka and Drepung monastery, known as the largest monastery of Gelugpa Sect. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: 6th Sept.
We will visit Jokhang temple. Jokhang means 'House of Buddha'. Located in the center of old Lhasa city, Jokhang Monastery is the prime seat of the Gelugpa (Yellow) Branch of Tibetan Buddhism. It was originally built in 647 AD. Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet and the holiest destination for all Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims. In the central hall is the Jokhang’s oldest and most precious object, a life-sized sitting statue of Sakyamuni when he was 12 years old. This was carried to Tibet by Princess Wen Cheng from her home in Chang'an in 700 A.D. It is a gilded statue adorned with many jewels, in an elaborate setting. Pilgrims have prostrated themselves in front of this statue for centuries. It is the most sacred statue in the eyes of the Tibetan people.

We will also visit Bakhor Street which has been the Tibetan market from ancient times. Here you can buy different souvenirs. In the afternoon, we will visit Sera monastery. The hot attraction in Sera monastery is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. Inside the monastery you can also see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4: 7th Sept.
After sightseeing and acclimatization in Lhasa, we'll drive to Gyantse today via Khangbala Pass and Karola Pass. En route, take a pleasant walk beside the charming Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and drive passing by Karola Glacier. When arrival, visit the Pelkhor Monastery and its superb Kumbu Stupa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: 8th Sept.
Today we will drive to Saga via Sakya. You will visit ancient Sakya town and you can tour Sakya monastery with amzing murals and huge collection of scriptures and statues. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6: 9th Sept.
Drive to Manasarover lake, Resting and sightseeing at Lake Manasarovar, the most venerated of all holy lakes in Tibet, especially to Hindus who have made the pilgrimage walk around the lake for nearly 2,000 years. Overnight at a guest house (dorm bed).

Day 7: 10th Sept.
Today we will drive to Darchen, where we will have two training days. We will start with cleaning and transformation processes using Timeline Change and other transformation tools. Overnight at a very simple hotel.

Day 8: 11th Sept.
This is the key day of our training – you will receive Akasha initiation of your level. In the evening we prepare for tomorrow’s kora. Overnight at a very simple hotel.

Day 19: 12th Sept.
1st day of Mt. Kailash Kora: Trek from Darchen to Diraphuk Monastery (6hrs, 20km, 200m ascent)

The Mt. Kailash Kora path starts on the western edge of Darchen. When leave the village behind and head westward across the Batkha Plain, you may not be able to see Mt. Kailash at first but still can view some other high mountains like Guria Mandata , Api in Nepal and Kamet in India. About 4km from Darchen, the trail climbs up to reach a cairn at 4790m which is bedecked with pray flags and marks the first view of Mt. Kailash southern face and also the first of the four prostration points. Very quickly the trail enters the barren Lha-chu Valley which is so open here that you can see ahead the tall Tarboche Flagpole (4750m) in distance, one of the most significant sites for Saga Dawa Festival in Tibet. To west of Tarboche is the "two-legged" Chorten Kangnyi. For pilgrims, it is an auspicious act to walk through the small chorten's archway. After a short climb to east, it comes to the sky burial site of the 84 mahasiddhas (Tantric practitioners). The first of the Three Buddha footprints is also here but can be hardly seen. You'll have superb view of the valley from here. The valley narrows dramatically at a place called Sershong and now you can get clear shots of Mt. Kailash. Chuku Monastery is perched high above the valley floor on the hillside to west. It 'hides' so secretively into the rocks that you may not be able to notice it. From Chuku Monastery to Diraphuk Monastery, it is about 3hrs trek. Please take your time for this stretch as it offers some of the best scenery of the entire Kora. On the way, you'll find the second prostration point and the second Buddha footprint as well as the carving of God Tamdrin. Diraphuk Monastery (Lhalung Dira 5080m) lies at a great location which directly faces the astonishing northern face of Mt. Kailash.
Overnight at a guest house (dorm bed).

Day 10: 13th Sept.
2nd day of Mt. Kailash Kora: trek from Diraphuk Monastery to Zutulphuk Monastery (8hrs, 18km, 550 ascent and 600m descent)
No doubt when you wake up in the morning and step outside, you'll want to revel in the glory of your surroundings. After cross the bridge over Lha-chu and climb on to a moraine, you'll get on the trail with long ascent up Dolma-chu Valley to Drolma-la Pass. Today you'll have the hardest part of the whole Kora. Less than an hour along is the meadow at Jarok Donkhang (5210m) and the trail braches off to the southeast leading over the snow-capped Khando Sanglam-la, Polung Glacier and Polung Valley. Only a short distance above Jarok Donkhang is the rocky expanse of Shiva-stal (5330m). Pilgrims are supposed to undergo a symbolic death here and get reborn until reach the top of Drolma-la. It is customary to leave something behind at Shiva-stal, such as an item of clothes, a drope of blood or a lock of hair to represent the act of leaving this life behind. After Shiva-stal, the trail mercifully flattens for a while and proceeds along a glacial ridge. There are some interesting sights ahead including the sin-testing stone of Bardo Tang. About 30mins from Shiva-stal, the trail turns eastward for the final ascent. After the 200m climb, you'll reach the top of Drolma-la where most pilgrims and trekkers rest for refreshment if weather permits before start the steep descent. Almost immediately on the descent, you'll see the lake of compassion - Gauri Kund (5608m). It takes about one hours to complete the long and steep 400m descent to the grassy banks of Lham-chu Khir. At the valley, you may find nomad tents and a teahouse selling drinks and noodles. The third Buddha footprint is on the top of a hug rock nearby. After 30mins south, you'll get to an open place which provides the only glimpse of Mt. Kailash's eastern crystal face. Here you'll also find the third prostration point. Soon you'll see Zutulphuk Monastery (4820m).
Overnight at a guest house (dorm bed).

Day 11: 14th Sept.
3rd day of Mt. Kailash Kora: trek from Zutulphuk Monastery to Darchen ( 4hrs, 14km)From Zutulphuk Monastery, the trail follows the river closely for an hour or so, then climbs above the river and enters the lovely Gold & Red Cliffs, a narrow canyon with walls stained purple, cobalt and rust. in far distance it appears the blue water of lake Raksas Tal. When the trail joins the Barkha plain, you'll find the fourth prostation point and Gurla Mandata is visible again. After an hour's easy walk on a dirt road, you'll get back to Darchen.
In the afternoon ½ day of training: Creating the future

Day 12: 15th Sept.
Drive back to Saga. Overnight at guest house (dorm bed).

Day 13: 16th Sept. 
Drive to Shegatse. On our way we will Visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery the biggest monastery currently in TAR. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: 17th Sept.
We will drive to Yungdrung Ling, Bon monastery, which is the most important Bon monastery historically, and visit it, exclusive tour arranged by Road To Tibet only, and drive to Lhasa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: 18th Sept. Departure from Lhasa
Flight / train from Lhasa
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Training and tour cost: 2500 USD

The fee includes:
1. Comfortable transportation 
2. Accommodation in a double room at hotels with breakfasts, but at guest houses more than two people in a room without breakfast 
3. Guide, a Tibetan who speaks very good English with great knowledge and flexibility
4. Entrance fees listed in the itinerary 
5. All required permits 
6. Guide and driver’s accommodation and meal

The fee doesn't include:
1. Any meal or drinks except breakfasts
2. Insurance 
3. Tipping for the guide, driver and porters that will be up to you
4. Personal shopping and photography fees which some chapels charge if you take inside of the chapels
5. Flight or train tickets to/from Lhasa
6. Porters
7. Single accommodation is available at hotels at extra fee

DATES:
4-18 September
The group gathers in Lhasa on September 4. We will finish the journey back in Lhasa on September 18.

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HOW TO REACH THERE:
There are 2 basic ways to get to Lhasa from Russia / Europe group:
1. By plane directly to Lhasa

2. By plane Beijing and from there take a Qinghai Tibet train to Lhasa.
The train takes many hours, but first class is very comfortable and the train passes through majestic scenery. This way is highly recommended by our guide especially to those who live at or near sea level and want to reduce the risk of developing altitude sickness. Normally, tourists who choose to travel to Tibet by Qinghai Tibet train are less likely to develop altitude sickness than flying into Tibet. The gradual ascent does make your acclimatize better.

For groups from India and Nepal – They have the direct flight to Lhasa. 

VISA TO CHINA:
Participants need to have it done on their own.

PERMITS:
Please consult the Tibetan travel agency to find out about the procedure of getting permits for participants from Nepal and India.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
Altitude sickness is considered as the biggest health risk for travelling to Tibet. An altitude over 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) is usually defined as high altitude. Tibet is a land with average elevation above 4,000m. Most part areas where people can travel and trek is more than 3,000m, so tourists need to know how to avoid altitude sickness. People with serious heart diseases are not recomended to visit Tibet. Those with less serious heart problems, high or low blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, сhronic migraine, severe varicose veins need to consult a doctor before starting your trip.

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USEFUL LINKS:

For Russian participants please find the information on: http://akasha-training.ru/kailash 
Tour information: http://www.tibettravel.org/trekking-tibet/kailash-trek.html 
THE GUIDELINES FOR ENROLLMENT (apply for Russian Group): *can be different for European, Nepalese and Indian group

By May 1st – enrollment
By June 1st – advance payment of 1000 USD. In case of cancellation after July 15th 200 USD if not refundable.
By July 15th – visa to China should be ready, tickets to Lhasa should be booked, because after tha date we will order group permits for visiting Tibet.
The rest of the payment (1500 USD) is done before the 1st day of training.
By July 15th – visa to China should be ready, tickets to Lhasa should be booked, because after that date we will order group permits for visiting Tibet.

Location China

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