Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350m.
Climb High Himalaya staff will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The group will be briefed about the tour and final preparations i.e. checking and demonstration of equipment to be used during the tour. Our staff will assist in buying and renting any necessary gear.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing. Fly to Nepalgunj.
A city tour guide will take you around the holy sites in the valley, including Pashupati Nath, Jal Narayan, Swayambu Nath in the morning. Then transfer to Kathmandu airport to catch up flight to Nepalgunj.
Day 03: Fly Simikot- Hilsa. Drive to Purang 3,770m.
Early morning flight to Simikot and a helicopter flight to Hilsa. Then cross the Karnali bridge over to Tibet. Drive to Purang (Taklakot). Immigration formalities at the border custom office before Purang.
Day 04: Purang, acclimatization day 3,770m.
A day to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude. It is important to stay hydrated (3/4 litres a day) and be extremely aware of one’s physical condition, which the staff will also monitor at all times. The group have the option of hiking which would definitely help pilgrims/trekkers get used to trek conditions for Kailash Parikrama.
Day 05: Purang to Lake Mansarovar 4,582m. (FULL MOON DAY)
A beautiful drive through the dramatic valleys, the rivers and through the grazing lands of yaks and sheep. The landscape is filled with snowcapped peaks rising out of the distant sand dunes. Many Tibetan nomads and traders in their traditional dress inhibit this area. By late afternoon, the drive through the green pastures and massive valleys gives way to the first sighting of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar from Chhesakhang. Walk through the small village of Sherlung and Thugu Gompa on the banks of the holy lake or drive all the way to the western bank for an overnight stay at Chui Gompa (monastery).
One can visit the lake and enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Gurula Mandhata 7,728m to the south and Kailash to the north.
Day 06: Lake Mansarovar to Darchen 4,670m. Parikrama / Kora Mt. Kailash, Dirapuk 4,900m.
The staff will set up individual bath tents on the banks of Lake Mansarovar for the pilgrims before circumambulating Mount Kailash. A ritual bath at Mansarovar is considered to attain moksha and a drink of its water relinquishes the sins. After lunch, drive north towards Darchen, a village considered the base camp for Kailash. If pre-arranged, one can visit Rakshasi Lake, Asthaparbat, Nandi Parbat and Tirthapuri.
Drive to Sershong. First day of walking around Kailash begins at Tarbuche. Along the way, one passes numerous chortens (stupas), Chukku monastery, the burial site of the 84 mahasiddhas and wonderful views of cascading creeks, streaming waterfalls and the mighty west face of Kailash. After five hours one arrives at the Dirapuk monastery. The north face of Kailash is seen from a distance. Stay overnight.
Day 07: Parikrama / Kora Mt. Kailash, Zuthulpuk 4,760m.
Long and challenging day of the parikrama. Cross Dolma-La pass 5,636m between two valleys, Yamastal and reach Shiva-sthal, where to symbolize death, pilgrims leave the old clothes, hair or drop of blood in hope that Yamarajan (God of death) will aceept these and allow the pilgrims to be born in spirit to pass Dolma-La. In Buddhism, the pass symbolizes with the goddess Container and in Hinduism to Parvati, wife of Shiva. On reaching the top, Shiva-stal, the offerings are placed and one can meditate. On the way down, one crosses Parvati-stal, Gauri Kunda and reaches Zuthulpuk (the cave of miracles, the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here) along the river. All along the way, there are wonderful views of high peaks, streams, waterfalls and mountain caves.
Day 08: Parikrama / Kora Zuthulpuk, Purang
After 3 hours' comfortable walking (10km) along the river valley, the jeeps/vehicles will start the journey back. The transport will drive to Purang. One can have a Mansarovar lake parikarma by drive. Night halt at either Purang or Hilsa.
Day 09: Fly Hilsa – Simikot- Kathmandu
Flight to Simikot by Helicopter. Same day flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Day 10: Departure from Kathmandu
Morning check-out and drop at the airport.
For an optional tour to Manakamana, Pokhara and Muktinath darshan, keep 4 days extra. For more information, please enquire with Climb High Himalaya.