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Kailash tour via simikot

Tips For Trip

Essential Equipment:

1 pair strong, comfortable hiking boots

1 Medium/Large rucksack/ backpack 

(max weight when loaded & carried by porter- 15 kg.)

1 sleeping bag- down-filling to zero cent or lower depending on trip altitude

1 day pack: +/- 10 litters

1Down jacket or all –weather Anorak-long(not short) with hood

1 Warm wooly hat

Gloves- quality and warmth subject to altitude and season

Sun-glasses-essential above snow –line

Sun-block/ Sun –Screen lotion(30-50 SPF) –essential for light-skinned people

1 Fleece or warm sweater

1 Sweat –shirt/light sweater

Towel-cotton, medium

Torch/flash-light-with additional batteries

Shirts- long-sleeved, cotton and/ or thermal  Tshirts

Trousers-2 pairs( warm or light –weight depending on trek altitude)

Short- 1 pair, cotton ( easy-dry)

Socks-2 pairs thick wool, 2 pair thin cotton

Underwear- various (& pracal)

Wind/water – proof zip-up jacket( nearly knee-length with hood)

Sport –shoes/sandals- light-weight

Personal toiletries/washing kit-item bio-degrade where possible

Basis band –Aid / moleskin/ blister kit

Water purifying tablets

Toilet paper ( for day-time- use)

Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (altitude:1350)?Our tour leader will be at the airport with our company’s logo. Once you will met the leader you will be warmly welcomed and will be transferred via chartered vehicle to the hotel in Kathmandu which will require approx. half an hour’s drive through roads and intricate streets. And after check-in at the hotel and refreshing, you will be briefed regarding your hotel, its surrounding areas and your wonderful tour itself
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Basantapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, Boudhanath?Today after breakfast, we shall commence our sightseeing at four must see UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely SwayambhuNath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, BoudhaNath Stupa and PashupatiNath Temple where each has the history of Kathmandu Valley’s establishment. Kathmandu, also known as ‘The City of Temples’, is vibrant and has many histories and mythologies.SwayambuNath Stupa: Located in the eastern outskirt of Kathmandu and atop a foothill, SwayambhuNath Stupa; the oldest stupa in Nepal, is a drive of approx. 15 minutes. The main entrance to the stupa is at the base of the foothill and is facing east from where 365 stone-steps (each represents a day of the year) lead all the way up to the top. The scared area of the stupa comprises monasteries, Ajima (Hindu Temple with goddess) and the white dome itself right in the centre. Since the stupa is atop the foothill, it offers wonderful views of Kathmandu Valley and amazing Langtang mountain range up in the north. The stupa is also known as Monkey Temple amongst foreigners as holy monkeys dwell there.Kathmandu Durbar Square: Located right in the centre of Kathmandu city, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a drive of approx. 10 minutes eastwards from SwayambhuNath Stupa and was the palace for Malla Kings and even for some Shah Kings. The area comprises many pagoda styled artistic Hindu temples built between 12th to 18th centuries as well as the temple namely Kasthamandap, which was built with the wood from a single tree and also where Kathmandu derived its name from. The area also houses Living Goddess Kumari (A young virgin girl from Shakya clan who is selected as the goddess Kumari via tough competition. Once she reaches her puberty or receives heavy loss of blood due to wounds/cuts, she is replaced with the other young virgin girl who will have to go through the same tough completion).BouddhaNath Stupa:BouddhaNath Stupa is the largest stupa ever built in Nepal. The stupa is located in the north-east outskirt of Kathmandu and is a drive of approx.20 minutes north-eastwards from Kathmandu Durbar Square. An old trading route between British-India and China-Tibet used to pass through this area so it became popular with Tibetans, for some of the Tibetan businessmen settled here for their business prosperity. The main stupa is right in the middle and is surrounded by souvenir shops, restaurants, Tibetan painting schools and monasteries.PashupatiNath Temple: Located in the eastern part of Kathmandu and on the west bank of holy Bagmati River, PashupatiNath Stupa is approx. drive of 10 minutes southwards from BouddhaNath Stupa. The temple belongs to Lord Shiva and is considered as the holiest Hindu’s temple of whose river bank sees cremations. Hindus only are allowed into the main temple complex whereas Non-Hindus are allowed to view the temple from the eastern bank of Bagmati River.This Evening,we shall drive to Nagakot via Arniko Highway (it leads to Tibet eventually) first and then through winding road up to the top of Nagarkot itself. First, we shall pass through the most developed areas of the cityand then through typical countryside.Nagarkot:Located eastwards from Kathmandu, Nagarkot is a popular hill-town and is approx. 1 hour’s drive from Kathmandu. The drive to Nagarkot is scenic and offers wonderful views of surrounding areas including snowy mountains at the north. One can enjoy the splendid views of green hills, valleys and above all – the magical vistas of panoramic snowy mountains starting from Dhaulagiri (8167m; the eight highest mountain on earth) at far left to the Mt. Everest (8150m; the highest mountain on earth) at far right
  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj?After our short excursion in Kathmandu, we take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market, mini zoo and nearby villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

     

  • Day 04: Fly to Simikot (altitude:2985m) and trek to Dharapori (altitude:2360m)?We take a 40-minute flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot and admire the beauty of the soaring mountain cliffs from our airplane. Simikot, the head quarter of the Humla District, is cut off from the rest of the country due to its remoteness. While here, we learn about the local people and their rich culture, which is closely tied to the Tibetans because of the close proximity of the two places. We have lunch at Simikot and also register for the permit at the police office. From Simikot, we ascend for a while, then descend towards the village of Tuling. We continue walking through jungles and villages along the Karnali River towards Dharapori. Overnight in Dharapori.

  • Day 05: Trek from Dharapori to Kermi (altotude:2860m?Our walk is on relatively flat trails beginning with the trail alongside the Karnali River. We walk along the fields cultivated mainly with barley, buckwheat, rice and potatoes. There are two hot springs near Kermi where we may soothe our aching bodies. We can also visit ancient Buddhist monasteries close to Kermi --Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa. Overnight in Kermi.

  • Day 06: Trek from Kermi to Yalbang (altitude:2879m)?Today’ trek is a flat and steep ascent until reaching a small pass and crossing a suspension bridge over the Salli River. From here one can enjoy views of the beautiful pine trees and the mighty Karnali River. We will also visit the remote Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. Overnight in Yalbang
  • Day 07: Trek from Yalbang to Tumkot (altitude:3073m)?We walk on a trail above the Karnali River. As we ascend further, the greenery begins to vanish and so do the smaller bushes. They give way to pine trees and rocky hills. After reaching Tumkot, we visit Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, one of the most important Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region. Overnight in Tumkot.

  • Day 08: Trek from Tumkot to Yari (altitude:3663m)?Today's trek is on a relatively easy trail above the Karnali River. After walking a few miles we begin to notice the change in climate, vegetation and landscape which becomes more rocky and secluded. The trees that you see are not pine trees anymore. They are now short and low junipers. Overnight in Yari.

  • Day 09: Trek from Yari to Hilsa (altitude:3647m) via Nara La pass?We cross the first pass of the trek today, the Nara La pass (4,620m). The vegetation is bleak by now and the landscape is familiar to that of Tibet. After crossing the pass we will be greeted by excellent views of the beautiful Tibetan plateau and Yari Village. From here on, it is a shaky descent down until Hilsa, a border town which is also a dropping point for the pilgrims on their way to Mt. Kailash by helicopter. Overnight in Hilsa.

  • Day 10: Trek from Hilsa to Purang (altitude:3772m)?We walk across the Friendship bridge at Hilsa where the Chinese officials will check our permits and passports. We also meet our Tibetan guide here. We ascend from Hilsa to Purang and pass Rinzin Zangpo Gompa and Kangje Village along the way. In Purang, we visit the ancient Purang Gompa and explore the unique Buddhist frescoes of IIX century. Overnight in Purang.

  • Day 11: Trek from Purang to Montser (altitude:4450m) and sightseeing in Tirtapuri?On our way to Montser we pass through Rakshas and Mansarover lakes. After reaching Montser we settle down for a while then visit Tirtapuri (4510m). Located northwest of Mount Kailash, the Tirthapuri Hot Springs are closely associated with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Pilgrims bathe in pools fed by the springs, visit the monastery containing the guru's footprint and dig for healing stones along a one-hour pilgrimage route. After touring Tirtapuri we return back to Montser to spend the night.

  • Day 12: Sightseeing of Garuda Valley, then transfer to Darchen (altitude:4560m)?It takes us around 2 hours to reach the Garuda Valley that lies to the southwest of Mt Kailash. It contains mysterious caves, some of which have never been explored. Many believe that this was the cradle of the Tibetan civilization during the time of the Shang Shung kings, long before Buddhism reached the roof of the world. For those interested in the archeological and historical sites, Garuda Valley will be a dream come true. After touring the amazing valley we move to Darchen a small town, situated right in front of the sacred Mount Kailash. Overnight in Darchen.

  • Day 13: First day of Kora: hiking to Dira Puk Monasterys (altitude:5120m)?Today, we begin our Kora of Mt. Kailash. The first day out of Darchen involves a six-hour hike in a deep valley through walls of red rock. We continue across the plain to Shershong. We further cross a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa high on the hill visible from the valley. The trail leads to Dirapuk from where we will have a stunning view of the north face of Mt. Kailash.  Overnight in Dirapuk.

  • Day 14: Second day of Kora: hike to Dzutul-puk (altitude:4790m)?Today will be the most difficult section of our journey.  We climb Drolma-la Pass at 5,750m/19,910ft. The pass whose name literally means the pass of Tara is beautiful and is filled with five-colored praying flags. From Drolma-la Pass, we descend to Dzutul-puk. At Dzutul-puk, we come across the incredible Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion) and a few ancient meditative caves. Overnight in Dzutul-puk.

  • Day 15: Third day of Kora: hiking to Darchen (altitude:4560m) and transfer to Manasarovar?We gradually wind out of the valley towards Barka plain. After completing the holy Kora of Mount Kailash at Darchen, we drive for 2 hours to Mansarovar Lake. The lake holds religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. As per Hindu theology, Lake Mansarovar is a personification of purity, and one who drinks water from the lake is believed to go to the abode of Lord Shiva after death. Buddhists also associate the lake with the legendary lake known as Anavatapta in Sanskrit where Queen Maya is believed to have conceived Buddha. Overnight in Mansarovar.

  • Day 16: Tour of the Mansarovar Lake ?Today, we circumambulate the beautiful Mansarovar Lake which has a circumference of 90 km making it one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. The belief is that the Kora of Mount Kailash is completed only with a holy dip in the lake and a drink of its holy water relieves one from the sins of a hundred lives. We circle round Mansarovar by Jeep, and if time permits, we visit Chui Gompa, another attraction of Manasrovar. Overnight in Mansarovar.

  • Day 17: Trek from Mansarovar to Saga (altitude:4600m) 495 km,?Today, we have to accomplish a long drive from Mansarovar to Saga traversing through the sacred historic Chiu Monastery. We continue driving past Hor Quo and across the Mayum La pass (5,200m). While passing through, we will have glimpses of small towns like Zhongba and Paryang. This journey covers 270 km from Mansarovar to Paryang and adjoins Saga, 255 km away from Paryang. From Saga instead of going towards Lhasa, we drive along a different route to Kathmandu. Overnight in Saga.

  • Day 18: Trek from Saga to Zhangmu (altitude:3750m)?At our return, we cross the Yarlung Tsangpo or Brahmaputra River and then drive to Nyalam. At the first pass we stumble upon Paigu-Tso, a huge lake with Mt. Shishapangma (8,027m) at its background. We also get a glimpse of Mt. Everest as the road climbs the Lalung La Pass (5,124m). After crossing yet another pass, Tong La (5,120m), we finally reach the border town Zangmu. Overnight in Zangmu.

  • Day 19: Trek from Zhangmu to Kathmandu: 153km?We drive to the border check point to go through the custom formalities. After reaching Friendship Bridge, we will be leaving our Tibet-side vehicles, and will walk for around 15 minutes towards Nepal. From Kodari, it takes another 4-5 hours drive to reach Kathmandu. In the evening we celebrate the successful completion of our journey with a farewell dinner hosted by  exguide trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 20: Final Departure back to home?You will be transferred to the airport according to your flight schedule.
    Included meal: Breakfast
    Mode of transport: Chartered vehicle

     

Includes

Airport pick and drop,Welcome Dinner,Accomodation in kathmandu at 3-star hotel three nights B/B,All domestic flight as per itinerary,All necessary staff with experienced English Speaking Guides,All accommodation during trekking and tour as per as itinerary mentioned,English Speaking Local tibetain Guides,All hotel and guest house according itinerary,All meals during tour,insurance for all nepali staff,all necessary permit for tibet and nepal

Excludes

nepal visa fee,border clearance fees,your tavel insurnace,personal expenses

Trip Notes

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