Humla Simikot Railing Gompa Cultural Trek

Humla Simikot Railing Gompa Cultural Trek

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

100% Client Satisfaction

Experience of a Decade into Action

Personal Touch & Professional Service

OverView

Duration:

10 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Raling Gompa (3930 m)

Group Size

Min. 2

Trial Access:

Private and comfortable drive and domestic flight (Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu).

Best Season:

April-July & oct-Nov.

Simikot is the midwestern region of the remote top western district of Humla. It is the district’s headquarters at the Karnali zone and is the gateway to numerous treks in the region. Here you can see people getting by with the bare essentials and leading a simplistic life. Reaching Simikot is a challenging task in itself with the airport runway being too short at over 3000m altitude. If you want to see undiscovered Nepal in all its religious and cultural glory the Simikot to Railing Gompa Cultural Trek is custom-tailored for you.

After switching flights at Nepalgunj from Kathmandu, you reach Simikot. The small town alone has a few attractions that are worth a day’s visit. A short hike to Simikot Lagna will award you great views of the Karnali valley, calm your senses at the Shiva Temple at the edge of the town. Trek to the Railing Gompa is probably the shortest in the region and goes through the Nyimba inhabited valley. Being a part of trek means that apart from getting grand views of rivers, rolling valleys and tall, steep snow-covered mountains you also get to experience their ancient culture integrated into Tibetan Buddhism. On this trail, you also pay a visit to Guru Rinpoche’s Siddhi Caves, Kharpunath Temple and a close encounter with Mt. Shelmogang(5300m) also known as crystal peak. Here, you can see cultures like Bonpo and Milarepa Culture. As it’s a remote place, you can learn and accumulate the Culture and Tradition of the locals. Its less touristic area and is a gateway to Mt. Kailash, Tibet.

The Humla/Simikot Railing Gompa Cultural Trek is a unique trekking package of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks. If you are lucky enough to reach the famous Railing Monastery at the end of this Trek during the Saga Dawa Festival you will get to see all the people from the valley gathered in beautiful attires celebrating with rituals, food, prayers, and masked dance. Get colored in their culture and lifestyle during your tour and we bet you will not regret a single second.

Highlights of this wonderful trek:

  • Learning a new Culture and Tradition
  • View of mesmerizing snow-covered mountains
  • Different flora and fauna
  • Buddhist Monastery of Railing Gompa
  • Unique and Cultural trekking experience 

Starting Price

USD 1799 per person

Group Discount : Available

Have any Questions?


Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m)

Meals included: BB

Arrival at Kathmandu International airport. Be received, welcomed & assisted by our representative from Himalayan trekkers & escort you to hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 Min

Day 2

Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj

Meals included: BB

We board a plane to reach Nepalgunj situated in South Western Nepal, in the lowlands of Terai. This is a flat land area with the majority of Hindus and Muslim community. Nepalgunj is hot and humid most of the year. You can spend the evening strolling around the market which is crowded but interesting.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: an hour flight

Day 3

Flight Nepalgunj-Simikot (2,980 m); Trek to Buraunse (3,200 m) via Buraunse Gompa (3,430 m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we board the aircraft to fly to Simikot airport. As you step out of the aircraft you witness a different world. Simikot lies in the midst of Himalaya and is headquarter of the Humla district. Simikot airport also serves as the starting point of the trek/drive to the Famous Kailash/Manasarovar. Leaving the airport behind we start the climb of around 1 ½ hour to reach the village of Limbuk (3227 m). Pungrikar is the next villages we pass by and from there to the Buraunse Gompa are another one and a half hours of walk. After spending some time in the gompa we head towards the village of Buraunse a small Tibetan Buddhist village, surrounded by fields with barley and millet. There are 5 houses offering homestay in this village and they are getting popular for the hospitality and the great food they serve.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight and 4-5 hrs trek

Day 4

Trek to Nimatang (3,325 m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The walk today will last about 4 hours as we leave Buraunse to reach the village of Nimatang. We gradually go up and reach Langdu (3172 m). Beyond Langdu the view from the trail is very exciting as we see the snowcapped mountains of Changla Himal (6563 m) and Crystal Mountain. After walking past the Mani walls and small stupas we reach the Thorpa village in 2 hours (3180 m) through a Kangni (gate stupa). The Kangni protects the village from bad spirits entering. Thorpa makes for a good lunch break. Shortly after Thorpa you pass a small site, called Bhibuck Cave (a meditation cave), with next to it a huge prayer wheel. Inside the wheel, the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” is written thousands of times, so turning the wheel will make the mantra go into the universe for thousands of times as well. We walk past the village of Hutick (3242 m) and Nimatang (3325 m) is just 2 hours walk from here. A Kangni (gate stupa) welcomes you to the beautiful village of Nimatang where we will enjoy the hospitality of the homestay for today evening.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 5

Trek to campsite Raling Gompa (3.930m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We leave the village behind and start walking through the thin forest with Pine trees and Juniper. In the next 30 minutes, we cross the Ghatte Khola and ascend towards Raling Gompa. The trail is scenic and offers the view of the entire Nyinba Valley, with to the southwest Ribuche Moutain, the Changla Range to the southeast and Pungrikar (Panchauli) Mountain to the north. We walk past the village of Tokra (3547 m) where the Saga Dawa festival is celebrated in Raling Gompa in May. The Saga Dawa festival marks the enlightenment of Lord Buddha and his teachings. During these festival lots of rituals, ceremonies, and mask dances take place. All the people from the valley gather in their most beautiful dress to attend the ceremonies. The Saga Dawa Festival is one of the most important Buddhist festivals. The most important place for the festival is Mount Kailash, but the festival is also celebrated in Raling Gompa. It is 20 minutes walk to the campsite from Raling Gompa. We walk for around 4 hours today.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Bargaun (2,940m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We have a walk of around 4 hour’s today. After a warm breakfast, we cross the Ghatte Khola (about 2 hrs) then go along the river that flows down. After about 15 min you pass a junction, the right trail up goes back to Nimatang. To Bargaun you take the left fork, going down. After 30 minutes we pass the Nimatang Gompa (3185 m). This area consists of few houses. Inside one of these houses is a small gompa (Buddhist monastery). From the monastery, we walk for one and a half more hours and reach Bargaun where we camp for the day.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Karpunath (2,106m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After we start our walk in the morning in an hour we reach Tehe (2624 m), the biggest village of Humla, with about 600 households. The majority of people in this settlement are Hindus and the people here are some of the poorest in Nepal. The trail going straight down to Gyackru River. Reaching the river, you follow it downstream to Karpunath). This village is located in the confluence of Gyackru River and the Mighty Karnali. For Hindus, the meeting point of two rivers is a sacred place. We set up our camp nearby the river for today.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Simikot (2,980m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we have five hours long walk to Simikot. Today is the comparatively difficult walk as we climb a couple of hours gradually up to Syamne (2347 m) and from Syamne we have a difficult steep climb to Simikot. As we are going higher we see the beautiful Nyinba Valley and view of Buraunse. After walking for about 2 hours we have the first view of the Simikot market area.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 9

Scenic flight; Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Today we have one and a half hour scenic flight from Simikot - Nepalgunj, and Nepalgunj - Kathmandu. Since we have different flight schedule so we need to stay some time at Nepalgunj airport for the connecting flight to Kathmandu. We will reach Kathmandu in the afternoon.

Free time of your own. In your free time, you can visit a good spa and massage center to realize your pain.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 1 & 1/2 hrs flight and 30 min drive

Day 10

Departure from city of temples; Kathmandu.

 You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

Have a safe journey and please do visit Nepal on your next vacation too.

Not Really Satisfied?

Quick Enquiry Form

* Your personal information is always secured with us


Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Transportation
  • Guide and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea)
  • Accommodation
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, and others
  • Beverage expenses
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

Reviews

Your Words - as is. Reviews from Previous Himalayan Trekkers Travelers.

View Reviews Page

Trips You Might Like

Humla Nyinba Valley & Raling Gompa Trek
Trekking and Walking | Cultural and Religious Tours |
Duration: 10 Days From $ 1799
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.
Upper Dolpo to Humla Simikot Trek
Trekking and Walking |
Duration: 44 Days From $ 6499
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.
Humla Limi Valley Trek
Trekking and Walking |
Duration: 19 Days From $ 2999
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.
Humla & Kailash Saga with Western Tibet
Trekking and Walking |
Duration: 32 Days From $ 6499
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

Regardless of any kind of adventure tour or treks, whether it be a tailor-made multi-country tour, luxury vacation, or even an adventure day trips — we ensure that it will be exactly the way you imagined. With our tailor-made itinerary or your customized trip, we guarantee a service that you will never forget. Please feel free to email us any time at info@himalayantrekkers.com

Copyright 2020 Himalayan Trekkers - The Adventure Mission Nepal Company