Mount Kailash Via Simikot Trekking Trip - 20 Days

Guge Kingdom of Eastern Tibet

Trip Info

Trip Duration

20 Days

Max Altitude

5680 M m



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Mount Kailash Via Simikot Trekking Trip Overview

Mount Kailash Tour via Simikot is an adventure and adrenaline filled journey that takes travelers to the western region of Nepal and Tibet before leading to Mt. Kailash.

The featured destination of this 20 days long exciting tour is DiraPuk Monastery located at the height of 5120 meters. This tour provides you an incredible opportunity to relish Nepalese as well as Tibetan Vistas and enjoy the diverse natural beauty.

Furthermore, due to the religious value that Mount Kailash holds to Hindu and Buddhist devotees / pilgrims, Simikot to Kailash trek is equally appealing to adventure seekers and spiritual/religious travelers.

Located below Mt. Kailash is Mansarovar lake at the altitude of 4580 meters. This enormous lake is considered one of the most holy lakes of Hindus. Other attractions of this tour is Tirthapuri Holy place also referred as Bhasmasur Parbat (a reference to Hindi mythology), Astapad, etc.

Simikot Kailash Tour offers you with pristine nature-culture amalgamation. This tour arranged by Himalayan trekkers for you to the forest of blue pines, banks of Karnali rivers along with Nara La Pass – one of the highest passes of Nepal at 4620 meters. The brilliant landscape of Tibetan Plateau and mountain vistas will fill you with immense joy.

According to Hindu mythology, Mt. Kailash is the house of Hindu god Shiva, where he resides with his wife goddess Parvati. The tranquil environment in the vicinity of this incredible snowcapped peak is gorgeous and heaven like. 

This tour falls from moderate to difficult category and requires a high level of dedication and persistence in the adventure part. The incomparable experience you would be getting via this tour while trekking along untouched, unspoiled and remote terrain is definitely worth every challenge you might pass through during this tour.

Get ready to indulge in a tour that has rich natural as well as cultural aspects where you will be uncover the untouched beauty of two nations. You will observer numerous monasteries and get insights of the monks and nuns living here.

You will also explore Dhungkar Choezom monastery along with many others that are one of the most significant monastery in the Tibetan region. Other than that you will also get to enjoy the hot spring in Tirthapuri, visit enigmatic caves and see the stunning views of Mount Kailash from DiraPuk Monastery.

Tour Highlights 

  • Stunning and alpine Mansarovar lake at height of 4580 meters.
  • Many monasteries of Tibet region as well as western region of Nepal including DiraPuk Monastery, Dhungkar Choezom monastery, etc.
  • Tirthpuri natural springs.
  • Spectacular panoramas of Mt. Kailash and other surrounding holy mountains.
  • Mayum La Pass (5200 meters) and Nara La Pass (4620 meters)

Trip Facts

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  • No hidden fees
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  • Personal Touch & Professional Service

US$ 5,749 P/P

US$ 5,749.00

US$ 258.71


Note: This expense includes bank charge of 4.5%

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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Hotel
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Himalayan trekkers and transfer to Hotel.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu & Trek Preparation
Full Day
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Explore the listed heritage sites with our city guide.

Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the valley and has some of the most interesting monuments of Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the home to Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting palace - the Hanuman Dhoka, now a museum are some of the places we explore. 

Swayambhunath Stupa - Swayambhunath stupa is also referred to as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hilltop about 4 Km from the city center, this stupa is the oldest monument in Kathmandu and comes from the Vajrayana sect of Mahayana Buddhism. 

With a pair of eyes in each direction, this place is a spiritual center for the locals and tourist visiting this area. The hilltop also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.

Khokana and Bungmati - These two Newar Villages are located in the outskirts of the Patan District and are proposed to be tentative UNESCO heritage sites by the Nepal government. 

Khokana has the temple of Rudryaini and is also famous for the Mustard oil production. Bungmati, 20 minutes walk from Khokana through paddy fields is full of old Newari houses and architecture. These twin villages are one of the best places to experience Nepal’s age-old heritage and to observe the daily life of the People. You will feel like walking in 18th century Europe as you go through these streets.

In the evening, prepare for the trip.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 3: Fly to Nepalgunj and Stay
50 Minutes Flight & Transfer to Hotel
Max Altitude: 150 M

Today we take our early flight from Kathmandu airport to Nepalgunj. It is about an hour flight to Nepalgunj - far western part of Nepal. It's a city near to the border of Nepal and India and the door to Simikot, Humla. 

Since its also a Terai belt of Nepal, you can experience varied cultures of Nepal. We explore the local villages, market, and much more.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Nepalgunj
Day 4: Fly to Simikot and Trek to Dharapuri
20 mins
Max Altitude: 2300

On this day we will have an early morning flight to Simikot from Nepalgunj. Upon reaching Simikot, we will complete the immigration formalities and enjoy a heart-warming lunch in this Himalayan region. After that, we will hike for 2-3 hours towards Dharapuri. The route is ascending at first and then decends towards Dharapuri. Leaving behind the small airstrip town and looking behind it while embarking further and enjoying the surreal view with the backdrop of the Himalayas is the hightlight of this day. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea House
Day 5: Trek to Kermi
5-6 hrs
Max Altitude: 2860

Our walk is on relatively flat trail alongside the Karnali River. We walk along the fields cultivated mainly with barley, buckwheat, rice, and potatoes. There are two hot springs near Kermi where we may soothe our aching bodies. 

We can also visit ancient Buddhist monasteries close to Kermi - Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trek Lodge
Day 6: Trek to Yalbang (2,879 m)
6-7 hrs
Max Altitude: 2879

Our trek today is a flat and steep ascent until reaching a small pass and crossing a suspension bridge over the Salli River. From here one can enjoy views of the beautiful pine trees and the mighty Karnali River. 

We will also visit the remote Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. Overnight in Yalbang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tented camp/ Tea house
Day 7: Trek to Tumkot (3,073m).
5-6 hrs
Max Altitude: 3073

We walk on a trail above the Karnali River. As we ascend further, the greenery begins to vanish and so do the smaller bushes. They give way to pine trees and rocky hills. 

After reaching Tumkot, we visit Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, one of the most important Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ tented camp
Day 8: Trek to Yari (3,663m).
6-7 hrs
Max Altitude: 3663

Today's trek is on a relatively easy trail above the Karnali River. After walking a few miles, we begin to notice the change in climate, vegetation, and landscape which becomes more rocky and secluded. 

The trees that you see are not pine trees anymore. They are now short and low junipers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Tented camp
Day 9: Trek to Hilsa (3,647m) via Nara La pass.
6 hrs
Max Altitude: 3647

We cross the first pass of the trek today, the Nara La pass (4,620 m). The vegetation is bleak by now and the landscape is familiar to that of Tibet. After crossing the pass we will be greeted by excellent views of the beautiful Tibetan plateau and Yari Village. 

From here on, it is a shaky descent down until Hilsa, a border town which is also a dropping point for the pilgrims on their way to Mt. Kailash by helicopter. Overnight in Hilsa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trek Lodge
Day 10: Trek to Purang (3,772m).
3-4 hrs
Max Altitude: 3772

We walk across the Friendship bridge at Hilsa where the Chinese officials will check our permits and passports. We also meet our Tibetan guide here. We ascend from Hilsa to Purang and pass Rinzin Zangpo Gompa and Kangje Village along the way.

In Purang, we visit the ancient Purang Gompa and explore the unique Buddhist frescoes of IIX century.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trek Lodge
Day 11: Purang to Monster (4,450 m) and sightseeing in Tirthapuri.
4-5 hrs
Max Altitude: 4450

On our way to Monster, we pass through Rakshas and Mansarover lakes. After reaching rakshas lake, settle down for a while then visit Tirtapuri (4510 m). Located northwest of Mount Kailash, the Tirthapuri Hot Springs are closely associated with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). 

Pilgrims bathe in pools fed by the springs, visit the monastery containing the guru's footprint and dig for healing stones along a one-hour pilgrimage route. After touring Tirtapuri, we return back to to spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trek Lodge
Day 12: Sightseeing of Garuda Valley, Transfer to Darchen (4,560m).
3-4 hrs
Max Altitude: 4560

It takes us around 2 hours to reach the Garuda Valley that lies to the southwest of Mt Kailash. It contains mysterious caves, some of which have never been explored. Many believe that this was the cradle of the Tibetan civilization during the time of the Shang Shung kings, long before Buddhism reached the roof of the world. 

For those interested in the archeological and historical sites, Garuda Valley is a dominant one. After touring this amazing valley, we move to Darchen - a small town, located right in front of the sacred Mount Kailash.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trek Lodge
Day 13: First Day of Kora: Hike to Dira Puk Monastery (5120 m)
5-6 hrs
Max Altitude: 5120

Today, we begin our Kora of Mt. Kailash. The first day out of Darchen involves a six-hour hike in a deep valley through walls of red rock. We continue across the plain to Shersong. 

We further cross a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa high on the hill visible from the valley. The trail leads to Dirapuk from where we will have a stunning view of the north face of Mt. Kailash.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trek Lodge
Day 14: Second day of Kora: Hike to Dzutul-Puk (4790 m).
6-7 Hrs
Max Altitude: 4790

Today will be the most difficult section of our journey as we climb the Drolma-la Pass (5750 m /19910 ft). The pass whose name literally means the pass of Tara is beautiful and is filled with five-colored praying flags. 

From Drolma-La Pass, we descend to Dzutul-puk. At Dzutul-puk, we come across the incredible Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion) and a few ancient meditative caves. Overnight in Dzutul-Puk.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trek Lodge
Day 15: Third day of Kora: Hike to Darchen (4560 m): 14 km, 3 - 4 hours & to Manasarovar.
3-4 hrs
Max Altitude: 4560

We gradually wind out of the valley towards Barka plain. After completing the holy Kora of Mount Kailash at Darchen, we drive for 2 hours to Manasarovar Lake. The lake holds religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. 

As per Hindu theology, Lake Manasarovar is a personification of purity, and one who drinks water from the lake is believed to go to the abode of Lord Shiva after death. Buddhists also associate the lake with the legendary lake known as Anavatapta in Sanskrit where Queen Maya is believed to have conceived Buddha. Overnight in Manasarovar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trek Lodge
Day 16: Tour of the Manasarovar Lake.
4-5 Hrs
Max Altitude: 4590

Today, we circumambulate the beautiful Manasarovar Lake which has a circumference of 90 km making it one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. The belief is that the Kora of Mount Kailash is completed only with a holy dip in the lake and a drink of its holy water relieves one from the sins of a hundred lives. 

We circle round Manasarovar by Jeep, and if time permits, we visit Chui Gompa, another attraction of Manasarovar. Overnight in Manasarovar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Trek Lodge
Day 17: Drive from Manasarovar to Saga (4600 m / 495 km)
8-9 hrs drive
Max Altitude: 4600

Today, we have to accomplish a long drive from Manasarovar to Saga traversing through the sacred historic Chiu Monastery. We continue driving past Hor Quo and across the Mayum La pass (5200 m). While passing through, we will have glimpses of small towns like Zhongba and Paryang. 

This journey covers 270 km from Manasarovar to Paryang and adjoins Saga, 255 km away from Paryang. From Saga instead of going towards Lhasa, we drive along a different route to Kathmandu. Overnight in Saga.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel
Day 18: Drive continues; Saga to Keyrong.
4-5 hrs drive
Max Altitude: 3080

At our return, we will have a scenic drive to a town called keyrong for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel
Day 19: Drive to the order and further ahead to Kathmandu: 153km.
5-6 hrs drive
Max Altitude: 1400

We drive to the border checkpoint to go through the customs formalities. After reaching Friendship Bridge, we will be leaving our Tibet-side vehicles and will walk for around 15 minutes towards Nepal. From Keyrong, it takes another 5-6 hours drive to reach Kathmandu. 

Later in the evening, Himalayan Trekkers will organize a farewell dinner for successful trip completion in an authentic Nepali restaurant.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel
Day 20: Final Departure
30 min drive
Max Altitude: 1400

Finally, our Kailash tour concludes successfully. Today we exchange your feelings and experience about the trip while we move to the airport for the final departure. Hope to see you again!!

Airport Drop Off in a Private Vehicle.

Meals: Breakfast

What is included / not included


  • Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet.
  • Mount Kailash special permit.
  • All flights as mentioned in the itinerary above.
  • Accommodation in Nepal and Tibet.
  • Hotel with breakfast.
  • English speaking guide per as the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide Fees.


  • Visa For Nepal
  • Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the unknown circumstances such as bad weather, road blockade, flight cancellation,etc.
  • Personal expenses such as bar bills, extra meals, etc.
  • Meals not mention in the itinerary.
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance


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

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, we arrange 3 Star hotel. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly 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.


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.

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