Kailash Tour via Simikot

Trip Highlights

  1. UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  2. Sacred Mt. Kailash
  3. Sanctified Lake: Manosarovar
  4. Tibetan lifestyle and culture
  5. Lush Vegetation
Kailash Tour via Simikot
Photo Settlement at Old Tingri
Trip Duration: 19 days(s) / Trek Duration: 11 days(s)
Max Altitude: 5120m. (Dira Puk Monastery)
Trip Grade: 4
Lodging: Guest House, hotel, lodge and camping
Transportation: Flight / Private vehicle
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: April - October

Trip Overview

This magnificent trip starts with explore of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, Nepal. After the fully guided sightseeing of the Kathmandu we fly to Nepalgunj, western region of Nepal. Similarly, we explore the most isolated towns named Simikot. We pass through the old and antique pilgrimage trails and trade routes, walk across the Tibetan Border. In this amazing 19 days journey we explore the sacred Mt. Kailash and holy Lake Manosarovar. Kailash and Manosarovar are the holy places and are prosperous with the pristine beauty of the nature and have incomparable place in the hearts and soul of the pilgrims. Every year more than thousands people from the different corners of the world visit this place to purify their soul and to enjoy the pristine beauty of nature.

Outline

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Half Day sightseeing of Kathmandu and prepare for tomorrow trip.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj (1 hour)
Day 04: Trek to Dharapori (2,360m) via Simikot (2,985m)
Day 05: Trek to Salli Khola (2,700m), 6 hrs
Day 06:Trek to Muchu (3,120m), 6 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Sipsip (4300m), 7 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Hilsa (3,720m), 7 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Tritapuri (4,560m)
Day 10: Visit Garuda Valley and then move to Darchen (4,560m)
Day 11: First day of Parikarma: Trek to Dira Puk Monastery (5120m), 6 hrs
Day 12:  Second day of Parikarma: Hike to North Face of Kailash: 6-7 hrs.
Day 13:  Third day of Parikarma: Trek to Dzutul-puk (4790m), 18km, 7 hrs
Day 14:  Fourth day of Parikarma: Trek to Darchen (4,560m), 4 hours
Day 15:  Parikarma around the Manosarovar Lake by private vehicle
Day 16: Drive to Saga (4,600m)
Day 17: Drive to Zhangum (3,750m), 280km
Day 18:  Drive to Kathmandu
Day 19: Final Departure

Service includes

  • 5 night's accommodation in Nepal on BB basis.
  • Fully guided city tour.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guest House in Tibet full board basis.
  • All transfer in private vehicle.
  • Camping arrangement.
  • Travel Permit.
  • Yak & Yak men to transmit loads during Kailash Parikarma.
  • Tibet Visa Fees.

Service does not include

  • International flights ticket.
  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
  • Cost of personal nature like drinks, laundry bills, bar bills etc.
  • Extra cost arises due to unpredicted incidents like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
  • Tips for guides, drivers, cooks, porters, etc.
  • Personal gears.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu, you will meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal and transfer to the hotels.

Day 02: Half Day sightseeing of Kathmandu and prepare for tomorrow trip.
Today, after delicious breakfast you can explore the some of the World Heritages Sites in Kathmandu including Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and prepare for tomorrows trip at the remaining time. 

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj (1 hour)
After sightseeing of the Kathmandu valley we depart to Nepalgunj through Kathmandu airport (TIA). Nepalgunj is situated at the western part of Nepal and is a nearest town for the border of Nepal-India. It is the door to Simikot, Humla. It is one of the amazing towns with the hospitality and the vivid culture of Nepal. Upon arrival at Nepalgunj we explore the small and local Bazaar, zoo and stroll around the villages and settlements. We stay overnight at Nepalgunj.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapori (2,360m) via Simikot (2,985m)
Today we take the first flight to Simikot from Nepalgunj which is about 40 minutes. We can see the magnificent view of the snow covered mountains from the flight. Upon arrival at Simikot we can get the warm welcome of the local people and also can see the hospitality, culture of the people. The culture and traditions of the people here is same as the Tibetan people because of the propinquity. We have our lunch here and starts our trek. After couple of hours of ascends we descend to the village named Tuling. From this spot we head to Dharapani all the way through Karnali River. On the way we can see the small settlements of ethnic community of Nepal and thick forests. Overnight stay at Dharapani.

Day 05: Trek to Salli Khola (2,700m), 6 hrs
Today we trek on the flat routes until we reach at Kermi. After arriving there, we take the Humla Karnali basin. On the way we find the two hot springs nearer to Kermi, where we spend some time to relive our body from the pain. We penetrate through the large valley after we pass through the Kermi village. On the way we pass the Salli La Pass at an altitude of 2990 m and come down to Sailli Khola for overnight stay.

Day 06: Trek to Muchu (3,120m), 6 hrs
Today after warm breakfast we start our day and cross the suspension bridge of Salli Khola and hike thorough flat land to arrive Yalbang Village. Here, the Monks from the isolated Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery will welcome us. Similarly, we hike further beyond Karnali River. We can see the less vegetation when we ascend more. We cross the suspension bridge of the Karnali Bridge to reach Muchu where we will stay overnight.

Day 07: Trek to Sipsip (4300m), 7 hrs
At this point we pass through the check post to step downwards to Tumkot, from where we can see the stunning view of the Dhungkar Choezam Monastery at the crest of the hill. We have to trek through the altitude to reach at Yari, after we pass the Karnali River. At Yari, we go through the Police check point and reach at the unproductive land. On the way to Sipsip we can see the magnificent view of the Erega Mountain and the locality of Thado Dhunga (4043 m) and the base camp of Nara La Pass (4580 m). Overnight stay at Sipsip. 

Day 08: Trek to Hilsa (3,720m), 7 hrs
We start our day with the glimpse of the sun rays and after breakfast we climb to the Nara La Pass and see the picturesque view of the Tibetan highlands. While come down from there, we pass through the small settlements of Ranipauwa. After some hours of descend will leads us to the Humla Karnali River to Hilsa. Hilsa is a border area which lies at the Nepal side of the Nepal-Tibet (China) Border. And it is also the place for the devotees on their way to sacred Mt. Kailash by Heli. Overnight stay at Hilsa.

Day 09: Trek to Tritapuri (4,560m)
Today after breakfast we cross the Nepal-Tibet border and arrive at Taklakot, which is a trading city on the Tibetan side. After that we clear all the formalities in Taklakot customs departments. On the way to Tritapur, we can explore the archaic Purang Gompa and visit the distinctive Buddhist frescoes of IIX century. Overnight stay at Tritapuri.

Day 10: Visit Garuda Valley and then move to Darchen (4,560m)
Today after breakfast we have the sightseeing of the Garuda valley. It is located to the southern west region of the Mt. Kailash. Here you can see the adventurous caves and some of them are never travelled. This place is the basis of the antique palace of Shangshung, which is a premature Tibetan empire with stunning cities and caves in the valley. For the historical and archeological enthusiasts this valley is the center of attraction with the superb view of the scenery. We come back to Manosarovar and stay overnight at Darchen.

Day 11: First day of Parikarma: Trek to Dira Puk Monastery (5120m), 6 hrs
Today is the first day of Parikarma of sacred Mt. Kailash. The beginning day out of Darchen is about 6 hours of trek in a profound valley through the red rocks wall. We head across the flat terrain to Shershong and cross the bridge which leads us to Chukku Gompa which lies at the top of the hill and can be seen from the valley too. The path moves to Dirapuk from where we can see the magnificent glimpse of the northern face of sacred Mt. Kailash. Overnight stay at Dirapuk.

Day 12:  Second day of Parikarma: Hike to North Face of Kailash: 6-7 hrs.
Today is the second day of the Parikarma and we climb up to the northern afce of sacred mountain Kailash. Although the trekking is not the part of Parikarma however, it will be an life time experience to see the face of Mt. Kailash face to face.

Day 13:  Third day of Parikarma: Trek to Dzutul-puk (4790m), 18km, 7 hrs
Today is the third of the Parikarma and is strenuous day of our trip. We climb up to the Drolma La Pass (5750 m). The literal meaning of the Drolma La Pass is stunning and amazing and is rewarded with five different colors of prayer flags. From this pass, we move downwards to Dzutul-puk and after that we cross the little antique contemplative caves and implausible Thugje Zinbu which is also called the Lake of Compassion. Overnight stay at Dzutul-Puk.

Day14:  Fourth day of Parikarma: Trek to Darchen (4,560m), 4 hours and transmit to Manosarovar
Today we trek out of the valley to the Barka. After concluding the sanctified Parikarma of sacred Mt. Kailash at Darchen, from here we move to Manosarovar Lake via driving 2 hrs. The Manosarovar Lake has the consecrated insinuation for the Hindus and Buddhists. According to Hindu mythology, Manosarovar Lake is a personification of lucidity and those people who drink the water and take a dip on the water will cleanse all the sins and opens the door of the Kailash after their demise. Similarly, Buddhism also take this Lake as the renowned lake named as Anavatapta in sanskrik language where Queen Maya Devi, the mother of Gautam Buddha is assumed to have conjured up Buddha. Overnight stay at Manosarovar.

Day 15:  Parikarma around the Mansarovar Lake by private vehicle
We visit the crystal clear Manosarovar Lake which has a 90 km of circumference and is taken as one of the superior fresh water Lakes in the universe. According to belief, the Parikarma of Mt. Kailash is accomplished only with a dip on the lake or drinking the water of the lake. It is also assumed that, those who takes a dip on the sacred lake and drinks the water will cleanse all the sins. Also, we explore the Manosarovar Lake via driving and visit the Chuli Gompa. Overnight stay at Manosarovar.

Day 16: Drive to Saga (4,600m)
After breakfast we explore the Chuli Gompa and take a long but scenic drive to saga. On the way we can see the Hor Quo and Mayum La Pass at a height of 5200 m. Also, we can see the small villages like Paryang nad Zhongba. These tour envelopes 270 km from holy Manosarovar to Paryang. From Saga we come back to Kathmandu besides going to Lhasa. Overnight stay at Saga.

Day 17: Drive to Zhangum (3,750m), 280km
Today after the sunrise we start our journey and on the way we pass through the Yarlung Tsangpo / Brahmaputra River and reach to Nyalam. We cross the Paigu-Tso, a large Lake with gigantic mountain Shishapangma (8027 m) on its background. Similarly, we can also have the glimpse of the world lofty peak Mount Everest (8848 m) as we ascends the Lalung La Pass at 5124 m. After passing the Tong La Pass (5120 m) we eventually arrive at the Zhangum which is a border area. Overnight stay at Zhangum.

Day 18:  Drive to Kathmandu
Today, we move towards the check post of the border area and reach at Friendship Bridge. From this area we leave the vehicles of Tibetan side and walk around 20 minutes towards the border of Nepal. Similarly, from Kodari we move towards Kathmandu by driving 5 hours. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 19: Final Departure:
Finally our Kailash and Tibet trip concludes effectively. Today on the way to airport for final departure we will share our experiences and feelings about the long trip. We hope you enjoy the every moment of the trip with us. Final Good Bye and Hope to see you again for next trip!!

Trip FAQs

When is the best time to visit Tibet?
May to October is considered the best time to visit Tibet, especially the Everest base camp trip in Tibet.

What's the weather like in Tibet?
Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri – Nyalam have good weather throughout the year besides in peak winter as there is snowfall.
Mt.Everest Area: May to October is the best time as there is not snowfall and the temperature is comparatively warmer during this time of the year.
Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar: May to October is the best time as other time of the year the weather is Harsh most of the time with snow and rainfall. May to October also the weather can be bad sometimes but not bad enough that tours can’t be operated.
Eastern Tibet: Don't go to this area in July or August (the rainy season) because the rain could ruin the road, and make terrible landslides. In winter, the road could be frozen.
Northern Tibet: With the average altitude of 4,500m, this area offers very limited time for tourists. Summer (July to August) is the prime time to enjoy the great plain in northern Tibet.

What should I bring to travel in Tibet?
It pretty much depends on where in Tibet you are going.  If you are travelling in May –June casual thirsts and pants are enough with light jackets for the evening and the morning. If you are travelling to high altitudes or Everest region we recommend warm clothes and jackets.  Having sun glasses, sun blocking cream, moisture scream is a must to protect from the not so friendly environmental conditions of Tibet.

What is high season? What is the definition for high season, shoulder season and low season?
High season marks the most popular times of the year for travel in Tibet, due to the weather, holiday periods or other reasons. Therefore hotels, airlines and travel agencies are heavily booked, and prices are higher than at other times.
The seasons are usually defined as follows:
High season: July 1 to October 15.
Shoulder season: May 1 to June 30.
Low season: October 16 to April 30.
Travelers should also be aware that the peak holiday periods: first week in May, first week in October, and Chinese Spring Festival (often takes place in late January or early February) are particularly busy. Prices and bookings will be even higher than usual.

What currency do I have to use in Tibet?
Chinese Yuan or RMB is the currency in Tibet. Foreign currencies are not accepted in any place. You can exchange money in Nepal or at Banks and hotels in Tibet.

Are there ATM machines in Tibet?
Big cities in Tibet like Lhasa and Shigatse have ATM machines in major squares. Smaller towns and villages don’t have ATM so if you are travelling beyond Lhasa and Shigatse having cash is the best idea.

What credit cards are accepted in Tibet?
IN the big cities of Tibet all kinds of credit cards are accepted by some  hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. You can use Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's club, and the JCB card of Japan. Again if travelling to villages and remote areas having cash along with you is the best thing.

What documents do I need if I am planning to travel to Tibet?
You need to have a valid passport, a valid China visa and a Tibet travel permit (sometimes people call it Entry permit or TTB, or Tibet visa).

Do I need Visa for China?
All visitors traveling to mainland China, whether for business or pleasure, require a visa. No Visa is required prior to enter Hong Kong; a Visa will be issued upon arrival. If you travel beyond Hong Kong, even for a few hours, you will need a China visa to enter China.

What is Tibet Travel Permit?
Tibet travel permit is the official document issued by Chinese government to visit Tibet for foreigners.

Does the hotel room have access to internet?
Very few.

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