Day 1: Fly to Nepaljung. Overnight at Nepaljung (BB)
Transfer to airport. Fly to Nepaljung. Upon arrival at Nepaljung your guide will welcome you and provide transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Nepaljung. Your flight to Nepaljung takes about one hour. Nepalgunj is located in the far south west of Nepal. It is a busy crowded city, which lies close to the Indian border.
Day 2: Fly to Simikot (2856m) then trek to Dharapuri (2400m)
Early morning after breakfast transfer to airport. Fly to Simikot. Simikot is the headquarter of Humla; Nepal's most remote district. After arrival at Simikot the trek staff prepares loads for the porters in the mean time you will have lunch. It takes about an hour to organize the loads. The trek guide leads the way. Climbing up from the airstrip on a rocky trail past fields of barley and wheat, ascend a forested ridge above the town of Simikot, before making a long steep decent past Dandaphoya. The trail is then fairly level, through walnut and apricot trees, until you come to the scattered village of Dhara Pokhari which is divided by the Yakba Khola.
Day 3: Trek to Salli Khola (2400m)
Leave campsite and then cross a long screed slope and follow the river to a waterfall near the shepherds' camp at Chachera. The trail then climbs over a ridge and bypass the village of Kermi before entering a big valley with walled fields of potato and buckwheat. After walking through a sparse pine forest you will descend from the ridge to the Salli Khola. Camp by the river.
Day 4: Trek to Muchu (2920m)
Cross the river and climb over a rocky ridge before descending to the gray waters of the Humla Karnali. After crossing another ridge there comes a sandy meadow where goat herders often camp by the river. Beyond the meadow the valley narrows and cross several more ridges, passing the villages of Yalbang and Yangar. The trail then winds its way precariously above the river before you cross a suspension bridge to the village of Muchu.
Day 5: Trek to Sipsip (4330m)
From Muchu the trail follows over a ridge to the Tumkot Khola and then along the rocky streambed for a short distance before beginning a steep climb through a rock-filled gully. Pass through Palbang and its bright yellow mustard fields to the small settlement of Yari. From Yari the trail climbs up the valley towards a Nara Lagna pass. Camp below the pass in a meadow known as Sipsip.
Day 6: Trek over Nara la (4325m) and make steep descent to Hilsa
Continue to climb up the valley towards the Nara La (pass). You pass the camp site below the pass in a meadow known as Sipsip (4330m). A steep ascent will take you to the pass at 4580 meter; cross the Nara La (pass). You should be able to reach the pass in about 3 hour. From the top of the pass it is a steep and rough descent to the Karnali river. A short distance from the river, you will see stone pillars that mark the boundary between Nepal and China, the place is known as Hilsa (about 3 hour steep descent). Walk to Sher and drive to Taklakot, known as Purang for Nepalese. After a short climb from the river you will reach Sher, which is a small but busy trading post. You should reset your watch here to China time, which is 2 hours and 15 minutes ahead of Nepal. At Sher your Tibetan guide and vehicle will be waiting for you. Board the vehicle for an hour and a half’ drive to Taklakot, which is also known as Purang. Overnight at the guest house.
Day 7: Trek to Sher and drive to Taklakot. (Guest house)
After a short climb from the river you will reach Sher. This is a small but busy trading post. You should reset your watch here to China time, which is 2 hours and 15 minutes ahead of Nepal. At Sher your Tibetan guide and vehicle will be waiting for you. Board the vehicle for an hour and a half’ drive to Taklakot, known to Nepales as Purang.
Day 8: Drive to Manasarovar (4558m)
Explore Mansarover Lake and Chiu Monsastery (44500m). On this day allows your bodies to acclimatize to the altitude by exploring fascinating places around the holy lake. You may visit the picturesque Chiu Monastery on the northwest shore of the lake with the imposing sight of Mt Kailash in the background.
Day 9: Drive to Darchen (4500m)
Continue to drive north from Chiu Gompa towards Mt. Kailash. Darchen is a small settlement at the bottom of the southern slopes of Holy Mountain and until recently this used to be a Drokpa (nomadic herder) tented village with no permanent homes. Now there are mixture of stone houses and nomadic tents. All the pilgrims visiting Mt. Kailash start their parikrama (or circumambulation) from here. In the afternoon walk around the village and visit the tents selling commodities to pilgrims. Overnight stay would be at the Guest House.
Day 10: Trek to Dira Phuk Gompa (4900m)
The trek around Kailash is a pious thing to do for both Hindus and Buddhist. On the first day you hike up the western valley or the Lha Chu. At Tarpachan meadows there is a flagpole and, if the weather is clear, you can have a stunning view of the Holy Mountain. The Chugu Gompa can be seen on the far side near a tall waterfall. From the camp the north face of Mt. Kailash has an amazing sight. Our camp is on the opposite of the monastery at Dira-Phuk.
Day 11: Trek to Drolma La pass (5400m) to Zuthul Phuk Gompa (4700m)
The trail to the Drolma La (pass) gains height steadily through fields of stone structure built by countless pilgrimages. The terrain is rocky and there is usually some snow on the pass. At the Drolma La pass there is a huge boulder festooned with strings of colorful prayers flags that marks the highest point in the journey around this most holy of mountains. On your descent you pass by the holy Gauri Kund lake where pilgrims fill their bottles to take home. The water flows down the beautiful eastern valley of the Dzong Chu river. You reach the cave monastery at Zuthul Phuk and camp near Zuthul Phuk.
Day 12. Trek to Darchen (4500m) & Travel to Taklakot
This morning before setting off down the valley you visit the cave monastery at Zuthul Phuk. This is famous as the meditation retreat of the Tibetan saint Milerapa. The prints of his palms on the roof of the rock cave are believed to have been left behind when he lifted the rock to make more room inside. Afterwards you will continue down the valley to get to Darchen. It takes about 3 hours. And drive to Taklakot (Purang) 4573m.
Day 13: Drive to Paryang
It is a long drive to Paryang (4540m) - about 277 km. On the way we cross Mayum-la and make several river crossings. The scenery along this section is some of the most panoramic in the entire journey.
Day 14: Drive to Saga (4640m)
You will continue to drive along a 200 km stretch of road to Saga, passing through the small, dusty town of Zhongba en route.
Day 15: Drive to Nyalam (4300m)
The drive continues towards north east to Nyalam. Zangmu is a short drive from Nyalam.
Day 16: Drive to Zangmu and onward to Kathmandu
Zangmu known as Khasa for Nepalese is a trading post on the Tibet side of the border with Nepal. Cross the China immigration and drive down to Kodari Bridge. Cross the bridge and walk to the Nepal immigration. Complete the formalities and drive to Kathmandu. The transport will be waiting for you at the Nepal side of the bridge. Arrive Kathmandu in the evening. The drive from the border to Kathmandu takes about 5 hour (135 Km). Overnight in Kathmandu
Note: The itinerary and schedule as shown is guideline only. It is subject to change due to logistic, local, technical, weather and other condition beyond our control. Flights to remote mountain airstrip like Simikot are subject to weather and technical condition. In such situation Kailash Himalaya Trek and its agent / representative reserve right to alter (lengthen or shorten) any programme when necessary. Any cost resulting from such change must be borne by the members.
Accommodation: During the journey guest house and camping (two person tent with mattress) are provided. The guest houses can be categorized as simple to middle class with or without attached bath room and hot-water.