Best SeasonSpring | Autumn
Group Size2 Pax
Tour Hours3-8 Hours
Kailash Trekking via Simikot - Mt. Kailash is the center of the Cosmos and the ultimate pilgrims’ destinations of the Buddhist, Bonpo, Hindu and Jain. The atman attains an eternal repose just by a Darshan holy visit of this Sublime peak. An abode of God Demchhok (Lord Shiva), heaven of a very high order, an epitome of the spiritual site.
This snow sparkling dome and the Turquoise Lake has been a metaphor of Devine grace for every pilgrim. Every soul feels a primal craving for a glimpse of the far off mountain on the way to Manasarovar the Lake of pure consciousness. This enchanting lake of crystal, sacred water invites all for a holy dip. Listen to these snaps of stunning beauty. Kailash and Manasarovar are whispering a symphony; come hither... Come hither... and hark the total silence…… Discover the perennial peace enshrined in your being. Now throw away the mundane moorings of time and space. Dance with the Devine resonance of your innermost chords. A memorizing melody is haunting you. Surrender your fickle self to The Lord... The Destroyer… Let him rip off your head which is burdened with desires and attachments. Bow down to Kailash and Manasarovar… reincarnate you as a brand new Avatar. Join our Kailash Trekking via Simikot. Simikot, Humla district is not only geographical border with Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar but also cultural ties with it. The Buddhist people of upper Humla Limipa from Limi valley, Yultsodun, Tukchulung, Yultsoshi (Nyinba) and Tsangba where migrated to Nepal from west Tibet. Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar is their soul; Yab Yum universal unity father and mother. In every 12 years two times devote by Humli Buddhist to holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar in the year of horse and sheep. Circling horse year to Mt. Mount Kailash and Sheep year to Lake Manasarovar is multiple merit; with the visit without visiting Tirthapuri is incomplete journey in their faith. Thugo is the purest bathing center among four bathing gates in Manasarovar Lake. Gosul monastery is the head of the monastery among the seven monasteries around Manasarovar lake. From the Chiu monastery atop you can visible both Lakes Manasarovar and Rakshas Tal. Chiu water canal Ganga Chhu links water of Manasarovar and Rakshas Tal. In Darboche ground held biggest festival every year. That festival is known as Saka Dawa Duichhen on birth and parinirmana day of lord Buddha.
Kailash Trekking via Simikot is considered safest journey. Since you are starting your trek as low as 2900m from Simikot and crossing highest point Dolma La pass 5636m. Everyday you have plenty of time for acclimatization and during trek you are crossing moderate passes like Nara La 4500m if you pass through Limi valley than Nyalu La pass 4950m and on drive before Manasarovar Lake; Gurla Pass etc. During the trekking between Simikot to China border you will have experienced typical terraced alpine farmland, lower part Hindu culture and upper part Buddhist houses and costume. Kailash Trekking via Simikot ancient salt trade route (Lower route) i.e. Yalbang monastery and Nara La Pass route is almost all places motor able; and less interesting due to modernizing and lots of of motor road dust. Kailash Trekking via Simikot Upper Limi valley route is still something to see and feel. Join with us, we will guide you perfectly and show you every corners, Shambhala Holidays founder partner is from Simikot, Humla and migrated from Kailash region. Share your ideas with us. We make your Dream as your Desired!
Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
You will be greeted in Kathmandu International Airport by Shambhala Holidays representative. From the airport you will be escorted to your Hotel. In the evening welcome dinner and discussion about Mount Kailash Tour. Overnight at Hotel
As you will spend the day in Kathmandu be ready for heritage galore. Kathmandu which once used to house three ancient kingdoms is rich in its cultural heritage. You will have plenty to see of the Newari arts and culture. Sightseeing for the day includes both heritage and pilgrimage spots all of which are counted in UNESCO world heritage sites.
Swaymbhunath is a popular ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site, also known as the Monkey temple. Its structure is a white dome with a gold conical shape on top, which is painted with the watchful eyes of Buddha. A mythological story about origin of Swayambhu states that a lotus that radiated dazzling light sprung at the very spot where the dome is today. The lotus is said to have been planted by Buddha. After climbing 365 stairs that lead to the temple you can explore many legends and mythological stories about its existence.
Pashupatinath Temple is the most popular pilgrimage site of the Hindus. The main temple is that of Lord Shiva. Though the temple is barred to non-Hindus a good view of the famous pagoda style structure of the temple complex, courtyard and the other shrines can be viewed from the opposite bank of Bagmati River. Shiva’s manifestation as Pashupati lord of animal, is considered one of the holiest sites of the Hindus and is a must visit once in a lifetime to gain salvation. You can also see the Hindus cremation site Aryaghat at the bank of Bagmati River.
Bouddhanath is the largest and the most important holy place for the Buddhists. It is also famous for its power to fulfill wishes and blessings. The base of the stupa is a square shaped terraced plinth representing joy, love, compassion and calmness. The white dome shaped structure on top is painted with yellow to represent lotus. Above which a square tower representing fire is painted with eyes of Buddha. On top of it is the gold conical shaped structure representing air followed by an umbrella on topmost part symbolizing space.
Kathmandu sightseeing and prepare for Kailash Trekking via Simikot
Kathmandu (Hanuman Dhoka) Durbar Square is a public square containing ancient palaces, temples, statues and streets. There is an ancient pavilion, Kasthmandap, made by wood gathered from a divine tree, Kalpa Vriksha, build centuries ago. It is this pavilion from which the city got its name Kathmandu. Taleju temple is the oldest and the tallest building in the area, door of which is opened only once in a year during the festival of Dashain. The buildings in the durbar square are important link to the history of Nepal. Hanuman Dhoka is the name given after idol of Hindu monkey god Hanuman which is placed near the entrance of the ancient palace.
At Kathmandu you will get to marvel the traditional art and crafts of the Newars, in the form of intricate wood work, sculptors and architecture.
Afternoon drive to airport and fly to Nepalgunj. Overnight Hotel
Fly to Simikot 2900m and Trek to Dharapori 2580m
Today early morning after breakfast we fly to Simikot that will take 45 minutes. We have free time till lunch and explore around local market. After lunch climb up to Simikot hill about half 45 minutes. From the atop you will have beautiful view of Simikot valley and Karnali river. Than we trek descend down to Majgaun village about 1.5 hours. You need walking stick to support leg. Those poor knee people advisable to take two sticks. From Majgaun gentle walk to Dharapori river via Tuling village. Our camp is just before Dharapori village near to the river. Overnight at Camp
Trek Dharapori to Kermi 2700m
Today you trek is easy along the Karnali river to Kermi village. You cross Dharapori village further an hour walk you will reach to Chya Chhahara water fall. Chaya Chhahara water fall is only water fall in upper Humla. Trails follows huge stone carbs above Karnali river soon you will reach Danda Kermi, Gunsa camp. This is the camp site used by Humli salt trader sheep caravan. Further an hour trek to reach Kermi village seen up. Our camp site is just below the Kermi village. Afternoon if you like to visit hot spring right-side above village is possible. Generally, that is no good idea to take bath if you are climbing higher places. It is high chances to get cold/flue sickness. Overnight at Camp
Trek Kermi to Singjungma 3685m
Your trek route straight to above Salli Lagna. From there slowly climb up toward Singjungma. The trail mostly inside thick pine and juniper Jungle. Cross wooden bridge in Salli khola and climb gradually up rocky zigzag galley, enter to birch jungle. Birch tree is the line of alpine and tropical greenery. Your camp will be between two sky caper huge rocks just bank of Salli Khola. Overnight at Camp
Trek Singjungma to Daramsala 4150m
Today half day trek to Daramsala which is the base camp of Nyalu La pass 4950m. Your trek flows gradually up to Tsongsa valley. Tropical land is over and started arid barren land and on the top most corner is Daramsala just below the beautiful Seliman Lake. You will camp here and rest of the day is for acclimatization. Overnight at Camp
Trek Daramsala to Tagkarbu 4400m
Today after breakfast you will climb up toward Nyalu La pass 4950m is the highest pass in region. On the way you pass beautiful Seliman Lake. Further an hour climb you will reach atop of Nyalu la pass. From the pass you will see Mount Saipal highest Mountain in Humla afar in elephant back shape. One the clear day you can see Mount Kailash as nail size from Nyalu La pass. In early days Nyalu pass cut Limi valley for 3 months in winter reaching to other village due to heavy winter snow. But now is less snow and sometime it can cross in winter, that might be Global warming! Just walk down to Talung valley and further 45 minutes you will reach campsite Tagkarbu. Overnight at Camp
Trek Tagkarbu to Tashithang 3900m
Today easy walk to Tashithang via Tsomgo Lake, Gonbayok the ruins village, cross Takchi wooden bridge. Gonbayok was big and beautiful village with prosperity but how it comes to destruct? that was the example of bad will and desire! In the Nyinmapa order monks have right to keep wife and grow children and take daily activites like lay people does. A monk destruct whole village to save his family. Just few minutes walk you will reach Takchi bridge on Takchi river. From there separates two roads one is to Jang village and another is to grassingland Chhyakpalung and Lapchanup. Lapchanup is the borderland of Tibet and Limi. From lapchanup you can view easily Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Now there is motor able road and just hire a truck and can make driving excursion in one day from Takchi. You cross bridge and follows to Tashithang route. On the corner of Tashithang there small hot spring. Overnight at Camp
Trek Tashithang to Halji (Waltse) 3700m
Today easy walk to Halji village. After breakfast you trek via Jang village and Sunakhani check post. In Limi there is 3 villages among them one is Jang village. Every village have a monastery. Halji’s Rinchhenling monastery is the most important and biggest one. You will visit Jang village and Jang monastery. Than trek toward Sunakhani, sunakhani means goldmine. There might be gold found in early time, that is why Nepal Government placed police check post there than continuous trek to Halji. Overnight at Camp
Trek Halji (Waltse) to Tilchhu (Tiljyung) 4000m
Today easy and short walk. After breakfast you will visit Halji village and Rinchhenling monastery than trek to Tiljyung. After lunch excursion to Til village and monastery above campsite. Til is the last village of Limi valley. You have good experience to explore semi nomadic life style of Limipa. In Humla all upper parts are Buddhist followers people from Limi valley are Limipa, they are Digung Kagyu, Yultsodun community are Sakya, Tukchhulung community, Yultsoshi community and Tsangba are Nyingmapa. Overnight at Camp
Trek Tilchhu to Manepeme 3800m
After breakfast trek to Manepeme the Buddhist Mantra written on huge rock above campsite. OM MANE PADME HUM (manepeme). Today hard trek lots of up and down. Tiny trails with thick and thorny bushes and rocky galleys. One the way we visit ruins Tse Naga Dzong cave on huge rock clip. Overnight at Camp
Trek Manepeme to Hilsa and drive to Purang (Taklakot) 3700m
Today you will trek all the way rocky trail to Hilsa Nepal – China border and half an hour drive to Purang. In Hilsa border after clearance of Nepal immigration your Tibetan guide will receive you and and drive to Purang the fast growing city of borderland. Do not take Dalai Lama picture, free Tibet sticker and book about Dalai Lama. Chinese border Army confiscate and take to Jail for enquiry. Overnight at Hotel
Drive Purang (Taklakot) to Lake Manasarovar
Today after breakfast drive up to Manasarovar lake via Toyo village, Gurla pass, Raksh Tal and to Thugo monastery. Thugo monastery situated southern sore of Manasarovar lake, you will camp at Thugo.
Excursion Lake Manasarovar and drive to Darchen 4600m
Early morning you will have beautiful view of Mount Kailash backdrop with Lake Manasarovar golden shine of Sun over Mount Kailash. You can meditate in the morning, after breakfast soon earth heat by sun than start to holy bath. According to Hindu mythology Mansarovar was created by Brahma – the creator as a place of worship and rituals for his sons. It is said that whoever takes a plunge in the water will wash away all his sins. In Buddhism, Mansarovar represents the transcendent consciousness.
After the worship at the shoreline of the crystal clear blue lake you can visit some monasteries like Thugu, Gosul and Chiu that are located on the shores of the Lake. Nearby there is another lake called Rakshas Tal, according to Ramayana- Ravan had meditated to Lord Shiva here before going to fight Ram. You will journey closer to Mt. Kailash today as you drive towards Darchen. Overnight at Guesthouse
Drive to Yama Dwar Parikrama to Dira Phuk 4800m
Your parikrama starts from Darchen the base camp of Mt. Kailash if you like to make full Kora (circumambulation). Now days mostly drive to Darboche, Chhorten Kangnyi (Yama Dwar). The first leg of circulation will be on Van/bus it will cover the distance of about 8 km to Darboche. From Darboche you will begin the circumambulate Mt. Kailash ending the first day at Dira Phuk 4800m.
Today you will observe the south face of Mt. Kailash which represents fire in Hindu mythology. You will begin by entering Yama Dwar also known as gateway of death. En route you will pass through a monastery called Chukku Gompa. You will be covering the distance of 20 km to Dira Phuk in the duration of 5-6 hrs. The trail will gentle along the Lham Chu River, as you slowly approach Dira Phuk you will notice some buildings. You can rest for the day or visit the beautiful Dira Phuk monastery that translates to ‘Female Yak horn cave’ in local language and learn about its myth and folklore. Overnight at Guesthouse
Parikrama cross Dolma La Pass 5636m to Zuthul Phuk 4700m
Today early morning breakfast and Your parikrama starts at 0700 AM. You will climb steeper and strenuous as you will cross Dolma La Pass (5636m). You will get the stunning view of North face of Mt. Kailash. You will cover the distance of 23 km in the duration of approximately 09-10 hours including the stops.
Just before you reach Dolma La Pass you will arrive at Shivastsal cemetery. This is where the pilgrims undergo symbolic death by leaving behind a part of them over here; you are reborn as you reach the top of Dolma La Pass. As you move pass the karma testing stones, you will arrive at Dilmala Rock. This rock is considered as Parbati wife of Lord Shiva in Hindu mythology whereas in Buddhism it is Tara goddess of mercy and the protector of the pass.
You will finally arrive at the top which is marked by thousands of prayer flags fluttering in the wind. As you descend you will arrive at Gauri Kunda – a frozen emerald green lake. According to Hindu mythology the elephant god of Hinduism – Lord Ganesh was given the Elephant head on this spot by Lord Shiva. As the trail gets dry and rocky you will arrive at a spot which has the foot print of Lord Buddha. You will descend down about an hour to Syabje Dadok and gentle walk to Zuthul Phuk 4700m. Just 20 minutes further Syabje is Khandro Shanglham adjoining from there you can see east face of Mount Kailash. Overnight at Guesthouse
Parikrama ends and drive to New Dongba 4450m
Today after breakfast you will visit Milarepa’s Magical Cave monastery Zuthul Phuk it contains the hand and foot prints of Milarepa. The final leg of the Parikrama is easy. The route is dotted with meadows and streams. You will be elated to find the vehicles waiting for you on the other side of the hill Takser Takmar. After a successful completion of the pilgrimage to Mount Kailash, you will drive to New Dongba crossing Tsomgo Lake and Mayum la pass 5200m and paryang village it will take 8-9 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse
Drive New Dongba to Kerung (Kyirong Kao) 2800m
Today after breakfast you will drive to Kyirong Kao via Garshok village, Saga Township, cross Brahmaputra river and Jerkhyung La pass 5300m. Overnight at Guesthouse
Drive Kerung (Kyirong) to Kathmandu
After breakfast you will head towards Tibet – Nepal border Rasuwaghadi. After custom clearance you will cross the friendship Bridge and drive to Kathmandu via Syabubensi, Dunche and Trisuli bazar. Overnight at Hotel
Day 21: Free day in Kathmandu
Drive to Gongkar and fly to Kathmandu. O/N Hotel
Today is the free day in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel
Transfer to Kathmandu airport and fly back to home
You will be free till airport transfer. We will drop you to airport 3 hours before your flight and farewell.
- All arrival and departure airport transport in Kathmandu
- Double sharing basis hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu
- Sightseeing Tours and all Monuments fee in Kathmandu
- Airfare Kathmandu to Nepalgunj USD 149 per person
- Hotel with meals in Nepalgunj
- Airfare Nepalgunj to Simikot USD 186 per person
- Simikot Trek permit fee USD 50 per week
- All camping and food during Trek
- Mules for luggage and kitchen staff
- Sharing basis Guesthouses / Hotels room in Kailash Manasarovar during Tour
- All freshly cooked veg. / non veg. food as per client’s requirement
- Experienced Sherpa, Mountain Chef and Tour manager
- Oxygen cylinder / Diamox medicine free (Portable Chamber alike Gamow Bag on extra charge)
- Tour by Deluxe Hundai Van / Mini Bus as per group size
- Tibet Alien Travel permit fee
- Shishapangma Conservation Fee
- Kailash Manasarovar Green Belt Fee
- Yak or Porter for luggage during the Kailash Parikrama / Kora
- Pick up to Timure / Rasuwaghadi by non AC Bus or Jeep as per group size
- Free Duffle bag and sleeping liner
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Chinese group visa fee USD 85 per person / American USD 190 / Canadian USD 155
- All beverages during Tour and in Kathmandu like beer, coke and mineral water.
- Domestic excess baggage charge
- Personal Travel insurance
- Tips for supporting staff
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