Mt. Kailash from Simikot Tour
Reference Code: MKFSTNP
Trip Start: Kathmandu
Trek Start: Nepalgunj
Trek Days: 17 days
Season: Spring and Autumn
Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
Service: Full Board
Trip End: Kathmandu
Trek End: Kerong
Trip Durations: 22 Days
Group Size: 2-20
Kailash Simikot trekking tour is a great experience offbeat trek Nepal that follows the trading route to Tibet Border Hilsa, towards to pilgrimage faith around the sacred mountain, and Mansarovar lake in the center of the universe on Tibet.
Mt. Kailash is the sacred, deep spirituality, the highest mountain ranges, wide-open landscape, wild upon the source of 4 major great rivers source, and unspoiled nature culture and pilgrimage holiday destination of Tibet. The Kailash and lake Mansarovar are sacred mountains and lakes around the world. Your journey takes you from Wild remote western Nepal Simikot. In six days remote trekking to Tibet border Hilsa, into the non-tourist trekking zone of Nepal on ancient ways of the salt caravans across the border to Tibet, one of the most mystical countries in the world.
You Trek through varied diverse, climate, and vegetation zones and experience firsthand the richness of cultures in the Himalaya Buddhism. In the beginning, you receive lush greenery, into the arid expanses of Tibet. On the banks of Lake Mansarovar feel like begin of another planet. Crystal clear air, the deep and wide blue lake Mansarovar, the mountain Gorla Mandata and Mt. Kailash, many historical and Buddhist storied monasteries, Noisy fluttering prayer Buddhist lags flags on the high pass and around, enchanting Peace Stupas, and aerie of the Chiu Monastery with Melarapa Cave.
After Visiting Lake Mansarovar and Tsu Gompa, we follow three days of sacred trekking of the pilgrimage route around the mount Kailash circuit. You walk along with the pious Tibetan pilgrims in their colorful robes, giving deep belief in the walk a very special spiritual dimension. The View of the Highest campsite 5200m, which is located directly at the Dhi Ra Puck Monastery, on the striking north wall of the sacred mountain is particularly at sunrise sunset and unforgettable experience of your lifetime. Kailash is the holiest mountain in the Himalaya known as the Center of the world for the four great religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Bonpo, and Jain. Mountain Kailash is perfectly symmetrical and according to more description, these faces are made of Crystal, Ruby, Gold, and Lapis Lazuli. Near the base of the mountain rises four of the most significant rivers of the Hidden sub-continent – Indus, Sutlej, Karmani (A tributary of the Ganges River and Nepal Longest River), and the Brahmaputra.
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek our company palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish.
Approximate Driving Hours: 30 minutes
Meals include: None
Day 02 Rest and Tibet visa procedure day
In this day we will proceed for Tibet visa.
Day 03 Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu via Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Shoyambunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and evening visit to Thamel area
Day 04 Fly to Nepalgunj
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.
Day 05 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.
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.
Day 06 Trek to Kermi (2,860m).
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 --LaikyoGompa and LhundrupChoelingGompa.
Trek to Yalbang (2,879m).
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 NamkhaKhyungDzong Monastery. Overnight in Yalbang.
Day 08 Trek to Tumkot (3,073m).
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 DhungkarChoezom Monastery, one of the most important Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region.
Day 09 Trek to Yari (3,663m)
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.
Day 10 Trek to Hilsa (3,647m) via Nara La pass.
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.
Day 11 Trek to Purang (3,772m).
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 RinzinZangpoGompa and Kangje Village along the way. In Purang, we visit the ancient PurangGompa and explore the unique Buddhist frescoes of IIX century.
Day 12 Purang to Monster (4,450m) and sightseeing in Tirthapuri.
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.
Day 13 Sightseeing of Garuda Valley, then transfer to Darchen (4,560m).
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.
Day 14 First day of Kora: hiking to DiraPukMonasterys (5120m).
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 ChhukuGompa 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.
Day 15 Second day of Kora: hike to Dzutul-Puk (4790m).
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 ThugjeZinbu (Lake of Compassion) and a few ancient meditative caves. Overnight in Dzutul-Puk.
Day 16 Third day of Kora: hiking to Darchen (4,560m): 14km, 3 - 4 hours and transfer to Manasarovar.
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
Day 17 Tour of the Manasarovar Lake.
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.
Day 18 Drive from Manasarovar to Saga (4,600m) 495 km.
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.
Day 19 Drive continues; Saga to Keyrong.
At our return, we will have a scenic drive to a town called keyrong for overnight stay
Day 20 Drive to the order and further ahead to Kathmandu: 153km.
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.
Day 21 Rest and final shopping day
This is the final day in Nepal. A chance to do some shopping, explore at leisure or merely relax by the hotel. We enjoy a final night together, reliving the trek and our extraordinary achievements.
Day 22 Final Departure
We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.
International airport pickup and drop service.
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj in double occupancy on tourist standard.
Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
Flight ticket; Kathmandu- Nepalgunj- Simikot.
Fully catered camping trek at Kailash supported by Nepalese Guide, Cook, Helpers crew
Simikot Special trekking permit.
Local Tax to Simikot entry.
Transportation by private van/Mini coach as per group size.
Sightseeing with Tibetan guide as per itinerary.
Monastery entrance fees.
Tibet visa and travel permit.
Grassland fees for Kailash tour.
Fully catered camping trek and local guest house at Kailash supported by Nepalese Guide, Cook, Helpers crew and Tibetan guide up to Dongba, then Full board meal till Kathmandu with tourist standard hotel in twin share basis.
Langtang National Park Entry fees.
Private drive from Kerung border to Kathmandu
Nepal visa and Re-Entry Nepal visa.
International Flight from and to Kathmandu.
Personal expenses for Nepal-Tibet Travel and trekking insurance which most cover Helicopter and rescue.
Bar bills and Beverage during the tour.
Tips for staffs, guide and crews.
Extra cost in case of Landslide, bad weather or natural problem.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
Trekking and tour personal equipment.
Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?
» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM
Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Blister plasters
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» A sewing needle etc.
This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.