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Trip Introduction

Mt Kailash is 24-days trek via Simikot gives the adventurous traveller an opportunity to enjoy the Scenery beauty of both Nepalese and Tibetan landscapes. On this challenging Simikot Mt Kailash Trek which begins with a pleasant drive from Nepal to Tibet border, we make our way to Mt. Kailash, completing a six-day-long and strenuous walk from Simikot. The Mt Kailash six-days trek through Simikot is helpful in acclimatizing to the high mountainous region and minimizes the risk of high altitude sickness. This is why the Simikot trek is most widely used by tourists who plan on visiting the Mt. Kailash area.

The trek will also delight those who seek a taste of the spiritual side of Tibet and Nepal. After six days of walking, and one day of driving, we reach the foot of the mighty Mount Kailash! Here, we begin the Kailash Kora or Parikrama; a spiritual walk across a panorama of extraordinary scenery. This walk is a pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus who revere. A visit to Gyandrag Monastery can be arranged if you wish to make an additional one-night stay at Darchen.

In addition, the monastery is located about 5km from Darchen village and the journey takes about 3 hours. Past generations had built Gyandrag Monastery in the 12th century by Zhikon Kuyay Ganpa and offer a glimpse into more than 800 years of fascinating history.   Moreover, the accommodation is comfortable and you will benefit from an extra day at the current altitude and will help you acclimatize.

A visit to Mt. Kailash will be a highlight to anyone trips. Local People calls this mountain as  The “King of Holy Mountain.” Mt Kailash is also known as Mt Meru. This mountain is the centre of the Buddhist world where the founder of Buddhism, Sakyamuni, performed Buddhist rites. It is also known as the “Hall of Lord Shiva” in Hinduism.

This mountain is said to offers deep, spiritual peace that you may experience first-hand. Mt. Kailash’s peak is the highest snow-capped peak in the range and is 6714m above sea level. The meaning of the name, “Kailash”, is “precious snow mountain” or “saint” in the Tibetan language. The elevation of Mt. Kailash is 6,714 meters above sea level. They have placed the picture of Kailash together with the figure of Buddha on the Buddhist shrines of Tibet.

As it is a trip to a remote place you must be aware that if there is severe weather the itinerary might be subject to change and this is to guarantee your safety and that of the group and guide.

What's included

  • Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be Airport arrival and departure with Private tourist vehicle for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.

  • Sightseeing & Private transfers in Kathmandu

  • All guided sightseeing tour and entrance fee in Kathmandu.

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Camping accommodations during the trek.

  • Cooks, Camping equipments.

  • Experienced Guide.

  • Treks porters/helpers, Yaks on the Mt. Kailash Kora.

  • National Park fees

  • Tibet special permits, visa letters and entrance fees.

  • Transportation in Tibet by Toyota 4W Land cruiser.

  • Supporting truck for Luggage, food stuff and Nepali staff.

  • Full back up staff from Nepal (guide, cook and other supporting staffs from Nepal).

  • Upper Humla controlled region trekking permits.

  • Airport transfers with an escort And airport taxes.

  • Insurance for the guide and porters

  • Guesthouses in Purang, Darchen & Nyalam.

  • Flight Kathmandu / Nepalgunj / Simikot.

  • Private transports Kodari border to Kathmandu.

  • All government taxes.

  • Insurances for Nepali staffs

What's excluded

  • International flight & departure tax.

  • Tibet visa Euro 93 per person payable cash in Kathmandu on arrival.

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.

  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)

  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance, entry fees for sightseeing.

  • Flight excess luggage.

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!

  • Day 2

    Sightseeing in Kathmandu

    A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country. The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!

  • Day 3

    Kathmandu to Nepalgunj Flight - (150m)

    this late afternoon we take flight to nepalgunj about an hour. nepalgunj is far west crowded city. this city is close to india. there is a border between nepal and india, called rupadiya border. nepalgunj is too hot, this is why we manage late afternoon flight. transfer to hotel from nepalgunj airport about 4 to 7 kilometer. overnight hotel on full board.

  • Day 4

    flight to simikot (2910m) and trek to dharapuri - (2270m) 3 hrs trek

    an early morning we will take another domestic flight for simikot/humla. simikot is district head quarter of the humla. so, our guide will bring you airport for depart. flight duration will be about 50 minutes through stunning and an adventurous above high hills and sometime between hills. after get off from the aircraft, we move for something to eat to our pre campsite then continue head our destination dharapuri, shome where field of buck wheat, barley, wheat & potatoes. we ascend at first hour rocky trail hills of simikot & then steeply down through blue pine forest, as second hour but trail is wide. the last hour walking is almost flat & left down river is shouting you which called karnali river. it is only one that big river in nepal which following west to east and longest too. overnight camping on full board

  • Day 5

    trek to kermi - (2690m) 5 hrs trek

    after breakfast we start our trek for kermi. we walk today abuout four to five hour. normally, we make lunch camp at kermi. we suggest you to carry some dry food always with you & do not walk far from your group each other because on the way we meet sometime domestic animals which can push you into the karnali & it is cliffy trail. today we encounter with a beautiful waterfall & we do follow karnali river. it is really amazing scenery of the trip. and this day, could be strong sun so far. late afternoon visit hot spring, about 30 minutes above your camping ground. overnight camping on full board.

  • Day 6

    trek to albang monastery/school - (2890m) 6 hrs trek

    today, we fallow scenic trail along the peaches tress & big pine forest. and at first hour will be sunny, so protect it. we can see the api & saipal himal & beautiful valley as well if weather is permitted. we will have lunch in between around salle khola then after continue for today’s campsite. trail is wide & partly built off road but not completed and no worries that does not running any moters. before lunch place at the top where another trail goes to limi valley, just continue down from the top for albang monastery. overnight campsite o n full board.

  • Day 7

    Trek to tumkot khola - (3060m) 6 hrs trek

    This day, no more trees to protect the sun. be careful with crossing animals while encounter with them because trail is cliff & just down running karnali. we will across scenic villages as usual, village like anger, muchu. at muchu where available mostly phone services & a check post. muchu is one of the biggest villages of our trip trail. normally people reach to the campsite little early which allows washing dirty stuffs & taking bath into the river. local tea shops bring to you some chinese lhasa beer & coca-cola at campsite to sell it. overnight camping on full board.

  • Day 8

    Trek to thado dhunga - (3745m) 7/8 hrs trek

    immediately after leaving the camp ground & cross suspension bridge then steeply climb up hill about an hour. trail gradually ascends today and starts wind too. we will have hot lunch on the way & landscape seen barren and mount saipal too. we leave left hand side below a big yari village which picturesque village. this evening will be cold because we are camping just below of the nara la pass. overnight camping on full board. trek to nara la pass (4580m) and hilsa (3720m) 5hrs trek and drive to purang(3770m) today, we wake up earlier than previous day because better to cross the nara la pass before it gets wind. normally, camp to the top {pass} takes one & half hours to two hour then descend to hilsa border next three hours. just behind the pass from where we can see the land of tibet with barren valley. and the opposite side can be seen big hill where trail fallows for the limi valley. next side of the hilsa where our crew from tibet, waiting to us. before cross the border you need to provide some greetings & tipping to the crew who came from simikot with us.and then drive to purang about half an hour. do not take with you any books, papers, flags, pictures which against to china & never try to take pictures around the chinese officially side, specially military camp so on. overnight guest house.

  • Day 9

    Trek to Nara La pass (4580m) and Hilsa (3720m) 5hrs Trek and Purang(3770m)

    Today, we wake up earlier than previous day because better to cross the Nara La pass before it gets wind. Normally, camp to the top {pass} takes one & half hours to two hour then descend to Hilsa border next three hours. Just behind the pass from where we can see the land of Tibet with barren valley. And the opposite side can be seen big hill where trail fallows for the Limi valley. Next side of the Hilsa where our crew from Tibet, waiting to us. Before cross the border you need to provide some greetings & tipping to the crew who came from Simikot with us.And then drive to Purang about half an hour. Do not take with you any books, papers, flags, pictures which against to China & never try to take pictures around the Chinese officially side, specially military camp so on. Overnight Guest house.

  • Day 10

    Drive to Chiu Monastery and Manasarovar Lake (4550m)

    Today we drive for about 3 hours to the Toyo villages and, with views to the stunning Mt Kailash, we pass between the fearsome Rakshas Tal and sacred Lake Manasarovar. The two lakes are linked by a channel called Ganga-chu. On rare occasions, water flows through this channel from Lake Manasarovar to Rakshas Tal; this is said to angur well for the Tibetan people. The two bodies of water are associated with the conjoined sun and moon, a powerful symbol of Tantric Buddhism. Lake Manasarvoar is the highest freshwater lake in the world, it covers an area of 412 square kilometres and has a maximum depth of 70 metres. This stunning sacred lake sits in a basin between Mt Kailash and Gurla Mandata, it is a truly awesome location for our camp tonight. We base ourselves at the picturesque Chiu Monastery, on the northwestern shore of the lake, enjoying this fabulous location atop a craggy hill overlooking the turquoise Lake Manasarovar. There are hot-springs behind the monastery, it is respected as a holy and pure bathing place.

  • Day 11

    More Hot Springs, drive to Tarboche at Mt.Kailash (4750m)

    This morning we set off towards Mt Kailash for Tarboche, the base for the Saga Dawa festival tomorrow and the starting point of our kora around Mt Kailash. Tarboche is marked by a tall flagpole adorned with thousands of multi-colored prayer flags and kata scarves strung out in radiating lines from the pole.

  • Day 12

    Tarboche for Saga Dawa

    Today we have the chance to witness the Saga Dawa Festival, held once a year during the full moon (of the fourth lunar month) and the most important festival in western Tibet. In 2009 the Saga Dawa festival falls in June 6th. Tibetans from all over the country flock to Mt Kailash for the ritual raising of a prayer-flag pole, which foretells the fortunes of the country for the next year. Saga Dawa is a carnival of Tibetan music, chants and Tibetan products brought to sell, an event not to be missed.

  • Day 13

    Trek to Dirphuk Gompa (4890m)

    This morning we meet our team of yaks and Tibetan yak drivers who will escort us around the kora. From Tarboche, we walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. We follow the beautiful turquoise river which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th century monastery at Dira-puk. We camp tonight at Dirphuk Gompa.

  • Day 14

    Trek over Dolma La to Zutul Puk (4790m)

    We now leave the Lha Chu Valley and enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Dolma La (5630m) which is the highest point in our trek. It's a tough climb to the summit which is festooned with prayer flags but from there it is all downhill or flat to Zutul-puk, with views of one of the highest lakes in the world, the breathtaking Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion. Our trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-Puk which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves. These caves are popular for meditation, with Milarepa’s cave being one of them with Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints believed to be imprinted in its walls. We camp tonight at Zutul-Puk.

  • Day 15

    Drive from Darchen to Paryang (4750m)

    This morning we have an easy walk along some impressive gorges and around many mani stones and mani walls, with magnificent views of Mt Kailash along the way. We then enter the Bharka plain and it's about an hour's walk through this desert-like landscape to Darchen. Our kora is finished – we have erased our sins, endured cold nights and mornings, crossed one of the highest passes in the world and met countless fellow pilgrims along the way. So we bid the sacred lakes and holy mountain farewell as we head back east to Paryang. The scenery along this section is some of the most beautiful of the entire journey, with Tibetans, horses, yaks and sheep against the background of the Himalayas

  • Day 16

    Drive Paryang to Saga (4840m.)

    Our overland journey through central Tibet is a fascinating change to cover some serious ground and experience the vastness of the Tibetan landscape. Then continue driving to Saga passing through dusty town of Zhongba and a few smaller passes.

  • Day 17

    Drive from Saga to Paigutso (4850m.).

    Leaving Saga, you cross the Yarlung Tsangpo [Brahmaputra River] by ferry and continue our journey for 110km across the vast open plains. Stunning Himalayan views, particularly of Langtang, Shishapangma, Gaurisankhar, Everest accompany us as you head towards a huge lake, the Paigutso.

  • Day 18

    Drive from Paigutso to Nyalam (3800m.).

    After breakfast Drive from Paigutso to Nyalam (3800m.). Today you drive 180km south towards the Nepalese border, joining the Friendship Highway. You cross a high pass, the Lalung La [5200m], and come to the small town of Nyalam.

  • Day 19

    Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu.

    From Nyalam, you drive down to the border town of Zhangmu. From Zhangmu, it’s a short drive to the Friendship Bridge which spans the Bhote Kosi River and marks the Chinese - Nepalese border where you part with your Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari where you will be met by your Nepalese staff. After completing the re-entry formalities you continue the drive to Kathmandu which depending on road and weather conditions, should take about 5 to 6 hours.

  • Day 20

    Sightseeing in Kathmandu

    After completing border formalities, we enter Nepal and then drive back to Kathmandu. Here,Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting thelargest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and aplace which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture. A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.

  • Day 21

    Final Departure from Kathmandu

    This day will be your final stay in Nepal. And we will transfer you to the airport and you will be saying goodbye to Nepal.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal and Tibet  is our number one propriety.  All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns.  This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.

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Equipments

Equipment Check – List

 

What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about!  We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.

 

The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house  treks. Use this list as a guide line. The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow.

 

GENERAL CHECK – LIST

The following  basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should  always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment  to make your decision.

-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

-Fleece jacket or pullover.

-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)

-Waterproof  sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)

-Lightweight thermal gloves.

-Underwear (4)

-Shorts (2)

-Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .

-Light and expedition  weight thermal bottoms.

-Sun hat or Scarf.

-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.

-T- shirt (2)

-Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).

-Sunglasses with UV protection.

-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season

-Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.

-Small padlock  to lock trek bag.

-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)

-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.

-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)

-Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.

-water bottles.

-Tolietries.

-Small wash towel.

-Footwear appropraite to the trip.

-Waterproof  shell trousers / pants. (Preferably  berathable fabric)

 

TREKKING  CHECK LIST

In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:

-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel  outer.

-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).

-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.

-Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.

-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.

-Gaiters (optional).

-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)

 

MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST

In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending  on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:

-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.

-Mountaineering  Safety harness.

-Mountaineering  Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal  preference).

-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking  caravines.

-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).

-Prussik loops .

-Climbing helmet (optional).

-Jumer (Ascender & Descender).

-Pocket Knife.

-Head lamp.

-Mattress.

-Rope and Snow bars.

-Ice crew.

-High altimeter.

 

Most if not all of this equipment will be needed  for any  trip that  crosses steep, snow – covered  ground, or which includes sections  of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.

 

EQUIPMENT  RENTAL

In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use  again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper  than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.

-Sleeping bags.

-Down Jackets.

-All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)

-Ice hummer.

-Climbing Harness .

-2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.

-12 – point Crampons.

-Plastic Climbing boots.

-Helmet.

 

FIRST AID MEDICINE

-Bandage for Sprains.

-Plaster/ Band- aids.

-Iodine or Water filter(optional)

-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.

-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.

-Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

-Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.

-Oral rehydration salts.

-Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).

-Anti  – diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

-Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional).

-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.

-Diamox  (Altitude sickness – can be  bought in Kathmandu.

-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).

– For more details  please see our  staying healthy  topic.

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Simikot Mt Kailash Trek

Trip Duration

20 Days

Meal

Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Transportation

Flight and Ground transportation

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Mt. Kailash Region

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