Trip Grade Moderate
Duration: 21 Nights/22 Days
Max. Altitude: 5630M
Destination: Nepal Tibet
Region: Simikot Tibet
Activity: Trekking & Hiking
Theme: Tented Camps

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Simikot Kailash Trek

Mount Kailash (6714m) is a very popular holy mountain in Tibet and is also known by the name of Tise, Kailash or Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows). Mount Kailash is sacred to the Hindus, Buddhists, Janis, and the Bonpos and taken as the centre of the physical and metaphysical universe. For the Hindus people, the mount Kailash represents the seat of the Lord Shiva. For the Buddhists people, it represents the cosmic Mandala of Dyani Buddhas and Boddhisatvas (which represents the Wheel of Life). The (6.714 m) is regard as “center of the world” by Hinduism and Buddhism.

 

There are several routes to reach Mount Kailash. Trekking Experts uses Simikot route to reach Mount Kailash. Simikot Kailash Trek beings with flying out to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu and then short flight to Simikot. It is a spectacular trekking to Kailash in Western Tibet, provides you a lifetime opportunity to do trekking in Nepal section with the remote and cultured villages and Holy Mountain Kailash Kora (Parikrama). We get across the 5630 m high Drolma La (pass), fully decorated with fluttering prayer flags and Mani stones, also we walk around the snow-crowned dome of the glacier mountain along the pilgrimage path in three days. Before the trekking we visit Manasarovar – the holiest lake in Tibet. Manasarovar Lake, the sun- shaped Lake for Buddhists embodies the forces of light. It is said that whoever touches the ground here, swim in the lake or drinking its water, blotted out the sins of 100 rebirths! Your walks by the lake are characterized by the tranquility of the countryside. Also visit monastery in Dira-puk which was built in 13th century. And will visit the heart of Tibet or central of Buddhism Lhasa city. On the way to Lhasa we shall pass by the beautiful Yamdrok Lake and cross over the Karo La (5010 m) and Simi La before we reach Gyantse and Shigatse, where we visit the famous and beautiful monasteries of monasteries Pelkor and Tashilunpo to enjoy the magnificent religious constructions, great Buddhist statues and excellent murals. And in Lhasa we shall visit wonder Dalai Lama Palce-The Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Drepung monastery.

Trip Highlights

Circumambulate the holy Mount Kailash
Explore the beautiful and divine Mansarovar Lake
Trek across the ancient pilgrimage route to Mount Kailash via crossing 5630-meter high Droma Lam Pass
Visit Garuda Valley known to be the cradle of the Tibetan civilization
Travel through the trade links across the border of Nepal and Tibet
Visit the heart of Tibetan Buddhism-Lhasa
Visit ancient sites of Tibet like Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Tashilumpo Monastery etc.
Scenic Flight over the Himalaya

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan airport Trekking Experts representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at hotel, our tour manager will brief you about trekking information and other necessary information. And then you’ll free time to explore Kathmandu. Dinner will be booked at the hotel.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Today you’ll explore around Kathmandu. There are seven UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu. You’ll visit three of them today. In the meantime, Trekking Experts will apply Tibet Visa at Embassy of China in Kathmandu for you. The exact itinerary may change depending on the local conditions but we shall most likely visit: - Pashupatinath, one of the most important temples in South Asia to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva; - One of the three Durbar (Palace) Squares, a complex of palaces and temples which was formally the social, religious and administrative focal point of the ancient city. - Boudhnnanath Stupa, a wonderful Buddhist site centered on a huge Stupa topped with the all-seeing eyes. If possible,you’ll come here in the early evening to soak up the atmosphere of hundreds of Tibetan and Sherpa peoples walking their devotional khora.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

It will take three working days for Tibet visa processing. So today you’ll free day in Kathmandu. You can continue your sightseeing around rest of places by your own.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Today, you have free morning at the hotel. This would be your final preparation for trek such as if you missed to buy anything for trekking, you can buy. In the afternoon, you’ll transfer to Kathmandu Domestic Airport and will fly to Nepalgunj. An hour flight to Nepalgunj takes you the south-west part of Nepal. Upon arrival at Nepalgunj airport, you’ll be picked by hotel. Check-in at hotel and rest at the hotel.

  • Tourist-class Hotel
  • Breakfast/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 492 meter

After early morning breakfast at hotel, you’ll transfer to airport take a scenic flight to Simikot. The flight to Simikot (2985m) offers some great views of the Mount Kanjirowa and Saipal Himal as you follow the north of Karnali valley. Upon arrival at Simikot, you’ll meet our trekking crew and will start trekking from there. Today you’ll start your first day of trekking to Dharapuri. The trail goes through westwards uphill and away from the village centre. It’s an easy climb for about 300m (3270m, 1hr from the airstrip) to the top where there are a couple of teashops. Then steep switchbacks down through pine forest and then more open hillside as you pass a few homes and another teashop (1hr). From here continue down but do not go all the way to Dharaphaya, which you can see below. From above the village the main trail heads up the Humla Karnali valley on the true left bank and continues to descend towards the river. In an hour pass through Manjgaon, where there is a teashop and where the trail levels out somewhat about 150m above the Karnali. A final short descent to the campsites at Dharapuri (2360m) is in another 1½ hour. There is a small campsite beside the trail as you pass a grove of walnut trees, and two larger, grassy sites after you cross a small bridge over the Hepka Khola. The main village is less than 10 minutes further along the trail.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 2360 meter

After breakfast at camp, today you’ll to Dharapuri Village first and then continue your journey through large rocks at a trail junction, take the left fork where the route descends a little into a gorge section of valley. The Humla Karnali valley turns left into a steep-sided gorge where there is a series of waterfalls called Chaya Chahara (2hrs), which is a popular lunch spot. From here climb some switchbacks to Dhar Kermi and then an easier gradient all the way to Sangrak Kermi (2860m).

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 2860 meter

After breakfast at camp, your today’s journey begins with a long easy ascent on a trail with little shade for an hour to Okharthala, then patchy pine forest for another hour to Salli Kudh (3143m), a minor pass with prayer flags and views back down the valley. The pass is atop a peninsula around which massive cliffs rise from the turquoise Humla Karnali. And then descend to the Salli Khola, which you’ll cross on a long suspension bridge to a flat area that makes a good lunch spot. Follow the trail to a large flat area beside the river. Then a gradual climb to Yalwang (3060m). On the far side of the village is a gompa and school where you can camp in the grounds.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 3060 meter

After breakfast at camp, your today’s trail winds around a rocky ridge before descending to Yalbang, a pretty Buddhist settlement at the entrance to another gorge section of the Humla Karnali. Sheer rock walls rise from the rushing turquoise river that is said to pre-date the Himalaya. Occasional glimpses of snow-capped mountains dwarf the minor ups and downs as the trail undulates to avoid rocky bluffs. In 1¾ hours from Yalbang reach a small copse near the end of the gorge section. In another 30 minutes cross a wooden bridge to the true right (south) bank then it’s a gradual climb to Muchu village where the valley is considerably wider. You’ll cross a small watercourse to Chhuigan village and then descend gradually to Tumkot Khola and a good campsite (3073m).

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 3073 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll trek to Yari. The trail enters a small gorge and climbs switchbacks for about 400m (3467m) to a minor pass marked by a cairn and prayer flags called Pathalna by locals. Here the gradient eases and continues to follow the under-construction road to Palbang (3472m) where there are a couple of shabby teashops. Then a gradual ascent to the Yari valley where the trail flattens to a cluster of homes (3663m) where there are normally fallow fields to camp on. Yari Village is 10 minutes’ below from our camp site.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 4/5 Hours Walk
  • 3663 meter

After breakfast at camp, you’ll descend to Yari Village first and will climb climb up an easy gradient to Jogi Odar (4052m) where there is a series of tent platforms carved beside the new road route and a couple of teashops. The gradient steepens a little before entering a shallow valley called Shiv Shiv (aka Sip Sip) and has a couple of disused kharka and a potential campsite full of broken bottles. The last section is a steep ascent to Nara La (4560m) with views of Saipal and Muztagh Ata ranges. Descend crossing the road a few times before following it on a long gradual descent across barren hillside. Come to a point where the main trail descends rapidly down or you can continue on the longer road route. If you take the shortcut, you will arrive in Hilsa (Yulsa) (3647m) in 2½ hours from the pass; the road route takes another 45 minutes. There are no good campsites in Hilsa (Yulsa), but there are two local teahouses and another new one is being built. The sealed road to Taklakot and the Chinese border post are on the far side of the river, so don’t be surprised if you see the occasional Chinese tourists in town.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 3647 meter

After breakfast at Hilsa, you’ll have short trek via crossing the Karnali Bridge and enter to Tibetan Check point for Immigration process to Kailash. After crossing Hilsa border, you’ll meet your Tibetan Guide, driver and support team and will drive to Purang for overnight stay at Chiu Gompa. On the way you will possibly visit famous Buddhist and Hindu Monastery Khojernath Temple/Khojer Monastery one of the oldest monastery in Purang County. After finished the immigration process today you’ll drive about 120 kilometer to Mansarovar Lake. Mansarovar Lake is one of most highlighted part of the Kailash Journey. You’ll drive to Mansarovar Lake via Raksas Tal – Gorla Pass and ancient landscapes. In the drive you will see and cross many cave monasteries just after the Purang village. The road goes form 3700 meter to 4590. Along the road you will cross many Tibetan Yaks, Goats and Sheep Harder, Caravans and Wild Horses, Dears, Tibetan Antelopes, Mountain Rabbits. Gorla Pass offers great view of Mount Gorla Mandata on East. After few kilometers’ drive you will reach front of Rakshas /Rakes Tal from where you can have first view of Mount Kailash with green lake view. After short drive to top dry and windy place you can have great view of Mansarovar Lake, Mt. Gorla Mandata, Mount Kailash and wide range of Tibetan Plateau. You’ll stop in nearby Chiu Gompa on Camp/Guest house. After that, you can exploration to the holy kale, visit the Tsu Monastery and around by yourself too.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 120 Km Drive Hours Walk
  • 4590 meter

Today you’ll have full day to explore around Chiu Gompa - Old Tibetan village, great view of Mount Kailash and prayer walls, Hot spring and small excursion around the lake.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 4590 meter

After breakfast, you’ll drive to Yama Dwar (The way to Kailash) via Dharchen and then you’ll start circumambulating trek of holy Mount Kailash from Yama Dwar. From Yama Dwar, you can see the first closest and clear view of Mount Kailash. Those who cannot go for further trekking will make stop there and back to Dharchen and wait for rest of group. Today you’ll have about 5 hours’ walk. Yak will carry our all-essential types of equipment.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 5/6 Hours Walk
  • 4890 meter

After breakfast you’ll start your second day of your Kailash Kora which is indeed the hardest day of your three days trek. You will have to climb up to the top of Drolma La pass which is more than 5000 meters. There will be three sloppy hikes to get to the top of Drolma La Pass (5200m) from DhiraPhuk and then pretty steep downhill with rocky path all the way to the valley. On the right side of the downhill path, there is a small lake called Thuje Lake, meaning compassionate lake. Zutrul Phuk was the cave where Mila Repa and Nagro Bonchung debated for their religion sects and nowadays, it is a small monastery.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 7 Hours Walk
  • 4750 meter

After breakfast today you’ve easy day for Kailash kora as you will trek down in the valley with beautiful distant scenery of Rakshas Tal (lake). From here you will depart your Yak men and kind Yak and shift to jeeps. You will meet your drivers and continue your tour to Lake Mansarovar. And then you’ve free time for rest and free afternoon around the lake.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 50 KM Hours Walk
  • 4590 meter

After breakfast you’ll drive back to Saga following the same way. It's in the vastness of the Changtang, Tibetan plateau, that we measure the Tibetan space from where suddenly emerge herds of gazelles or Kyang, wild donkeys.

  • Tented Camp
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 435 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 4640 meter

After breakfast at Saga, now you’ll head towards central Tibet with your Tibetan guide. And rest of your camping trekking crew will return to Nepal via Kyirung. Today you’ll drive to Sakya, one of Tibet’s oldest civilizations.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast
  • 240 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 4280 meter

After breakfast at Sakya, now you’ll continue your drive towards central Tibet with your Tibetan guide. Today you’ll drive to Shigatse. Upon arrival in Shigatse, you’ll check-in at hotel and will visit Tashilumpo Monastery. Shigatse is second largest cities in Tibet after Lhasa. Shigatse is second largest city of Tibet and seat of the Panchen Lama (ranking close to the Dalai Lama). Tashilumpo lies at the foot of Drolmari, or Tara's Mountain, on the western side of Shigatse. It is one of Tibet's most influential monasteries, founded in 1477 by Gendun Drubpa, the first Dalai Lama. Inside the monastery, the Maitreya Chapel is the tallest building and houses the world's largest brass statue of Buddha at 26.2 meters (86 feet) high, seated on a 3.8 meter (12 foot) high lotus throne made of gold, brass and precious gems.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 285 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 3900 meter

After breakfast at Shigtse, you’ll drive to Lhasa today. Lhasa is the capital of Tibet where the most popular palace of Dalai Lama-Potala Palace lies. Upon arrival in Lhasa, you’ll check-in at hotel and free afternoon to explore around yourself.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 285 kilometers Hours Walk
  • 3650 meter

Today, you'll take time to explore the heart of Tibet, the holy and forbidden city of Lhasa. Explore the vast halls and chapels of impressive Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lamas and an awe inspiring landmark that dominates the skyline over Lhasa. After visit Potala palace enjoy the solemnity of holy Dreprung Monastery, once the largest monastery in the world and now the largest and richest monastery in Tibet, founded in 1416 and a place of study for many of the most learned lamas and enjoy the day and return back to hotel for overnight.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • 3650 meter

Depending on your flight, after breakfast at hotel you’ll transfer to Gongar Airport which is about 65 kilometer away from Lhasa. An hour flight over the Himalayas will bring you to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be received by representative of Trekking Experts and will bring you to hotel. You’ll free time explore around Kathmandu in the evening.

  • Three Star Hotel
  • Breakfast /Dinner
  • Hours Walk
  • 1310 meter

Depending on your flight time, you’ll be transfer to airport before 3 hrs of flight time.

  • Breakfast
  • Hours Walk
  • meter

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What’s Included

4 nights in Kathmandu at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis with bed & breakfast 1 night in Nepalgunj at tourist-class hotel on twin sharing basis with half board service (Breakfast & Dinner) 4 nights in Tibet at three star-hotels on twin sharing basis with bed & breakfast 12 nights in tented camps during the trekking on twin sharing basis Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trip with typical Nepalese food

All airport/hotel/airport transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle Ground transfer for Kathmandu sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle (for day 2) Kathmandu-Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj -Simikot flight with airport taxes Lhasa- Kathmandu flight with airport taxes 18 kg baggage per person for trek and flights

Simikot Special Permit Fee Humla Special permits Fee All monument entrance fees during Kathmandu sightseeing Special Kailash permit Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar tour conservation fee Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar trip conservative bus fee All entry fees to the sites and monasteries Yamdrok lake conservation fee Karola glacier conservation fee All necessary Tibet tour entry and road permits

1 English speaking experienced trekking guide (for camping part only) 1 experienced trekking cook (for camping part only) Required kitchen team (for camping part only) 1 assistant guide for every 5 members (for Nepal part only) Required porters to carry personal baggage, camping equipment, kitchen utensils and trekking food (for Nepal part only) English Speaking city guide for Kathmandu sightseeing 1 English speaking experienced Tibetan trekking guide (for whole trip) Pack Yak and Yak men for Kailash trekking

Support for airport pick up, drop and farewell dinner Support for visa documentation

One 2-men sleeping tent for every two members 1 Foam mattress for every member Dining Tents and kitchen tent Required toilet tents Required Shower tents Required tables and chairs Required kitchen utensils with fuel Solar light for lighting purpose only

Comprehensive First Aid Kit Comprehensive Trekking Map and Kathmandu Valley Map 1 Satellite Phone for emergency use only 1 Certec Bag for emergency use

What’s Not Included

All personal expenses like alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry services etc. Medical and travel insurances International airfare and taxes Tibet visa fee USD 114 Nepal Visa fees Emergency helicopter rescue charges Main meals in Kathmandu (lunch and dinner) Main meals during hotel in Tibet (lunch and dinner from Sakya- Lhasa) Tips for trekking crew

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