kailash-trekking

Humla and Mt. Kailash Trekking

18 Nights 19 Days
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Trip Highlights

  • On the old Trans Himalaya caravan route to the wild west of Nepal / Tibet
  • Awesome scenery visiting cultural, traditional villages of Humla and Kailash area
  • On the least traveled country trekking in the most undisturbed area
  • Amazing panorama of high mountains of Mt. Api and Saiphal peaks
  • A holy circuit around Mt. Kailash and on the sacred large Manasarover lake.
  • On the world’s highest and largest plateau with captivating sceneries.

Trekking via Humla to Mt. Kailash or Mansarovar was officially opened for trekkers in 1993. Since when this route has been popular for pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash. This trekking, actually, a valued for religious and cultural pilgrimage via one of the most remotest regions of Nepal to Tibet.

Humla is  a remote district however it is celebrated for its cultural and natural thrills. The ethnic groups like Bhotias inhabiting at the border between Nepal and Tibet will offer us a complete harmony of cross cultural endurance and understanding. Much of their trade and culture are connected to Tibet than to Nepal. The plateaus and arid landscapes in this remote region will certainly please one tremendously.

Humla region is a less exposed and less crowded region trekking in Nepal. We hardly see the concrete road and other facilities in this region. The people are hospitable and innocent. They have intimate attachment to the nature. The typical and classical lifestyle of the ethnic groups and their culture and the virgin form of nature are massively enjoyed in this trekking.

Trekking to Mt Kailash and Mansarovar has always been a significant pilgrimage. Thousands of pilgrim tourists flock in this area to see holy Mt. Kailash and Manasoravar. This region is considered to be an abode of God Shiva. Both Hindu and Buddhists especially, Tibetan Buddhists find it very special. They have a dream of visiting Mt. Kailas and Mansarovar.

If we happen to visit Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar during June on full moon day, we will have chance to experience Saga Deva Festival. Saga Deva is Tibetan carnival music and chants. They flock to this area carrying prayer flags and foretell their future for the next year.

We, Team Himalaya have been successfully operating various trekking trips to Humla and Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar  region of Nepal since its establishment. We offer equipped team in order to ensure your safety and luxury during the trip. We are flexible to offer any trip to the trekkers

Itinerary

What is the trip about

  • Trip Standard: on camping and basic lodge basis
  • Trek Grade: moderate & adventurous
  • Trek in Nepal: 06 Nights & 07 Days.
  • Trek In Tibet: 08 Nights & 09 Days.
  • Highest altitude: 5,630m /18,525ft at Dromo-la ( Mt.Kailash)
  • Total Trip: 18 Nights & 19 Days ( Kathmandu to Kathmandu).
  • Season: April to mid November

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery. Our guide will inform on details regarding Humla & Mt. Kailash, Tibet trek.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for 55 minutes scenic flight to Nepal’s South West region at Nepalgunj close to the border of India, where the temperature are warm of sub-tropical climate on reaching at Nepalgunj transfer to respective hotels for overnight stop.

Day 03: Fly to Simikot 2,910m & trek to Dharapuri 2,600 m – 04 hrs.
From the hotel transfer to Nepalgunj airport for the morning flight to Simikot, which takes about 40 minutes, with mountain panorama along this scenic flight, on reaching at Simikot which is the headquarter town of Humla district, offering stunning views of Mt Api and Saipal peaks.
Simikot a moderate size town located on a ridge high above Humla Karnali River with fabulous scenery over the deep valley.

Here at Simikot our field and trekking crews will meet for a half day walk to the first overnight camp at Dharapuri village, walk begins after leaving Simikot town, leading a short climb through farm fields of barley then on a forested ridge descending and passing several villages to Dharapuri for first overnight camping.

Dharpori a small farm village, this far west region inhabited mostly by Thakuri Hindu people, this tribe been trading with Tibet for hundreds of years using the same trail that we will be following the route near to Tibet border after 5-6 days walk.

Day 04: Trek to Sally-Khola 2,690 m near Kermi village – 05 hrs.
Morning After a nice stay at Dharapuri village, journey continues leading to a gradual climb, and across a slope terrain to a stream reaching the last village of Thakuri peoples and the end of rice fields and paddies, as rice are grown only below 2,000 meters or little above depending upon the climatic conditions and water irrigation facilities, walking on ups and down trail to a Sheppard’s grazing area and Sally – Khola ( stream) near a beautiful waterfall, where our overnight camping is set, just a mere distance from Kermi village, place with hot springs nearby a walk uphill for an hour.

Day 05: Trek to Muchu 2,920 m – 05 hrs.
Morning starts with an uphill walk through a Yangar village near a river here the path is paved and built with rocks and woods and then reaching a suspension bridge to cross over Humla Karnali River and with a climb to a stream past apricot garden area and finally reaching Muchu village our overnight camp, this small village with an old monastery and a border Police Post.

Day 06: Trek to Torea 3,380m -04 hrs.
After a nice stay at Muchu, our journey leads to a descend towards Thumkot village, after a break then climbing away from the river leaving the Humla-Karnali River behind and walking into a steep-sided narrow gorge.
From here a long hour trek leading slowly to a climb from Bumchiya Khola valley gorge to reach at Torea for overnight camp, with afternoon free
at leisure to catch up with the dairy and short walk around.

Day 07: Trek to Sip-Sip 3,800 m – 05 hours.
The altitude gains higher as our journey progress and the morning walk continues with a climb on a small ridge at 3,500 meters, and then countering the top ridge offering a grand vista of Yari valley area and of distance high snow capped peaks, from here walk leads by an irrigation canal to a large wide valley of Jhyakthang chu this place marked with Buddhist prayer walls.

From here a gradual climb towards a moderate size village of Yari, built with stone, this village with another police post, government custom office and a school around this nice Yari village, the farmlands with terraces yielding sufficient crops growing millets, barley, amaranth (Marcia) wheat, buckwheat’s, potatoes and radishes. After a nice stop here walk continues with a climb on this wide valley, then encountering group of traders, pilgrims and pack animals-goats, sheep’s and yaks, then reaching to Sip-Sip a small settlement of cattle herders with few shops, our camp is set near a stream at the bottom of Nara Lagna pass.

Day 08: Trek to Hilsa 3,720m via Nara Lagna – 06 hours.
From this camp starting the morning walk with a climb leading to an uphill to a ridge with huge rock atop at Nara Lagna pass at 5,000 m / 15,030ft, the highest spot of this great wonderful journey, from the top offering grand panorama of Tibetan plateau with Humla Karnali River down below and the green barley fields of Sher or Sera and distance views of snow capped peaks of Api and Saiphal, after a pleasant stop atop the pass walk leads downhill on the dusty trail to Humla Karnali River.

Then walking along the river towards our overnight stop at Hilsa village, border and a frontier post with few tents and stone houses surrounded with barley fields, just across the bridge near this village there is a stone pillar marking Nepal-Tibet border.

Day 09: Cross the border with 02 hrs drive to Taklakot 3,770m.
Morning a short steep an hour climb to Sher in Tibet, after leaving Nepal side to Tibet Frontier with check post, where our Tibetan counterpart guides and driver will receive for an interesting drive to Taklakot also known as Purang in Tibetan.

Taklakot an important major market for Tibetans, Nepali and bordering Indian traders with separate bazaar areas, during summer months, there is still an important wool trade between the local, nomadic Drogpa herdsmen and Nepali traders, overnight in guest houses.

Day 10: Drive to Lake Manasarover 4,510 m – 03 hours journey
After being in Tibetan side with different environment with people, towns and the way of living, from Taklakot, a scenic and short drive to Lake Manasarover after leaving Karnali River valley; as the drive continues with gaining heights then reaching on the flat area to cross the barren arid, just beneath the magnificent massive Mt. Gurla Mandhata at 7,728 meters, from here it leads to Thalladong pass at 5,050 meters, with stunning views of lake Rakas and holy Mt. Kailash towards north, after the pass reaching at Chu Gompa near the shore of holy Lake Manasarover for overnight stop in lodge and guest house or camp (depending upon the season for Indian and Tibetan pilgrims)

Day 11: Rest day at Lake Manasarover for acclimatization.
A necessary rest day here at Lake Manasarover which is very important on this high altitude of over 4,000 meters for acclimatization, with optional short hike to the Chu Gompa, or near the lake Manasarover which is regarded as sacred by both Hindu and Buddhists, and the ancient belief is that a dip in this holy lake will clean the sins of a thousand life times, this large holy turquoise lake located in South West Tibet between Mt. Kailash 6,714 m and Mt. Gurla Mandhata mountain range.

Day 12: Drive to Tarboche 4,700 m trek to Dhirapuk 5,010 m – 05 hrs.
After a rest day, morning starts with a short drive on the Barkha windswept valley to near Darchen town, which is a busy place with bazaar, during auspicious time this place is flooded with Tibetan and Indian pilgrims for kora, parikrama or holy circuit walks.

Our journey continues further from Darchen town to Tarboche, one of the holy spot of this region with views of West Face of Mt. Kailash, from here our holy walk begins leading north on the wide arid terrain to Shershong, and with gradual climb and pleasant walk reaches to our overnight stop at Dhiraphuk Gompa, with magnificent view of holy Mt. Kailash North Face. Here depending upon the season with pilgrim’s crowd either in guest houses or tents with our camping.

Day 13: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,790 m – 06 hours.
From Dhiraphuk with the highest camping of this trip, morning walk continues on the uphill trail onto moraine for more than two hours, then with a steep climb at Dromo-la at 5,630m /18,525ft the highest point of this awesome journey, here a big boulder represents the goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) festooned with thousands of prayer flags and ritual offering by both Hindu’s and Buddhist pilgrims.

This holy spot as well a physical and spiritual high point for the pilgrimage or kora, after a nice break here walk leads to descend towards a wide valley a flat area, on reaching the bottom of Dromo -la pass then the walk is pleasant reaching at Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stop.

Zuthul means cave in Tibetan, this place is named after a holy cave in which poet, and saint Milareppa meditate in the early 11th century, his footprints can be seen on the cave roof top.

Day 14: Trek near Darchen and drive near the base of Mayum-la 5,050m.
Today the last day of this holy circuit and kora, morning walk leads to a nice gradual walk for few hours on the winding trail, reaching at a narrow valley
Gorge, from here our walking route turns west towards Darchen, just an before Darchen ending this holy trek for a drive towards near Mayum-la pass base for overnight camping, around this area chances of spotting some wild life and the beautiful Kang a wild ass can be seen herds around this place.

Day 15: Drive to Saga 4,500m – 06 hrs.
Morning drive over the high Mayum-la pass at 5,050 meters, then reaching the other side of the valley with interesting drive and parallel snow capped mountains views that borders Nepal and Tibet, this long scenic drive reaches at Saga town for overnight stop, probably in the comfort of nice guesthouses and hotels after passing couple of towns like Paryang, Saga town a growing place with more building construction, this town which is situated on the bank of great river Yamdrok Tsho or Bhramaputra River.

Day 16: Drive to Nyalam 3,560 m – 05 hrs
From Saga onwards gets closer to Nepal border as the drive leads just on the other side of the snow capped mountains in Tibet that straddles the border with Nepal, an interesting drive today with panorama of snow clad mountains on the vast valley overlooking great views of Langtang mountains with Mt. Shishapangma.

The drive leads towards high pass of Laylung-la at 5,050 meters with awesome panorama of high central Himalayan range of mountains from Langtang, Dorji Lakpa, Shishapangma, Gaurishanker to Numbur, all these mountains borders with Nepal, from here the drive descends along with the altitude passing through interesting countryside, villages and farm fields then finally reaching at a moderate size town at Nyalam for the last overnight stop in Tibet.

Nylam is the starting and ending point of large Tibetan Plateau from here onwards to Nepal border getting back to lush vegetation and pristine dense forests of rhododendron, oaks and pines tree lines.

Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu via Tibet / Nepal border – 06 hrs journey.
Today the last day in Tibet, our morning drive leads on the downhill on the winding road coming across green vegetation and dense forest of pines -rhododendron and oak tree lines, the road narrows into a river gorge looking at several beautiful waterfalls cascading form high steep rocky cliff shelves, drive follows Bhoti Koshi River most of the way towards Nepal side, then reaching at Zhangmu the frontier and border town here on completing passport- visa formalities, farewell to Tibetan staff driver and guide then heading back to Kathmandu with a nice and pleasant scenic drive to Kathmandu after a great drive reaching at Kathmandu and then transfer back to respective hotels, after a long fascinating trip to Far North West of Nepal and Tibet.

Day 18: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
We have reserved this day to relax and enjoy your last day in Kathmandu with another sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, or book Everest / Mountain Flight with us.

Day 19: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Humla & Mt. Kailash, Tibet with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.