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Discovering wonders of the world: Western Tibet, Mt Kailash, Manasarovar Lake

Published on: Fri 08 May, 2020 - Jacek Karwowski

We (my wife and myself) visited several times Nepal and did some extensive trekking in the Himalaya during in years 1998-2012. We fell in love with Nepal. I am a scientist and, together with my colleagues, we thought about organizing an international workshop in Kathmandu. We did this in April 2012. https://wiki.lct.jussieu.fr/workshop/index.php/Kathmandu_Workshop_2012

After the Workshop, we wanted to visit Western Tibet. To acclimatize we went to a trek in the Langtang Valley.  In Tibet, we were mostly interested in two remarkable holy sites: MtKailsh and Manasarovar Lake.  To arrange this trip we looked for the best company specializing in this sort of adventure treks.  Our Nepali friend recommended to us two collaborating groups: 'Yala Adventure' from Kathmandu and Lhakpa Tsering and his team from Lhassa.  The choice proved to be perfect.  We had a wonderful two-week experience of Western Tibet.  We went, in a group of four, from Kathmandu to the border crossing in Kodari, spent one night in Nyalam in Tibet and then, by Saga, Zhongba, Paryang, went to Darchen, the starting point for the main destination: Mt Kailash and the Manasarovar  Lake.  In the MtKailash area, we stayed overnight at Dirapuk Gompa where we had the wonderful close view of the mountain.  Then, on the shore of Manasarovar, at Chiu Gompa, we attended the celebration of Buddha's Birthday.  The trip was perfectly organized.  The guide and the driver were very friendly and competent.  The guide, a Western Tibet native, spoke perfect English and told us many most interesting stories.  Last but not least, we did not have to bother about visas, entrance permits and all kinds of necessary documents.  Everything 'has been done by itself'.  Previously we did many excellent adventure treks.  Mostly self-organized.  But the memory of the Western Tibet trek organized by Yala Adventure and Lhakpa Tsering remaind with us as an unforgettable experience.  I recomemnd this trekking company to everybody who likes to taste the real Tibet.  May I add that in 2012 I and my wife were 72.