Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour is a multinational tour that connects the off-the-beaten trails of Nepal and Tibet. The major highlights of this tour include the rural village of Simikot Nepal. The holy and Spiritual Mount Kailash and the ancient trade town of Lhasa. Mount Kailash in Tibet is believed to be the home of Lord Shiva which holds great religious importance for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and ancient Bon religion followers. Mt. Kailash is also the source of the raging rivers of Karnali, Sutlej, Indus, and Brahmaputra crossing the Tibetan plateau. Annually, thousands of pilgrims around Kailash Mountain which is also popularly known as Kailash Kora. There is a belief that a clockwise circuit tour of Kailash mountain will erase the sins of a lifetime.
Mt. Kailash at 6714m offers great views of Himalayan views. Nearby the holy mountain Kailash, Manasarover Lake is another pilgrimage site. That simply makes us immerse in its crystal clear blue natural awesomeness. During our Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour, we initially boarded a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. And then we take another connecting flight to Simikot and make it all the way to Mt. Kailash, Manasarover Lake, and finally Lhasa by trekking and driving.
After arriving at Lhasa we go sightseeing around world-famous sites, and monasteries, and finally, we fly back to Kathmandu at the end of our trip. Visit picturesque monasteries, and pilgrimage lakes, circuiting around Mt. Kailash, and experiencing Lhasa sightseeing are the highlights of this trip. “There are countless beautiful landscapes in the Himalayas, in the Trans-Himalaya, and in their areas of high Asia, yet the view from Gosul Gompa crosses the lake and the surrounding mountains surpass everything I have seen”, wrote Sven Hedin in “Transhimalaya” (1909).
You can join the Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour at any time of the year. This tour is an excellent opportunity for all travel lovers to witness the authentic lifestyle of local inhabitants in rural Nepal while making it all the way to pilgrimage sites in Tibet, sightseeing around Lhasa, and getting back to the cultural hub of Kathmandu. Contact us for booking and further information.
If this itinerary doesn’t suit your requirement or if you want to customize it, please feel free to contact us. This trek could be customized as per your required time frame and budget limits.
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu at (1,365m/ 4,478ft.)::
A panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
Day 2 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley::
Kathmandu, the historical and cultural heart of Nepal, has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence in the Valley.
Day 3 : Fly Kathmandu to Nepalganj::
Today we take a ninety-minute flight to Nepalgunj in the far southwest of Nepal. It is a busy crowded city that lies close to the Indian border.
Day 4 : Fly to Simikot at (2,960m/ 9,711ft.) and to Dhara Pokhari at (2,300m/ 7,545ft.)::
This morning we fly north for about 50 minutes to Simikot, the headquarters of Nepal’s most remote district, Humla. After meeting our crew, 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, before making a long steep descent past Dandaphoya. The trail is then fairly level, through walnut and apricot trees, until we come to the scattered village of Dharapokhari which is divided by the Yakba Khola.
Day 5 : Pokhari to SalliKhola at (2,700m/ 8,858ft.)::
Leaving our campsite, we cross a long scree slope and follow the river to a waterfall near the shepherds’ camp at Chachera. We then climb over a ridge and bypass the village of Kermi before entering a big valley with walled fields of potato and buckwheat. After walking through a sparse pine forest we descend from the ridge to the Salli Khola and camp by the river.
Day 6 : SalliKhola to Muchu at (2,920m/ 9,580ft.)::
We cross the river and climb over a rocky ridge before descending to the grey waters of the Humla Karnali. After crossing another ridge we come to a sandy meadow where goat herders often camp by the river. Beyond the meadow, the valley narrows and we cross several more ridges, passing the villages of Yalbang and Yangar. The trail then winds its way precariously above the river before we cross a suspension bridge to the village of Muchu.
Day 7 : At Muchu for day exploration::
Today is a rest day which we’ll spend in and around Muchu, exploring the village with its stone houses and Gompa.
Day 8 : Muchu to Sipsip at (4,330m/ 14,206ft.)::
From Muchu, we follow the trail over a ridge to the Tumkot Khola and then walk along the rocky stream bed for a short distance before beginning a steep climb through a rock-filled gully. We pass through Palbang and its bright yellow mustard fields to the small settlement of Yari and beyond here the route climbs up the valley towards a pass, the Nara Lagna. We camp below the pass in a meadow known as Sipsip.
Day 9 : Sipsip to Hilsa at (3,720m/ 12,204ft.)::
From Sipsip we ascend steeply to a rock cairn marking the top of the Nara Lagna [4,580m]. Descending from the pass, we have views of the Tibetan Plateau before arriving at the village of Ranipauwa. Beyond here, we slip and slide on a surface of loose pebbles down to the Humla Karnali.
Day 10 : Hilsa to Taklakot at (3,930m/ 12,893ft.). and drive to Manasarovar at (4,560m. 14,960ft.)::
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 center of Taklakot, to Manasarovar, the most venerated of Tibet’s many lakes.
Day 11 : At Manasarovar for day exploration and acclimatize::
Today will be spent at Manasarovar, allowing our bodies time to acclimatize to the altitude and explore this fascinating place. We will visit the picturesque Chiu Monastery on the northwest shore of the lake with the imposing sight of Mt Kailash in the background.
Day 12 : Drive from Manasarovar to Tarboche at (4,750m/ 15,883ft.)::
Leaving the lake, we drive for about 35 km towards Mt Kailash and Tarboche which is marked by a tall pole adorned with prayer flags. This is the starting point for our Kora, the 53 km trek around the mountain.
Day 13 : Trek from Tarboche to Dira-puk at (4,900m/ 16,076ft.)::
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. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the ancient monastery at Dira-Puk.
Day 14 : Trek from Dira-puk to Zutul-puk at (4,790m/ 15,715ft.)::
We now leave the Lha Chu Valley and enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La [5,630m]. It’s a tough climb to the summit which is festooned with prayer flags but from there, it is all downhill or flat to Zutul-puk, with views of one of the highest lakes in the world, ThukpeDzingbuLake, known as the Lake of Compassion. At Zutul-puk, there is a monastery several meditation caves, and a cave containing an image of Milarepa.
Day 15 : Trek from Zutul-puk to Saga at (4,600m/ 15,091ft.)::
We continue driving today along a 255km stretch of road to Saga, passing through the small, dusty town of Zhongba en route.
Day 16 : Drive from Saga to Shigatse at (3,900m/ 12,795ft.)::
Today is the longest drive of our journey, 452km to Shigatse. 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.
Day 17 : Sightseeing and drive to Gyantse at (3,950m/ 12,959ft.)::
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. Once in Gyantse, we can explore the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa and its many chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals.
Day 18 : Sightseeing and drive to Lhasa at (3,750m/ 12,303ft.)::
A spectacular 261km drive today will take us over the Karo La 5,045m, where we are treated to the awesome sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred meters 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 then cross the Khamba La [4,794m] and continue on to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
Day 19 : City Sightseeing in Lhasa::
Today will be spent visiting several of Lhasa’s many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet. Within its white-washed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After lunch, we’ll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor – a maze of narrow cobbled streets which is the central market of Lhasa.
Day 20 : City Sightseeing in Lhasa::
This morning we will visit the Potala Palace which dominates the city of Lhasa. A spectacular building, it contains the private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand staterooms and many important chapels. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century. A visit to the Drepung Monastery this afternoon will complete a truly awe-inspiring day. Founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once the largest in the world with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution.
Day 21 : Free day in Lhasa for exploration::
Our final day in Lhasa is a free day for you to explore further, revisit a favorite monastery, or simply sit in a café overlooking the Barkhor and watch the pilgrims as they circumambulate the Jokhang, stopping regularly to peruse the merchandise at the stalls lining the route. There is also the option of an additional tour to places such as the Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery, and Tsurphu Monastery, but this will incur extra costs.
Day 22 : From Lhasa Fly to Kathmandu drive to Hotel Horizon Kathmandu ::
Lhasa fly to Kathmandu drive to Hotel Gree Horizon Kathmandu