|18 Days Mt. Kailash and Manasarover trek
Departure via Simikot
Few Mountain reval Holy Mt. Kailash and lake Manasarovar for its
mystique. It is considered to be the "center of the universe"
by Hindus, Buddhist, Jain and Bonpo and its flanks give birth to
four great Asian rivars the Indus, Brahmaputra, Ganges and Satlej.
Accordingly its near legendary reputation draws pilgrims from throughout
Asia to walk the sacred path arround the earthly incarnation of
the mythical Mount Meru and Lake Manasarovar. Once pilgrimage journey
made to this holy site assures the free from the sins of a lifetime.
Simikot is the gate way of Mt. kailsh from western Nepal, the trail goes with mighty Karnali river untill ascend for Pani Palbang. This takes 6 days trek to get Hilsa border, from border Our Landcruiser will pick up you for entire tour in Tibet. This six days treks from Simikot to Hilsa is probably a best trek to explore western Nepal as well as ethnic group of people with unique culture and histoical places.
Fixed Departure Date : 24th Mar, 17th Apr, 19th May, 26th July, 27th Aug, 8th & 29th Sep 2012
Trip Cost: $ 2470 per person : (Booking Open - Guaranteed Departure)
Single Suppliment - USD 260 (For those who need Single room and tent)
to Day Itinerary
||Arrive in kathmandu
and transfer to hotel
||Kathmandu city sightseeing
Today we explore the Kathmandu valley. Options: Climb the many
steps to Swayambhunath (the monkey temple) with its commanding
views of Kathmandu, its whitewashed stupas and its unique synthesis
of Buddhism and Hinduism. Visit Hindu Pashupatinath and its
sacred temple complex on the banks of the holy Bagmati river.
Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats,
and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and yellow
sit serenely meditating - when they’re not posing for
photos-for-rupees. The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa
watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract
pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. In the
midst of traditional gompas, and hung with long strings of multi-colored
prayer flags, Boudhanath attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists
alike for daily circumambulations (koras) of the stupa. Durbar
Square, one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, is
a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist temples, stupas and statues,
and is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies.
||Fly to Nepalgunj
An afternoon or evening flight brings us to Nepalgunj, the largest
city in western Nepal and a jumping-off point for many flights
and buses into western Nepal, set in the steamy Terai near the
border of India. We stay the night at an air-conditioned hotel,
and head out back in time to explore this town seemingly right
out of the 1940's.
to Simikot 2910m. Trek to Majhgoan (2270m)
After landing in Simikot, at 2910m, the thing is lunch. Our
65-km trek to the Tibetan border begins by climbing from the
Simikot air-strip, and passing by the water source for the upper
Simikot Khasa village. Climbing the trail from here, we reach
the Simikot Lagna Pass, at 3000 m. It does not look far, but
it is a long 300-metre pul to the top of forested ridge overlooking
the town. The descent continues until you reach teahouses under
a big wild nut tree. This is Majhgaun, which at 2270m, is the
first night's halt.
to Kermi (2690 m)
The trail this day starts off reasonably level. We pass by a
Thakuri village called Tuling, and wild nut and apricot trees
provide welcome shade along the bank of the River Karnali as
the trek passes through Dharapori at 2300m. We cross the Yabka
Khola (also known as Dhara-pori Khola), and soon We reach the
campsite of Dharapori, which has a few teashops. Walking another
10 minutes brings us the Thakuri village of Dharapori situated
on the top of a ridge which also has a police check-post. Below
this village, a bridge over the Humla Karnali leads to a couple
of Lama villages called Jad Kholsi and Khangalgaon. These villages
belong to the Tugchulungba community and the route to these
villages passes the Thakuri village of Hitan (thakuri) Kholsi.
This is the last Thakuri village in the valley and the upper
limit of rice cultivation. From Dharapori, the trail goes straight
along the right bank of the Karnali River to the Gharapori Khola,
a small tributary of the Karnali. Ascending from this stream
of Dharapari Khola,the trail undulates along the Karnali River
up to Chachera at 2350 m, a cave campsite used by sheep caravans.
Thre is also nice waterfall nearby. Just above this waterfalls
is a Lama village called Chyadog, which also belongs to the
Tugchulungba community. Then climb over a ridge past swarms
of lizards sunning themselves as we approach Kermi, situated
besides a stream, at 2690 m. Kermi is the last Tugchulungba
village.The actual route by passes Kermi and the only camp nearby
is below the village.
|| Trek- Kermi to Yalbang
This day, we begin by walking over a ridge to a big valley with
walled potato and buckwheat fields, and climb through a sparse
pine forest to a rock cairn on a ridge at 2900 m. This is the
Salli Pass, where the trail meets up with the on from Limi.
If we want to be proceed via Limi, turn right and follow the
path into the jungle. Otherwise,descending steeply to the Tsongsa
Khola (Salli Khola), We will cross a suspension bridge.After
this, climb a steep rocky ridge and drop back towards the fast-flowing,
light grey waters of the Humla Karnali.Climb over another ridge
before descending to Yalbang Chaur, a meadow and goat herders'
camp beside the river at 2760m. An annual barter trade between
traders from Taklakot and the Humli people used to take place
at this site in November. But, since the Taklakot people no
longer face food shortages,they have stopped coming. From Yalbang
Chaur, after climbing over two more ridges, We reach Yalbang
village at 2890 m.From this village onwards to Yari, all villages
belong to the community of the Yultsodum.Yalbang shares its
hydroelectric power supply with its neighbour, Yangar,a few
kilometers away. After a half-hour ascent from yalbang, We reach
a newly built Nyingmapa monastery called Taglung Gompa or Yalbang
Gompa at 3000 m, which has a good camping site.
|| Trek- Yalbang Gompa
to Tumkot Khola (2850m)
From this monastery, walk straight for about 15 minutes until
the trail branches into two alternative trails to Muchu. The
route to the straight is the old route that follows a steep
trail over a high ridge called Hilling La (pass) at 3500 m.
From Hiling pass, we can see the beautiful valley of Muchu and
Yari. This is one of the advantages of taking the upper route.
From there, the route descends sharply to the Karnali River
to reach a suspension bridge where we meet the newly built trail.
Fortunately, we can now follow a new route, a lower path that
avoids the climb. The newly built Yangar-Muchu trail passes
through the compact settlement of Yanga, in some places going
through tunnels beneath the houses, then climbs behind a rock
spur to a fast –flowing stream. From there, the route
descends smoothly to the bank of the Karnali River at 2770m.
After walking along the river, with more than an hour of ups
and downs, we reach a new suspension bridge, at 2800 m, which
crosses over the Karnali below Muchu, where one meet the Hilling
pass trail . After crossing the suspension bridge over the Karnali
river ascend to a stream, rock-hop across it and climb past
apricot orchards to a totally defunct Kangnyi, marking the entrance
to Muchu village at 2920 m. In this village there is a gompa
where the image of Jowo (Bodhisattva) Sakyamuni has been installed.
The trail passes below the gompa and stone houses of Muchu.
Climb through the orchards and fields of the village to a ridge,
then drop into a ravine and climb to a chorten on the opposite
side. There are a few houses on the ridge, and a border police
post hidden just behind it. The ridge near the chorten offers
a good view of the upper part of the valley and of Tumkot village
and its large white gompa on the next ridge. At the foot of
the gompa is Tumkot Khola, which,at 2850m, is our campsite.
||Trek-Tumkot Khola to
From Tumkot Khola camp, We walk straight to Bungmachhe Khola
(a tributary of the Karnali) at 2900m. There you cross a wooden
bridge and the Humla Karnali disappears into a steep cleft northward
behind the high ridge that will make you climb uphill for the
next two days. The first part of the climb from the Bungmachine
Khola is quite steep. The route enters a steep, rock-filled
gully. It is a long, slow slog up to Lanang ridges at 3270m.
The path levels out as it ascends to a cairn, at 3310m, then
descends gently through juniper trees and climbs again to Palbang,
with its single tea house at 3380m. Palbang, has a Nepali name,
Pani Palbang. After walking straight for about an hour, we reach
the teashop of Bhyagute Pani. From there, walking straight for
about half an hour, we enter the villages of Yari. After Chang
Ngoi village of Yari, you reach the customs office and check
post, at 3670m, and ascending about 15 minutes, you reach the
beautiful Zing Jyan campsite of Yari at 3750m.
||Trek- Yari to Hilsa
and Sher (3860m). Drive to Taklakot (3930m)
From here, the trail ascends through meadows and across streams
to Thado Dhunga at 4160m. We then climb to Sipsip, near the
foot of the Nara Lagna pass, at 4330m. Despite the remoteness
of this location, there is a considerable amount of traffic.
We will meet traders, pilgrims and pack animals-goats, sheep
and yaks. Local yaks and crossbreeds carrying timber to Tibet
are frequently seen. The upper Humla people, especially the
people from Muchu VDC have no other form of livelihood than
the export of timber to Tibet. The export of raw materials from
Humla, either timber to Tibet or herbs to India, does not really
benefit the locals economically, and has been resorted to since
the dying out of the trans Himalayan caravan trade. But now,
WFO's Food for Work programme is providing at least a temporary
alternative to the local people while they contribute to the
building of the road. From Sipsip, the trail makes a steep,
continuous ascent along the side of the ridge above Shipship
to a huge rock cairn atop the Nara Lagna pass at 4580 m. A short
distance below the pass, We round a ridge for a view of the
Tibetan Plateau, the Humla Karnali, and the green barley fields
of Sher far below. From the Nara Lagna pass, you follow the
newly built trail down to Hilsa at 3730 m. After crossing the
Karnali suspension bridge at Hilsa, We ascend about 20 minutes
and reach at 3860m, the first border village of Tibet, called
Sher on the Chinese side. This border is perhaps one of the
most informal border crossings in the world and serves as a
trading mart with Nepal. At Sher, Our vehicle will be waiting
for us to pick up our entire tour to Tibet, Mt. Kailash.
||Drive to Darchen 4560m
It is a 100 km or 3 hour drive from Taklakot to Darchen, during
which, weather permitting, we will have our first view of Mount
Kailash just past the Gurla La. The road passed through the
isthmus between the holy Rakshas Tal and Manasorovar and crosses
the Barka plain to Darchen, where we bed down for the night
at a government guest house. We’ll have the afternoon
to do some shopping at the Tibetan bazaars, pack for the kora,
and perhaps take a short acclimatization walk up the ridge below
Kailash to some prayer-flag festooned ridges.
||Trek to Tarboche &
Chuku Gompa 4750m
After a leisurely breakfast, we meet our team of yaks and the
local ‘drokpa’ yak drivers who will escort us around
the kora, yak bells ringing. Tarboche is marked by a tall flagpole
adorned with thousands of fluttering, multi-colored prayer flags
and kata scarves strung out in radiating lines from the pole.
To the west of the Tarboche is the Chorten Kangnyi, and auspicious
but somewhat repulsively-decorated archway (you’ll see...).
Perched above Tarboche is the Sky Burial Site of 84 Mahasiddhas,
a spot revered for once having been the burial site for lamas,
and containing numerous sacred springs, cairns, and power places.
Pilgrims lie down on a flat rock strewn with old clothes, bones,
tsampa bowls and personal belongings and visualize their death.
We set up our first camp just across the bridge from Chuku Gompa,
and have the rest of the day to wander up the valley to the
gompa, perched above the valley at 4780m, where pilgrims will
be doing koras and rubbing parts of their body against worn
areas of rock, shiny with butter, to start the kora off in an
auspicious manner. Inside is a revered marble statue called
Chuku Opame and a silver-inlaid conch shell with silver wings
which was said to have flown here from afar, and a ‘trulku’,
or reincarnated lama, resides in a cozy (but dung-smoke filled)
room in the gompa. A blessing by the local lama is an extremely
good start for the kora.
||Trek to Dira-puk 5160m
From Tarboche and Chuku Gompa, we follow the Lha Chu river through
a serene, meadow-lined valley, hopping over small streams, the
west face of Mount Kailash towering above us. The river enters
a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls.
Midway along the trek at the second prostration point the secret
entranceway to the Inner Kora is visible to the right. One must
complete 13 koras to enter inside. Continuing up the valley,
the north face of Kailash comes into view just as we reach the
13th century monastery at Dira-puk. There are two routes to
the camp from the convergence of the valleys, and we have the
choice of crossing a small moss bridge and following a small
path to the gompa, which has awesome views of the north face
of Kailash, or continuing on along the main trail. We camp opposite
the river from the gompa, immediately below the massive north
face of Kailash. A sunset walk up to the ridge overlooking the
north face is a must!
||Trek to Mani Camp (over
the Drolma La - 5630m)
We now leave the Lha Chu Valley just as the sunrise turns the
snow peaks gold and pink, and enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading
up towards the 5,630 meter Drolma La. Although the altitude
makes the trekking difficult, the masses of pilgrims performing
their acts of devotion along the way are continuously intriguing.
Those extremely devout pilgrims prostrate themselves the entire
way around Kailash, kneeling down and extending their bodies
and hands in front of them in prayer (and marking the beginning
of the next prostration). The trail is lined with sacred sites:
butter, coin & flag-covered rocks, rocks with footprints
of saints, rocks to climb over, under or through, hillsides
of discarded clothes as offerings and other significant sites.
It's a tough climb to the prayer-flag festooned summit, but
it’s all worth if from the top as juniper incense burns
and thousands of colorful prayer flags send prayers out into
the surrounding valleys. We take the lead from the many pilgrims
up top and stop for lunch before the descent to the east valley.
Below us lies the Lake of Compassion, Thukpe Dzingbu, one of
the highest lakes in the world. We will camp in the valley below
the pass at the eastern face of Mount Kailash at a camp called
||Trek to Darchen, drive
to Tarboche 4750m
Another couple of hours of bright early morning trekking along
a boulder-filled river brings us to Zutul-puk Gompa (4790m),
with Milarepa’s meditation cave and imprints of his hand,
food and head prints. A monk with a Polaroid takes photos of
the Tibetan pilgrims in all their finery for 5 RMB! Afterwards,
it’s an easy walk along some impressive gorges and around
many mani stones and mani walls back to the Barka plains and
dusty Darchen where our jeeps await us. The kora is finished
- we’ve erased our sins, endured extremely cold nights
and mornings, crossed one of the highest passes in the world,
met countless fellow pilgrims, sent prayers of peace out to
the world. Congratulations! Now on to Tarboche by jeep, where
we will set up camp in preparation for the Saga Dawa festival
the next day.
||Drive to Chiu Gompa
and Lake Manasorovar
Good karma acquired all around, this morning we will pack up
camp and drive along the beautiful bluffs near Lake Manasarovar
to Chiu (or bird) Gompa, spectacularly situated on a craggy
cliffside along the northwest shores of the lake, and where
the ubiquitous Guru Rimpoche left behind a meditation cave and
reputedly spent the last seven years of his life. We set up
camp right on the shores for perhaps the ultimate Tibetan sunset.
Note: Our itinerary is dictated by road and bridge conditions,
and the location of good camp spots. The drivers, guides and
sherpas decide where we camp so the following itinerary is approximate
||Drive to Parayang 4750m
It's a 300 km drive through wild country from Lake Manasarovar
to Parayang. We cross wide plains, shallow rivers and pass by
a few local truck stops with makeshift tea houses. Passing the
stunning Mayum-tso lake, we climb to the Mayum La, where we
are rewarded by a magnificent mountain panorama. The scenery
along this section is some of the most beautiful of the entire
journey, and a distant storm drifting in back of Tibetans, horses
and sheep is a surreal sight. The kids will be out at the camp
sight to welcome us to our sand dunes camp site at Parayang
... as will the village dogs! This is a wonderful spot to watch
sunset and roll down the soft, dun-colored sand with the village
||Drive to Saga 4600m
From Parayang we drive another 255 km east, shouting "La
Gyalo" or "La So So So" (roughly translated "May
the gods be victorious!") as we crest the passes marked
with prayer flags and cairns. The panoramas are some of the
most beautiful on our journey, with the high mountains bordering
Nepal on our right, and pebbly streams, small lakes, small Tibetan
villages and soft hills surrounding us. We traverse this amazing
Tibetan landscape, crossing more high passes, and the landscape
gently transforms to a plateau of high-altitude desert sand
dunes. There’s time to climb up to the wind-sculpted ridges
and gaze over a bordering lake below extensive ripples of peaks.
We camp near Saga, though time permitting, we might make it
a bit further along towards Lhasa.
||Drive to Nyalam (3900m)
200 km / 8 hour
|Day - 19
||Drive to Kathmandu
Morning drive to Zangmu clear custom farmalities and 5 hour
drive to kathmandu (116Km)
|Day - 20
Transfer to airport for onward destination.
- Service Includes:
All flight fare Kathmandu/Nepalguj/Simikot, Cook with cooking equipment and kitchen staff, English speaking local guide with sherpa staff, Two men tent during camping, dining and toilet tents, sleeping mats, Restricted area permit for six days treks to Limi valley, Mule and Mule herders for six days treks from Simikot to Hilsa border, Transportation by 4500 model Japanese Land Cruiser, Tibet travel permit with Kailash permit, English speaking Tibetan guide, Yak and Yak Men during circumambulation, Monasteries entrance fees, Gamov bag or Oxygion for altitude problemme.
- Service Excludes:
Nepal re entry visa fee, Extra cost in the event of Landslide, Road blocked and Flight canceled, Tibet Visa Fee, Airport tax and access baggage charge.