Simikot Kailash Trek

Multi Country 20 Days 19 Nights

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Mount Kailash lies in the spiritual land of Tibet. The peak is 6714m and holds significance to Hindus and Buddhists.  It is one of the holiest places of pilgrimage to Tibetans as well. Tourists are drawn by the image of beautiful mountain scenery and holiness of this region which leaves them to strive for wandering lust. Each year numerous tourists from all around the world gather in Darchen to experience the mighty Mt. Kailash. The trek takes you to on a surreal journey with thin air and extreme altitude. Such a divine experience is certainly not found anywhere else in the world.

On our 20 days journey to Mount Kailash, we travel along pilgrimage routes and trade links and across the border into Tibet. You start by visiting Garuda valley which is a place believed to be the cradle of Tibetans during ancient times of the reigning kings. This was done long before Buddhism was found. By walking along the route in ascending and descending trails, you finally reach Kora valley. After three days of trekking in Kora valley, you finally arrive at Mansarovar Lake. This lake has a circumference of 90km thus making it one of the highest freshwater in the world. It also holds religious significance, and it is believed that once a person takes a dip in this holy water, their sins get washed. After the lake, we move on to Saga and to Zhangmu. After crossing the security needful, we will travel back to Kathmandu. The trek is moderate to strenuous but the fun and adventure do not fit into the grading system. The best time to visit Mt Kailash is from February to May and October to December.

Our experienced team will assist you in collecting surreal travel stories to share back home. Pack your bags and come visit this beautiful place on Earth.


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Your Itinerary

Day 01    Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative and will be taken to your hotel. Feel free to enjoy the rest of the day.
O/N at 3 Star Hotel | Meals provided: Breakfast

Day 02    Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today is a rest day and you will be taken to different places in Kathmandu for sightseeing. Also, our representatives will give you basic information about plans, places, and precautions for the trip. You can stroll in the street of Thamel later in the day.
O/N at 3 Star Hotel | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 03    Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj|1Hrs|
We take a flight to Nepalgunj which is in the western part of Nepal. Nepalgunj is a town near the Indian border. This place is an interesting town that shows diverse cultures, locally produced food, and ethnic villages.
O/N at 3 Star Hotel | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 04    Fly to Simikot (2,985m/9,790ft) and trek to Dharapuri (2,360m/7,740ft)|4 – 6 Hrs|
We fly to Simikot (40 minutes) and get wanderlust to the beauty of the mountains. Here, we can experience indigenous people and their culture which is close to the Tibetans. From Simikot, we ascend and then descend to the trails to Tuling. We walk through the virgin jungles and villages along the Karnali River which leads to Dharapuri.
O/N at Tea House | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 05    Dharapuri to Kermi (2,860m/9,383ft) |5 – 6 Hrs
We walk on flat trails along the Karnali River. We can see fields cultivated with rice, potatoes, buckwheat, etc. There are two hot springs near Kermi which can relieve your body aches. You can see Buddhist monasteries called Laikyo Gumba and Lhundrup Choeling Gumba once you get to Kermi.
O/N at Tea House | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 06    Kermi to Yalbang (2,879m/9,445ft)|5 – 6 Hrs
We ascend to the steep trails to reach a small pass and then cross a suspension bridge over the Salli River. You can see amazing views of the Pine trees and the Karnali River. You can also experience a monastery called Namkha Khyung Dzong.
O/N at Tea House | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 07    Yalbang to Tumkot (3,073m/10,082ft)|5 – 6 Hrs
We ascend further and see ample pine trees along the way. Upon reaching Tumkot, we can visit Dhungkar Choezom Gumba which is the important Sakya monastery in the Tibetan region.
O/N at Tea House | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 08    Tumkot to Yari (3,663m/12,017ft)|6 – Hrs
Today is the easiest yet amazing trail over the Karnali River. After an hour hike, we experience a change in topography, vegetation, and temperature. Due to changes in climate, you will see short and low bushes rather than trees in the way.
O/N at Tea House | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 09    Yari to Hilsa (3,647m/11,965ft) via Nara La pass|5 – 6 Hrs
After trekking for the day, we finally reach the Nara La Pass (4620m) where the landscapes are similar to Tibet. We can see Tibetan plains and the Yari village. Then, we descend down till we reach Hilsa which is a point for pilgrims to go to Mt Kailash.
O/N at Tea House | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 10    Hilsa to Purang (3,772m/12,375ft)|2 – 3 Hrs
We cross a bridge at Hilsa and ascend from Hilsa to Purang bypassing Rinzing Zangpo Gumpa and Kangye Village along our trails. After reaching Purang, we will see Purang Gumba and Buddhist paintings of the 12th century.
O/N at Tea House | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 11    Purang to Monster (4,450m/14,599ft) and sightseeing in Tirtapuri|3 – 4 Hrs
After passing Rakshas and Mansarover lakes, we reach Monster. After a while, we visit Tirtapuri located northwest of Mount Kailash. We can see Tirthapuri hot springs consisting of Guru Rinpoche’s footprint. Later, we return to Monster.
O/N at Tea House | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 12    Sightseeing of Garuda Valley, then transfer to Darchen (4,560m/14,956ft)|3 – 4 Hrs   
After 2 hours we reach Garuda Valley, southwest of Mt. Kailash. We can see the cradle of Tibetan civilization during the reign of Shang Shung kings. Afterward, we move to Darchen which is a small town situated in front of Mount Kailash.
O/N at Tea House | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 13    First day of Kora: hiking to DiraPukMonasterys (5120m/16,792ft) |5 – 6 Hrs
We walk in a valley through walls of red rocks and cross plains to Shershong. Later, cross a bridge that leads us to Chhuku Gumba and then to Dirapuk. Here you can see the amazing view of Mt. Kailash (6638m).
O/N at Tea House | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 14    Second day of Kora: hike to Dzutul-puk (4790m/15,765ft) |6 – 7 Hrs
Today is the difficult part where we climb Dolma-la pass(5750m). We can see five-colored praying flags. We descend to Dzutul-puk, we experience amazing Thungje Zinbu and caves.
O/N at Tea House of Dzutul-puk | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 15    Third day of Kora: hiking to Darchen (4,560m/15,000ft)|  3 – 4 Hrs
We walk towards Barka plain. After holy Kora of Mt.Kailash at Darchen, we drive to Mansarovar Lake which holds religious importance to Hindus and Buddhists. The lake is the significance of purity and spiritual belief.
O/N at Tea House at Masarova | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 16    Tour of the Mansarovar Lake|7 – 8 Hrs
Today, we take a tour of Mansarovar which has a circumference of 90km making it one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. It is believed that drinking or taking the holy dip in the lake will clear up your sins. We circle round the lake in a vehicle and later visit Chui Gumba.
O/N at Tea House | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 17    Mansarovar to Saga (4,600m/15,088ft)|8 – 9 Hrs
We drive through Hor Quo and Mayum La pass(5200m) where we can see small towns like Zhongba and Paryang. The journey takes us 270km away from Mansarovar to Paryang and connects Saga, 255km away from Paryang.
O/N at Tea House in Saga | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 18    Saga to Zhangmu (3,750m/12,300ft)|4 – 5 Hrs
We drive from Saga to Nyalam for 2 hours and again to Zhangmu, which is the border town of Tibet.
O/N at Tea House of Zhangmu | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 19    Zhangmu to Kathmandu: 153km|4 – 5 Hrs
After being checked at the border, our representatives will pick you up from the Chinese Friendship Bridge and drive you back to Kathmandu.
O/N at 3-star hotel | Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner

Day 20    Final Departure
Today, you will head back to your home country. After breakfast, our representative will leave you at the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time.
Meals Provided: Breakfast

What's included

  • Airport / Hotel pick up and drop off by private car.
  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Simikot airfare.
  • Humla / Simikot special permits.
  • Chinese Group visa fee and a Tibet permit.
  • English Speaking guide in Nepal and Tibet.
  • Two nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast plan.
  • Meals on Full Board (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the whole trek
  • Trekking map.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide.
  • Trekking porter / Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for Guide, and porter.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All necessary paperwork and national park entry permits.
  • Travel and Rescue arrangement.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
  • All government taxes and tourist service charge.

What's not included

  • Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking,
  • Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory)
  • Extra porter charge for a personal bag pack
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc
  • Personal trekking equipment

Equipment Checklist

  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Small padlock to lock trek bag
  • Underwear (4)
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
  • Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
  • Plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Shorts (2)
  • Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
  • Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Toiletries
  • Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
  • Small wash towel
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Footwear appropriate to the trip
  • Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
  • Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)

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