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Simikot, Mt. Kailash and Lhasa - 17 days
In the far west of Tibet is Mt Kailash, the most sacred mountain in Asia, which is venerated by Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and the ancient Bon religion of Tibet. From it flow four great rivers - the Karnali, the Indus, the Sutlej and the Brahmaputra - which drain the vast Tibetan Plateau. It is an important site for Tibetan and Indian pilgrims who make a 53km circuit, or kora, of the mountain. This circumambulation, clockwise for Buddhists and Hindus and anti-clockwise for Bon followers, is said to erase the sins of a lifetime. The mountain itself is 6714m high and with its four sheer walls and snow capped peak is an awe-inspiring sight.
Only 30km from Mt Kailash is another important pilgrimage site, the beautiful and serene Lake Manasarovar. According to mythology it was formed in the mind of Brahma, and Indian and Tibetan pilgrims can also be seen circumambulating this lake, a distance of 90km.
On this trip, we fly from Kathmandu to Nepaljung, and spend 1 night in Nepaljung. We then take a domestic flight to Simikot and start trek to Dhara Pokhari. This is truly the trip of a lifetime with stunning scenery and cultural highlights.
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 01: Fly to Nepaljung
Day 02: Fly to Simikot [2960m/9472ft] trek to Dhara Pokhari [2300m/7360ft]
Day 03: Trek to Salli Khola [2700m/8640ft]
Day 04: Trek to Muchu [2920m/9344ft]
Day 05: Rest day
Day 06: Trek to Sipsip [4330m/13856ft]
Day 07: Trek to Hilsa [3720m/11904ft]
Day 08: Trek to Taklakot [3930m/12576ft], drive to Manasarovar [4560m/14592ft]
Day 09: At Manasarovar
Day 10: Drive to Tarboche [4750m/15200ft]
Day 11: Trek to Dira-puk
Day 12: Trek to Zutul-puk [4790m/15328ft]
Day 13: Trek to Darchen [4560m/14592ft]
Day 14: Drive to Paryang [4750m/15200ft]
Day 15: Drive to Saga [4600m/14720ft]
Day 16: Drive to Nyalam 250km
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m/4480ft) 180 km