15 NIGHTS 16 DAYS SIMIKOT-MT. KAILASH- KERONG TOUR
Day 01: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
Afternoon as per the flight time for Nepalgunj transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport where 50 minutes flight brings you at Nepal Far South in Nepalgunj with super panorama of peaks during air-borne and on reaching Nepalgunj transfer to near airport hotel with afternoon free to see the the city areas of Nepalgunj.
Day 02: Fly to Simikot 2,910m & trek to Dharapuri 2,600 m – 04 hrs.
Starting after having early breakfast with connecting flight to Simikot, on reaching Simikot received by our trekking and camping staff, Simikot headquarter town of Mugu / Humla district around far North West Nepal offering stunning views of Mt Api and Saipal peaks.
From Simikot begin our first day walk to overnight camp at Dharapuri village, leading to a climb through farm fields of barley into forested ridge then downhill towards farm villages to reach Dharapuri for first overnight camping of this trip. Around far west region villages inhabited mostly by Thakuri people of Hindu religion, people around Mugu and Humla been in trade with Tibet for hundreds of years using same trail to Tibet border of 5-6 days walks.
Day 03: Trek to Sally-Khola 2,690 m near Kermi village – 05 hrs.
After Dharapuri village, journey continues leading to a climb and crossing a stream reaching the last village of Thakuri people and the end of rice fields. From here on ups and down path around grazing area and crossing Sally- Khola (stream) nearby beautiful waterfalls to our overnight camp a short distance from Kermi village, this place with hot springs of an hour walk.
Day 04: Trek to Muchu 2,920 m – 05 hrs.
Morning starts with an uphill through Yangar village on paved path built with rocks and woods and then crossing suspension bridge over Humla Karnali River, and then climb to a stream past apricot garden area and finally reaching Muchu village to our overnight camp, this small village with an old monastery and a border Police Check Post.
Day 05: Trek to Torea 3,380m -04 hrs.
After a nice stop at Muchu, our journey descend towards Thumkot village, after a break then climbing away from Humla-Karnali River walking on a steep-sided narrow gorge. From here a long hour trek leads slowly to a climb reaching at Torea village for overnight camp, with afternoon free at leisure to catch up with your dairy and explore this village.
Day 06: Trek to Sip-Sip 3,800 m – 05 hours.
As the walk progress altitude gains with morning climb to reach a small ridge at 3,500 meters high, from here countering on ridge top, offers grand vista of Yari valley area and high snowcapped peaks, after a short stop walk leads by an irrigation canal to a large wide valley of Jhyakthang chu this place marked with prayer walls entering into Buddhist culture villages of Tibetan influence.
After a good walk reaching a moderate size Yari village built with stones, this village has another police post, with government custom office and a school. Farmlands with terraces yielding sufficient crops growing millets, barley, amaranth (Marcia) wheat, buckwheat’s, potatoes and radishes. After a nice stop walk continues with a climb on a wide valley encountering group of traders, pilgrims and pack animals-goats, sheep’s and yaks, then reaching at Sip-Sip a small place of cattle herders with few shops.
Our camp is made near a stream at the bottom of Nara Lagna pass.
Day 07: Trek to Hilsa 3,720m via Nara Lagna – 06 hours.
From this camp morning walk leads to a climb on a ridge with huge rock atop at Nara Lagna pass at 5,000 m / 15,030ft, the highest spot of this walk on Nepal side. The pass offers grand panorama of Tibetan plateau with Humla Karnali River down below and green barley fields of Sher or Sera, distance views of Api and Saiphal peaks. After a pleasant stop walk downhill on dusty trail to Humla Karnali River to reach Nepal border at Hilsa village, a frontier post with few tents and stone houses surrounded with barley fields, just across the bridge a stone pillar marks Nepal-Tibet border.
Day 08: Cross the border with 02 hrs drive to Taklakot 3,770m.
Morning an hour climb to Sher in Tibet, on leaving Nepal, where our Tibetan guides and driver will receive for an interesting drive to Taklakot also known as Purang in Tibetan. Taklakot an important major market town for Tibetans, Nepali and as well for Indian traders with a separate bazaar areas, during summer months an important wool trade takes place between nomadic Drogpa herdsmen and Nepali traders our overnight stop in local guest house.
Day 09: Drive to Lake Manasarover 4,510 m – 03 hours journey.
After Taklakot or Purang within Tibet with complete change of environment with the local people including town and way of living, from Taklakot a holy pilgrimage begins with a scenic drive to Lake Manasarover on leaving Karnali River valley; As the drive continues over pass and then reaching a flat barren and arid country beneath massive Mt. Gurla Mandhata at 7,728 meters, from here drive leads over Thalladong pass 5,050 meters high with views of Rakshesh Lake and holy Mt. Kailash.
From the pass downhill to Chu Gompa located by the western bank of Lake Manasarover for overnight stop in a guest house or camping (depending upon the season for Indian and Tibetan pilgrims)
Day 10: Manasarover to Darchen (4600m) 53km
Rest day for acclimatization and to explore around Lake Manasarover, a holy lake located between Mt. Kailash 6,714m and the Gurla Mandhata mountain range at 7,694 m. Manasarover floats beneath the shadow of holy Kailash as the lake formed in the mind of Gods.
The best time to circle around Manasarover is in late autumn and early spring, when the streams and rivers are shallow. After a wonderful rest at holy Manasarover Lake, a short drive to popular Darchen town of the area which is also the start and end of holy Kailash circuit or kora, Darchen with hotels and guesthouses a busy place with hundreds of pilgrims during auspicious time for parikrama / kora (circumambulation).
Day 11: Drive to Tarboche via Darchen 4,600m and walk to Dhiraphuk 4,900 m – 05 hrs.
From Darchen drive leads North West at holy spot Tarboche where our walk begins with view of Kailash West Face.
Kailash stands at 6,714m, heart of ancient Shangshung kingdom supposed country of pre- Buddhist Bonpos origin. After 4 hrs walks brings you at Diraphuk Gompa for overnight stop in a simple lodge.
Day 12: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,760m – 06 hours.
After Dhiraphuk, morning walk on nice path for an hour and then climb to reach the top at Dromo-la the highest point of Kailash walk, a holy spot at 5,470m /18,525ft. A big boulder represents goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) this place festooned with prayer flags. This spot is the physical and spiritual high point of pilgrimage.
From here descend to the bottoms of the hill and then walk to Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stop, Zuthul means cave. The place is named after a cave where poet, saint Milarepa meditated; his footprint still remains on the roof.
Day 13:Trek to near Darchen and drive to Manasarover – 06 hrs (walk and drive).
Last day of holy walk kora or parikrama, an easy morning walk of few hours on broad plain passing many prayer mani walls, then coming to a narrow valley with short section of gorge as the route turns towards west to Darchen, last leg of the walk make a dramatic exit from river valley on to the plain as walk passes to mani walls decorated with carved yak skulls.
A short walk from brings you at Darchen and end of this great trek in Tibet, from here drive to Manasarover for overnight stop.
Day 14: Manasarover to Saga (4400m)
The road was rough and it is blacktop now and there are some rivers to cross. Wild antelope and kiang (the Tibetan wild ass) are a common sight. This is the land of the drogpa nomads and we will pass many encampments with large herds of sheep and goats. The drives are long, bumpy somewhere and often dusty but the scenery is magnificent. Photo stops are a must! Drive on to Saga Camp 4600m O/N at Camp/ Guest House
Day 15:- Saga to Kyirung
After breakfast, we drive to Kerong Visit Paikutso Lake. We finally reach to Kerong Overnight at hotel.
Day 16: Kyirung to Kathmandu 150 km
Driving further to Nepal Tibet border, complete the immigration formalities, get your Nepal visa. Say good bye to your Tibetan guide and driver. You will be received by our guide from Dream Tibet Travel and drive to Kathmandu. End of the services.
COST ON 01 PX BASIS
No of Pax
Note: above cost is net per person basis.
Visa fee US$ 85.00 per person
THE ABOVE COST INCLUDES:
Twin sharing basis hotel in Nepalgunj with all meals.
Nepal restricted area trekking permit fee
Airfare Kathmandu / Nepalgunj / Simikot
Hilsa to Sher porter charges
Sightseeing by van
English speaking local guide,
Monastery entrance fee, Tibet alien travel permit,
Yak, Yak men while Kora.
Meal Plan: Full Board Basis.
THE ABOVE COST EXCLUDES:
Insurance of the clients and Helicopter evacuation cost.
Domestic access baggage charges.
Arrangement in Kathmandu.
Any additional cost due to natural calamities and unforeseen circumstance and etc.