Simikot - Kailash Trek

Make a rendezvous with the remote Himalaya mountains of Humla and Kailash in our ultimate Tibetan journey through the ancient salt route. Humla, once a part of western Tibet region of Ngari, lies in the north-western Nepal just below the sacred Mount Kailash. Mount Kailash is the origin of many Himalayan rivers including the four greatest rivers of Asia: the Ganges, Indus, Tsangpo and Sutlej. Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar hold an important place among the followers of Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. The jouney to Mt. Kailash via Humla proves to be not only an act of merit and adventure, but also culturally and scenically rewarding experience.

The route to Mt. Kailash via Humla was opened for the foreigner in recent days. There are no roads to reach Humla. Only a small run-way connects Simikot of Humla with the rest of the world. From Simikot, our journey follows the Humla Karnali River and rise higher with changing landscapes, occasionally visiting the monasteries overlooking the village. While in the journey, we come across with pilgrims, traders, adventures yaks and ponies, pass by stone houses, chorten, sky burial sites, memorials and gompas. We move on towards Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar encountering many important Tibetan towns and Buddhist sites. Further, we head onto Darchen in our preparation for Mt. Kailas Kora, an important part of our Tibet trip. After making the complete Kora of Mt. Kailash in three days, we proceed to Mansarovar Lake. From Saga, we cross the Yarlung Tsangpo or Brahmaputra River to Nyalam. Finally, we cross the Nepal China Border on the way to Kathmandu.


Duration: 21 days
Max elevation: 5630 m
Activity: trekking
Best time: Mar-Oct
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Brief Itinerary

Day 1:
Arrival to Kathmandu (1315m)

Day 2:
Kathmandu sightseeing

Day 3:
Kathmandu - Nepalgunj (1-hr flight)

Day 4:
Flight to Simikot (2820m), 50-min. Trek to Majgaun (2270m), 4-5 hrs

Day 5:
Trek Majgaun to Kermi (2690m), 6-7 hrs

Day 6:
Trek Kermi to Yalbang Chaur (2760m), 6-7 hrs

Day 7:
Trek Yalbang Chaur to Tumkot Khola (2850m), 6-7 hrs

Day 8:
Trek Tumkot Khola to Yari (3750m), 5-6 hrs

Day 9:
Trek Yari – Hilsa – Sher (3500m), 7-8 hrs

Day 10:
Hilsa/Sher - Taklakot (3600m)

Day 11:
Taklakot - Lake Manasarovar (4558m), 4-5-hr drive

Day 12:
Manasarovar Lake - Darchen (4575m) 5-6-hr drive

Day 13:
Darchen – Dirapuk (4909m), 18km, 7-8 hrs

Day 14:
Dirapuk - Zutulpuk Monastery (4790m), 20km, 6-7 hrs

Day 15:
Zutulphuk - Darchen - Mansarovar Lake - Hor Chyu, 8-9 hrs

Day 16:
Hor Chyu – Parayang (4750m), 7-8-hr drive

Day 17:
Parayang – Saga (4600m), 8-9-hr drive

Day 18:
Saga - Nyalam (3750m), 8-9-hr drive

Day 19:
Drive Nyalam to Kathmandu (156 km) 6-7 hrs

Day 20:
Kathmandu sightseeing (Optional: 1-hr mountain flight to Everest)

Day 21:


  • Accommodation in Kathmandu in Aria Boutique Hotel & Spa, double occupancy, with breakfast
  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses, double occupancy, on AP basis (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Airfare Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Simikot
  • Airport Departure Tax in Nepal (In All Domestic Airports)
  • All permits (Nepal restricted area permit & District Development Committee Tourism Charge)
  • 5 days full board camping arrangement in Nepal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Necessary camping crew and equipment in Nepal
  • Necessary porter or mules to carry camping stuff & client luggage in Nepal
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide
  • Transportation as per the itinerary by Jeep/Van in Tibet
  • Entry fee in Tibet
  • All necessary permits in Tibet
  • Yak and Yak man during Kailash Kora
  • Transportation Kodari – Kathmandu
  • Service of porter while crossing Friendship Bridge
  • Portable Oxygen cylinder in Vehicle
  • Tibet Visa Fee

Not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Kathmandu portion arrangement (Hotel & airport pick up and drop)
  • Extra baggage charge for client luggage and personal gear during flights
  • Personal gear (sleeping bag, down jacket etc)
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (must cover all risk undertaken, trip Cancellation & Helicopter rescue)
  • Liquor beverages (hard and soft drinks)
  • Expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc
  • Gratuity to staff
  • Camping arrangement in Tibet (camping staff & stuff)
  • Support vehicle in Tibet
  • Manasarovar Kora by Environmental Protection Bus (approx: US$ 50 per person)
  • Services of Porter and other vehicles in between in case of landslides and other natural calamities beyond our control and expenses incurred during rescue services.
  • Any extra cost not mentioned in “Included” section

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