Simikot Mount Kailash & Guge Tour Highlights

Grade Duration Trek Style Best Time Group
Challenging 20 Days Combined May – Oct SGL / GRP / FM / STU

SGL = Single, GRP =Grouping, FM= Family, STU = Students

Simikot Mount Kailash & Guge Tour

Simikot Mount Kailash & Guge Tour is the sacred sites of western Tibet and a remote corner of Nepal.

In far northwestern Nepal, it is an exquisite 6-day trek through villages and barley fields to Simikot crossing the border.

An amazing overland journey and trek, an experience that will be a life-time memory. High passes topped with colorful prayer flags, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, nomad herders and stunningly clear rivers make the drive west memorable.

Sacred to Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Bonpo as the earthly manifestation of Mount Meru, a pilgrimage circuit of the mountain is one of the most effective means of acquiring merit in this life. Add a circumambulation of the sacred Lake Manasarovar nearby for an unbelievable pilgrim experience.

From the 9th to the 17th centuries, the Kingdom of Gu-ge ruled western Tibet. Its strong associations with India and Ladakh made Gu-ge the leader of the Buddhist revival on the Tibetan Plateau. Over 100 monasteries were there, particularly famous for their amazing art.

The area is scenically magnificent, apart from the history. The Sutjej River cuts through the valley with its amazing eroded sides.

Short Itinerary

Day Activity Destination Altitude Time
1 Fly Nepalgunj 150m 1 hr
2 Fly Simikot 3000m 25 min
Trek Dharapuri 2400m 2 hrs
3 Trek SalliKhola 2700m 5 hrs
4 Trek Tumkot Khola 3110m 7 hrs
5 Trek Sipsip 4320m 7 hrs
6 Trek Hilsa 3770m 6 hrs
7 Trek Sher border 3860m
Drive Purang 3770m 3 hrs
8 Trek Mansarovar 4590m 3 hrs
9 Rest Day
10 Drive Darchen 4580m
Trek Tsersung
11 Trek Kora Mt. Kailash 4780m 6 hrs
12 Trek Kora Mt. Kailash 4780m 7 hrs
13 Trek Tirthapuri 4330m 6 hrs
14 Trek Tsata 3660m 8 hrs
15 Trek Tsaprang 4500m
Trek Tholing Monastery 3800m 8 hrs
16 Drive Chiu Gompa 4550m 9 hrs
17 Drive Paryang 4520m 7 hrs
18 Drive Saga 4580m 6 hrs
19 Drive Nyalam 3500m 7 hrs
20 Drive Zhang Mu 2300m
Drive Kathmandu 1300m 5 hrs

Trip Information

Cost includes:

Hotel & Guest House accommodation – Twin share with breakfast

Guided tour in Tibet as per the itinerary

All Sightseeing entry fee, Tibet permit charges & royalties as per the itinerary

All land transfers by private vehicle (Bus or Van as per group size)

Support Truck

Fully catered camping trek supported by Nepalese crew during the camping

Yak & Yak men during the Mount Kailash kora trekking

English speaking Tibetan Guide

Airfare Kathmandu to Lhasa one way

Chinese/Tibet visa fee

The Cost Does Not Include

Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary.

Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head

Cost for Insurance.

Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Payment for service provided on a personal request.

Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.

American national has to pay USD100 extra top of above price for Chinese/Tibet visa fee

Lunch and dinner in Tibet.

Price:

  • The given price is in US dollars. Do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Visa Information:

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Insurance:

Guide / Porters : RMT (Royal Mountain Trekking) provides insurance facility to our guides and porters as per state law.

Day 1

FLY KATHMANDU TO NEPALGUNJ (150m, 1 HR)

Fly to Nepalgunj. As we fly only ninety minutes to Nepalgunj, a busy city in southwest Nepal, our first day is a comfortable one.
Day 2

FLY TO SIMIKOT (3000m) AND TREK TO DHARAPURI (2400m, 5 KMS, 2HRS)

Another short flight will take us to Simikat. Simikot is the center of Humla, Nepal’s most remote and magnificent district. Today,Our experience crew will meet us for the first time and start our trek. The day will be full of barley fields, beautiful forested ridges, and even walnut and apricot tress. It is a grand way to start our trek. We will spend the night in Dharapuri, a small village (2400 meters).
Day 3

DHARAPURI – SALLI KHOLA (2700m, 12 KMS, 5HRS)

Today we continue trekking towards SalliKhola. Our route leads us up steep slopes and along a calm river. Even a waterfall can be seen along a way. As we enter a large potato and buckwheat valley, another ridge will be followed. Our camping will be along the solemn pine forest  through short descent walk. Fall asleep to the soothing sounds of rushing water!(2840 meters).
Day 4

SALLI KHOLA – TUMKOT KHOLA (3110m, 14 KMS, 7HRS)

Before getting to sandy meadows and widespread valleys, we cross another rocky ridge. Along the way, goat herders can be seen several times. In the afternoon, we will follow the meandering trail above the river and over a bridge. Visit quiet ancient village of Muchu on the way. Take it easy and immerse yourself in some of the Nepalese culture.We arrive in the small village of Tumkot for camp (3110 meters).
Day 5

TUMKOT KHOLA – SIP SIP (4320m, 3 KMS, 7HRS)

Before beginning a steep climb through a rock-filled gully, walk along the rocky stream bed for short distance. We pass through Palbang and its bright yellow mustard fields to the small settlement of Yari and beyond here the route climbs up the valley towards a pass, the Nara Lagna. We camp below the pass in a meadow known as Sipsip (4320 meters).
Day 6

SIP SIP – HILSA (3770m, 10 KMS, 6HRS)

Trek to Hilsa (3720m). A steep ascent in the morning will take is to the top of the Nara La pass (4580 meters). Tibetan Plateau has the most amazing views that come into view as we climb down the pass. With a rocky slide down to HumlaKarnali,the day will end.
Day 7

HILSA – SHER BORDER(3860m) & DRIVE TO PURANG (3770m, 30 KMS, 3HRS)

Trek to Sher border (Nepal-Tibet border) anddrive to Purang, an important trading center, separated by the Karnali River, which flows through the town.. Our transport vehicles will meet us after the Tibetan border crossing and take us to the Purang by drive (3770 meters).
Day 8

PURANG – MANASAROVAR (4590m, 95 KMS, 3HRS)

The four great rivers (Brahmaputra, Sutlej, Indus and Ganges) have their source in Lake Manasarovar, according to both Hindu and Buddhist cosmology. Precisely, Sutlej has their source and other three sources are close by.

It is an exceptionally beautiful lake, usually cobalt blue, whichduring storms can turn into an angry, churning black. The kora route follows the lake shore for most of the way. Most of the monasteries around Manasarovarfit in to the Kagyu tradition, the exception being Trugo, which is Gelukpa and an crucial place for ritual bathing.

Day 9

MANASAROVAR LAKE – REST DAY

Day at Manasarovar lake / relax at leisure
Day 10

DRIVE TO DARCHEN (4580m) AND START KAILASH KORA – TSERSUNG (3HRS)

We have an easy drive to Darchen (4580metres) southern base of the so called sacred Mt Kailash( the starting point of the holy circuit around the sacred mountain ) after breakfast.We take a leisurely 2 and half days walk to complete the interesting circuit though Tibetan pilgrims complete 52kms distant circuit in a day starting before dawn and completing before sunset.
Day 11

KORA MT. KAILASH – TREKKING (4780m, 6 HRS)

Our trek starts with Yaks and Yakmen. This is our first day to discover a few of the magical sites in Mt Kailash region .The walk is a slow and relaxing ascend to our first camp ( 4780 metres ) in the environs of the historical hermitages of the great poet saint Milarepa on the Northern base of Kailash.
Day 12

KORA MT. KAILASH – TREKKING (4680m, 7 HRS)

This is our tough day, we walk on our legs cross the highest pass on the whole trip known as Dolma pass 5700metres (Highest point on this trip ), needless to mention today`s marvelous sites with legendary fairy tales en route, our arrival at our camp ( 4680 metres ) on the eastern base of the mountain may get bit late as it has been a long day! To greet your success of the life time experience day,our chefs are at the camp beforehand and will have drinks and foods prepared!!!
Day 13

KORA MT. KAILASH TO TIRTHAPURI (4330m, 90 KMS, 6 HRS)

To complete the trek at noon in Darchen,trek for 4 to 5hrs 14kms, having our lunch and a tea break there and afternoon drive for 90kms – 2hrs to Tathapuri hermitages and hot springs, this site is spiritually related to Mt Kailash and its history goes back to the 8th century, we have our camp next to the hot springs ( 4580 meters ). (Camp)
Day 14

TIRTHAPURI – TSATA (GUGE KINGDOM) (3660m, 220KMS, 8HRS)

We drive further west to Tsata after breakfast at camp., The Kailash terrain to North and the great Himalaya to the South, crossing the eagle pass and the white and black elephant pass, it is an easy and lovely day. We drive down into the dried mud gorges of an ancient lake in the Himalayan kingdom in late afternoon. Nowadays this dried gorge, unusually formed valley is drained by the elephant river ” Satlaj river “. We check into Tsata guest house on arrival. (3660 meters). (Guest house stay)
Day 15

GUGE KINGDOM – TSAPRANG (4500m) & THOLING MONASTERY (3800m, 8 HRS)

We visit the ancient Guge Kingdom of western Tibet, after breakfast.(the abandoned and ruined kingdom of Guge dynasty dates back to the 11th century. This unusual visit will show us the rich beautifully painted interesting and significant ancient frescoes which are mostly in intact as well as the hundreds of ancient locals dwelling caves dotted on the mountain out of which the renowned kingdom of Guge is carved ). Then, we visit the Tholing monastery which was founded in the 11th century and was once one of the main Buddhist centers in West Tibet for the second diffusion of Tibetan Buddhism, o/n Tsata guest house.
(After the split of the central Tibet Yarlung dynasty kingdom back in the 9th century in Lhasa,by founding this Guge dynasty the descendents of the ancient central Tibet royal family of Yarlung dynasty wandered to West Tibet, founded and continued their royal family and its kingdom )(Guest house stay)
Day 16

TSATA – MANASAROVAR LAKE (CHIU GOMPA) (4550m, 295KMS, 9HRS)

Exciting day drive to have a hot bathe in the natural hot springs at Manasarovar lake ( The most holy lake in Tibet ), where we have one night stay on the western shore of the lake o/n ( 4550 Metres ).
Day 17

DRIVE, CHIU GOMPA – PARYANG (4520m, 290 KMS, 7 HRS)

For our drive back to Paryang, we must leave early. As some of the best scenery on our trip is seen in this section, it is not a wasted day. Relax and enjoy the incomparable beauty of this drive.
Day 18

DRIVE, PARYANG – SAGA (4580m, 240 KMS, 6 HRS)

As we head towards Saga,today is another driving day. Along the way, take in the sights of the small sandy towns!
Day 19

DRIVE SAGA – NYALAM (3500m, 275 KMS, 7HRS)

We drive cross the wide grass lands of Shisha Pangma plain, join the friendship high way to Nyalam town, en route at our last pass Thong La 5050metres in Tibet. We will have a wonderful chance to enjoy a long range panoramic view of Himalaya and the popular Tibetan peak “Shisha Pang Ma 8012metres”. Before we go down to Nyalam for the nightat this scenic spot, we have a short break at this scenic spot.(Guest house stay)
Day 20

NYALAM – ZHANG MU (2300m, 38KMS, 1HR) & KODARI – KATHMANDU (1300m, 110 KMS, 5 HRS)

From Nyalam, we unbelievably descend from 3750metres within 1hr down to 2700metres at the border (with the quick changes of the scenery makes our last hour in Tibet another unforgettable moment), at the border you get the Tibet exit stamp and drive another 20minutes another few hundred meters down to the friendship bridge and cross the border on to Nepal (Our Tibetan crew will leave you from here and will return back to Lhasa).
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra

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