This trek begins from Simikot and weaves across some of the least frequented trekking trails in western Nepal. Following the Karnali river , we walk through pine scented forests and traditional Thakuri / Tibetan Buddhist villages, with the beautiful Saipal and Nalakankad mountain range in the background. We trek past misty mountain views, with lush green vegetation, with wildflowers, Himalayan herbs and flowering buckwheat, mustard dotting the landscape. This trail is ideal for travelers who dislike crowds, enjoy solitary walks and want more interactions with local inhabitants.
After crossing into Tibet, you drive across the wide open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau to Mansarovar (A Secret Pond), before completing a kora (loop trek) around Mt Kailash. From there, you re-cross the vast arid plains before heading south to the Nepalese border and returning to Kathmandu. The magnificent sceneries blending with the sights of ancient culture make this an amazing trip that remains sketched in your memories for a lifetime. Throughout the journey from the Tibetan Plateau to Kathmandu you enjoy comfortable overnight accommodation, excellent food and convenient camping facilities. The unique culture and warm hospitality, ironically, gives you the feeling you are on top of the world! And you are, virtually!
Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging
Activity: Trekking/ overland cultural tour
Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge and camping
Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser
Meals Plan: Breakfast Only / Simikot to Hilsa - Simple Local Food (Lunch & Dinner)
Maximum altitude: 5630m
OUTLINE TREKKING ITINERARY:
Day 01: Fly to Nepalgunj.
Day 02: Fly to Simikot and walk to Dharapuri
Day 03: Trek to Kermi - Lunch in Dadakermi in afternoon visit to hot spring with local guide.
Day 04: Trek to Yalbang - Pack Lunch from Kermi and dinner in Yalbang. in afternoon visit Namkha khyung Dzong Monastery
Day 05: Trek to Tumkot - Lunch and Dinner at Tumkot Camp - Visit to Dhungkar Choezom Monastery
Day 06: To Yari / Tharodunga - Lunch at Pani Palbang and Dinner at Thadodunga
Day 07: Trek to Hilsa via Nara La Pass - Trek break at Sipsip and late lunch at Hilsa and Dinner at Hilsa
Day 07: Trek to Taklakot and Drive to Mansarovar Lake
Day 08: Excursion Mansarovar Lake and Deep for Purification and drive to Darchen
Day 09: Trek to Diraphuk
Day 10: Trek to Zhuthulphuk
Day 11: Trek to Darchen and Drive to Hor Chu
Day 12: Drive to Saga
Day 13: Drive to Kerung
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu