The trekking tour to Kailash via Simikot crosses through the remote Far Western Humla district of Nepal, along the Karnali River to Purang / Taklakot, the small border town of Tibet. Simikot Kailash Tour offers a good opportunity to see the beauty of Nepal and Tibet. Simikot Kailash Tour is a pilgrimage circuit at Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, via Simikot in Nepal. The Simikot Kailash circuit follows an ancient pilgrimage route from Nepal and Tibet. It was a popular trade route between Nepal and Tibet in medieval times. Simikot Kailash is an impressive trek with traditional culture and architecture. The landscape is simply the best, as we enter the Nepal Tibet border, Purang, also known as Taklakot (4000 m). It is a journey through different climatic zones and vegetation with a unique cultural experience in the Himalayas.
Simikot Kailash tour is one of the most popular treks in Tibet. The Simikot Kailash tour offers a magnificent landscape of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Holy Himalayas Mt. Kailash, ancient cities, lush valleys, beautiful landscapes, and many of Tibetan Monasteries. The trip can be quite difficult. Despite the challenging course, camping and walking on intact and isolated terrain would be an extraordinary experience. The final destination of the Simikot Kailash Tour is the sacred pilgrimage site in Tibet, Mount Kailash. Many pilgrims visit this place each year, but this difficult route is preferred only by adventure lovers who have a high level of resistance.
1. Enjoy the wilderness in nature as you walk through the remote and untouched terrain of Nepal.
2. The holy peak “Mount Kailash” (6,700m) is located in the far west corner of Tibet.
3. Rejoice with the picturesque beauty of the Tibetan plateau and the Yari village of Nara La pass.
4. Mount Kailas is equally respected as the holiest pilgrimage site of Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bon-Po.
5. Explore temples and shrines around Milarepa cave.
6. Explore colourful mosaic of Tibetan arts, crafts, history, culture, tradition, and lifestyle.
7. Relish the tranquil nature around Mansarovar Lake.
8. Tour through the Drolma La (pass) clockwise.
9. Buddhists, Hindus, and Bon religion believe erase the sins of a lifetime.
10. Reward your eyes with the spectacular beauty of Mountains such as Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar of Lalung La (5124m) and Shung La (5200m).
After arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative of the Taleju Adventure who will then drop you at the hotel. After check-in, we rest and refresh ourselves. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner organized by the Taleju Adventure where we will get acquainted with the excellent Nepali cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We visit Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Bouddhanath Stupa, all of which are World Heritage Sites. The Durbar Square highlights the life of royalty in antiquity. The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the monkey temple and the Baudhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At evening, we introduce ourselves to our fellow participants and discuss our trip to the Kailash Tour via Simikot. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After our short stay in Kathmandu, we take a one-hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the border between Nepal and India, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. The city itself is an interesting city of the Terai which shows the cultural diversity of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we can visit the local market, the mini-zoo, and the neighbouring villages. Night in Nepalgunj.
We take a 40-minute flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot and admire the beauty of the high mountain cliffs from our plane. Simikot, the capital city of the Humla district, is isolated from the rest of the country because of its remoteness. While we are here, we discover the local population and its rich culture, which is closely related to Tibetans because of the proximity of the two places. We have lunch at Simikot and we also asked permission from the police office. From Simikot, we climb for a while, then descend to the city of Tuling. We continue to walk through the jungles and villages along the Karnali River towards Dharapori. Overnight in Dharapori.
Our trek today takes place on relatively flat paths that begin with the trail alongside the Karnali River. We then walk in fields grown mainly with barley, buckwheat, rice and potatoes. There are two hot springs near Kermi where we can relieve our sore bodies. We can also visit the ancient Buddhist monasteries near Kermi - Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa. We will spend the night in Kermi.
Today's hike is a flat and steep climb to a small pass and crossing a suspension bridge on the Salli River. From here you can admire the view of the beautiful pines trees and the mighty Karnali River. We will also visit the remote monastery of Namkha Khyung Dzong. We will spend the night in Yalbang.
Today after early morning breakfast we walk along a path on the Karnali River. As we climb, the vegetation begins to fade, as are the smaller shrubs. They give way to pines and rocky hills. After arriving in Tumkot, we visit the Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, one of the most important Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region. Overnight in Tumkot.
Today's hike takes place on a relatively easy trail over the Karnali River. After a few kilometers on foot, we begin to notice the change of climate, vegetation, and landscape, which becomes more rocky and isolated. The trees you see are no longer pines. Now they are short and low junipers. Overnight at Yari.
We pass the first stage of today's walk, the Nara La pass (4620 m). The vegetation is desolate for now and the landscape is familiar to that of Tibet. After crossing the pass, we will have a breath-taking view of the beautiful Tibetan plateau and the village of Yari. From there, the descent is unstable towards Hilsa, a border town that is also a base for pilgrims going to Mt. Kailash in the helicopter. Overnight in Hilsa.
We cross the bridge of friendship in Hilsa, where the Chinese authorities will examine our permits and passports. We also meet our Tibetan guide here. Drive from Hilsa to Purang and pass along Rinzin Zangpo Gompa and Kangje Village. In Purang, we visit the ancient Purang Gompa and explore the unique Buddhist frescoes of the twelfth century. Overnight in Purang.
On the way to Montser, we cross the lakes Rakshas and Mansarover. After arriving in Montser, we settle for a while then we can visit Tirtapuri (4510m). Located northwest of Mount Kailash, the hot springs of Tirthapuri are closely associated with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Pilgrims bathe in spring-fed pools, visit the monastery containing the guru's trail, and dig for healing stones along an hour-long route. After visiting Tirtapuri, we return to Montser to spend the night.
It takes us about 2 hours to reach the Garuda Valley, located southwest of Mt. Kailash. It contains mysterious caves, some of which have never been explored. Many believe it was the cradle of Tibetan civilization in the days of Shang Shung kings, long before Buddhism reached the roof of the world. For those interested in archaeological and historical sites, the Garuda Valley will be a dream come true. After visiting the incredible valley, we moved to Darchen, a small town just across from sacred Kailash Mountain. We will spend the night in Darchen.
Today we start our Kora of Mt. Kailash. The first day at Darchen consists of a six-hour walk through a deep valley via red rock walls. We continue across the plain to Shershong. We cross a bridge that leads to Chhuku Gompa, which is at the top of the hill visible from the valley. The path leads to Dirapuk from where we will have an impressive view of the north face of the Mt. Kailash. We will spend the night at Dirapuk.
Today will be the most difficult part of our trip. We climb the Drolma-la pass at 5,750 m / 19,910 ft. The pass whose name literally means Tara's pass which is beautiful and filled with five-colour prayer flags. From the pass of Drolma-la, we descend to Dzutul-puk. In Dzutul-puk we find the incredible Thugje Zinbu (Compassion Lake) and ancient meditation caves. Overnight in Dzutul-puk.
Little by little, we wind out of the valley towards the plain of Barka. After finishing the holy Kora of Mt. Kailash at Darchen, then we drive to Lake Mansarovar for two hours. This lake has religious significance for Hindus and Buddhists. According to Hindu theology, Lake Mansarovar is a personification of purity, and it is thought that anyone who drinks water from the lake goes to God after his death. Buddhists also associate the lake with the legendary lake called Anavatapta in Sanskrit, where it is believed that Queen Maya conceived the Buddha. Overnight in Mansarovar.
Today, we drift the beautiful lake Mansarovar, which has a circumference of 90 km, which makes it one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. The belief is that the kora of Mt. Kailash is completed only with a sacred immersion in the lake and a glass of holy water that relieves the sins of one hundred lives. We surround Mansarovar by Jeep and, if the weather permits, we visit Chui Gompa, another attraction of Manasrovar. Overnight at Mansarovar.
Today, we have to travel a long drive between Mansarovar and Saga through the historic sacred monastery of Chiu. We continue passing through Hor Quo and the pass of Mayum La (5 200 m). By the way, we will have a view of small cities such as Zhongba and Paryang on the way. This route covers 270 km from Mansarovar to Paryang and is next to Saga, 255 km from Paryang. From Saga, instead of going to Lhasa, we take a different route to Kathmandu. Night in the saga.
From Saga we proceed to Shigatse via Latse. Our trail will follow the Tsangpo River in an area crisscrossed by the Upper Brahmaputra and its tributaries. Arriving at Shigatse, we rest for a while and then visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded by Pachen Lama in 1447. Overnight in Shigatse.
After breakfast, we head towards Lhasa. On the way, we will visit the monastery of Shalu. Founded in 1040, the Shalu Monastery is known for its beautiful and ancient murals. After the visit, we continue to Lhasa. On the way, we find the Karo La pass (5,045 m). Before reaching Lhasa, we also cross the Khamba La pass (4794 m) with a short stop to enjoy the beauty of Yamdrok Tso (turquoise lake), one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet and the magnificent Nazin Kang Sang glacier (7252 m). Night in Lhasa.
The Kailash tour via Simikot adventure in the Himalayas ends today. There is nothing more to do than exchange emails with other travellers and organize photos. A representative of the Taleju Adventure will drop you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.
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