Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu. You will be met at the airport by our representative and transferred to Hotel. O/N Hotel Soaltee Crown Plaza (5 star).
Morning: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. Visit Pashupatinath Temple, Budhanil Kantha Vishnu Temple (sleeping Bishnu) and Monkey Temple (Shwoyambhunath Temple).
Afternoon: Fly to Nepalgunj. The flight takes about an hour to reach Nepalgunj Airport. Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer to Hotel. O/N Siddhartha Cottage (3 star). Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour flight.
Early morning transfer to airport (10 minutes from Hotel) for flying to SIMIKOT (the administrative head quarter of Northern frontier of Nepal). You will stay overnight in Simikot for acclimatization. As well as you should go through the immigration formalities (put an exit stamp on your Passport) before you leave for China / Tibet (Kailash).
O/N Sun Valley Resort (dormitory room) - basic but the best available Nepalgunj to Simikot: 1 hour (by Twin otter aircraft with 15 seats OR Dronier aircraft with 15 seats).
Early morning, take a Helicopter to Hilsa. The flight takes about 20 minutes to reach Hilsa (the border town of Nepal) from Simikot. Here, you have to wait for our Chinese guide for a while; some times the waiting time can be a couple of hours too but we always try our best to sort it out sooner.
This boarder is not officially opened for trading purpose; so there still are some certain restrictions and rules to travel through this boarder. We can't just travel to Purang (Taklakot) with our guide and vehicles, we should have a military escort from the border to Purang (Taklakot) and it takes some time to manage this. So, at this point of your journey, it can be delayed to cross the boarder. Passengers are requested to have patient and let us arrange everything smoothly. From Sher, it takes another an hour to reach Taklakot (Purang - 3700 m.) by drive.
O/N Purang Guesthouse (twin sharing room with attached toilet) - basic but the best available Simikot to Hilsa: 20 minutes by KAWASAKI 117 Helicopter - 9 seats and B2 Helicopter with 5 seats Hilsa to Sher trek: 10 minutes. Sher to Taklakot drive: 1 hour by 4WD Land Cruiser.
Today, you will have rest in Taklakot for acclimatization purpose. In fact, you will gain an enormous height within a day while reaching Taklakot, so before making any further journey to higher elevation (Lake Manasarovar), your body should be acclimatized properly with the new atmosphere in high altitude. So, it is significantly important to spend a day here for your health.
O/N Purang Guesthouse (twin sharing room with attached toilet) - basic but the best available.
Early morning (after breakfast) you will depart for Lake Manasarovar (4560m - Chui Gompa). The drive takes about 2 to 2 & 1/2 hours. On the way, we will take a short break in Rakshas Taal (Lake Ravana) to see the breathtaking views of Rakshas Taal with back ground view of holy Kailash.
After taking a short break in Rakshas Taal & take some pictures, you will continue your journey to Lake Manasarover. After having holy dip and lunch, you will depart for a circumambulation around the lake Manasarovar on jeep. The journey around the lake requires approximately 2 hours.
O/N Paramartha Ashram Guesthouse OR similar (all dormitory room) - Dharamsala type with Tibetan toilet.
The distance of Mansarovar circumambulation: 72 km
Taklakot to Lake Manasarovar: 2 hours by Land Cruiser
Jeep tour around Lake Manasarovar: 2 hours by Land Cruiser
Morning Pooja then drive to Darchen & Asthapad. After spending some time in Asthapad, you will continue drive to Yam Dwar (OR Serson, 10 kms / 4750m), the auspicious gateway to the Parikrama (circuit) around the Mt. Kailash.
This is the place from where our group may split in two parts. Those, who are willing to perform the Parikrama around the Mt. Kailash will start trekking from "Yama Dwar" and the rest of the people who are not willing to go for parikrama will return to Darchen on Land Cruiser and wait for Parikrama group.
The trekking trail to Deraphuk is easy & flat however because of the high elevation and less oxygen in the air, you will feel difficulty to walk. The total journey to Deraphuk Gompa (4890m/18 km) takes about 6 hours approximately.
O/N Paramartha Ashram Guesthouse (very basic accommodation with dormitory bed room)
Darchen to Yam Dwar: 45 minutes by Land Cruiser
Yam Dwar to Deraphuk trek: 6 hours
Early morning start uphill trekking to Dolma-La (5600 m). Today is the toughest part of this journey. The entire trail up to Dolma-La is gradually up. The holiest water pool (glacial lake - Gauri kunda) is just situated beyond this pass. This is the lake, people believe, where Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva used to take bath. From Dolma-La the trail rapidly drops down to the valley floor (Zutulphuk).
After making down hill trek to the valley (the next side of the high pass), the trek up to Zutulphuk Gomba requires another two hours. From here, the trail is flat all the way to Zutulphuk.
O/N Local Guesthouse (very basic accommodation with dormitory bed room)
Deraphuk to Zutulphuk Gomba: 8 to 9 hours trek (approximately).
Today, you will complete your trekking (Parikrama) around the Mt. Kailash. The trek will be finished near Darchen, where you will find our vehicles waiting to fetch you and transfer to Hilsa (3 hours journey).
Despite of a very basic facility to stay in Hilsa, we will take you there & keep overnight stay because the next day you will be picked up by Helicopter early morning, so you can catch your onward scheduled flights without any problem.
Instead of staying in Hilsa, if you stay in Purang, there is 90% chance of missing your flights from Simikot onward.
O/N Local Guesthouse (very very basic with local village style).
Zutulphuk to trek ending point: 4 hours walk.
Trek ending point to Hilsa: 3 hours drive by Land Cruiser.
Early morning, you will be picked up by our Helicopter from Hilsa then brought back to Simikot. From Simikot airport, you will be continuing the flight to Nepalgunj then onward to Kathmandu.
Overnight at Hotel Soaltee Crown Plaza.
Hilsa to Simikot: 20 minutes flight by Helicopter.
Simikot to Nepalgunj: 1 hour flight.
Nepalgunj to Kathmandu: 1 hour flight.
Transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for your flight back home.
|Arrival Kathmandu||Purang (Tibet) Entry|
|11 May (Wed) - FULL MOON||14 May (Sat)|
|17 May (Tue)||20 May (Fri)|
|23 May (Mon)||26 May (Thu)|
|29 May (Sun)||01 Jun (Wed)|
|4 Jun (Sat)||7 Jun (Tue)|
|10 Jun (Fri) - FULL MOON||13 Jun (Mon)|
|16 Jun (Thu)||19 Jun (Sun)|
|22 Jun (Wed)||25 Jun (Sat)|
|28 Jun (Tue)||1 Jul (Fri)|
|20 Sep (Tue)||23 Sep ((Fri)|
|26 Sep (Mon)||29 Sep (Thu)|
|02 Oct (Sun)||05 Oct (Wed)|
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