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Trip Type:
Lodge / Camping

Grade:
Moderate

Altitude:
4,790 m

Transportation:
Land

Group Size:
1+

Best Season:
Spring and Autumn
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A pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash the sacred mountain of Tibet is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Mt Kaliash is the source of four great asian rivers. For Hindus it is the throne of Shiva, for Buddhists, a gigantic natural Mandala. Also the epicenter of Tantric forces for both religions. This trek takes you from the far western town of Simikot, along an old trade route into Tibet. An arid, wild, country dominated by the peaks of Api and Saipal Himal, this is the world of the Nepalese and Tibetan traders. You will encounter travelers with horses and yaks laden with goods. After a few days trek on the Nepal side we take you to Tibetan border market Purang where Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian traders meet to exchange wares. The highlight of the trip is to visit Rakshastal (Devil Lake), the holy Lake of Mansarovar, "born from the mind of Bramha", trek around the Mt. Kailash and visit the former Gu-ge kingdom with its two main centres of Toling and Tsaparang.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is a busy crowded city which lies close to the Indian border. Stay overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2,856 m.).

Day 03: Trek from Simikot to Darapani (2,507m.).

Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Sali Khola (2,650m.).

Day 05: Trek from Sali Khola to Muchu (2,912m.).

Day 06: Trek from Muchu to Dira Phuk Gompa (4909m) takes 6 hrs.

Day 07: Trek from Dira Phuk Monastery to Zuthul-Phuk (4790m) takes 7 hours.

Day 08: Trek to Darchen (4560m, 3 hrs trekking) the final day of the Kora is rather shorter and easier.

Day 09: Drive from Hilsa to Purang via Sher, crossing the border bridge, after the checking station, 30mintues (20km), you will come to Puyang county, a quite small town with mixed people such Tibetan, Nepali, Han Chinese, Uyger etc, overnight stay.

Day 10: Puyang - Manasarovar lake, Today you will drive to Chiu Gompa – a quite small temple by the lake, en route, you could watch the Kailash peak from distance, you will also have a chance to make a comparison between Manasarovar (The holy lake )and Rakshas Tal lake (The ghost lake) while you drive through road between them. Idyllic pastoral scene is only part of the picture

Day 11: Manasarovar lake Today you will prepare yourself for the scared but harshed 3-day’ kora both in mentally and physically, sitting by the lake under the quite sun but nothing to do, just imagine your inner world or a little talk with friends you may never know

Day 12: Darchen drive to Darchin and find a comfortable guest house to rest, and then guide will have time to deal herds man on your packing animal

Day 13: Mount kailash kora to Dira Puk.

Day 14: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m.) takes about six and half hours.

Day 15: Mount Kailash kora to Darchen and drive to Purang.

Day 16: Drive to Dongba After breakfast at the guest house, begin your 8-hour 366 km tough journey.

Day 17: Drive Dongba to Nyelam After breakfast at the guest house, drive to Nyelam.

Day 18: Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu.

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is a busy crowded city which lies close to the Indian border. Stay overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2,856 m.).

This day you need to prepare for the trek and can also explore the Simikot village. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 03: Trek from Simikot to Darapani (2,507m.).

There is an initial climb above Simikot before descending towards the village of Tuling and follow a level trail through walnut and apricot trees to the village of Dharapani. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Sali Khola (2,650m.).

After walking through a sparse pine forest you descend from the ridge to the Sali Khola and camp by the river. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 05: Trek from Sali Khola to Muchu (2,912m.).

You cross the river and climb over a rocky ridge before descending to the grey waters of the Humla Karnali. After crossing another ridge you come to a meadow where goat herders often camp by the river. Beyond the meadow the valley narrows and you cross several more ridges, passing the villages of Yalbang and Yangar. The trail then winds its way precariously above the river before you cross a suspension bridge to the village of Muchu. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 06: Trek from Muchu to Dira Phuk Gompa (4909m) takes 6 hrs.

Walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. You follow the river, which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before you reach the 13th century monastery at Dira-phuk. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 07: Trek from Dira Phuk Monastery to Zuthul-Phuk (4790m) takes 7 hours.

Bid farewell to Lha Chu Valley and prepare to trek the toughest part of the kora. You will enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La [5630m] that is marked Tibetan prayer flags. The rest of the day's walk is mostly downhill and flat land. On descent, you will pass by one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion. Zuthulphuk monastery is built at the site of a famous cave, which is believed to have been created as a result of contest between Milareppa (Buddhist Teacher) and Naro Bonchung (Bon Saint). Stay overnight in a camp.

Day 08: Trek to Darchen (4560m, 3 hrs trekking) the final day of the Kora is rather shorter and easier.

It takes merely 2 ½ to 3 hours that involves crossing of several streams and also follows an impressive gorge from where you would like to look back for fabulous views. Stay overnight in a guesthouse/camp.

Day 09: Drive from Hilsa to Purang via Sher, crossing the border bridge, after the checking station, 30mintues (20km), you will come to Puyang county, a quite small town with mixed people such Tibetan, Nepali, Han Chinese, Uyger etc, overnight stay.

Day 10: Puyang - Manasarovar lake, Today you will drive to Chiu Gompa – a quite small temple by the lake, en route, you could watch the Kailash peak from distance, you will also have a chance to make a comparison between Manasarovar (The holy lake )and Rakshas Tal lake (The ghost lake) while you drive through road between them. Idyllic pastoral scene is only part of the picture

Day 11: Manasarovar lake Today you will prepare yourself for the scared but harshed 3-day’ kora both in mentally and physically, sitting by the lake under the quite sun but nothing to do, just imagine your inner world or a little talk with friends you may never know

Day 12: Darchen drive to Darchin and find a comfortable guest house to rest, and then guide will have time to deal herds man on your packing animal

Day 13: Mount kailash kora to Dira Puk.

After an early breakfast, drive to Tarboche from where Kailash Parikrama begins. Trek to Driraphuk 12 km from Tarboche. The trails lasts 7-8 hours. On arrival, check in the guest house and overnight stay.

Day 14: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m.) takes about six and half hours.

You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day then drive towards the hill bazaar of Gorkha. After Gorkha the road gets a bit rough and will reach Arughat Bazaar. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 15: Mount Kailash kora to Darchen and drive to Purang.

After Breakfast, begin a 5-hour trek to the end of point of Kailash Parikrama. On arrival, board the jeep awaiting your presence and drive to Hor.

Day 16: Drive to Dongba After breakfast at the guest house, begin your 8-hour 366 km tough journey.

On arrival, check in at the guest house for dinner and overnight stay in Dongba.

Day 17: Drive Dongba to Nyelam After breakfast at the guest house, drive to Nyelam.

The 8-hour journey takes you through 376 km of spectacular Himalayan landscape. On arrival, Check in at guest house for dinner and over night stay in Nyelam.

Day 18: Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu.

From Nyalam, you drive down to the border town of Zhangmu. From Zhangmu, it’s a short drive to the Friendship Bridge which spans the Bhote Kosi River and marks the Chinese - Nepalese border where you part with your Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari where you will be met by your Nepalese staff. After completing the re-entry formalities you continue the drive to Kathmandu which depending on road and weather conditions, should take about 5 to 6 hours.

The price includes the following services:

  • Guides (1 guide from Nepal & 1 guide from Tibet for Tibet sector)
  • Cook
  • Kitchen helpers
  • Porters
  • Trekking permit for Nepal side
  • Entry permits/fees
  • All meals through out the trip
  • Necessary trekking/camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bag, down jacket, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cooking fuel
  • Accommodation in guest houses/lodges/camps
  • All land transportation wherever applicable by private vehicle
  • Required permits for Tibet side
  • Yaks and yak men
  • Chinese/Tibet visa
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj to Simikot
  • Airport tax
  • Cargo

The price does not include:

  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Expense due to unforeseen circumstance
  • Service other than mentioned above
  • Meals and Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

We are happy to arrange the hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest & budget. There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from no stars to 5 star hotels.

Simikot – Hilsa – Kailash – Kora Tour - 18 September 2013

(5/5)

We returned yesterday from our Simikot to Hilsa and Kailash Kora.We are very satisfied with your arrangements and except for the daily in Nepalgunj

 

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