Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour

Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour
Activity
Trek/Tour
Destination
Tibet
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    5600 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min 4 Pax 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    Guesthouses 
  • Best Time
    April - June and Sept - Nov 
Trip Unavailable
All Inclusive Price: $5,800USD

Trip Overview

Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour of 22 days is a spiritual journey to Mount Kailash, one of the holiest mountains in the world. Hundreds of Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, and Bon pilgrims visit Mount Kailash in western Tibet each year. Join us on this holy once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar.

You cover the journey to Mount Kailash on foot from Simikot, a mountainous town in Nepal’s remote far-west region. This is a pilgrimage to the sacred mountain in its purest form. The inner peace of setting eyes on the summit of Mount Kailash after trekking for several days is worth experiencing.

Your trip starts after you arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. From Kathmandu, you fly to Simikot via Nepalgunj. Leaving Simikot you trek through remote villages of the Khaas and Bhotia communities in the Humla region.  The trail meanders above Karnali, Nepal’s longest river. At Hilsa you cross the Friendship Bridge and reach the Tibetan side. Your local Tibetan guide and driver will be waiting for you on the other side ready to drive you to Mansarovar Lake.

Hindus believe the sacred lake of Mansarovar was formed in Lord Brahma’s (the creator of the universe) mind.  Buddhists and Jains regard this lake as a holy site as their saints Milarepa and Rishabha meditated here. You can pray and meditate at the shore of the lake before driving on to Darchen.

You begin your kora or circumambulation of Mount Kailash from Tarboche by walking through the ‘Yam Dwar’ (the gate of salvation). For Hindus walking around Mount Kailash is like attaining a new life. Each step they take around the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati helps them get rid of sins and bad karma they have accumulated in their lifetime. By the time they complete their parikrama, their souls are renewed and their spirits refreshed.

Buddhists complete the kora to receive blessings from their saint Milarepa, who they believe is still meditating on the mountain. Ashtapad the holy mountain of the Jains is located in Mount Kailash. It was at Ashtapad that Rishaba, the first Guru of the Jains, received enlightenment. Bons consider Mount Kailash as the center of the universe and walk around it counterclockwise.

It takes three days to complete the kora. You get clear views of the mountain’s four faces while trekking around it. After completing the kora, you will be driven to Saga via Mansarovar Lake. From Saga, you proceed to Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city. At Shigatse, you explore the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the local market. Leaving Shigatse you drive towards Lhasa. Our guide will take you on a tour of Lhasa’s iconic landmarks – Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka, Barkhor Street, and Drepung Monastery. Your trip ends with a scenic Himalayan flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu.

The best seasons for this trip are spring and autumn. The weather conditions during these seasons remain ideal for trekking. The days remain warm and the skies clear with occasional clouds and rain. Since this trip involves trekking at a high altitude one needs to be physically fit and possess a high endurance level.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime journey to one of the holiest mountains in the world. Join us in this sacred pilgrimage through some of the dramatic and wildest landscapes in the Himalayas.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu

Day 02: Tours preparation and Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj

Day 04: Fly to Simikot (2985m/9790ft) and trek to Dharapori (2360m/7740ft) Duration: 4 - 6 hours

Day 05: Dharapori to Kermi (2860m/9383ft) Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Day 06: Kermi to Yalbang (2879m/9445ft) Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Day 07: Yalbang to Tumkot (3073m/10082ft) Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Day 08: Tumkot to Yari (3663m/12017ft) Duration: 6 - 7 hours

Day 09: Yari to Hilsa (3647m/11965ft) via Nara La pass, duration: 5 - 6 hours

Day 10: Hilsa to Manasarovar (3772m/12375ft) Duration : 3-4 hours

Day 11: Mansarovar – Tarchen (40 km) Duration: 2-3 hrs

Day 12: Tarchen – Tarboche (13 km drive) – Dirapuk (4860m.) (7 km trek / 5 – 6 hrs)

Day 13: Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk (4760m) (18 km trek / 9-10 km) (passing through Dolma-la pass 5600m)

Day 14: Zuthulpuk – Tarchen (Darchen) (10 km / 4-5 hrs) – Mansarovar- Dongba (end of Kailash Parikrama) 277 km

Day 15: Drive Dongba to Nyalam

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 17: Leisure day

Day 18: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • 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

Cost Excludes

  • 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 mandatory)

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Reviews

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