The holy Mt.Kailash, venerated by millions is the most sacred mountain in the world – it is also one of the most difficult places to get to in the world! This is more than a pilgrimage trek to Mt Kailash, you will also gain an insight into the people of the Himalaya. Starting in the remote Nepali town of Simikot, we trek through the Himalaya and up onto the Tibetan plateau. Here we visit all of the major sights, and perform our Kora of Mt Kailash.
Stunning and lush mountain valleys surrounded by massive Himalayan peaks provide an amazing backdrop to our climb up to the Tibetan border. Once in Tibet we use a 4WD to ferry us to Lake Manasarovar where we can wash away the sins of a hundred lifetimes, then on the our Kora of Kailash. We take 4 days to complete the circuit which gives us time to explore and relax as required before returning through the Himalaya to Simikot.
|Mt. Kailash Trek|
|5 night's hotel, 20 nights camping|
|Group Size||:||Min-2 Max-14|
|01||Arrive in Kathmandu|
|03||Kathmandu - Nepalgunj|
|04||Nepalgunj – Simikot|
|05||Simikot – Tuling|
|06||Tuling – Kermi|
|07||Kermi – Yangar|
|08||Yanger – Torea|
|09||Torea – Sipsip|
|10||Sipsip – Taklakot|
|11||Taklakot – Manasarovar|
|12||Manasarovar - Darchen – Sershung|
|13||Sershung - Drira Phuk|
|14||Drira Phuk - Drolma La - Zutrul Phuk|
|15||Zutrul Phuk – Darchen|
|16||Darchen – Taklakot|
|17||Taklakot – Hilsa|
|18||Hilsa – Yari|
|19||Yari – Muchu|
|20||Muchu – Yalbang|
|21||Yalbang – Tuling|
|22||Tuling – Simikot|
|23||Simikot - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu|
|25||Kathmandu free day shopping|
Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.
Package price includes:
•All airline tickets and tax
•All ground transportation in Nepal
•Airport pickup and drove
•All necessary permit and entrance fees
•All Hotels in Kathmandu
•All staffs wages and insurance
•All Trekking equipments like tents, tables, chairs, mattresses, pillows, hot water bags and kitchen crews
Package Price Excludes:
•Personal bar bill travel insurance/ international airfare laundry and tips
•Personal Rescue if you need
#Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.
|Day||Route||Duration||Highest Point (m)||Grade|
|01||Arrive in Kathmandu
When the clients arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we, the representative from Pema treks & expedition will welcome you displaying the name of the clients on a board. We then help you with your baggage and car (private). You will be transfer to 3-4 stars hotels. After check in at hotel, we will invite you for the dinner so that we can brief the clients about the guide, porters and the trek
Sightseeing Day see Kathmandu Day Trips for ideas of what to do.
|03||Kathmandu – Nepalgunj
Fly from Kathamandu to Nepalgung. Stay over night at Hotel.
|90 minutes flight||152||Easy|
|04||Nepalgunj – Simikot
Fly to Simikot in the morning and spend the rest of the day preparing for the trek and looking around the small trading town of Simikot which is the capital of the Humla region. Note that this is also a buffer day should the Simikot flight be cancelled.
|45 minutes flight||2950||Easy|
|05||Simikot – Tuling
We introduce ourselves to trekking in the remote Himalaya with a short downhill walk to the hamlet of Tuling on the banks of the Humla Karnali river - whose course we follow to the lakes of Manasarovar and Rakshas Tal. The village people here are Thakuri, the women folk can be identified by necklaces of silver coins which are sometimes woven into the hair with small cowry shells.
|06||Tuling – Kermi
Another easy day on the trail today with a mild ascent past walnut and apricot trees along the bank of the Humla Karnali to the first Bhuddist village on our trek of Kermi. During the day we pass the point where rice can be cultivated near the small but pretty waterfall at Chachera.
|07||Kermi – Yangar
The morning begins with a descent through lush maple and fern forest into the narrowing Humla Karnali valley to a bridge over the Chhungsa Khola (or Sale Khola). The trail now climbs to Yangar through a lovely forest of Himalayan blue pine and spruce to our camp near the Namka Khyungdzong Gompa (monastery) which is linked to the ancient Shepeling Gompa near Taklakot.
|08||Yanger – Torea
As we continue up valley the trail becomes narrower and a little treachurous on our approach to Muchu (site of the Kharsapani Gompa) and another check post. We now enter the tributary valley of the Kumuchhiya Khola and pass the Mota Gompa which is 350 years old. Our camp is now not far at Torea
|09||Torea – Sipsip
Now we begin to feel the altitude! Our trail climbs up towards the Tibetan plateau and there is a noticeable change in the people and dwellings. We pass the final Nepali check post at Yari before reaching our camp for a good nights rest at Sipsip.
|10||Sipsip – Taklakot
Another day of uphill grind to the Nara La (pass) - one of the lowest into Tibet from Nepal - where we can enjoy a view of the arid mountains of Tibet rolling away across the plateau before us contrasting with the verdant Saipal and Api Himal behind us. Then it's downhill to the border post at Taklakot (Purang in Tibetan) and after formalities on to our camp.
|11||Taklakot – Manasarovar
We begin our pilgrimage to this most sacred region with an obligatory trip to Manasarovar and the opportunity to visit the Chiu (Little Bird) Gompa - a stunning monastery which is where Guru Rimpoche spent his last seven days on earth. It is an imposing site with Mt Kailash in the background. And if you are feeling up to it then take a ritual dip in the lake to wash away the sins of a hundred lifetimes!
|12||Manasarovar - Darchen – Sershung
We now head to Darchen for our Kora of Mt Kailash. Darchen means 'flag pole' and is the traditional starting point of the Kora, but it is not a great camping spot so we will continue towards Sershung - about three hours along the trail. This first section of the Kora is famous for the annual Saga Dawa Festival (usually around May) which celebrates the enlightenment of Bhudda. We also pass Drachom Ngagye Durto sky-burial site where there is also the first of the Bhudda footprints. We then cross into the scenic Lha Chu valley a stunning desert valley with crystal streams and Mt Kailash towering above.
|13||Sershung - Drira Phuk
Today is a short trekking section which allows us time to explore either/both the Chuku Gompa and the Drira Phuk Gompa. Throughout the day the Lha Chu valley narrows and our trail steepens a little as we begin to round the northern face of Mt Kailash. Also if time permits we will climb up to the Ganjam Chu valley (about 3 hour round trip) which has some excellent views of the Kailash massif rising above the Ganjam Chu glacier.
|14||Drira Phuk - Drolma La - Zutrul Phuk
After an early breakfast we start to climb up hill to a large 'sin-testing' boulder which has a narrow passage beneath - only those who are free of sin can squeeze through! The pass is now only about an hour away and our breathing becomes laborious as we climb the switchbacks. The Drolma La is spectacular despite not having views of Mt Kailash - prayer flags attached to the sacred Drolma Do (Rock of Tara) festoon the pass and from here the atmosphere becomes festive as we head downhill. We head down to Gauri Kunde (Bathing Pool of Compassion) where only the Hindu pilgrims take a ritual bath if it is not too icy! Then it's steeply down hill to the grassy meadows along side the Lham Chu where the trail becomes easier as we descend to Zutrul Phuk (Cave of Miracles) Gompa - a meditation cave containing an image of Milarepa.
|15||Zutrul Phuk – Darchen
We now have another short day to finish our Kora to Darchen and this gives us time to explore the oldest monastery at Kailash, Gyandrak Gompa and to take in what is perhaps the best view of Mt Kailash from a point near Selung Gompa. The day begins with the Dzong Chu river valley narrowing into an impressive gorge bounded by cliffs and hills in a kaleidoscope of colours. We then leave the river and return to the arid country with which we are so familiar and past the final protestation place along a dusty trail to Darchen.
|16||Darchen – Taklakot
We are now tired and contented as we drive away from Mt Kailash between the two holy lakes of Mansarovar and Rakas to Taklakot and our overnight camp. For those who are keen there is a 3 hour round trip trek up to the ruined Shepeling Gompa, once the largest in Tibet. This is a magical place from which to enjoy the last views of Mt Kailash before we head back to Nepal.
NOTE: It is 4 days driving to Shigatse from here or 1 day to Tholing.
|17||Taklakot – Hilsa
We now head to the border past the village of Khochar (Khojarnath) and one of the oldest Gompas in Western Tibet. Kochar was founded in 996 and is an eerie and dark place overlooked by stuffed animal’s heads which are protectors - they must have worked because the Gompa survived the Cultural Revolution by being a grain store. From here the border is only a few kilometres away where we undergo formalities and head onto our camp at Hilsa.
|18||Hilsa – Yari
It's back over the pass and into the lushness of Nepal and our familiar trail takes us to Yari.
|19||Yari – Muchu
The juniper bushes beside our trail seem out of place compared to the arid expanses of Tibet as we head onto the Nepal border check post at Muchu and our camp site.
|20||Muchu – Yalbang
As we know the trail and its sights we may take a little time to explore the mediaeval fortress village of Yangkar which is similar to those found in the Mustang region.
|21||Yalbang – Tuling
We head back through the last of the Tiobetan villages and wish our last Tashi Deleks! By the end of the day we are back in the Hindu dominated mid-hills and Tibet seems so far away.
|22||Tuling – Simikot
The final climb up to Simikot leaves us breathing heavily again, but tonight we celebrate as this is the last on the trail, it is time to reminisce and plan the next trip!
|23||Simikot - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
Early morning fly to Nepalgunj then fly to Kathamandu. We then have a day to explore Boudhanath and Swayambhu should time allow before departure.
NOTE: That this is also a buffer day if the flight is cancelled.
Final Day end of trek debrief and departure.
Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.