GRADE B [DIFFICULT CLIMBING] TIBET
The spectacular Gurla Mandata Massif makes up part of the western section of The Himalayan Himal, lying in the Burang (Purang) county of west Tibet. It is close neighbors to the sacred Mount Kailash which lies to its north.
The local inhabitants call it the Namo Nanyi meaning “Fairy’s peak” and it is made up of six ridges. The west ridge is shaped like a fan and stretches across from north to south and the eroded East Ridge forms extremely steep cliffs.
Also, to the north lies the holy Lake Mansarovar and Langa Tso.
Gurla Madata was first climbed in 1985 by a Sino-Japanese expedition. This 7000meters has been climbed only 6 times since the first ascent up until now. This is rather amazing given the fact that the mountain was attempted as early as 1902. The ascent takes place on the northern slope through the Zalompa glacier. The climbing is relatively safe with the route crossing the left side of the glacier to reach the plateau under the summit’s ridge. Base camp is at the foot of the glacier at 5600meters.
The scenery is magnificent down below the stretches and the arid Tibetan plateau is enhanced in beauty by the sparkling lake Mansarovar and Rakyas with Mount Kailash as the backdrop.
Welcome to Nepal. You will receive on your arrival by one of our representatives at Kathmandu airport. You will be transported to your hotel, check into the room and spend relaxing time until we meet again in the evening for the ‘Gurla Mandata Expedition’ Journey short briefing. Overnight at the hotel.
For two entire days, we will spend on a tour of the Kathmandu valley. You will visit the significant UNESCO World Heritage Sites which includes: Pashupatinath - a pilgrimage for Hindus where you can watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated most uniquely in the world. Swoyambhunath - the ancient Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a delightful abode for lots of monkeys hence also acknowledged as Monkey Temple. It\'s also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley. Boudhanath, the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, is a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries; watch the Holy Monks chanting and ritual going around the temple. And lastly, the Patan Durbar Square-A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the most beautiful example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and even the fantastic Nepali Architecture. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Today we depart from Kathmandu early in the morning towards Tibet border through beautiful villages, terraced fields and amazing sceneries along the way. First, we drive to the Tibetan border where we clear immigration formalities and then drive up to the Zhagmu town. We rest for the nights at the hotel in several villages.
After a couple of days of driving and trekking, we rest and prepare for expedition in the base camp of Gurla Mandata. The preparation is must necessary before we move further for the big adventure of a lifetime. The professionals will organize everything for the coming days and make you mentally prepare. Overnight at the camp,
From day nine to twenty, the days are spent climbing the gorgeous Gurla Mandata. The climbing period will be challenging both physically and mentally. The highest elevation of Gurla Mandata is 7,694 meters. Gurla Mandata was first surmounted in 1985 by a Sino-Japanese expedition. The climbing is relatively safe with the route crossing the left side of the glacier to reach the plateau under the summit’s ridge. The scenery is magnificent down below the stretches, and the arid Tibetan plateau is enhanced in beauty by the sparkling lake Mansarovar and Rakyas with Mount Kailash as the backdrop.
After summiting the Mount Gurla Mandata, on the 21st day, we get back to base camp, which is at the foot of the glacier at 5,600 meters. Overnight at the field.
After adventurous climbing to Gurla Mandata, today we have a holiest trek around the beautiful Mount Kailash. Wonderful lake Manasarovar, snowcapped Mt. Kailash, awe-aspiring Tibetan plateau and a large number of different monasteries are the top highlights you get to explore in this holy place.
After exploring the holy Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar and other religious sites for three days, today we drive towards Nepal-Tibet border passing through many beautiful villages and resting in a guesthouse for overnight on the way.
On the 29th day of the trek, we leave the Himalayas behind and drive back to Kathmandu city. In the evening, we will have a farewell party in one of the cultural restaurant of the valley and take some moment to cherish the moments you had on this expedition. Last overnight in Nepal at Kathmandu.
The adventurous ‘Gurla Mandata Expedition’ of yours in Nepal concludes today. We will gratefully drop you at the International airport 2-3 hours before your flight schedule. You will be flying back home with lots of memories from this spiritual journey to cherish for the rest of your life.