Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will welcome you and give you further details of the program. There are no planned activities for your arrival day, and After completing custom formalities (Visa, etc) we pick up the luggage and look for our representative with a Mt. Jannu Adventures display board at the arrival gate. After check in, we can take a rest, hang around in the city or visit our office - it all depends upon our interests and condition. In the evening, we will be greeted by a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as fine dishes and enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: KTM Sightseeing Tour: Basantapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, Boudhanath
We start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Basantapur Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. Likewise, the Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu. Boudhnath hosts us with more than 50 Tibetain monasteries or Gompas. Swayambhu means the "the self-existent" marks the significance of spirituality. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
After our short excursion within Kathmandu, we took an hour's flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj which is a border town near Nepal-India border is the gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town of Nepal offering the views of a diverse cultural melting pot. Nepalgunj greets us with some sightseeing places which include Mini Zoo, local market, and nearby villages. Overhere, we also have to make preparations for next day's flight to Simikot.
Day 04: Flight to Simikot (2985m.) and trek to Dharapori (2360m/7,740ft, 5-6 hrs)
During our 40-minutes flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot, we enjoy the fantastic scenery of vertical mountain cliffs. Simikot, cut off from the rest of the country due to its remoteness, is also the headquarters of Humla district. At Simikot, we encounter the people, culture, and traditions which belong to the Tibetan origin. We take our lunch at Simikot and also register for the permit at the police office. From Simikot, we climb initially before descending towards the village of Tuling. We continue walking through jungles and villages along Karnali River toward Dharapori. Overnight at Dharmapuri.
Day 05: Trek to Salli Khola (2700m) 5- 6 hrs
Our walk is relatively flat until Kermi. Then after, we follow the Humla Karnali basin. There are two hot springs near Kermi. After bypassing the village at Kermi we enter into the widening valley which gives passage to thinning pines to walk. We cross the Salli La Pass (2990m, 9807ft) to descend to Salli Khola. Overnight at Salli Khola.
Day 06: Trek to Machu (3120m) 5- 6 hrs
Today, we crossed the suspension bridge at Salli Khola and walked along a relatively flat terrain to reach Yalbang. At this site we will be welcomed by the rare Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery found at such remoteness. And, we step further higher above the Karnali River. The more we move upward the lesser vegetation we experience. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Karnali River we will be at Muchu. Overnight at Muchu.
Day 07: Trek to Sipsip (4300m.) 6-7 hrs
At this juncture, we pass the Muchu Checkpoint to descend to Tumkur where we have the magnificent View of Dungkar Choezam Monastery up the hill. Once we leave the Karnali River, we have to walk through higher altitude to be at Yari. At Yari we pass the police checkpost and further come across the increasingly barren landscapes. While heading towards Sip Sip, we Enjoy the views of Erega mountain and vicinity of Thado Dhunga (4043m), the base camp for the Nara la pass (4580m). Overnight at Sipsip.
Day 08: Trek to Hilsa (3720m.) 6 - 7 hrs
We do not miss at this point to ascend the Nara Lagna Pass (4580m, 15,022ft) to capitalise the great views of the Tibetan plateau. While descending from Nara Lagna pass onwards we reach Ranipauwa village. Our further steps descend to the Humla Karnali which enroutes us to Hilsa, the border town on the Nepal side of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border. Hilsa is also a dropping point for the pilgrims on the way to Mt. Kailash on Helicopter. Overnight at Hilsa.
Day 09: Cross the border, visiting Purang and transfer to Tritapuri (4560m.)
Crossing the Nepal-China (Tibet) border we will be at Taklakot of Tibet, a trading town on the Tibetan side of the border. Then we drive to the customs office in Taklakot. Prior to driving for 130 km to Tirthapuri, we visited the tremendous ancient Purang gompa and engaged ourselves in sightseeing of unique buddhist frescoes of the IIX century. Overnight at Amritapuri.
Day 10: Garuda Valley Sightseeing, Evening Transfer to Darchen (4560m.)
Our arrival at the Garuda Valley or Kyunglung lies to the southwest of Mt Kailash, we endeavor to demystify the mysterious caves some of which have never been explored. The valley itself is the source of the ancient Shang Shung kingdom, and the ruined cave cities in the valley signify the remains of early Tibetan civilization. The valley will be full of intrigue for archeological and historical interests. With full of intriguing remnants into our memory, we retreat back to Manasarowar in the evening. Overnight in Manasarowar. Overnight at Darchen.
Day 11: First day of korra: hiking to DiraPuk Monasteries (5120m.) 6 hrs
Today, we begin our Kora of Mt. Kailash. The first day out of Darchen involves a six-hour hike in a deep valley through walls of red rock. We continue across the plain to Shershong. We further cross a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa high on the hill visible from the valley. The trail leads to Dirapuk from where we will have a stunning view of the north face of Mt. Kailash. Overnight at Dirapuk.
Day 12: Second day of korra: acclimatization, short hiking to North Face of Kailash (6 hours by walk)
The second day of the Kora is essential to acclimatize properly during the climb. The second day will also be a hiking day to the north face wall of Kailash. Although the hike is exclusive of the actual Kora, we do not miss the opportunity to put us face to face with the greatness of Mt. Kailash.
Day 13: Third day of korra: hiking to Dzatul-puk (4790m/15,765ft, 18km, 6-7 hrs ) via Drolma-la pass (5,750m.)
Today, begins our most difficult section of our journey within which we climb to Drolma-la pass (Pass of Tara), filled with five-colored praying flags. Then, we descend to Dzatul-puk. At Dzatul-puk, we encounter the incredible Thug Zenbu (Lake of Compassion) Lake and a few ancient meditative caves. Overnight at Dzatul-puk.
Day 14: Fourth day of korra: hiking to Darchen (4560m.) 3-4 hours) and transfer Transfer to Manasarowar
At this juncture, we gradually wind out of the valley to be at Barka plain. After completing the holy Kora of Mount Kailash at Darchen, we drive for 2 hours to Lake Mansarovar. Overnight at Mansarovar.
Day 15: Manasarovar full day. Kora around the lake by jeep.
At Mansarovar, the highest freshwater lake in the world having 90 km circumference we try to touch the first dew drop of nature at such height. The belief is that the Kora of Mount Kailash completes only with a holy dip in the Lake Manasarovar and a drink of its holy water purgates one from the sins committed during circle of hundred lives. We also try to be one with the belief of Kora and round around Mansarovar by Jeep. In case of favourable situations we do not miss to visit Chui Gompa, another attraction of Manasarovar. Overnight at Mansarovar.
Day 16: Transfer to Saga (4600m.)
Today, we have to accomplish a long drive from Mansarovar to Saga traversing through the sacred historic Chiu Monastery. We continue driving past Hor Quo and across the Mayum La pass (5200 m). While Passing through we will have glimpses of untouched small towns like Zhongba and Paryang. This journey covers 270 km from Mansarovar to Paryang and adjoins Saga, 255 km away from Paryang. From Saga instead of going toward Lhasa, we drive along a different route to Kathmandu. Overnight at Saga.
Day 17: Transfer to Zangmu (3750m.)
At our return we cross the Yarlung Tsangpo or Brahmaputra River and then drive to Nyalam. At the first pass we stumble upon Paigu-Tso, a huge lake with Mount Shishapangma (8027m) in its background. Further, we do not miss the sight of Everest as the road climbs the Lalung La at 5124m. After crossing Tong La at 5120m, the next pass we finally reach the border town Zangmu. Overnight at Zangmu.
Day 18: Cross the Border, Transfer to Kathmandu
We drive to the border checkpoint to go through the custom formalities. After reaching Friendship Bridge, we will be leaving our Tibet side vehicles, and will walk for approximately 25 minutes towards Nepal. From Kodari, it takes another 4-5 hours drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel Kathmandu.
Day 19: Fly Home
The Kailash adventures in the Himalayas comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but we trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If we have more time then there are more excursions like shopping or sightseeing in Kathmandu. Finally, a representative from Mt. Jannu Adventures escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight to offer farewell greetings.
Cultural tour of Mt Kailash via Simikot
It’s a very rich cultural trip on the old salt road in the Himalayan mountains of Humla. It is a western region of Tibet from Ngari which is in the northwest of Nepal just below the sacred Kailash Mountain.
Mt Kailash (6638m) is also called Tibetan Gang Rinpoche. Four of the largest rivers in Asia have their source at the foot of Mt Kailash: the Ganges, the Indus, the Tsangpo and the Sutlej. It is a place held sacred by practitioners of four Asian religions: Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Bonpos. This mountain would represent the center of the world. The circumambulation around the Kailash is one of the most important pilgrimages in Asia. For Buddhists this mountain is the home of Demchog Buddha. According to a legend, during an argument with a Bon monk, the master Milarépa to show his superiority, would be transported to the top of the mountain on a ray of sunshine. Lake Mansarovar is described as a lake without heat (Anotatta) and without problem (Anavatapta).