Kailas - Tibet's Sacred Peak
Tibet & Nepal, Trek & Walk, 20 days - from £2,995 (land only) - from €3,745 (land only) - from $5,240 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: A free day in Kathmandu while our agent processes the group visa for Tibet. There is the option for a guided tour of some of the city's most important sights. We spend a second night at our hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: We make the short internal flight to Nepalgunj close to the border with India. Nepalgunj is well away from the normal tourist trail and here we check into a basic but comfortable hotel.
Day 4: We return to the airport to take our morning charter up into the Himalayan foothills. After a spectacular flight we land at Simikot, and set off on trek. After a short climb we spend most of the day going downhill and we camp after approximately 4 hours trekking, at Masigaon (2600m) or a little further down at Dharapori (2580m).
Day 5: A delightful day's trekking through terraces of millet and barley and several Bhotia villages. We have a number of climbs and descents as we progress along the gorge of the Kanali river passing spectacular waterfalls, to reach our next camp at Kermi. (2900m). 6 -7 hours.
Day 6: We continue trekking through the Karnali Valley with views towards Saipal. We pass more villages today before a final climb to Yangur where there is an important monastery. 4 - 5 hours.
Day 7: After trekking to the nearby village of Yalbang we descend to the river and reach Muchu which is the effective border control for the Nepalese. We then continue to our camp at Thumkot. 6 - 7 hours.
Day 8: Continuing our trek through the valley of the Karnali, we are likely to pass caravans of goats transporting salt from Tibet, an age old trade. We camp at a pasture above the village of Yari at 3900 metres.
Day 9: Today we cross Nara Lagna pass (4460m) offering spledid views over Tibet. We descend to the last Nepalese town of Hilsa before crossing the river into Tibet. After more border formalities here, we then drive to Purang also known as Taklakot (3800m). 4 hours trek, 2 hours drive
Day 10: A spectacular drive across the Gurla La (4900m) with holy Mount Kailas ahead of us as we reach Lake Manasarovar. We make camp on the southern lakeshore, close to Trugo Gompa (4556m).
Day 11: This morning we have a walk of 2 -3 hours along the south shore of Lake Manasarovar. We then drive via Gosul Gompa to the north shore and camp near Chiu Gompa (4556m).
Day 12: The morning is free to visit Chiu Gompa. In the afternoon we have a short drive to Darchen (4600m), the town at the start of the Kaila Kora, where we check into a simple guesthouse.
Day 13: We begin the kora of Kailas by first driving along a rough road into the Lha Chu Valley to the flagpole at Darboche (4700m) and then on foot past Chuku Gompa to Driraphuk Gompa (4775m) where we make camp.
Day 14: We cross the Drolma La (5600m), festooned with colourful prayer flags and resonating with repeated mantra. On the other side we descend into the the Lham Chu Valley and make camp near Zutulphuk monastery (4760m).
Day 15: Today we continue the descent of the Lham Chu Valley as views of Manasarovar and Rakas lakes open up ahead framed by the snowy peaks of the Himalya. Arriving back in Darchen, we have completed the kora of Kailas and we meet our vehicles for the short drive to a camp at Hor Manasarovar.
Day 16: Contingency day. If not used at this point we have the option of a hike to Seralung Gompa. Camp at Hoer Manasarovar.
Day 17: We now drive the 'Southern Route' across Tibet running parralell to the Himalayas away to the south. Tonight we make camp midway between the towns of Paryang and Saga.
Day 18: Today we cross the Lalung La and then the Shung La (5200m) before descending to Zangmu on the Nepal/Tibet border, where we overnight in a hotel.
Day 19: We say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and drivers and cross the border into Nepal. Onward drive to Kathmandu, where we check into our comfortable hotel.
Day 20: KE Land Only package services end after lunch. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.