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Kailash Tour via Simikot

Kailash Tour via Simikot Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to your hotel. Nepalgunj is in the sub-tropical lowlands of the Terai close to the border with India.
Day 02: Fly to Simikot 2960m, and begin trek to Dharapari 2250m. The flight takes 50mins and offers some fantastic views of Himalayan peaks. The landing at the tiny mountain airstrip at Simikot is an unforgettable experience. There is an initial climb above Simikot before descending towards the village of Tuling and follow a level trail through walnut and apricot trees to the village of Dharapari.
Day 03: Kermi 2682m. We follow the Humla Karnali and trek through rice and wheat fields to a point where the valley narrows and the river is choked with large boulders. According to legend, these represent silver fish that swam up from the Ganges and could make it no further. Above this point rice is not grown and we trek through small fields of buckwheat and open pine woodland. Towering above the surging waters of the Humla Karnali are snow capped peaks and a series of gentle waterfalls that provide ideal shower facilities!
Day 04: Yalbang Gompa 2950m. Today we cross our first pass, the Soli La (2990m), and descend to cross the Soli Khola on a sturdy suspension bridge built in 1995. Our trail campsite. The views are superb and the friendly monks speak excellent English.
Day 05: Tumkot Khola 2800m. The trail continues, at times close to the river, on a path that is built up with rocks and timber. We cross the Humla Karnali and climb gradually to Muchu (2920m) where there is a police checkpost. The trail passes below the gompa and stone houses of the village before gently descending to our camp by the river.
Day 06: Thado Dunga 3854m. After crossing the Tumkot Khola we leave the Humla Karnali behind and will meet it again in two days time. A two hour climb brings us to a ridge crest at 3310m marked by a large cairn. We continue through open juniper woodland past Palbang to the village of Yari where there is a small shop and a school. About half an hour beyond Yari there is a nice camping place in an area of small meadows known as Dzungjen. As an aid to acclimatisation we can climb one of the ridges above Dzungjen for some excellent mountain views of the Saipal Himal.
Day 07: Hilsa 3720m. The high pass of the Nara Lagna (4580m) is reached after a 31/2 to 4 hour climb. The summit is marked by two large cairns draped with prayer flags. Below, we can look into Tibet where the arid hillsides are a stark contrast to the greenery of the Humla region we have recently trekked through. It looks a long way down to Sher where our landcruisers await. The descent is steep and loose in places as the trail crosses scree and debris slopes. We may meet traders with large herds of sheep and goats. Each animal carries saddlebags loaded with rice from the Terai which is bound for Tibet, or if travelling in the opposite direction loads of salt bound for Nepal.
Day 08: Lake Manasarovar 4558m We climb a short distance to Sher, a Tibetan salt trading post at 3860m that is a windswept place of government buildings where passports and daysacks will be inspected. At Sher we meet our Tibetan guide and board our landcruisers for the two hour drive to Purang, (Taklakot) at 3930m. It is a rough fantastic drive that gives a taste of what lies ahead.kora. Below the gompa there is a small hot spring and tea shop where it is possible to wash the dirt of the trail from our clothes and bodies.
Day 09: Rest day. We spend a morning here to aid acclimatisation. We can explore the meditation caves along the lake shore and bathe in the sacred waters. Chiu Gompa is situated on a craggy cliff overlooking the lake and has commanding views over the plain to Mt Kailash. Inside is a small Guru Rinpoche cave that forms the most sacred part of the gompa.
Day 10: We drive to Darboche or Serchung 4750m It is a short 11/2 to 2 hour drive to Darchen, a cluster of buildings within a walled compound that marks the pilgrim’s gateway to Mt Kailas. Outside the compound is an area dotted with the tents of pilgrims and nomadic traders. Whilst our yaks are loaded and arrangements are made for the kora we may be able to hike to Selung monastery above Darchen. In the late afternoon we will begin our kora and follow an easy trail that contours the hillside above the Bharka plain. Nomad tents and their trucks dot the open landscape and are dwarfed by the sheer vastness of it all. A cairn and prayer flags at 4730m marks the first of the prostration stations or chaktsal-gang on the kora. Darboche is a lovely camping area at 4750m in the Lha Chu valley with terrific views of the south face of Mt Kailas. There is a large flagpole here which is the focus of a colourful festival in May that marks the Saga Dawa or birth of Buddha.
Day 11: Dri Ra Phuk gompa 5010m We head north up the Lha Chu Valley and enter the ‘Valley of the Gods’ through the ‘two legged chorten’ known as Chorten Kangnyi. It is a gentle walk on a well defined path that remains on the right bank of the river. The towering cliffs each have a name and are believed to be the abode of supernatural protectors. There are many nomads herding yak and sheep to grazing areas west of the mountain. We cross the Lha Chu to camp below Dri Ra Phuk gompa at 5010m. The views of Kailas’ north face are particularly impressive from above the gompa.
Day 12: Dri Ra Phuk gompa 5010m. We will spend an extra night here as valuable acclimatisation before tackling the Dolma La at 5636m. An excellent excursion is to the base of the sheer icy face of Mt Kailas that is framed between two hills and can be seen from our campsite. It involves a climb over loose glacial gravel to the ice towers at the mountains’ base. It makes a round trip of 3 to 4 hrs and is well worth the effort.
Day 13: Zutul Phuk gompa 4820m – cross the Dolma La 5630m. The day begins with a steep climb on a winding path over a moraine ridge to a level meadow area. To the south we can see a pass that provides an alternative kora around Kailas which can only be followed by those who have already completed twelve circumnambulations. Our route climbs to the Shiwa Tsal cemetary where Tibetans leave part of their clothing or a drop of blood to symbolise leaving part of their past life behind them. We may see lamas chanting prayers over the prostrate bodies of pilgrims in a ritual to aid their spirits’ journey after death.
Day 14: It is a slow steady climb to the Dolma La which is marked by streamers of prayer flags and the huge Dolma Stone that represents the goddess Dolma. Pilgrims will press their foreheads against the stone and money is pasted to the rock with yak butter. This is the spiritual and physical high point of the kora which can also be a cold and forbidding place. The trail descends by a series of rocky switchbacks above the frozen waters of the holy lake of Gourikund to reach the valley of the Zhong Chu. We follow the river to camp in the vicinity of Zutul Phuk gompa at 4820m after 6 to 8 hrs of walking. A truly memorable day.
Day 15: Hor 4550m. Our final day on the kora is an easy three hours walking as we exit the Zhong Chu Valley on a trail that contours high above a narrow gorge. The hills become less vegetated and more desert like as we approach the Bharka Plain with seemingly limitless views towards the Indian Himlaya. At one point pilgrims stop and scoop out of the hillside the precious white clay called Ghang Rimpoche ku-sha or the flesh of Kailas. It is believed to have medicinal properties and is spread on foreheads to ease headaches and colds. There is no need to linger at Darchen and we can begin the drive across the Tibetan plateau to camp by the northern tip of Lake Manasarovar.
Day 16: Drive to Paryang Camp. 4050m. The road is rough and there are some rivers to cross. Wild antelope and kiang (the Tibetan wild ass) are a common sight. This is the land of the drogpa nomads and we will pass many encampments with large herds of sheep and goats. The drives are long, bumpy and often dusty but the scenery is magnificent. Photo stops are a must!
Day 17: Drive on to Saga Camp 4600m.
Day 18: We rejoin the main Lhasa to Kathmandu Highway where we get to see Everest as the road climbs to the Lalung La (5124m) before descending and climbing again to the Tong La at 5120m. We finally reach Nyalam and overnight at a basic hotel.
Day 19: Drive via Zhangmu to Dhulikhel. Drive to Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel is a small town with a long history. The artistic skill and urban ethos of its Newar inhabitants have created a place of charm and beauty. Streets are lined with brick houses, carved wooden windows, sloping tile roofs, pagoda temples and sacred statues everywhere. You will think you have wandered into a cultural theme park. It also offers one other important thing - panoramic view of the Himalayas
Day 20: Back to kathmandu with private vehicle.
Day 21: kathmandu valley sight seeing and farewell diner.
Day 22: Back to onward destination.

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