The trek to the isolated Tarap valley over the high passes and deep blue alpine lake named Phoksindhu just before the “Crystal Mountain” is something very amazing. The walk through high mountain trail, remote villages habitat of original trans himalayan traders, Bon po practicing Buddhist and vast land where there is nothing except the high snow covered mountain and Himalayan ranges to the north is something very special that you would not find anywhere. The tough trek to these hidden valleys from a remote mountain airstrip in Jumla
Since the journey an adventure traveller Snellgrove took in 1956 and described in his book ‘Himalayan Pilgrimage’ The region north of Dhaulagiri range was a forgotten land, isolated from rest of the country. Dolpo is a hidden valley kept isolated by the huge Himalayan range in the south and, in the north there are mountain range of 5000 to 6000 meters high. It has many ridges, passes and peaks that expends to the Tibetan plateau. A movie titled "caravan" has shown part of the beauty of Dolpo. You get to see spectacular mountain-view, unique and unspoiled Bhotia people in their nomadic condition. Broadly speaking Kanjiroba himal range defines its western border and in the south is Barbung Khola (river). The enigmatic Shey-gompa lies in inner Dolpo behind the high pass that divides Tarap valley. Dolpo is among the very few places where Bon-po, a pre Buddhist, religion is in practice.
We fly to Nepalgunj and then to Jumla. Our journey follow old migration route to the east and travel north to Oha-gaon and Ringmo. If weather is nice we plan to traverse Kagmara la to Phoksindhu-lake instead. There is beautiful view from the pass. Phoksindhu lake (3620m) is part of Shey Phoksundo National Park established in 1984. It is a beautiful alpine lake perched in the corner of the surrounding mountain range. Our second lag of the journey cross two high pass at Baga la (5090m) and Numa la (5190m) to reach Do Tarap valley on the eastern side. Do Tarap has two major Bon po gompas and Buddhist chorten (stupa). It is fairly large village with cultivated land. Most of the inhabitants are Magar, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal, but their dialect and culture is Bhote (Tibetan). We walk down to Tarakot through narrow valley made by Tarap-Khola (river) and continue the journey to Dunai and Juphal. Fly from Juphal to Nepaljung and to Kathmandu.
High in the heart of the eastern Himalaya, lies the world's fifth highest peak , Mount Makalu at 8481 m at the summit. These valleys, particularly the Barun valley, treasure some of the last remaining pristine forests and alpine meadows of Nepal. Makalu Trek with Sherpeni Col trek start from the bottom of the Arun valley, at just 435 meter above sea level, the Himalaya rise to the snow-capped tip of Makalu- 8463m- within a 40 km distance. Within this wide range of altitudes and climates, the Makalu-Barun area contains some of the richest and most diverse pockets of plants and animals in Nepal, elsewhere lost to spreading human habitation..
Nestled in the lower reaches of these valleys are communities of Rai, Sherpa, and Shingsawa (Bhotia) farmers. Though economically poor and isolated, they retain a rich cultural heritage. They hold the key to the preservation of the unique biological and cultural treasures of the Makalu Barun area.For the naturalist, there are spectacular displays of wildflowers and exotic plants. More than 3.000 species of flowering plants, with hundreds of orchid varieties, 48. Primroses and 25 of Nepal's 30 rhododendrons splash the hillsides with color. The forests shelter abundant wildlife, including the endangered red panda and musk deer as well as the ghoral, Himalayan tahr and leopard. Ornithologists have identified 400 bird species, at least 16 of which are extremely rare.
Dhaulagiri trekking is one of the best high altitude treks over high passes, difficult weather and walking condition. The trek around the formidable 8167 meter Dhaulagiri 1 can meet your expectation of challenge and toughness. You don’t need a climbing experience but enough trek experience in high altitude to enable you to enjoy the adventure in the wilderness of this Himalayan mountain. In the beginning you go through low mountain and gradually cross a high pass known as French pass (5100m) and traverse across the unknown Hidden valley that has average elevation of 5300 meter. Finally cross Dhumpus pass to go over to Kaligandaki valley where you would come across vibrating culture. Before flying out of Jomsom visit upper Kalagandaki valley including Muktinath.
Mt. Dhaulagiri is one of the most formidable 8000 meter peak in the world. Among climbers it is known as Killer Mountain. Like Japanese mountaineers who have nostalgic feeling about Manaslu peak similarly Swiss have same feeling with Dhaulagiri. Swiss were first to climb Dhaulagiri. This peak gained popularity as it is the first 8000-meter peak successfully climbed by all women team from United States. Dhaulagiri also has a record of first-mountain of this magnitude where small one engine plane landed on its soldier by a Swiss pilot. It is the biggest and highest peak west of Kali Gandaki gorge.
We drive to Pokhara and further to Baglung. Our journey follows part of the trail towards Dhorpatan and turn north to the base camp of Dhaulagiri. Low hill with terraced rice field and villages gradually gives away to rugged mountain landscape. In about 7 days you reach base camp. The traverse from base camp to the ridge is steep and long. We cross the ridge at French pass and descend to Tukuche base camp and then continue to traverse in snow condition until we cross the pass. Because of the wind, altitude and snow the visibility is usually very low while crossing the main ridge to Tukuche. After crossing the pass you descend to a high pastureland (kharka) for overnight camp. Next day make further steep descend to Marpha. Instead of going to Beni we take the road to Jomsom and further to Muktinath. Next day return to Jomsom. Overnight at Jomsom and take flight to Pokhara. The journey through this high mountain and rugged terrain is an unprecedented experience and unique adventure.
Kailash is located in western Tibet. It is a mysterious mountain for travelers and explorers but for Hindus, Buddhist, Jains and Bonpo adherent it is a sacred mountain. To the pilgrims who walk around the mountain path of 55-km Kailash parbat (mountain) is Meru in ice and stone. There is a strong belief among Hindus and Buddhist that a single walk around the holy mountain would wash away all the sins of a lifetime. Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims circle the peak in anti clockwise. The mountain is known as the throne of "Shiva", a powerful God in Hindu mythology. Buddhist considers it as Kang Rinpoche, the precious Snow Mountain. Devotee of Jain religion considers the peak as Mount Ashtpada. Rishabanatha, found of Jain faith, gained spiritual liberation on the summit of Mt. Kailash. Bon-po, pre Buddhist religion in Tibet, followers believes that this is the 'Nine storey Swastika Mountain' that leads to the heaven. The Kirantis, descendents of early mountain dwellers in the foothills of the Himalayas consider Shiva as Kirateshor – The God of Kiratis. The travelers and explorers see in its raw form the amazing beauty in the middle of dull landscape and the faithful feels that it is the sanctuary of the God which gives life to the entire human being. For everybody it is always something. Therefore it is the sublime soul of the entire region.
Kailash is certainly remote and difficult to reach especially in the extreme weather conditions and often on dusty and rough road. The distance from Kathmandu is about 1000 km. On the geographical aspect the mountain is the source of four great rivers that merge in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. It is the source of the civilization of Indus and Brahamaputra river valley in India. Despite the reality of Cultural Revolution in China and Tibet, regions around Kailash suffered least. Though many monuments around it and in the vicinity were destroyed yet the faith of its followers has remained stronger than ever. More than the pilgrimage of your lifetime it is truly an adventure that would remains with you life long.
From Kathmandu we take fight to Nepaljung, a bustling border town very close to the Indian border. Next day fly to Simikot. This is one of the most remote airport in Nepal. Upon arrival baggage are arranged for porters to carry; then we set out on our journey to the remote border town of Purang known as Taklakot in Tibet. In 5 days we cross the high pass at Nara La (4325m) and descend to Hilsa situated in Humla Karnali river. The walk in journey is not that strenuous yet it involves several up and down hill walk. On the trail we come across several villages, beautiful meadow and cultivated fields. After crossing the border we take transport to Taklakot where we stay overnight. Next day drive to Darchen situated at the foot of the mountain. Enrooted our camp would be the holy lake - Mansarover. At this place we would enjoy supreme mountain grandeur in an unbelievably isolated and serene setting. This region of the Himalayas is virtually unpopulated, although some nomadic herders maybe seen around the lake. You may also meet pilgrims doing their spiritual journey to Mt. Kailash. After the parikrama (walk around) of Mt. Kailash we return back to Darchen and drive back to lake Mansarover and then travel through southern road to Paryang and Saga. The road gradually descend to Nyalamu and Zangmu. We cross the Kodari bridge and drive to Kathmandu.
The total distance around Mt. Kailash is 55 km. Yaks and porters carry camping gear and food. We follow the guide and other pilgrim on the trail around the holy mountain. The camp staff takes care of meals and sleeping during the entire parikrama (walk around). The staff takes care of every need. You walk on your own pace though local takes less than 3 days to complete the round. Beside the normal walk chanting mantra there are other people make full body prostration throughout the parikarima. It is an amazing sight. The walk around Kailash is a pious thing to do for both Hindus and Buddhist
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