Prior to reaching Mt. Kailash experienced guides will lead you on a trek through the Humla region of Nepal and the Tibetan border area. Our trip will also take us to Lake Mansarovar, another holy site close to Mt. Kailash. Experience more religion and culture as you walk with around this wondrous lake with both Indian and Tibetan Pilgrims. The trip will end with an unparalleled drive through the Tibetan Plateau and two days of sightseeing in Lhasa. Come join us for this highly religious experience!
Day 1: Fly to Nepalgunj. Our first day is a relaxing one as we fly only ninety minutes to Nepalgunj, a bustling city in southwest Nepal.
Day 2: Fly to Simikot and trek to Dharapokhari. Another short flight will take us to Simikat. Simikot is the center of Humla, Nepal's most remote and majestic district. Our experience crew will meet us for the first time today and begin our trek. The day will be filled with barley fields, beautiful forested ridges, and even walnut and apricot tress. It is a great way to start our trek. We will spend the night in Dharapokhari, a small village.
Day 3: Trek to Salli Khola. Today we continue trekking towards Salli Khola. Our route leads us up steep slopes and along a cool river. We even get to see a waterfall along the way. Another ridge will be followed as we enter a large potato and buckwheat valley. A solemn pine forest and short descent will take us to our campsite along the river. Fall asleep to the calming sounds of rushing water!
Day 4: Trek to Muchu (2920 m). In the morning we cross another rocky ridge before getting to sandy meadows and widespread valleys. Goat herders can be seen many times along the way. In the afternoon we will follow the meandering trail above the river and over a bridge. We will spend the night in the small village of Muchu.
Day 5: Rest day. Today is a day to rest and explore this quiet ancient village of Muchu. Take it easy and immerse yourself in some of the Nepalese culture.
Day 6: Trek to Sipsip. From Muchu, we follow the trail over a ridge to the Tumkot Khola and then walk along the rocky stream bed for a short distance before beginning a steep climb through a rock-filled gully. We pass through Palbang and its bright yellow mustard fields to the small settlement of Yari and beyond here the route climbs up the valley towards a pass, the Nara Lagna. We camp below the pass in a meadow known as Sipsip.
Day 7: Trek to Hilsa (3720 m). A steep ascent in the morning will take is to the top of the Nara Lagna pass. Our first amazing views of the Tibetan Plateau come into view as we climb down the pass. The day will end with a rocky slide down to Humla Karnali.
Day 8: Trek to Taklakot and drive to Manasarovar. Our transport vehicles will meet us after the Tibetan border crossing and take us to the holy Lake Mansarovar. Be prepared for an awe-inspiring experience!
Day 9: At Manasarovar. Today will be a day to rest and experience the magic of this holy site. We will take it easy but also meet with local pilgrims and visit the beautiful Chiu Monastery. Mt. Kailash looms in the distance.
Day 10: Drive to Tarboche. After only a 35 km drive we will reach Tarboche. Tarboche marks the start of our religious 53 km trek around the mountain. Finally we have arrived!
Day 11: Trek to Dira-Puk. Lush green meadows and babbling mountain streams compliment our walk through the Lha Chu Valley. We then trek through a narrow river canyon. Enticing waterfalls and steep cliffs surround us. The north face of Kailash finally comes into view as we reach Dira-puk, a 13th century monastery.
Day 12: Trek to Zutul-Puk. After trekking through the Drolma Chu Valley we climb the prayer flag laden Drolma La pass. It is a relief to cruise downhill towards Zutul-Puk, with a view of an alluring mountain lake in the distance. Thukpe Dzingbu Lake is known as the Lake of Compassion. We can also explore several ancient meditation caves!
Day 13: Trek to Darchen. This is our final day of the kora and a delightful day at that. Several stream and splendid gorges surround us. Ravishing views of Mt. Kailash are abundant on our walk today. The night will be spent in Darchen, a desert-like area.
Day 14: Drive to Paryang. We must leave early today for our drive back to Paryang. However, it is not a wasted day as some of the best scenery on our trip is seen in this section. Relax and enjoy the unparalleled beauty of this drive.
Day 15: Drive to Saga. Today is another driving day as we head towards Saga. Take in the sights of the small dusty towns along the way!
Day 16: Drive to Shigatse. Unfortunately today is the most extensive drive on our journey. However, you can feast your eyes on the wondrous valleys, fields, and lakes along the way. In the afternoon we reach the Friendship Highway and continue on. Our final destination for the night is the second largest city in Tibet, Shigatse. Today is the longest drive of our journey, 452 km to Shigatse. Leaving Saga, we pass the turn-off for the northern route and skirt around a lake, passing through a series of valleys. Approaching Kaga, we'll come across the first trees and agricultural fields that we've seen for many days and the town itself is situated next to a picturesque lake. We continue on to Lhatse where we join the paved Friendship Highway and follow it for the final 150km to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.
Day 17: Drive to Gyantse (3950 m). Today is an even more enjoyable day as we visit the ancient Tashilhunpo Monastery. Only a short drive brings us to the town of Gyantse. We will be given the opportunity of experiencing more wondrous Tibetan culture as we see the Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Expansive views of the valley can be seen from the ancient Dzong fort. The Kumbum is much more than a stupa, as it is surrounded by numerous Tibetan murals and small chapel houses. Even if you are no art connoisseur you will be amazed by these ancient murals and architecture.
Day 18: Drive to Lhasa. Today is possibly the most spectacular drive of our journey. We travel over the Karo La pass, where towering glaciers rise nearly straight up from the road. Along the way we also pass through the small town of Nagartse. Past Nagartse lies an awe-inspiring turquoise lake, Yamdrok-tso. After passing one more high pass we reach our end destination of Lhasa. Lhasa is an amazing city widely regarded as the heart of Tibet.
Day 19: In Lhasa. We will take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple. This temple is the most revered shrine in all of Tibet and is constantly bustling with devout worshipers. We will also be given the opportunity to shop in Barkor, the crowded central market of Lhasa. In the afternoon we will visit Sera Monastery, a fifteenth century sprawl of golden roofs and whitewashed walls. This well preserved monastery is located just a few miles North of Lhasa and is home to several hundred monks. Its famous debating activities are happening 3:00-4:00 pm quite regularly every day, so remind our guide not to miss it.
Day 20: In Lhasa. A trip to Tibet would not be complete without experiencing the vital Potala Palace. This palace is Lhasa's cardinal landmark and is a wonder of Eastern architecture. Your first site of this massive structure will be a magical moment remembered for years to come. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to the Dalai Lama. This truly amazing day will ended with a visit to the Drepung Monastery. Once the world's largest monastery, housing 10,000 monks, Drepung monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Surprisingly much of the building was left untouched throughout so many hundred of years.
Day 21: In Lhasa. Today is a day for you to enjoy yourself and further explore the ancient city of Lhasa. It is completely up to you on how you spend your day. Many like to explore the city further, immerse themselves in Buddhist culture, or just relax in one of the city's excellent restaurants. The locals are friendly and the sights are amazing.
Day 22: Fly to Kathmandu. This remarkable flight last only an hour while crossing the Himalayan range. As you may expect the striking mountain views surround you the entire time. An amazing way to end a life-changing journey! Come join us in this land of religion and history!
Note: You can start this trip entering from Kathmandu, in Nepal side, as well as from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Canton (Guangzhou), Chongqing, Kuming, Xian, Xining - all these cities for your convenience in China.
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