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Sitting at the centre of Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, and Tibetan Bon religious belief, Mt. Kailash holds great significance for multiple religions. Mt. Kailash is the source of four major rivers of Asia, namely Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and the Karnali and is also home to beautiful glacier lakes.
Even though Mt. Kailash attracts religious pilgrims with various religious faiths, it is also a heaven for trekkers and tourists alike. Mt. Kailash is a towering piece of beauty above the Tibetan plateau while Lake Mansarovar is one of the highest lakes in the world.
The trek starts from the Nepalese hill side of Simikot which is situated in Humla to finally reach Mt. Kailash after days of adventurous travelling which takes you through one of the world's best and least travelled trek routes.
Trip Length : 18 Days
Activities : Trekking
Difficulty : Moderate
Max Elevation : 5,010 m/16,437 ft at Dri Ra Phuk Gompa
Meal : Full board on trek
Accommodation : Hotel/Tented camp
Transportation : Flight & private vehicle
Best Month : Throughout the year
Group Size : 2+Personal beverages
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Day 1 : Flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu 750 M/2460 Ft
We will start our tour from Kathmandu by taking the flight to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is a small town situated near the Nepal-India border, in the subtropical lowlands of the Terai region.
Day 2 : Flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot 2910 M/9547 Ft
On the second day of the tour, we will fly from Simikot to Nepalgunj and will be ascending as high as 750 m (2460 ft). The 50 minutes long flight will also be an opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view of the Nepalese Himalayas. The flight to Simikot will also be memorable for the seemingly adventurous landing at the Simikot airport. After we land in Simikot we will climb few hours uphill through the villages of Tuling. The trail passes through a forest of walnut and apricot tress and reaches the village of Dharapari where we will stay overnight after calling it a day.
Day 3 : Simikot to Kermi 2,682 M/8,799 Ft
Today we will trek through the paddy and wheat fields to the narrow river valley where huge mountain rocks throttle the river. Legends have it that the mountain rocks are the silver fishes that swam up to the Karnali from the Ganges who were not able to swim any further up. View of tall and beautiful mountains and numerous cooling waterfalls are constant features of the day's trek. The day ends after we reach Kermi.
Day 4 : Kermi to Yalbang Gompa 2,950 M/9,679 Ft
The main highlight of today is that we will be walking through the first Pass of our trip. We will pass the Soli La Pass (2,900 m/9,514 ft). After crossing a suspension bridge, we will head to the acclivity of Humla Karnali to Gompa at Yalbang. Yalbang has an excellent campsite which offers exquisite view. You can have an opportunity to chat with Buddhist monks here and it might surprise a few of you how good English they speak.
Day 5 : Yalbang Gompa to Tumkot Khola 2,800 M/9,186 Ft
Today we will follow the riverside trail and walk on paths built with rocks and timber to cross the Humla Karnali River and climb a steady acclivity to reach Munchu. Munchu lies at an altitude of 2,920 m/9,580 ft above the seal level. There is a police check post at this place. After that we will follow the trails that pass belpw Gompa and gradually descend to the river camp. We will find a suitable and safe place to camp by the river and spend our night.
Day 6 : Tumkot Khola to Thado Dunga 3,720 M/15,912 Ft
We will cross the Tumkot River today. After that, a two hour long climb will take us to a ridge crest at 3,310 m/10,860 ft. The crest is marked by a large cairn. The trip will then take us to a village called Yari through Palbang during which we will pass a forest of juniper trees. Yari is a small village with very few shops and a school. We will rest there for a while and walk a little further to a meadow called by the local by the name of Dzungjen. We will camp in the meadow for the night. Tomorrow is going to be a demanding day as we ascend further up.
Day 7 : Thado Dunga to Hilsa 3,720 M/15,912 Ft
We will leave our campsite to ascend to Nara Lagna which is at an altitude of 4,850 m/ 15,912 ft. It takes up to four hours of walk to reach there. Nara Lagna has to huge flayer flags draped cairns. From hbere you can get a view of the Tibetan landscape- the arid hillside of Tibet. You can see a stark contrast between the Nepalese and Tibetan landscape from here. From Nara Lagna we will climb downhill to Shar where our vehicle will be waiting for us. We will come across various traders and vendors transporting their goods, especially rice and salt, on sheep and goat along the way.
Day 8 : Hilsa to Lake Mansarovar 4,558 M/ 14,954 Ft
Today we will have to climb a short distance up to the Tibetan Salt Trading Post from where the Chinese Government does passport controls and inspects the luggage of travelers. After we cross the check post, we now step on Tibet for the first time in the tour. We will meet up with our Tibetan tour guides who will be ready with our vehicle. A couple of hours drive from there and we will reach Purang, also called Taklakot. Purang is situated at a height of 3,930 m/ 12,893 ft. On the way we can visit a large red Gompa. Our road trip for the day will be concluded once we reach Chiu Gompa.
Day 9 : Acclimmatization Day At Lake Mansarovar 4,558 M/ 14,954 Ft
We will use the 9th day of the tour for acclimatization. We can explore the meditation caves of Chiu Gompa and/or take a bath on the Mansarovar River. You can also enjoy the perfect view of Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake from Chiu Gompa.
Day 10 : Mansarovar Lake to Darchen 4,575 M/ 15,010 Ft
Today we will leave Chiu Gompa and drive up to two hours to reach Darchen. Darchen is a small village and is also called Lhara. Situated on the right of Mt. Kailash at an altitude of 4,575 m/ 15,010 ft, Darchen is the gateway for Mt. Kailash pilgrimage.
Day 11 : Darchen to Dri Ra Phuk Gompa 5,010 M/16,437 Ft
From Darchen we will head north to Lha Chu valley also called as the Valley of the Gods. We walk through the two legged chorten known as Chorten Kangnyi which is a soft hike at the right side of the river and has well defined path. Herders herding large numbers of yak and sheep in the grazing pastures are a regular sight to see throughout the trek. We cross Lha Chu to reach Dri Ra Phuk Gompa, which is at an altitude of 5,010 m/16,437 ft. We will stay the night here at a camp and from here Mt. Kailash's north face serves a beautiful sight.
Day 12 : Dri Ra Phuk Gompa to Zutul Phuk Gompa 4,820 M/ 15,813 Ft
The first quarter of the day's trek will require steep climbing up a winding path over a moraine ridge. Along the way we pass the Shiwa Tsal cemetery. In the Shiwa Tsal cemetery the Tibetan Buddhists leave part of their clothing with drops of their blood as homage to the dead.We will then further climb to the Dolma La (at a height of 5,630 m/ 18,471 ft). Dolma La has a lot of player flags and there is a huge Dolma stone which is revered as the goddess Dolma. We then descend down to the lake Gourikunda and finally to the valley of Zhong Chu. We will end the day at Zutul Phunl Gompa and camp there. Before we call it a day we would have hiked for more than 7 hours.
Day 13 : Zutul Phuk Gompa to Tirthapuri 6,638 M/21,778 Ft
Tirthapuri has a natural hot spring and is a very revered place. To reach Tirthapuri we require three hours easy drive from Darchen. You can take hot spring bath in TIrthapuri. The hot springs of Tirthapuri are said to be rich in Sulphur which is cures various skin diseases.
Day 14 : Tirthapuri to Horchu 4,550 M/ 14,927 Ft
The day will be spent on road, driving from Tirthapuri to the northern tip of Mansarovar Lake and we drive through the barren Tibetan plateau on the process.
Day 15 : Horchu to Paryang 4,050 M/ 12,287 Ft
We are not done with being all day on the road and today we will drive on a very rough, bumpy and dusty road, cross a few rivers and reach Prayang. This part of Tibet is popular for antelope and Tibetan wild ass called the Kiang and we will see more than a few of them on the way. Our bumpy ride will conclude once we reach Prayang where we will stay for the night.
Day 16 : Paryang to Saga 4,600 M/ 15,091 Ft
On the second last day of the trip, we set out for Saga from Paryang. Saga is a small town which gives a mixed ambience of Chinese and Tibetan culture. We will camp at Saga for the night.
Day 17 : Saga to Nyalam 3,750m/12,300ft
The trip from Saga to Nyalam passes through Lalung La Pass which throws spectacular rivew of Mt. Everest. The whole day will be spent on road before we arrive at Nyalam and find a nice cozy hotel to dine and spend a comfortable night.
Day 18 : Nyalam to Kathmandu
The concluding day of the tour will bring us to Kathmandu. On eht way we will be treated with waterfalls, beauty of Nepalese landscape, the Bhotekoshi River and the likes. Bhotekoshi River separates Tibet from Nepal. On the way, we will pull over at Chehere and Dolalghat for snacks of fresh fish. We will arrive in Kathmandu before dusk and you will still have time to get a glimpse of Kathmandu in the evening and night lights.
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