Mt Kailash Manasarovar Trekking
Mt Kailash Trek & Manasarovar Via Simikot (5630m)
In May 1993 the governments of Nepal and China reached an accord that allowed the first treks across the border between the two countries. While it had been a route for Nepalese pilgrims for years, foreign trekkers were never allowed to trek from Nepal into Tibet. The journey through Humla, Nepal's highest, northernmost and most remote district is culturally and scenically rewarding. The upper Humla Karnali Valley is also populated by Bhotias who trade extensively with Tibet in traditional ways that have totally vanished elsewhere. It is only near Simikot, the district headquarters, that you will encounter people of other ethnic groups, mostly Thakuris and Chhetris.
A trip to Mt Kailash has always been regarded as a pilgrimage. It satisfies the romantic in us that the pilgrimage to Kailash is a difficult one. Whether you drive for seven days or walk for six days, it is still not possible to make a quick, easy visit to Kailash and Manasarovar. You cannot yet travel all the way to Kailash by helicopter or airplane. This is certainly as it should be.
Day 01: Kathmandu (1300m.) arrival: Pick up from the airport/ Drive to hotel. Dinner
Day 02: Kathmandu: Breakfast, trip to City and temples, back to Hotel for lunch. After lunch, final preparation for yatra i.e, checking and demonstration of equipments which will be used during yatra. If any body needs to buy or get things on hire, our staff will give you company. Dinner.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalganj: Today we take the ninety minute flight to Nepalgunj in the far south west of Nepal. It is a busy crowded city which lies close to the Indian border.
Day 04: Fly to Simikot (2960m) then trek to Dhara Pokhari (2300m): This morning we fly north for about 50 minutes to Simikot, the headquarters of Nepal's most remote district, Humla. After meeting our crew, we set off on our trek, climbing up from the airstrip on a rocky trail past fields of barley and wheat. We ascend a forested ridge above the town of Simikot, before making a long steep descent past Dandaphoya. The trail is then fairly level, through walnut and apricot trees, until we come to the scattered village of Dhara Pokhari which is divided by the Yakba Khola.
Day 05: Trek to Salli Khola (2700m): Leaving our campsite, we cross a long scree slope and follow the river to a waterfall near the shepherds' camp at Chachera. We then climb over a ridge and bypass the village of Kermi before entering a big valley with walled fields of potato and buckwheat. After walking through a sparse pine forest we descend from the ridge to the Salli Khola and camp by the river.
Day 06: Trek to Muchu (2920m): We cross the river and climb over a rocky ridge before descending to the grey waters of the Humla Karnali. After crossing another ridge we come to a sandy meadow where goat herders often camp by the river. Beyond the meadow the valley narrows and we cross several more ridges, passing the villages of Yalbang and Yangar. The trail then winds its way precariously above the river before we cross a suspension bridge to the village of Muchu.
Day 07: Rest day: Today is a rest day which we'll spend in and around Muchu, exploring the village with its stone houses and gompa.
Day 08: Trek to Sipsip (4330m): 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 09: Trek to Hilsa (3720m): From Sipsip we ascend steeply to a rock cairn marking the top of the Nara Lagna (4580m. Descending from the pass, we have views of the Tibetan Plateau before arriving at the village of Ranipauwa. Beyond here, we slip and slide on a surface of loose pebbles down to the Humla Karnali
Day 10: Trek and drive to Taklakot (3930m): Shortly after crossing the Nepal/Tibet border which is marked only by a stone pillar, we meet our transport and drive via Khojar Nath ( Temple of Rama, Saita and Laxman) Takla kot is the large trading centre of west Nepal Tibet border.
Day 11: Rest day for acclimatize
Day 12 Holy-Manasarovara: At 14950-ft/ 4558m. Today you will be sent to the highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rashekshi are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Night will be spending at Chu Gumba.
Day 13 Puja and drive to Tarchen (14975ft) 40km: Manasarovara is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss.
After completing the memorable morning Bath and Puja we will be heading towards Tarchen. It is considered as a base camp for the Holy Kailash Parikrama.
Day 14 Trek to Dehara Puk/5000m: It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; water falls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is every where with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be keep on appearing. For 15 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs.
Day 15 Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (pass) of 18600ft between two valleys: Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget yourself. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive Zuthal Puk (the cave of Miracles. The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here).
Day 16 End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovara: After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting your arrival. By the late afternoon you will be at your lodge/camp.
Day 17 Drive to Paryang (277km) 7-8 hr.
Day 18 Drive Paryang to Saga (230km) 7-8 hrs
Day 19 Drive to Tingri 6-7 hr.
Day 20 Drive to Rongbok.
Day 21 Drive to Lhatse.
Day 22 Drive to Shigatse.
Day 23 Drive to Gyantse.
Day 24 Drive to Lhasa.
Day 25 Lhasa.
Day 26 Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
Day 27 Fly to Kathmandu
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