Mount Kailash, 6,638m (21,778ft), located in the far west of Tibet is considered a sacred place in four religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon and Jainism. In Sanskrit language Kailash means luminous crystal. Hindus believe Mt. Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva and a place of eternal bliss. According to legend, the immortal Shiva is enthroned on the top of Kailash and the mountain is regarded as the location of exceptionally powerful transformation. Therefore a Hindu making the pilgrimage to Kailash and having a darshan (divine view) of Shiva’s abode is to attain release from the clutches of ignorance and delusion.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount importance to us at Alpine Club of Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.
Places to Visit: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot-Hilsa-Taklakot-Mansarovar-Darchen-Dirapuk-Zutul Puk-Dolma La Pass-Taklakot-Hilsa-Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and escorted to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city.Meals: NO
Day 2 Sightseeing in KATHMANDU
In the morning after breakfast, a trip orientation meeting will be organized and there will be a full day tour around Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu, being a historical and cultural heart of Nepal, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. In this tour we will see the glorious Newari architecture of old palace of Kathmandu Durbar Square and we will join the pilgrims around the enormous Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa and then to the Nepal’s most important Hindu temple Pashupatinath temple that stands on the bank of the holy Bagmati river. Last minute shopping can also be done this day.Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Fly to NEPALGUNJ (160m/525ft)
It is a one-hour flight that takes us to the lowlands in southwestern part of Nepal.Meals: Breakfast.
Day 4 Fly to SIMIKOT (2960m/9712ft); Fly to HILSA
We take a one hour flight in a helicopter to SIMIKOT where you must put exit stamp on your Passport before you leave for China (Kailash). After this, we continue our journey to Hilsa. After reaching Hilsa, we cross Karnali river through a suspension bridge and enter China side and trek upto Sher village for about an hour. The Chinese immigration Office and Boarder Check Post is situated in Sher village. You will find your vehicles (Land Cruisers & truck) waiting at Sher. From Sher, it takes another hour to reach Taklakot.Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 Drive from TAKLAKOT to LAKE MANSAROVAR
After breakfast we drive to Lake Mansarovar which takes about two and half hours. On the way, we stop at Rakshas Taal. After reaching Mansarovar Lake, we make a circuit around the lake on jeep that takes around 3 hours.Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Drive to DARCHEN & prepare for TREKKING.
We drive to Tarboche ( the foot of Mt. Kailash ) in Darchen, 107 km north of Purang where we will be astonished by the spectacularity of Mt.Kailash, the heart of Buddhism universe.Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 Kora Day 1–Trek to DIRA-PUK (6 hours; 200m ascent).
From Tarboche, we walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. We follow the river which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th century monastery at Dira-puk.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Kora Day 2–Trek to ZUTUL-PUK (7-8 hours; 550m ascent, 600m descent).
We now leave the Lha Chu Valley and enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La (5630m). It’s a tough climb to the summit which is festooned with prayer flags but from there it is all downhill or flat to Zutul-puk, with views of one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion. As well as the monastery at Zutul-puk, there are several meditation caves and another cave containing an image of Milarepa.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Kora Day 3–Trek to DARCHEN (3-4 hours; 150m descent); Drive to TAKLAKOT.
This is the final day of the Kora. We cross several streams and follow an impressive gorge. Along the way we are once again treated to magnificent views of Mt. Kailash. We then enter the Bharka plain and it’s about an hour’s walk through this desert-like landscape to Darchen. From Darchen we drive to Taklakot for our return trip back to Kathmandu.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: DRIVE to HILSA ; Fly to NEPALGUNJ
After breakfast, you will drive to Sher village and onwards to Hilsa and take helicopter flight to Nepalgunj via Simikot.Meals: Breakfast
Day 11 Fly back KATHMANDU
Fly back from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip.Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 12 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS
If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc. Meals: Breakfast
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