Make a rendezvous with the remote Himalaya mountains of Humla and Kailash in our ultimate Tibetan journey through the ancient salt route. Humla, the land of the Oscar nominated Caravan fame, Thinley, and once a part of western Tibet region of Ngari, lies in the north-western Nepal just below the sacred Mount Kailash. Mount Kailash is the origin of many Himalayan rivers including the four greatest rivers of Asia: the Ganges, Indus, Tsangpo and Sutlej. Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar hold an important place among the followers of Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. In Buddhist cosmology Mt. Kailash is the centre of the world and hence making the Kailash Kora one performs the holiest acts of merit. The myths and legends surrounding the region prove the essential unity of all the religions. Mount Kailash also represents Kang Rimpoche, believed to be the resting place of Buddha Demchok. The region is also considered to be the site of the battle between the master of Tantric Buddhism Milarepa and the champion of Bon religion Naro Bonchung. Later in some Buddhist works, Mansarovar is described as Anotatta or Anavatapta meaning the lake without heat and trouble. The jouney to Mt. Kailash via Humla proves to be not only an act of merit and adventure, but also culturally and scenically rewarding experience.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA) we will be greeted by a representative from Glory Nepal. After completing custom formalities (Visa, etc) we pick up the luggage and look for our representative with a Glory Nepal display board at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel in Kathmandu. After check in, we can take a rest, hang around in the city or visit our office - it all depends upon our interests and condition. In the evening, we will be greeted by a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine dishes. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 02: KTM Sightseeing Tour: Basantapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, Boudhanath
We start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Basantapur Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. Likewise, the Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage sites site in Kathmandu. Boudhnath hosts us with over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu means the "the self-existent" marks the significance of spirituality. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
After our short excursion within kathmandu, we take an hour's flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj which is a border town near Nepal-India border is the gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town of Nepal offering the views of diverse cultural melting pot. Nepalgunj greets us with some sightseeing places which include Mini Zoo, local market, and nearby villages. Overhere, we also have to make preparation for next day's flight to Simikot.
Day 04: Flight to Simikot (2985m, 9,790ft) and trek to Dharapori (2360m/7,740ft, 4-6 hrs)
During our 40-minuted flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot, we enjoy the fantastic scenery of vertical mountain cliffs. Simikot, cut off from the rest of the country due to its remotenesss, is also the headquarters of Humla district. At Simikot, we encounter with the people, culture, and traditions which belong to the Tibetan origin. We take our lunch at Simikot and also register for the permit at the police office. From Simikot, we climb initially before descending towards the village of Tuling. We continue walking through jungle and villages along Karnali River toward Dharapori. Overnight at Dharapori.
Day 05: Trek to Salli Khola (2700m/8,856ft, 5- 6 hrs)
Our walk is relatively flat until Kermi. Then after, we follow the Humla Karnali basin. There are two hotsprings near Kermi. After bypassing the village at Kermi we enter into the widening valley which gives passage to thinning pines to walk. We cross the Salli La Pass (2990m, 9807ft) to descend to Salli Khola. Overnight at Salli Khola.
Day 06: Trek to Muchu (3120m/10,235ft, 5- 6 hrs)
Today, we cross the suspension bridge at Salli Khola and walk along a relatively flat terrain to reach at Yalbang. At this site we will be welcomed by rare Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery found at such remoteness. And, we step into further higher above the Karnali River. The more we move upward the lesser vegetation we experience. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Karnali River we will be at Muchu. Overnight at Muchu.
Day 07: Trek to Sipsip (4300m/14,104ft, 6 - 7 hrs)
At this juncture, we pass the Muchu Checkpoint to descend to Tumkot where we have the magnificent View of Dhungkar Choezam Monastery up the hill. Once we leave the Karnali River, we have to walk through higher altitude to be at Yari. At Yari we pass the police checkpost and further come across the increasingly barren landscapes. While heading towards Sip Sip, we Eenjoy the views of Erega mountain and vicinity of Thado Dhunga (4043m), the base camp for the Nara la pass (4580m). Overnight at Sipsip.
Day 08: Trek to Hilsa (3720m/12,201ft, 6 - 7 hrs)
We do not miss at this point to ascend the Nara Lagna Pass (4580m, 15,022ft) to capitalise the great views of the Tibetan plateau. While descending from Nara Lagna pass onwards we reach at the Ranipauwa village. Our further steps descend to the Humla Karnali which enroutes us to Hilsa, the border town on the Nepal side of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border. Hilsa is also a dropping point for the pilgrims on way to Mt. Kailash on Helicopter. Overnight at Hilsa.
Day 09: Cross the border, visiting of Purang and and transfer to Tritapuri (4560m/14,956ft)
Crossing the Nepal-China (Tibet) border we will be at Taklakot of Tibet, a trading town on the Tibetan side of the border. Then we drive to the customs office in Taklakot. Prior to drive for 130 km to Tritapuri, we visit tremendous ancient Purang gompa and engage ourself in sightseeing of unique buddhist frescoes of IIX century. Overnight at Tritapuri.
Day 10: Garuda Valley Sightseeing, Evening Transfer to Darchen (4560m/14,956ft)
Our arrival at the Garuda Valley or Kyunglung lies to the southwest of Mt Kailash, we endeavor to demystify the mysterious caves some of which have never been explored. The valley itself is the source of ancient Shangshung kingdom, and the ruined cave cities in the valley signify the remains of early Tibetan civilization. The valley will be full of intriguings for archeological and historical interests. With full of intriguings remnants into our memory, we retreat back to Manasarowar in the evening. Overnight in Manasarowar. Overnight at Darchen.
Day 11: First day of kora: hiking to Dira Puk Monasterys (5120m/16,792ft, 6 hrs)
Today, we begin our Kora of Mt. Kailash. The first day out of Darchen involves a six-hour hike in a deep valley through walls of red rock. We continue across the plain to Shershong. We further cross a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa high on the hill visible from the valley. The trail leads to Dirapuk from where we will have stunning view of the north face of Mt. Kailash. Overnight at Dirapuk.
Day 12: Second day of kora: acclimatization, short hiking to North Face of Kailash (6 hours by walk)
The second day of the Kora is essential to acclimatize properly during the climb. The second days will also be hiking day to the north face wall of Kailash. Although the hike is exclusive of the actual Kora, we do not miss the opportunity to put us face to face with the greatness of Mt. Kailash.
Day 13: Third day of kora: hiking to Dzutul-puk (4790m/15,765ft, 18km, 6-7 hrs ) via Drolma-la pass (5,750m/19,910ft)
Today, begins our most diffucult section of our journey within which we climb to Drolma-la pass (Pass of Tara), filed with five-colored praying flags. Then, we descend to Dzutul-puk. At Dzutul-puk, we encounter with incredible Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion) Lake and few ancient meditative caves. Overnight at Dzutul-puk.
Day 14: Fourth day of kora: hiking to Darchen (4560m/15,000ft, 14km, 3-4 hours) and transfer Transfer to Manasarowar
At this juncture, we gradually wind out of the valley to be at Barka plain. After completing the holy Kora of Mount Kailash at Darchen, we drive for 2 hours to Lake Mansarovar. Overnight at Mansarowar.
Day 15: Manasrovar full day. Kora around the lake by jeep.
At Mansarovar, the highest fresh water lakes in the world having 90 km circumference we try to touch the first dew drop of nature at such height. The belief is that the Kora of Mount Kailash completes only with a holy dip in the Lake Manasarovar and a drink of its holy water purgates one from the sins committed during circle of hundred lives. We also try to be one with the belief of Kora and round around Mansarovar by Jeep. In case of favourable situation we do not miss to visit Chui Gompa, another attraction of Manasrovar. Overnight at Mansarowar.
Day 16: Transfer to Saga (4600m/15,088ft)
Today, we have to accomplish a long drive from Mansarovar to Saga traversing through the sacred historic Chiu Monastery. We continue driving past Hor Quo and across the Mayum La pass (5200 m). While Passing through we will have glimpses of untouched small towns like Zhongba and Paryang. This journey covers 270 km from Mansarowar to Paryang and adjoins to Saga, 255 km away from Paryang. From Saga instead of going toward Lhasa, we drive along a different route to Kathmandu. Overnight at Saga.
Day 17: Transfer to Zangmu (3750m/12,300ft, 280km)
At our return we cross the Yarlung Tsangpo or Brahmaputra River and then drive to Nyalam. At the first pass we stumble upon Paigu-Tso, a huge lake with Mt. Shishapangma (8027m) in its background. Further, we do not miss the sight of Everest as the road climbs the Lalung La at 5124m. After crossing Tong La at 5120m, the next pass we finally reach border town Zangmu. Overnight at Zangmu.
Day 18: Cross the Border, Transfer to Kathmandu
We drive to the border check point to go through the custom formalities. After reaching Friendship Bridge, we will be leaving our Tibet side vehicles, and will walk for approximately 15 minutes towards Nepal. From Kodari, it takes another 4-5 hours drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 19: Fly Home
The Kailash adventure in the Himalayas comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but we trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If we have more time then there are more excursions like shopping or sightseeing in Kathmandu. Finally, a representative from Glory Nepal escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight to offer farewell greetings.
Where is Nepal ?
Nepal is landlocked country located in southern Asia couched between two Asian giants India and China. Nepal is geographically, culturally and linguistically diverse. The capital city of the country is Kathmandu, commonly known as ‘city of temples’ where we can explore traditional artistic beauty. Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya, Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. Moreover, it's a land of yaks and yetis, stupas and Sherpas and some of the best trekking on earth. The Himalaya's most sophisticated urban cultures took shape here, in the three great mini kingdoms of the Kathmandu valley- Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur - home to a world-class artistic and architectural heritage.
What is Nepal known for?
Nepal is Known for Mt. Everest, highest peak in the world and Lord Buddha, who was the pioneer of Buddhist religion. Besides, among 14 eight thousand meters cross mountains in the world, eight are located in this naturally beautiful country. Nepal has been the focus of outstanding achievements in the world of peak climbing expeditions with the identification of more than one thousand peaks above 6,000 meters .Trekking through the Everest region offers astounding mountain views, an opportunity to take a glimpse into the life of world heritage sites, discovering variety of Himalayan flora and faunas, and an opportunity to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Overall, Nepal is known for its hospitality and the local people believes in the mantra ‘Atithi Deba Bhaba’ (Guest are god).
Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?
Yes! Nepal visa is easily available up on arrival in the entry places. Make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash and two passport photographs.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent Nepali currency
Is the country politically safe and stable?
Nepal is one of the new democratic countries in the world with many active political parties, ideas, ideologies and leaders. As such there might be some disturbances in some parts of the country. But it does not and will not affect the daily life of the residents in the other parts. Life moves on as usual, unperturbed.
How to enter Nepal?
Nepal can be enter by two ways,
By air: Some of the major international airlines operating schedule services to Nepal are Royal Nepal Airlines, British Airways, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, India Air, Thai Airways, Qatar, Pakistan Air, Jet Air and Singapore Airlines. By air, you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport (only one international airport) located in the heart of Kathmandu City.
By Road: There are several entry points by land route mainly from Nepal / Indian borders;
Scheduled public as well as tourist buses run to and from Kathmandu. Traveling by bus is recommended if you can cope with 10 to 12 hours of long drive in return for a fascinating mountainous views and snail tail roads that meet above the clouds.
Do you have Airport pickup facilities?
Definitely! We do have airport pick up facilities for our customers who have booked for our any packages. We don't charge any money. As the time you booked your trip, you have to inform us.
What is the best time to visit Nepal?
September and April are warm with the temperature ranging between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. In October, November, late February and March it is typically 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. In December and January it is much cooler, between 45-70 degrees Fahrenheit, and you may experience foggy conditions as well. As there is an ideal time to visit Nepal. Nepal can be visited the whole year round. Light weight clothing is recommended from May to October. Warm garments are required from October to March. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the rainy season.
How can I make the payment?
There are various payment options by which you can make payment to Glory Nepal team. You can make payment by cash, bank transfer, online credit card payment and Travelers checks. If you wish to use another option of payment suitable to you, then Glory Nepal will assist you for that.
Why should I book the tour through Glory Nepal?
Glory Nepal team is a recognized Holiday Planner and service provider related with the Nepal Tourism Sector. The Team of Glory Nepal is able to work on your any kind of travel requirements as it is associated with a team of Tour Escorts, Guides who are well trained, fluent in different languages and with long experience in related sectors. We do offer verities of Nepal Tour, Trek, Jungle Safari, Adventure packages but beside that we are best in organizing special tailor made itineraries in any areas of Nepal. As our motto is "Guest's Satisfaction is our Achievements" we are always here to assist you for your holiday to Nepal.
What does grading (Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Strenuous) means?
"Grading" is a term used for rating treks based on difficulty. According to Himalayan Glacier standards and experience, we have divided the trekking into four types, namely Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Strenuous- the challenge in terms of both technicality and geography increases as we move higher in that order. Thus, Easy Treks could be suitable for all while Strenuous and Difficult Treks are meant only for those who have certain experience and capability.
This can help you choose a trek or climb especially in the Himalayan Region that best suits your fitness level and experience. Please keep in mind that this is a general guide only. A variety of factors, including weather, may add to the challenge.
No previous trek experience and any physical preparation are required to attempt this trek. An interest in walking will be enough to take up such treks. Such treks usually vary from 2 days hike to 5 days trekking and can reach up to an altitude of 3000 m. Treks usually on well maintained paths and passes through ridges and involve walking up to 5 hours a day.
Moderate Treks will require at least 6-7 hours of walking every day, crossing 4000 m above high altitude passes, and long and exhausting walks through often rough trails, rocks and boulders. Therefore, you will require physical and mental fitness, positive attitude and interests and previous hiking or camping experience is preferred. You should prepare to face high altitude.
Previous trekking experience and technical knowledge is essential in Difficult Treks. Besides walking through rough trails for 6-7 hours and crossing high passes as high as 5000 m, you will also be glacier crossings on snow/ice. You will be facing high altitude air with low level of oxygen and continuous walking over huge stretch of Himalayan valleys. Positive attitude and perseverance is required.
Strenuous Treks involve long days, long hours of challenging walks, high altitude passes above 5000 m, difficult terrains and glacier and snow walking. No doubt you need to be mentally and physically fit and in excellent health condition. As part of technical requirements, you will require to have rock and ice climbing experience with the knowledge of use of ice axe and crampons. You should consider joining one of the rock climbing and glacier walking classes prior to heading for Trek.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
There are many ATM machines in the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. ATM machines are slowly being introduced to other cities like Bhuwtal and Dharan.
What types of cards are accepted? Debit or Credit? Visas or Masters or Discovers or Dinners?
Most popular cards accepted in Nepal are VISA, MASTERCARD and American Express. Both Debit and Credit Cards are accepted here. American Travelers Cheques are also accepted in most Banks, Hotels, and Travel companies.
Are there any tourist police in Nepal?
Of course there is tourist police located near the Nepal Tourism Development Board's Office. Also, there are complaint counters at the airport and Basantapur Durbar Square. Tourist police are specially trained in English and have detailed local knowledge to assist tourists. For security and travel related assistance, you can reach any of the officers from telephone 4-247041, 4-4268969 during 11 a.m to 5 p.m
Is Nepal safe? Is a woman traveling alone safe with your company?
Absolutely Nepal is safe for traveler. Firstly, Nepal is considered as one of the peaceful countries in the world (chances are it's safer here than your home-country). Secondly, while you're on one of our trips, we take personal responsibility for your well-being, a responsibility we commit very seriously.
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