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* A remarkable journey on the Himalayan frontier range

Introduction:
Tibet, with its vast landscapes from the verdant forest to the arid dry moonscapes, huddled in the rain shadow behind the mass range of the northern Himalaya, certainly makes this land as mysterious as it was for centuries and it still retains the feel of the medieval period and a tinge of Shangri-la. Located with pride at an average altitude of over 3000 meter, today mankind's enthusiasm and curiosity has flung open the "Mighty doors" to experience the lifestyle, culture and landscape of this "Virgin Land". A journey of a life time, at the roof of the world, with exciting adventure on route, crossing over passes, of over 5000meter, stunning picturesque scenery of the landscape, rural villages, people, monasteries and breathe taking views of range of snow capped mountains Mt. Shisapangma to over 6000 meters peaks. Our trek from Nylam onwards is one of the magnificent walk passing through traditional Tibetan landscapes and nomads camps with constant views of the close snow capped peaks, as we head towards Shisapangma Base Camp which is another highlight of this great trip, the trail here is seldom frequented. Visiting the holy lake of Tara Tsho and grand of  surrounding snow capped peaks with the worlds 14th highest Shisapangma towering above this beautiful valley.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1300m.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.
Day 03: Drive to the border at Kodari.
Day 04: Drive to Nylam 3,750m drive past Nylam town and camp near Zhonggang saint Milarepa's meditation cave.
Day 05: Trek to Draabochhan via Tara Tsho Approx. 5 hrs walks.
Day 06: Trek to Shingdip 4,560m. approx 4-5 hrs.
Day 07: At Shindip for a hike to South Shishapangma Base Camp.
Day 08: Rest Day at Shindip for leisurely walk and day hike.
Day 09: Trek back to Draabochhan 5-6 hrs walk.
Day 10: Trek to Nylam and drive to Zhangmu.
Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu 5-6 hrs journeys.
Day 12: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
 Departure Dates  Availability
 24 Aug-08 Oct  Available
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu. 1300m.
  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking /Camping, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal / Tibet.
   
Day 02:

A day in Kathmandu.

  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it’s late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you venture out of the Hotel in our interesting tour.
   
Day 03:

Drive to the border at Kodari.

  Morning drive leads to the near frontier town of Tatopani and Kodari, the journey passes through traditional villages and towns and scenic view of the valleys and high hills, passing by Dhulikhel where one can have a great view of the central and eastern Himalayan range that borders Tibet, after 4-5 hours of good drive coming to the overnight halt on the border town of Kodari.
   
Day 04:

Drive to Nyalam 3,750m

 

A short drive towards Kodari with a few minutes walk to the Nepal immigration where your passport and visa is checked and obtain the departure stamp before heading towards Tibet, China a short walk across the Friendship bridge and reaching to the Tibet, China side. Here meet our Tibtan guide and drivers, from this point half hour drive brings you at the Tibet, China immigration. (here one can change the money from US$, NRS to Chinese currency Remimbyan Yuan) After the passport formalities, drive takes you on the winding road following the Bhote Koshi upstream through a  beautiful forest of rhododendron, pines and hemlocks with overflowing waterfalls at places. After leaving the torrent river behind, the drive climbs towards Nyalam town, a small growing place where there is a meditation cave of the famed saint Milerappa just on the outskirt of the town. Overnight camp before or after the Nyalam town.

   
Day 05:

Trek to Draabochhan via Tara Tsho. Approx 5 hrs walks.

 

The trek from Nylam begins at Tundya mani, a small prayer wheel temple in the upper part of Nyalam, a path leads round the shrine's left side, then enters a series of terraced potato fields in the hills behind town. The path leads to descend the bank of the Tshongde Phu on the wide track, passing a hydroelectric plant on the opposite shore. After an hour walk a remarkable change in vegetation as you near the river. Wild flowering shrubs rosebushes crowd beside the trail, several types of Edelweiss and yellow primroses stretch upward on stems everywhere. As the walk progress for an hour or two the valley broadens with cultivated fields lines both side of the path, the head of these terraces, about an hour from the shrine, is a small stone hut and a larger ruined farmhouse at 3,900m, the first snow peaks of Jugal Himal appears over the ridge to the left on the west side. The trail from here meanders through a section of thick brush along the side of the old farm house.
The walk continues towards a large glacial boulder, then it opens out as the trail heads onto rolling moraine hills, half hour from the ruined house crossing a wooden and stone bridge spanning a creek. The route to base camp continues to the right up the main valley.

Our route leads to the smaller trail to the left heading west up the creek's west coming to the pilgrimage place at the holy lake of Tara Tsho. After a long climb of 3 hours on the steep path to the shore of lake Tara Tsho at 4,330m, a large lake, it remains hidden until you are fairly close. Each year pilgrims visits here on the Saga Dawa festival. Tara Thso has neither inlet or outlet, and is said to be 130ft,40m deep. The snow capped peaks of Jugal Himal rise impressively beyond the lake, on the far side (north) of the valley is the Shishapangma massif, our trek continues from here to camp at Draabochhan meadows, after a short climb to the ridge top at 4,510m then continue north to descend, aiming towards a large boulder with prayer flags at Draabochhan.
   
Day 06:

Trek to Shingdip 4,560m. approx. 4-5 hrs.

  Our route to the south base camp leaves the valley of Draabochhan crossing the river on a wooden bridge near the big rock, the walk heads towards the cairns on the ridge top taking an hour or more. From this ridge the trails meanders left and parallels the ridge crest, after 40 minutes of walks entering from the right towards a broad valley coming to a small village of Ngora and its monastery or gompa, our journey continues straight ahead along hills with thick dwarf rhododendrons bush, after an hour and half of good walk coming to our overnight camp at Shingdip at 14,950ft /4,560m altitude.
   
Day 07:

At Shindip for a hike to South Shishapangma Base Camp.

  A leisure or optional day for a hike to Shishapanga Base Camp, from here about 2 and half hours walks leads to the south base camp at an altitude of 5,010m. The walk leads west ascending from the main valley, angle left toward the hills until the crest of the ridge is reached. The edge of the moraine falls steeply to the Nyanang Phu Glacier, and the Jugal Himal towers across the valley, walking on the ridge for hour and half or more until the path ends at a deep circular basin. A short descend brings you to a small saddle then angle into the right side hills with a climb further up to the right for a craggy, pyramid shaped peak of dark gray rock. Using this summit as a bearing, a route to its left brings us to the base camp just below it by a glacial lake. Shishapangma is out of view from this spot at base camp, but the view of Jugal Himal is well worth the walk. From here one can see the peaks of Lenpo Ghang 7,083m the highest peak in the range. To its left is Gur Krop Ri 6,874m and behind, hidden is Dorje Lakpha 6,990m a prominent double summit visible from Kathmandu Valley.
   
Day 08: Rest Day at Shindip for more leisurely walk and day hike.
  Free day for acclimatisation and day hike for more close panoramic view of the snow capped range of the northern Langtang, Dorji Lakpa and of massif Shisapangma. A day hike of 3 hrs or more takes to the right (north) to Kung Tsho, a turquoise lake at 4,940m at the base of the glaciers flowing from Shishapangma, Phola Ghangchhan peak 7,702m, Pungpa Ri 7,445m and Nynang Ri 7,071m. Kung Tsho is close to the base of the mountains half hour or farther to the left at northwest walks leads to a superb view of snow capped high peaks, including Shishapangma.
   
Day 09:

Trek back to Draabochhan. 5-6 hrs walk.

  The walk today is more or less on the down hill slope, overnight camp before or after the small suspension bridge over the torrent Nylam Chu River, which is one of the major source of the Bhote Kosi River.
   
Day 10:

Trek to Nyalam and drive to Zhangmu.


After a wonderful time in the absolute wilderness head back to civilization to
Nyalam which takes about 2-3 hours of easy walk on the downhill trail, on reaching Nyalam a short drive brings you at the border town in Zhangmu for the overnight stop.
   
Day 11:

Drive back to Kathmandu 5-6 hrs journey.

  Morning after completion of the visa formalities, (please bear in mind to get the departure stamp from the Chinese side which is important) a short drive brings you at the Friendship bridge and towards the Nepal side. Here again after the visa formalities 4-5 hours drive brings you back to Kathmandu depending upon the road condition, sometimes in rainy season due to landslide the road can be blocked for hours.
   
Day 12:

Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.

  A free day in Kathmandu, please let our staff or tour officer know if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight.
   
Day 13:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our Office staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
The price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin room at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
 3.  Guided sightseeing tour as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Hotel / Guest House accommodation at Kodari Border and in Tibet as per itinerary on full board basis.
 5.  Transportation by private vehicle.
 6.  English speaking Tibetan Guide throughout the trip in Tibet.
 7.  Camping arrangement as per itinerary backed by Nepali Crew on full board basis.
 8.  All applicable Travel Permit and Entry Fees.
 9.  Yak & Yakmen to carry loads.
 10. Tibet Visa Fees.
 
However our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 6.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 7.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
 8.  Personal clothing and Trekking gear.
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


Chitwan National Park:

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Bardia National Park:

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Kathmandu:

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites. ...(More)

 

Pokhara:
Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and ...(More)

 

Nagarkot:

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. ...(More)

 

Tibet:

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India:
The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape  ...(More)

 

Bhutan:

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values ...(More)

 

River Rafting:

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Mount Everest Flight:
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Bungy Jumping:

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Paragliding:

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Ultralight Flight:

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Hotels:

We have allowed our packages with just right number of nights of hotel accommodations which enables you to spend nights with quick visits of local market or monuments in the area. However if you have some extra days before or after your main package holiday, you can spend extra nights in Kathmandu or nearby destinations so that you can cover the interesting sights or just relax while you are here. ...(More)

 

Hotel Yak & Yeti:

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Hotel Shanker:

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Hotel Malla:
Superbly located between the Royal Palace and Kathmandu's fashionable tourist district, Thamel, in the heart of the city. The Malla Hotel is only a 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu's International airport. Besides excellent accommodation and Central location the Malla Hotel is Offering a well equipped business center, extensive meeting and conference facilities, a health club with the latest work out equipment, sauna, massage, steambath and jacuzzi. ...(More)

 

Hotel Marshyangdi:

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Shisapangma (8,013m)
  • Trip Duration : 42 Days
  • Trip Grade : Challenging
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Climbing Trips
  • Highest Altitude : 8013 m
  • Month : Sep-Oct

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