Simikot to Kailash Mansarovar Trek

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  • Destination: Tibet
  • Trip Duration: 24 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
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The ancient pre-Buddhist bon religion of Tibet saw mountains as power points linking heaven and earth, and Mount Kailash as the soul Mountain of the kingdom of Zhang Zhung. The struggle for the hearts and minds of Tibetans between traditional Bon and modern Buddhist centered on Kailash, and the story of the contest of Magic between the Bon deity Naro Bon Chung and the Buddhist saint Milarepa to decide which cult could claim the sacred mountain is still told today Legend has it that Milarepa won, but was magnanimous enough in victory to bequeath a nearby peak to the Bon-po and agree that they might still circumambulate Kailash.

The Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1951, subsequent internal unrest and the devastation wrought on Tibetan monastic culture during the Cul.Rov resulted in the hermetic sealing of borders with India and Nepal. Ancient trading links and pilgrimage routes were instantly abolished and many remote frontier communities were pitched into economic oblivion.

In a remarkably conciliatory gesture, the Chinese agreed to reopen the border on the Humla Karnali in northwest Nepal early in 1993, allowing foreigners to approach Mount Kailash on foot legally for the first time in history. Today, it is possible to make your own pilgrimage to kailash through one of the most enchantingly beautiful and unspoiled corners of Nepal, instead of suffering the week-long ordeal of an overland journey from Lhasa. For travelers interested in the ancient history and culture of the Himalaya, this is a unique opportunity.

After our Kailash journey well travel through this amazing country, staying in the best traditional hotels Tibet has to offer. In the towns of Lhatse, Gyantse, Shigatse and Lhasa we explore further monasteries and fully immerse ourselves in the Buddhists culture. In addition we will see the highest and biggest lake in Tibet.

Day to day itinerary:

  • Day 1:Fly to Kathmandu to Nepalgunj O/N Hotel.
  • Day 2:Fly to Simikot and trek to Dharapari & Camp (2400m) 4 hours
  • Day 3:Trek to Kermi & Camp (2800m) (Hot Spring visit) 5 hours
  • Day 4:Trek to Yalbang & Camp (2900m) (Visit Yalbang Monastery) 5-6 hours
  • Day 5:Trek to Tumkot on Camp (2950m) (6-7 hours)
  • Day 6:Trek to Thado Dhunga (4100m) (6-7 hours)
  • Day 7:Rest day in Thado Dhunga for acclamitazation
  • Day 8:Trek over Nara Pass (4500m) and drive to Purang. (3775 m)
  • Day 9:Drive to Chiu monastery Manasarovar Lake. (4550m)
  • Day 10:Explore Manasarovar Lake. & take bath in hot spring (optional).
  • Day 11:Drive to Darchen (Foot of Mt.Kailash) (4600m.)
  • Day 12:Trek to Dira Phuk gompa on Camp (5000m)
  • Day 13:Trek over Dorlma La pass (burning flam rock) [5630m] camp at Khando Shanglham on Camp (4900m)
  • Day 14:Trek to Darchen and drive to Ngari Phuntshom (4500m) on Camp
  • Day 15:Drive to Saga on Guest House
  • Day 16:Drive to Lhatse on Guest House
  • Day 17:Drive to Shigatse (3900M) sightseeing O/N Hotel
  • Day 18:Drive to Gyantse (3950M) sightseeing O/N Hotel
  • Day 19:Drive to Lhasa (3650m) O/N Hotel
  • Day 20:Lhasa: Depong and Sera monastery. O/N Hotel
  • Day 21:Lhasa: Potala, Norbulingkha and Jokhang. O/N Hotel
  • Day 22:Drive to Namtsho Lake and O/N Guest House
  • Day 23:Explore Namtsho Lake and drive back to Lhasa
  • Day 24:Drive to Lhasa airport and fly to Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1Fly to Kathmandu to Nepalgunj O/N Hotel.
  • Day 2Fly to Simikot and trek to Dharapari & Camp (2400m) 4 hours
  • Day 3Trek to Kermi & Camp (2800m) (Hot Spring visit) 5 hours
  • Day 4Trek to Yalbang & Camp (2900m) (Visit Yalbang Monastery) 5-6 hours
  • Day 5Trek to Tumkot on Camp (2950m) (6-7 hours)
  • Day 6Trek to Thado Dhunga (4100m) (6-7 hours)
  • Day 7Rest day in Thado Dhunga for acclamitazation
  • Day 8Trek over Nara Pass (4500m) and drive to Purang. (3775 m)
  • Day 9Drive to Chiu monastery Manasarovar Lake. (4550m)
  • Day 10Explore Manasarovar Lake. & take bath in hot spring (optional).
  • Day 11Drive to Darchen (Foot of Mt.Kailash) (4600m.)
  • Day 12Trek to Dira Phuk gompa on Camp (5000m)
  • Day 13Trek over Dorlma La pass (burning flam rock) [5630m] camp at Khando Shanglham on Camp (4900m)
  • Day 14Trek to Darchen and drive to Ngari Phuntshom (4500m) on Camp
  • Day 15Drive to Saga on Guest House
  • Day 16Drive to Lhatse on Guest House
  • Day 17Drive to Shigatse (3900M) sightseeing O/N Hotel
  • Day 18Drive to Gyantse (3950M) sightseeing O/N Hotel
  • Day 19Drive to Lhasa (3650m) O/N Hotel
  • Day 20Lhasa: Depong and Sera monastery. O/N Hotel
  • Day 21Lhasa: Potala, Norbulingkha and Jokhang. O/N Hotel
  • Day 22Drive to Namtsho Lake and O/N Guest House
  • Day 23Explore Namtsho Lake and drive back to Lhasa
  • Day 24Drive to Lhasa airport and fly to Kathmandu
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