Mount Kailash via Simikot Trek
Mt Kailash Trek via Simikot gives an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of both the Nepalese and Tibetan landscape. 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.
From Simikot, the journey follows to the Humla Karnali River and rise higher with changing landscapes, occasionally visiting the monasteries overlooking the village. 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.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and final preparation for trip
Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by flight
Day 04: Flight to Simikot and trek to Dharapori
Day 05: Trek to Salli Khola
Day 06: Trek to Muchu
Day 07: Trek to Sipsip
Day 08: Trek to Hilsa
Day 09: Cross the border, visiting of Purang and and transfer to Tritapuri
Day 10: Garuda Valley Sightseeing, Evening Transfer to Lake Mansarovar
Day 11: First day of kora: hiking to Dira Puk Monasterys
Day 12: Second day of kora: hiking to Zuthulphuk via Drolma-la pass
Day 13: Third day of kora: hiking to Darchen and transfer to Manasarovar
Day 14: Manasrovar full day. Kora around the lake by jeep.
Day 15: Transfer to Saga
Day 16: Transfer to Zangmu
Day 17: Cross the Border, Transfer to Kathmandu
Day 18: Departure
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu International Airport meet our Company representative and escort to the hotel. Remaining time is free for leisure. Late evening welcome dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and final preparation for trip
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Pashupatinath Temple- biggest and the most scared Hindu temple in Nepal dedicating to Lord Shiva and Budhanilkantha Temple – sleeping Vishnu situated in the lap of Shivapuri hill. Late afternoon group meeting with detail briefing about the trip and do final preparation- collect sleeping bags, Down jacket and duffle bag. Evening can do shopping for remaining and required items. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by flight
After short excursion within Kathmandu, we take an hour's flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj which is a border town near Nepal-India border is the gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town itself is an interesting place. There one can visit a Mini Zoo, local market, and nearby villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Flight to Simikot (2985m) and trek to Dharapori (2360m): 4-6 hrs
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take a flight to Simikot. Enjoying the fantastic scenery of vertical mountain cliffs during 40 minutes flight finally reaches Simikot. It is the headquarter of Humla District and Nepal’s most remote and majestic district. After customs and immigration formalities begins the trek. From Simikot, climb initially before descending towards the village of Tuling. Walking through beautiful forested ridges and villages along the Karnalil River reach Dharapori. Overnight at Dharapori.
Day 05: Trek to Salli Khola (2700m): 5- 6 hrs
Today we continue trekking towards Salli Khola. Our walk is relatively flat until Kermi. Then after, we follow the Humla Karnali basin. There are two hotsprings near Kermi. After bypassing the village at Kermi we enter into the widening valley which gives passage to thinning pines to walk. We cross the Salli La Pass (2990m, 9807ft) to descend to Salli Khola. Overnight at Salli Khola.
Day 06: Trek to Muchu (3120m): 5- 6 hrs
Today, we cross the suspension bridge at Salli Khola and walk along a relatively flat terrain to reach at Yalbang. At this site we will be welcomed by rare Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery found at such remoteness. And, we step into further higher above the Karnali River. The more we move upward the lesser vegetation we experience. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Karnali River we will be at Muchu. Overnight at Muchu.
Day 07: Trek to Sipsip (4300m): 6 - 7 hrs
At this juncture, we pass the Muchu Checkpoint to descend to Tumkot where we have the magnificent View of Dhungkar Choezam Monastery up the hill. Once we leave the Karnali River, we have to walk through higher altitude to be at Yari. At Yari we pass the police checkpost and further come across the increasingly barren landscapes. While heading towards Sip Sip, we Eenjoy the views of Erega mountain and vicinity of Thado Dhunga (4043m), the base camp for the Nara la pass (4580m). Overnight at Sipsip.
Day 08: Trek to Hilsa (3720m): 6 - 7 hrs
A steep ascent in the morning will take is to the top of the Nara Lagna pass (4580m). Our first amazing views of the Tibetan Plateau come into view as we climb down the pass. While descending from Nara Lagna pass onwards we reach at the Ranipauwa village. Our further steps descend to the Humla Karnali to Hilsa. Hilsa is the border town on the Nepal side of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border. Hilsa is also a dropping point for the pilgrims on way to Mt. Kailash on Helicopter. Overnight at Hilsa.
Day 09: Cross the border, visiting of Purang and and transfer to Tritapuri (4560m)
Crossing the Nepal-China (Tibet) border we will be at Taklakot of Tibet, a trading town on the Tibetan side of the border. After customs and immigration formalities, visit tremendous ancient Purang gompa and then drive for 130 km to Tritapuri. Overnight at Tritapuri.
Day 10: Garuda Valley Sightseeing, Evening Transfer to Lake Mansarovar (4560m)
Our arrival at the Garuda Valley or Kyunglung lies to the southwest of Mt Kailash, we endeavor to demystify the mysterious caves some of which have never been explored. The valley itself is the source of ancient Shangshung kingdom, and the ruined cave cities in the valley signify the remains of early Tibetan civilization. The valley will be full of intriguing for archeological and historical interests. With full of intriguing remnants into our memory, we retreat back to Manasarowar in the evening. Overnight in Manasarowar.
Day 11: First day of kora: hiking to Dira Puk Monasterys (5120m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hrs.
After breakfast, drive to Tarboche also known as Shershong, the trek starting point of Mount Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as the outer "Asthapath". The first day of our Kora is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trek today leads to few ups and downs till the Dirapuk (4860 m) from where the stunning view of the north face of Mt. Kailash can be seen. Overnight at Dirapuk.
Day 12: Second day of kora: hiking to Zuthulphuk (4760m) via Drolma-la pass (5,800m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs.
Today is hardest but holiest day of yatra of Kailash Mansarovar with Dolma-La Pass (5800 m) which is the highest point of the trek and lies between two sacred valleys- Yamasthal and Shiva-sthal. From Dolma-La gradual descent passing through holy Gauri Kund and Parvati-stal will leads to Zuthulphuk. In Zuthulphuk encounter with incredible Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion) Lake and few ancient meditative caves. Overnight at Dzutul-puk.
Day 13: Third day of kora: hiking to Darchen (4520m) 10 km, 3-4 hours and transfer to Manasarovar
Today is the last day of Kora and shortest one. After completing 10 km walk in 3-4 hours reach the trek ending point near Darchen. further drive for 2 hours to Lake Mansarovar. Explore around the Mansarovar. Overnight at Mansarowar.
Day 14: Manasrovar full day. Kora around the lake by jeep.
At Mansarovar, the highest fresh water lakes in the world having 90 km circumference we try to touch the first dew drop of nature at such height. The belief is that the Kora of Mount Kailash completes only with a holy dip in the Lake Manasarovar and a drink of its holy water purgates one from the sins committed during circle of hundred lives. We also try to be one with the belief of Kora and round around Mansarovar by Jeep. In case of favourable situation we do not miss to visit Chui Gompa, another attraction of Manasrovar. Overnight at Mansarowar.
Day 15: Transfer to Saga (4600m)
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 (5200 m). While Passing through we will have glimpses of untouched small towns like Zhongba and Paryang. This journey covers 270 km from Mansarowar to Paryang and 255 km from paryang to to Saga. Overnight at Saga.
Day 16: Transfer to Zangmu (3750m)
At our return we cross the Yarlung Tsangpo or Brahmaputra River and then drive to Nyalam. At the first pass we stumble upon Paigu-Tso, a huge lake with Mt. Shishapangma (8027m) in its background. Further, we do not miss the sight of Everest as the road climbs the Lalung La at 5124m. After crossing Tong La at 5120m, the next pass we finally reach border town Zangmu. Overnight at Zangmu.
Day 17: Cross the Border, Transfer to Kathmandu
We drive to the border check point to go through the custom formalities. After reaching Friendship Bridge, we will be leaving our Tibet side vehicles, and will walk for approximately 15 minutes towards Nepal. From Kodari, it takes another 4-5 hours drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 18: Departure
After breakfast, free till departure time. One can do some last minute shopping around or other personal activities etc. Our representative will then transfer you to the airport for onward journey.
Fixed Departure Date
June 11, 18
July 14, 21
Aug 13, 20
- 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 with airport departure taxes
- Tibet boarder (Zhang-Mu) to Kathmandu transportation by comfortable vehicle
- 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
- International airfare
- Visa fee
- All beverages, photography charges, web usage, and Telephone Calls
- Travel Insurance of Client
- 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
Briefing and orientation
There will be a briefing on the program in Kathmandu before depart to Yatra. We highly recommend participating in briefing session and orientation. It is very important and helpful for all to succeed the Yatra. Bring your passport, photos, and Money to exchange into Rupees and Yuen.
The weather in high land is unpredictable and the rules of Tibet are change often which may obstruct the trip and need to spend some days more. So it is wise and recommended to have at least 2-3 reserved days in hand.
In Kathmandu accommodation is in 3 star hotel in twin sharing basis with breakfast. While on Yatra, all accommodations are in basic lodges/guesthouses (with common bathrooms) as per availability. Otherwise accommodate in tent. Accommodation at Mansarovar and while on parikrama will be in tent. Shower houses are available in Saga and Darchen with extra cost.
In Kathmandu there are lots of choices for food. While on Yatra, vegetarian meals will be served three times per day. It is advisable to pack some snacks like cookies, chocolates, candy, dry sweets & fruits and some light can foods.
From Kathmandu to Kodari, a private minibus will be provided for the group. Border crossing from Kodari to Zhangmu (Tibet) will be on trucks, approximately a 30 minute ride. Throughout the journey in Tibet the Land Cruisers will be provided. For all luggages, camping equipment, and food supplies trucks will be provided in road and yaks & yak men will be provide during parikrama/cora/trek of Mt. Kailash.
During the tour there are many places where connectivity of communication equipments like telephones or mobiles is not available. Most of the lodges/guesthouses will have communication connections with the exception of power outage. The main and last place where one can make International calls is Darchan. Urgent messages from families should be communicated by contacting Black Diamond Expedition.
Temperature and Weather
Weather conditions from May through September in Tibet are generally dry and sunny, with more precipitation in July and August. Daytime temperatures can be as high as 22 °C with the average daily temperature of 10 °C. However, the sun is much more intense at higher altitudes making it feel much hotter. At this time of year there is also an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening. The temperature at night will drop as low as -10 °C to 0.5°C at altitudes of 5000 m, which is our highest camp during the Parikrama.
Before you travel to Tibet, it is recommended to obtain a health certificate from a reputed doctor which mentions that one is fit to travel to high altitudes. Also personal medication and a medical kit are important to be taken along. Some of the general items to be included in the kit would be painkillers, antiseptic, some bandages and antibiotics. Mentioned below are the few detailed things :
Sudafed (Congestion), Mucinex (productive cough), Delsym (dry cough), Nyquil, Tylenol ES, Advil, Imodium, Ciprofloxacin(Rx – Traveler’s diarrhea), Cough drops, Emergen-C, Saline, Visine Eye Drops, multivitamins, antibiotics, band aid, Neosporin, Vicks Vapor Rub, Muscle Relaxer Cream
Motion sickness and high altitude sickness medicine (Diamox is Highly Recommended and provided by Black Diamond Expedition. If you choose to bring your own, you may do so)
As Tibet is a place with high altitudes, travelers need to be in good shape and healthy. It is good to walk 45 minutes every day, combined with light jogging, stretching and/or regular exercise to get into the right shape. Yoga breathing exercises also help to promote lung expansion which will allow your body to acclimatize faster. Porters will be carrying the bulk of your equipment. However, it is recommended that you are fit enough to carry some of your own snacks, water, camera, light weight rain gear, etc.
We are traveling on highest plateau in the world and so Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the thing we should be aware of. This potentially fatal medical condition is caused by gaining altitude too fast. The higher we go, the lesser oxygen will be in the air. If the body is not given time to adjust, it can cause serious problems - even death. AMS is a very unpredictable and its effect vary from person to person some have strong effect and some have small, yet all of Black Diamond’s guides are very experienced with the symptoms and treatment of AMS. It is advisable to consult doctors who have heart, lungs or blood diseases before traveling.
Tips to prevent acute mountain sickness:
Drinking lots of water is must as it will avoid dehydration and protect one from harsh weather.
Eat light and healthy food with high carbohydrates content in it.
When very tired do not push yourself to climb further and take breaks in between journey.
Avoid alcohol and smoking
Lastly avoid getting cold before the travel begins and while you are on tour.
Tips for Kailash Trip:
Prior to Mount Kailash Parikarma:
Start taking DIAMOX at least 2 days before starting the journey - once every morning after the breakfast. It should be taken for 3-6 days. This is to minimize altitude sickness.
Drink at least 3 liters of mineral water per day.
Prefer pony ride during Parikrama.
Advise your requirements for Pony Hiring (available at an additional cost) to your tour guide at least a day before the beginning of Parikarma.
During Mount Kailash Parikarma:
Walk gradually, don't compete with any one
Try to remain calm and good with every member since people often lose temper because of altitude.
In case you feel any kind of breathlessness during parikarma, immediately inform our tour guide or sherpa staff & follow their advise.
On the second day of parikarma, you come across the maximum height at Dolmala Pass where Oxygen level is very low as such don't stop/wait there for more than 5 minutes.
During parikarma, you'll come across rivers and streams. Avoid drinking water from streams or rivers enroute.
As far as possible, try to walk. But, if you are riding a pony during parikarma, make sure that you hold it properly.
On the second day of parikarma, you will see several clothes lying on the rocks, please don't touch the same.
Guard yourself from slipping or falling to prevent fractures, sprains and muscle pulls.
Do not combine walking and sightseeing together. Inspect your track in front and trek slowly.
Travel in the group and do not leave any one behind unless escorted.
While on the Holy Mansarovar Lake:
Don't take a Holy dip in Holy Mansarovar Lake while it is windy.
Never take a dip in Rakshas Tal (Lake) as it’s not auspicious.
If you face altitude sickness, do not proceed for parikarma because once you leave Mansarovar or Darchen and wish to come back from Parikarma due to any reason, there are no facilities available like stretcher etc. Even for Helicopter evacuation, it may take minimum 10 hrs to a couple of days depending upon weather conditions.
Don't forget to collect some stones from The Holy Lake as each stone is treated as "Shivlinga".
Pack clothing for both extremes of climate and temperature. While driving to Mt. Kailash, it will be warm inside the vehicle and light clothing will be required. However, as soon as you step out of the vehicle warm clothing will be required to keep off the cold wind of the Tibetan Plateau. Evening will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required. List of items to bring is provided.
We recommend that you insure yourself against sickness, emergency rescue, accident hospitalization, trip cancellation etc. as we accept no responsibility for damages or expenses which may arise from mishaps to persons or their belongings during this trip.
All arrangements within Tibet are solely at the discretion of the China Tibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB), a Government Organization. We have no control over the quality of the vehicles or the facilities. Black Diamond Expedition reserves the right to change itineraries without advance notice depending on the weather and road conditions. The China Tibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB) reserves the right to change itineraries without advance notice depending upon various diseases characterized by a high fever or any other strike in China and Nepal.
Valuable goods taken for personal use (radio & video cameras etc) should be declared at the Customs office by completing a customs declaration form and brought back on your return journey. Antiques must be properly certified, otherwise they may be confiscated. Do not take any photography of Chinese Officials.
Chinese Yuan is most common currency used in Tibet; however US dollars and major foreign currencies are also widely accepted by various shops and hotels. However we recommend getting your international currency exchanged into Chinese currency to avail best deals and have a convenient travel, Bank of China can help you in this. Credit cards are not accepted while on Yatra but they are very useful while in Kathmandu. While in Kathmandu, international currency can be exchanged in the hotel front desk, banks or authorized money exchange.
Visa and documentation
Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport. All Participants must be in possession of their passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Black Diamond Expedition will obtain each participant’s VISA for Tibet.
Our highly experienced Sherpa staff will be responsibility for all camping & cooking arrangements. A local English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the tour in Tibet.
Photography is very interesting in Tibet as one has some beautiful natural beauty to capture. One should take some precautions while photography in Tibet. Do not take pictures or video of anyone without their permission as this may offend them. Photography during prayers are taking place should be avoided, especially with cameras that have flash. In Monasteries there might be a nominal fee charged for taking photographs, so please check with the people around and then shoot. Taking photos or videos at any Chinese Government area (Army camp, Chinese Govt. home etc) is prohibited.
One oxygen cylinder with will be provided in each vehicle and during the parikrama. Please note that Oxygen is to be used only in case of emergency.
Pack all items in extra large clear zip bags for easier access. Pack all items in one suitcase as per airline size. We will provide a Large Duffle bag for your Journey and leave behind your Suitcase at the hotel in Kathmandu. During parikrama/kora one duffel bag will be allowed for 2 people.
Items to Bring
5 pairs of pants (1 Cargo, 2 jogging or Yoga, 1 windproof- waterproof - breathable, 1 Ski Pants)
4 long sleeves Shirts (2 cotton or wool, 2 fleece or hoodies)
4 pairs of short sleeves (tees or polos)
Two Towels (light weight)
4 pairs of cotton and 4 pairs of woolen Extra Thick socks
One Warm Scarf, One Shawl, Small Bed Sheet, and a PillowCase
3 pairs of warm hand gloves (1 ski gloves, 2 fleece or soft)
One pair of Sneakers or Tennis Shoes AND One Pair of sandal with back strap
One pair of Gore-Tex, waterproof Hiking Boots (should be 1 ½ size bigger than your foot measure)
10 Under garments, 5 Large ziplock bags, and 5 large garbage bags, 10 plastic grocery bags
Two winter hats with ear covers and one Ball Cap
One Wind breaker jacket with a hood( water proof)
One oversized heavy duty Rain coat AND One oversized heavy duty Poncho
Two Thermals (two legging and two top) (microfiber thermals are great and comes in black)
One set of warm Pajamas for night sleep
2 Combination Locks for your luggage’s
Down jacket (provided -May choose to bring your own)
Small Back Pack (Day Pack) (Water proof or with rain cover)
Video and Digital Camera with extra batteries (bring Asia plug adaptor for plug ins)
Headlamp or small Flash light with extra batteries
UV protective Sunglasses with retainer (Thread/chain)
Slim Thermos for hot water and a plastic durable water bottle (small)
Camal-Bak (small one or 2 liter) for drinking water during Parikrama (optional)
2 Trekking Poles to be used during Parikrama (optional)
2 copies of Passport Photos
Travel size Sun block, Tooth paste and brush, Travel Size Soap, Travel Size Lotion, Travel size tissue packs (10 per person), Wide tooth comb, Lip balm, Travel Size Shampoo, Hair Moisturizer or oil, hand sanitizer, and Deodorant
I-pod or Mp3 player (Option: I-pod Speakers and/or CD’s)
Note book journal and a pen, Your Favorite book to read, Swiss army Knife, Travel Sewing kit
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