Mount Kailash via Simikot Trek - Black Diamond Expedition
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Mount Kailash via Simikot Trek

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  • Duration
    Duration:21 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 15 Nights (Standard Hotel)
  • Meals
    Meals :21 Breakfast, 16 Lunch
    17 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Moderate
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Overview

Mt Kailash Trek via Simikot offers you beautiful landscapes and nature of both Nepal as well as Tibet. Mt Kailash Trek via Simikot trip passes through the hidden Humla Valley to the Tibet is an ancient salt route which gives travelers a new experiment & support for acclimatization. Mount Kailash via Simikot trip will allows Travelers to experience deep knowledge about the rich culture of the locals, their unique traditional lifestyle, spiritual value as well as unforgettable trekking experience. This is why, many more tourists used to go to Mt Kailash trek Via Simikot.

The journey follows to the Humla along the Karnali River changing the landscapes rising ahead overlooking the village and the monasteries. During the journey encounter with pilgrims, traders, adventures yaks and ponies, pass by stone houses, chorten, sky burial sites, memorials and gompas. After 4 days trek reach Hilsa, the border side of Nepal and Tibet; and then drive to Mansarovar. Further the main part of the trip the Kora/Parikrama of Mt. Kailash begins which will be completed in three days. After then visiting Mansarovar Lake drive back to Kathmandu crossing Paryang,Saga, Zhangmu towns.

Highlights

  • Opportunity to enjoy the beauty of both the Nepalese and Tibetan landscape
  • Rich culture of the locals, their unique traditional lifestyle, spiritual value as well as unforgettable trekking experience. This is why, many more tourists used to go to Mt Kailash trek Via Simikot.
  • Encounter with pilgrims, traders, yaks and ponies, pass by stone houses
  • Chorten, sky burial sites, memorials and gompas
  • Breathtaking views of Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar lake

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

After arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Black Diamond Expedition who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Black Diamond Expedition office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Black Diamond Expedition where we get acquainted with the excellent Nepalese cuisine.

Meals: Breakfast
Max Altitude: 1350m

Day 2Free day in Kathmandu with visa and trip preparation

We spend the whole day in leisure. If we have any more questions about our trip, we can visit BDEx office in Thamel after breakfast. We can spend most of the time today taking a rest and relaxing. We can stroll in the streets of Thamel which is a popular tourist hub. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour

After our short excursion in Kathmandu, we take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market, mini-zoo and nearby villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4Fly to Simikot and trek to Dharapori

We take a 40-minute flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot and admire the beauty of the soaring mountain cliffs from our airplane. Simikot, the headquarters of the Humla District, is cut off from the rest of the country due to its remoteness. While here, we learn about the local people and their rich culture, which is closely tied to the Tibetans because of the close proximity of the two places. We have lunch at Simikot and also register for the permit at the police office. From Simikot, we ascend for a while, then descend towards the village of Tuling. We continue walking through jungles and villages along the Karnali River towards Dharapori. Overnight in Dharapori.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 2,985m/9,790ft
Flight Duration: 4 – 6 hrs

Day 5Dharapori to Kermi

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.Overnight in Kermi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 2,860m/9,383ft
Trek Duration: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 6Kermi to Yalbang

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 2,879m/9,445ft
Trek Duration: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 7Yalbang to Tumkot

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. Overnight in Tumkot.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3,073m/10,082ft
Trek Duration: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 8Tumkot to Yari

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. Overnight in Yari.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3,663m/12,017ft
Trek Duration: 6 – 7 hours

Day 9Yari to Hilsa 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3,647m/11,965ft
Trek Duration: 5 – 6 hrs

Day 10Hilsa to Purang

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 the 12th century. Overnight in Purang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3,772m/12,375ft
Trek Duration:2 – 3 hrs

Day 11Purang to Montser and sightseeing in Tirtapuri

On our way to Montser we pass through Rakshas and Mansarover lakes. After reaching Montser, 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 Montser to spend the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 4,450m/14,599ft
Trek Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Day 12Sightseeing of Garuda Valley, then transfer to Darchen

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. Overnight in Darchen.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 4,560m/14,956ft
Trek Duration: 3 – 4 hours

Day 13First day of Kora: hiking to Dira Puk Monasterys

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 Shershong. We further cross a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa which is 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. Overnight in Dirapuk.

 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 5120m/16,792ft
Trek Duration: 5 – 6 hours

Day 14Second day of Kora: hike to Dzutul-puk

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15Third day of Kora: hiking to Darchen 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 Mansarovar Lake. The lake holds religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. As per Hindu theology, Lake Mansarovar 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 Mansarovar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16Tour of the Mansarovar Lake

Today, we circumambulate the beautiful Mansarovar 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 Mansarovar by Jeep, and if time permits, we visit Chui Gompa, another attraction of Manasrovar. Overnight in Mansarovar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17Mansarovar to Saga

Today, we have to accomplish a long drive from Mansarovar 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 Mansarovar 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 4,600m/15,088ft
Trek Duration: 8-9 hours

Day 18Saga to Shigatse

From Saga we travel to Shigatse via Latse. Our trail will be along the Tsangpo River in a region crisscrossed by the upper Brahmaputra and its tributaries. Upon reaching Shigatse, we freshen up and later visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery which was founded by Pachen Lama in 1447. Overnight in Shigatse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3,900m/12,795 ft
Trek Duration: 8-9 hours

Day 19Shigatse to Lhasa

After breakfast, we drive towards Lhasa. On the way, we visit Shalu Monastery. Founded in 1040, Shalu Monastery is known for its beautiful and ancient mural paintings. After the tour we continue to Lhasa. On the way, we come across the Karo La Pass (5,045m). Before reaching Lhasa, we also cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief halt to savor the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m). Overnight in Lhasa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 3,650m/11,972ft
Trek Duration: 4 – 5 hours

Day 20Fly Lhasa to Kathmandu; Kathmandu Sightseeing

After breakfast, we will fly to Kathmandu from Lhasa. Depending upon the arrival time, you will explore Kathmandu vising Pashupatinath temple, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and Swayambhunath Stupa, where you will enjoy the bird’s eye view of Kathmandu Valley and mountains. If time permits, you will also be taken to Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. Overnight in Katmanhdu.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 21Departure Day

The Kailash adventure in the Himalayas comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. A representative from Black Diamond Expedition will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Included

  • Hotel, arrival/departure transfer
  • All necessary permits and entry fees (including Tibet Travel permit)
  • Nepal trekking special permit
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Simikot and Lhasa to Kathmandu with airport departure taxes
  • Hilsa, Kailash, Garuda valley, Zhang-Mu transfer by non AC Land Cruiser (4WD Toyota)
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu by comfortable private vehicle
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- www.encounternepal.com or Hotel Norbu Linka- www.hotelnorbulinka.com) or similar 3-star hotel as per availibility.
  • 1 night acccommodation in Nepalgunj in best available hotel with breakfast
  • 5 nights accommodation in local teahouse or tent during trekking in Nepal with all meals
  • 8 nights accommodation in Tibet in best available guesthouses (no meals)
  • English speaking guide in Kathmandu, Nepal trekking and Tibet
  • Porter or Horse from Simikot to Hilsa and during Kora
  • T-Shirt, Sleeping bag , Down Jacket and Duffle Bag
  • All necessary paper-work
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Visa fee
  • All beverages, photography charges, web usage, and Telephone Calls
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation and porters
  • All meals in Tibet
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Horse rental while on Parikrama (approx Cost US $200) or personal porter
  • Emergency evacuation costs (cost for rental of Land Cruiser) (medical and rescue insurance is recommended). We advise you to purchase insurance with zero deductible.
  • Any additional meals in Kathmandu except mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for Staff and Driver

Accomodation

Throughout your trek of Mount Kailash via Simikot, we are committed to ensuring your stay is both comfortable and enjoyable. You will be accommodated in Kathmandu at Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar hotel. As your trek commences, your accommodation will be in basic hotels, or teahouses, each offering twin-sharing rooms with attached bathrooms and convenient hot shower amenities. It is available for an additional charge if you desire a single-supplement room. Booking a room in advance affords you better options to select the room or hotel that best suits your preferences.

Meals

During your Mount Kailash via Simikot Trek, Breakfast, Meals, and Dinner are included. At the Hotels where we spend an overnight during the tour, you will be served breakfast, dinner, and lunch. Both non-vegetarian and vegetarian options are offered while you are on the tour. Black Diamond will also arranged a special Welcome dinner for our guests, accompanied by captivating cultural performances, creating a memorable and delightful experience.

When to Travel?

The best season for the trek to Mount Kailash via Simikot trek is between April and May or September and October. It is the best time for outdoor activities such as trekking, and pilgrimage, and also to explore major destinations. Trekkers can also enjoy the festive vibe of the Tibetan Buddhist festival called Saga Dewa at this time.

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