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Humla & Mt.Kailash - 24 Days

Humla & Mt.Kailash
Humla & Mt.Kailash

A fascinating, wonderful journey in the Far North West at Humla & Mt. Kailash with Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions trip begins with a scenic flight to Nepal’s south west low area at Nepalgunj then another short flight to the Himalayan North Mid Hills at Simikot in Humla region, then heading north through magnificent remote country side, farm villages and valleys with fabulous scenery of snow capped peaks of Mt. Api & Saipal and of Tibetan mountain ranges, then reaching at our adventure destination at Hilsa close to the border of South West Tibet on route to Mt.Kailash.

This trip offers an indigenous Tibetan cultured people settled here with their own Tibetan dialogue and language a unique tradition and culture; large beautiful villages like Simikot, Hilsa and Darchen in Tibet located in the wild pockets of Limi Khola and Karnali River.

The views and scenery, tranquility of this region is awesome amidst its enchanting forest and landscapes, After a wonderful time at Humla & Kailash region in Tibet return to Simikot by an alternative route offering you the best of this beautiful country, encountering interesting places, people, villages, valleys and serene forest of pines, oaks and rhododendrons, the trek passes many gigantic mountain ranges and over the several passes at near 5, 000m till the treks ends at Simikot, Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions trekking to Humla & Mtr.Kailash concludes with a memorable journey with a flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Mount Kailash 6,714m / 22,028ft situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with four great faces, the eastern face is believed to be crystal, the western ruby, the southern sapphire and the northern gold. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion-Bonpo.
To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rimpoche(Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the naval of the world. It is said that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and from here rivers flow in the four cardinal directions.

Over the centuries, pilgrims from all corners of the world, have constantly journeyed immense distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves from sins, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather and bandit attacks.

HUMLA – Nepal’s Wild West.

Humla was once part of the great Malla empire administrated from Sinja near Jumla. Until 1787 this empire extended as far as to Purang (Taklakot) and the ‘Lost’great villages of Toling (Zanda) and Tsaparang located in a remote south western Tibet, and to the north of Nanda Devi and Kamet Himal. Taklakot is an extraordinary melting pot with traders and merchants from the nearby countries, Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and Muslim traders from Kashgar, Nepalese entrepreneurs trading wool, salt and Indian goods along with Chinese Government officals and a huge army contingent. In Humla the traditional salt / grain trade with Tibet continues as it has for centuries. This trade has ceased in most of Nepal, because of the import of Indian salt and the other reason is that China has eliminated many border trading posts in remote regions.

THE NGARI – in Tibet.

Kailash and Manasarover are in the Ngari region of Tibet, perhaps the most inaccessible place on earth. This region is mostly populated by Dokpas, nomads who herd sheep, goats and yaks on these arid desolate plains, Most Dokpas do not have houses and they wander endlessly across the vast Tibetan windswept plains, living in yak hair tents. Ngari is the last frontier of Tibet: On this trip, after leaving Kathmandu and other cities enroute you feel as if you had suddenly transported back in the past even early than Marco – Polo times.

Trip Highlights: “Remote wild north west Nepal,  less visited region,  dramatic scenery, traditional Bon and Buddhist culture & religions, interesting villages, route to holy Mt . Kailash and the pristine sacred Lake Manasarover, view of Mt.Kailash from different angle (south-west- north & east).”

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m. via respective airlines.

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day tour.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot 2,910m. & trek to Dharpuri 2,600m.

Day 05: Trek to Sally khola 2,690m. 5 hrs walk.

Day 06: Trek to Muchu 2,920m. 5 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Torea 3,380m. 3-4 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Sip-Sip 3,800m. via Muchu 4 - 5 hours.

Day 09: Trek to Hilsa 3,720m. via Nara Lagna 6 hours.

Day 10: Border Crossing: A short walk and 2 hours drive to Taklakot 3,770m.

Day 11: Drive to Lake Manasarover 4,510m. 3 hours drive.

Day 12: Acclimatization Rest Day at Manasarover.

Day 13: Drive to Darchen 4,600m. and begin 2 - 3 hrs Kora at 4,890m.

Day 14: Trek & Camp at Jarok Donkhang (before Dromo-la past Dirapuk Gompa) 5,210m. 5 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Zutul-Puk. 4,790m. approx 6 hour walk.

Day 16: Trek to Darchen and drive to Chui Gompa. Approx: 3 - 4 hr.walk. and 2 hrs drive.

Day 17: Drive to Hilsa via Taklakot and camp at Hilsa 4 - 5 hrs drive.

Day 18: Trek back to East Yari. 5 - 6 hrs.

Day 19: Trek back to Yalbang 6 hrs.

Day 20: Retrace the journey to Dharpuri 6 hrs.

Day 21: Trek to Simikot for the last / final camp 2 - 3 hrs.

Day 22: Fly Simikot - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu.

Day 23: Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 24: Transfer to Airport for International flight.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,300m. via respective airlines.

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport our GA staff will receive will transfer you to respective Hotels, in the Hotel our guide will brief of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking / Camping, do's and don’ts and other related information that you might require while in Nepal with Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with a half day tour.

After the first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel.

Transfer to domestic airport for the flight to Nepalgunj an hour scenic flight, at Nepalgunj with time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the southern Nepal border with India, it is quite hot and tropical.

Day 04: Fly to Simikot 2,950m. and trek to Dharapori 2,300m. 3 - 4 hrs.

Morning 45 minutes flight to Simikot, administrative hub of Humla, with views of Mountains Mt Api and Mt. Saipal. On reaching at Simikot meet our trekking crews. Simikot, a small town perched on a ridge above the Humla Karnali River with wonderful views of the deep valley, continue a short trek of 3 hrs to Dharpori a small farm village, this region from Simikot is inhabited by Hindu people, called Thakuris, who trade with Tibet following the Humla-Karnali to the border.

Day 05: Trek to Sally khola 2,690m. approx: 5 hrs walk.

The walk from here, leads to a gradual altitude increase, with a long traverse across a scree slope to a stream, below the trail a bridge over the Humla Karnali and then to Khanglagoan, this is the last Thakuri village in the valley and the upper limit of rice cultivation. Our route stays on the north of the river as the trail winds up and down to Chachera, a Shepard's camp near a waterfall, overnight camp about ten minutes before the village. There is a hot spring about an hour’s climb above the village of Kermi.

Day 06: Trek to Muchu 2,920m. approx: 5 hrs.

The walk today has more steep uphill in few places, The trail passes through the compact settlement of Yangar, in some places in tunnel beneath the houses, then climbs behind a rock spur, the path winds its way close to the river on a track built up with rocks and wooden props and reach a new suspension bridge, then crossing to the south bank of the Humla Karnali, climb to a stream and ascend past apricot orchards to the entrance of Muchu village. Muchu village has a Gompa and a border Police Post a little further from the village just behind the few houses on the ridge.

Day 07: Trek to Torea 3,380m. 3 - 4 hrs.

From Muchu, the walk continues on the easy downhill path as far as to Thumkot, here we begin a steep climb away from the river on a trail which is visible from way down the valley, the Humla-Karnali disappears away to the right into a steep-sided and impassable gorge. A long climb from the valley of the Bumchiya Khola leads to our overnight stop at Torea.

Day 08: Trek to Sip - Sip. 3,800m. via Muchu 4 - 5 hours.

The trail ascends to a stream, and then contours up to a small cairn at 3,500m, where a few policemen maintain order from a tent, on rounding the ridge a superb view of the extensive fields of Yari. The trek follows an irrigation canal into the huge valley of the Jhyakthang chu, marked by a mani-prayer wall. As the route climbs gently to Yari, compact settlements of stone houses, a police post, customs office and a schoolhouse just below the trail. In this region, they grow millet, barley, Amarnath (Marcia) wheat, buckwheat, potatoes, and radishes. From this village the path climbs the broad valley to the source of the village’s extensive irrigation system, Despite the remoteness of this area there is a considerable amount of traffic traveling in the company of several contingents of traders, pilgrims and pack animals-goats, sheep and yaks, o Overnight camp on the meadow near the stream at the foot of the pass.

Day 09: Trek to Hilsa 3,720m. via Nara Lagna approx 6 hours.

Today's walk leads us to the frontier at Hilsa before we cross to the Tibetan side. From Sip-sip the trail climbs to a continuous uphill along the side of the ridge to a huge rock cairn atop the Nara Lagna at approx 5000m / 15,030ft. A little below from the pass you can view the Tibetan plateau, the Humla Karnali and the green barley fields of Sher or Sera. From the pass along dusty drop to the Humla Karnali, a few minutes walk along the river to the overnight camp at Hilsa, a couple of tents and stone houses surrounded by barley fields. A stone pillar marks the Nepal-Tibet border, just across the bridge.

Day 10: Border Crossing: A short walk and 2 hours drive to Taklakot 3,770m.

A short climb to a Tibetan salt trading post, where our vehicle and Tibetan guides and driver will receive us, the drive will take through Khojarnath, which is the lowest village in the Ngari Province of Tibet and has an important monastery, then reaching the busy bazaar of Taklakot or Purang. It is about 150km from Taklakot to Darchen, stay in a very basic guest house here at Taklakot (Purang).
Taklakot is an important bazaar for Tibetans, especially the Khampas from the north eastern Tibet, set up their tents in one part of the town, whilst Nepalis traders has two more, separate market areas during the summer months. There is still a quite important wool trade between the local, nomadic Drogpa herdsmen and certain of the Nepali traders.

Day 11: Drive to Lake Manasarover 4,510m. Approx. 3 hours drive.

From Taklakot, it is an impressive drive out of the valley of the Karnali River; the drive climbs the hill out of Taklakot, the road gains altitude rapidly at first and then levels crossing the barren base below Mt.Gurla Mandhata 7,728m. On arriving at the top of the Thalladong pass 5,050m, a nice viewpoint overlooking the Rakas Lake and the sacred Mt.Kailash in the distance. The drive passes the Gurla pass a short distance before arriving at Lake Manasarover for the overnight camp.

Day 12: Acclimatization and Rest Day at Manasarover.

Rest day for acclimatization at leisure or short hike and visit to the nearby monasteries. Manasarover a sacred lake, located in West Tibet between  Mt. Kailash  6,714m and the Gurla Mandhata Range 7,694 m.
Manasarovar beneath the shadow of holy Kailash as the lake formed in the mind of God. In any language, this is the holiest, most famous lake in Asia.  The best time to circle Manasarovar is in late autumn and early spring when the streams and rivers flowing into the lake are low. It is then possible to walk very near the shoreline.

Day 13: Drive to Darchen 4,600m start 2 - 3 hrs Kora at 4,890m.

Two hours drive will bring us to Darchen, a small settlement with few guesthouses this places can be quite busy with pilgrims during the auspicious time for the kora (circumambulations). Darchen is the starting and ending point of the holy walk around. The holy walk leads west from the guest house compound high above the Barkha plain to a cairn and prayer flags, an excellent view of Mt.Kailash from this spot. The trail continues across the plain to Shershong, an hour past Shersong is a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa high on the hill above, The west bank trail leads across the scree slopes to our overnight camp just by the streams on the meadow, before Damding Donkhang that offers a good view of the west face of Mt.Kailash.

Kailash (6,714m.), Asia’s most sacred mountain, is said to be at the heart of the ancient Shangshung kingdom, the supposed land of origin of the pre-Buddhist Bonpos. Mount Kailash is their soul-mountain. This is the very place where the sect’s legendary founder, Tonpa Shenrab descended from heaven to earth.

Day 14: Trek & Camp at Jarok Donkhang past Dirapuk 5,210m. 5 hrs.

The second day of the pilgrimage begins, with a gradual uphill walk of 2-3 hrs bringing us to Diraphu Gompa.This is a superb little gompa with an exquisite interior and an excellent view of the North Face of Kailash, at present there are few shops and a Lodge on the opposite side of the monastery, after a break and a good rest our walk continues on the gradual path for some time, after the bridges the kora route climbs onto a moraine, eventually meeting the trail from the east bank. The trail from here climbs steeply to a meadow for the overnight camp, highest camp on this trip.

Day 15: Trek to Zutul - Puk. 4,790m. approx 6-hour walk.

Our kora continues with a steep climb for 20-30 minutes with great views of North East Face of Mt.Kailash after reaching the ridge the path leads to a gradual walk for a while till we come to the last final climb towards Dromo-laat the highest point of this journey. The trail today leads up past piles of clothing, the local Tibetan pilgrims leave an article of clothing or some of their possessions leaving their past life behind them, the kora continues past thousands of small rock cairns beyond to a stone hut and across a boulder field and up to to the high pass of Dromo- la at approx.5,630m /18,525ft. A big boulder represents the goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) is festooned with prayer flags. This spot is the physical and spiritual high point of the pilgrimage/kora. The track from here descends to the plain below, a few hours walk brings us to the overnight camp at Zutul-Puk Gompa, Zuthul means cave. The place is named after a cave in which the poet, saint Milarepa stayed meditating. His footprint still remains on the roof.

Day 16: Trek to Darchen drive to Chui Gompa. 3 - 4 hr with 2 hrs drive.

The last day of our holy ‘kora’ leads to an easy walk of only 3 to 4 hours on the broad level winding trail, passing numerous mani walls, then coming to a narrow valley and short section of gorge as the route turns towards west to Darchen, the last leg of the trek make a dramatic exit from the river valley on to the plain the walk passes to a mani walls decorated with carved yak skulls. A short walk from here brings you to the windswept little township of Darchen and the end of our great good walk. From here we drive back to Lake Manasorover for the overnight halt near Chui Gompa for our last camp in Tibet.

Day 17: Drive to Hilsa via Taklakot and camp at Hilsa 4 - 5 hrs drive.

An early start for our return drive to Hilsa, with stop at Taklakot to go through the border crossing formalities, before proceeding to Nepal side. After lunch we continue our drive to Sher and cross over into Nepal without further formalities.

Day 18: Trek back to East Yari 5 - 6 hrs.

Retrace the journey back to eastern Yari.

Day 19: Trek back to Yalbang 6 hrs.

Retrace the journey back on this scenic trail to Yalbang.

Day 20: Retrace the Journey to Dharpuri 6 hrs.

This trekking on the same trail back to Dharapuri will be interesting to recall back the memories of the earlier start of the trekking from Simikot onwards.

Day 21: Trek to Simikot for the last/final camp 2 - 3 hrs.

Today’s walk for few hours to Simikot with time to browse around the bazaar and village town of Simikot, the major town of Humla region.

Day 22: Flight Simikot - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu.

A 45 minutes morning sweeping flight to Nepalgunj over the Himalayan foothills, overlooking striking views of the snow-capped peaks, on arrival at Nepalgunj connecting the flight to Kathmandu after a wonderful, memorable trip to Humla & Limi Valley Trek with Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions.

Day 23: At leisure in Kathmandu.

A day in Kathmandu, a tour in and around Kathmandu Valley on request

Day 24: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Today as per your international flight time, Great Adventure staff will transfer you with a complimentary transport to the airport for your final departure from this magnificent country, Nepal.

  • Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and drop by private car/van/bus.
  • Accommodation in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • National Park permits,
  • Trekking Map
  • Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during trek
  • An experienced licensed holder Guide
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 guests)
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters,
  • Transportation by bus, car or by flight,
  • Medical kit box
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • All local and government tax
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • All necessary transportation while sightseeing.
  • Restricted Area Permit
  • Emergency Rescue Help (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Farewell dinner with a cultural show.

  • All meals in Kathmandu except farewell dinner and breakfast.
  • Hard and soft drinks.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Rescue operation.
  • International airfare and tax.
  • Nepal tourist visa fee.
  • Tips for guide and porter. (They highly expect but not compulsory).

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