Trans-Himalayan Tour to Mount Kailash

The Trans-Himalayan Tour to Mount Kailash (from Simikot to Mt Kailash) in Tibet is a rare trans-border, trans-Himalayan holiday package in which you move through virtually unknown region  beyond the Himalayas of Nepal, and then enter into Tibet to make a circumambulation around the most revered spiritual centers of Tibet—Mt Kailash and Manasarovar.

The tour starts with a flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot of Humla. From then you trudge along the ancient salt trade route between Nepal and Tibet, but this route is virtually a terra incognita for most of the visitors to Nepal. You trek in Nepal side rigorously for days, passing through soothing wilderness and uplifting panorama in the region lying beyond the Himalayas of Nepal. It was precisely the region where Eric Valley’s award winning film caravan was shot during the early 1990s.

Once you cross Nepal and enter Tibet after passing through challenging passes, you will be driven in comfortable vehicle and taken into vicinity of Mt Kailash and Mansarovar. Again you will move on yor foot around Mt Kailash and Mansarovar, taking enough time to soak up the majestic panorama and ethereal surrounds. These places hold revered position not just in Hinduism and Buddhism, but also in Bonpo and Jain religions. However, you need not be the devout of any of these religions to enjoy the ethereal surroundings of these areas. Rather you find that the places described as the holiest by different religions are also the most beautiful in the earth.


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2910m); and trek from Simikot to Dharapuri (2250m)

Day 5: Trek from Dharapuri to Salli Khola (2700m)

Day 6: Trek from Salli Khola  to Muchu (3120m)

Day 7: Trek from Muchu to Sipsip (4300m)

Day 8: Trek from Sipsip to Hilsa (3720m)

Day 9: Trek from Hilsa to Taklakot and and drive to Tritapuri (4560m)

Day 10: Sightseeing of Garuda valley and drive to Darchen (4560m)

Day 11-14: Hiking around Mt Kailash and drive to Mansarovar

Day 15: Circumambulate Mansarovar by a Jeep

Day 16: Drive from Mansarovar to Saga (4600m)

Day 17: Drive from Saga to Zangmu (3750m)

Day 18: Drive from Zangmu to Kathmandu

Day 19: International Departure


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
As you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathamandu, a representative of Outdoor Himalayan Treks will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu  
Kathmandu valley has historically remained the administrative and cultural capital of Nepal since centuries. The city has a number of temples, old, grand palaces, monasteries covered with ornate stone and woodcarvings.  A day of sightseeing only gives you a rapid overview of this wonderful heritage. If you want to know more, you should spend a few days here.

Day 3:  Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
It takes about an hour to reach Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. It is a burgeoning city in the western Terai region of Nepal. From hill-surrounded Kathmandu to all plain Nepal, you will experience the difference in climate, temperature, and lifestyle.

Day 4:  Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2910m); and trek from Simikot to Dharapuri (2250m)
The flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot is an exciting mountain flight, offering great views of the Himalayan mountains. It takes about 45 minutes to land in Simikot, the district headquarter of one of the remotest districts of Nepal. The culture and lifestyle here bears striking similarity to that of Tibet. Take a sumptuous lunch at Simikot and then walk to Dharapuri to spend your night there.

Day 5:  Trek from Dharapuri to Salli Khola (2700m)
Hike is reasonably convenient as far as Kermi, where you can find two natural hot springs.  We walk past this village, go up through sparsely treed pine forest, reach Salli la Pass at an altitude of 2990m and go down reach Salli Khola (a small stream) to spend our night at its bank.

Day 6:  Trek from Salli Khola  to Muchu (3120m)
Among the highlights of today’s trek are Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. Trees become sparse as we gain altitude. Finally we go across the Karnali River through a suspension bridge and reach Muchu for our night’s stopover.

Day 7:  Trek from Muchu to Sipsip (4300m)
From Muchu we climb down to Tumkot, visit the Dhungkar Choezam Monastery and climb up towards Yari. We walk through the treeless Himalayan terrain, going up and up until we reach Sip Sip. En route enticing mountain views exhilarate us, relieving our tiredness.

Day 8:  Trek from Sipsip to Hilsa (3720m)
The highest point of the trek  is reached today at Nara La Pass(4580m). As we continue the journey downwards on the other side of the pass, enjoy the lofty panorama of the Tibetan plateau. Walkign past Ranipauwa, we reach Hilsa, the border town between Nepal and China.

Day 9: Trek from Hilsa to Taklakot and and drive to Tritapuri (4560m)
We cross Nepal and reach the Tibetan border town Taklakot, also known as Purang locally. Take a stroll around the town in the afternoon, and have a look at its antique heritage. Then drive to Tritapuri in the late afternoon.

Day 10: Sightseeing of Garuda valley and drive to Darchen (4560m)
Today we make a foray into some of the enigmatic  caves  of Garuda valley and the ruins of some ancient city. In the evening we reach Darchen, where we spend our night at the proximity of the Holy Lake, the Manasarovar.

Day 11-14:  Hiking around Mt Kailash and drive to Mansarovar
We spend four days hiking around this wonderfully beautiful mountain of the earth.  The four days gives us ample time to enjoy its grandeur from impressive angles, move through fluttering prayer flags and mysterious, myth-laden caves of its vicinity. In the last day we drive to Mansaravor and spend our night there.

Day 15:  Circumambulate Mansarovar by a Jeep
Mansarovar is another gem of nature in Tibet, another most revered religious emblem. Adherents of different religions believe taking a dip in its holy waters cleanses one off the sins committed during a hundred lives.

Day 16: Drive from Mansarovar to Saga (4600m)
Passing through some small towns on the way and across Mayum La Pass, we reach Saga.

Day 17:  Drive from Saga to Zangmu (3750m)
We go across the Brahmaputra River to Nyalam, peer at the majesty of Mt Everest from Lalung La (5124m), go over another pass named Lalung La (5124m) and reach the town named Zanmu, near the border with Nepal.

Day 18:  Drive from Zangmu to Kathmandu
Today we drive from Zangmu in Tibet to Kathmandu Nepal first along the  spectacular gorge of the Bhote Koshi River, where one of the world’s highest bungee is built, then along some villages, and farms to Kathmandu.

Day 19: International Departure
Today you will head towards your home.


Fitness Level:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:

Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • P
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • TIMS Card
  • Visa for Tibet
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance



Country: Tibet
Duration: 19 days
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Highest Alt: 4600m
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