Mt. Gurla Mandata expedition
Mt. Gurla Mandata expedition is popular & challenging expedition in Tibet. Tibet Gurla Mandata expedition is known as Gurla Mandata climbing offer beautiful Himalayan views including Mt. Holy Kailash , Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu ,Mt. Lakpa Ri etc, Potala palace , Jhokhang temple , Tibetan monasteries with beautiful landscape.Mount Gurla Mandata (7728m) is the neighboring mountain, which is situated very close by the sacred mountain Kailash. Mt. Gurla Mandata mountain was first climbed by Sino-Japanese expedition in 1985. After that only 5 ascent up there have been made until now to this mountain. Presently according to the recent data, French expedition team has climbed this mountain. The local inhabitants call it the Namo Nanyi meaning "Fairy's Peak". Gurla Mandhata is made up of six ridges. The climbing is relatively safe with the route crossing the left side of the glacier to reach a plateau under the summit's ridge. From Top of the Gurla Mandata we can see the beautiful of sparking lakes Manasarovar and Rakchays (Demon) tal can be seen along with mountain Kailash on it's back ground.Good physical fitness and climbing skill required for Gurla mandata expedition. Gurla Mandata climbing required minimum six holidays & Spring season is best time for Gurla mandata mountaineering. Gurla Mandata mountaineering begins at Tibet border ( Kodari) after 5-6 hours drive from Kathmandu.
Mt. Gurla Mandata expedition itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to hotel. O/N hotel.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu, Hotel B/B
Day 03: Free day in Kathmandu, Tibet visa procedure
Day 04: Drive to Zangmu (235cm). Overnight in hotel.
Day 05: Drive to Nyalam. (3750m). Overnight in hotel
Day 06: Nyalam, rest Day and acclimatization
Day 07: Trek to Lake Paiko Tso. Overnight in camp
Day 08: Drive to saga. Overnight in camp
Day 09: Drive to Pariyang. Overnight in camp
Day 10: Drive to Darehen. Overnight in camp.
Day 11: Trek to Dhiraphuk Gompa Overnight in camp.
Day 12: Trek over Drolma Pass to Zutulphuk. Overnight in camp
Day 13: rek to Darche and drive to Mansarovar, Overnight in camp
Day 14: Drive to Gurla Mandara Base Camp
Day 15-32: Climbing Period
Day 33: Cleaning up Base Camp
Day 34: Drive to Pariyang Overnight in camp
Day 35: Drive to Saga. Overnight in camp
Day 36: Drive to Paiko Tso. Overnight in camp
Day 37: Drive to Nyalan Overnight in hotel
Day 38: Drive to Kathmandu Transfer to hotel
Day 39: After breakfast, Himalaya Journey tour guide will take to for historical monuments sightseeing in kathmandu valley such as Boudhhanath : visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the best Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa than visit Pashupatinath: the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Kathmandu durbar square: you will enjoy with different Hindus Temple , Goddes Kumari, legend of kathmadu valley etc and in the evening farewell dinner in Nepalese Restaurant, overnight at kathmandu in Hotel.
Day 40: After breakfast, Relaxing/shopping with own activities , Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition's representative will drop to Kathmandu international airport for onward journeys or if you have time to stay in Nepal will arrange any other trip such as Chitwan Junlge safari tour, Lumbini tour, Chitwan jungle safari tour , river rafting etc.
Trip Cost: USD $14,350 Per person
Expedition Cost Includes:
- All land transportation by Van, Land Cruiser, Jeep, Hiace or, Mini Bus (Airport/Hotel/Airport & expedition pick up & drop).
- Accommodation in Kathmandu for 5 nights at bed and breakfast basis.
- Tibet visa fee.
- Expedition Permit fee of Mt. Gurla Mandata..
- Road permit and travel permit
- Accommodation in Tibet on full board basis (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
- 1 Climbing Sherpa per climbing member.
- Service of Liaison officer and interpreter.
- Transportation as per program/itinerary.
- All common climbing equipments such as fixed ropes, main ropes, snow bars, ice screws, pitons etc.
- High altitude tents.
- High altitude food and fuel.
- Nepalese Sherpa cook and kitchen boy at BC and ABC.
- Entry fee of Kitchen staffs.
- Equipment allowances & daily salary of Climbing Sherpa, kitchen staffs, Liaison officer & interpreter.
- Insurance of Climbing Sherpa, kitchen staffs, Liaison officer and interpreter.
- Food and fuel at base camp and advance base camp.
- Kitchen tent, dining tent, store tent, shower tent, toilet tents, chair, table at BC & ABC.
- Single sleeping tent and mattress at BC and ABC.
- Transfer of all expedition goods & equipment’s to BC & back.
- 2 Expedition duffel bag or barrel for each member.
- Generator or Solar panel at Advance Base Camp for light & charging.
- Sat Phone available at Base Camp, but nominal charge for use.
- Emergency Oxygen at advance base camp (for medical use).
- Medical Kit Box for crew’s and simple medical service for members till ABC.
- Garbage deposit fee.
- Agency Service charge.
Expedition Cost Doesn’t Include:
- Airfare: To & from your country.
- International airport departure tax.
- Nepal entry & Re-entry visa fee (can be obtained at the airport upon arrival).
- Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
- Hotel after 5 night stay in Kathmandu.
- Oxygen bottles, mask and regulator for expedition use (Poisk Oxygen System).
- Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage.
- Applicable permit fees & customs charges, etc. for SAT phone, Walkie-Talkie communication equipment & commercial filming.
- Porters and transportation in case of natural calamity.
- Nepal custom duty charges for import of expedition goods.
- Extra yaks if required.
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone etc.
- Tips and bonuses for staff.
Summit Bonus for climbing Sherpa must pay by Climber: Per Sherpa-USD 500 for over 8000m, USD1000 USD for up to Summit.
Mt. Gurla Mandata Expedition Equipments
- Alpine climbing harness Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing
- 2 locking carabiners Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best, screw gate type recommended
- 3 regular carabiners Light weight BD Hot wire are recommended
- Ice axe w/leash Light weight (ie Grivel Air tech, Black Diamond Raven, or Charlet Moser Snow Walker) Under 5’7” use 60cm, 5’7”- 6’2” use 65cm, over 6’2” use 70cm
- Plastic Mountaineering boots (Koflach Degree, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha) or Leather Double Mountaineering boots (i.e. La Sportiva Olympic Mons, Boreal GI or equivalent, must be mountaineering/crampon compatible)
- Crampons Must be fit to plastic boots prior to trip, new-matic type recommended, include a simple repair kit (i.e. Grivel G12, Black Diamond Contact, or Charlet Moser Super 12)
- Adjustable trekking poles
- Belay\ rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)
- Trekking shoes.
- two cutton t- shirts
- 1 polypropylene t-shirt
- 2 long sleeve polypropylene shirt Lightweight, light colored for sunny days.
- 2 women sports bras Synthetic, no cotton!
- 1 soft shells Marmot Dri-clime Wind Shirt, Patagonia Stretch Zephur or Krushell Jacket (R2 pullover acceptable).
- Down/synthetic sweater or vest Patagonia Puffball Jacket or Sweater preferred, R4 Jacket acceptable.
- Hard Shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best, roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
- 1 expedition down parka with hood. This is probably your most important piece of clothing! It is important that your jacket is 700+ fill down, baffle construction (not sewn through seams) and has a thick insulated hood.
Hand wear :
We require two systems; one glove system for lower on the mountain and a mitten overmitt system for the cold temperatures encountered on summit day.
- 2 pair liner gloves Thin wool or polypropylene
- 1 pair warm gloves Fleece or wool
- 1 pair expedition shell gloves
- 1 pair modular expedition shell mitts. OR Pro Mitts If they do not have wrist straps consider sewing one on so that you can either attach it to your jacket or cinch the strap to your wrist so that you do not loose your mittens in high winds.
- Warm hat wool or synthetic that cover your ears.
- Face mask
- Shade hat or baseball cap
- Glacier glasses 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe)*.
- 1 pair extra sunglasses (Also with UV protection in case your 1st pair breaks)
- 1 ski goggles with UV protection *
If you require prescription glacier glasses, you get your lenses modified to your prescription. Julbo Sherpas glacier glasses works great for prescription lenses. Send the glasses to Opticus along with your PD number with your order. Their number is 1-800-870-5557 get these with your prescription
- 4 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or Capilene
- 3 pair light weight trekking socks
- 2 pair med-heavy wool socks check boot fit with liner and wool socks on
- 1 pair nylon shorts
- 1 pair nylon pants for trekking and around camp
- 2 pair lightweight long underwear bottoms
- 1 pair fleece pants w/ side zipper or “puff-ball pants”
- 1 pair soft shell pants. . (i.e., Patagonia Guide pants or OR Granite Pants. Schoeller fabrics)
- 1 pair of hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
- 1 pair gaiters Make sure they will fit over plastic boots. (OR Crocodiles or equivalent)
- 1 pair down booties (optional)
- 1 pair trail shoes for the hike to base camp and use at camp.
- 1 pair sandals or tennis shoes for Kathmandu and in camp.
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large plastic bags
1 light weight internal frame pack (approx 4,000 cubic inches)
1 daypack is optional for the approach hike, possible use on summit day and carry-on pack. If you plan to use it for your summit pack it must be large enough for your down jacket, misc. clothes, food and water. The Lowe Alpine Neutrino or Black Diamond Speed 28 are excellent, lightweight (16 oz.) choices.
1 large (7,500+cu.in.) duffel bag for gear, must be durable for use on pack animals, one can be used for storing belongings in Mendoza or Punta del Inca that are not used on the climb
small padlock for duffel bag
1 small duffel bag for luggage storage in Kathmandu
1 down sleeping bag rated to -10 F (Gore Dryloft or similar fabric helps protect down and dark colors speed drying time)
Sleeping pad full length closed cell foam (mandatory) and/or ? length Therma-Rest for extra warmth and comfort
1 first-aid kit with ibuprofen and any other doctor recommended medications
Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck
Sunscreen. At least SPF 40
Headlamp. Petzl Myobelt 3 or Black Diamond Polar Star
3 Water bottles 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle).
Hydration bladder with drinking tube for lower mountain-(optional).
1 water bottle insulator
Plastic mug w/snap-on lid, 16 oz. or larger.
Bowl and spoon Plastic, small Tupperware works well. Lexan spoons are best.
Pocket knife small Swiss-army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
3-4 Large plastic bags, for keeping miscellaneous gear dry
Nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage (OR has a good selection); large Ziplocs are useful also
1 small stainless steel thermos (optional)
Favorite snack foods (no more than 2 pounds)
Paperback books, cards, Walkman, etc.
Binoculars (optional for viewing the route from the lower camps)
Camera 1 light weight point & shoot on the mountain, 1 large SLR type is optional for the trek in and base camp
Fanny pack or wallet for travel documents, money & passport
Passport and passport photos
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