Kailash and Lhasa Tour via Simikot

Duration: 21 Days

Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour is one another alternative route to Tibet whereby you make encircle starting your trip from the western part of the Country, Simikot, and the hidden valley of Humla district and then you end trekking at the northern part at Khasa, Nepal-Tibet border. While having this tour, you will have an exciting moment of spending time in the mythical Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Lake.

Mt. Kailash (6,714 m) is one of the highest mountains in Tibet which is shaped like a diamond and adored like a lotus. Mt. Kailash has its own geographical significance. First, it is a source of four major rivers—Karnali, Indus, Sutlej, and Brahmaputra. The second it is regarded to be the holy mountains, therefore, why various religious groups mainly Buddhists, Hindus, Jain, and Bon make it to Mt. Kailash primarily at Kailash Mansarovar lake in order to worship and flood their sins. The different religious group believes that peak is the abode of the god and the Kailash Mansarover lake as a sacred lake and if any of them take a bath in this lake, the water cleanses one's sins, therefore why thousands of pilgrims visit this lake for having a bath and clean their sins every year. Whereas the Lhasa is one of the ultimate destinations of travelers from across the world for exploring the ancient Buddhist art and architecture, unique Buddhist culture, lifestyles, beautifully built decorated house, unique landscapes and many more.

Having this tour, you will have an exciting night scene along the trail, pass through Dharapuri, Kerni, Yalbang Gumpa, Tumkot, Thado Dhuga and then you cross the Nara La pass (4450) m and trek down to Hilsa, Nepal-Tibet border and then have trek up to Sher and then Purang and subsequently drive up to Mansarovar Lake making an excursion around, you will visit to Darchen, Derapuk, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, similarly you will make a trip to Darchen, Paryang, Saga, Lhatse, Shigatse and finally get back to Lhasa, where you will visit the ancient monastery, historical and religious sites, explore around and finally you will fly back to Kathmandu or return back by road along the friendship highway via Khasa, Nepal-Tibet border and subsequently return back to Kathmandu by road.

Trip Highlights:

  • Kathmandu Valley Cultural  Tour
  • Enjoy 6 days nontourist area trekking
  • Exploring stunning Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar interesting trekking
  • Visit Potala palace explore main attraction of Lhasa
  • Adventure overland journey with stunning views and beautiful cultural experience of the high and dry plateau
  • Walking on the Dolma La Pass over 5,600m

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour and visa preparation
  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (9150m) : 1 hour
  • Day 04: Fly to Simikot (2985m) and trek to Dharapori (2360m) : 4- 6 hours
  • Day 05: Dharapori to Kermi (2860m) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 06: Kermi to Yalbang (2879m): 5 -6 hours
  • Day 07: Yalbang to Tumkot (3073m) : 5- 6 hours
  • Day 08: Tumkot to Yari (3663m) : 6 -7 hours
  • Day 09: Yari to Hilsa (3647m) via Nara La pass : 5 -6 hours
  • Day 10: Hilsa to Purang (3,772m) : 2-3 hours
  • Day 11: Purang to Montser (4,450m) and sightseeing in Tirtapuri : 3 -4 hours
  • Day 12: Sightseeing of Garuda Valley, then transfer to Darchen (4,560m) : 3 -4 hours
  • Day 13: First day of Kora: hiking to Dira Puk Monasterys (5120m) : 5 –6 hours
  • Day 14: Second day of Kora: hike to Dzutul-puk (4790m) : 18km, 6 -7 hours
  • Day 15: Third day of Kora: hiking to Darchen (4,560m) :14km, and transfer to Manasarovar
  • Day 16: Excursion to the Mansarovar Lake
  • Day 17: Mansarovar to Saga (4,600m): 495 km, 8 – 9 hours
  • Day 18: Saga to Shigatse (3,900m) : 445km, 8-9 hours
  • Day 19: Shigatse to Lhasa (3,650m): 265km, 4-5 hours
  • Day 20: Flight Lhasa- Kathmandu
  • Day 21: Transfer to airport for final departure
  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m)

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After resting for some time at your Hotel, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner.
    Overnight at hotel. Welcome Dinner Included

  • Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour and visa preparation

    Today, we go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. We start the program after breakfast, first visiting the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Though non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main premises of the temple we are allowed to visit the cremation site and surrounding areas. We then head to Boudhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in Asia due to the massive mandala that surrounds the main dome. The smell of Himalayan incense and locals doing kora(making clockwise rounds of the stupa) gives you a little insight into Buddhist culture. Our next stop is Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple, located on top of a hill. The stupa is similar to Boudhanath, but here the stupa is surrounded by many temples and shrines. Some of the temples date back to the medieval Lichchhavi period. Our final stop is Kathmandu Durbar square which is a fine example of Newari architecture. The premises of the Durbar square house many temples and royal palaces, however, most of the temples and buildings were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and are being renovated.
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast Included

  • Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (9150m) : 1 hour

    After our short excursion in Kathmandu, we take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market, mini-zoo and nearby villages.
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast Included

  • Day 04: Fly to Simikot (2985m) and trek to Dharapori (2360m) : 4- 6 hours

    We take a 40-minute flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot and admire the beauty of the soaring mountain cliffs from our airplane. Simikot, the headquarters of the Humla District, is cut off from the rest of the country due to its remoteness. While here, we learn about the local people and their rich culture, which is closely tied to the Tibetans because of the close proximity of the two places. We have lunch at Simikot and also register for the permit at the police office. From Simikot, we ascend for a while, then descend towards the village of Tuling. We continue walking through jungles and villages along the Karnali River towards Dharapori.
    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 05: Dharapori to Kermi (2860m) : 5-6 hours

    Our walk is on relatively flat trails beginning with the trail alongside the Karnali River. We walk along the fields cultivated mainly with barley, buckwheat, rice, and potatoes. There are two hot springs near Kermi where we may soothe our aching bodies. We can also visit ancient Buddhist monasteries close to Kermi --Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa.
    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 06: Kermi to Yalbang (2879m): 5 -6 hours

    Our trail goes flat and then takes a steep to ascend over a rocky ridge before descending down to the greyish blue water of the Humla Karnali. We cross another ridge to a sandy meadow where the camps are set by the goat herders by the side of the river. Passing the meadow, we reach a valley that down as we cross more ridges to reach the village of Yalbang On the way, we visit a remote monastery - Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery and walk ahead enjoy the views of pine trees and Karnali River. We will also visit the remote.
    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 07: Yalbang to Tumkot (3073m) : 5- 6 hours

    We walk on a trail above the Karnali River. As we ascend further, the greenery begins to vanish and so do the smaller bushes. They give way to pine trees and rocky hills. After reaching Tumkot, we visit Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, one of the most important Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region.
    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 08: Tumkot to Yari (3663m) : 6 -7 hours

    Today's trek is on a relatively easy trail above the Karnali River. After walking a few miles we begin to notice the change in climate, vegetation, and landscape which becomes more rocky and secluded. The trees that you see are not pine trees anymore. They are now short and low junipers. Overnight in Yari.
    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 09: Yari to Hilsa (3647m) via Nara La pass : 5 -6 hours

    We cross the first pass of the trek today, the Nara La pass (4,620m). The vegetation is bleak by now and the landscape is familiar to that of Tibet. After crossing the pass we will be greeted by excellent views of the beautiful Tibetan plateau and Yari Village. From here on, it is a shaky 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 tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 10: Hilsa to Purang (3,772m) : 2-3 hours

    We walk across the Friendship bridge at Hilsa where the Chinese officials will check our permits and passports. We also meet our Tibetan guide here. We ascend from Hilsa to Purang and pass Rinzin Zangpo Gompa and Kangje Village along the way. In Purang, we visit the ancient Purang Gompa and explore the unique Buddhist frescoes of the IIX century.
    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 11: Purang to Montser (4,450m) and sightseeing in Tirtapuri : 3 -4 hours

    On our way to Montser we pass through Rakshas and Mansarover lakes. After reaching Monster, we settle down for a while then visit Tirtapuri (4510m). Located northwest of Mount Kailash, the Tirthapuri Hot Springs are closely associated with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Pilgrims bathe in pools fed by the springs, visit the monastery containing the guru's footprint and dig for healing stones along a one-hour pilgrimage route. After touring Tirtapuri we return back to Montser to spend the night.
    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 12: Sightseeing of Garuda Valley, then transfer to Darchen (4,560m) : 3 -4 hours

    It takes us around 2 hours to reach the Garuda Valley that lies to the southwest of Mt. Kailash. It contains mysterious caves, some of which have never been explored. Many believe that this was the cradle of the Tibetan civilization during the time of the Shang Shung kings, long before Buddhism reached the roof of the world. For those interested in the archeological and historical sites, Garuda Valley will be a dream come true. After touring the amazing valley we move to Darchen, a small town situated right in front of the sacred Mount Kailash.
    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 13: First day of Kora: hiking to Dira Puk Monasterys (5120m) : 5 –6 hours

    Today, we begin our Kora of Mt. Kailash. The first day out of Darchen involves a six-hour hike in a deep valley through walls of red rock. We continue across the plain to Shershong. We further cross a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa which is high on the hill visible from the valley. The trail leads to Dirapuk from where we will have a stunning view of the north face of Mt. Kailash.
    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 14: Second day of Kora: hike to Dzutul-puk (4790m) : 18km, 6 -7 hours

    Today will be the most difficult section of our journey. We climb Drolma-la Pass at 5,750m/19,910ft. The pass whose name literally means the pass of Tara is beautiful and is filled with five-colored praying flags. From Drolma-la Pass, we descend to Dzutul-puk. At Dzutul-puk, we come across the incredible Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion) and a few ancient meditative caves.
    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 15: Third day of Kora: hiking to Darchen (4,560m) :14km, and transfer to Manasarovar

    We gradually wind out of the valley towards Barka plain. After completing the holy Kora of Mount Kailash at Darchen, we drive for 2 hours 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 tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 16: Excursion to the Mansarovar Lake

    Today, we circumambulate the beautiful Mansarovar Lake which has a circumference of 90 km making it one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. The belief is that the Kora of Mount Kailash is completed only with a holy dip in the lake and a drink of its holy water relieves one from the sins of a hundred lives. We circle round Mansarovar by Jeep, and if time permits, we visit Chui Gompa, another attraction of Manasarovar.
    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 17: Mansarovar to Saga (4,600m): 495 km, 8 – 9 hours

    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 (5,200m). While passing through, we will have glimpses of small towns like Zhongba and Paryang. This journey covers 270 km from Mansarovar to Paryang and adjoins Saga, 255 km away from Paryang. From Saga instead of going towards Lhasa, we drive along a different route to Kathmandu.
    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner included

  • Day 18: Saga to Shigatse (3,900m) : 445km, 8-9 hours

    From Saga, we travel to Shigatse via Latse. Our trail will be along the Tsangpo River in a region crisscrossed by the upper Brahmaputra and its tributaries. Upon reaching Shigatse, we freshen up and later visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery which was founded by Pachen Lama in 1447. Overnight in Shigatse.
    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast Included

  • Day 19: Shigatse to Lhasa (3,650m): 265km, 4-5 hours

    After breakfast, we drive towards Lhasa. On the way, we visit Shalu Monastery. Founded in 1040, Shalu Monastery is known for its beautiful and ancient mural paintings. After the tour, we continue to Lhasa. On the way, we come across the Karo La Pass (5,045m). Before reaching Lhasa, we also cross the Khamba La Pass (4,794m) with a brief halt to savor the beauty of the Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and the beautiful Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7,252m).
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast Included

  • Day 20: Flight Lhasa- Kathmandu

    Fly back to Kathmandu. Early morning drive to Gongaar airport for departure flight to Kathmandu or to your onward destination.
    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast Included

  • Day 21: Transfer to airport for final departure

    Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you will be a wonderful experience for our team. We will make sure to make you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
    Breakfast Included

Cost Includes

  • All Airport transfers to/from hotel
  • Stanard Hotels in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, and Tibet with breakfast 
  •  Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  •  Twin sharing tents and guest house accommodation during Simikot trek and Kailash tour.
  • Flight from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj -Simikot  including departure tax
  • Lhasa to Kathmandu flight in economic class
  • Breakfasts all along the tour, full board fresh cooked meals from the day (4th  to 17th)
  •  Ground transfer by private vehicles (van or Hiace or bus)
  • Lake Mansorver Kora bus fee
  •  All necessary permit(s), Monastery Entrance fees, Tibet Travel Permit and Mount Kailash Travel Permit.
  •  Camping gears for Kailash tour like two men tent/dining tent/kitchen tent/toilet tent & all kitchen gears.
  • Staff costs including their salary, Food, Accommodation, Transportation, Insurance, and Medicine.
  •  Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage while Kailash Parikrama
  •  Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Trip T-Shirt, sleeping bag, down jacket,  and duffle bag
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All applicable taxes and company service charges

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Chinese visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner (including any meal except breakfast) in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, and Tibet
  • personal expenses such as (cold drinks such as alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, phone call, laundry)
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • The extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation and porters
  • Horse rental while on Kora or personal porter
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Emergency evacuation costs (cost for renting a Land Cruiser and medical and rescue insurance is recommended).
  • Tips for guides, drivers, porters, etc.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Visa Information:
Flying out to Tibet requires a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit which can both be acquired in Kathmandu with the help of a travel company (Tibet via Nepal). A valid visa for China isn't the same as a Tibet Travel Permit. Those with a Chinese traveler visa will at present need to apply for a Tibet travel permit. The permit is still required for remote foreign travelers traveling to Tibet from territory China. To obtain the permit you have to book a guide for your whole trip and pre-organize private transport for trips outside Lhasa. The trip outside Lhasa likewise requires extra permits which are arranged by the travel agent you are going with.

Weather Information:

The weather in Tibet is similar to that of Mainland China, though with lower temperatures due to higher altitudes. Summers have warm days with strong sunshine and cool nights, but summer days can even be chilly at higher elevations. Winters are cold but there isn't all that much snow. Lhasa enjoys much sunshine even in winter. Most of Tibet experiences frost at least 6 months of the year. Some high lakes are frozen from October to March. The weather varies a lot from region to region. Lhasa is an ideal destination because it is in a valley area of lower elevation.

 Passport:

  • All who intend to enter Tibet must hold at least 6 months valid passport.
  • Passport - valid for 6 months
  • Chinese Visa — you can apply for one from a Chinese Embassy or through China Highlights (who entry from China)
  • Group Visa — whom entry from Nepal to Tibet after Tibet tour traveler can visit China mainland with a valid group visa.
  • Individual Visa will be cancel when we apply for group visa (if a visa is in the passport)
  • Tibet Entry Permit — it is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is an absolute necessity for outsiders entering Tibet.
  • A few people who wish to travel to specific areas in Tibet must also obtain
  • Travel Permit — it is required when you are planning to the movement to closed areas in Tibet. These are issued after you land in Tibet.
  • Military Permit — it is acquired to travel to some militarily sensitive regions.

   Safety Guidelines

  • We recommend you to go through our following safety guidelines and stay tuned with the latest happenings.
  • Have at least 2 copies of Tibet Permit.
  • Keep your belongings properly.
  • When you feel uncomfortable due to altitude change or have any troubles, report to train staff promptly.
  • Never rush to visit attractions shortly after you arrive in Lhasa.
  • Shop around but avoid undue bargaining with street vendors and never buy wildlife and unknown Tibetan herbal medicine and fake products.
  • Take your money and important belongings with you all the time.
  • Spend a few days in Lhasa for acclimation and always follow a gradual ascent when traveling to higher places to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Refrain from heavy drinking and smoking.
  • Respect the religion, customs and avoid taboos in Tibet.
  • Pay special attention to unique alpine climate (such as sunburn, dramatic temperature change, etc.)
  • Keep the necessary medicines at the consult of your doctor.
  • Never travel alone at night or venture into unknown places without informing your guide.
  • In most places, cash is only accepted. Do prepare enough and small change.
  • If an emergency arises, report it to your guide promptly.
  • Don’t carry any documents or papers related to Dalai Lama or feel Tibet.
  • We also recommend not carrying any guidebook to Tibet.
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Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-140
  • Trip Duration 21 Days
  • Destination Tibet
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate to Strenuous
  • Trip Style Hotel and Tented camp
  • Accomodation Hotels in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Tibet. guesthouse/Tents during the trek
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