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NEPAL – TIBET PILGRIMAGE AND ADVENTURE TOUR- VIA SIMIKOT –HILSA- LHASA
 

 

Tour code

Tour Title

Tour Duration

Destination Covered

FT-MT 301

Nepal – Tibet Pilgrimage and Adventure Tour

21 Nights/22 Days

Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Simikot, Hilsa, Mt Kailash , Mansarovar, Ronbuk Monastery , Everest base Camp , Shigatse, Gyantse and Lhasa.

PRODUCT INTRODUCTION:
This tour  is the combination of  nature, culture, adventure and pilgrimage in nature. The tour consist  soft adventure Cultural trek  to most scenic Humla region from Simikot to Hilsa, Pilgrimage to  the Holiest Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Lake,  visit to historical Lhasa City, visit famous Yamdrok Lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and cross 3 high passes with  altitude of 4.794 m ,  5,039 m &  4.280 m  during  drive from Shigatse to Lhasa, visit famous Runbuk monastery and the world famous Everest Base camp.

Holy Mt Kailash is considered as the most important pilgrimage center for Hindu . Similarly Buddhist worship Mt Kailash as
DEMCHOK (Buddha in forceful form) seated on the summit of Kailash. It is also called Dharmapala,one version quotes the deity as a form of Shiva’s manifestation. The description of the deity is more or less like Shiva. Devi is also given a similar form like Parvati. Buddhists adore Kailash as KANG RINGPOCHE and Manasarovar as TSO MAPHAM. Guru Rinpoche (The great Indian Master PADMASAMBHAVA who introduced Buddhism) and Saint Milerapa are greatly revered here by the pilgrims. Since TANTRISM runs through the main core of Buddhism here, their customs and practices would be found running close and parallel to Hindu traditions. Like Hindus, they also consider (DOLMA (DEVI) and GAURI KUND (Thuki Zingbu) as holiest spots. Buddhists strongly believe that pilgrimage to this place liberates them to NIRVANA.

Holy Mt Kailash is also visited  as the scenic point of view and many tourist from the world come to visit the site and enjoy the nature wonder.  
Fishtail Tours & Travel invite you to join on this wonderful nature, culture , adventure and pilgrimage holidays tour during your  next vacation. 

TRIP FACT:

 

Best Season

Highest Altitude to Trek

Average Trek Duration

Lowest Temperature

 Tour Grade

May to September

5,560 Meter

7 to 8 hours

-10  degree Centigrade

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OUTLINE ITINERARY & DATE OF ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

 

Day

Months

Outline Itinerary

April

May

June

July

Aug

September

October

01

14

12

11

10

9

8

8

Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

02

15

13

12

11

10

9

9

Preparation of  Tour/ Trekking

03

16

14

13

12

11

10

10

Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to  hotel

04

17

15

14

13

12

11

11

Fly to Simikot and trek to Dharapari

05

18

16

15

14

13

12

12

Trek from Dharapani  to Sallikhola

06

19

17

16

15

14

13

13

Trek from Salli Khola to  Tumkot Khola

07

20

18

17

16

15

14

14

Trek from Tumkot  Khola to Thado Dhunga

08

21

19

18

17

16

15

15

Trek  from Dhado Dhunga to Hilsa & drive to Taklakot

09

22

20

19

18

17

16

16

Drive to Mansarovar

10

23

21

20

19

18

17

17

Drive to Darchen

11

24

22

21

20

19

18

18

Drive to Yamadwar and Holy trek to Dirapuk

12

25

23

22

21

20

19

19

Holy Trek to Zuthulpuk

13

26

24

23

22

21

20

20

Holy Trek to Darchen & drive to Tirthpuri

14

27

25

24

23

22

21

21

Drive to Saga

15

28

26

25

24

23

22

22

Drive to Shigatse

16

29

27

26

25

24

23

23

Drive to Lhasa via Gyatse

17

30

28

27

26

25

24

24

Drive to Lhasa

18

22

20

19

18

17

16

16

Lhasa Sightseeing

19

23

21

20

19

18

17

17

Lhasa Sightseeing

20

24

22

21

20

19

18

18

Fly for onward journey.

OUTLINE ITINERARY:


Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Preparation of  Tour/ Trekking
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to  hotel
Day 04: Fly to Simikot and trek to Dharapari
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani  to Sallikhola
Day 06: Trek from Salli Khola to  Tumkot Khola
Day 07: Trek from Tumkot  Khola to Thado Dhunga
Day 08: Trek  from Dhado Dhunga to Hilsa & drive to Taklakot
Day 09: Drive to Mansarovar
Day 10: Full day acclimatization at Mansarovar
Day 11: Drive to Tarchen
Day 12: Holy Trek to Dirapuk
Day 13: Holy Trek to Zuthulpuk
Day 14: Holy Trek to Tarchen
Day 15: Drive to Saga
Day 16: Drive to  Rongbuk Monastery
Day 17: Visit EBC & drive to Shigatse
Day 18: Drive to Lhasa via Gyatse
Day 19: Lhasa sightseeing
Day 20: Lhasa Sightseeing
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 22: Fly for onward Journey


DETAILED ITINERARY:


DAY 01: ARRIVE TRIBHUBAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, KATHMNADU                  Dinner
Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, meet & welcome by our office representative & transfer to hotel. Evening briefing about the Yatra. Overnight  stay at hotel.

DAY 02: ISSUANCE OF VISA/ SIMIKOT PERMIT & PREPARATION FOR TREKKING Dinner only
Breakfast & Proceed for half day Kathmandu sightseeing covering  Shoyambhunath Stupa known as Monkey temple , situated on a hillock  overlooking Kathmandu valley and rim and Kathmandu Durbar Square also known as Kathmandap or Kumari Temple. Return to hotel . Rest of the day  is free for the preparation of trek.  Evening visit to Thamel will be organized  which will be followed by Dinner.


DAY 03: HALF DAY UNESCO HERITAGE SITE TOUR & FLY TO NEPALGUNJ                DINNER ONLY
Breakfast and proceed  for UNESCO world heritage site tour to Boudhanath Stupa- known as one of the biggest stupa of the world and Pashupatinath temple- the holiest hindu  temple of the world , dedicated to lord shiva. Return to hotel, lunch ( self)  and transfer to airport for flight to Nepalgunj. Arrive Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

DAY 04: FLY TO SIMIKOT AND TREK TO DHARAPARI                                                         B/L/D
Early morning with packed breakfast , transfer to airport for flight to Simikot. This flight will offer a thrill of flight between tall hills and mountains, which you might not find easily in any other part of the world. The landing will be done at the tiny mountain airstrip at Simikot is an unforgettable experience. Arrive simikot, do the necessary preparation and trek to Dharapari. The trek start with little climbing for  few hours through the villages of Tuling, following trial that passes through walnut and apricot trees to the village of Dharapari. Dinner and overnight stay at Tented camp.

DAY 05: TREK FROM DHARAPARI TO  SALLIKHOLA                                                           B/L/D
Today, we will trek through the rice and wheat fields to a point where the valley narrows and the river is choked with the huge mountain rocks. As per the legends these rocks represents the silver fishes that swam up from the Ganges and couldn’t make it any further. Rice is not grown above this point and we will be passing through small fields of buckwheat and open pine woodland.  Right in front of us well be towering snow capped mountains and beautiful waterfalls. Today’s trek will be last for 6 to 7 hours. Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight stay on Tented camp.


DAY 06:  TREK FROM SALLIKHOLA  TO  TUMKOT KHOLA                                                B/L/D
We will follow the trial that at many occasions comes close to the river. We will go through the path built up with rocks and timber. Then we will cross the Humla Karnali River and climb steadily to Munchu which lies at the altitude of 2,920m above the sea level. Here we will come across a police check post. Then we will follow the trial that passes below Gompa and the stone houses of the village. We will then gently descent to the river bank and reach to camp site. Lunch will be served on the way. The trek will be last for 6/7 hours. Dinner and overnight stay at tented camp.


DAY 07:  TREK FROM TUMKOT KHOLA  TO THADO DHUNGA                                       B/L/D
Today ,after the breakfast we start our journey again and leave the Humla karnali River to meet after two days time, crossing the Tumkot River. A two hour climb brings us to a ridge crest at 3310m marked by a large cairn. We will continue our trek through the open juniper trees past Palbang and to the village of Yari where with a small shop and a school. We can rest there for a while and move on to a meadow half an hour away from Yari to camp for the night. This meadow is locally known as Dzungjen. We need to get acclimatized for the next day so we can climb up the ridges for an aid to acclimatization. From the top of the ridges we can view fantastic scenery of Sipal Himal. Today’s trek last for 7/8 hour trek. Dinner and overnight stay on tent.


DAY 08:  TREK FROM THADO DHUNGA TO HILSA & DRIVE TO TAKLAKOT               B/L/D
Toady, we will climb from our campsite to Nara Lagna- 4850m, which takes about 3 and half to 4 hours of time. The summit is marked by two huge cairns draped with prayer flags. Below, we can look into Tibet where the arid hillsides are a stark contrast to the greenery of the Humla region we have recently trekked through. It’s a steep downward climb to Shar where our Vehicle wait for us. En route we might come across the traders with lots of sheeps and goats carrying rice for the Tibetan side or salt for the Nepalese side. On the way we can visit Khojarnath where a large red Gompa is situated Overnight stay at hotel at Taklakot.

DAY 09: DRIVE TO MANSAROVAR( CHIU GOMPA)                                                            B/L/D
Drive to Mansarovar (120 Km - 3 hrs). After lunch visit Chui Gumpa and enjoy at lake  Manasarovar. Overnight  stay at guesthouse/ camp.

DAY 10: FULL DAY ACCLAMATISATION AT MANSAROVAR( CHIU GOMPA)             B/L/D
Today is free day to acclimatize yourself at Mansarovar lake.  Overnight  stay at guesthouse/ camp.


DAY 11: DRIVE TO TARCHEN                                                                                                       B/L/D
Today we will drive for mere 1.5 to 2 hours to Darchen. Darchen is a cluster of buildings within walled compound that’s makes the pilgrim’s gateway to Mt. Kailash. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

DAY 12: DRIVE TO SERSONG &  HOLY TREK TO DIRA PUK                                                              B/L/D
Breakfast and drive to Tarboch Flag Pole and sky Burial ground , visit the flag pole site and drive to Sersong and get prepared & head north up the Lha Chu Valley and enter the Valley of the God through the  two legged chorten known as Chorten Kangnyi. It’s a gentle hike on a well defined path at the right side of the river. On the way you can find many nomadic herders herding yak and sheep to the grazing areas west of mountains. Then we will cross the Lha Chu to camp below Dri Ra Phuk gompa at the height of 5010 m. The view of Kailash’s north face is very impressive from the Gompa.
Overnight stay at guesthouse / camp.

DAY 13: HOLY TREK TO ZUTHULPUK GUMPA                                                                      B/L/D
Today, we will begin our trekking with steep climb on a winding path over a moraine ridge to a level meadow area. Our route will take us to Shiwa Tsal cemetery where we can see that the Tibetans have left part of their clothing of drop of blood to respect the dead ones. From here is a steady climb to the Dolma La at the height of 5630m. Dolma La is marked by streamers of prayer flags and a huge Dolma stone that represents the goddess Dolma. Then the trial descends by the series of rocky switchbacks above the frozen lake of Gouri Kunda to reach the Valley of Zhong Chu. We will follow the river and call it a day to camp in the area of Zutul Phunl Gompa at the height of 4820m. This hike will take around 7  to 9 hours of your time. What you will pass through and things you will come across in this tour will make it a truly memorable day. Overnight stay at camp/ guesthouse.

DAY 14: HOLY TREK TO TACHEN & DRIVE TO TIRTHPURI                                                B/L/D
This is our final day on the Kora. Today we will take an easy three hours trek as we exit Zhong Chu valley through a narrow George reaching Darchen. From Darchen we will drive for three hours to reach Tirthapuri, which is one of the holiest places after Mt. Kailash and Lake Masasarovar, as its name suggests. Tirthapuri has a hot spring where you can enjoy the warmth of natural hot springs. These hot springs are believed to be sulphuric rich and said to cure various skin disease. Overnight stay at camp.

DAY 15: DRIVE TO SAGA                                                                                                               B/L/D
Breakfast and drive to Saga( 450 Kms). Saga is the famous Chinese Indian city situated at the famous Brahma Putra river. Arrive Saga and overnight stay at hotel.                                                     
 

DAY 16: DRIVE TO RONBUK  MONASTRY/ EBC                                                                    B/L/D
Breakfast and  drive to  Rongbuk  Monastery- 375 Kms , 7 hour drive ( You are reaching to Mt. Everest Base Camp today). Rongbuk, where the highest Monastery in the world is established some 8 kms from Everest Base Camp. There are magnificent views up the valley of Mount Everest and Cho-Oyu which can be seen from the guest house. Overnight at Rongbuk Guesthouse (dormitory room with common toilet)/ Tented camp.

DAY 17: DRIVE TO SHIGATSE                                                                                                      B/L/D
Breakfast and visit Everest Base camp. Walk up to some distance to enjoy the better view of the tallest Mountain of the world. After enjoying few hour at the base camp , return to guesthouse , check out and drive to Shigatse. Arrive Shigatse after 6 hour drive. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 18: DRIVE TO LHASA VIA GYATSE                                                                                    B/L/D
After breakfast, visit various monasteries of the city , later drive to Gyatse ( 90 Kms, 1.5 hours drive) .  Arrive Gyatse and  further drive to Lhasa, en-route visit Holy Yamdrok Lake ,Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and   cross 3 high passes with  altitude of 4794m ,  5039m &  4280m. Finally Arrive Lhasa and check into hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

 

PALKHOR MONASTERY: Also called “The Baiju Monastery” by the Chinese, this monastery is situated in Xigatse city which is about 230 Km away from capital Lhasa. Implausible combination of temples and Stupas will attract anyone. The architecture you will see in this place, are form the 14th and 15th century which make this place a Hotpoint for ancient archeological researchers. This place has more than 3000 statues from the statues of Buddha to famous King Songtsen Gampo. Number of tourist visiting this place has been increasing every year.

TASHILHUNPO MONASTERY: Located in Shigatse 250 Km away from the capital city Tashilhunpo monastery was built by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447. Among the six hugest monasteries in Tibet this monastery stands on massive area of 300,000 Sq. m and known as the “Seat of Panchen Lama”. Panchen Lama is considered as the second most important religious leader after Dalai Lama in Tibet.

DAY 19: LHASA CITY SIGHTSEEING                                                                                           B/L/D

After breakfast leave for full day city sightseeing tour to Magnificent Potala Palace-the winter palace of the Dalai Lama; the place where the former great Dalai Lama's stupas are being kept; once the seat of the Tibetan government. With a history of over 1,300 years, the Potala Palace is the treasure of Tibetan religion and culture, storing plenty of figures of the Buddha, murals, sutras etc. After visiting Potala Palace, you will visit one of the three largest monasteries of Gelugpa- the Sera Monastery, and the Dalai Lama's summer palace of the treasure Park of Tibet, the Norbulingka. Return to hotel and Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 20: LHASA CITY SIGHTSEEING                                                                                           B/L/D
After breakfast, you will visit the No 1 Monastery of Gelugpa-Drepung Monastery, which is the richest monastery ever in Tibet, and is still active today. Then you will be guided to visit the spiritual center of Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, where you might meet many pilgrims, who even prostrate by full length to the threshold of the temple. You will visit the sacred pilgrim path, the oldest street in Lhasa, the Barkhor Street, which is the place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble. In the afternoon, you can pay a visit to the Tibetan Traditional Hospital, where you will see how the Tibetan doctors treat patients in their traditional ways, and in its library, you will find massive medical sutras and medical thankas. The Lhasa Carpet Factory is also a place you should not miss. The carpets there are all hand-made on old-styled vertical looms in traditional processes. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

DAY 20: FLY TO KATHMANDU & FREE DAY                                                                           B/D
Breakfast and transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu , meet, welcome and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore your own . Evening fare well dinner at Typical Nepali restaurant  with traditional Nepali cultural program. Overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 21: FINAL DEPARTURE TRANSFER                                                                                   BREAKFAST ONLY
Today you are free till transferred to International airport for onward flight with sweet memories of wonderful Nepal and Tibet cultural, Pilgrimage and Adventure Tours.

                                                                                         Tour End

TOUR COST:

Tour Category

 Tour cost in U$ Dollar as per the group size

Single room Supplement

10 Pax

15 Pax

20 Pax

25 Pax

Deluxe Tour: with 4 star hotel in Kathmandu, 3 star hotel in Lhasa, Xigatse and Saga & Normal Guesthouse / camp in other part of Nepal and Tibet

US$ 3,275.00

US$
3,250.00

US$
3,200.00

US$
3,150.00

US$
950.00


COST INCLUDES:

·         Special welcome at International airport in Kathmandu .

·         1 briefing session in Kathmandu.

·         3 nights stay in Kathmandu at 4 star equivalent hotel with all meals.

·         1 night stay at  3 star equivalent hotel at Nepalgunj.

·         4 Nights / 5 Days  full organized trek with camping accommodation, kitchen team, Sherpa team and porters from Simikot to Hilsa

·         9 Nights accommodation at Tented camp/ guesthouse  at Mt Kailash and Everest Base camp area. 

·         3 nights accommodation in Lhasa & 1 night accommodation at Shigatse at 3 star equivalent hotel.

·         Fully Trained Nepali staffs, 3 times a day meal, mineral and boiled water for drink.

·          Lhasa city sightseeing as per the itinerary.

·         Oxygen cylinder and oxygen pillow as per the requirements.

·         Tibet Visa and Permit Fee.

·         Yak and Yak men to carry Kitchen equipments and food materials during holy trek.

·         Ground transfers in Tibet (Hilsa to Lhasa via Everest Base camp) using Deluxe Mini coach/ deluxe
 coach as applicable .

·         Services of English speaking guide & Nepali tour leader in Tibet.

·         Required trekking and kitchen equipments.

·         Oxygen cylinders and first aid kit.

·         Tour Completion certificate.

·         Free use of warm Down-Jacket and Sleeping bag.

·         Backpack, Trekking pole and duffel bag for free.

·         2 half-day Kathmandu sightseeing as per the itinerary.

·         Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/ Simikot and Lhasa/ Kathmandu by flight.

·         Simikot restricted zone permit fee and VDC charge.

·         Professional tour guide & entrance fee during sightseeing tours

·         Necessary Assistance.   

 

COST EXCLUDES:

·         Horse and porter for personal use.

·         Personal items and clothing.

·         Extra costs that may arise due to prolonged delays or postponement of flights due to technical reasons/ acts of nature/ riots/ curfew/ government regulations or any other conditions whatsoever, which are beyond the control of Fishtail Tours & Travels and its associated agents.

·         Personal expenses, tips and donations, insurance against loss of baggage, damage of valuables, theft of personal items/ belongings, medical expenses in case of accident or expenses in emergency evacuation.

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