Arrive Kathmandu. Your flight approaches Kathmandu in the back drop of panoramic view of the Himalayan range that appear like a jeweled crown on the majestic head. The view of the mountain range is simply amazing. The white snow capped mountain with blue sky in the horizon can captivate anyone. After arrival and some rest we take you to a walking tour of Asan and Hanuman Dhoka known as Kathmandu Durbarsquare. Next day you will be taken on a guided tour of Swambhunath, Patan, Pasupath and Boudhanath.
Beside the regular sightseeing tours of temples and Gods the tour allows you to understand and feel more about the culture of Nepal. You will be amazed to find many aspects of human still alive here which are fast disappearing in other part of the world. It is indeed true this is the very reason why the valley is in the heritage list of UNESCO. The sightseeing tour is not all temples, monasteries, God and Goddess. It I about the people and their cultural which is going through fast changing process.
Annapurna foothill region is the focus of the article “Honey Hunters of Nepal”, written by Eric Valli and Diane Summers and another article “Annapurna Sanctuary for the Himalaya” written and photographed by Galen Rowell. Both articles were published in National Geography magazine. It has been subject of writers, photographers and climbers since Mourice Herzog first ascent to 8000 m peak Annapurna 1 back in 1950s
The glacial basin of Annapurna Sanctuary is formed by the circle of Annapurna Himalaya range, Gangapurna and Macchapucchre. We start our trek at Dhumpus and walk the beautiful trail that opens up the entire Machapuchere peak and the vista of Annapunra to Chumro as you travel from Chumro towards the Sanctuary the trail pass through narrow valley which is prone to avalanche in winter and early spring. You follow Modi Khola (river) through thick bamboo and rhododendron forests into the center of lateral moraine and base camp of Annapurna to view the spectacular Annapurna range all around. Stop at Ghorepani to see beautiful sunrise view over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The Gurung villages and frequent stops at tea-shop dotted along the way gives unique cultural experience. Like the Sherpa in Everest, Gurung are in Annapurna and Limbus in Kanchanjunga.
As a matter of fact the Macchapucchre and Annapurna base camp were summer pasture land of the Gurung ethnic community living in Armaula, Dhumpus and Ghandrung long before the Annapurna region was reconnaissance by the British around 1925. Despite the lower height Macchapucchre peak always attracted the attention of the visitors. The sanctuary is surrounded by the four highest peak in the Annapurna massif which are all above 7500 meter; the British survey team gave them the name Annapurna 1, 2, 3 and 4 - Annapurna 1 is the highest (8091m). It was climbed by the French expedition lead by Maurice Herzog in 1950. Instead of Dhaulagiri they climbed Annapurna 1 instead of the British who had set to climb the peak but went to the wrong place to set their camp. Ever since the route to the sanctuary was traced by Col. Robert around 1964 the trekkers have found their holy-land in the mystery that engulf them there. The land is also holy for the local Gurung who have been living there since human habitation started.
You arrive Kathmandu and next day take a full day sightseeing tours of the cities. Fly to Paro (3280m); stay another night at Paro to take a full day tour of Drukhye Dzong, Paro bazar, and national museum. You may also visit Satsam Chorten and Taktsang monastery (Tiger nest). Next stop is Thimpu (2286m). Our journey in Bhutan takes us to Thimpu, capital city of Bhutan. We visit their national library, handicraft emporium and memorial chorten of His Late Majesty’s King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Punakha located in the eastern valley is an interesting place where we take half-day tour of Dechenchholing where it is possible to meet traditional gold and silver maker at work. En-route to Punakha (1350m) we drive through a high pass at Dochula (3090m) that would give us to see panoramic view of eastern Himalayan range. While in Punakha we take time to visit Punakha Dzong. Bhumtang is another beautiful valley. The valley is wide and open, average elevation is around 2600 to 4000 meter. The four valleys in Bhumtang - Chumney, Choekhor, Tang and Ura offer dramatically different experience. It is believed that Buddhism spread wide in Bhutan from this valley. You can enjoy hiking in the enchanting valley. At the end of the tour we drive back to Paro and fly to Kathmandu. Stay overnight in Kathmandu before flying home.
The home of Sherpa community of Nepal is known as Solu-Khumbu. All famous mountaineers from Sherpa Tenging Norgey to 10th time summiter Ang Rita came from Thame in Khumbu region. Sherpa belongs to Nyingma-pa Tibetan Buddhist sect. They practice their own Buddhist tradition and custom, which their ancestors brought from East of Tibet. The area above Jorsale, about 113 sq. km is under the protection of National Park. There are blue pine, fir, and juniper forest in the lower elevation and, birch and rhododendron forest in between 3300m to 4000m. Musk deer, Himalayan Thar and serow are commonly found. There is panoramic view of the Himalayan range all the way from Gaurishanker to Mt. Makalu. The view of Amadablam is photogenic.
You follow classic route used by all Everest expedition that starts from Lukla to the base camp of Mt. Everest. Continue the journey to Phakding and enter into the home of Sherpa perched in the nook and corner of the valleys in Khumbu. Stop at Namchebazar and Syangboche. Visit Khunde and Khumjung. You get to see great view of Mt. Everest and Amadablam. Amadablam may be the most photograhphic peaks anywhere. It is beautiful and imposing right in front of you. Descend back to Dudh Koshi and stop overnight at Mongo. Travel onward to Lukla. Fly to Kathmandu.
Namche Bazaar is the commercial center of Khumbu region. It is important stop for trekkers and mountaineers on way to base camp of Everest and many other mountains in that area. It is home of Sherpa ethnic group. Their traditional occupation used to be yak herders and traders. Now due to change in geopolitical condition they have changed their occupation to tourism. They are well known as trekking and mountaineering guides and widely used as high altitude porters by expedition teams. Their religion is Buddhist.
The trek to Everest is incomplete without being influenced by the culture of Sherpa people of the Khumbu region. Ever since the first successful ascent of Mt. Everest (8848m) by Sir Edmund Hillary the whole community benefited from the influx of tourist who come to enjoy the unique landscape of the high mountain that has been the subject of many books and research. Named it, all famous explorers and mountaineers have traded the path. Ever since the peak XV was spotted as the highest point on earth the whole region came into international focus. Though the mountain is named Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolongma by the Tibetan (Chinese) yet the name of Sir George Everest after whom the name was given has become synonymous with the peak itself and the region. After the British Swiss made 2 serious attempt to reach the summit; in 1952 Raymond Lambert with Tenzing reached 8500 meter in their second attempt. As a result they prepared unwittingly Teng Sherpa for the British expedition to help them summit the peak of Everest in 1953 for the first time in the history of human being. Since then the attention on Everest have kept on increasing every year.
This tour leaves Kathmandu every Saturday. We drive to the Chinese border and stay overnight at Zangmu. Next day drive through narrow valley to Nelamu. The road gradually winds up to the pass and descend to Shegar. The road continue eastward on the Tibetan plateau along the Himalayan range. The view of the entire Himalayan range from Tingri plain is wonderful. You get to see Mt. Everest from a different perspective. We stop at Shigatse to see Tashilhunpo monastery. It is the most important monastery outside Lhasa. We stop at Gyantse to see the golden pagoda or Palgor Chorten considered as one of the most famous monument in Tibet. The chorten was built in 15th century for worship only. The top of the pagoda is made of copper heavily gilded with gold. On the last day of the travel we drive along the shore of Yamdrok-lake known as “Turquoise Lake.” The road gradually climbs up to 4786 meter Kamba-la (pass) and descends to the valley. The drive from the floor of the valley is spectacular all along the bank of Brahmaputra river, past yak skin boat and giant carved Buddha, through Tibetan villages and then into the valley that leads to Lhasa. As you approach Lhasa you get first glimpse of the golden roofs of the Potala Palace. Fly back to Kathmandu to catch your onward flight
Most of Tibet, including Lhasa, is at an elevation of more than 3658 meter (12000 feet). The sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang must be seen to be comprehended. Tibetans from remote part of the country makes their pilgrimage to Lhasa. It is pilgrimage of their lifetime. As you go around Jokhang temple, Lhasa’s cathedral, you come across with pilgrims prostrating themselves, tall Khampas with red braids in their hair, Chinese tourists, and traders selling goods that you cannot imagine.
The flight over the Himalaya makes spectacular crossing rarely seen anywhere in the world. The lush green color in Nepal slowly fades away and arid and dull gray plateau appears which in turn turns into blue sky as you land at Lhasa. The highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, and another 8000-meter peak of Mt. Makalu dominates the breathtaking view.
This trek to south base camp of Mt Kanchanjunga (8586m) is unprecedented adventure to the inner sanctuary of truly wild and raw mountain which is the third highest after Mt. Everest. It used to be mostly visited by explorers and mountaineers only in the past when its access was difficult. Beginning with low mountain and hills passing though rich cultural belt of Limbu villages you travel gradually to the high rugged landscape into the Himalayan wilderness. Your travel through mountain trails that goes up and down several times offer panoramic and great views of the eastern Himalayan range, wildlife, and cultural experience throughout most part of the trek.
The walk from Taplejung that has an STOL airstrip to Yamphudin and to the south base camp of Kanchanjunga would give you amazing trek experience. At the end of this trek an overnight stay in Ilam where there are beautiful tea garden and rolling hills would make your trek even memorable.
Kanchanjunga (8600m) is the 3rd highest peak in the world. The whole area east of Arun valley offer remarkable experience in ethnic culture, landscape, scenic view, birds and flowers. As you travel through the land you will discover unspoiled and extraordinary culture of Limbu (Kiranti) in the middle hilly region and Bhotia (Tibetan) people in the higher elevation. You get to see awesome and magnificent view of Kanchanjunga range that extends from north to south.
First we fly to Biratnagar and travel to Taplejung. Then walk through several Limbu villages before descending to Kabeli Khola (river). Further on from Yamphudin we head to South base camp of Kanchanjunga. At Yalung glacier (4890m) you get to see magnificent view of Kanchanjunga that looms large in front of you. View of Jannu and other peaks are visible enroute. At the base camp you can get overwhelmed by the huge mountain that engulfs you. Several hills provide vantage points to view the mountain in its entirety. We Climb the trail back to Tseram (2770m), Chittre (3000m) and Yamphudin (2150m). The return lag of our journey pass through thick rhododendron forest, rough trail, several up and down winding path and, mountain ridges, huts, cultivated rice fields, streams and suspension bridge. Finally we descend through thick cultural belt of Limbu villages to the bridge at Kabeli Khola (river) and climb gradually to the ridge at Gopetar. Drive to Ilam through the beautiful ridge covered with tea garden. Drive further down to Biratnagar (190km) or Bhadrapur to take Flight back to Kathmandu.
This trek offers fascinating landscape, Bhotia (Tibetan) Buddhist culture mixed with local tradition, high Himalayan pass, panoramic view of Annapurna range, and beautiful villages in Annapurna foothill. We travel by bus to Besishar and follow well-maintained trail through Marsyangdi river valley to Manang. Ascend the steep and often snowy trail that leads to 5335m Thorangla (pass), cross the pass and then descend to Muktinath. The descent continues to Jomsom. Travel to Tatopani (hotspring) and climb the steep trail to Ghorepani. Early morning next day climb Poon hill to see beautiful sunrise view over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna himalayan range. In the last part of the journey we make a gradual descend to Modi khola through thick rhododendron forest and Gurung villages. Instead of taking the trail down along Modi Khola we climb to Naudanda and then to Dhumpus.
Low mountain range and tropical vegetation gradually disappear as you reach higher elevation. As the trek circumnavigates the entire Annapurna massif you come across many villages of different ethnic groups, beautiful waterfall and, panoramic view of entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. People living at higher elevation are Buddhist and at lower region there are Hindus. Major parts of the trail are easy walk except the section from Phedi (Manang) to Thorang pass is quite physically demanding.
Upper section of this trek has Tibet like country and people. The fascinating Kaligandaki gorge, high pass at Thorang La and beautiful villages at the foothill of Annapurna makes this trek one of the most popular and memorable holiday destination. Buddhist monasteries, unique houses and people in this high land gives an ever-lasting impression. From Manang (3520m) entire Annapurna range and its glacier can be seen.
You will circumnavigate entire massif of Annapurna. The journey pass through Marshyangdi valley, high snow covered pass at Thorangla, deep gorge made by Kaligandaki river and foothill of Annapurna. Low mountain range and tropical vegetation slowly disappear as the journey approaches Manang. Depending upon snow and weather condition you will cross Thorang Pass (5335m) and reach Muktinath (3798m) on the other side. This is the arduous section of the entire trek. Descend and walk through Kaligandaki valley. The ancient trade route brings you in contact with traders from Mustang and Tibet and far beyond. The walk along the ridge in the backdrop of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna is a memorable experience. The journey pass through various ethnic communities. Cultural and religions are as varied as the topography and landscape through which you pass in this journey.
The home of Sherpa community of Nepal is known as Solu-Khumbu. All famous mountaineers are from Khumbu region. Sherpa belongs to Nyingma-pa Tibetan Buddhist sect. They practice their own Buddhist tradition and custom, which their ancestors brought from East of Tibet. The area above Jorsale, about 113 sq. km is under the protection of National Park. There are blue pine, fir, and juniper forest in the lower elevation and, birch and rhododendron forest in between 3300m to 4000m. Musk deer, Himalayan Thar and serow are commonly found. There is panoramic view of the Himalayan range all the way from Gaurishanker to Mt. Makalu. The view of Amadablam is photogenic.
You follow classic route used by all Everest expedition that starts from Lukla to the base camp of Mt. Everest. Continue the journey to Phakding and enter into the home of Sherpa perched in the nook and corner of the valleys in Khumbu. Stop at Namchebazar and Thayngboche on the way to base camp. As you approach base camp you stop overnight at a remote settlement at Dingboche and Lobouje. From Lobouje make a day trek to Kalapattar to see great view of Mt. Everest. Retrace the trail back to Lukla. The trek ends with flight to Kathmandu.
The trek to Everest is incomplete without being influenced by the culture of Sherpa of the Khumbu region. Ever since the first successful ascent of Mt. Everest (8848m) by Sir Edmund Hillary the whole community benefited from the influx of tourist who come to enjoy the unique landscape of the high mountain that has been the subject of many books and research. Named it, all famous explorers and mountaineers have traded the path. Ever since the peak XV was spotted as the highest point on earth the whole region came into international focus. Though the mountain is named Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolongma by the Tibetan (Chinese) yet the name of Sir George Everest after whom the name was given has become synonymous with the peak itself and the region. After the British Swiss made 2 serious attempt to reach the summit; in 1952 Raymond Lambert with Tenzing reached 8500 meter in their second attempt. As a result they prepared unwittingly Teng Sherpa for the British expedition to help them summit the peak of Everest in 1953 When Sir Edmund Hillary created a record for the first time in the history of human being. Since then the attention on Everest have kept on increasing every year.
In Kathmandu we spend next two days on a guided tour of Swambhunath, Patan, Pasupath and Boudhanath. In Patan we take you to visit Patan Durbar Square, Hiranya Varna Mahavira, and Mahaboudha, which are very close to the old palace, believed to have been built in 299 AD. There are many famous and beautifully carved windows, doors and balconies. Mahaboudha is made of Terracotta bricks and pagoda style structure of Mahavira dedicated to Lord Buddha. It is built in 13th century. Swayambhunath is 2000 years old Buddhist stupa (Chaitya), known as monkey temple. Boudhanath is one of the most popular Buddhist pilgrimage center. The legend has it that Goddess Manjushri found a shrine here after she drained the water from the lake. The stupa represents the mind of the Buddha. It is believed to have been constructed in the fifth century by King Mandeva. Pasupatinath is the holiest Hindu shrine in the world dedicated to Hindu god ‘Shiva.’ The temple is located on the bank of Bagmati-river. Every year on the day of Shivaratri, (Night dedicated to Shiva) in February, Hindu sadhus (pious men) and pilgrims from all over the world comes to pay respect to Pasupatinath.
After Kathmandu travel to Chitwan National Park. You will drive there to see and enjoy ecology and wild life activities in natural setting. You will spend two full day watching wild lives on elephant back, in the Jungle walk, or when you ride the dug out canoe. You will be also taken on a jeep ride deep inside the jungle. In the evening the camp staff show you local Tharu cultural programme.
We travel onward to Pokhara and to a mountain village at Chandrakot. The overnight camp at Chandrakot gives you opportunity to see close up view of Machhapuchare and Annapurna Himalaya range. Next day drive back to Pokhara. Spend your leisure time in the Phewa Lake taking a boat or just walk around the lake. At the end of the tour fly back to Kathmandu; stay overnight in Kathmandu before flying back home.
Pokhara is your first stop before you head to the mountain. It is a small city situated by a lake. From Pokhara travel up the winding road to the mountain that has crispy cool air. After a short drive you walk to Chandrakot; you are in the middle of the mountain villages. You could see himalayan peaks real close. It is simply great to see the wonderful view of the mountain and the snow caped Himalayan range. The walking trail to these villages and camp are wide and easy for your legs – age is not a barrier. If you enjoy walking it is simply nice. The trek staffs in the camp welcome you and make you comfortable. Even if this is your first time in tent, you will enjoy it thoroughly. If kids are around they love to enjoy camping, especially when it is just below the lofty peak. The magnetic attraction of the mountain is enigmatic. In the evening you will have bar-b-que dinner with wine and 3 course camping meals. Sit around the camp fire and exchange your story of the past days. Next morning you are wakened up to see the mountain range that put on different colour than what you saw the previous evening. After hearty breakfast return back to the road head for a jeep ride back to Pokhara and fly back to Kathmandu.
If the flight to Kathmandu is late take the opportunity to enjoy the peaceful environment of the lake in the boat in Phewa Lake where you could see the shadow of Fish Tail peak. Fish Tail known in Nepali as Machhapuchere is a beautiful peak as impressive as the famous Matterhorn in Switzerland. Beside this beautiful peak there are other huge mountain peaks on the Annapurna range.
Optional Tour to the city of Bhaktapur provides fine example of the preservation of heritage site. This city has many beautiful temples and well preserved architectures. There are many monuments and temples like Lion Gates (1696AD), Golden Gate, The Palace of Fifty Five windows (1427AD), Picture gallery that has ancient Hindu and Tantric painting, and Nyatapola temple (1702 AD), Bhairab Nath and Dattatraya Temple (1427 AD) - dedicated to Shiva in his fearsome mood, and the intricately carved Peacock window built in a monastery (1458 AD). All these monuments are famous for artistic quality.
You arrive Kathmandu and next day take a full day sightseeing tours of the cities. Then fly to Paro (3280m). Stay overnights at Paro. At Paro we take you to a full day tour of Drukhye Dzong, Paro bazar, and national museum. Drukgyel Dzong is a ruined fortress that mark the battle field where Bhutanese fought against the Tibetan invaders some centuries ago. You may also visit Satsam Chorten and Taktsang monastery (Tiger nest).
Next stop is Thimpu (2286m). We travel to Thimpu capital city of Bhutan to see their national library, handicraft emporium and memorial chorten of His Late Majesty’s King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. After Thimpu we travel to Punakha located in the eastern valley. At Punakha we go for a half-day tour of Dechenchholing. You meet traditional gold and silver maker at work. En-route to Punakha (1350m) we drive through a high pass at Dochula (3090m) that gives us panoramic view of eastern Himalayan range.
In Punakha visit Punakha Dzong and a school before driving to Tongsa via Wangdiphodrang. At the end of the tour we return to Thimpu and stay overnight at Paro. Fly to Kathmandu and stay overnight before flying home.
Arrive Kathmandu. On the next day take a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and Patan Durbarsquare. On third day we fly to Lhasa. Upon arrival we take you to a wonderful and fascinating journey into the cultural heartland of Tibet - Yarlung Valley, Samye gompa, and Lhasa. Yarlung valley is the cradle of Tibetan culture and burial place of first Tibetan king. The valleys are full of legends and myths. The most impressive is regarding Yumbu Lhakhang. It is reputed to be the oldest building in Tibet. Legend has it that this impressive tapering structure was built as a tribute to the first king of Tibet, Nyentri Tsenpo, who is believed to have descended from heaven. These valleys are also known as birthplace of the Tibetan people. The legendary monkey’s cave is way up on a hill called Gangpo Ri known as the ‘Valley of Tombs’. En-route to Lhasa we travel to Samey, the oldest monastery founded in 779 AD. While in Lhasa we will wander around the Barkor bazaar, its narrow streets and neighborhoods that has rich traditional Tibetan life. Here you have chance to discover Old Tibet. You would be amazed to see the sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang temple. Tibetans from remote parts of the country makes their pilgrimage of a life time to Lhasa to prostrate around the temple. In this city center you would encounter tall Khampas with red braids in their hair, Chinese tourists, and traders selling goods that you cannot imagine. We visit photogenic Potala palace, Drepung and Sera monastery. This is a wonderful tour to experience and see insight of Tibetan life, their philosophy and religion. Fly back to Kathmandu, stay overnight and leave Kathmandu next day.
Potala Palace was built in 1645 and completed in 1693. It dominates the landscape in Lhasa. The palace is the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. It used to be the official residence of 13 Dalai Lamas. The magnificent building has over 1000 rooms. Inside there are many chambers; you can see brilliant frescoes paintings and great view of Lhasa. Jokhang Temple has valuable relics of Buddha and magnificent statues related to Tibet Buddhism. Often you come across devotees, who have come from far flung of Tibet, prostrating in and around. The sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang must be seen to be comprehended. This is something you can never see elsewhere. Jokhan temple in Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibet where in the summer nomads meet other pilgrims on their way to the high pasture.
Sera monastery is one of the three important monasteries. It was built in 15th century. Once upon a time it used to have 5000 monks. It belongs to Gelugpa order known as Yellow Hat. The other important monastery around Lhasa is Drepung monastery. It used to have 8000 monks. They are thought in the tradition of Vajrayana, Tantra and Sutra.
Visit to the historical place of Zedang involve a long drive. It is 190 km to the east of Lhasa in the Yarlung valley which is linked with the birth of Tibet's history. It would be very interesting to visit Samye monastery which is one of the oldest monastery in Tibet. The monastery is simply breathtaking and inspiring.
The flight over the Himalayas makes spectacular crossing rarely seen anywhere in the world. The lush green colour in Nepal slowly fades away and arid and dull gray plateau appears which in turn turns into blue sky as you land at Lhasa. The highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, and another 8000-meter peak of Mt. Makalu dominates the breathtaking view.
Buddhist, Hindus and Bonpo faithful consider Mt. Kailash as their sacred land. 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, founder of Jain faith, believed that he gained spiritual liberation on the summit of Mt.Kailash. Bon po, pre Buddhist religion in Tibet believes that this is the 'Nine storey Swastika Mountain' that lead to the heaven. Despite its barren and dry features the lake and the mountain has magnetic influence to devotees and visitors alike. The pilgrims walk and prostate around the mountain path of 55-km Kailash parbat (mountain) known to them as 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. 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. Everybody always find in it something valuable. Kailash peak and Mansarover Lake are situated at 4500 meter above sea level at the highest elevation on the Tibetan plateau. It is the source of holy rivers of south Asia like Indus, Sutlej, Brahamaputra and Karnali Mt. Kailash. It is the only peak in the entire Himalayan range revered as ultimate sanctity. It is also one of the highest Mountains in Tibet at over 6714m (22,022 ft) and Lake Manasarovar at 4558m (14,950 ft) is probably the highest freshwater lake in the world. Though the entire Himalayas is regarded as divine dwelling yet Mt. Kailash is the only peak that is revered as ultimate sanctity. Pilgrim takes bath in the lake Mansarover, known as Mana (mind) of Brahama.
The place 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 and from Lhasa it is almost double. 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 remains with you life long.
The distance in Tibet is very wide and the road is rough. So schedules are often disrupted by mechanical problem, floods, or landslides. To tackle the problems that arise out of these unforeseen circumstances you would certainly need spirit of adventure and patience. In fact your journey to Tibet would be a rewarding and unforgettable experience like the one Tibetan pilgrim get once they are in Lhasa. The trip to Tibet is in high altitude region. The road is at elevation above 3600 meter (12000 ft.) above sea level most of the time and goes as high as 5300 meter if you go to base camp of Everest or Kailash in a short period.
We travel from Kathmandu by bus to Kodari bridge known as Friendship Bridge, and travel on ward to Zangmu and Nyalamu. At Nilamu you are already at a high elevation. We spend a day at Nyalamu to acclimatize your body and then continue to drive to Saga, Paryang and ultimately to the holy lake of Mansarover. We start our Parikrama (Walk around) of Mt. Kailash from Darchen. After the parikrama we drive back to Zangmu and to Kathmandu through the same route.
The total distance around Mt. Kailash is 55km. Yaks and porters carry camping gear and food. You 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 who 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.
It is believed that making a praikrama (walking round Mt. Kailash) would wash your sins away. Specially when this is done on an auspicious year or time. On such an occasion a circuit equals to 13 circuits completed during the year.
You arrive at Delhi. In the afternoon you visit Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb and India Gate. Next day we drive to Agra. In Agra visit Agra Fort and at sunset the world famous monument of love - Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. Jaipur is your next stop. En-route we will see Fatehpur Sikri built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar. It was the capital of the Mughal Empire for about 10 years and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. We stay an extra day at Jaipur to visit Amber Fort where you will see a marvelous example of Rajput architecture. The ascent to the fort is on the decorated elephants. The fort Interior has various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory work, exquisite wall paintings and tiny mirror chips that create a tantalizing reflection effect. There are other interesting places to visit like City Palace Museum, Jantar Mantar (astronomical observatory). If time permit we will take you to visit Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal). It is a five storeyed wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires. In the evening travel to Delhi to catch onward flight.
Ghorepani (2530m) is the favorite destination of Annapurna foothill trek. It used to be main pass through which traders with Mules from Mustang and Tibet used to pass through to reach Pokhara. Early morning sunrise over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from Pun hill is very famous. The panoramic view of Annapurna range on the way to Ghandrung village is unforgettable. The other highlight of the trek is Ghandrung.
This is a large Gurung village from where Gorkhas are recruited in the British and Indian army. It is situated above Modi Khola (river) at the elevation of 1951 meter. It is one of the best-known villages in the foothill of Annapurna. The village has an office of Annapurna Conservation. The panoramic view of Annapurna dominates the entire skyline almost throughout the trek. Lodge and teahouse along the trail make this trip affordable and easily accessible.
The trail from Birenthati gradually climb to Tirkhedhunga. After an overnight at Tirkhedhunga we climb the steep trail to Ulleri and continue to ascend through thick oak and rhododendron forests till we reach Ghorepani. Next day climb slightly up the ridge and then descend steeply on a narrow trail through rhododendron forest to Banthati and another up and down hill walk to Tadapani. Then descend gradually to Ghandrung; next day make steep descend to Modi Khola (river) and climb up to Landrung (1646m). The trail from Landrung continue to ascend gradually to Toljka (1892m). We climb to the pass at 2439m and then finally descend to Pothana (1981m); walk further to Dhumpus (1829m) for an overnight camp. Dhumpus is situated at the end of the ridge. On the last day we make steep descent to Phedi through terraced rice field to the floor of Yangri khola (river) and drive to Pokhara.
Roman came to Kerala in search of pepper and spices. Jews migrated at different time to escape prosecution. Vasco da Gama came from Portugal in 1498 to get his hold on spice trade which is older than Islam. He established his first fortress at Cochin (Kochi) in 1503. Later Dutch came in and drove the Portuguese from their enclave. British were the last foreigners to have left their imprint on Kerala.
You arrive at Cochin. The sightseeing tours around the fort would give you the impession of its past legacy. You would also be amazed to see the Chinese Fishing net which is very unique in many ways. It is believed to have been introduced by the Chinese explorer, Zheng He. They were brought from the court of Chinese emperor, Kublai Khan and have been in operation there ever since. In the evening you will be taken to a theater to see the famous ‘Kathakali’ -classical dance-drama of Kerala (India) that is based on Hindu mythology. This form of dance dates back to 17th century. The dance is well known for its large elaborate makeup and costume of the performers.
Next day we travel to Thakadey and national park at lake Pariyer to see wild lives, spices and herbal plants grown there. As you drive to the hill covered with tea and coffee plantation you pass through lush green vegetation with coconut and beetle nuts trees all over and spices and herbs plants in the higher elevation. You are amidst the un-spoilt nature. Stay two nights at Thakadey and return back same route to Allepey to take house boat ride in the back water of Kerala. The house boat trip through the canals is mainly concentrated around Allepey, Kumarakom, Kottayam, Quilon and Cochin. Besides enjoying the serenity of the quite river you travel through scattered villages in the hinterland of Kerala. Drive to Kovalam; stay two nights there and fly home from Trivendrum.
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