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Simikot - Mt. Kailash - Kodari Trek (18 days)

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Trip Code: NETE-TB-SMKL1

  • Trip Type Camping Trek
  • Duration 18 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude 4909m.
  • Min. Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land & Flight


Simikot Kailash trek takes you from the far western town of Simikot, along an old trade route into Tibet.
A pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash the sacred mountain of Tibet is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Mt Kaliash is the source of four great asian rivers. For Hindus it is the throne of Shiva, for Buddhists, a gigantic natural Mandala. Also the epicenter of Tantric forces for both religions.
An arid, wild, country dominated by the peaks of Api and Saipal Himal, this is the world of the Nepalese and Tibetan traders. You will encounter travelers with horses and yaks laden with goods. After a few days trek on the Nepal side we take you to Tibetan border market Purang where Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian traders meet to exchange wares.
The highlight of the trip is to visit Rakshastal (Devil Lake), the holy Lake of Mansarovar, "born from the mind of Bramha", trek around the Mt. Kailash and visit the former Gu-ge kingdom with its two main centres of Toling and Tsaparang.


 Trip code: NETE-TB-SMKL1
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 18 days
 Trip Type: Camping Trek
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 2+
 Max Altitude: 4909m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: SEP-OCT-NOV
 Transportation: Land & Flight
 Meals: 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Accommodation: 2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
Standard Hotel Accommodation in Tibet


Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.

Nepalgunj is a busy crowded city which lies close to the Indian border. Stay overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.

Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2,856m.).
This day you need to prepare for the trek and can also explore the Simikot village. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Simikot to Darapani (2,507m.).
There is an initial climb above Simikot before descending towards the village of Tuling and follow a level trail through walnut and apricot trees to the village of Dharapani. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Dharapani to Sali Khola (2,650m.).
After walking through a sparse pine forest you descend from the ridge to the Sali Khola and camp by the river. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Sali Khola to Muchu (2,912m.).
You cross the river and climb over a rocky ridge before descending to the grey waters of the Humla Karnali. After crossing another ridge you come to a meadow where goat herders often camp by the river. Beyond the meadow the valley narrows and you cross several more ridges, passing the villages of Yalbang and Yangar. The trail then winds its way precariously above the river before you cross a suspension bridge to the village of Muchu. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Muchu to Dira Phuk Gompa (4,909m) takes 6 hrs.
Walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. You follow the river, which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before you reach the 13th century monastery at Dira-phuk. Stay overnight at camp.

Trek from Dira Phuk Monastery to Zuthul-Phuk (4,790m) takes 7 hours.
Bid farewell to Lha Chu Valley and prepare to trek the toughest part of the kora. You will enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La [5630m] that is marked Tibetan prayer flags. The rest of the day's walk is mostly downhill and flat land. On descent, you will pass by one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion. Zuthulphuk monastery is built at the site of a famous cave, which is believed to have been created as a result of contest between Milareppa (Buddhist Teacher) and Naro Bonchung (Bon Saint). Stay overnight in a camp.

Trek to Darchen (4560m, 3 hrs trekking) the final day of the Kora is rather shorter and easier.
It takes merely 2 ½ to 3 hours that involves crossing of several streams and also follows an impressive gorge from where you would like to look back for fabulous views. Stay overnight in a guesthouse/camp.

Drive from Hilsa to Purang via Sher, crossing the border bridge, after the checking station, 30mintues (20km), you will come to Puyang county, a quite small town with mixed people such Tibetan, Nepali, Han Chinese, Uyger etc, overnight stay.

Puyang - Manasarovar lake, Today you will drive to Chiu Gompa – a quite small temple by the lake, en route, you could watch the Kailash peak from distance, you will also have a chance to make a comparison between Manasarovar (The holy lake )and Rakshas Tal lake (The ghost lake) while you drive through road between them. Idyllic pastoral scene is only part of the picture

Manasarovar lake. Today you will prepare yourself for the scared but harshed 3-day’ kora both in mentally and physically, sitting by the lake under the quite sun but nothing to do, just imagine your inner world or a little talk with friends you may never know

Darchen drive to Darchin and find a comfortable guest house to rest, and then guide will have time to deal herds man on your packing animal

Mount kailash kora to Dira Puk.
After an early breakfast, drive to Tarboche from where Kailash Parikrama begins. Trek to Driraphuk 12 km from Tarboche. The trails lasts 7-8 hours. On arrival, check in the guest house and overnight stay.

Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m.) takes about six and half hours.
You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day then drive towards the hill bazaar of Gorkha. After Gorkha the road gets a bit rough and will reach Arughat Bazaar. Stay overnight in camp.

Mount Kailash kora to Darchen and drive to Purang.
After Breakfast, begin a 5-hour trek to the end of point of Kailash Parikrama. On arrival, board the jeep awaiting your presence and drive to Hor.

Drive to Dongba. After breakfast at the guest house, begin your 8-hour 366 km tough journey.
On arrival, check in at the guest house for dinner and overnight stay in Dongba.

Drive Dongba to Nyelam. After breakfast at the guest house, drive to Nyelam.
The 8-hour journey takes you through 376 km of spectacular Himalayan landscape. On arrival, Check in at guest house for dinner and over night stay in Nyelam.

Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu.
From Nyalam, you drive down to the border town of Zhangmu. From Zhangmu, it’s a short drive to the Friendship Bridge which spans the Bhote Kosi River and marks the Chinese - Nepalese border where you part with your Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari where you will be met by your Nepalese staff. After completing the re-entry formalities you continue the drive to Kathmandu which depending on road and weather conditions, should take about 5 to 6 hours.


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