Duration : 14 Days
Group Size : Min 2 pax
This epic adventure takes you to Hemis National Park in Ladakh, India's best-protected area for Snow Leopards and a good place to sight this magnificent cat. Being whitish-grey in color (tinged with yellow) and patterned with dark grey rosettes and spots, the Snow Leopard exhibits superb camouflage for its mountain environment of bare rocks and snow. It is on account of its reclusive nature that it is often referred to as the Grey Ghost of the Himalayas.
Since Snow Leopards are generally found at elevations between 3000-4500m, the trek takes you through stunning Himalayan alpine and sub-alpine zones where vegetation is sparse and temperatures are extreme. Snow Leopards are most active at dawn and dusk and show a strong preference for cliffy habitat with moderately to very broken terrain, rocky outcrops and ravines. They are opportunistic predators and are known to take prey up to three times their own weight, though a large part of their diet comprises of small prey like marmots, pika, hare, birds and domestic livestock.
Duration : 19 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
Tsum Valley was a restricted area until it was opened for trekking in 2008 and there is a little information available on the area.The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha, Nepal. Literally “Tsum” means vivid. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal, and Boudha ranges,this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The famous Kyimu Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya, is well known for its center of learning and meditation. This circuit traverses the Tsum Valley the Manaslu area in Nepal, and southern parts of Tibet.
The valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which congregates in herds of 50 to 200. Hunting, fishing is not permitted in the Tsum Valley. The valley also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumba Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal.
Duration : 18 Days
Group Size : 3 - 5 pax
Fly to Jomsom. You follow the trail above Kali Gandaki -river towards north to the villages of Chhusang and Chaile. This section has easy trail. After Chaile make steep ascend to a small settlement at Samar. Continue to walk the gradual up and down trail to Syangboche (3800m). Next day descend to Ghilling (3510m). The trail from Ghilling gradually ascends up to a pass Nyi La (3960m) and descends to Tsarang. The trail continues to Lo Manthang. There are three major groups of villages with historic gompas and caves around Mustang. The fresco painting of thousand Buddhas, hanging thankas (painting), antique ceiling and, library and other sacred objects are landmark of its rich history. The cave of Rongbyung Chorten hidden deep in the valley has carving of many deities on the stonewall.
ABOUT TIJI FESTIVAL - Festival of a life time
This festival commemorates the victory of Lord Buddhas incarnation -Dorjee Sonnu- over a demon called Man Tam Ru a vicious creature which ate human flesh and caused storms and droughts. The Teeji festival usually takes place in May and June and lasts for 3 days. Dances are performed by the lamas of Lo Manthang choedhe monastery during the celebration. About 65 monks from Lo Manthang, Namgyal and Chhoser live in the monastery. The first day marks the harassment of Man Tam Ru in a dance called Tsa Chham, on the second day a dance called Nga Chham takes place commemorating the birth of Dorjee Sonnu as the demons son. The attempt to return the demon to lord Buddhas realm takes place on the third and final day.
The lamas chant prayers while performing almost 50 separate religious dances to chase demons from Lo Manthang. They are followed by masked demons who flail wooden swords at the frightened spectators.On the final day, in a nearby field, courtiers fire ancient muskets as a high lama shoots an arrow at a red demon effigy laid on a ragged tiger skin. He tosses five more demons into the sand to signify the exorcising of the city. Fireworks are also let off to celebrate the occasion. Please write to us to find out exact festival date.
Duration : 16 Days
Group Size : 6-9 pax
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
Duration : 14 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
There are deluxe luxury lodges in the Everest Base camp trail. We have designed your itinerary using the Khumbu Valleys deluxe Lodges en-route so you need not to be worry about showers and English style toilet facilities. Enjoy a clean warm bed, a shower and great food at the end of a day on the trail. These lodges come with excellent cuisine, fresh linens, en-suite bathrooms and are statistically placed in an areas where the best views are available. You are guaranteed Himalayan hospitality.
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