SIMIKOT NARA LA TIBET TREK - SIMIKOT NARA LA TIBET TREK

SIMIKOT NARA LA TIBET TREK

Group Size

5-15 person

meal

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

accomodation

Hotel, Lodge,Tent

arrival on

kathmandu, paro

departure from

kathmandu

trip level

moderate

max. altitude

4000m

Best season

summer

trip highlights

  • Nepal simikot to Tibet  Nara La Pass (4620m)
  •  trekking, unique monastic cities,  Tibetan culture.
  • Meeting with Khampa nomads, monks, and villagers.
  • A perfect balance between cultural discoveries and hiking

 Simikot Nara la Tibet Trek, Mount Kailash (6638m) is a sacred mountain which thousands of pilgrims visit every year. Nepal simikot and Tibet Mount Kailash tour is a splendid holy tour designed by the alpinist club. This trek is for all the interested traveler who is in love with Himalayas and appreciates the glory of hamal.

 Simikot Nara la Tibet Trek tarts with a guided day tour of cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. On this day, you will visit UNESCO-listed world heritage sites such as Swaymanhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan Durbar Square. After officially set off for your trek to Tibet. You will fly towards Nepalgunj  – simikot where you will go through the west part of Nepal.

After crossing the Nara La Pass (4620m) you will come across the stunning landscape of Tibet. You will continue your trek towards Mt Kailash and Everest base camp from where you can get breathtaking views of the snowcapped mountains. From DARCHEN  you will drive to the Everest base camp but stop to observe the beautiful and serene Mansarover Lake. After a short tour of the lake, you will reach the southern foot of the sacred Mount Kailash.

Also from SHIGATSE TO LHASA, you will drive and will get to see many pilgrims praying or taking a round of the mountain and Lhasa.  You will continue your journey in Lhasa. Overall, the journey is aesthetically beautiful and at the same time excitingly adventurous. We invite you to join the Alpinist club and explore the unique landscape of Tibet and rich cultural heritage sites of Nepal at the same and make an unforgettable memory.

 

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: dinner
Accommodation: night in the hote

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: night in the hotel

From Kathmandu, you’ll fly 516 km west to Nepalgunj. Once you arrive in the largest city on the Terai bordering India. You’ll have a chance to explore, and then get ready for an early morning to star your adventure trekking next day.

Take another flight early morning  50-minute flight north to Simikot headquarters of Humla is located on a ridge overlooking the Karnali River. During the flight, you’ll journey over snow-covered peaks. Once in Simikot, you’ll have time to explore the pretty town. Be sure to drink plenty of water as you are likely to feel the increase in altitude here 2910m  in contrast to Nepalgunj 150 m

your first day of trekking, with a four-hour climb to a pass (3,000 m) high. You’ll walk a long and steep descent to Dharapori, following a path that will take you high up to the Karnali River, through the rhododendron pine forests and villages. During the way, you’ll meet locals and have a chance to discover about Hindu and Buddhist culture.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,270 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

The trek resume with a three-hour hike along Karnali River, where you’ll follow a high slope as the water winds its way through a narrow gorge, and past fields of barley, buckwheat, rice, and potatoes. In the afternoon, you will have a chance to relax, and soothe your muscles in natural hot springs. Then, you’ll visit Kermi, a small agricultural Buddhist village, and Laikyo Gompa, a monastery that’s several hundred years old.
approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,o50 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Trek continues for about five hours today, reaching an altitude 3020m. After walking two hours, you’ll cross a small pass, and then descend steeply for about 20 minutes until you reach a suspension bridge across the Sali River. You’ ll Pass through pine forests and along the Karnali River. Through the way, you might see caravans of mules and dzopas (a crossbreed of yaks and cows) accompanying villagers from Simikot and Nyinba Valley. You’ll spend the rest of the day in Yalbang. Visit the Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery, you can observe a daily puja (prayer ceremony), and learn more about the sculptures inside the monastery.
Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,020 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Trek today either to Muchu (4 hours) or Tumkot (5 hours). Along the trail, your path will climb high above the Karnail River, following a deep gorge. Along the way, you might meet flocks of sheep carrying salt for trade. From Muchu, you can visit Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, one of the most important Sakya monasteries in the Himalayas. You may continue on for the one-hour walk to Tumkot, passing teahouses where you can stop for a rest. You’ll travel either up to 10,233 feet (3120 m.) to Muchu, or 11,116 feet (3389 m.) to Tumkot. In either place, you’ll camp overnight.
Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,389 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

continue from  Tumkot, you’ll observe that the landscape will start to change, becoming rockier and gloomy and dotted with a few Juniper pines. The path starts to climb slowly but steadily. You will pass through the village of Pani Palwang, and have the opportunity to stop at a teahouse. Depending on where the group decides to stop, you’ll climb for about five hours,   Thado Dunga

Approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,020 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Today we will cross from Nepal into Tibet. You will have a demanding day ahead, as you cross the Nara La Pass  (4,620 m.), but the views will make it worth it. As you walk, you might encounter caravans of mules, dzopa, and yaks. You’ll pass a few teahouses at Thado Dunga, where you’ll notice that the trail will get steeper. There may even be snow on the ground as you get closer to Nara La pass, marked by prayer flags. At Hilsa we will stop for tea and then walk across the  Bridge. Here, Chinese officials will check your permits and passports. Your Tibetan guide and transport will also meet you here. then, we will drive about an hour to Burang, passing Rinzin Zangpo Gompa and Kangje village on the way.

Approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,020 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the guest house

It’s time to rest your legs with a two to three-hour drive to Toyo village. There, you’ll enjoy views of Mt. Kailash and pass between lakes Rakashas Tal and Manasarovar, which are linked by the Ganfa Chu channel. The two bodies of water are associated with the conjoined sun and moon, a power symbol of Tantric Buddhism.

Approximately 4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,020 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Take a rest around Lake Manasarovar in the morning to help with acclimatization. This is the highest freshwater lake in Tibet. This impressive sacred lake sits in between Mt. Kailash and Gurla Mandata. From the Chiu Monastery, on the lake’s northwestern shore, enjoy views of the turquoise lake. There are hot springs behind the monastery, so we will enjoy a refreshing bath before driving to Darchen after lunch. Darchen is the base camp for the Kailash Kora and is about  (60 km) away.

Approximately 4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,020 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

In the morning, you’ll set off for a four to five-hour trek to Tarboche, the starting point of your kora around Mt. Kailash. You’ll meet a team of yaks and Tibetan yak herders, who will escort you as you walk up the Lha Chu Valley, through green meadows and streams as Kailash towers above. You’ll follow the turquoise river, entering a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs, and spectacular waterfalls, and then visit the 13th-century monastery at Dira-puk.

Get ready for the most difficult part of your journey through as you leave the Lha Chu Valley for the Drolma Chu Valley, heading towards the Drolma La at 18,471 feet (5630 m.), the highest point of your trek. It’s a tough climb to the summit, which is festooned with prayer flags, but from there it is downhill to Zutul-puk. There, you’ll have views of one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu, known as the “lake of compassion.” On the flat fields of Zutul-puk there is a monastery and several caves, which are popular for meditation. You’ll stay at a guest house at Zutul-puk.

From the Bharka plain you’ll walk through the desert-like landscape leading back to Darchen, and thus completing the Kailash Kora. You’ll bid the sacred lakes and holy mountains farewell as you head east to Paryang. The scenery here is considered some of the most beautiful of the entire journey, with horses, yaks, and sheep grazing in the shadow of the Himalaya. You’ll continue the journey with a drive through the vast Thang Kiang Naga, or ʻplain of wild donkeys and grassʼ on the way to Saga. You’ll cover 205 miles (330 km) and pass through several small towns, including Zhongba, crossing Torkyo La at 16,010 feet (4,880 meters), before reaching Saga, where you’ll settle into your hotel for the night.

It’s an exciting day as you’ll cross the Yarlung Zangbo River (the source of the Brahmaputra) for the 223 mile (360 km), eight-hour scenic drive to Everest Base Camp. On clear days, you’ll catch the face of Shishapangma Peak and a view of Pekutso Lake en route. Rongbuk Monastery, at about 16,732 feet (5,100 m.) above sea level and one of the highest monasteries in the world, is a great place to admire and take photos of the front face of Everest. You’ll have the rest of the day free to explore Rongbuk Monastery and the surrounding landscape

Today, you’ll wake up early to catch sunrise at Everest, sure to be an unforgettable experience. Drive six to seven hours to Shigatse, a major city in Tibet. After your arrival, visit the official seat of the Panchen Lama at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, which is also the largest and most influential Gelug monastery in the area. Marvel at a giant statue of Maitreya Buddha, or the Future Buddha. It’s the largest of its kind on earth, at 85 feet high and 37 feet wide (26.2 m. by 11.5 m.), decorated with pearls, turquoise, coral, and amber.

It’s a long but scenic journey from Shigatse to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, at about eight hours. After two hours of driving, you’ll reach the historical city of Gyantse, where you can visit the Palcho Monastery and learn about three important sects of Tibetan Buddhism: Sakyapa, Zhalupa, and Gelukpa. Its kumbum (chapel) is 114 feet (35 m.) high, and was modeled on the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, where you began your journey. Further along the road you’ll also see the Karola Glacier and impressive Yamdrok Lake, surrounded by fertile pastures with grazing yaks and sheep. Once you arrive in Lhasa, you’ll have the evening to rest in your hotel.

You’ll spend the day exploring Lhasa, starting at the famous Potala Palace. Start by climbing the zig-zagging paths and stairways up to its stately chapels. Later in the day, visit the Jokhang Temple, the holiest temple in Lhasa, where you’ll observe pilgrims worshiping at what is known as the “house of Buddha.” Your last stop of the day will be Barkhor Street, which encircles the Jokhang Temple. It’s a great place to pick up Tibetan handicrafts to take home with you.

DAY 20 : SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA

You’ll learn more about Tibetan Buddhism today, as you explore more of Lhasa and its monasteries. At Drepung Monastery, about 6 miles (10 km) west of the central city, you’ll learn about the history of the monastery, which was once home to more than 10,000 monks. At nearby Sera Monastery you’ll see Buddhist debate in action, as the young monks debate philosophy in the courtyard. After lunch, your final destination will be Norbulingka, the old summer palace of the Dalai Lamas and now surrounded by public park. You’ll have the rest of the evening free to relax at your hotel, or explore the main town of Lhasa after dark.

Today your tour is finished and flies out from Lhasa to Kathmandu or any other city of mainland China, we can manage the air on train tickets for you in advance. We make an early drive to Gonggar airport for our departure flight to Kathmandu or to your onward destination

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 20 minutes  of driving to the airport
Final altitude: approximately 13,50m
Meals: breakfast

 

 

 

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