Simikot - Kailash - Lhasa Tour

Trip Facts

Program Code: AHK-TSK-003 | Duration: 18 days | Program Type: Tour/trek | Maximum Altitude: 5630 meters | Minimum pax: +5 | Mode of Travel: Flight | Drive | Trek | Start Trip: Nepaljunj / Simikot | End Trip: Nylam / Godawari | Program Grading: gradegradegrade

Trip Overview

The Hindus believe that to plunge into the freezing cold waters of the Lake Manasarovar and walk around its circumference is to erase a whole lifetime of sins. Tibetans believe that they can negate their wrongdoings merely through walking. To the Tibetans, this lake they call “Victorious” is the holiest in the land, believed to be where the gods washed Buddha’s mother before she gave birth. According to the Hindus, Brahma created the lake for his sons to bathe in while they medicated on Mt. Kailash. Whether Indian pilgrim, Tibetan pilgrim or western traveler, one can see Lake Mansarovar’s holy origins manifested in its breathtaking beauty. It’s ringed by mountain peaks and filled with clear, bright-blue waters that look just a breath away from the sky. The lake was once surrounded by eight monasteries, which symbolized the eight points of the wheel of Dharma, but red guards destroyed most of them during the Cultural Revolution. Restoration is in the works. 

Roof of the world behind the Himalayas, Tibet is a culturally, religiously, ethnically, linguistically and geographically distinct region of Asia. 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.

From the 4580m high pass you can see the vast Tibetan plateau. We 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. We drive back to Godhawari border continues to Kathmandu.

According to mythology Manasarovar lake was formed in the mind of Brahma, and Indian and Tibetan pilgrims can also be seen circumambulating this lake, a distance of 90km. The Hindus believe that to plunge into the freezing cold waters of the Lake Manasarovar and walk around its circumference is to erase a whole lifetime of sins. Tibetans believe that they can negate their wrongdoings merely through walking. To the Tibetans, this lake they call “Victorious” is the holiest in the land, believed to be where the gods washed Buddha’s mother before she gave birth. According to the Hindus, Brahma created the lake for his sons to bathe in while they medicated on Mt. Kailash. Whether Indian pilgrim, Tibetan pilgrim or western traveler, one can see Lake Mansarovar’s holy origins manifested in its breathtaking beauty. It’s ringed by mountain peaks and filled with clear, bright-blue waters that look just a breath away from the sky. The lake was once surrounded by eight monasteries, which symbolized the eight points of the wheel of Dharma, but red guards destroyed most of them during the Cultural Revolution. Restoration is in the works. Mansarovar is home to many other Buddhist mythological landmarks, as well. There’s the Memmo Nanyi, a peak where the goddess of wisdom lives. The lake also represents the sun or lightness, while its smaller neighbor, Lake Rakshas Tal, is its complementary moon or darkness. According to Tibetans, it’s a good omen when the waters of Mansarovar flow into the Rakshas Tal, and while the former’s waters are healing, Rakshas Tal’s are poisonous. Most travelers explore the lake during day hikes from Chiu Monastery, which lies on the northwest corner of Mansarovar. The Monastery overlooks the lake from a hilltop; the views from the roof are tremendous. There is also a cave at the monastery that is considered one of Guru Rimpoche’s meditation sites. Only a handful of zealous travelers undergo the four to five day Cora around Lake Mansarovar , due to its challenging terrain. It basically goes along the circumference of the lake, diverging slightly at the northern shore to avert the marshes.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: fligh to Nepaljunj
Day 02: flight to Simikot Trek to Dharapani
Day 3: Trek to Kermi 2682m.
Day 4: Trek to Yalbang Gompa 2950m.
Day 5: Trek to Tumkot Khola 2800m.
Day 6: Trek to Thado Dunga 3854m
Day 7: Trek to Hilsa 3720m.
Day 8, 9: Lake Manasarovar 4558m
Day 10: Darchen
Day 11: Drive to Dri Ra Phuk gompa 5010m
Day 12: Drive to Zutul Phuk gompa 4820m
Day 13: Drive to Tirthapuri
Day 14: Drive to Horchu 4550m.
Day 15: Drive to Paryang 4050 m.
Day 16: Drive to Saga 4600.
Day 17: Drive to Nylam
Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu

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