Simikot Kailash Lhasa Trek
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Simikot Kailash Lhasa trekking offers superb Himalayan scenery including the Mt. Everest, Holy Himalaya Mt. Kailash, ancient cities, lush valleys, beautiful landscape and Tibetan monasteries. This Tibet Simikot Kailash Lhasa tour will offer the excellent type of trekking fluency, which takes you to Tibet's mythical Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, via the hidden upper Humla valley in Nepal's western most Tibetan frontier. Simikot Kailash Mansarovar trekking tour in Nepal-Tibet offer an great opportunity to experience Tibetan ancient culture and Tibetan tradition travelling through the wonderful mountain area, past typical villages, along rivers and across the highest Passes. Nepal Simikot Kailash trek tour’s legendary reputation draws pilgrims from throughout Asia to walk the sacred path around the earthly incarnation of the mythical Mount Meru and Lake Mansarovar.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Simikot starts with flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj with good views of the Himalayas. Early next morning we fly north to Simikot; headquarter of Nepal's most remote district, Humla. We ascend a forested ridge above the town of Simikot and continue through jungle & villages along Karnali River toward Dhara pokhari. We’ll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. We follow the Humla Karnali basin to Kermi. Crossing the Salli La Pass walking along a relatively flat terrain we arrive at Yalbang. Passing small villages of Munchu, Yari, sip and Hilsa, we reach to Mansarovar. En route we visit the Dhungkar Choezam Monastery, crosses Thado Dhunga (4043m), also the base camp for the Nara la pass (4580m), incredible views of the Tibetan Plateau before arriving at the village of Ranipauwa and cross the Nepal-China (Tibet) border. The drive through the green pastures and huge valleys gives way to the first sighting of Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Mansarovar is the most venerated of Tibet's many lakes. Explore the Garuda Valley containing mysterious caves some of which have never been explored.
After Simikot Mansarovar tour we drive to Tarboche which is the starting point of Five days of Kora of Mt. kailash. We walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us up to Dirapuk, with a fine view of the north face of Mount Kailash. It's a tough climb to the summit with views of one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion and descends down to Dzutul-puk. There is a monastery and several meditation caves and a cave containing an image of Milarepa. Pass by the small towns of Zhongba and Paryang. We continue driving today along stretch of road, passing through the small, dusty town of Zhongba, Saga en route to Shigatse. Visiting the Tashilhunpo Monastery, we will visit Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum at Gyantse. Next two days of Simikot Kailash Lhasa tour is exploring of the Lhasa city. We will visit Lhasa's many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Visit the Jokhang Temple, a spiritual center of Tibetan, spectacular Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. The Simikot Mt. Kailash Mansarovar trekking trail ends with a journey back to Kathmandu.
This Simikot Kailash trekking tour is highly recommended to those who are fond of experiencing Buddhist traditional culture, tradition and life style of Tibetan Buddhists. Simikot Mansarovar tour is truly the trip of a lifetime with stunning scenery and cultural highlights.
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2: A full day sightseeing
tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.
Day 3: Kathmandu to
Today we will take 1 hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj with good view of the Himalayas to the north.Nepalgunj is a small town near the Indian border in the Terai region of Nepal. You can have a look around the Bageshwari Mandir, a temple dedicated to Kali.
Day 4: Flight Nepalgunj to Simikot (2910m) and trek to Dhara
Early morning transfer Nepalgunj airport and we fly north of Nepalgunj about 50 minutes to Simikot; headquarter of Nepal's most remote district, Humla. From here we set off on our trek climbing up from the airstrip on a rocky trail past fields of barley and wheat. We ascend a forested ridge above the town of Simikot and make a long steep descent past Dandaphoya. The trail onward is fairly level, through walnut and apricot trees. Continue walking through jungle & villages along Karnali River toward Dharapokhari. After lunch we\'ll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. Camping at night at Dharapokhari.
Day 5: Trek
Today is relatively a short walking day. It is a flat walking trail to Kermi. We follow the Humla Karnali basin. We then climb over a ridge and enter the village of Kermi. There are two hot springs near Kermi. Camping at night.
Day 6: Trek to Yalbang
Enter a big valley with walled fields of potato and buckwheat leaving Kermi. After walking through a sparse pine forest, cross the Salli La Pass (2990m) and we descend from the ridge to the Salli Khola. Beyond the meadow the valley narrows and we cross several more ridges. Walking along a relatively flat terrain we arrive at Yalbang. Visit the Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. Camping at night.
Day 7: Trek to Muchu (2920m)
From Yalbang the trail winds its way precariously above the river. The vegetation gets increasingly thinner as we go higher. Cross the suspension bridge over the Karnali River and arrive at Muchu. Camping at night.
Day 8: Trek to Yari
After passing the Muchu Checkpoint, follow the trail over a ridge to the Tumkot Khola and then walk along the rocky stream bed for a short distance. Visit the Dhungkar Choezam Monastery up the hill. We leave the Karnali River behind and climb higher. A steep climb through a rock-filled gully passes through Palbang and its bright yellow mustard fields to the small settlement of Yari. By the time we are in Yari, the landscapes gets increasingly barren.
Day 9: Trek to Sip (4330m)
Its about 4-5 hrs trek today. Having our early breakfast we set to Sip enjoying the views of Erega mountain. Trail goes walking on relatively flat ground for some time. Arrive at Thado Dhunga (4043m), also the base camp for the Nara la pass (4580m). We camp below the pass in a meadow known as Sipsip. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 10: Trek to Hilsa (3720m)
From Sipsip we ascend steeply to a rock cairn marking the top of the Nara Lagna La. we have views of the Tibetan Plateau before arriving at the village of Ranipauwa. Descend down to Hilsa. Hilsa is the border town on the Nepal side of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border. It would be around 6hrs working day.
Day 11: Drive to Mansarovar (4560m) via Taklakot (3930m)
Shortly after crossing the Nepal/Tibet border which is marked only by a stone pillar, we meet our transport and drive about 130km, via the large trading centre of Taklakot. Taklakot is a trading town on the Tibetan side of the border. By late afternoon the drive through the green pastures and huge valleys gives way to the first sighting of Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Mansarovar is the most venerated of Tibet\'s many lakes. We visit Rakshak Tal here. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 12: Explore Mansarovar
Today will be spent at Mansarovar, allowing our bodies time to acclimatize to the altitude and exploring this fascinating place. The circumference of Mansarovar is 88-km, its depth is 90m and total area is 320-sq-kms. The lake freezes in the winters and melts only in spring. It looks unbelievably fascinating on moonlit nights when an ethereal ambience pervades the atmosphere. We will visit the picturesque Chiu Monastery on the north-west shore of the lake with the imposing sight of Mt Kailash in the background.
Day 13: Garuda Valley Sightseeing
The Garuda Valley or Kyunglung lies to the southwest of Mt Kailash. The Garuda Valley contains mysterious caves some of which have never been explored. The valley is the source of an ancient kingdom of Shangshung, the ruined cave cities in the valley are the remains of early Tibetan civilization. For those interested in the archeological and historical sites, Garuda Valley offers a magnificent exploration. Return back to Mansarovar in the evening.
Day 14: Drive to Tarboche(4750m)
The drive from Mansarovar to Tarboche takes about 2 hours. This is the starting point for our Kora, the 53 km trek around the mountain. Overnight at Tented Camp
15: First day of Kora: hiking to Dirapuk (5120m)
Today we begin our Kora of the Mount Kailash. From tarboche, we walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. We follow the river which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Cross a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa high on the hill visible from the valley. The trail leads to few ups and downs till we reach Dirapuk with a fine view of the north face of Mount Kailash. Overnight at Dirapuk.
Day 16: Hiking to Dzutul-puk (4790m)
Today we are going to climb at Drolma-la pass (Pass of Tara), filed with five-colored praying flags. It\'s a tough climb to the summit which is festooned with prayer flags but from there it is all downhill or flat, with views of one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion. Then we start the descending to Dzutul-puk. There is a monastery and several meditation caves and a cave containing an image of Milarepa. Overnight at Tented Camp.
17: Trek to Darchen (4560m)
On the final day of the Kora we cross several streams, and follow an impressive gorge. Along the way we are once again treated to magnificent views of Kailash. We then enter the Bharka plain and it\'s about an hour\'s walk through this desert-like landscape to Darchen.
18: Drive to Paryang (4750m)
Continue driving past Hor Quo and across the Mayum La pass (5200 m). Pass by the small towns of Zhongba and Paryang. It\'s 270 km from Mansarovar to Paryang. The scenery along this section is one of the most panoramic of the entire journey. Spend your evening in tented camp enjoying the landscapes.
Day 19: Drive to Saga (4600m)
From Paryang, it's 255 km to Saga. We continue driving today along stretch of road, passing through the small, dusty town of Zhongba en route.
20: Drive to Shigatse (3900m)
Leaving Saga, we pass the turn-off for the northern route and skirt around a lake, passing through a series of valleys. Approaching Kaga, we\'ll come across the first trees and agricultural fields that we\'ve seen for many days and the town itself is situated next to a picturesque lake. We continue on to Lhatse where we join the paved Friendship Highway and follow it for the final 150km to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery, being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is the major attraction of Shigatse. Then in evening you can visit the famous Tibetan market below the Shigatse Zong.
Day 21: Shigatse Sightseeing & drive to Gyantse (3950m)
This morning in Shigatse we have time to visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet, before driving 90km to Gyantse. After reaching of Gyantse we will have short visit of Gyantse valley. We will visit Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong fort dates back to the fourteenth century and offers some of the most amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Gyantse Kumbum has a large gold-domed Stupa and houses, several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals.
Day 22: Gyantse Sightseeing & drive to Lhasa (3650m)
A spectacular 261km drive today will take us over the Karo La (5045m), where we are treated to the awesome sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred metres of the road. Beyond the small, developing town of Nagartse, the road follows the bank of a beautiful turquoise lake, the Yamdrok-tso, for about 20km. We cross the Khamba La (4794m) and continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La (5045m) with incredible glacial views. We pass High Mountain passes, beautiful Tibetan villages and colorful slopes of the Tibetan hills to Lhasa.
Day 23: Lhasa Sightseeing Tour
We will visit Lhasa's many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. At Sera Monastery, you will get an insight into the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. You pay a visit to Norbulingka, the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Completed in 1956, the handsome building is ornately decorated with Tibetan carvings and paintings. See the wonderful collection of ancient murals and statues as well as scriptures written in gold powder, wonderful scroll paintings, tapestries and Thangka. Visit the Jokhang Temple, a spiritual center of Tibetan people built during songtsen Gompo’s reign by princess Wencheng of tang dynasty, 647 A.D. The inner circuit is also situated inside the temple and is lined with prayer-wheel and murals outlined in gold on red background, which depict the thousand Buddha, interspersed with Stupas and relief-images. The temple is surrounded by the Barkhor market, where you will stroll through the busy lanes that seem to have resisted all invasions of the modern world and return back to hotel for overnight.
Day 24: Another Lhasa Sightseeing
Today you will visit the spectacular Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. It is the most striking landmark in Lhasa and an architectural wonder. Potala palace is one of the most beautiful monuments in Tibet with a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. Elegantly decorated with hundreds of Thangka paintings, frescos and images created hundreds of years ago the Potala palace is a perfect example of how ancient monuments should be preserved. We also visit Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. Tibetans\' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery; evening free for Shopping. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest.
Day 25: Flight
back to Kathmandu
Today we will have a flight back to Kathmandu valley from Gonggar airport. Flight takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. The flight provides you the brilliant views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. After am hour long flight we will be at Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to Hotel.
day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.
Day 27: Final Departure Airport
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
What’s included in the Cost:
- All airport Pick up and Drop
- Tibet Travel Permit, entrance fees
- Twin share accommodation in respective hotels
- Tours and transfers with English speaking guide
- All land transport in 4-Wheel Drive jeeps
- Breakfast every day.
Extra Cost to Consider:
- China Group Visa fees (US$ 58.00 per person)and For USA Nationality(US$142 per person)
- Flight Ticket (Kathmandu-Lhasa/Lhasa-Kathmandu)
- Departure Tax at Kathmandu airport (Rs. 1600)
- Lunches & dinners; refreshments, bottled/alcoholic drinks
- Any tips (hotels, restaurants, guide, driver, etc.)
- Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites
- Nepal re-entry Visa (multiple entry visas are available)
- Extras cost for up-grading rooms at hotels if/when applicable
- Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cancellation of flights, deviation in program, delays due to landslides/ road blockage or otherwise
- Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc.).
Trip Facts & Figures:
Tour Duration: 27 days
Joining in: Kathmandu Nepal
Trip Grade: Moderate
Maximum Altitude: (5120m)
Best time: Autumn (August, Sept, Oct), spring (March April) summer (May, June July)
Guide: Government certified tour & trekking Guide
Lodging: Twin sharing guest house/hotel accommodation private room. during the trekking sleeping on the tent, single supplement will be available by single supplement fee.
Food: Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (typical Tibetan cuisine )
Extend your Holiday
Simikot Kailash Lhasa Trek do not included any services in Kathmandu like hotels, tour and trekking in Nepal, but on your request we can help you to get any level of accommodation, Airport pick up, arrangements of Trekking, Day Hiking, Sightseeing and Cultural Tour , Rafting, Jungle Safari, Flight, Paragliding, Car Rental and more.
Accommodations in Tibet
All accommodation lodgings have been chosen for their standard of hygiene, standard of service, location and food quality. All accommodation is based on twin sharing basis, during your tour we will use Hotel Flora or Snowland in Lhasa, Single supplement will be provided on request it cost US$ 120 Single Supplement Fee.
If clients want to use deluxe and best accommodations available we can upgrade the accommodation on the tour as per your request, in Lhasa can use budget to 5 star hotel available to upgrade the tour please contact us
Meals in the Tour
Every day's breakfast is included in the package. This will be a dish of Tibetan or continental origin cooked by the lodgings you stay at. Lunch, dinner and any extra food are up to you; as a rough guide, budget USD 12 to USD 18 per day
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