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Mount Kailash via Simikot Trek

The governments of Nepal and China agreed to open the border between their countries in 1993. From then on, people are able to make tours to Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake through Humla, Simikot, which is Nepal’s most remote district in the Northwest part of the country. And this route is considered to be the shortest and most practical for trekkers in terms of elevation and distance. Apart from that, it offers you with astounding views and great richness in culture and history.
 
Mount Kailash via Simikot Trek starts from Simikot which is situated at an elevation of 2910m and the trail climbs up to Nara La Pass before reaching the arid Tibetan Plateau. It takes about 6 days journeys to reach the Tibetan border town Shera from Simikot. And this will give you plenty of time to acclimatize to higher altitudes. Since there is no direct air service from Kathmandu to Simikot, we generally fly to Simikot via Nepalgunj. As Nepalgunj to Simikot flights only operate early in the morning, we have to stay one night in Nepalgunj to catch the early morning flight the next day.
 
Coldfeet Adventure Nepal has crafted the most flexible itinerary in a very competitive price. We welcome you all here in Kathmandu. We assure your most memorable Mount Kailash via Simikot Trek here in Nepal.
 
FACTS
Type of Trek: Camping
Trekking Level: Hard
Duration of Trek: 12 Days 
Tour Duration: 29 Days 
Route of Trekking: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot-Manasarobar-Kathmandu
Maximum Elevation: 5650 meters above sea level
 
Outlined Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley and preparation for the trip
  • Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu
  • Day 04: Fly to Simikot (2910m) from Nepalgunj and trek to Masigaon (2270m)
  • Day 05: Trek from Masigaon to Kermi (2690m)
  • Day 06: Trek from Kermi to Yangar (2850m)
  • Day 07: Trek from Yangar to Torea (3400m)
  • Day 08: Trek from Torea to Sipsip (4300m)
  • Day 09: Trek from Sipsip to Nara Lagna Pass (4580m) then trek to Hilsa (3720m)
  • Day 10: Drive from Hilsa to Purang (3770m) and onto Lake Manasarovar
  • Day 11: Drive to Darchen, trek to Chhuka Gompa
  • Day 12: Trek from Chhuka Gompa to Damding Donkhang (4900m)
  • Day 13: Trek from Damding Donkhang to Dikpa Karnak (5300m)
  • Day 14:  Cross Dolma La, trek to Zutul Puk Gompa  [4790m] 
  • Day 15: Trek from Zutuk Puk Gompa to Darchen [4560m], and drive to Lake Manasarovar (4,750m)
  • Day 16: Drive to Zhangmu [2300m] from Manasarovar
  • Day 17: Drive to China–Nepal Border
  • Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 19: Final Departure from Kathmandu
 
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to the hotel.
 
Day 02: Sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley and preparation for the trip
Today, you will be visiting the major cultural and religious heritages in the Kathmandu valley. Our tour guides will help you to visit Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square including others.
 
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu
Today, we catch our morning available flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu. Upon arriving at Nepalgunj, we will explore around the city and stay overnight at the hotel there.
 
Day 04: Fly to Simikot from Nepalgunj and trek to Masigaon
Today, we will take our early morning flight to Simikot from Nepalgunj. After about 45 minutes of flight, we will reach at Simikot. After final preparations, we start walking to the ridge above Simikot and then descend to Masigaon village where we camp for our first night.
 
Day 05: Trek from Masigaon to Kermi
From Masigaon, the trail continues to the village Dharapuri. Then, after crossing Humla Karnali, we enter Khanglagaon from where we follow the river to our camp at Kermi. Today, there is a lot of ascents and descents as we have to climb out of the gorge at times where there are impassable sections.
 
Day 06: Trek from Kermi to Yangar
Today, we climb over a number of ridges with superb views of Saipal Himal and finally we arrive at Yangar village near Humla Khola.
 
Day 07: Trek from Yangar to Torea
Today, we come out of the village of Yangar and follow the trail high above Humla Khola before you reach Muchu village further along the river. After climbing the ridge followed by a steep descent into a gorge, we ascend to a ridge and then follow the trail along theh Tumkot Khola and then Bumachiya Khola. Finally our trail takes us to Palbang, and then onto Torea.
 
Day 08: Trek from Torea to Sipsip
From Torea, the trail ascends to a ridge near the village of Yari. Then, we continue walking to the meadow at Sipsip near the base of the pass. This is a regular trading route into Tibet. So, you are likely to see traffic of pack animals, pilgrims and traders.
 
Day 09: Trek from Sipsip to Nara Lagna Pass then trek to Hilsa
There is a steep ascent for a couple of hours to Nara Lagna Pass where there are good views of Saipal and out over the Tibetan plateau. The descent from the pass is on a rocky trail to Humla Karnali and then it continues further to several stone houses at Hilsa where we camp for the night. Nepal border is just over on the other side of the bridge.
 
Day 10: Drive from Hilsa to Purang and onto Lake Manasarovar
There is a short walk to Shera, a Tibetan trading post, from where we go for drive to Purang that takes about one hour. After lunch, we continue driving to our campsite on the shore of holy Lake Manasarovar below Chiu Gompa.
 
Day 11: Drive to Darchen, trek to Chhuka Gompa
In the morning, we drive to the roadhead at Darchen where we start our trek around Mount Kailash. Then the trail heads in a north-west direction to Lha Chu Valley with Kailash visible to the north. We descend to Darboche where there is a tall pole with prayer flags. Then, we continue across the plain at Shersong and after a further hour, we arrive to our first camp near Chhuka Gompa.
 
Day 12: Trek from Chhuka Gompa to Damding Donkhang
Today, we follow the pilgrims on their kora around Mount Kailash. Then, the trail follows a deep gorge to our camp for the night.
 
Day 13: Trek from Damding Donkhang to Dikpa Karnak
From camp, we walk towards the Diraphuk monastery, where we will get views of the north face of Kailash. We then continue walking and cross Lha Chu on a bridge then up to the meadows at Dikpa Karnak.
 
Day 14:  Cross Dolma La, trek to Zutul Puk Gompa
There is a rocky trail passing a many cairns and a stone hut and camp then up to the summit of Dolma La at 5600m. From the pass, there is a steep descent on a switchback trail to a lake called Gourikund then further down in the valley, there is a stone house at Lhamchhukhir. Our camp for the night is at Zutul Puk gompa a little futher the valley.
 
Day 15: Trek from Zutuk Puk Gompa to Darchen, and drive to Lake Manasarovar
Today, we finish the kora around Kailash arriving back to Darchen at our starting point. We then drive back to Chuku Gompa where we camp for the night.
 
Day 16: Drive to Zhangmu from Manasarovar
After the kora around Kailash, we drive in Landcruisers over the Tibetan plateau and finally reach Zhangmu.
 
Day 17: Drive to China–Nepal Border
Today, we will drive to cross the border and will reach at Nepal.
 
Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu
After completing border formalities, we enter Nepal and then drive back to Kathmandu. Here, you will enjoy the evening farewell dinner organized by our company. 
 
Day 19: Final Departure from Kathmandu
This day will be your final stay in Nepal. And we will transfer you to the airport and you will be saying goodbye to Nepal.
 
 TREKKING SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT
(up to 5600./18372ft.)

# Sleeping bag (Comfortable to -20)
# 1 Pair strong Mountain/Hiking boots
# 1 Dawn Jacket/All Weather Anorak
# Medium/Large Rucksack/ Backpack
# Light Water & Windproof jacket
# Or 2, 1 Liter Water bottle (s)
# 1 Pair Waterproof Gaiters / Over Trousers
# 1 Torch/ Flashlight & Spare Batteries
# 2 Long Sleeve Cotton (or Polypro) Shirts
# 1 Medium Size Towel
# 1 Pair Sport Shoes
# 1 Pair Slipper
# 2 Pair Light weight Trousers
# 1 Pair Shorts
# 1 Fleece/Warm Sweater
# 1 Sweat Shirt/Light Sweat
# 2 T-shirt
# 2 Pair Light Socks
# 3 Pair Heavy Woolen Socks (4 Plastic bags to wrapping clothes)
# Small Day pack
# Thermals
# Cotton Headscarf/ Bandanna
# Sun Glasses and Sun Hat
# 1 Washing Kit, Including Personal Toiletries
# Talcum Powder
# Moleskin Blisters Tape
# Toilet Paper
# Biodegradable Shop-Shampoo
# Any Personal Medication

Optional Items

# Money Belts
# Warm Hat/Gloves Waterproof
# One Swimming Costume/Bathing Suits
# One Swiss Army Type of Knife
# One Inner Sleeping sheet

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