The Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour presents an opportunity to discover Tibet’s legendary Mount Kailash and the stunning cerulean quiddity of Lake Mansarovar, passing through exuberant sights of the Humla valley lying in Nepal’s western border. The tour will take you through breathtaking peak areas, passing several villages especially occupied by Thakuri inhabitants. You will get the opportunity to have a closer look at the people’s traditions and cultures as you traverse through the settlements and villages. This allows you insight into the lives of the local people and makes you have a boarder range of knowledge about exotic customs and rituals which are fascinating to experience. Walking along jovially with rivers and moving crossways through the Nara Lagna Pass where you can observe the huge Tibetan plateau, presents another fascinating endeavor on the tour. You can enjoy the beguiles of nature and enjoy the terrain’s natural quiddities. Travelling through the lush canopies of the forests and trekking through the verdancy of the land presents you with a relaxing calmness and allows you to indulge yourself in the tranquility of the place. You would be excursing through serene environments and getting a closer look at the day-to-day life of the people who live out their lives on the isolated destinations on faraway places.
We will fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then fly to Simikot to begin our Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour. Simikot is the headquarters of Humla district. Walking on a fairly flat trail, we will pass through lavish apricot and walnut trees before we reach the Dharapori village. We will also visit opulently ornamented monasteries like Laikyo and Lhundrup Choeling, the Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery and the Dhungkar Choezom Monastery on the way before we reach Tumkot. En route to Hilsa, we will also traverse on one of the high passes in existence, the Nara La Pass, which lies 4,620m high.
During the Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour, we will notice the vegetation disappearing and the scenery turning dreary as you continue further along the trekking journey. The land terrain changes from emerald to amethyst. After walking across the border between Nepal and Tibet, we will pass the Rinzin Zangpo Gompa and the Kangje settlement before we get to Lake Mansarovar which is one of the holy lakes in Tibet. Visiting the Chiu Monastery and witnessing the magnificent views of Mt Kailash in the backdrop is just enthralling to look at.
Escape Himalaya presents the Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour in all its readiness for you to undergo. It lets you visit the sacred Mount Kailash, situated to the far-west of Tibet, adored by the settlements of different religions like Buddhists, Jains, Hindus and Bon. The views of the cerulean Mansarovar Lake, the world’s highest freshwater lake bestows you with the trip of a lifetime. Come join us in this adventure experiencing the religious and significant sites of the Tibet and observing the settlements and lifestyles of the people in close proximity. You can also opt for our Saga Dawa Festival Tour Package as well if you want to experience the holy festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Buddha. Another package that we offer is the Everest Advanced BC Trek in Tibet that lets you excurse to the highest peak in the world.
- All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
- Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
- Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Simikot including departure tax
- A night accommodation at a standard hotel in Nepalgunj with breakfast
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek in Nepal part
- Best available twin sharing Lodge/Guesthouses during the Tibet tours till Saga without meals
- Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel in Xigaste and Lhasa with breakfast
- All your standard meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking Nepal part
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment etc. for Nepal part trek
- Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) approved guide for Tibet tours
- Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage while Kailash Parikrama
- Tibet entry travel permit, Chinese visa and applicable entry fees during the trek/tours in Nepal/Tibet
- Lhasa to Kathmandu flight in economic class
- All government taxes and official expense
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
- Nepali staff for Tibet tours
- Shopping, laundry, internet, phone bills
- Personal trekking equipment
- Extra cost of transportation, porters involved due landslides, snowfall
- Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu / any other place
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not man
Day 01 Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
As you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be greeted by one of Escape Himalaya’s representatives. You will then be driven to your hotel where you can check in and relax as you have nothing else planned for the day. The representative will also explain the program further to you. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02 Tours preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
On this day, you will experience the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour. You will go around different cultural heritage sites enlisted in World Heritage Sites List by UNESCO. You will make a trip to the Bouddhanath Stupa, the largest stupa on Earth; visit the holy Pashupatinath Temple, an important and most significant temple devoted to Lord Shiva; excurse around the Kathmandu Durbar Square, where we can see speckled temples and grandeur palaces that reflect Nepal’s monarchal days; and have a look at the Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple at hummock which presents an amazing experience of exploring the temple’s premise. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03 Fly to Nepalgunj
We will, on this day, fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which takes an hour. Nepalgunj is situated in Western Nepal and it is a city located near the Nepal-India border. Nepalgunj holds a diverse culture of Nepali people and here we can have a visit to the mini zoo, the local market, and excurse close by villages. Overnight stay in Nepalgunj.
Day 04 Fly to Simikot (2985m/9790ft) and trek to Dharapori (2360m/7740ft), Duration: 4-6 hours
We will fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot today, which takes approximately around 35 minutes. Simikot is the headquarters of Nepal's most far-flung district of Humla. From here, we will begin our trek. We will climb up from the runway on a rock-strewn route passing by barley and wheat fields. We will also climb to the edge of the valley on top of Simikot, before moving down on a steep path. The track then is fairly flat and we will be walking all the way through apricot and walnut trees prior to reaching Dharapori village which lies 2360m high. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 05 Dharapori to Kermi (2860m/9383ft), Duration: 5-6 hours
We will depart from Dharapori and walk on a fairly flat route beside the Karnali River. Also, we will pass by cultivated fields brimming with the vegetation of barley, rice, buckwheat, and potatoes. We may also enjoy dipping and relaxing in the hot springs when we reach close to Kermi. At Kermi, we can visit Laikyo and Lhundrup Choeling monasteries. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 06 Kermi to Yalbang (2879m/9445ft), Duration: 5-6 hours
Moving ahead from Kermi, we will trek for around 6 hours on this day. We will be walking on a flat and vertical route up before arriving at a small pass. We will also traverse a suspension bridge hung over the Salli River. The set presents wonderful views of stunning pine trees and the jovial flow of the Karnali River. We will also make a trip to the Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 07 Yalbang to Tumkot (3073m/10082ft), Duration: 5-6 hours
We will continue walking from Yalbang, following our path that lies just over the Karnali River. The lush setting of vegetations starts disappearing when we move ahead; we will reach the secluded wooded area of pine trees and rock-strewn hills. At Tumkot, we will also make a trip to Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, which is one of the most vital Sakya monasteries in Tibet. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 08 Tumkot to Yari (3663m/12017ft), Duration: 6-7 hours
Taking around 7 hours, we will reach Yari from Tumkot on this day. We will have an easy walk over the Karnali River. Walking for some time, we will discern the variation in climate, landscape and vegetation which turns rockier and isolated as we move further ahead. The pine trees also disappear and we will notice junipers here. Overnight at Yari.
Day 09 Yari to Hilsa (3647m/11965ft) via Nara La pass, Duration: 5-6 hours
On this day, we will trek to Hilsa set 3647m high from Yari, which takes around 6 hours of travel time. We will also traverse along the Nara La pass located at the height of 4,620m. From here, the vegetation disappears and the landscape turns dreary. After walking across the pass, we will discover the stunning views of the beguiling Tibetan highland and of the Yari Village. After that, we will walk down on an unsteady path to reach Hilsa. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 10 Hilsa to Manasarovar (3772m/12375ft), Duration : 3-4 hours
We will walk crossing the border between Nepal and Tibet today. Our entry permits and passports will be checked here. Then, we will drive about 130km, through the large business centre of Taklakot to Mansarovar, one of the most adored lakes in Tibet. We will also pass the Rinzin Zangpo Gompa and the Kangje settlement on the way to Mansarovar. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 11 Mansarovar – Tarchen (40 km), Duration: 2-3 hrs
This is one of the most important days of the trek. We will explore around Mansarovar Lake today. We will also visit the striking Chiu Monastery located on the north-western bank of the lake, lavish with the magnificent views of Mount Kailash decorating the backdrops of the terrain. Mansarovar is a holy lake which presents you with the feeling of tranquility and delight. The lake has a circumference of 90 km, and it is one of the highest located lakes on Earth. We will then drive towards Tarchen. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse.
Day 12 Tarchen – Tarboche (13 km drive) – Dirapuk (4860m), Duration: 5–6 hrs
We will leave behind Tarchen and drive for around 13 km to reach Tarboche, where we can see a tall pole decorated with prayer flags. It is the beginning point of the ‘Kailash Parikrama’. We will also trek along the stunning rock faces and waterfalls on the way. The views of Mount Kailash appear time and again on our travel journey before we reach Dirapuk, set 4860m high. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse.
Day 13 Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk (4760m) (18 km trek / 9-10 km) - Passing through Dolma-La pass (5600m)
We will, on this day, get into the Drolma Chu Valley, departing from Lha Chu Valley. We will walk traversing the Drolma La pass lying at the height of 5630m. Reaching the peak of the pass is quite challenging. The apex is bedecked with prayer flags. We will have a way down to reach Zutulphuk. The scenes of Thukpe Dzingbu Lake are one of the most alluring sites that you will ever see. It is one of the highest located lakes in the world and is also regarded as the “Lake of Compassion”. At Zutulphuk, we can go around monasteries and excurse a number of meditation caves, one of which contains an image of Milarepa. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse.
Day 14 Zuthulpuk – Tarchen (Darchen), Duration: 4-5 hrs – Mansarovar- Dongba (end of Kailash Parikrama), 277 km
On this day, we will traverse along several streams, and walk along a striking gorge. On the way, we will be greeted by splendid views of Mount Kailash once again. After that, we will get into the Bharka plain; and walking for an hour on a relatively bleak scenery, we will reach Darchen and then move ahead to reach Dongba. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse.
Day 15 Drive Dongba to Nyalam (376 km), Duration: 7-8 hrs.
Driving for around 8 hours, we will reach Nyalam from Dongba on this day. You can enjoy the sceneries of the environment and of the terrain as you drive. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse.
Day 16 Drive to Kathmandu
This is our last day in Tibet. We will drive to Kathmandu today, carrying with us a splendid memory of our time in Tibet and of the festival. Passing the Bhote Koshi River, we will traverse to the Chinese - Nepalese border where we will have to undergo custom formalities again. Then, you will be driven to the hotel where you can relax for the rest of your time. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 17 Leisure day
This is a day to relax in Kathmandu. You can walk around Kathmandu or go for shopping today. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 18 Farewell
One of the representatives from Escape Himalaya will drop you off at the airport from where you will depart today.