Kailash Tour via Simikot is a perfect journey to Mt. Kailash while experiencing the joy of walking in one of the remote western parts of Nepal before entering Tibet. The trip begins with a short religious tour around the Kathmandu valley, followed by a picturesque flight to Nepalgunj. The trip will take you through many age-old pilgrimage routes and trade likes, trekking across the border into Tibet. Tibet tour begins with a visit to Garuda Valley, a region considered to be the origin of the Tibetan civilization in the far past when Bon religion was practiced all around Tibet when Buddhism was not even introduced. Then, we trek around Mt. Kailash and tour Mansarovar lake. These both hold a great significance in natural, cultural, and even religious part. This trip ends in Lhasa, the origin of the Tibetan civilization. The twenty days'days' Kailash Tour via Simkot package is for experienced trekkers who are fit and healthy.
Sightseeing bustling Kathmandu Valley
Scenic flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot
Cross several high passes
Kora in the holy Mt. Kailash
Relish the tranquil Mansarovar Lake
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Kathmandu city tours, all entry fees, tour guide, and private transportation
- Hotels in Nepalgunj, Kathmandu, and Tibet
- All meals while trekking in Nepal
- Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj- Simikot with airport departure taxes
- All necessary permits and entry fees
- A highly experienced, well-trained, English speaking, Government License holder guide
- From Simikot to Hilsa and during Kora, fees for porter or horse
- T-Shirt, down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffle bag (to be returned after the trip)
- All applicable taxes and service charges
- Lake Mansoraver Kora bus fee
- All necessary paperwork
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal and China entry visa
- Beverages including water
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips and gratuities
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
On your arrival, your guide will greet and transfer you to the respective hotel. We have scheduled your trip meeting for the very day at the hotel in the evening. However, our airport representative will provide you with brief information about your further trip on your way to the hotel. After checking in your hotel, you can simply relax or roam around the streets of Thamel. In the evening, we will hold a welcome dinner for you where you will enjoy authentic Nepali meal. We will also introduce you to your guide for the trip. Do not hesitate to ask questions about your trip and your preference throughout the journey.
Trek Preparation and Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
Today, you will go for a sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu Valley. We will provide you with an experienced guide and a private vehicle to travel around. The city is full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will be visiting Boudhanath Stupa – one of the largest stupas in the world, Swoyambhunath – the oldest stupa of Nepal, which is also known as Monkey Temple. We also pay a visit to the largest Hindu temple of Nepal- Pashupatinath, which sits along the sacred Bagmati river. Here, we will see Hindu holy men meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral fires burning on the ghats. Then, we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, located at Basantapur. Kathmandu Durbar square is a two-millennium old plaza and houses the medieval royal palace, temples in the signature pagoda styles, and many more beautiful traditional architectures. Walking around the area feels like you are on the trip to ancient Nepal with its age-old structures all around. Although most of these structures got destroyed by the earthquake of 2015, there are still beautiful monuments left. After we finish the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, we will move towards Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the place where royals used to live and ruled the Kathmandu Valley. This whole place is such a beauty that UNESCO has selected the entire city as a World Heritage Site. Here, we will see lots of palaces and temples built in the pagoda and shikhara style. The major attraction is the fifty-five window palace. Other attraction includes the Lion Gate, the Golden gate, art galleries and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla. Our last stop will be at Lalitpur, where we will learn about Nepalese history. The evening is planning for a further trip. Today, we will provide a detail explanation of our journey onwards.
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Today, we will begin our trip towards Nepalgunj. The flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj takes about one hour. Nepalgunj is famous as the gateway to Simikot, Humla. The city is an adventure in itself that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. Here, we will visit the local markets, mini-zoo, and some villages nearby.
Fly to Simikot (2985m), trek to Dharapori (2360m)
From Nepalgunj, we will take a flight to Simikot. This forty-minute flight gives us the chance to enjoy the beauty of the majestic Himalayas. Due to its remoteness, Simikot, the headquarters of Humla district, is disconnected from the rest of the country. Here, we can learn about the culture and lifestyle of the native people. Due to the proximity of this region to Tibet, you will see much influence of Tibetan culture. We will enjoy the lunch at Simikot and also register for a trekking permit in the entrance area. Then, we will continue our trek towards the village of Tuling. The trail takes us through jungles and villages along the Karnali River towards Dharapori.
Dharapori to Kerma (2860m)
The trail moves alongside the Karnali River. We will be walking through a relatively more comfortable path. We pass through the fields with major cultivation of barley, buckwheat, rice, and potatoes. Near our destination, we will notice a couple of hot springs where we can enjoy a good hot bath and relieve our body from all stress and aches from the trek. Also, we will visit two ancient monasteries; Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa.
Trek to Yalbang (3073m)
The trail for today's trek is flat until reaching a small pass. However, after crossing a suspension bridge over the Salli River, the trail starts getting steeper. We ascend from here alongside the Karnali River. We can also enjoy the spectacular views of the pine forest and the vast Karnali River. Likewise, we will visit the remote Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery and spend the night at Yalbang.
Yalbang to Tumkot (3073m)
Walking on a trail above the Karnali river, we ascend further; then, the greenery starts deteriorating in this area. We will only witness a few smaller bushes giving way to the pine trees and rocky hills. After reaching Tumkot, we visit Dhungkar Chezom Monastery, one of the most significant Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region.
Day Eight :
Tumkot to Yari (3663m)
Today, we will be trekking through a relatively easy trail above the Karnali River. Walking for a few hours, we will start to notice the change in climate, vegetation, and landscape. The landscape becomes rockier and isolated. Now, we will see the forests of Juniper rather than of pine.
Yari to Hilsa (3647m) via Nara La Pass (4620m)
On this day, we will cross the first pass of our trip, the Nara La Pass. The landscape around here is similar to that of Tibet, and the vegetation is pale. Crossing through the pass. We will get spectacular sight of the gorgeous Tibetan plateau and Yari Village. The trail descends steeply from here until we reach Hilsa. Hilsa is a border town and also a dropping spot for the pilgrims on their way to Mt. Kailash by helicopter.
Hilsa to Purang (3772m)
We move through the Friendship bridge at Hilsa, where the Chinese officials will check our permits and passports. We will also meet our Tibetan guide here. Then, we will continue our trek to Purang. The trail ascends from Hilsa to Purang and passes Rinzin Zangpo Gompa and Kangje Village on the way. At Purang, we will visit the ancient Purang Gompa and explore the unique Buddhist frescoes of the 12th century.
Purang to Montser (4450m), and explore Tirtapuri (4510m)
On our way to Montser, we move past Rakshas and Mansarover Lakes. On Montser, we rest for a while and then visit Tirtapuri. Set at the northwest side of Mount Kailash, the Tirthapuri Hot Springs are associated closely with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Pilgrims take a bath in pools made by the springs, visit the monastery that preserves guru's footprint. Also, dig for healing stones along a one-hour pilgrimage route. After touring Tirtapuri, we return to Montser to spend the night.
Sightseeing Garuda valley, then transfer to Darchen (4560m)
Garuda valley lies to the southwest of Mt. Kailash. It will take approximately two hours to reach the valley. The valley contains few mysterious caves, some of which are still left untouched. People believe that during the time of the Shang Shung Kings, this was the origin of the Tibetan Civilization, long before Buddhism reached the top of the world. For those who love to explore archaeological and historical sites, this is an ideal place for them. Adoring the valley, we continue our trek to Darchen, a small town set right at the front of the sacred Mount Kailash.
First day to Kora: hiking to Dira Puk Monastery (5120m)
We will begin our Kora of Mt. Kailash from this day. We have to walk for six hours in a deep valley through walls of red rock on this day. We carry on our trek across the plain to Shershong. Further, crossing a bridge, we will reach Chhuku Gompa, standing high on the hill visible from the valley. The trail then moves towards Dirapuk from where we will get some enchanting views of the north face of holy Mt. Kailash.
Second day of Kora: hike to Dzutul-puk (4790m)
Today, we will travel through the most challenging part of our journey. We ascend the Drolma-La Pass at 5750m. The name of the pass means "the pass of Tara." This pass is full of five-colored praying flags, and the pass itself looks gorgeous. From Drolma-La Pass, we climb down to Dzutul-puk. We will visit the astounding Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion) and few ancient tranquil caves at Dzutul-puk.
Third day of Kora: hike to Darchen (4560m), then transfer to Manasarovar
We move steadily out of the valley towards Barka plain. Completing the holy Kora around Mount Kailash at Darchen, we drive for a couple of hours to reach Mansarovar Lake. Mansarovar Lake is a personification of purity, and those who drink water from the lake is said to go to the dwelling of Lord Shiva after death. Also, Buddhists associate this lake with the legendary lake known as Anavatapta in Sanskrit, where Queen Maya is said to have conceived Buddha.
Tour of the Mansarovar Lake
Today, we will take a tour around the Mansarovar Lake. Mansarovar Lake is the highest freshwater lakes in the world, with a circumference of 90 km. It is believed that the Kora of the Mt. Kailash remains incomplete without a dip in this lake. Likewise, it is said that drinking water from this holy lake washes ones'ones' sins of a hundred lives. We circle round Mansarovar by Jeep, and if we have enough time, we will also visit Chui Gompa, another attraction of Manasarovar.
Mansarovar to Saga (4600m)
We will go for a long drive today from Mansarovar to Saga, passing through the sacred ancient Chiu Monastery. Continuing the journey, we move past the Hor Quo, and across the Mayum La Pass (5200m). Along the route, we will get some bewitching views of small towns like Zhongba and Paryang. Rather than going straight to Lhasa, we choose a different path from Saga.
Saga to Shigatse (3900m)
From Saga, we travel to Shigatse through Latse. The trail moves along the Tsangpo River in a region crisscrossed by the upper Brahmaputra and its tributaries. At Shigatse, we will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded by Pachen Lama in 1447.
Shigatse to Lhasa (3650m)
After breakfast, we drive to Lhasa. On the way, we pay a visit on Shalu Monastery, founded in 1040. The monastery is well-known for its gorgeous ancient mural painting. After visiting Shalu Monastery, we will continue our trip to Lhasa. We will pass through Karo La Pass, Khamba La pass, Yamdrok Tso, and the gorgeous Nazing Kang Sang Glacier on the way.
The trip ends today.We will take you to the airport before approximately three hours of your scheduled flight.