Simikot - Mansarover   Tour

Simikot - Mansarover Tour

Duration:  19 Nights 20 Days
Tour type: Private escorted tour with Tibetan tour guide, private vehicle with experienced driver
Departure: Flexible
Tour code: CTT-15
Max Altitude: 5030m

Simikot - Mansarover   Tour

The route leads through a magnificent mountain area, past villages of the Thakuri, along rivers and across the Nara Lagna Pass. From the 4580m high pass you can see the vast Tibetan plateau. You will hike to the Nepali/Tibetan border till the village of Sherpa on the Tibetan side, where a vehicle will pick you up and drive to Taklakot. Geographically you are directly south of Kailash, which Hindus and Buddhists view as the "center of the world". On your way to the holy mountain you will wander along the western shore of Lake Mansarovar and camp. "There are countless beautiful landscapes in the Himalayas, in the Trans-Himalaya and in their areas of high Asia, Yet the view from Gosul Gompa cross the lake and the surrounding mountains surpasses everything I have seen", wrote Sven Hedin "Transhimalaya" (1909).

The mighty rock dome of Kailash comes closer. Together with pilgrims from far and wide you follow the trail (Parikrama) across the Dolma La (5600m), which is adorned with countless prayer flags. It takes three days to circumambulate the snow-covered cupola of the 6714m tall mountain. In Tibetan tradition you will conclude this pilgrimage in Tirthapuri - which is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations along with Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.

Almost surreal appears the canyon-like valley of the Sutlej. Embedded lie the ruins of Tsaparang, the capital of the former kingdom of Guge. After visiting the 900 year-old site our drive through the canyon of the Sutlej starts along the north route to Lhasa. The light and shadows of the summer clouds make for a magical atmosphere, dipping the barren vastness in tinges of pastel green, yellow deep blue and violet. En route, we visit two of the most sacred temples of Tibet: Tshilunpo in Shigatse and Kumbum in Gyantse. In Lhasa, the spiritual and secular center of Tibet, visited by many pilgrims from all over the country, we will have two days at our disposal.

Day to day itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1300 m.)
Day 02: Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Nepalganj:
Day 04: Fly to Simikot (2960m) then trek to Dhara Pokhari (2300m):
Day 05: Trek to Salli Khola (2700m):
Day 06: Trek to Muchu (2920m):
Day 07: Rest day:
Day 08: Trek to Sipsip (4330m):
Day 09: Trek to Hilsa (3720m):
Day 10: Trek and drive to Taklakot (3930m):
Day 11: Rest day for acclimatize
Day 12 Holy-Manasarovara: At 14950-ft/ 4558m.
Day 13 Puja and drive to Darchen (14975ft) 40km:
Day 14 Trek to Dehara Puk/5000m:
Day 15 Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (pass) of 18600ft between two valleys
Day 16 End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovara:
Day 17 Drive to Paryang (277km) 7-8 hr.
Day 18 Drive Paryang to Saga (230km) 7-8 hrs
Day 19: Drive to Kerung (2700m).6-7 hrs
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu (1300m).6-7 hrs

Kailash Manasarovar Tour