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Mt. Kailash Treks

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.

Trek
:
Mt. Kailash Trek
Duration
:
25 days
Highest Point
:
5470 m
Best Season
:
May-October
Accommodation
:
5 night's hotel, 20 nights camping
Entry Point : Simikot
Tour Finish
:
Simikot
Group Size : Min-2 Max-14
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 trip begins in the remote Himalayan town of Simikot before visiting all of the major sights and performing our Kora of Mt Kailash in Western Tibet.
Day Route
01 Arrive in Kathmandu
02 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
24 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

All day

 

1300 Easy
02 Kathmandu

Sightseeing Day see Kathmandu Day Trips for ideas of what to do.

All day 1300 Easy
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.

4 hours 2290 Easy
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.

6 hours 2670 Easy
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.

5 hours 3040 Easy
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

6 hours 3390 Easy
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.

5 hours 4330 Moderate
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.

6 hours 4720 Moderate
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!

All day 4570 Easy
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.

5 hours 4710 Easy
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.

4 hours 4860 Easy
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.

10 hours 5470 Moderate
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.

4 hours 4520 Easy
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.

All day 3720 Easy
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.

2 hours 3720 Easy
18 Hilsa – Yari

It's back over the pass and into the lushness of Nepal and our familiar trail takes us to Yari.

8 hours 3670 Moderate
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.

7 hours 3120 Easy
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.

7 hours 3020 Easy
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.

7 hours 2290 Easy
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!

4 hours 2950 Easy
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.

All day 1300 Easy
24 Kathmandu

Final Day end of trek debrief and departure.

All day 1300 Easy

Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.