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DELHI - KATHMANDU - NYALAM - SAGA - PRAYANG - HOR QUO - MANSAROVER DARCHEN - TARBOCHE - DIRAPUK - ZUTHULPHUK - PRAYANG SAGA - KATHMANDU - DELHI

Day 01 / Delhi - Kathmandu (By Air)
Assemble at IGI Airport in the morning to board the flight to Kathmandu, capital of the fascinating Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. Escorted transfer on arrival to hotel. Rest of the time is free for shopping. Overnight stay.

Day 02 / Kathmandu Sightseeing
Breakfast at hotel. Half day sight seeing tour to Kathmandu city, i.e. Darbar Square,The Palace of the Malla and The Shah kings of Nepal. From here we visit Swayambhunath Stupa on top a hill overlooking Kathmandu valley and Patan city This Stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal. It was also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Monument List in 1979. Afternoon tour starts from Bakhtapur,the medieaval city of devotees and the best of all the old cities of Kathmandu valley.From here we visit two important religious centre: Pashupatinath Temple for the Hindus, Boudhanath,the largest Stupa in the world and a centre for Tibet school of Buddhism. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 03 / Kathmandu - Nyalam 3750 m (150 kms).
After early breakfasts at hotel, today we arrive at Tibet , lunch at border ( Nepal side ), after immigration and custom formalities - we proceed to Zhangmu ( border Tibet side ), here we meet our Chinese guide, drivers and vehicles(Toyota Land Cruiser) - continue drive to Nyalam ( our first overnight in China) , dinner and overnight at Nyalam lodge or similar

Day 04 / Nyalam
This whole day is dedicated for acclimatization at Nyalam. We will be going for a short trek of about three hours in Nyalam itself. Overnight at Hotel Nyalam or similar.

Day 05 / Nyalam to Saga (4600 m) 240 Kms./ 6 - 7 hours drive
After breakfast, drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snow capped mountains. We will be passing through the first highest pass of Lalung La Pass (5000 m) where a superb view of high Himalayas can be seen from Gaurishanker, Shishapangma to Langtang Himal. Drive past Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peigutso Lake (4400m). We continue driving crossing the river "Yarling Tsangpo" known as Bhramaputra. Night stay at Saga.

Day 06 / Saga - Prayang (4750 m) 255 kms/ 6 - 7 hrs.
After breakfast, drive to Paryang (4750 m) 255 kms/ 6 - 7 hrs. drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with distance view of snow capped mountains. On this day the road is quite flat, hence the drive will be comfortable compared to other days. Overnight stay at camp.

Day 07 / Prayang - Hor Quo (4560 m) 223 km/ 5 - 6 hrs.
After breakfast, drive to Mayum River for 112 km and have lunch. Thereafter drive to Hor Quo (4560 m) 223 km/ 5 - 6 hrs. We continue driving crossing Mayum La pass (5200 m) and arrive at Hor Quo. Today is the day of lifetime, as we will have the first sight (darshan) of Holy Mt. Kailash and Holy Lake Manasarovar. Camp on the bank of Holy Mansarover Lake. Overnight in Camp.

Day 08 / Mansarovar Parikarma (4520 m) 115 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. & drive to Darchen (4620 m)
After breakfast, it is a day for Puja & Holy bath in the holy lake. We will be doing Mansarover Parikarma by Jeep (4520 m) 115 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. On the way, we will stop near Trugu Gompa for Holy Bath in Holy Lake Mansarovar. We will be setting separate bathing tents for changing your clothes. During this parikarma, we will have a picnic lunch on the bank of Holy Lake Mansarovar. Time Permitting visit Chui Gompa. Afternoon, drive to Darchen (4620 m). Darchen is located beneath the majestic holy Mount Kailash, a small village with couple of guesthouses. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Darchen, the beginning and end point of the Kora.

Day 09 / Darchen for acclimatization
After breakfast, we will proceed for our acclimatization exercise with a short trek to Serrlung Monastry and to Nandi Parvat which offers an excellent view of Mount Kailash. We will be staying for an overnight in Darchen and will prepare ourselves for Kailash Parikarma. Overnight Camping at Darchen.

Day 10 / Drive to Tarboche (13 km) and trek to Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hrs
After breakfast, drive approx. 13 Kms. to Tarboche, the trek starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as the outer "Asthapath". The first day of our Kora is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trail leads us to few ups and downs till we reach our camp/guest house at Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hours trek. Camping on the nice grassy meadows with a view of Kailash, north west face. Those not feeling themselves fit to continue parikarma will drive back to Darchen and wait for the Parikarma group to return. Overnight in Camp

Day 11 / Trek to Zuthulphuk (4760 m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs
Today our circumbulation (Kora) leads to much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Holy Mount Kailash. The walk will bring us to one of the highest point at Drolma La, 5,200 m. before descending to the gradual field towards Zuthulphuk for the overnight stay after 5-6 hours walk. Zuthulphuk (4760 m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs. After early breakfast, group will set off as the sun's rays break over the ridges above. After the footbridge the trail rises up a rocky slope. Take this gently but steadily. It soon reaches a level walk. The peak of Mount Kailash rises to the right and can now be seen linked to a long spur, which joins the eastern ridge. This is the top edge of the glacial valley from which the Lhachu ("Divine River") flows. Later we will arrive at our camp sight by descending staircase brings you to the valley floor. From here it is still about 5 hours to the day's destination with no shelter in between. It is vitally important to remain on the right hand side of the river, the West bank. If not, you will get trapped, unable to cross it. The walk now becomes very pleasant and relaxing (as long as the weather is clear and there is no howling gale.) The path follows the gentle slope of the valley over grassy fields and clear brooks for several Kilometers before it narrows and turns further south to merge with another valley before reaching Zuthulphuk, the "Miracle Cave" of Milarepa. Overnight stay at camp.

Day 12 Zuthulphuk - Darchen trek 10 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. and drive to Prayang (4750 m)
The morning can be spent exploring the caves and visiting the temples and shrine that has been built around Milarepa's cave. A married elderly couple supervises the temple, which is usually an active residence for over half a dozen Tibetan devotees, helpers, or relatives who continuously busy themselves with the tasks of maintaining the buildings. One imagines Milarepa's disciples meditating here. Many of the caves contain meditation platforms, self-contained by dry stonewalls which divide them from their cooking partitions and entrance areas. It is well worth the short climb up to these caves before beginning the final stage of the trek. The winding gradual tracks finally ends our holy pilgrimage walk 10 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. Once we reach at the trek end point near Darchen, our land cruisers will be waiting to take the group back to Prayang by tracing our footsteps returning home leaving the Holy place. (Those who could not do parikarma would be waiting to welcome other group members at this point). Overnight camping.

Day 13 / Prayang - Saga (4600 m) 255 kms/ 6 - 7 hrs. drive
After breakfast, drive to Saga. Overnight Camping.

Day 14 / Saga - Nyalam (3700 m) 240 Kms./ 6 - 7 hours drive
After breakfast, drive to Nyalam. Overnight Camping.

Day 15 / Zhangmu - Kathmandu
Drive downhill to Zhangmu & Friendship Bridge where transportation awaits for our final leg of journey to Kathmandu (150 Kms)/ 8 - 9 Hrs. After reaching Friendship Bridge, we'll be leaving our Tibet side vehicles on the other side of border and will walk for approximately 15 minutes towards Nepal Immigration Post where our coach for Nepal would be waiting for us. Our Border guide will assist us to shift our belongings towards Nepal Side of the bridge. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 16 / Kathmandu - Delhi
Today time come to say "Good Bye" with memories of Mount Kailash & Holy Lake Mansarovar after breakfast you will transfer to Airport to board the flight for your Delhi. Arrive Delhi and you will transfer to Hotel.

Day 17 / Delhi Departure
After breakfast you transfer to Airport / Railway Station for your onward destination

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