Meili – Kawa Karbo Kora

Meili – Kawa Karpo Kora
Meili Snow Mountain is one of the most beautiful mountain in the world and it’s also the highest holy mountain of Tibetan, with it’s 6740m peak Kawa Garbo, high than Kailash in west Tibet.

We will follow the old pilgrim path around the mountain for the 12 day Kora, absolute non-touristic area, crossing several passes over 4000 meater, from Mekong to Salween and back to Mekong around the massive of Meili Snow Mountain ranges. It’s the great feeling of being a part of unique harmony between the nature, religion and philosophy of life.

If you only want to do one trek in the lifetime, this is it. If you want to do many treks in lifetime, this is a must.

2015 is a very special year for Kawa Karpo Kora, 2015 is the Year of Goat according to the Chinese Luner Year, and also Kawa Karpo is also related to the Year of Goat. Tibetans believe if you do the Kora in the Year of Goat, and that equals to you do it for 12 times at other years, so this is the best time to get ride of the bad karma and earn the goodness for the next life. You will meet a lots of Tibetans doing the Kora on the way.


Day 1, Arrival in Shangri-La, transfer to Hotel and relax

Day 2, Visit Suntzeling Monastery, a yellow hat sect Tibetan Buddhism Monastery, hosts more than 500 lamas from the area. Tibetans are all Buddhists, it’s an honor for a Tibetan family to send one of the sons to monastery to study and to be a lama. Visit Napa Lake and the Tibetan villages nearby, visit the old town of Shangri-la.

Day 3,A long drive to Chalitong Village along the Mekong River via Deqin, with visits to Dongzhuling Monastery and Baima Snow Mountain pass(4,250m) en route. Overnight at the house of the head porter. Prepare for the Karo. Basic accommodation on the floor upstairs with sleeping bags.

Day 4, Today we start the Karo with the help of the pack horses and porters, you only need to carry what you may need during the walk and the horses carry your main luggage. Start from Chalitong, drive to visit Zhixingtang Monastery near Mekong where the local Tibetan pilgrims always get the Key to start the Karo, you can make good wishes here for the Karo, drive to Yongzhi Tibetan village (2,172m) and start to walk. Seven hours hike up hill to Yongxitang (3,260m) via Longlang Pasture at 2,850m with forests nearby. Camp for the night.

Day 5, Two hours hiking up in the forests to the camp site (3,508m) in a valley at the foot of the Duokela Mountain with lots of prayer flags. It’s just a easy day, we can spend some time to walk around in the are and get used to the altitude as we are goin to climb the Duokele pass the next day. Camp

Day 6, Three hours hike up in forests and zigzags on rocky mountain near the top to Duokela Pass(4,479m) with thousands of prayer flags, yak butter and Zhaba offered by Tibetan pilgrims, Duokela Pass is the border of Yunnan and Tibet, here you can have a good views of the mountain in distance. Now, we are in Tibet, walk downhill via 108 Bends, 108 Bends means the 108 difficulties we should overcome in lifetime. Keep walk down through a valley, we will arrive Zhashutong camp site in two hours, a large piece of grassland surrounded by mountains with a few huts built by nomads. Camp at Zhashutong at 3,730m.

Day 7, Eight hours trek to Natonglaza (2,565m) via four passes and Qunatong(River and Bridge) just on the back side of the Kawagebo peak of the? Meili Snow Mountain.Forty mins walk from Zhashutong along a river in the valley, you will see a spring called “Holy Spring” by Tibetans, pilgrims will drink the water and take some home for family or friends. Why? Tibetans believed this spring water can help them to get rid of any sickness and keep them healthy. Walking along the valley, you can hear the water and smell the pine forest, there are bamboo forest in the valley too, pilgrims would cut there bamboos to use them as walking sticks and presents to friends as being on the Kora. After the hike along the river, we will go uphill and downhill to go through four Passes at 3,086m, 3,015m 3,017m and 3002m with prayer flags. And then downhill on zigzags through forest to Qunatong River and Bridge at 2,611m, this bridge was built by a lama from the area and it benefits all pilgrims. Cross the bridge turn left and walk down through forest to Natonglaza at 2,565m for the night. As there are not enough places for many tents, we stay in simple local Tibetan tents for a night as pilgrims do.

Day 8, Seven hours trek on the west side of Kawa Karpo to Abing Tibetan Village at 2,300m via Natongla Pass at 3,710m. Hike uphill for an hour at over 2,900m and then you can see Kawa Garbo Peak on the back, after another hour and half, you will reach a pass in forest at 3,090m with prayer flags. Keep on walking for another hour and half and you will reach another high pass call Natongla pass at 3,710m. Three hours downhill to Abing village near the Salween River, this is the first village we see during the Kora after five days. Overnight in Abing at a local Tibetan house(2,300m).

Day 9, Charter a mini-bus and drive from Abing along the Salween River through Chawalong?to Gebu village (2370m) and overnight in the farmhouse.

Day 10, Spend the morning to visit the village and wait for the horse to catch up. Two hours hike up to Bulugangga (2,950m) with some nice stops on the way. This is a beautiful camp site, you can see snow mountains and river gorges in distances. Camp or Tibetan tents for the night.

Day 11, Nine hours trek from Bulugangga? to Laide Bridge via the Dagula Pass at 4,149m. It’s a long and difficult walk today, first four and half hours just hike uphill through forest with the changes of the vegetations to Dagula Pass at 4,149m. Four hours downhill on zigzags and along a river in the valley to Laide Bridge ( 2,600m ) with good view of Meili Snow Mountain on the ways. Overnight in Tibetan guesthouse near Laide Bridge.

Day 12, Six hours hike to Meiqiu at 4200m and Camp
Two hours hike from the Bridge to Laide village at 3,125m in the middle of nowhere, Laide is a small village with a few Tibetan families with some pieces of farmland hidden in the middle of mountains, beautiful and peaceful. After the village, another three and half hours climb up to Meiqiu Pasture at 4,200 where you can have a good view of Kawa Karpo when the weather is fine. Camp

Day 13, Four and half hours hike to Zhaxi Pasture via Shula Pass at 4,800m
Two and half hours hike to Shula Pass at 4,810m with good view of Meili along the way. Shula Pass is the highest pass on the Kora and also the border of Tibet and Yunnan, after the Pass, we get back to Yunnan again. Very good view of the mountains in the area on the Pass. One and half hour downhill to Zhaxi Pasture at 4,200m and camp, this is one of the most beautiful camp sites during the Kora.

Day 14, Day to hike around in the area.
We will spend the day to hike up to the mountain on the left side of Zhaxi Pasture up to a hill top at 4,910m where you can have a fantastic view of Meili Mountain Range and other unknown snow mountains nearby. The view is the most beautiful during the whole trek. Camp

Day 15,Five hours trek down to Meilishui along a river in the valley to end up the Kora. Our bus is waiting for us on the road and take us back to Deqin. On the way back, we will stop at Feilaishi to give the “Key” back to Monastery to complete the trip. Overnight in Feilaishi.

Day 16,See the sunrise of Kawa Karpo and drive back to Shangri-La, overnight hotel and tour ends.

Things to bring: sleeping bag, mat, good hiking boots, walking sticks, waterproofs, warm clothes, sunglasses, sun cream

Seasonality:  May, June, September & October

Departures:  Jun. 8th to 23rd, 2016

For the departure Jun. 15th to 30th, you can attend the Tibetan Horse Festival in Shangri-la on Jun. 16th. 12th
Price: US$ 3,750.00  Per person
        US$ 360.00   Single Supplement
Group Size: 6 – 8   Persons

The price includes:
All meals
Hotels, guesthouses and tents
Sightseeing Programs & entry fees
English Speaking Guides
Porters and pack horses
Transfers and transportation by private vehicles