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Mt. Kailash & Mansarovar tour, Mt. Kailash tour and trekking via simikot. Simikot is located in far western Nepal and is about as remote as you can get! Your trek will take you through a unique blend of Tibetan Buddhist and Nepali Gurung cultures. The vertiginous Himalayan trails climb up to a dramatic plateau at over 4000m. Still a traditional pilgrimage route to the holy Mt. Kailash, this trek will reward you with dramatic views and a sense of intimacy with Nepal like no other trek.
Highlights: The uncontrived nature of both the region and people will leave you with a lifetime memories - truly a wondrous trek experience! Mt. Kailash, 6,740 m. is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with 4 great faces. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion - Bonpo. To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the navel of the world. South of Mount Kailash, across the great plain of Barga at the base of the majestic Mount Gurla Mandhata lies the two lakes Mansarovar and Rakshas Tal. They are the highest bodies of fresh water in the world, with Mansarovar (330 sq km), at 4,558 meters, about fifteen meters higher than Rakshas Tal. Mansarovar is the larger of the two lakes and considered by Buddhists and Hindus to be more worthy of veneration. Buddhists believe that Queen Maya, the Buddha's mother, was carried here by the gods and washed prior to given birth to the Buddha. Different people has different ideas of it's description. You will feel the real difference in this world. Go there, see and feel the difference once in your life time.
[Day 01 ] Arrival in Kathmandu,meet our representative and transfer to hotel, Overnight in Hotel
[Day 02 ] Kathmandu, Tour of Pashupatinath/Boudhanath/Swayambhunath
[Day 03 ] Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, Overnight at Hotel
[Day 04 ] Fly to Simikot & Trek to Dharapokhari, Overnight at Trekkers' Lodge
[Day 05 ] Trek Dharapokhari to Salli Khola
[Day 06 ] From Salli Khola trek to Muchu (2920m)
[Day 07 ] Rest Day in Muchu
[Day 08 ] Trek Muchu to Sipsip
[Day 09 ] Trek Sipsip to Hilsa (3720m)
[Day 10 ] Trek Hilsa to Taklakot and drive to Manasarovar
[Day 11 ] Rest day at Manasarovar
[Day 12 ] Drive Manasarovar to Tarboche
[Day 13 ] Start parikrama(Circumambulation) from Tarboche to Dira-Puk
[Day 14 ] Circumambulation from Dira-Puk to Zutul-Puk
[Day 15 ] Circumambulation from Zutul-Puk to Darchen
[Day 16 ] Drive from Darchen to Paryang
[Day 17 ] Drive from Paryang to Saga
[Day 18 ] Drive from Saga to Peiku-Tso
[Day 19 ] From Peiku-Tso drive to Zhangmu
[Day 20 ] From Zhangmu early morning drive to Kathmandu
[Day 21 ] Departure on Your Destination
1) English speaking tour/trekking guide in Nepal and Tibet
2) Accommodations in Good Hotels, Guest House or Camp as available
3) Private vehicle for all transfer per the itinerary in Tibet
4) Private driver
5) All necessary Travel permit
6) Entrance tickets for all the sights per the itinerary
7) Petrol for the tour vehicle
Tibet group visa, USD175 for US citizen, USD85 for other nationalities
Nepal visa, $25 for a 15 days multiple entry tourist visa
Personal Nature expense like Laundry, IDD calls, etc
Bank Telex wire transfer processing fee
Tips for your guide and driver
Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites
Insurance & emergency rescue charges, cancel or shortening down the tour/trek by the bad weather, altitude sickness, or any political reasons refund won’t be entertain and all not mentioned above etc..
Day 01 Welcome to Kathmandu(1300m)
Arrive Kathmandu airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Short briefing for tour. Check in to the hotel. Free afternoon. Evening welcome Nepali dinner with culture program. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 Kathmandu
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of Bagmati River. Then proceed to the tour of the biggest of the Buddhist Stupa architecture called Bodhanath. Boudhanath area is densely inhabited by Tibetan refugees and carries the name as Little Tibet. Then sightseeing tour of Swayambhunath Stupa (MonkeyTemple). In the afternoon prepararion for trip. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Your first day is a relaxing day as you fly only 90 minutes to Nepalgunj, a bustling city in southwest Nepal.O/n Hotel.
Day 04 Fly to Simikot & Trek to Dharapokhari
Another short flight will take you to Simikat. Simikot is the center of Humla, Nepal's most remote and majestic district. Our experienced crew will meet you for the first time today and begin your trek. The day will be filled with barley fields, beautiful forested ridges, and even walnut and apricot tress. It is a great way to start your trek. You will spend the night in Dharapokhari, a small village.
Day 05 Dharapokhari - Salli Khola
Today you continue trekking towards Salli Khola. Your route leads you up steep slopes and along a cool river. You even get a chance to see a waterfall along the way. Another ridge will be followed as we enter a large potato and buckwheat valley. A solemn pine forest and short descent will take you to your campsite along the river. Fall asleep to the calming sounds of rushing water!
Day 06 Salli Khola - Muchu (2920m)
In the morning you will cross another rocky ridge before getting to sandy meadows and widespread valleys. Goat herders can be seen time to time along the way. In the afternoon you will follow the meandering trail above the river and over a bridge. You will spend the night in the small village of Muchu!
Day 07 Rest Day
Today is a day to rest and explore this quiet ancient village of Muchu. Take it easy and immerse yourself in some of the Nepalese culture.
Day 08 Muchu - Sipsip
From Muchu, you follow the trail over a ridge to the Tumkot Khola and then walk along the rocky stream bed for a short distance before beginning a steep climb through a rock-filled gully. You will pass pass through Palbang and its bright yellow mustard fields to the small settlement of Yari and beyond here the route climbs up the valley towards a pass, the Nara Lagna. You camp below the pass in a meadow known as Sipsip.
Day 09 Sipsip - Hilsa (3720m)
A steep ascent in the morning will take you to the top of the Nara Lagna pass. Your first amazing views of the Tibetan Plateau come into view as we climb down the pass. The day will end with a rocky slide down to Humla Karnali.
Day 10 Hilsa - Taklakot & Drive to Manasarovar
Your transport vehicles will meet you after you cross the Tibetan border and take you to the holy Lake Mansarovar. Be prepared for an awe-inspiring experience!
Day 11 Manasarovar
Today will be a day to rest and experience the magic of this holy site. You will meet with local pilgrims and visit the beautiful Chiu Monastery. Mt. Kailash looms in the distance
Day 12 Manasarovar- Tarboche
After only a 35 km drive you will reach Tarboche. Tarboche marks the start of our religious 53 km trek around the mountain. Finally you have arrived!
Day 13 Tarboche - Dira Puk
Lush green meadows and babbling mountain streams compliment your walk through the Lha Chu Valley. You then trek through a narrow river canyon. Enticing waterfalls and steep cliffs surround us. The north face of Kailash finally comes into view as we reach Dira-puk, a 13th century monastery.
Day 14 Dira Puk - Zutul Puk
After trekking through the Drolma Chu Valley you will climb the prayer flag laden Drolma La pass. It is a relief to cruise downhill towards Zutul-puk, with a view of an alluring mountain lake in the distance. Thukpe Dzingbu Lake is known as the Lake of Compassion. You can also explore several ancient meditation caves!
Day 15 Zutul-Puk - Darchen
This is your final day of the kora and a delightful day. Several stream and splendid gorges surround you. Ravishing views of Mt. Kailash are abundant on your walk today. The night will be spent in Darchen, a desert-like area.
Day 16 Darchen - Paryang
You must leave early today for your drive back to Paryang. However, it is not a wasted day as some of the best scenery on your trip is seen in this section. Relax and enjoy the unparalleled beauty of this drive.
Day 17 Paryang - Saga
Today is another driving day as you head towards Saga. Take in the sights of the small dusty towns along the way!
Day 18 Saga - Peiku Tso
In the morning you will take a ferry across the Yarlung Tsangpo [Brahmaputra River]. As you continue your journey stunning Himalayan views surrounds you once again. Some of the attractions include Shishapangma and your end destination of Peiku-tso, a large majestic lake.
Day 19 Peiku Tso - Zhangmu(2300m)
Another 180 kilometers is tackled as you head down the Friendship Highway. Along the way you pass through the small town of Nyalam. After Nyalam you descend down through a mossy gorge and brilliant cascading waterfalls. You will spend the night in Zhangmu, a border town.
Day 20 Drive to Kathmandu
In the morning you cross the Bhote Kosi River using the Friendship Bridge. At this point you must bid a fond farewell to your Tibetan guide and go through all the border formalities. Your last night will be spent in the bustling city of Kathmandu. Sadly your trip has come to an end.
Day 21 Departure
Transfer to airport for your final departure.
Note:This Tour can be customized as per the clients timetable and Interest!
Trip Duration: 21Days including Kathmandu
Country: China (Tibet)
Trip Start from: Kathmandu
Trip Ends at: Kathmandu
Trip Grade: Moderate
Highest altitude: 5650m Drolma La pass
Activities: Historical, Cultural, Religious and Natural Tour /Trekking
Meals during Trip: Breakfast in City & all meals during Trekking
Accommodation during Trip: Hotels, Guest House, Lodge or Camping in Trekking
Mode of Transportation: Private Comfortable Car/van/Hiace/tourist bus
Trip Route: Kathmandu- Nepalgunj- Simikot- Dharapokhari- Salli Khola- Muchu- Sip Sip- Hilsa- Taklakot- Mansarovar- Tarboche- Dira Puk- Zuthul Puk- Darchen- Paryang- Saga- Peiku-Tso- Zhangmu- Kathmandu
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)
Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph
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