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Mt. Kailash and Lhasa Tour via Simikot

Mt. Kailash and Lhasa Tour via Simikot

Overview

Trip Highlights;

  •  A less beaten ancient trek route that combines Nepal-Tibet with views of beautiful landscapes and high mountains.
  • A three-day trek around Mt. Kailash - Parikrama or Kora.
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and Lhasa.
  • Opportunity to learn about local culture, traditional lifestyles, and religious beliefs. 

Trip Introduction;
Mount Kailash is one of the sacred peaks of Asia which is located in the far west corner of Tibet. Mt. Kailash and Lhasa Tour via Simikot offers the adventure seeking travelers an ultimate adventure experience. The trek via Simikot reduces the chances of altitude sickness which is why this route is popular among the tourists planning to visit Mount Kailash and Lhasa. At Lhasa, we will have a two-day full sightseeing for exploring the culture and understanding their lifestyle. This trekking tour to Lhasa through Simikot is a great opportunity to learn about the local culture, unique traditional lifestyles in Nepal as well as in Tibet while gaining a lifetime experience by indulging in a holy trek around Mount Kailash.

Mt Kailash and Lhasa Tour via Simikot with Nepal Guide Treks starts at Kathmandu. After spending a full day sightseeing at Kathmandu valley, we take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. And another flight from there to the Simikot. From Simikot we trek for six days on a less beaten trail that connects to Tibet. This route is considered to be the shortest and practical for trekkers in terms of distance and acclimatization. Besides, the ancient trail offers magnificent views of landscapes, surrounding snow capped mountains and cultures of local people. After the trek we take a drive to Darchen - the foot of Mt Kailash, from there we continue on our journey with a three-day trek also known as Kora or Parikrama around Mount Kailash passing through Drolma La Pass at 5,630 meters. It is said and believed that the holy trek around Mount Kailash is incomplete without a bath in the sacred Manasarovar Lake. So, our journey heads passing through Manasarover Lake towards Lhasa. At Lhasa, we will enjoy a two-day full sightseeing tour. We will make visits to Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Jokhang Temple, Tibet Museum, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and shoppers' favorite - Barkhor Bazaar. Our memorable experience at Mt Kailash and Lhasa Tour via Simikot with Nepal Guide Treks ends with a sweeping flight from Lhasa back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj [45 min flight]
Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot [2980m/9774ft] & Trek to Dharapori [2400m/7872ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 05: Trek from Dharapori to Kermi [2860/9380ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 06: Trek from Kermi to Yalbung [2880m/9446ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 07: Trek from Yalbung to Tumkot [3100m/10168ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 08: Trek from Tumkot to Yari [3670m/12037ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Day 09: Trek from Yari to Hilsa [3690m/12103ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 10: Drive to Purang [3770m/12365ft] 
Day 11: Drive to Darchen [4560m/14956ft] 
Day 12: Trek from Darchen to Dira Phuk [4900m/16072ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] 
Day 13: Trek from Dira Phuk to Zutul Phuk [4750m/15580ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 14: Trek from Zutul Phuk to Darchen [4-5 hrs Trek]
Day 15: Drive to Manasarovar Lake [4560m/14956ft] & Explore Lake Manasarovar 
Day 16: Drive to Saga [4530m/14858ft]
Day 17: Drive to Shigaste [3900m/12792ft] 
Day 18: Drive to Gyantse [3950m/12956ft] [95 km - 2 hrs Drive]
Day 19: Drive from Gyantse to Lhasa [3650m/11972ft] [200 km - 4 hrs Drive]
Day 20: Sightseeing Tour at Lhasa [ Potala Palace & Norbulingka Palace ]
Day 21: Sightseeing Tour at Lhasa [Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Bazaar]
Day 22: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu 
Day 23: Leisure day at Kathmandu
Day 24: Transfer to International Airport for departure

Note: The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to Hotel.
Our representative from Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition will greet you at Tribhuwan International Airport on your arrival schedule. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. Our staff will help you until the check-in procedure ends at the Hotel. You can either have rest at the Hotel or visit NGT's office for gathering information about the trip. In the evening, please join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley
Today we will spend most of our day sightseeing around some of the world heritage sites of UNESCO inside Kathmandu Valley. 
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: BB Plan

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj [45 min flight]
Today we will take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is located in the southwestern part of the Terai region near to the border of India. In Nepalgunj, we will spend our day by paying a visit to the holy Bageshwari Temple and wandering around the busy streets of Nepalgunj Bazaar. Here we can see people from every corner of Nepal, including people from Tibet and India. They gather here for trade of goods and services.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot [2980m/9774ft] & Trek to Dharapori [2400m/7872ft] [4-5 hrs Trek]
We will take another flight early in the morning as we leave Nepalgunj and fly north-west towards the airstrip of Simikot - the starting point of our trek. Simikot is the main administrative center and headquarter of Humla District. After the permit checks and registration procedure is complete, we start our trek following the trail that climbs gradually towards the village of Tuling. From there we will trek through forested areas, villages and along the banks of Karnali river to reach Dharapori.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek from Dharapori to Kermi [2860/9380ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Dharapori our trek continues along the Humla Karnali river and through fields cultivated with rice and wheat. Soon we will arrive at a point where the valleys narrows as the river roars can be heard when the water flows hit the large boulders. Our trail from there is through the barley and buckwheat cultivated fields towards Kermi. At Kermi we can relax at the natural hot water springs. It is believed that the hot springs have potentials to heal body aches and pains. Overnight at Kermi.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 06: Trek from Kermi to Yalbung [2880m/9446ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave Kermi and follow the trail that climbs gradually towards a small pass. From there our trail descends for a while for the crossing of a suspension bridge over Saali river. Our trek goes along the beautiful pine forest and the Karnali river as we approach Yalbung for our overnight stay. We will pay a visit to Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery at Yalbung.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 07: Trek from Yalbung to Tumkot [3100m/10168ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
From Yalbung our trail ascends along the Karnali river. As we continue our ascend journey we will enter the alpine vegetation with small bushes at the both sides of our trial. We will follow the harsh rocky trail as we climb towards Muchu where there is a police checkpost. Our trek continues until we arrive at Tumkot for the overnight stay. One of the popular Sayka monastery - Dhungkar Choezom Monastery is situated here at Tumkot. So we will pay a visit to the monastery while we are here.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 08: Trek from Tumkot to Yari [3670m/12037ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Today we will leave Tumkot and follow a rather easy trail that goes along the Karnali river. Our trek is over the alpine vegetation with juniper bushes alongside the slightly rising trail. We will have great views of high alpine valleys and surrounding high mountains during our trek today. Our trek continues until we arrive at Yari for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 09: Trek from Yari to Hilsa [3690m/12103ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
After breakfast we leave our campsite at Yari and follow a rising trail towards Nara La Pass at 4,620 meters. The top of the pass is reached after three hours of uphill trekking. Our tiring climb to the top is rewarded with beautiful views of Tibetan plateaus. Yari village can be seen right below us. From the top we will descend all the way down to Hilsa. Hilsa is a border town near to Tibet, so we will experience Tibetan culture and lifestyle while we spend our overnight camping at Hilsa.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 10: Drive to Purang [3770m/12365ft] 
From Hilsa we will cross the ' Friendship Bridge ' and enter into Tibet's territory. We will have to pass through custom checks and immigration at the border. After the registration and permit checks we will take a rather short drive to Purang.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 11: Drive to Darchen [4560m/14956ft] 
After breakfast we will spend some time at Purang and get ready for a drive towards Darchen. During the pilgrimage season, this place will be filled with tents of pilgrims. Darchen is the base camp for the Holy Mount Kailash Parikrama. We will spend our overnight in the tented camp in Darchen.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 12: Trek from Darchen to Dira Phuk [4900m/16072ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] 
From Darchen we will take a short drive to Tarboche which is also known as ' Asthapath '. Our trek starts from there as we follow a beautiful trail that goes along the rocky paths with great views of Kailash Parbat (Mount Kailash) every now and then. After around six hours of trekking we will arrive at a good campsite near Dira Phuk for our overnight camping.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 13: Trek from Dira Phuk to Zutul Phuk [4750m/15580ft] [5-6 hrs Trek]
Today we start early as we have a long trekking day ahead of us. After breakfast we leave our campsite at Dira Phuk and follow a rising trail that heads for the crossing of Drolma La at 5,670 meters. Our tiring climb to the top of the pass is rewarded with great views of surrounding high peaks and beautiful valleys. From the top we will descend and pass through Gauri kunda before reaching Zutul Phuk. Zutul Phuk is widely known for its caves of Miracles. It is believed that the great ascetic Milarepa have performed miracles here. Overnight camping at Zutul Phuk.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 14: Trek from Zutul Phuk to Darchen [4-5 hrs Trek]
In the morning we will make short excursions around the caves and the historic sites of Zutul Phuk before trekking back towards Darchen. With amazing views of Mt Kailash we will arrive at Darchen where our trek ends. We will camp at Darchen for overnight stay.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 15: Drive to Manasarovar Lake [4560m/14956ft] & Explore Lake Manasarovar 
It is believed that the Kora or parikrama is only completed when taking a dip at lake Manasarovar after the trek. So, from Darchen we drive to lake Manasarovar for taking a dip in the holy lake. We will spend our day exploring around Lake Manasarovar and drive towards Chu Gompa for spending our overnight in the warm and cozy guest house.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 16: Drive to Saga [4530m/14858ft]
Today we will start early for a long and picturesque drive towards Saga. Our drive passes along several roadside villages and stunning views of snow capped mountains. After a long day's drive we will arrive at Saga for our overnight stay.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: All Meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 17: Drive to Shigaste [3900m/12792ft] 
Today we will continue our drive journey from Saga towards Shigatse - second biggest city of Tibet. During our drive journey we will visit Sakya Monastery which is one of the largest monasteries in Tibet. After a long day's drive we will arrive at Shigatse for overnight stay.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast Program.

Day 18: Drive to Gyantse [3950m/12956ft] [95 km - 2 hrs Drive]
After breakfast we will visit Tashilungpu Monastery - which is the official Panchen Lama's residence built around 1447 A.D. The monastery demonstrates strong uphold of both cultural and historical founded by Gendun Drup, the first Dalai Lama. After exploring around the monastery we will leave Shigatse and continue our drive journey towards Gyantse. It is a rather short drive, so we will have enough time to visit Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (fortress) which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. We will spend our overnight at Gyantse.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast Program

Day 19: Drive from Gyantse to Lhasa [3650m/11972ft] [200 km - 4 hrs Drive]
After breakfast we will depart from Gyantse and continue our drive that crosses Karo La Pass at 5,010 meters, Kamba La Pass at 4,794 meters and Lake Yamdrok Tso - one of the 3 largest sacred lakes in Tibet. We will make a stop at couple of places of enjoying the beauty of the surrounding environment. Our drive crosses Yarlung Tsangpo ' Bramhaputra River ' as Potala Palace comes to our sight for the first time. From there our drive continues towards the heart and soul of Tibet - Lhasa.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast Program

Day 20: Sightseeing Tour at Lhasa [ Potala Palace & Norbulingka Palace ]
At Lhasa we will visit the Potala Palace which is one of the most monumental of structures in Tibet. The massive palace was built around the 17th century. We will explore and reveal the enormity of Potala Palace which was designed to serve numerous diverse functions. It was the place where Dalai Lama and his large entourage resided and where all the ceremonies were held. All administrative and political decisions concerning the country were made from here. The sacred images, spectacular tombs of Dalai Lamas, large chapels, storage chambers, treasuries - all contributes to Potala's extraordinary status.
After lunch we will visit Norbulingka Palace which was established by the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso around the 18th century. Since the middle of 18th century the palace has been the official summer residence of the Dalai Lama. The palace consists of more than 400 rooms and chapels. Besides, the ' Jewel Park ' or the garden of the palace is highly acknowledged for being the biggest man made garden in whole Tibet.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast Program

Day 21: Sightseeing Tour at Lhasa [Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Bazaar]
After breakfast we will visit Sera Monastery which was founded in 1419 AD by Sakya Yeshe - a principal disciple of Tsong Khapa. The complex of Sera comprises of 'Tsokchen' (Great Hall), three 'tratsangs' and thirty 'khangtsens'. A khangtsen is a residential compound with chapels reserved for monks coming from different parts of Tibet, whereas a tratsang is an educational institution that offers specialized studies to monks.
Then we will visit Drepung Monastery which was founded in 1416 AD by Jamyang Chöje - a leading disciple of Tsong Khapa. The major structures of the monastery follow a simple architectural comprising of a courtyard, a large hall and inner chapels. Also, the tombs of three Dalai Lamas are sited at Drepung. Around 500 monks and their young novices have returned to live at Drepung since the early 1980's.
Our next attraction destination is Jokhang Temple. It has earned its reputation as Tibet's most sacred temple. The temple was built by King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. The vast majority of its extant statues dates from 1980 onwards whereas most of its murals are from the 18th and 19th centuries. We will explore the temple's rich historical artifacts that have been well preserved.  
To end our long sightseeing day we will take a walk around the busy market of Barkhor Bazaar. The open air stalls, souvenir shops and crowds of pilgrims truly makes this market the center-point of Lhasa. After a long day of sightseeing we head back to our hotel for the overnight stay.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast Program

Day 22: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu 
Today you will be transferred to Lhasa Gonggar Airport as per your flight schedule for flying back to Kathmandu. After landing at Kathmandu airport you will be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu. You can either have rest at the hotel or take a walk around the busy market streets of Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast Program

Day 23: Leisure day at Kathmandu
You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. The attraction destination (world heritage sites of UNESCO) sites that weren’t possible on the second day of the trip can be visited today. Also, walking around the busy streets of Thamel can be worth spending good time around Kathmandu. We will celebrate the successful completion of our ' Mt Kailash and Lhasa Tour via Simikot ' and have a final meal together in the evening.
Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: Bed & Breakfast Program + Farewell Dinner

Day 24: Transfer to International Airport for departure
Our representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight schedule.

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Your Program Duration = 24 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • Tibet travel permits and all necessary paperwork 
  • Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu flight 
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer by private vehicle 
  • Necessary entrance fees and permits as mentioned in Itinerary 
  • All ground transportation by private vehicle during full trip
  • Accommodation in standard hotel with BB Plan - During Tour
  • Camping accommodation during Trekking
  • All meals during Trekking period 
  • Trekking guide and required numbers of supportive staffs
  • Experienced Tibetan Tour Guide 
  • All applicable Taxes, VAT and service charges  

Service does not includes

  • Lunch and Dinner in cities 
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu outside the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides, drivers, cook and porters
  • Personal Trekking Equipments & personal expanses 

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Simikot- Lhasa – Mt. Kailash tour

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Lhasa and Kailash Holiday

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