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Mt Kailash Trek Via Simikot

DURATION24 Days ATTITUDE5630m (Dolma La pass) STARTS ATKathmandu ENDS ATKathmandu GRADEModerate to Difficult GROUP SIZEMinimum of 4 people ACCOMODATION3 star deluxe hotel in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and tented camp during the trek. MEALSBreakfast in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj hotel and all the three meals (B.L.D.) with hot tea and coffee during the trek. TRANSPORT Flight and Private Jeep in Nepal and Private vehicles during the Tibet tour.

Trip Highlights

  • Mt. Kailash, Kora/Parikrama (56km trail) for two and a half days.
  • Spiritual journey to Mt. Kailash and mesmerizing Manasarovar Lake.
  • Visit Natural Hot Springs, Old Monasteries, Tibetan Medical School at Darchen.
  • Explore the Landscape of Tibet plateau
  • Hike towards Nepal's most amzing remote and beautiful place

Trip Overview

Mt Kailash

Our 24-days trek to Mt. Kailash via Simikot gives the adventurous traveler an opportunity to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of both Nepalese and Tibetan landscapes. On this challenging trip which begins with a pleasant drive from the Nepal-Tibet border, we make our way to Mt. Kailash, completing a six-day-long and strenuous walk from Simikot. The Mt Kailash trek via Simikot gives the adventure-seeking traveller an ultimate adventure experience! The six-day trek through Simikot is helpful in acclimatizing to the high mountainous region, and minimizes the risk of high altitude sickness. This is why the Simikot trek is most widely used by tourists who plan on visiting the Mt. Kailash area. The trek will also delight those who seek a taste of the spiritual side of Tibet and Nepal. After six days of walking, and one day of driving, we reach the foot of the mighty Mount Kailash! Here, we begin the Kailash Kora or Parikrama; a spiritual walk across a panorama of extraordinary scenery. This walk is a pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus who revere the mountain which was once believed to be the abode of their deities.

A visit to Gyandrag Monastery may be arranged if the traveler wishes to make an additional one-night stay at Darchen. The monastery is located about five kilometers from Darchen village and takes approximately three hours to get to. Gyandrag Monastery was built in the 12th century by Zhikon Kuyay Ganpa and offers a glimpse into more than 800 years of fascinating history. This Monastery belongs to the Kagyu sect and was renovated in 1985. It provides comfortable accommodations, and the additional time spent at the monastery helps the traveller better acclimatize to the high altitude of the region.

Symbolic of spiritual beliefs as well as an oasis of natural beauty, a visit to Mt. Kailash will surely exceed all expectations of travelers to the region! The King of Holy Mountain, Mt. Kailash is also known as Mt. Meru. This mountain is the center of the Buddhist world where the founder of Buddhism, Sakyamuni, performed Buddhist rites. It is also known as the Hall of the Lord Shiva in Hinduism. This is no imagined world described in Abhidharmako satra of Buddhist scripture, but a real Mountain, offering deep, spiritual peace, that the traveler may experience first-hand. Mt. Kailash’s peak is the highest snow-capped peak in the grandiose range, and the meaning of the name, Kailash, is precious snow mountain or saint in the Tibetan language. Mt. Kailash is a Sacred Mountain in Tibet. The elevation of Mt. Kailash is 6,714 meters above sea level. The picture of Kailash is often placed together with the figure of Buddha on the Buddhist shrines of Tibet. Travelers making the Mt. Kailash trek via Simikot have the opportunity to visit more spiritual sites as they make this wonderful pilgrimage around Kailash.

The traveler should bear in mind that, given the remoteness and high altitude of this mountainous region, flight delays due to inclement weather are a potential risk.

Check out our fixed itinerary for Mt Kailash Trek via Simikot or just send us an email and we’ll tailor make an itinerary based on your requirements.


Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu - (1335m) After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transfered to the hotel. After check in and some refreshments, our senior sherpa guide will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Simikot Kailash trek. You can then go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the neighbourhood, have supper and go to bed. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows, probably the most in the world.
Day 2 : Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western cultures and influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Soyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening.
Day 3 : Flight to Nepalgunj - (150m) This late afternoon we take flight to Nepalgunj about an hour. Nepalgunj is far west crowded city. This city is close to India. There is a border between Nepal and India, called Rupadiya border. Nepalgunj is too hot, this is why we manage late afternoon flight. Transfer to Hotel from Nepalgunj airport about 4 to 7 kilometer. Overnight Hotel on Ffull board meals. 
Day 4 : Flight to Simikot (2910m) and Trek to Dharapuri - (2270m) 3 hrs Trek An early morning we will take another domestic flight for Simikot/Humla. Simikot is district head quarter of the Humla. So, our guide will bring you airport for depart. Flight duration will be about 50 minutes through stunning and an adventurous above high hills and sometime between hills. After get off from the aircraft, we move for something to eat to our pre campsite then continue head our destination Dharapuri, shome where field of buck wheat, barley, wheat & potatoes. We ascend at first hour rocky trail hills of Simikot & then steeply down through blue pine forest, as second hour but trail is wide. The last hour walking is almost flat & left down river is shouting you which called Karnali river. It is only one that big river in Nepal which following west to east and longest too. Overnight Camping on full board meals. 
Day 5 : Trek to Kermi - (2690m) 5 hrs Trek After breakfast we start our trek for Kermi. We walk today abuout four to five hour. Normally, we make lunch camp at Kermi. We suggest you to carry some dry food always with you & do not walk far from your group each other because on the way we meet sometime domestic animals which can push you into the Karnali & it is cliffy trail. Today we encounter with a beautiful waterfall & we do follow Karnali river. It is really amazing scenery of the trip. And this day, could be strong sun so far. Late afternoon visit hot spring, about 30 minutes above your camping ground. Overnight camping on full board meals.
Day 6 : Trek to Albang Monastery/School - (2890m) 6 hrs Trek Today, we fallow scenic trail along the peaches tress & big pine forest. And at first hour will be sunny, so protect it. We can see the Api & Saipal Himal & beautiful valley as well if weather is permitted. We will have lunch in between around Salle Khola then after continue for today?s campsite. Trail is wide & partly built off road but not completed and no worries that does not running any moters. Before lunch place at the top where another trail goes to Limi Valley, just continue down from the top for Albang Monastery. Overnight campsite o n Full board meals.
Day 7 : Trek to Tumkot Khola - (3060m) 6 hrs Trek This day, no more trees to protect the sun. Be careful with crossing animals while encounter with them because trail is cliff & just down running Karnali. We will across scenic villages as usual, village like Anger, Muchu. At Muchu where available mostly phone services & a check post. Muchu is one of the biggest villages of our trip trail. Normally people reach to the campsite little early which allows washing dirty stuffs & taking bath into the river. Local tea shops bring to you some Chinese Lhasa beer & Coca-Cola at campsite to sell it. Overnight camping on full board meals.
Day 8 : Trek to Thado Dhunga - (3745m) 7/8 hrs Tre Immediately after leaving the camp ground & cross suspension bridge then steeply climb up hill about an hour. Trail gradually ascends today and starts wind too. We will have hot lunch on the way & landscape seen barren and Mount Saipal too. We leave left hand side below a big Yari village which picturesque village. This evening will be cold because we are camping just below of the Nara La pass. Overnight Camping on full board meals.
Day 9 : Trek to Nara La pass (4580m) and Hilsa (3720m) 5hrs Trek and drive to Purang(3770m) Today, we wake up earlier than previous day because better to cross the Nara La pass before it gets wind. Normally, camp to the top {pass} takes one & half hours to two hour then descend to Hilsa border next three hours. Just behind the pass from where we can see the land of Tibet with barren valley. And the opposite side can be seen big hill where trail fallows for the Limi valley. Next side of the Hilsa where our crew from Tibet, waiting to us. Before cross the border you need to provide some greetings & tipping to the crew who came from Simikot with us.And then drive to Purang about half an hour. Do not take with you any books, papers, flags, pictures which against to China & never try to take pictures around the Chinese officially side, specially military camp so on. Overnight at Guest house with full board meals.
Day10 : Drive to Tirthapuri (4320m) 4 hrs drive After breakfast & if in previous day could not have finished officially documentation, finish it then drive to Tirthapuri via Darchen with scenery of the Tibetan plateau, Mt Gurla Mandata, Rashkyas Tal {lake}, Manosarovar lake & Mt Kailash. At Tirthapuri, there is a hot spring. Overnight camping on full boar meals. 
Day11 : Rest day Today is rest day, we will wash clothing & if camp ground is not clean we do clean, take bath. There is bath house where you need to pay certain amount. We will visit around Padma Shambhaba caves monasteries & go for Kora. Overnight at tented camp on full board meals.
Day12 : Drive to Darchen (4670m) 2 hrs drive We drive back to Darchen {foot of the mount Kailash}, Visit around Darchen town & also Tibetan medicine center as well. If possible try to visit above Darchen for acclimatization & beware from the dogs. Overnight at guest house on full board meals.
Day13 : Trek to Dirapuk (5000m} 5 hrs Trek Start Mt. Kailash Kora Today, we start Mount Kailash kora from Darchen & certain camping stuffs carried by our supporter truck till Tarpoche tea shop then load on Yaks then start trekking from there our crew also. Overnight camping on full board meals.
Day14 : Trek to Dolma La pass (5630m) 3 hrs and Zutulpuk (4600m) 3hrs. Today, we start Mount Kailash kora from Darchen & certain camping stuffs carried by our supporter truck till Tarpoche tea shop then load on Yaks then start trekking from there our crew also. Overnight camping on full board meals.
Day15 : Trek for about 3 hrs. and drive to Horcho (Manasarovar) (4582m) This is the most important day of Kailash tour. Today we wake up early morning & after breakfast start to win the life timeline. We ascend approximately three hours to top of the Dolma La Pass 5630 meter abve sea level. & next 3 hours {first an hour gradually steeply descend} more to reach to the campsite. Overnight at tented camp on full board meals.
Day16 : Rest day. (Optional excursion) This is the most important day of Kailash tour. Today we wake up early morning & after breakfast start to win the life timeline. We ascend approximately three hours to top of the Dolma La Pass 5630 meter abve sea level. & next 3 hours {first an hour gradually steeply descend} more to reach to the campsite. Overnight in tented camp on full board meals.
Day17 : Drive to Thrugu Gompa, Manasarovar Lake From the campsite we start to walk and after walking about an hour visit the Seralung monastery. Still, you can walk the direction of the campsite about an hour more and drive to the camp. It?s a half day trip. Evening visit the Trugu Monastery. Overnight in camp on full board meals.
Day18 : Drive to Chiu Gompa, Manasarovar (Visit Gosul Gompa in between) Today, we drive till Gosul Gompa and then can start to walk to Chiu gompa about 2/3 hours. Our staffs already could have set the camp at Chiu. There is a hot spring where you can take bath with certain amount paying. Overnight in camp on full board meals. 
Day19 : Leisure day Today we take rest at Mansarovar lake and explore around it. Overnight in tented camp on full board meals.
Day20 : Drive to Dzongba (beside Brahmaputra) or New Dzongba (4500m) 5 hrs. drive This is The day of retuning to home. Today, we drive about 5/6 hours along the scenic landscape such Manisar, Payang & Bhramaputra with high passes above 5200m and behind our right hand side mountains lies Nepal along the way. Overnight in camp on full board meals.
Day21 : Drive to Pilku Tso lake (4330m). Optional early morning drive to Zhangmu border) 5 hrs We drive along the interesting landscape with some passes. We can stop our Jeeps for take pictures. We drive via Saga, cross the bridge of Bhrama Putra at Saga & continue drive to Pigutso. There is a lake but before Pigutso we could see one lake which is not Pigutso. This night will be colder than before because of our campsite will be close to Mount Shishapangma 8013m {highest mountain of Tibet}. You can walk to visit the Pigutso lake from the campsite about quarter hour. If you are decided not to stay at Pigutso then can be drive to Dzangmu next 3/4 hours Overnight in tented camp on full board meals.
Day22 : Drive to Zhangmu (2300m) 4 hrs drive Today, we drive to Dzangmu via Thong la pass above 5100m & massive view of Mount Shishapangma to the right hand side and front peaks. Some of them lies in Tibet & some in Nepal like peaks of Rolwaling. And road brings you descend via Melarepa cave before reach to Nyalam 3782m. While descend from Thong la, it's bring you greenery scenery and easy to taking breath. From Nyalam, drives between big hills and follow the Bhote Koshi, its scenic scenery along the way. This evening better to make programmed to tipping to the crew of Tibetan. Overnight in hotel on full board meals.
Day23 : Drive for 20 minutes down to the Friendship Bridge and head to Kathmandu Today, we are leaving Tibet land. Dzangmu where we stayed for the last night to friendship bridge {border}, we drive about half an hour & our Tibetan guide prepared all necessary custom pass papers & time to say bye to Tibetan friends. Then after we drive about 5 hours for Kathmandu along the items of the different kinds of scenery of beauty nature of Nepal. Overnight in hotel on B B plan {Bed & breakfast}.
Day24 : Departure to your destination After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you to the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home. At Glorious Adventure, meeting you has been a great honor and we pray for your Safe journey home and will reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. Bon Voyage!!! We hope to see you again some day…



  • All the airport and hotel transfer as per the itineary.
  • All the domestic flights and surface transporation as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city at 3 star hotel inclusive bed and breakfast.
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj city inclusive full board meals.
  • All the essential trekking permits of Nepal and Tibet parts and monasteries entry fees.
  • Tibet visa fees.
  • All the essential camping and kitchen equipments such as tents, mattress and kitchen utensil.
  • Supporting porters and mules to carry your luggage, camping equipments and foods.
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trip.
  • Full board meals with hot tea and coffee during the trek.
  • An expert English speaking Nepal trekking guide for Nepal part and Tibetan guide for Tibet part.
  • A Comprehensive medical kit box.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant.


  • International airfare
  • Extra night hotel and foods in Nepalgunja on flight cancellation to Simikot due to the bad weather.
  • Helicopter charter cost to Simikot from Nepalgunja, on flight cancellation due to bad weather.
  • Expenses of the personal nature and any alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Restaurant food bills in the tour, if the clients decide to go in the restaurant during our camping period.
  • Guesthouses cost where ever out of the plan
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee.
  • Riding horse along the trek.
  • Extra porter for the personal day bag pack
  • Extra cost on natural disasters and politics demonstration
  • any activities against to Chinese govn rule and regulation
  • Extra night hotels in Kathmandu than plan
  • Note: - Hotel rates might increase in-between than now given prices