Kailash tour via simikot

  • Total Duration:18 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Overview

Kailash tour via Simikot is one of the best trails that will take you to Mt. Kailash giving you the best trekking experience in one of the remotest western areas of Nepal before heading to Tibet.

The trekking route follows the longest river in the country. The Karnali region kept secret and ignored for till date is slowly opening up for the tourists. You will require being at your best to understand the culture and the relation between the human civilization here with nature, their lifestyle and ways to cope with the scarcity and famine.

Mount Kailash is one of the holy, adventure and natural beauties. Hindu people believed Mt. Kailash is a house of Lord Shiva (God of God). In the remote corner of the exotic west of Tibet, the pristine Mount Kailash (6714 meters) dominates the entire region’s landscape. The celestial beauty of Mt. Kailash is not only fascinating, it is also the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon religions from around the world. For all four religions, Mount Kailash is the spiritual epicenter. Every year, thousands of devotees make the pilgrimage to the holy Mt. Kailash for spiritual purification.

The trip starts with the flight to Nepalgunj and then to Simikot, Humla. From Simikot, you will start trekking one of the toughest terrains in the world. On your way from Simikot to Kailash journey, you will travel along ancient pilgrimage routes and trade links, trekking across the border into Tibet. After a week in areas of Nepal, you will enter the Tibet near Lake Manasarovar. From there on you will visit the Garud Valley, a place believed to be the cradle of the Tibetan civilization during the ancient times when on religion was practiced throughout Tibet, long before Buddhism was introduced. You will further ascend to Mt. Kailash and tour Mansarovar Lake, both of which hold great natural, cultural and religious significance. The Kailash Tour via Simikot ends in Lhasa.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Tour
Day 03 Flight to Nepalgunj - (150m)
Day 04 Flight to Simikot (2910m) and Trek to Dharapuri - (2270m)
Day 05: Trek to Kermi (2690m)
Day 06: Trek to Albang Monastery (2890m)
Day 07: Trek to Tumkot Khola - (3060m)
Day 08: Trek to Thado Dhunga - (3745m)
Day 09: Trek to Nara La pass (4580m) and Hilsa (3720m) drive to Purang (3770m)
Day 10: Drive to Manasarovar Lake (4550m)
Day 11: Drive to Darchen (4670m)
Day 12: Trek to Dirapuk (5000m)
Day 13: Trek to Juthulpuk (4600m) crossing by Dolma La pass (5613m)
Day 14: Trek 3 hours and 1 hour drive to Horchu (Manasarovar).
Day 15: Drive to Saga (4640m)
Day 16: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m)
Day 17: Cross Tibet immigration and drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 18: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to respective hotels.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Tour

Drive to various historical and cultural attraction spots in the valley such as Palace areas, Swayambhu Stupa, Baudha Stupa, Pashupati temple etc.

Day 03 Flight to Nepalgunj - (150m)

Take late afternoon flight to Nepalgunj about an hour. Nepalgunj is far west crowded city and  close to India. Nepalgunj is at low elevation thus it is comparatively hot.

Day 04 Flight to Simikot (2910m) and Trek to Dharapuri - (2270m)

You will take an exciting domestic flight for Simikot, Humla. Flight goes through stunning and an adventurous above high hills and sometime between big hills. Once at Simikot, you will travel for Dharapuri.

Day 05: Trek to Kermi (2690m)

You will follow the Karnali River all the way up on the way to Kermi. You can observe several beautiful waterfalls, lanscape and wildlife. Late afternoon visit to hot spring. Overnight stay in the camp.

Day 06: Trek to Albang Monastery (2890m)

You will follow the scenic trail along the big pine forest. On the way, you can see Mt. Api and Saipal Himal. The trail is wide and partly built off-road. You will soon descend down to Limi valley and finally to Albang Monastery.

Day 07: Trek to Tumkot Khola - (3060m)

You will travel across scenic villages. Muchu village is a big village where telephone and internet services are available. You do not have to travel great distance so, relax and enjoy the walk.

Day 08: Trek to Thado Dhunga - (3745m)

Shortly after leaving the camp site you will cross suspension bridge then steeply climb up hill about an hour. The trail gradually ascends today. There are barren landscape and good view of Mt. Saipal. There are several picturesque villages. Camping below Nara La pass.

Day 09: Trek to Nara La pass (4580m) and Hilsa (3720m) drive to Purang (3770m)

You will have to wake up early today as you will require to cross the Nara La pass before it gets windy. Normally, the camp at the top of the pass will take 2 hour then descend to Hilsa border will take another three hours. Just behind the pass from where you can see the land of Tibet with barren valley. And the opposite side can be seen big hill where trail fallows for the Limi valley. Drive to Purang takes about half an hour.

Day 10: Drive to Manasarovar Lake (4550m)

Today you will drive to Manasarovar lake. Manasarovar Lake is one of the biggest Lake situated in high altitude of Tibetan plateau. Thousands of pilgrimages every year come to take holy bath in Manasarovar Lake. You will have enough time to explore Chui Gumba and hot spring near the Lake. You can also ee a clear view of Mount Kailash from Manasarovar.

Day 11: Drive to Darchen (4670m)

You will then drive to Darchen. Darchen is a big town situated at the foot of Kailash. It is the medicine center of Tibet. You can repack the essential stuff required for the Kailash visit. You can hire horses and porters for the travel. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12: Trek to Dirapuk (5000m)

Your journey to Kailash Kora starts today. The first 6 kilometers will be on local transportation. You will have to walk for the rest of 14 kilometer which is easy trekking. The essential stuffs, certain and important camping equipment will be carried by Yaks or by helper. Overnight at guest house.

Day 13: Trek to Juthulpuk (4600m) crossing by Dolma La pass (5613m)

Second day Mount Kailash Kora from Derapuk, you will start early today to reach Juthulpuk. The trip is tougher than the previous day and last more than 8 hours walking. The gradual ascend is the hard part until you reach Dolma La pass which then is all downhill walk.

Day 14: Trek 3 hours and 1 hour drive to Horchu (Manasarovar).

Today you will explore the Juthulpuk Monastery in the morning. After that a short trekking near Darchen and you will carry on the driving to Horchu near Lake Manasarovar. Explore the lake and relax.

Day 15: Drive to Saga (4640m)

Drive toward Nepal from different road. Drive in well paved road provides scenic landscape of Tibetan plateau. Reach Saga town for overnight stay.

Day 16: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m)

Today you drive to Dzangmu via Thong la pass above 5100m & massive view of Mount Shishapangma to the right hand side and front peaks. Some of them lies in Tibet & some in Nepal like peaks of Rolwaling.

Day 17: Cross Tibet immigration and drive to Kathmandu (1350m)

Early in the morning drive down to Nepal Tibet Friendship Bridge. Continue drive with Nepali transportation to Kathmandu.

Day 18: Departure

The trip comes at the end today. If you prefer to extend your trip let us know otherwise we will transfer you to Kathmandu airport. Normally you are required to check in 3 hours before your flight.

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