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Simikot Kailash Trek

This tour serves both the adventure seeker and religious tourists. Mt. Kailash holds great value to Hindu and Buddhist people. For Hindu people this is holy place, a pilgrim and other people who don’t belong to this religious group this place is a heaven. For thousands of years people have journeyed to this special place to pay their respect and to circumambulate and this process continues to the date. In the later centuries this place has changed its image from just a Hindu pilgrimage site to the most beautiful mountain region in world to visit. In this trek tour we will start our trek from the Nepalese hilly side, enter to Tibet on our way and exit from the Zhangmu, a Tibetan town near the Tibet-Nepal border.

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Outline Itineraries:

Day 01: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj

Day 02: Simikot

Day 03: Kermi

Day 04: Yalbang Gompa

Day 05: Tumkot Khola

Day 06: Thado Dunga

Day 07: Hilsa

Day 08-09: Lake Manasarovar

Day 10: Darchen

Day 11: Dri Ra Phuk gompa

Day 12: Zutul Phuk Gompa

Day 13: Tirthapuri

Day 14: Horchu

Day 15: Paryang

Day 16: Saga

Day 17: Nylam

Day 18: Nylam to Zhangmu

Detail Itineraries:

Day 01: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj that is situated near the India-Nepal border and lies in the sub-tropical lowlands in Terai region.

Day 02: Simikot
Fly to Simikot from Nepalgunj ascending about 750m. This flight will take about 50 minutes and offers extraordinary views of the Himalayas. Landing at the tiny mountain airstrip at Simikot is an unforgettable experience. Then the trek starts with an initial climbing of few hours through the villages of Tuling, following the trail that passes through walnut and apricot trees to the village of Dharapari.

Day 03: Kermi
You will follow the Karnali and trek through the rice and wheat fields to a point where the valley narrows and the river is choked with the huge mountain rocks. As per the legends, these rocks represents the silver fishes that swam up from the Ganges and couldn’t make it any further. You will be passing through the small fields of buckwheat and pine.

Day 04: Yalbang Gompa
Pass through the first pass i.e. the Soli La (2990m). Then descend to cross the sturdy suspension bridge built in 1995 then climb above the Humla Karnali to the Gompa at Yalbang which is an excellent Campsite.

Day 05: Tumkot Khola
Follow the trail that comes close to the river many times. Then go through the path built up with rocks and timber. Then cross the Humla Karnali River and climb steadily to Munchu which lies at an altitude of 2920m above the sea level. Here you will come across a police check post. Then follow the trail that passes below Gompa and the stone houses of the village.

Day 06: Thado Dunga
Leave Humla Karnali River early to cross the Tumkot River. A two hour climb brings you to a ridge crest at 3310mts marked by a large cairn. Then the trek continues through the juniper trees and pass Palbang and to the village of Yari. You can rest there for a while and move on to Dzungjen, an hour away from Yari to camp for the night.

Day 07: Hilsa
Day starts with a climb to Nara Lagna (4850mts.) which takes about 3 and half to 4 hours. The summit is marked by two huge cairns draped with prayer flags. Below, you can look into Tibet and the greenery of the Humla region that you have recently trekked. It’s a steep downward climb to Shar.

Day 08-09: Lake Manasarovar
A short climb to Shar, a Tibetan salt trading post, and there your documents will be checked and inspected. From this place, you will enter the Tibetan territory. You will meet your Tibetan guide and board vehicles for two hours drive to Purang. Purang is also called TaklaKot and is situated at the height of 3930mts. above the sea level. This rough 2 hours drive will give you a general idea about what lies ahead. You can visit Khojarnath where a large red Gompa is situated. You will continue driving and reach Chiu Gompa to call it a day.

The next day, you can explore the meditation caves in this area or take a bath in the holy water of Lake Manasarovar. Chiu Gompa is situated on rocky cliff and offers views of Mount Kailash and other peaks.

Day 10: Darchen
An early morning drive of approximate 1.5 - 2 hours to Darchen. Darchen is a cluster of buildings within walled compound that is the pilgrims’ gateway to Mt. Kailash.

Day 11: Dri Ra Phuk gompa
Head up north to the Lha Chu Valley and enter the ‘Valley of Gods’ through two legged chorten also know as Chorten Kangnyi. Its a gentle hike on a well defined path at the rights side of the river. On the way, you can find many nomadic herders herding yak and sheep. Later, you will cross the Lha Chu to camp just below Dri Ra Phuk Gompa at the height of 5010 mts. The view of Kailash’s north face is very impressive from the Gompa.

Day 12: Zutul Phuk Gompa
Begin the trek with a steep climb on a winding path over a ridge. This route takes you to Shiwa Tsal cemetery where you can see the Tibetans leaving a part of their clothing and drops of blood to respect the dead ones. From there you will climb the Dolma La at the height of 5630mts. Dolma La is marked by streamers of prayer flags and a huge Dolma stone that represents the goddess Dolma. Then the trail descends to the frozen lake of GauriKunda to reach the Valley of Zhong Chu. The day will end at Zutul Phunl Gompa at the height of 4820m.

Day 13: Tirthapuri
The final day on the Kora. This is an easy three hours trek to we exit Zhong Chu valley through a narrow Jorge to reach Darchen. From Darchen you will drive for three hours to reach Tirthapuri, one of the holiest places after Mt. Kailash and Lake Masasarovar. Tirthapuri has a hot spring where you can enjoy the warmth of natural hot springs. These hot springs are believed to be spiritually rich and said to cure various skin disease.

Day 14: Horchu
You drive from Tirthapuri to the northern tip of Lake Masasarovar, through the barren Tibetan plateau.

Day 15: Paryang
Again, you will be driving through a rough road crossing few rivers on the way to Prayang. This drive is rusty and bumpy but the view you can experience en route are magnificent.

Day 16: Saga
You drive from Prayang to Saga this day. Saga is a typical Chinese and Tibetan town and very popular to visit. Saga is also a gete way to the western part of Tibet including Mt. Kailash.

Day 17: Nylam
Drive frm Saga towards Nylam. The road passes through a pass, Lalung La from where you can see Mt. Everest. Its a full day drive.

Day 18: Nylam to Zhangmu
After breakfast you drive from Nylam to Zhangmu through the winding downhill road that offers fantastic views of beautiful waterfalls. This drive will take approximately an hour. Few kilometers drive from Zhangmu will take you to the Friendship bridge on the Bhotekoshi river that separates Tibet from Nepal. From there, you will drive through the lush greenery of Nepalese countryside for five hours to reach Kathmandu.

Simikot Kailash Trek Highlights

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Simikot Kailash Trek

Cost Includes

  • Lodging and fooding during the entire trek.
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees.
  • Transportation
  • Travel and Trekking permits

  • Trekking equipments including mattress and tent
  • All arrangements to carry your luggage

Cost Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Nepal re-entry fees
  • Laundry, telephone and bar bills, gratuities
  • Medical fees in case of emergency
  • Rescue and Evacuation Service
  • Any expenses due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances

Upon Arrival

When you arrive at Tribhuban International Airport, our staff will greet you and transport you to your accomodations. After resting, the next day you will have a sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural landmarks. Before departing for your trek, we will review your itinerary, introduce you to your guide and help with the final preparations for your journey.


You will be spending four nights at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast and while Everest Base Camp Trek, we provide the best available lodges/guesthouses on a twin-sharing basis. We provide private bathrooms with hot shower whether possible normally at Phakding, Namche and Lukla.

Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible.

Meals and Drinking Water

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. During the Everest Base Camp Trekking; your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

The general travel information that may help your journey to and through Nepal make comfortable and hassle free.

Visa requirement:

Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)

International flight accessibility to Nepal:

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal situation in Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal.

Flying From Europe: Best connecting to Kathmandu are Silk Air via Singapore, Etihad from Abu Dhabi, Qatar Airways via Doha, Thai Airways via Bangkok, Dragon Air via Hongkong. Flying From USA: North West or Cathay Pacific to Hongkong and connect with Nepal Airlines (RA) to Kathmandu.

Flying From Australia: Silk Air and Dragon Air connect directly to Kathmandu or fly by Quantas to Bangkok and connect with Thai Airways to Kathmandu.

Airport tax: Airport tax is not applicable for international flight. NRP 200 per person per sector is payable for domestic flight only.

Customs Formalities

All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs of the port of entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. The duty on articles brought by the visitor varies according to the volume and value of the goods. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods, such as tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Carrying narcotic, arms, ammunition are strictly prohibited. Tourists are required to fill up disembarkation and embarkation cards upon their arrival and departure.

Green Channel

Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.


Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarettes (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.


It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology at Ramshah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country.

Currency and Foreign Exchange

The unit of the Nepalese Currency is Rupee. 1 Nepal Rupee = 100 paisa. Nepal rupee notes come in Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 500, 1000. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the foreign exchange counters at the airport. It is advised to exchange foreign currency only through the banks and authorized forign exchange. Daily foreign rates as determined by Nepal Rastya bank are published on daily newspaper or its official site

Travel Insurance

It is strongly advised to have travel coverage insurance while traveling to Nepal. You should leave a copy of your insurance while you are away on tour.

High Altitude sickness:

Whilst on the trek, one can suffer mild to serious symptoms of high altitude sickness which is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Major initial symptoms of high altitude sickness are Nausea, vomiting Loss of appetite, Insomnia/sleeplessness, Persistent headache, Dizziness, light headedness, confusion, Disorientation, drunken gait, Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, Slight swelling of hands and face, Breathlessness and Breathing irregularity, Reduced urine output. Symptoms of AMS can appear at altitude above 300 meters. As we ascend in the mountain, air pressure becomes thin and consequently the amount of available oxygen also falls. Adequate acclimatization is always recommended in the mountain. Plenty of daily liquid intake is essential to minimize AMS effect. Our trekking team crews also carry First aid Kit along with them. In case of any difficulty When trekking in the Himalayas, you will be suggested to halt the trek rest at the guesthouse or if the symptoms cause any serious concern, it is necessary to descend to the lower altitude. In case of emergency, you will be immediately airlifted to Kathmandu city for further treatment.

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