• Simikot – Manasarovar – Lhasa Tour

Simikot – Manasarovar – Lhasa Tour

Trip Facts :

Program Code: TT-TS04
Duration: 23 days
Program Type: Tour
Minimum Pax: 2+
Maximum Altitude: 4,750m
Mode of Travel: Land/flight
Start Trip: Simikot
End Trip: Lhasa
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Overview

From the 4580m high pass you can see the vast Tibetan plateau. You will hike to the Nepali/Tibetan border till the village of Sher on the Tibetan side, where a vehicle will pick you up and drive to Taklakot. Geographically you are directly south of Kailash, which Hindus and Buddhists view as the “center of the world”. On your way to the holy mountain you will wander along the western shore of Lake Manosarovar and camp.

Roof of the world behind the Himalayas, Tibet is a culturally, religiously, ethnically, linguistically and geographically distinct region of Asia.

Almost surreal appears the canyon-like valley of the Sutlej. Imbedded lie the ruins of Tsaparang, the capital of the former kingdom of Guge. After visiting the 900 year-old site our drive through the canyon of the Sutlej starts long the north route to Lhasa. The light and shadows of the summer clouds make for a magical atmosphere, dip the barren vastness in tinges of pastel green, yellow deep blue and violet.

 

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvwan International Airport (Kathmandu), and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Guided Sightseeing of Kathmandu city.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (about 4omin. flight).

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2960m) and trek to Dharapari (2300m).

Day 05: Trek from Dharapari to Salli Khola (2700m).

Day 06: Trek from Salli Khola to Muchu (2920m).

Day 07: Trek from Muchu to Sip Sip (4330m).

Day 08: Trek from Sip Sip to Hilsa (3720m).

Day 09: Trek from Hilsa to Taklakot (3930m) and drive to Mansarovar (4560m).

Day 10: Full day excursion of Lake Mansarovar (4560m).

Day 11: Drive from Mansarovar to Tarboche (4750m).

Day 12: Trek from Tarboche to Dira – Puk.

Day 13: Trek from Dira – Puk to Darchen (4560m).

Day 14: Drive from Darchen to Paryang (4750m).

Day 15: Drive from Paryang to Saga (4600m).

Day 16: Drive from Saga to Shigatse (3900m).

Day 17: Drive from Shigatse to Gyantse (3950m).

Day 18: Drive from Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m).

Day 19: Lhasa sightseeing.

Day 20: Lhasa sightseeing.

Day 21: Fly back from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 23: Final departure/Journey to the next destination.

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvwan International Airport (Kathmandu).
Upon arrival at Kathmandu, our airport representative assists you at International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel on  BB basis.

Day 02: Guided sightseeing of Kathmandu city.
Breakfast at the hotel and guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city. Pashupatinath, one of the holiest sites for Hindus all over the world. Pashupati literally means “Lord of Animals” and is considered to be the patron deity of Nepal. Bodanath, the biggest Stupa of Nepal, is located 5 km east of central Kathmandu. Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple), situated on a lovely little hillock is also known by the name of “Monkey Temple”. And Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known by the name of Hanuman Dhoka – an ancient seat of Nepalese Royalty. Back to hotel and overnight stay.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, which takes about 40 minutes. This flight journey is best described by the scenic view of jungle and Himalayan ranges. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2960m) and trek to Dharapari (2300m)
Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot for about 55 minutes and then trek to Dharapari. Overnight stay at camp.

Day 05: Trek from Dharapari to Salli Khola (2700m).
Today our route leads us up steep slopes and along a cool river. We even get to see a water fall along the way. Another ridge will be followed as we enter a large potato and buckwheat valley. A short descent through pine forest will take us to our campsite along the river. Overnight stay at Salli Khola.

Day 06: Trek from Salli Khola to Muchu (2920m).
Today we will cross the rocky ridge before getting to sandy meadow and wide spread valley. Goat herders can be seen many times along the route. In the afternoon, we will follow the meandering trail above the river and over the bridge. Overnight stay at small village of Muchu.

Day 07: Trek from Muchu to Sip Sip (4330m).
Today the trail goes over a ridge to the Tumkot Khola and then walks along the rocky stream bed for a short distance before beginning a steep climb through a rock filled gully. We will pass through Palbang and its bright yellow mustard fields to the small settlements of Yari and beyond here the route climbs up the valley towards the pass, Nara Langa. We will camp below the pass on a meadow known as Sip Sip.

Day 08: Trek from Sip Sip to Hilsa (3720m).
From Sip Sip, we ascend steeply to a rock cairn making the top of the Nara Lagna (4580m). Descending from the pass, we have the view of Tibetan Plateau before arriving at the village of the Ranipauwa. Overnight at Hilsa.

Day 09: Trek from Hilsa to Taklakot (3930m) and drive to Mansarovar (4560m).
Shortly after crossing the Nepal/Tibet boarder which is only marked only by a stone pillar, we meet our transport and drive about 130km, via the large trading centre of Taklakot to Manasarovar, the most venerated of Tibet’s many lakes.

Day 10: Full day excursion of Lake Mansarovar (4560m).
On this day, relax around the Lake shore and experience the natural beauty of Lake. In the summer time, flocks of swans will gather on the lake, bringing grace and life to the area. Many Tibetans and Hindus can be seen praying and circling around the lake shore, whole day. Also pleasant view of snow capped mountain can be seen on the background. Overnight at camp.

Day 11: Drive from Mansarovar to Tarboche (4750m).
Today we will drive about 35 km along the jeep trail to start of the kora at Tarboche. Tarboche is marked by a tall flagpole adorned with thousand of multi colored prayers flag and kata scarves strung out in radiating lines from the pole. Overnight stay at Tarboche.

Day 12: Trek from Tarboche to Dira – Puk
From Tarboche we walk up the Lha chu valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt. Kailash towering above us. We follow the river which enters a narrow canyon with high steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Mt. Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th century monastery at Dira – Puk.

Day 13: Trek from Dira – Puk to Darchen (4560m)
Today the trail leads to few ups and downs till Darchen. Overnight at Darchen on Lodge or Tented camp.

Day 14: Drive from Darchen to Paryang (4750m).
Early in the morning, we again join for overland day journey. Along the way we will have some of the best panoramic views. Upon arrival at Paryang, check in at hotel and overnight stay.

Day 15: Drive from Paryang to Saga (4600m).
It takes about five hours drive from Paryang to Saga. The beauty of nature will peruse you continuously, wild lives and farm animals keep you busy during the driving period. Overnight stay at lodge/guest house.

Day 16: Drive from Saga to Shigatse (3900m).
It takes about 7 hours drive from Saga to Shigatse. Most of the road we drive through farmers and nomads land. The scenery is wonderful, the great natural mountain and the rivers from the western Tibet. Overnight stay at Shigatse.

Day 17: Drive from Shigatse to Gyantse (3950m).
Before leaving for Gyantse, visit Tahilumpo Monastery, which lies at the foot of Drolmari or Tara’s Mountain, on the western side of the Shigatse.  In side the monastery, there is a high and giant statue of Buddha. Then drive to Gyantse for your overnight stay.

Day 18: Drive from Gyantse to Lhasa (3650m).
After breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing of Gyantse monastery and drive to Lhasa. The route goes through the two high passes The Karo La (5,010 meter) and Kamba La (4,797 meter) including Yamdrok – Tso lake also known as Turquoise Lake. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 19: Lhasa sightseeing.
Guided sightseeing of Lhasa starts with the visit of Potala Palace. This palace is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark and is a wonder of eastern architecture. It has been a palace since the fifth or sixth century and was once home to Dalai Lama. Day ends with the visit of the Drepung monastery, once the world’s largest monastery housing 10,000 monks. Drepung Monastery lies hidden in rocky ridges just beyond the city. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 20: Lhasa sightseeing.
Guided sightseeing tour of Sera Monastery, Norbulinka and the famous Jokhang Temple, one of the most respected shrines in all of Tibet and is always bustling with spiritual worshippers. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 21: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Check – In at the hotel and overnight stay.

Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day free in Kathmandu for leisure activates. Farewell dinner in the evening and overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 23: Final departure/Journey to the next destination.
Our office representative assists you at your hotel and takes you to the International Airport for your final departure or drives you to the next destination.

Cost Include

•    Airport pick up and drop by private car/van/bus.
•    Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley by Private car/van/bus.
•    Four nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu (Bed & Breakfast).
•    Your meals during the tour (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
•    Domestic air fare, airport pick up and drop by private car/van/bus.
•    All accommodation in lodges/tea houses during the tour.
•    Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS).
•    Salary for guide and porters.
•    All food, drinks, accommodation, transportation and insurance for guide and porters.
•    All government taxes.

Cost Exclude

•    Nepal entry Visa fee.
•    Your travel insurance.
•    Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
•    Entrance fees during sightseeing tours in Kathmandu.
•    Your personnel expenses.
•    All alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
•    International air fare and airport departure tax.
•    Tips.

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