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Simikot Kailash Tour -Simikot valley, Holy Himalaya Kora

Simikot Kailash tour offers a distinctive style of trekking experience via Humla valley that leads us to Tibet’s most sacred Mount Kailash Region. The trek goes through the less trekked and remote western region of hidden valley following the Karnali River to the border with Tibet. Simikot Kailash tour starts from Simikot and follow a pleasant trail passing the beautiful valleys and villages exploring the unique and mysterious culture of Humleli people. The trek ends at Hilsa the boarder town of Nepal from where we begin our amazing overland journey to west along the mighty Zangpo River crossing the stunning high passes to reach Mount Kailash region

  • Simikot Kailash Tour
  • Simikot Kailash Tour

Mt. kailash is one of the holiest mountains in Asia, also known as the center of the universe for the four great and holy religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Bonpo and Jainism. Mount Kailash-the Holy Himalaya is completely symmetrical and according to the legend these faces are made of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli. Near the base of Mt. Kailash rises four of the most revered and pure rivers of Indian Sub continent such as Indus, Sutlej, Karnali and Brahmapurtra.    

Manasarovar lake, the pristine lake is also equally significant and renowned lake in Mt. Kailash region and it is believed that talking a holy bath in to the lake erases all the sins committed knowingly or unknowingly ever in the life time.

After exploring Lake Mansarovar, Simikot Kailash tour gets continue to Darchen, the 3 days Holy Kora/ Parikarma starting point. The Kora is a distance of 53 km and involves crossing an amazing pass known as Drolma la pass at 5600m. Spending the nights at simple mud houses or fixed tented camp we will complete the Kora giving you much enough time to acclimatize yourself as well as opportunity to visit significant monasteries. You will meet and share the trail with the large number of Indian pilgrims and Tibetan devotes of the trail. After completing the Kora we drive over the arid plateau of Tibet and cross the boarder and drive back to Kathmandu or if the boarder is closed we continue drive from Saga to Lhasa via Shigatse to catch our flight back to Kathmandu.

Simikot Kailash tour, a unique journey that gives us deep knowledge about the exclusive culture and lifestyle of locals, spiritual odyssey as well as memorable trekking experience from Simikot to Tibetan border.  

Trip Itinerary

Simikot Kailash Tour – short itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport

Day 02: Half day sightseeing of Kathmandu and trip preparation

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.

Day 04: Fly to Simikot and trek to Dharapori

Day 05: Trek from Dharapori to Kermi

Day 06: Trek from Kermi to Yalbang

Day 07: Trek from Yalbang to Tumkot

Day 08: Trek from Tumkot to Yari

Day 09: Trek from Yari to Hilsa

Day 10: Trek from Hilsa to Purang

Day 11: Drive from Purang to Montser and Sightseeing in Tirthapuri

Day 12: Explore of Garuda Valley and drive to Darchen

Day 13: Trek to Derapuk monastery

Day 14: Trek via Drolma-La pass 5944m then down to Zuthulpuk Monastery

Day 15: Last of Kora, Trek to Darchen and transfer to Manasarovar

Day 16: Drive from Mansarovar to Saga

Day 17: Drive from Saga to Zhangmu

Day 18: Return journey to Kathmandu

Day 19: Final Departure from Kathmandu.

Tour Cost: Please contact us and let us know the number of members in your group, the category of hotels you would like to stay with and any other special desires and requirements of yours. We will be glad to quote you the price as per your requirements.

ESTIMATE FOR ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES IN SIMIKOT KAILASH TOUR:

  • Horse for personal use on Kora days is approx USD 300 per person extra
  • Extra ride for day trip to Astapad USD 40 per person extra
  • Extra day in Kathmandu USD 45 to 50 per person with 2 meals and twin sharing room.
  • Muktinath trip USD 650 per person including two nights in Pokhara, one night Jomsom and round trip flight to and from Jomsom with meals and private transfers.

INSURANCE:

Alpine Eco Trek highly suggests you to apply for Medical Insurance, covering emergency evacuation and all medical expenses are must for Simikot Kailash Tour. So, please be insured prior to the holy journey to the Heavenly Abode of Lord Shiva.

MEALS DURING JOURNEY:

Meals during your stay in Kathmandu are provided in package at the same hotel where you stay. Meals during the journey will be all vegetarian. Alpine Eco Trek's staff will serve you hot and delicious meal at every day breakfast, lunch and dinner on the way from Simikot to Hilsa and in Kailash Tour. We will provide you packed lunch while doing trekking from Simikot to Hilsa and Kora around Mount Kailash. And, we also suggest you to bring some of your favorite dry foods, sweets and ginger and garlic Candies along the tour. 

TOUR LEADERS, GUIDES AND STAFF:

Since our establishment, Alpine Eco Trek and Expedition (P) Ltd is a pioneer operator of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar tours. We have dozens of regular and trained tour leaders, guides, cooks, drivers and supporting crew engaged for a professional and reliable service. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team and other first aid treatment trained crew will be there in your group to serve you and make your trip a memorable one for the rest of your life! 

TRANSPORTATION: 

We will provide transportation for Simikot Kailash Tour depending on group size like if there are below 5 we provide a Jeep, if 5 to 08 we provide a Van, if 08 to 16 we provide two vans, if above 16 up to 25 people we prove a deluxe bus.

ACCOMODATION (KATHMANDU-KAILASH TIBET):

During your stay in Kathmandu, we will provide you any kind of accommodation as per your needs. You can have a single, or double or family room in Kathmandu. We select the best categories of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in Kathmandu. But Simikot to Hisa tented accommodation and in Kailash region is will be very basic guest house accommodation.  Read more…

HEALTH PRE- CAUTION:

Normally, at higher altitude area in Tibet including Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarover, the amount of oxygen is less in the air. Certain illness such as loss of appetite, mild headache, nausea, tiredness, breathlessness, general uneasiness, high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia etc may be induced in the windy weather and high altitude area which generally is not encountered over the plains. This kind of symptoms can be seen in anyone irrespective of their age, sex and physical fitness read more ….

PACKING LIST OF SIMIKOT KAILASH TOUR:

  • Small bag pack for 3 days trekking/Parikarma/ Kora around Mount Kailash
  • Sufficient warm clothing including warm down jacket for Kailash tour.
  • essential medicines (for minor injuries / life saving kits)
  • Any regular medicines that you have been prescribed
  • Toiletries kit (shop, Shampoo, Toothpaste, tooth brush)
  • Water bottle /Thermos flask for hot water (2litters bottle)
  • Hiking shoes good for walking 3 days Kailash Kora/trekking
  • Woolen gloves, Woolen socks (minimum 4 pairs), hand clove
  • Wool / Thermo cot undergarments, wind and water proof jacket
  • T-Shirt, long shirt and pants which is easier to be while doing trekking 
  • Sunglasses, Sun lotion/cold cream, Torch light, rain coat
  • Umbrella, walking stick, Sandal for use evening & morning
  • Sweets, Zinger / garlic candies or dry fruits, lozenges, etc… Read More...

Detail Itinerary

Simikot Kailash Tour- Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International airport, one of us from Alpine Eco Trek will greets you and transfer to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. We will provide you with detail briefing about the trip and necessary stuffs that you will need during journey. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Half day sightseeing of Kathmandu and trip preparation. 
Our day begins with the half day sightseeing of the city. First, the breakfast will be provided in the hotel and then continue for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. You will visit some famous sites such as Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkanth Temple. These temples are most significant holy temples of Nepal in regards to Lord Shiva & Vishnu respectively. We will also visit some UNESCO World Heritage sites and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Afternoon return to your hotel for lunch and free time can be used for personal activities and other pre tour preparation. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.
After exploring Kathmandu and collecting the trip documents and visas from authority, we will fly to Nepalgunj by domestic regular plane. Upon arrival at Nepalgunj airport we will be transferred to our hotel and our tour leader will brief us about next day's activities. Rest of the time will be spent resting and relaxing. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Fly to Simikot and trek to Dharapori
After breakfast at Nepalgunj hotel, we pack everything and board on a 40-minute flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot and appreciate the beauty of the soaring mountain cliffs from the airplane. Simikot is the head quarter of the Humla District and is still untouched the rest of the country due to its remoteness. Here, we will enjoy the unique and Tibetan influenced culture of locals and their lifestyle.  Then we will have our lunch in Simikot and also register for the permit at the police office. From here, we ascend for a while, then descend towards the village of Tuling and continue walking through jungles and villages along the Karnali River towards Dharapori. Overnight in Dharapori. Overnight under tented camp.

Day 05: Trek from Dharapori to Kermi
After breakfast at camp, we pack and ready for today's pleasant walk which is mostly flat trails that begins with the trail alongside the Karnali River. Then we walk along the fields cultivated mainly with barley, buckwheat, rice and potatoes. On the way we can see two hot springs near Kermi where we may soothe our aching bodies. Here we can also visit ancient Buddhist monasteries close to Kermi, Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa. Overnight in Kermi. Overnight under tented camp.

Day 06: Trek from Kermi to Yalbang
After breakfast, we enjoy a flat trail for a while and steep climb until it reaches a small pass and crossing a suspension bridge over the Salli River. From here you can enjoy the views of the beautiful alpine trees and the mighty Karnali River valley. We will also visit the old and isolated Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. Overnight in Yalbang. Overnight under tented camp.

Day 07: Trek from Yalbang to Tumkot
After breakfast at camp, we start will walk on a trail today above the Karnali River and as we ascend further, the greenery begins to disappear and so do the smaller bushes. After reaching Tumkot, we will visit Dhungkar Choezom Monastery which is one of the most important Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region. Overnight in Tumkot under tented camp.

Day 08: Trek from Tumkot to Yari
After breakfast, we start today's trek which is comparatively easy trail above the Karnali River. After hiking a few miles we begin to notice the change in climate, vegetation and scene which becomes more barren, rocky and isolated. Overnight in Yari under tented camp.

Day 09: Trek from Yari to Hilsa
We then cross the first pass of the trek today, the Nara La pass (4,620m). The vegetation is miserable by now and the landscape is acquainted to that of Tibet. Upon crossing the pass, we will be received by excellent views of the beautiful Tibetan plateau and Yari Village. From here, it is a difficult 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 at guest house in Hilsa.

Day 10: Trek from Hilsa to Purang
After breakfast at Hilsa, we trek across the Friendship Bridge at Hilsa where the Tibetan authorities will check our permits, visa and passports. We also meet our Tibet guide over here.  After finishing official tasks we ascend from Hilsa to Purang and pass Rinzin Zangpo Gompa and Kangje Village along the way. In Purang, we visit the ancient Purang monastery and explore the unique Buddhist frescoes of 8th century. Overnight at guest house in Purang.

Day 11: Drive from Purang to Montser and Sightseeing in Tirthapuri
After breakfast, we begin our journey to Montser, on the way we pass through Rakshes Tal and Manasarovar Lake. After reaching Montser we take a rest for a while then visit Tirthapuri. Situated northwest of Mt. Kailash, the Tirthapuri Hot spring is closely associated with Padmasambhava (GURU Rinpoche). Pilgrims take a dip into the pools fed by the springs, visit the monastery containing the Guru's footprint and dig for healing stones along an hour pilgrimage route. After exploring this revered site we return back to Monter to spend the night at guest house.

Day 12: Explore of Garuda Valley and drive to Darchen
After breakfast, we will enjoy doing sightseeing of Garuda valley. It takes us about 2 hours to reach the Garuda valley that located to the southwest of Mt. Kailash. There are mysterious caves, some of which have never been explored. It says that this was the cradle of the Tibetan civilization during the time of the Shang Shung Kings, long time before Buddhism reached the roof of the world. If you are keen interested in the archeological and ancient sites, Garuda valley will be a right place to explore. After discovering the mysterious valley we drive to Darchen a small village, lies right in front of the holy Mount Kailash. Overnight at guest house

Day 13: Trek to Derapuk monastery
Today, we begin our Kora of Mount Kailash, the day starts with trekking from the Sershong and a steady walk with many other local pilgrims chanting and praying. We can see the Chuku Monastery up on the hillside from the valley. Then the trail leads to few ups and downs till we reach our camp at Derapuk where we will see many more Bon pilgrims circumambulating in the opposite direction (Anti clock-wise). Overnight at mud house or fixed tent accommodation.

Day 14: Trek via Drolma-La pass 5944m then down to Zuthulpuk Monastery
Today our trek leads to much higher altitude of the holy path just beneath the Mount Kailash. The hiking will bring us to one of the highest point at Drolma La Pass, and the pass is quickly descends to the gradual field towards Zuthulpuk monastery. In Tibetan it means magical cave. This small monastery is connected to an interesting story of talent competition between Great Yogi Milarepa (Buddhist) and Naropa (Bon). Rest of the night we will spend here. Overnight at mud house or fixed tent accommodation.  

Day 15: Last of Kora, Trek to Darchen and transfer to Manasarovar
After breakfast, we gradually wind out of the valley towards Barka plain. After completing the holy Kora of Mount Kailash at Darchen, we drive 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 at guest house in Manasarovar.

Day 16: Drive from Mansarovar to Saga
Today, we will accomplish a long drive from Mansarovar Lake 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 Dongba and Paryang. This journey covers 270 km from Mansarovar to Paryang and connects Saga, 255 km away from Paryang. From Saga instead of going towards Lhasa, we drive along a different route to Kathmandu. Overnight at guest house in Saga.

Day 17: Drive from Saga to Zhangmu
At our return journey, 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 (8,027m) at its background. We also get a glimpse of Mt. Everest as the road climbs the Lalung La Pass (5,124m). After crossing yet another pass, Tong La (5,120m), we finally reach the border town Zhangmu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18: Return journey to Kathmandu
After breakfast at hotel in Zhangmu, we drive to the border check point to go via the custom formalities. Reaching at Friendship Bridge, we will be saying good bye to our Tibetan guide and drivers and will walk for around 10 to 15 minutes towards Nepal.  From Kodari, the border town, it takes 5 hours drive to Kathmandu. In the evening, you are invited to celebrate the great and successful completion of our journey with a farewell dinner hosted by Alpine Eco Trek and Expedition. Overnight at hotel.

Day 19: Final Departure from Kathmandu
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport to board your flight back to home. This is an amazing way to end a life-changing journey. Come join us for this memorable trip.

Cost Includes/Excludes

Service includes:

01) All necessary airport arrival and departure, drop, pick up to Nepalgunj and Kodari transfers by a private coach.
02) Three night's accommodation in Kathmandu in 3/4 star standard hotel twin sharing room with full board meals.
03) Half day guided tour in Kathmandu as per mentioned in itinerary
04) Ten night's accommodations in Tibet on private room sharing basis using guesthouse / Hotel
05) One night accommodation in Nepalgunj with full board
06) Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and to Simikot regular flight fares
07) Six nights tent accommodation during Simikot trek with all kitchen logistics
08) Freshly cooked vegetarian meals 3 times a day.
09) Supporting Nepali crew including our own cooks.
10) Permits for Simikot, Manasarovar  Prikarma and Kailash Kora (round).
11) Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
12) Private transportation in an eight seated deluxe van for clients and small truck for staff and food during the trip.
13) Kailash Permit
14) Camping equipments for kitchen, Shower
15) Sleeping bag/ Down Jacket if needed on Returnable basis.
16) Alpine Eco Trek's Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments) & day carry hand bag
17) Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator from AET
18) ENOUGH Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
10) Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making round of Mt. Kailash.
20) Priest (Brahmin) for Homa. 
21) Manasarovar Parikarma by Vehicle. 

Service Exclude:

01) Personal Pony Charges (will cost US$ 300 to 400 per pony and helper for three days)
02) Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, extra drinks, laundry, yak etc.
03) Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc.
04) Tips to drivers, hotel staff.
05) Extra cost of transportation, Porterage etc involved due landslides, snowfall.
06) Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu than 3 nights/ any other place.

Why travel with us?

Why travel with us?

Our Goal
At Alpine Eco Trek our goal is to provide an affordable Himalayan travel experience for our clients that is second to none, an experience that reveals the full beauty and grandeur of this magical and holy land. Our trips provide time for both adventure and reflection while establishing genuine and caring connections with our clients with the aim of providing insights into the people and places that make the Himalayan region so fascinating.

Conservation and Cultural Awareness
The Himalayan region is especially fragile, not only in terms of flora and fauna, but also with respect to the cultural and religious beliefs and customs of its people. At Alpine Eco Trek we follow a “tread lightly, leave nothing behind” philosophy that seeks to respect and honor the region and its people.

Guidelines& Considerations
Here are some guidelines and considerations that we believe will help you to choose a qualified travel company. If you keep them in mind when reviewing the many travel options you have, we believe you will choose Alpine Eco Trek to lead your next Himalayan travel adventure.

01) Before booking a trip be confident that your trip provider respects the land and culture in which you will be traveling, and that guides, porters and other staff members receive fair pay and are provided with proper clothing and footwear, as well as nutritious food and accommodations.

02) Make sure your company is registered with the appropriate local travel and trekking associations, that they are a certified company professionally established and operating under the laws of the land(s) in which you will travel.

03) Ensure that the travel company you select is fully knowledgeable about local environmental issues, and that they are sensitive to and aware of all issues pertaining to the inhabitants of the region.

04) Make sure that the company you choose attends to the small but important details of toilet arrangements, cooking fuel and rubbish disposal, first aid and,

05) That they have the appropriate travel insurance and abide by the regulations regarding operation of a travel and trekking company.

You can be assured that Alpine Eco Trek follows all of these guidelines at all times.

FAQs

Mt. Kailash Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Question 01: Do I Need a Passport?
Yes, you will need a passport to travel Mt. kailash and Lake Manasarovar because Kailash is located in the Autonomous Region of Tibet, China.

Question 02: What about Chinese visa?
Please be informed that this is not regular Chinese visa which you would get on your passport is not valid at Tibet. Your travel permit and Visa for travelling to Kailash and Manasarovar is organized by our company with the help of our Lhasa partner. If you are Indian passport holder you need to provide us the original passport for visa application. Foreigners can send us their passport copies by email and we will apply their visa for Kailash here in Kathmandu with their passport copies. The visa charges differ depend on nationalities, contact us for more information on Visa and permits.

Question 03: How many days required for Mt. Kailash Tour Trek?
Answer: A journey to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar require 13 days by overland (Land cruiser or Van) and 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot Region. We are also organizing Lhasa Kailash Lhasa Tour.

Question 04: How we will be doing 13 days overland tour and how about 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot?
Answer: You will be doing 13 days Kailash tour by a deluxe Van or Land cruiser. From Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal- Tibet boarder) by a deluxe tourist coach, while in Tibet new model Land cruiser or a deluxe Van will be used. The route for the trip will be Kathmandu – Nyalam – Saga – New Dongba – Manasarovar – Darchen – Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk – Darchen – Paryang – Saga – Zhangmu – Kathmandu.

For 10 days tour by Helicopter:
Kathmandu - Nepalganj - Simikot - Hilsa (by helicopter) - Taklakot - Mansarovar - Darchen - Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk - Darchen - Mansarovar - Taklakot (by land cruiser or Van)- Hilsa - Simikot (by helicopter) - Nepalganj – Kathmandu (by regular plane or private coach).

Question 05: In how many days would I finish Mt. Kailash Kora and long it is?
Answer: The holy Kora around Mt. Kailash is approximately 53 km trek to be completed in 2 nights 3 days. Night camping will be in Dirapuk and Zuthul- Puk.

Question 06: When is the best time to Travel?
Answer: The best time to travel to Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar would be from the last week of April till end of October every year.

Question 07: What is Land cruiser?
Answer: Land Cruiser is the most comfortable vehicle in Tibet, a four wheel driven Japanese vehicle. We accommodate maximum 4 tourists in one land cruiser.

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Further Information:
Our website contains as much information as possible about Mount Kailash & Tibet Tours and Treks. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

Trip Facts

Trip Name: Simikot Kailash tour

Duration:  19 Days including KTM

Trip Code: AETKT-002

Activity:  Trekking and Overland drive.  

Group size: Min. 02 to Max. 15 people.  

Max-Altitude:   5638m/18,500ft

Country: Nepal - Tibet/China     

Transportation: Jeep, Van or Mini bus.                

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

Note: The best season to Travel Holy Mt. Kailash is from May to October; please try to travel always with a local and direct agent and small group – private departure dates available. All the travelers including Indian passport holders travelling to Mt. Kailash must be in possession of a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining.

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