Simikot Kailash Trekking

Trip Overview

This tour suits for both the adventure seeker and religious tourists. Mt. Kailash holds great value to Hindu and Buddhist people. For Hindu people this is holy place, a pilgrim and other people who don’t belong to this religious group this place is a heaven. For thousands of years people have journeyed to this special place to pay their respect and to circumambulate and this process continues to the date. In the later centuries this place has changed its image from just a Hindu pilgrimage site to the most beautiful mountain region in world to visit. In this trek tour you will start trek from the Nepalese hilly side, enter to Tibet on our way and exit from the Zhangmu, a Tibetan town near the Tibet-Nepal border.



Trip Map

Simikot Kailash Trekking Map

Short itinerary

Day 01: You will fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 02: You will fly to Simikot from Nepalgunj ascending about 750m

Day 03: Kermi 2682m

Day 04: Yalbang Gompa 2950m

Day 5: Tumkot Khola 2800m

Day 06: Thado Dunga 3854m

Day 07: Hilsa 3720m

Day 08/09: Lake Manasarovar 4558m

Day 10: Darchen

Day 11: Dri Ra Phuk gompa 5010m

Day 12: Zutul Phuk gompa 4820m

Day 13: Tirthapuri

Day 14: Horchu 4550m

Day 15: Paryang 4050 m

Day 16: Saga 4600

Day 17: Nylam

Day 18: Zhangmu

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: You will fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
Nepalgunj is s town situated near the India-Nepal border and lies in the sub-tropical lowlands in Terai region.

Day 02: You will fly to Simikot from Nepalgunj ascending about 750m.
This flight will take about 50 minutes and offers extraordinary views to Nepalese Himalayas. This flight will offer a thrill of flight between tall hills and mountains, which you might not find easily in any other part of the world. The landing at the tiny mountain airstrip at Simikot is an unforgettable experience. Today we will go for the initial climbing of few hours through the villages of Tuling, following trial that passes through walnut and apricot trees to the village of Dharapari. We will call it a day and rest for the night here.

Day 03: Kermi 2682m.
We will follow the Hulma Karnali and trek through the rice and wheat fields to a point where the valley narrows and the river is choked with the huge mountain rocks. As per the legends these rocks represents the silver fishes that swam up from the Ganges and couldn’t make it any further. Rice is not grown above this point and we will be passing through small fields of buckwheat and open pine woodland.

Day 04: Yalbang Gompa 2950m.
We will pass our first pass i.e. the Soli La (2990m). Then we will descend to cross the suspension bridge built in 1995. We will then climb above the Humla karnale to the Gompa at Yalbang which is an excellent Campsite.

Day 5: Tumkot Khola 2800m.
We will go through the path built up with rocks and timber. Then we will cross the Humla Karnali River and climb steadily to Munchu which lies at the altitude of 2920m. After police check post, we will follow the trial that passes below Gompa and the stone houses of the village. We will then gently descent to the river bank where we will camp and call it a day.

Day 06: Thado Dunga 3854m.
Today crossing the Tumkot River, continue our trek through the juniper trees past Palbang and to the village of Yari where with a small shop and a school. We can rest there for a while and move on Dzungjen to Yari to camp for the night. We need to get acclimatized for the next day so we can climb up the ridges for an aid to acclimatization. From the top of the ridges we can view fantastic scenery of Sipal Himal.

Day 07: Hilsa 3720m.
We will climb from our campsite to Nara Lagna(4850m) for 3-4 hours.The summit is marked by two huge cairns draped with prayer flags. Below, we can look into Tibet where the arid hillsides are a stark contrast to the greenery of the Humla region we have recently trekked through. It’s a steep downward climb to Shar where our Land cruisers wait for us. En route we might come across the traders with lots of sheeps and goats carrying rice for the Tibetan side or salt for the Nepalese side.

Day 08/09: Lake Manasarovar 4558m.
We will have to climb a short distance to Sher, a Tibetan salt trading post. This a windswept place built by the government where passports and day sacks will be inspected. This is where we enter the Tibetan authority. Here we will meet out Tibetan guide and board our vehicles for two hours drive to Purang. Purang is also called TaklaKot and is situated at the height of 3930m above the sea level. This rough 2 hours drive will give you a general idea about what lies ahead. On the way we can visit Khojarnath where a large red Gompa is situated. We will continue our driving and call it a day and rest for the night when we reach Chiu Gompa.
The ninth day is a day we separate for the acclimatization of our body in the high altitude. During the day we can explore the meditation caves in this area or we can take a bathe in the holy water of Lake Manasarovar. Chiu Gompa is situated on rocky cliff and offer the view of Mount Kailash over the plains in distant.

Day 10: Darchen
Today we will drive for mere 1.5 to 2 hours to Darchen. Darchen is a cluster of buildings within walled compound that’s makes the pilgrim’s gateway to Mt. Kailash.

Day 11: Dri Ra Phuk gompa 5010m
Today we head north up the Lha Chu Valley and enter the \'Valley of the Gods\' through the \'two legged chorten\' known as Chorten Kangnyi. It’s a gentle hike on a well defined path at the right side of the river. On the way you can find many nomadic herders herding yak and sheep to the grazing areas west of mountains. Then we will cross the Lha Chu to camp below Dri Ra Phuk gompa at the height of 5010m. The view of Kailash’s north face is very impressive from the Gompa.

Day 12: Zutul Phuk gompa 4820m
Today we will begin our trekking with steep climb on a winding path over a moraine ridge to a level meadow area. Our route will take us to Shiwa Tsal cemetery where we can see that the Tibetans have left part of their clothing of drop of blood to respect the dead ones. From here is a steady climb to the Dolma La at the height of 5630m. Dolma La is marked by streamers of prayer flags and a huge Dolma stone that represents the goddess Dolma. Then the trial descends by the series of rocky switchebacks above the froxen lake of GouriKunda to reach the Valley of Zhong Chu. We will folloe the river and call it a day to camp in the area of Zutul Phunl Gompa at the height of 4820m. This hike will take around 7 hours of your time. What you will pass through and things you will come across in this tour will make it a truly memorable day.

Day 13: Tirthapuri
This is our final day on the Kora. Today we will take an easy three hours trek as we exit Zhong Chu valley through a narrow George reaching Darchen. From Darchen we will drive for three hours to reach Tirthapuri, which is one of the holiest places after Mt. Kailash and Lake Masasarovar, as its name suggests. Tirthapuri has a hot spring where you can enjoy the warmth of natural hot springs. These hot springs are believed to be sulphuric rich and said to cure various skin disease.

Day 14: Horchu 4550m.
Today we will drive from Tirthapuri to the northern tip of Lake Masasarovar, through the barren Tibetan plateau.

Day 15: Paryang 4050 m.
Today we will be driving through a rough road crossing few rivers on the way. On the way to Prayand sight of a wild antelope and kiang (the Tibetan wild ass) is common. This drive is rusty and bumpy but the sceneries are magnificent. You are suggested to take a stop now and then for photo shoot. Reaching Prayang we will call it a day and spend the night there.

Day 16: Saga 4600.
Today we will drive from Prayang to Saga. Saga is a typical Chinese and Tibetan town Saga and rest there for the day and night. Saga is getaway Western part of Tibet including Mt. Kailash. We will camp at saga and spend the night there.

Day 17: Nylam
Today we will join the friendship highway form saga to drive towards Nyalam. The road passes through a pass Lalung La from where a breathing view of Everest can be captured. After a whole day’s drive we will reach Nyalam in the evening to spend the night in s nice and cozy nyalam hotal.

Day 18: Zhangmu
Today after the morning breakfast you will drive from Nyalam to Zhangmu, through the winding downhill road offering you fantastic views of beautiful waterfalls. This drive will take around an hour. A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu will take you to the friendship bridge on the Bhotekoshi River, which separates Tibet from Nepal. You will drive through the lush greenery of Nepalese countryside for five hours to reach Kathmandu to enjoy its evening markets and bustling beauty. En route you can stop for quick fish snack at Chehere and Dolalghat.


Cost Includes:

  • Twin sharing basis hotel in Nepalgunj with meals.
  • Guide, cook, Sherpa, kitchen staff during the trek
  • Porters or Mules, all meals,
  • Camping & cooking equipment
  • Nepal restricted area trekking permit fee.
  • Hilsa to Sher porter charges.
  • Sightseeing by Japanese Land cruiser,
  • English speaking guide,
  • Overnight at Guest House/ Tented Camp on Full Board Basis
  • Monastery entrance fee,
  • Tibet alien travel permit,
  • TITT kits bag.
  • Yak, Yak men during trekking.
  • Airfare Kathmandu / Nepalgunj / Simikot USD 275 per person
  • All Service Charge and Government Taxes.

Cost Exclude:

  • Personal beverages.
  • Photography charges.
  • Insurance of any kind and Helicopter evacuation cost.
  • Domestic access baggage charges.
  • Hotel, Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.( all arrangement in Kathmandu)
  • Flight fare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Hiring porter or Horse.
  • Rescue and evacuation service.
  • Any additional cost due to Natural Calamity and Unforeseen Circumstances and etc.

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  • Grade: Moderate 
  • Best season: All Season
  • Per day walking: 6 hours in average
  • Type of trek: Hotel and Lodge
  • General Duration: 18 days

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