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Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu,transfer to Hotel.
Morning: Sightseeing tour; afternoon fly to Nepalgunj
Morning - visit Pashupatinath temple and Guheswari temple (Saktipith). After sightseeing, return back to Hotel for lunch then get yourself ready for setting off to the domestic airport for your flight to Nepalgunj fixed wing plane. Upon arrival in Nepalgunj, you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel Sidhartha or Sneha.
Sightseeing: 3 hours Kathmandu - Nepalgunj flight: 1 hour.
Nepalgunj to Simikot flight
Early morning have breakfast or carry pack breakfast and leave hotel at about 5-5.30 AM for your flight to Simikot. The flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot operates only in the morning time fixed wing plane. From 10 a.m. onward, the weather en route in the mountain region may become windy and cloudy, so the flight may get canceled. In Simikot, our staff will receive you at the airport, serve tea /coffee then escort you to the Sun Valley Resort, the best available hotel in Simikot. Today, you will either visit Shiva temple or relax for getting acclimatized.
Nepalgunj - Simikot flight: 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the weather condition.
Simikot to Hilsa by Helicopter - then drive to Taklakot (3400m)
If the weather is clear, we leave Resort at 5 AM to fly to Hilsa by Helicopter at around 6 AM. This scenic flight takes about 20 minutes to reach Hilsa. Since our helicopter can carry only 4 to 5 (maximum) passengers at a time, we have to make some extra shuttle flights depending on your group size to bring all passengers to Hilsa. Another 30 minutes will be consumed for landing in Hilsa and returning back to Simikot. As per the rule of the Chinese government, the entry and exit of the group should be together. It is not possible to cross the border for those who have flown to Hilsa by the very first flight. They should wait till the whole group gather in Hilsa, then cross Nepal – China border together. From heli pad, you walk for about 5 – 10 minutes. For elder people who cannot walk jeep will be arranged (subject to availability). Chinese guide and vehicles will be waiting across the border with bus for drive to Purang also called Taklakot. After crossing the border, immigration formalities are done in Chinese side. Rest of the time at Purang is for acclimatization.
Simikot - Hilsa: 20 minutes by Helicopter
Hilsa to Chinese immigration: 10 minutes walk (flat road)
Driving time about 45 minutes to Purang. 35 km
Chinese immigration to Taklakot (Purang): 45 minutes drive
Purang to Lake Manasarovar (Chiu Gompa 4550m)
After breakfast, drive to Manasarovar. A brief halt will be taken on the way on the shore of Lake Rakhash Tal from where you get first Darshan of Mt. Kailash. You will then continue drive to Lake Manasarovar (4573m) and take parikram of the Lake by bus.
Purang to Manasarovar 90 km 3 hours
The entire parikrama is about 105 kms and will take - 3 hours
Drive to Darchen (4575 m)
AM: Take holy dip and do Pooja on the shore of Lake Manasarovar. PM: After lunch, drive by bus to Darchen. Darchen is located beneath the majestic holy Mountain Kailash. Stay in the hotel.
Lake Mansarovar to Darchen 32 km: 1 hour driving
Darchen - Yam Dwar then trek to Deraphuk (4920 m.)
Early morning drive to Tarboche (4606 mt), visit Yam Dwar. Those willing to do parikrama of Kailash will start walking from here and those not doing parikrama will return to Darchen to wait for rest of the people who are doing parikrama OR return to Purang. You will meet yaks (to carry foods & necessary equipment) and horse (if you have booked one for yourself) and proceed for trekking to Diraphuk. The distance from Yam Dwar to Diraphuk (4920 m) is about 9 km and it requires approximately 6 hours. The trail is flat and reasonably easy.
Darchen to Yam Dwar 8 km: 30 - 45 minutes (Rough road)
Walking Yam Dwar to Deraphuk: 6 hours
Diraphuk - Dolma-La Pass (5600m) Gaurikund Zutulphuk (4780m)
Today is the toughest and longest day of this journey. You must wake up and start your journey for the next destination at around 4-5 AM with light foods/soup. Right from the beginning till the Dolma pass (5600 m.), you have to go up hill (at least 4 hours). However, in between, there are flat portion of the trail. After reaching Dolma pass, the trail descends to other side of mountain via Gauri Kunda (also called Parvati Kunda). It is believed that the consort of Lord Shiva, Parvati, takes bath here. The trail further down from here is rocky. So, you need to be very careful while descending. After reaching down to the valley base (other side), the trail becomes wider and flatter. You will walk for another 6 hour or so to reach Zutulphuk (4790m).
Deraphuk to Zutulphuk: 22 km (10 hrs trek)
Dolma-La Pass: 5600 m.
Zutul Phuk: 4790 m.
Finish parikrama on foot then drive to Purang.
The trek approximately takes about 3 hours to reach the pick point and the trail is quite easy and flat. From the pick-up point, drive to Purang.
Zutulphuk to Darchen: 10 km / 3 hrs trek
Pick-up point to Purang 130 Km: 3 hours drive
Hilsa - Simikot - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
Early morning at around 6.30 am, our Helicopter will come to Hilsa to pick you up (if the weather is clear). As usual, we have to make shuttle flights to bring the entire group back to Simikot. From Simikot, you will fly back to Nepalgunj by fixed wing plane. Freshen up + lunch in Nepalgunj then fly back to Kathmandu late in the afternoon fixed wing plane. Our staff will meet you in Kathmandu airport then transfer to Hotel
Hilsa - Simikot: 20 minutes by Helicopter
Simikot to Nepalgunj: 1 hour
Nepalgunj to Kathmandu: 1 hour flight
Departure from Kathmandu
Tranfer to airport for departure flight from Kathmandu