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Kailash Tour via Simikot

Nepal

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Trip Introduction:

Kailash Tour via Simikot begins with visits to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. We then fly to Nepalgunj, a city in the western Terai plains of Nepal followed by a visit to one of the most remote towns of Nepal, Simikot. We travel along ancient pilgrimage routes and trade links, trekking across the border into Tibet. On our 20-day journey we also circumambulate the Kailash and tour Mansarovar Lake, both of which hold great natural, cultural and religious significance. Another important aspect of the trip is the opportunity to visit the Garuda valley, a place believed to be the cradle of the Tibetan civilization during the ancient times when bon religion was practiced throughout Tibet, long before Buddhism was introduced.

Best Season:

Summer months between May to September is an ideal time to undertake this journey. The weather is pleasant with a moderate climate, with average temperature of around 0 to 20°C. Plus, summer is also perfect for all outdoor activities- temple visit, dip in holy waters and also for visiting nearby attractions.

Important Note :

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Arrival location:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure Location:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Included in your experience:

Pickups and drops from airport(s) and hotel(s)

Hotels in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. Teahouse during the trek

Breakfast in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj and all meals while trekking in Nepal (only)

One day sightseeing in Kathmandu by comfortable private vehicle

Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj to Simikot with airport departure taxes

Assistance in acquiring the Chinese visa

All necessary permit(s) and entry fees (including Tibet Travel Permit)

Tibet border (Zhang-Mu) to Kathmandu transportation by comfortable vehicle

Hilsa, Kailash, Garuda valley, Zhang-Mu transfer by Private vehicles (van or Hiace or bus)

English-speaking, trained and experienced guide(s)

Fees for porter or horse from Simikot to Hilsa and during Kora

T-Shirt, sleeping bag , down jacket and duffle bag

All applicable taxes and service charges

lake Mansorver Kora bus fee

All necessary paper work

Ground Transportation, Gift bag, Airport transfers, English Speaking Guide

Not included in your experience:

All international airfares

Chinese visa fee

Accommodation(s) outside the itinerary

Lunch and Dinner (including any meal except breakfast) in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj and all meals in Tibet

Travel and rescue insurance

Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation and porters

Horse rental while on Parikrama (approx Cost US $200) or personal porter (Approx Cost US $100)

Emergency evacuation costs (cost for renting a Land Cruiser) (medical and rescue insurance is recommended). We advise you to purchase insurance with a zero deductible.

Personal expenses, e.g. phone call, laundry, bar bills, photography charges, web usage, and telephone Calls

Tips for guides, drivers, cooks, porters, etc.

    None Available for this package
  • Day1 - 2
    Arrival in Kathmandu After arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Himalayan Glacier’s office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier where we get acquainted with the excellent Nepalese cuisine.
    Moonnlight Hotel
  • Day2 - 3
    Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Basantapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, Boudhanath Today we visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Basantapur Durbar Square has ancient palaces with rich art and architecture. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest places for Hindus. The ancient Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world and the Swayambhunath Stupa meaning "the self-existent" is popularly known among foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large monkey population residing in the area. Overnight in Kathmandu.
    Moonlight Hotel
  • Day3 - 4
    Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 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 in Nepalgunj.
    Hotel Siddhartha
  • Day4 - 5
    Fly to Simikot (2,985m/9,790ft) and trek to Dharapori (2,360m/7,740ft) 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 head quarter 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 in Dharapori.
    Teahouses
  • Day5 - 6
    Dharapori to Kermi (2,860m/9,383ft): 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 in Kermi.
    Teahouses
  • Day6 - 7
    Kermi to Yalbang (2,879m/9,445ft): 5 - 6 hours Today’ trek is a flat and steep ascent until reaching a small pass and crossing a suspension bridge over the Salli River. From here one can enjoy views of the beautiful pine trees and the mighty Karnali River. We will also visit the remote Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. Overnight in Yalbang.
    Teahouses
  • Day7 - 8
    Yalbang to Tumkot (3,073m/10,082ft): 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 in Tumkot.
    Teahouses
  • Day8 - 9
    Tumkot to Yari (3,663m/12,017ft): 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.
    Teahouses
  • Day9 - 10
    Yari to Hilsa (3,647m/11,965ft) 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 in Hilsa.
    Teahouses
  • Day10 - 11
    Hilsa to Purang (3,772m/12,375ft): 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 IIX century. Overnight in Purang.
    Teahouses
  • Day11 - 12
    Purang to Montser (4,450m/14,599ft) and sightseeing in Tirtapuri: 3 - 4 hours On our way to Montser we pass through Rakshas and Mansarover lakes. After reaching Montser 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.
    Teahouses
  • Day12 - 13
    Sightseeing of Garuda Valley, then transfer to Darchen (4,560m/14,956ft): 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 in Darchen.
    Teahouses
  • Day13 - 14
    First day of Kora: hiking to Dira Puk Monasterys (5120m/16,792ft), 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 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 in Dirapuk.
    Teahouses
  • Day14 - 15
    Second day of Kora: hike to Dzutul-puk (4790m/15,765ft): 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 in Dzutul-puk.
    Teahouses
  • Day15 - 16
    Third day of Kora: hiking to Darchen (4,560m/15,000ft): 14km, 3 - 4 hours 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 in Mansarovar.
    Teahouses
  • Day16 - 17
    Tour of the Mansarovar Lake Today, we circumambulate the beautiful Mansarovar Lake which has a circumference of 90 km making it one of the highest fresh water 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 Manasrovar. Overnight in Mansarovar.
    Teahouses
  • Day17 - 18
    Mansarovar to Saga (4,600m/15,088ft) 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 in Saga.
    Teahouses
  • Day18 - 19
    Saga to Zhangmu (3,750m/12,300ft) 325km, 4 – 5 hours 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 (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 Zangmu. Overnight in Zangmu.
    Teahouses
  • Day19 - 20
    Zhangmu to Kathmandu: 153km, 4 – 5 hours 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 around 15 minutes towards Nepal. From Kodari, it takes another 4-5 hours drive to reach Kathmandu. In the evening we celebrate the successful completion of our journey with a farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. Overnight in Kathmandu.
    Moonlight Hotel
  • Day20
    Final Departure The Kailash adventure in the Himalayas comes to an end today. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.
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