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Mount Kailash Inner Parikrama 2017 (20 Days)

Mount Kailash Inner Parikrama 2017
Inner Parikrama (Inner Kora) is a very special parikrama and is little known to the public. You will be taken to the base of the south face of Mt. Kailash. This walk is more scenic and rigorous and Mt. Kailash is visible right through the journey. The yatri can also touch the base of the holy mountain. Here lies a rock formation of Nandi, around which a parikrama can also be done. For the inner parikrama the requisite is that a pilgrims (yatri) completes thirteen outer parikramas. However all yatris are eligible for the inner parikrama doing the auspicious year of the Horse, which occurs once in twelve years.
Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m). Overnight at hotel. 
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 03: Kathmandu – Kodari. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 04: Kodari to Nyalam. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 05: In Nyalam Acclimatization. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Nyalam to Dongba (4500m – 375km). Guest House.
Day 07: Dongba to Manasarovar Lake (4560m – 335km). Overnight stay – Lodge.
Day 08: Mansarovar Lake to Darchen (4600m – 110km). Overnight stay – Lodge.
Day 09: Rest day at Darchen. 
Day 10: Darchen to Driraphuk (4775m) – 26 kms. Overnight at camp.
Day 11: Driraphuk to Zuthul Puk (4700m) – 22 kms. Overnight at camp.
Day 12: Zuthul Puk to Darchen (4600m). Overnight stay – Lodge
Day 13: Drive to Asthapad (5182m). Overnight stay – Tents
Day 14: Trek to Sapta Rishi Cave & back to Asthapad. Overnight stay – Tent
Day 15: Trek to Darchen from Asthapad. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 16: Darchen to New Dongba (480 km). Overnight stay – Lodge
Day 17: Drive Dongba to Nyalam. Overnight stay – Guest House.
Day 18: Nylam to Kathmandu. Overnight stay – Hotel
Day 19: Leisure at Kathmandu. 
Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu
Trip Outline
  • Trekking days - 16
  • Total days - 20
  • Min. Altitude - (1400m./4593ft.)
  • Max. Altitude - (5630m./18471ft.)
  • Overal walking - hrs P/D
  • Trip Nature - Trekking & Hiking
  • Difficulty - Easy
  • Min. group size - 2
  • Age Limit - 12 - 65
  • Best Time - March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Services
Package Includes:
1. Arrival and Departure transfers in Kathmandu by private van / car
2. 03 nights Twin Sharing accommodation at Star category Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast
3. Transportation Kathmandu / Tibet Border / Kathmandu by private vehicle
4. Hotel/Guest House/Mud houses as an accommodation in kailash
5. English speaking Tibetan Guide
6. All transportation by Van, Hi-ace or in bus (Depend on group size)
7. Normal Tibet Entry Visa fee
8. Entrance fees of Manasarovar and Kailash
9. Special Kailash Parikrama Permit
10. Yak or helper to carry things during outer Kora of Kailash
11. Guide in Inner Kora

Package Excludes:
1. All the foods and drinks in Kailash
2. Emergency evacuations/Rescue jeep, if required.
3. Expenses of personal nature
4. Horse or personal helper during outer and Inner Parikrama
5. Travel & Medical Insurance Permissions and other official formalities
6. Personal expenses 
7. International Airport tax 
8. All expenses of personal nature 
9. Tips for staff 
10. Nepal visa and Re-Entry Nepal visa 

Long Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m).  
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu (1,300m). After time to get refreshed, evening you will meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and after meal briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation. 
Today, morning we will ready after your breakfast to head on for our relaxing guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise. After your lunch at Bouddha visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and late afternoon back to hotel and evening briefing about your trip, what is your responsibility, what to do and does not in the trek? Introduce with our fellow trekking staff and chances to ask remaining question and simply relax at the hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Kodari
Kathmandu/ Kodari / Zhangmu to Nyalam (3750m) - 148Kms 
We leave Kathmandu early in the morning, driving for 123 km (approx 5hrs) through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to Kodari on the Nepal - Tibet border. After completing the border formalities at both the Nepalese and Chinese immigration posts we drive up 8 km (approx ½ hrs) a series of incredibly steep switchbacks to Zhangmu on the Tibetan side of the border. A short drive of only 30km (approx 1 hrs) from the border takes us to Nyalam, on a steep winding road which passes through a mossy gully with cascading waterfalls. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Kodari to Nyalam
After processing of Visa formalities of both countries of Nepal and China border, you will be transferred from mini-coach to your Tibetan Guide and drivers. Then proceed to Nyalam (54 kms – 1 hr).Overnight stay – Hotel.

Day 05: In Nyalam Acclimatization
Entire day free for acclimatization. Short treks will be taken in preparation for the Kailash Yatra.Overnight stay – Hotel.

Day 06: Nyalam to Dongba (4500m – 375km)
After breakfast drive to Dongba (335km – 8hr), en-route passing through Lalungla pass, Paigu-Tso lake & Brahmaputra river.Overnight stay – Guest House.

Day 07: Dongba to Manasarovar Lake (4560m – 335km)
After driving 410km from Dongba (7hr), we will reach Holy Mansarovar Lake after Mansarovar parikrama (110 km – 2.3 hrs) and crossing beautiful places and stay at the shore of Lake. This lake is the most naturally beautiful with pure water. You will be in Chiu Gompa hot-spring water. Overnight stay – Lodge.

Day 08: Mansarovar Lake to Darchen (4600m – 110km)
For most of the day you are free for Pooja and Hawan. You can take a dip in Manasarovar Lake or we go around Manasarover by Jeep. We will drive to Darchen. Overnight stay – Lodge.

Day 09: Rest day at Darchen. 

Day 10: Darchen to Driraphuk (4775m) – 26 kms
Drive about 5 km to Tarboche, this is the starting point for our kora, the 53km trek around the mountain. From Tarboche, we walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. Those who do want wish to trek around Kailash can go back to Mansorovar or Darchen and wait for the kora group to return. Overnight at camp.

Day 11: Driraphuk to Zuthul Puk (4700m) – 22 kms
We now leave the Lha Chu Valley and enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La (5630m). It’s a tough climb to the summit which is festooned with prayer flags but from there it is all downhill or flat to Zutul-puk. Overnight at camp.

Day 12: Zuthul Puk to Darchen (4600m)
On the final day of the kora we cross several streams. We then enter the Bharka plain and it’s about an hour’s walk through this desert-like landscape to Darchen. Overnight stay – Lodge
Day 13: Drive to Asthapad (5182m)
If Asthapad visit is “Opened” by Chinese Government, then you can take excursion to Asthapad you can see a best & closest view of Mount Kailash. It is almost 20 minutes drive to reach Asthapad or trek around 5 hours.Overnight stay – Tents

Day 14: Trek to Sapta Rishi Cave & back to Asthapad
Trek to Atmalingam, Saptrishi caves & Nandi Parvat, return back to Asthapad. Overnight stay – Tent

Day 15: Trek to Darchen from Asthapad.
Trek to Darchen from Asthapad (around 5 hrs / 15 Km), rest day and overnight at Lodge.

Day 16: Darchen to New Dongba (480 km)
Drive back to New Dongba. Overnight stay – Lodge

Day 17: Drive Dongba to Nyalam
Drive back to Nyalam (Last night at Tibet side).Overnight stay – Guest House.

Day 18: Nylam to Kathmandu
Drive to Zhangmu, Chinese border. After custom formalities we will continue drive to Kathmandu for about 5hr (135km).Overnight stay – Hotel

Day 19: Leisure at Kathmandu. 
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore the Thamel and overnight at hotel

Day19: Departure from Kathmandu 
you will be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

Equipment

Upper Body:
1. T-shirts 
2. weight thermal tops 
3. Fleece jacket or pullover 
4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 
5. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket 
6. Down vest and/or jacket (optional) 

Hands:
1. Lightweight gloves 
2. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer 

Lower Body:
1. Underwear 
2. Hiking shorts 
3. Lightweight cotton long pants 
4. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms 
5. Fleece or wool pants 
6. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants 
Feet: 1. Thin, lightweight inner socks 
2. Thick, warm wool hiking socks 
3. Hiking boots with spare laces 
4. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) 

Accessories:
1. Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F 
2. Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries 
3. Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag 
4. Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal) 
5. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
6. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 
7. Water bottles 
8. Toiletries 
9. Small wash towel 
10. rain coat
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