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Gurla Mandata (7694) Expedition

TRIP INTRODUCTION

Spectacular Gurla Mandata Expedition takes us to another massif part of the western section on the Himalayan Himal lying in the Burang Country of Tibet, China. It is a close neighbor to the sacred Mount Kailash which lies to its north. The local inhabitants call it the Namo Nanyi meaning “Fairy’s Peak”. Gurla Mandrohata is made up of six ridges. The west ridge is shaped like a fan and stretched across from north to south, while the eroded east ridge forms extremely steep cliffs. Also to the north lies the holy lake Manasorover and Langatso.
Gurla Mandhara was first climbed in 1985 by a Sino-Japanese expedition. This 7000er has been climbed only five 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 scenery is magnificent; down below stretches the arid Tibetan plateau enhanced in beauty by the sparkling lakes Manasorovar and Rakyas with Mount Kailash as the backdrop. The climbing is relatively safe with the route crossing the left side of the glacier to reach a plateau under the summit’s ridge. Base camp is at the foot of the glacier at 5600m.

DAY 01  Arrival to Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to hotel. O/N hotel.
 DAY 02  Free day in Kathmandu. O/N hotel on BB plan.
 DAY 03  Fly to Nepalgunj. O/N hotel.
 DAY 04  Fly to Simikot. Trek to Tuling. Camp. 
 DAY 05  Trek to Kermi. Camp.
 DAY 06  Trek to Yangar. Camp.
 DAY 07  Trek to Yari. Camp.
 DAY 08  Trek to Nara La crossing – Sher. Camp.
 DAY 09  Drive to Taklakot via Kocher. Guest house.
 DAY 10  Drive to Darchen. Camp.
 DAY 11  Trek to Diraphuk. Camp.
 DAY 12  Trek to Zutulphuk. Camp.
 DAY 13  Trek to Darchen, Drive to Lake Manasarovar. Camp.
 DAY 14  Drive to Base Camp.
 DAY 15-30  Climbing period of Gurla Mandala
 DAY 31  Drive to Paryang. Camp.
 DAY 32  Drive to Saga. Camp.
 DAY 33  Drive to Zhangmu.
 DAY 34  Drive to Friendship Bridge, then to Kathmandu via Kodari. Hotel
 DAY 35  Free day in Kathmandu. Hotel.
 DAY 36  Transfer to airport. Final Departure from KTM.
Grade: moderately strenuous Max-Altitude: 7694m
Trek Region: N/A Starts in/ Ends in: Nepalgunj/Kodari
Trek Duration: 36 days (32 days trek) Type of trek: Camping
Best Season: N/A

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