You will arrive in Kathmandu
You spend the second day exploring the city and all of its wonderful sights.
This trek commences with a scenic flight to Nepalgunj, where you then stay overnight.
There is another, shorter flight to Simikot the next day. Flight delays are common and this will often postpone your trek. Simikot features frequent shortages of goods, so it is wise to bring your own treats.
Your trek begins today! You trek past the villages of Toling and Dharapani and a number of impressive waterfalls before ascending gradually as you approach Danda Karmi village.
The following day, you trek up a valley and then walk down a steep hill to Sali Hola where there is a very attractive stream. You will likely camp the night in a pasture named Yalbang Chaur.
Today you trek to the village of Yalbang, passing Toothpaling monastery. After three hours of walking, you reach Muchu Bridge. Then the track descends gradually to a stream immediately before the settlement of Tumkot where you will camp for the night.
You trek along the Karnali gorge before climbing gently up the mountainside to Yari where you camp for the night.
You trek up through the Nara La pass (14,764) to Limi Valley, following the Kamali river, the longest in Nepal. This river emanates from the holy lake of Mansarover, which is visited by pilgrims in their thousands. You camp for the night on the banks of the Kamali.
Next, you trek to Kocher, visiting the tiny Sher village on the way. The track twists and turns before reaching Kocher village, where you board a bus or lorry for the journey to Takalkot. The night could be spent in a guest house rather than a camp if you prefer.
Your vehicle will take you to the village of Darchen, the base camp of Mount Kailash, where you spend the night. This mountain is the holiest in Tibet – it is revered by Buddhists, Hindus and Jains.
After Darchen, you trek up to the western valley of Lha Chu and on to Tarpachan. The view of Kailash in the far distance are spectacular. The trail continues to wind before you get to Dri-Phunk. You will camp for the night opposite the Dri-Phunk monastery.
Next, you hike up to Dorma La pass before descending to the holy lake of Guari Kund. The trail follows the eastern side of the valley of the Dzong Chu River, coming to the cave monastery of Zuthul Phunk, where you will camp for the night.
You now continue down the valley to Darchen and camp for the night.
At Darchan you board a bus that takes you as far as Chiu Gompa, on the bank of Manasarovar, where you camp for the night.
This is a rest day, giving you the opportunity to visit the beautiful Manasarovar Lake.
From Chiu Gompa, you walk for around an hour to Seralung monastery. Later, you pay a visit to Trugu monastery and then camp for the night.
The next stage is to drive to Gosul Gompa, where there is a camp. There is a great hot spring here, so bring your swimming gear!
You now are driven for five or six hours along a picturesque landscape that includes Manias, Payang and Bhramaputra and several high passes. At Saga, the bridge of Bhrama Putra is crossed, after which you call at Pigutso, where there is another beautiful lake. This is where you camp the night.
At this point, the Thong La pass takes you to Dzangmu, with the massive Mount Shishapangma to your right. The road then brings you to Nyalam, passing Melarepa cave on the way. Post-Nyalam, you are driven between large hills alongside the Bhote Koshi River – the landscape is beautiful. You then arrive back at Kathmandu.