Simikot – Kailash Mansarowar

Simikot – Kailash Mansarowar

Mt. Kailash is the holiest mountain in the world for Hindus, Buddhists, Jain and Bon followers. At 6,714m high it is considered to be the axis of the cosmos,

Mt. Kailash is the holiest mountain in the world for Hindus, Buddhists, Jain and Bon followers. At 6,714m high it is considered to be the axis of the cosmos, from which four rivers, the Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and the Karnali draw their source and flow into the four directions. The pilgrimage around Lake Manasarowar involves a ritual circumambulation of the mountain. We start the trip Lake Manasarowar. Stepping on its shore and taking a bath, or drinking from the water is said to cleanse the sins of a hundred rebirths. The trail around the lake is a serene experience in crystal clear environment. In summer, wild geese and Himalayan swans swim on its waters. Six of the eight gompas have been rebuilt. On a rock high above the lake is Gosul Gompa, which offers a splendid view. We head west through a canyon near Sutlej then encounter the castles and towers of the 900 year old ruins of Tsaparang, the capital of the old kingdom of Guge. We drive on to Darchen, where we begin our mythical journey around Kailash. Kailash resembles a huge natural temple. Stones, springs and hills along the way have a deep religious meaning to the pilgrims. The trail leads through a golden-yellow steppe into the valley of the holy river and through canyons before the ascent to its highest point, Dolma La (5,636m), starts. There is also a symbolic passage through the gates of death after which one is cleansed and prepared for a good rebirth.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu, hotel.
Day 03: Flight: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj, transfer to hotel.
Day 04: Flight: Nepalgunj – Simikot, trek to Dharapari, camp.
Day 05: Trek to Kermi, camp.
Day 06: Trek to Yalbang, camp.
Day 07: Trek to Muchu, camp.
Day 08: Trek to Yari, camp.
Day 09: Trek to Sip Sip, camp.
Day 10: Drive to Taklakot, camp.
Day 11: Drive to Mansarovar visit Rakshak Tal, camp.
Day 12: Trek to Gosul Gompa, back by Jeep to Tschiu Gompa, camp.
Day 13: Drive to Tirthapuri, camp.
Day 14: Drive to Toling – visit Tsaparang, camp.
Day 15: Drive to Darchen, camp.
Day 16: Trek to Drira Phuk, camp.
Day 17: Trek to Zuthul Phuk , camp.
Day 18: End of trek and drive to Tirthapuri, camp.
Day 19: Drive to Hor – visit Seralung, camp.
Day 20: Drive to Paryang, camp.
Day 21: Drive to Saga camp.
Day 22: Drive to Zhangmu, hotel (BLD).
Day 23: Cross the border into Nepal and drive to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel (B).
Day 24: Free day in Kathmandu, hotel (B).
Day 25: Final Departure. Transfer to airport.

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