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Simikot - Mt. Kailash - Lhasa

Trip Facts

Program Code: ATH-TT04 | Duration: 30 days | Program Type: Camping Trekking | Minimum pax: 2+ | Mode of Travel: Land/Flight | Start Trip: Kathmandu | End Trip: Kathmandu | Program Grading: gradegradegrade
Simikot - Mt. Kailash - Lhasa

Trip Overview

Erase the sins of lifetime! Circumambulate Tibet’s most sacred mountain high on the remote western Tibetan plateau, in the northernmost region of the Himalays, sits the mystical Mt. Kailash. The very fact one thought of proceeding to Kailash and Manasarovar is a “call from within”. Thousands of Sages, ordinary mortals, philosophers and even the Gods had submerged in blissful trance at the very sight of this divine grandeur. This revered 22,028-foot peak is the source of four great Asian rivers-the Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej, and Karnali-and the ultimate pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists who believe that by devoutly circling the mountain on foot, they will be cleansed of all earthly sins and reach spiritual freedom. Mt. Kailash is commonly referred to as the center of the universe in eastern religious texts from India to Japan. Rooted through the seventh hell and bursting through the highest heaven, it is also believed to be the World Pillar.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Kathmandu Arrival and transfer to hotel. DB
Day 02/03 VISA arrangement. BLD
Day 04 Kathmandu-Nepalgunj 1½ hour flight Night at hotel. BLD
Day 05 Nepalgunj-Simikot, 40 minutes flight night camp in Simikot. BLD
Day 06 Simikot-Tuling:
Day 07 Tuling-Kermi:
Day 08 Kermi to Yangar:
Day 09 Yangar-Torea:
Day10 Torea-Sipsip:
Day 11 Sip Sip – Taklakot:
Day 12: Taklakot-Dharchen 145km. 4½ hrs. BLD
Day 13, 14 &15 Sakadawa Festival. BLD
Day 16: Dharchen-Kailash North face (Dri-ra Phuk) Approx. 16km. 4 hrs. BLD
Day 17: Darchen- Dira Phuk 4909 meters 6 /7 hours trek BLD
Day 18: Dira Phuk-Zuthul Phuk 4805 meters (22 kms — 7/8 hrs trek) BLD
Day 19: Zuthul Phuk-Darchen 4700 meters (14 kms — 3/4 hrs trek) BLD
Day 20: Darchen-Maheum-La Valley 155km. 4hrs Drive. BLD
Day 21: Maheum-La Valley-Dhongba (Chhumik) 177km 5hrs Drive. BLD
Day 22: Dhongba “Chhumik”-Arsar Dhougbang 333km. 7½ Drive. BLD
Day 23: Arsar Dhougbang-Lhache Cichhen 187km 5½ hrs Drive. BLD
Day 23: Lhache Cichhen-Sigatse 50km 6 hrs Drive (Sakya Gumpa Side trip) BLD
Day 24: Sigatse – Gantse 90km, 3 ½ Drive (Sahlu Gumpa Side trip 5 km) BLD
Day 25: Gantse – Lhasa 210km. 6½hrs. Drive BLD
Day 26 –27: Inner Lhasa tour BLD
Day 28: Lhasa Kathmandu flight (1hrs.) BLD
Day 29: Free in Kathmandu (e.g. shopping) BLD
Day 30: Exit “Departure from Kathmandu”

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