Mount Kailash Via Simikot (Trekking Trip)

Mount Kailash Via Simikot (Trekking Trip)

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.

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Duration:

20 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Dira Puk Monastery (5120 m)

Group Size

Min 1 Pax

Trial Access:

Private and comfortable drive with domestic flights.

Best Season:

Sept-Oct and May-July.

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 positioned 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. Some of the main attractions why you should take this tour are Tirthapuri Holy place also referred as Bhasmasur Parbat (a reference to Hindi mythology), Astapad etcetera.

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 in which you will be uncovering the untouched beauty of 2 nations. You will get to see many monasteries and explore how the monks and nun are living there.

You will also explore Dhungkar Choezom monastery along with many others that are one of the most important/significant monasteries in the Tibetan region. Other than that you will also get to enjoy the hot springs 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)

Starting Price

USD 5749 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in city of temples; Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

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

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Full day Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation.

Meals included: BB

Explore the listed heritage sites with a professional city guide.

Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Besides that, the program of different kinds and gathering of people from all over Nepal makes it a lively place and the best place to understand Nepal.

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 one of 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 as 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.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Fly to Nepalgunj in the afternoon. Explore the market area in the evening.

Meals included: BB

Today we take our early flight from TIA to Nepalgunj. It is about an hour flight to Nepalgunj, situated at the far western part of Nepal. It is a city which is near to the border of Nepal and India is also the door to Simikot, Humla. It is a Terai belt of Nepal and can experience the varied cultures of Nepal. We explore the local villages, market, and zoo in Nepalgunj. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: an hour flight

Day 4

Morning flight to Simikot on a fixed wing aircraft. After arriving Simikot take helicopter to Hilsa (30 min) and drive to Purang (3700 m) after crossing the border.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After early breakfast, we fly to Simikot from Nepalgunj. Complete Nepal immigration formalities before continuing our helicopter flight to Hilsa. Drive to Chinese Border from Hilsa and we continue our drive to Purang. On arrival at Purang, check-in at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5

Trek to Kermi (2,860m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Our walk is on relatively flat trails beginning with the 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.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Yalbang (2,879m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today’ trek 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.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ tea house. Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Tumkot (3,073m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

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

Day 8

Trek to Yari (3,663m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Hilsa (3,647m) via Nara La pass.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We cross the first pass of the trek today, the Nara La pass (4,620m). 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.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 6 hrs

Day 10

Trek to Purang (3,772m).

Meals included: BB

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.

Accommodation: Hotel/Tea house/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 11

Purang to Monster (4,450m) and sightseeing in Tirthapuri.

Meals included: BB

On our way to Monster, we pass through Rakshas and Mansarover lakes. After reaching Monster we settle down for a while then visit Tirtapuri (4510m). 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 Monster to spend the night.

Accommodation: local hotel/lodges/guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 12

Sightseeing of Garuda Valley, then transfer to Darchen (4,560m).

Meals included: BB

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 will be a dream come true. After touring the amazing valley we move to Darchen a small town, situated right in front of the sacred Mount Kailash.

Accommodation: Local hotel/lodges/guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 13

First day of Kora: hiking to Dira Puk Monasterys (5120m).

Meals included: BB

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.

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

Day 14

Second day of Kora: hike to Dzutul-Puk (4790m).

Meals included: BB

Today will be the most difficult section of our journey. We climb Drolma-la Pass at 5,750m/19,910ft. 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.

Accommodation: Tea house/ local lodges/ guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 15

Third day of Kora: hiking to Darchen (4,560m): 14km, 3 - 4 hours and transfer to Manasarovar.

Meals included: BB

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

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 16

Tour of the Manasarovar Lake.

Meals included: BB

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.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house

Day 17

Drive from Manasarovar to Saga (4,600m) 495 km.

Meals included: BB

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 (5,200m). 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 8-9 hrs drive

Day 18

Drive continues; Saga to Keyrong.

Meals included: BB

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

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs drive

Day 19

Drive to the order and further ahead to Kathmandu: 153km.

Meals included: BL

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. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs drive

Day 20

Final departure.

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!!

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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

  • 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.

Whats Not Included

  • Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
  • All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills, etc.
  • Meals.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Airfare to Lhasa and back.


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

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