Total duration for this trip can be 21 days, depends on walking distance, weather condition and place to visit. Flight to Simikot or fly back from Simikot is more weather depended and it is better to use one way only since you need to follow the same trail on the way back. Following the Karnali River valley it is one of the nice trail to follow.
Since the road from Tibet is planned to connect with simikot air port, this trail will not be trekking trail any more in years to come. High mountain lives, green river valley, sheep and yaks heard, snow-cap mountains, this is really one of the nice treks in Nepal.
At least 4 people in one group is better to have. The cost of the trips depend on the duration and size of group. If you are group of four and interested to start or end the trek from or to Simikot the trek costs almost US $3500.00 per person which includes a Kailash and Lhasa tour, too including Everest Base Camp trek on the way and fly back or to Lhasa.
Itinerary of Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour In Detail.
Days 01 : Kathmandu (1300 m.) arrival: Pick up from the airport/ Drive to hotel. Dinner
Days 02 : Kathmandu: Breakfast, trip to City and temples, back to Hotel for lunch. After lunch, final preparation for yatra i.e, checking and demonstration of equipments which will be used during yatra. If any body needs to buy or get things on hire, our staff will give you company. Dinner.
Days 03 : Fly to Nepalganj: Today we take the ninety minute flight to Nepalgunj in the far south west of Nepal. It is a busy crowded city which lies close to the Indian border.
Days 04 : Fly to Simikot (2960m) then trek to Dhara Pokhari (2300m): 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 Dhara Pokhari which is divided by the Yakba Khola.
Days 05 : Trek to Salli Khola (2700m): 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.
Days 06 : Trek to Muchu (2920m): 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.
Days 07 : Rest day: Today is a rest day which we'll spend in and around Muchu, exploring the village with its stone houses and gompa.
Days 08 : Trek to Sipsip (4330m): 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.
Days 09 : Trek to Hilsa (3720m): From Sipsip we ascend steeply to a rock cairn marking the top of the Nara Lagna (4580m. 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
Days 10 : Trek and drive to Taklakot (3930m): Shortly after crossing the Nepal/Tibet border which is marked only by a stone pillar, we meet our transport and drive via Khojar Nath ( Temple of Rama, Saita and Laxman) Takla kot is the large trading centre of west Nepal Tibet border.
Days 11 : Rest day for acclimatize
Days 12 : Holy-Manasarovara: At 14950-ft/ 4558m. Today you will be sent to the highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rashekshi are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Night will be spending at Chu Gumba.
Days 13 : Puja and drive to Tarchen (14975ft) 40km: Manasarovara is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss.
After completing the memorable morning Bath and Puja we will be heading towards Tarchen. It is considered as a base camp for the Holy Kailash Parikrama.
Days 14 : Trek to Dehara Puk/5000m: It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; water falls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is every where with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be keep on appearing. For 15 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs.
Days 15 : Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (pass) of 18600ft between two valleys: Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget yourself. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive Zuthal Puk (the cave of Miracles. The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here).
Days 16 : End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovara: After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting your arrival. By the late afternoon you will be at your lodge/camp.
Days 17 : Drive to Paryang (277km) 7-8 hr.
Days 18 : Drive Pary to Saga (185km) 7-8 hrs
Days 19 : Drive to Nylam or Zang Mu: (296km) 6-7 hr.
Days 20 : Drive back to Dhulikhel or Kathmandu (150 km) 9-10 hr.
Days 21 : Transfer to airport for your onward flight.
We can customize this trek according to your travel needs.
Cost Includes & Excludes
Cost Includes in this program:
3 night's accommodation at 3 or 4 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin share basis with all meals [vegetarian].
12 nights accommodation in Tibet using guesthouse /camp.
Tibet Visa & Permit Fee [Normal].
Yaks & Yak Men for luggage during Kailash Parikrama.
Ground transfers in Tibet using Toyota Land Cruisers or bus as applicable.
Services of English speaking guide in Tibet.
Services of our trekking equipment and Sherpa staff.
All Trekking & camping equipment including Gyamo Bags, Sleeping bags and oxygen cylinders.
Cost excludes in this program:
Using extra nights in lodge (except the mentioned on itinerary).
Yak/porter for personal using
Rescue/ evacuation or all the extra cost because of partition from the main group or serious health condition.
Flight or any costs TO or FROM Kathmandu from your destination/ home town.
No cost is including for those who separate from the main group