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High Road to Kailash (ZZ-KAI-15/17)

Mt. Kailash

Where are you going?

Days 1-2 : Flying into Kathmandu is an unforgettable experience with the Himalaya spread out before you. You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel. In the morning of day 2 a half-day city tour will introduce you to some of the highlights of Kathmandu.

Days 3-4: A long day as we dive, complete border formalities at Kodari and Zhangmu. It is then a steep and spectacular drive up the gorge and on to the Tibetan Plateau. Expect to feel the effects of altitude as you ascend.

We spend a day at Nyalam to help with acclimatization; they are many short walks possible in the area for those feeling up to it.

Days 5-7 : Long, yet spectacular days as we head west. Even along the road settlements are few as we cross vast, open valleys and prayer flag topped passes. Depending on the season there may be families of nomadic dropka moving their herds of sheep, yaks, goats and horses across the plateau.

Days 8-10 : The 53-kilometer kora of Mount Kailash is one of the most sacred of pilgrimage circuits in the world. Kailash (Kang Rinpoche in Tibetan) is the earthly manifestation of Mount Meru and is sacred to Buddhists, Hindus, Bonpo and Jains the entire route is lined with prostration points, places to check you sin-level, drink or immerse yourself in sacred waters, make offerings and hang prayer flags. The high point, both physically and spiritually is the Drolma Pass (5636m) on the second day.

On day 10 it is a short walk to Darchen before heading to Chiu Gompa on the shores of Lake Manasarovar to soak in the hot springs.

Days 11-12 : The drive retraces the outward route as far as Saga.

Day 13 : Another long day's drive, but again scenically magical as we take a barge-ferry across the Yarlung Tsangpo and head south via Pelkhu Lake. Rejoining the Friendship Highway cross the Lalung Pass and head to Nyalum.

Day 14 : Dropping suddenly and steeply off the Tibetan Plateau descend through the Himalaya to cross the China/Nepal border at Zhangmu Kodari before continuing the descent to Kathmandu.

Day 15 : Depart

Everest Base Camp Extension

Day 13 : Another long day's drive, but again scenically magical as we take a barge-ferry across the Yarlung Tsangpo and head south via Pelkhu Lake. Rejoining the Friendship Highway turn east to the small town of Lao Tingri.

Day 14 : Make a day trip to the tiny monastery of Rhongphu. The drive is magnificent and the views of Qomolangma (Mt Everest) are stunning, as the mountain stands alone at the head of the valley. Either drive or walk the last 7kms up to Base Camp. Return to Lao Tingri.

Day 15 : Another high pass gives a last, spectacular view of the Himalaya before we leave the Tibetan Plateau, descending to Zhangmu on the China-Nepal border.

Day 16 : Completing border formalities the drive back to Kathmandu continues down the Bote Khosi valley.

Day 17 : Depart

Itinerary

Day Altitude
Time
1
Arrive Kathmandu
1300m
2
Kathmandu
3
Nyalam
3750m
8 hrs
4
Nyalam
5
Saga
4600m
8hrs
6
Paryang
4750m
8 hrs
7
Darchen
4675m
6 hrs
8
trek Dira Phuk
5210m
6 hrs
9
trek Drolma-La
5636m
trek Zutrukphuk
4810m
9 hrs
10
trek Darchen
4675m
3 hrs
drive Chiu Gompa
4588m
½ hr
11
drive Paryang
4750m
7 hrs
12
Saga
4600m
8 hrs
13
Nyalam
3750m
10 hrs
14
Kathmandu
1300m
8 hrs
15
Depart
Extend your trip –
Everest Base Camp
Days 1-12 as above    
13
Lao Tingri
4390
8hrs
14
Rhongphu & Base Camp
5200m
4 hrs
Lao Tingri
4390m
3 hrs
15
Zhangmu
2300m
6 hrs
16
Kathmandu
1300m
6 hrs
17
Depart

Trip Grade: Challanging
Trip Grade: 4 (3 days)
Duration: 15 or 17 Days
Trip style: Combination hotel/guest house and fully-supported camping
Best time to go: May-October

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