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Trip Overview

Simikot Guge Kingdom tour in the western tibet is the best adventure in remote village of Tibet to experiencing lost adventure in Kailash Guge Kingdom tour. The trek 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 Sher 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 Manosarovar and camp. “There are countless beautiful landscapes in the Himalayas, in the Trans-Himalaya and in there 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 in “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 pilgrim destinations along with Kailash and Lake Manosarovar .

Almost surreal appears the canyon-like valley of the Sutlej . Imbedded 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 long the north route to Lhasa . The light and shadows of the summer clouds make for a magical atmosphere, dip 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 Tibet ‘s, visited by many pilgrims from allover the country, we will have two days at our disposal.

Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU [1,350M/4,430FT] – OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL IN KATHMANDU on (BB)
Welcome to Nepal! Upon arrival at Kathmandu meet and transfer to Hotel. Later we shall collect your passport and application form to submit at the Chinese Embassy for Tibet visa processing for which usually the Embassy will take 2 Nights to issue the visa as per present  rule(From Monday to Friday only).

DAY 02: FREE DAY FOR THE TIBET VISA PROCESSING WITH SIGHTSEEING TOUR: EVENING PASSPORT HAND OVER AND BRIEFING ON TIBET BY OUR REPRESENTATIVE AND FLY TO NEPALGUNJ – OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL IN NEPALGUNJ ON (BB)

DAY 03: FLY FROM NEPALGUNJ TO SIMIKOT (2910 M) – OVERNIGHT AT LODGE/GUEST HOUSE IN SIMIKOT ON (BB)
Early morning after tea, you will drive to Nepalgunj airport to catch the flight to Simikot. Simikot (2910m) is the district Headquarter of Humla, a mountain district of Nepal. It is also a gate way to Kailash tour by Helicopter. You will spend the rest of the day there  to acclimatize; and if you will have a little more time, you will do a short trek around Simikot. In the mean time we will finish immigration process in Nepal side.

DAY 04: SIMIKOT – HILSA – TAKLAKOT – OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL/LODGE/GUEST HOUSE IN TAKLAKOT ON (BB)
After breakfast, we will walk to Simikot airport and take helicopter to Hilsa. It takes 20 minutes to reach Hilsa. You will see the scenic view of green hills and snow capped mountains along with deep river gorge of River Karnali from the helicopter. After 30 minutes walk from Hilsa, we will reach at the immigration office and we will get the pass to enter into Tibet. Our vehicle will be waiting us in the Tibet side. Nearly after 45 minutes drive, we will arrive at Taklakot/Purang (4025 m).

DAY 05: AT TAKLAKOT – REST DAY FULL DAY – FREE FOR ACCLIMATIZATION – OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL/LODGE/GUEST HOUSE IN TAKLAKOT ON (BB)

DAY 06: DRIVE FROM TAKLAKOT TO LAKE MANSAROVAR (4550 M) – OVERNIGHT AT LODGE/GUEST HOUSE IN MANSAROVAR ON (BB)
After breakfast, we drive to the holy and beautiful lake MANSAROVAR (4550m). It is 88 km far from Taklakot to Mansarovar which will take 1.5 hours. RAKCHHAS TAL is another lake on the way to Mansarovar; we stop there for few minutes to catch an amazing beauty of the lake. Then we continue to drive to Mansarovar. When we arrive at Mansarovar, we will take rest with lunch at guest house; and we will be ready for Mansarovar kora with vehicle. It is the most auspicious day for us as we will see the first glimpse of holy Kailash and sacred Lake Mansarovar. We will take holy bath on the bank of Mansarovar.

DAY 07: DRIVE TO YAMA DWARA TREK TO DERUPHUK (4909 M) – 12 KM – OVERNIGHT AT LODGE/GUEST HOUSE IN DERUPHUK ON (BB)
Trek after breakfast drive towards Yama Dwate via Darchen. Yamadwar (Tarboche) is the starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also well known as an outer “Asthapath”. It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky which  makes you feel that Great God Shiva is everywhere with tons of blessing to you. We see Ganesh Parwat on its’ side. Time to time the north face of Kailash Parbat will  keep on appearing. Overnight at Guest house. If you are not doing Parikrama, then you will be waiting at Darchen till Group return from Parikrama;

DAY 08: TREK TO ZUTULPHUK (4820 M) 4760 M) (22 KM ) – OVERNIGHT AT LODGE/GUEST HOUSE IN ZUTULPHUK ON (BB)
After breakfast, we trek to East face Kuberknuda pass (5,700 m) and then descending gradually to Zuthulpuk (4760m). Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go towards the Kuberkunda pass with climbing ropes and other equipments. Once we reach on the top we see many spectacular views of the east face of Mt. kailash and the origin of the Uma River which is not possible from other spot. From the top, we also can catch the close view of Nandi Hill, Asthapath and more. Then we descend towards Zuthulpuk passing moving rocks way. By late afternoon we will arrive in Zuthulpuk- the cave of Miracles, the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have preformed miracles here.

DAY 09: ZUTULPHUK TO GUGE KINGDOM – OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL/GUEST HOUSE IN GUGE KINGDOM ON (BB)
Third day of Kailash Parikrama, and drive towards Guge Kingdom. Stay overnight at Zada Final day of Kailash Parikrama. we start quite early in the morning. It is 3 hours easy walking at flat land to reach near Darchen. All the way of walking is via bank of River from Kailash North face. We meet our driving crew ahead of Darchen and drive to Tirthapuri. After visititing monastery and hot spring, drive to Zada for overnight.

DAY 10: FULL DAY EXCURSIONS OF THE RUINS VISIT GUGE VALLEY, TSAPARANG TOILING – OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL/GUEST HOUSE IN GUGE KINGDOM ON (BB)
Full day excursions of the ruins visit Guge valley, Tsaparang Toiling.Drive to Ruin valley of Guge. Visit Tsaparang, Toiling and overnight.

DAY 11: DRIVE BACK TO LAKE MANASAROVAR (228 KM,5-6HOURS, 4,560M HIGH) – OVERNIGHT AT GUEST HOUSE IN MANASAROVAR ON (BB)
After breakfast, retrace the road back to Lake Manasarovar, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. In Buddhism and Hinduism, Manasarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. Climb up to Chiu monastery and have a good view of the lake or wonder along the lake shore to have a relaxing afternoon.

DAY 12: DRIVE FROM MANASAROVER TO KERUNG – OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL/GUEST HOUSE IN KERUNG ON (BB)
We retrace our journey back to Kerung from Saga. Kerung is a border town where we will spend the night.

DAY 13: KERUNG / GYIRONG – KATHMANDU: (1300 M) 157 KM 8 – 9 HRS – OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL IN KATHMANDU ON (BB)
After breakfast, Drive 24 km approximately 1 hour downhill to reach Chinese immigration (Rasuwa Gadi bridge) after immigration process we walk through Bridge where vehicle from Nepal side will be waiting, After driving for about 1.5 km we do immigration formality in Nepal side and continue drive to Kathmandu by now you will have entered into a completely different landscape one which is vastly different from just where you were a few days ago. The Nepali foothills and the greenery will make the drive pleasant and enjoyable. Transferred to Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 14: DEPARTURE – (BB)
After breakfast you are free till departure time. If you have more time you can do shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, our office representative drops you to the airport.

OR OPTIONAL TOUR TO LHASA VISIT:

DAY 11: DRIVE TO SAGA/ /4450M- OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL IN SAGA ON (BB)
After breakfast the 8 kms easy trek and a short drive will bring you to Darchen where those who did not perform the parikrama are waiting for you. The group will then drive from Darchen to Saga,

DAY 12 : DRIVE TO SHIGATSE (XIGATSE) 3843 M/ 410 KMS – OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL IN SHIGATSE ON (BB)
After breakfast we will be leaving Saga and drive back to Shigatse rest of the day at leisure. Upon arrival check into the hotel in Shiagtse for overnight stay

DAY 13 : DRIVE TO LHASA 3600 M/ 270 KMS – OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL IN LHASA ON (BB)
Morning after breakfast drive to Lhasa:
PM:
VISIT SERA MONASTERY OR DREPUNG MONASTERY
Sera Monastery: 5Kms north of Lhasa, Sera setting is one of Lhasa’s prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. Sera is worth visiting in the late afternoon when debating dance is usually held in the monastery’s debating courtyard. Drepung Monastery: about 8 kilometers west of central Lhasa established in 1530 by second Dalai Lama, used to be one of the world’s largest monasteries since king of Tsang and the Mongols. You can visit both of the monasteries if time permits.
Some free time for shopping or own activities

DAY 14 : IN LHASA 3600 M – OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL IN LHASA ON (BB)
Start today’s Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to the landmark – Potala Palace which is regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural building in the world. You will climb up the palace along the zigzag stone paths with white-and-red walls to the top of the palace where you can not only appreciate the exotic Tibetan-style architecture, but also get a great view of Lhasa’s urban areas, then walk into the inner space of Potala Palace to explore the stately chapels and learn about the history of the palace.

After lunch, you will go to visit the beautiful Norbulingka which used to be the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas in the ancient time, and now is a public park. It is famous for its Potrang, the private palaces of former Dalai lamas with grandiose Tibetan architecture style. Next, you will be taken to another famous monastery in Lhasa – Sera Monastery. It is famous for the spectacular “Buddhism Debating”. As a daily routine, the monks gather in a courtyard, and debate on the Buddhist doctrines with supplemented gestures, which is thought to be helpful to facilitates better comprehension of the Buddhist philosophy to attain higher levels of study. After enjoying the “Buddhism Debating”, you will be transferred back to the city. The rest time is your own free time to rest.

DAY 15 : KATHMANDU – FLY FROM LHASA TO KATHANDU – OVERNIGHT AT HOTEL IN KATHMANDU ON (BB)
Fly to Kathmandu After breakfast drive to Lhasa airport from where you board your flight back to Kathmandu. Your Kailash Manasarovar Yatra via Lhasa comes to an end as you from to Kathmandu with those everlasting memories.

Day 16: DEPARTURE – (BB)
After breakfast you are free till departure time. If you have more time you can do shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, our office representative drops you to the airport.

Cost Details

TREK COST: USD 4999.00 per person on Twin Sharing room accommodation
Single Room Supplement: US$ 590.00 per person

Extra: Tibet/China Visa fee US$ 114 for Other Nationals
Extra: Tibet/China Visa fee US$ 195 for American Nationals

Arrival Dates in Kathmandu – 2019 For 2020
May 2019 – 14
June 2019 – 08
July 2019 – 11
August 2019 -09
Sept 2019 – 08
May 2019 – 14
June 2019 – 08
July 2019 – 11
August 2019 -09
Sept 2019 – 08

 

Price Includes

  • Airport-hotel-airport transfers for International and domestic flights
  • All hotels in Kathmandu on twin sharing with bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
  • In Tibet accommodation on twin sharing basis with daily breakfast as per the itinerary
  • In Kailash part tented camps and hotel/guest houses as per itinerary on full board basis
  • English speaking experienced Tibetan guide in Tibet
  • All trekking equipment such as two men tent, dinning tent, kitchen utensils, toilet tents, sleeping mattresses, camp chairs tables, all food stuff
  • Daily wages, insurance, food for trekking staffs
  • Nepal Trekking permit fee
  • All meals during trekking in Nepal
  • Gamow bags (life saving device incase of altitude sickness)
  • Portable oxygen cylinders in case of emergency
  • Yak and Yak man for porter age of luggage and equipment
  • English speaking experienced Nepali guide in Nepal
  • All transportation in Tibet by TOYOTA landcruiser jeep as per the itinerary
  • All sightseeing and Monastery entrance fees and necessary Tibet permits as per our itinerary
  • All entrance fees in Nepal

Price Excludes

  • Tibet Visa Fee
  • Airfare Kathmandu- Nepalgunj- Simikot and Kathmandu - Lhasa
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee
  • Lhasa and Kathmandu parts Lunch and Dinner in hotels
  • Alcoholic beverages & bar bills
  • Sleeping bag and Down jacket
  • All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc
  • Any kind of travel insurance, Emergency evacuation cost
  • Extra charges for hiring horse ride meals accommodation incase of staying back instead of doing kailash kora and vehicles in case of land slide and other natural calamities
  • Tips to staff
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