Humla-Simikot to Mount Kailash Trekking, 17 Days (Private Trip)
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Humla-Simikot to Mount Kailash Trekking, 17 Days (Private Trip)

Days: 17 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)

Humla-Simikot to Mount Kailash Trekking is one of the unforgettable and unusual experience in terms of culture, nature and adventure. Simikot to Kailash trekking trail is opened in 1997 to foreign tourists. Since then traveling to mount Kailash was more easier and of course with more cultural exploration of Humla, one of the geographically remote but culturally rich and its flora and fauna. Simikot to Kailash trekking makes a tremendous cultural exploration along the ancient salt caravan route between Tibet and Nepal.

Mt. Kailash, considered to be a physical embodiment of the mythical Mt. Meru, is believed to be the most sacred mountain in the world. Its snow dusted rock pyramid is located in the scenically rich area of western Tibet, which lies between the Himalayas and Karakurum ranges. From its peak, one can enjoy the views of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. It is considered most auspicious to make a religious pilgrimage around its fifty-three kilometers circuit (32 miles parikrama). In fact, the entire region of Mt. Kailash is of important religious significance and includes the two turquoise-blue, pristine high-altitude lakes of Mansarovar and Rakshesa. Mt. Kailash is regarded holy by followers of several religions. To Hindus, Kailash is the abode of Shiva and nearby Manasarobar Lake, the soul of Brahma. Tibetans call Kailash Kang Rimpoche. Jains worship it as Mt Ashtapada, the peak from which the religion's founder, Rishabanatha, achieved spiritual liberation. And the followers of Bon-Po, the ancient pre-Buddhist shamanistic religion of Tibet, revere Kailash as the soul of Tibet. This holy region is known as navel (center) of the universe, attracting scholars and researchers from all over the world. Mt. Kailash (also known as the 'Sumeru Parbat' in Hindu epics) provides a spiritually enriching, naturally unique and a truly rewarding journey of a life-time!

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1338m

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our company representative will welcome you at the airport. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in our company van. 
Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel
Meal: N/A

Day 02: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van
Today you will visit some of the popular sites of Kathmandu valley like the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and the Buddhist shrines of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Your tour guide will give you a brief introduction about all of these places. You can also take the recommendation from the guide and try the local food. 
Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel
Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square by private van 
Today you will be visiting the ancient durbar squares of Bhaktapur and Patan. These world heritage sites consist of several Hindu temples, museums, and excellent examples of the ancient craftsmanship which you can observe on the wooden structures. After a full day of sightseeing tour, our company van will take you back to the hotel for your overnight stay. 
Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel
Meal: Breakfast

Day 04: Afternoon fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by plane
Today you have free day in Kathmandu. And afternoon your trip will start with the flight to Nepalgunj. Transfer to Hotel.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 05: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot 2910m/45 minutes and trek to Dharapori 2300m/2.5 hours
After landing in Simikot, at 2910m, the thing is lunch. Our 65-km trek to the Tibetan border begins by climbing from the Simikot air-strip, and passing by the water source for the upper Simikot Khasa village. Climbing the trail from here, we reach the Simikot Lagna Pass, at 3000 m. It does not look far, but it is a long 300-metre pull to the top of forested ridge overlooking the town. After descending for 1 hour the rail goes toward Dharapori our overnight halt.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Dharapori to Kermi 2690m/6 hours
The trail this day starts off reasonably level. We pass by a Thakuri village called Tuling, and wild nut and apricot trees provide welcome shade along the bank of the River Karnali as the trek passes through Dharapori at 2300m. We cross the Yabka Khola (also known as Dhara-pori Khola), and soon We reach the campsite of Dharapori, which has a few teashops. Walking another 10 minutes brings us the Thakuri village of Dharapori situated on the top of a ridge which also has a police check-post. Below this village, a bridge over the Humla Karnali leads to a couple of Lama villages called Jad Kholsi and Khangalgaon. These villages belong to the Tugchulungba community and the route to these villages passes the Thakuri village of Hitan (thakuri) Kholsi. This is the last Thakuri village in the valley and the upper limit of rice cultivation. From Dharapori, the trail goes straight along the right bank of the Karnali River to the Gharapori Khola, a small tributary of the Karnali. Ascending from this stream of Dharapari Khola,the trail undulates along the Karnali River up to Chachera at 2350 m, a cave campsite used by sheep caravans. Thre is also nice waterfall nearby. Just above this waterfalls is a Lama village called Chyadog, which also belongs to the Tugchulungba community. Then climb over a ridge past swarms of lizards sunning themselves as we approach Kermi, situated besides a stream, at 2690 m. Kermi is the last Tugchulungba village.The actual route by passes Kermi and the only camp nearby is below the village.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Kermi to Yalbang Gompa (Monastery) 3000m/6 hours
This day, we begin by walking over a ridge to a big valley with walled potato and buckwheat fields, and climb through a sparse pine forest to a rock cairn on a ridge at 2900 m. This is the Salli Pass, where the trail meets up with the on from Limi. If we want to be proceed via Limi, turn right and follow the path into the jungle. Otherwise, descending steeply to the Tsongsa Khola (Salli Khola), We will cross a suspension bridge. After this, climb a steep rocky ridge and drop back towards the fast-flowing, light grey waters of the Humla Karnali. Climb over another ridge before descending to Yalbang Chaur, a meadow and goat herders' camp beside the river at 2760m. An annual barter trade between traders from Taklakot and the Humli people used to take place at this site in November. But, since the Taklakot people no longer face food shortages,they have stopped coming. From Yalbang Chaur, after climbing over two more ridges, We reach Yalbang village at 2890 m. From this village onwards to Yari, all villages belong to the community of the Yultsodum. Yalbang shares its hydroelectric power supply with its neighbor, Yangara few kilometers away. After a half-hour ascent from Yalbang, We reach a newly built Nyingmapa monastery called Taglung Gompa or Yalbang Gompa at 3000 m, which has a good camping site.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Yalbang to Tumkot 2850m/6 hours
From this monastery, walk straight for about 15 minutes until the trail branches into two alternative trails to Muchu. The route to the straight is the old route that follows a steep trail over a high ridge called Hilling La (pass) at 3500 m. From Hiling pass, we can see the beautiful valley of Muchu and Yari. This is one of the advantages of taking the upper route. From there, the route descends sharply to the Karnali River to reach a suspension bridge where we meet the newly built trail. Fortunately, we can now follow a new route, a lower path that avoids the climb. The newly built Yangar-Muchu trail passes through the compact settlement of Yanga, in some places going through tunnels beneath the houses, then climbs behind a rock spur to a fast –flowing stream. From there, the route descends smoothly to the bank of the Karnali River at 2770m. After walking along the river, with more than an hour of ups and downs, we reach a new suspension bridge, at 2800 m, which crosses over the Karnali below Muchu, where one meet the Hilling pass trail . After crossing the suspension bridge over the Karnali river ascend to a stream, rock-hop across it and climb past apricot orchards to a totally defunct Kangnyi, marking the entrance to Muchu village at 2920 m. In this village there is a gompa where the image of Jowo (Bodhisattva) Sakyamuni has been installed. The trail passes below the gompa and stone houses of Muchu. Climb through the orchards and fields of the village to a ridge, then drop into a ravine and climb to a chorten on the opposite side. There are a few houses on the ridge, and a border police post hidden just behind it. The ridge near the chorten offers a good view of the upper part of the valley and of Tumkot village and its large white gompa on the next ridge. At the foot of the gompa is Tumkot Khola, which is at 2850m our campsite.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 09: Trek from Tumkot to Thado Dhunga 3800m/6-7 hours
e walk straight to Bungmachhe Khola (a tributary of the Karnali) at 2900m. There you cross a wooden bridge and the Humla Karnali disappears into a steep cleft northward behind the high ridge that will make you climb uphill for the next two days. The first part of the climb from the Bungmachine Khola is quite steep. The route enters a steep, rock-filled gully. It is a long, slow slog up to Lanang ridges at 3270m. The path levels out as it ascends to a cairn, at 3310m, then descends gently through juniper trees and climbs again to Palbang, with its single tea house at 3380m. Palbang, has a Nepali name, Pani Palbang. After walking straight for about an hour, we reach the teashop of Bhyagute Pani. From there, walking straight for about half an hour, we enter the villages of Yari. After Chang Ngoi village of Yari, you reach the customs office and check post, at 3670m, and ascending about 15 minutes, you reach the beautiful Zing Jyan campsite of Yari at 3750m. Then we ascend a bit toward Thado dhunga to the base of Nara La Pass (4330m) for overnight halt.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Trek over Nara La pass (4580m) to Sher 3860m, then drive to Purang 3930m
From here, the trail ascends through meadows and across streams to Thado Dhunga at 4160m. We then climb to Sipsip, near the foot of the Nara Lagna pass, at 4330m. Despite the remoteness of this location, there is a considerable amount of traffic. We will meet traders, pilgrims and pack animals-goats, sheep and yaks. Local yaks and crossbreeds carrying timber to Tibet are frequently seen. The upper Humla people, especially the people from Muchu VDC have no other form of livelihood than the export of timber to Tibet. The export of raw materials from Humla, either timber to Tibet or herbs to India, does not really benefit the locals economically, and has been resorted to since the dying out of the trans Himalayan caravan trade. But now, WFO's Food for Work programmed is providing at least a temporary alternative to the local people while they contribute to the building of the road. From Sipsip, the trail makes a steep, continuous ascent along the side of the ridge above Shipship to a huge rock cairn atop the Nara Lagna pass at 4580 m. A short distance below the pass, We round a ridge for a view of the Tibetan Plateau, the Humla Karnali, and the green barley fields of Sher far below. From the Nara Lagna pass, you follow the newly built trail down to Hilsa at 3730 m. After crossing the Karnali suspension bridge at Hilsa, We ascend about 20 minutes and reach at 3860m, the first border village of Tibet, called Sher on the Chinese side. This border is perhaps one of the most informal border crossings in the world and serves as a trading mart with Nepal. At Sher, Our vehicle will be waiting for us to pick up our entire tour to Tibet, Mt. Kailash.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Manasarover Holy deep and Circumambulation by vehicle /102km/3 hours & Evening drive to Darchen 4700m/60km/1 hours
Today we have full day at Manasarover, in the morning time we will have holy deep at the Lake. It is believed that if you take holy deep at the lake you will wash away the sins of lifetime. And day time we will have Manasarover circumambulation to have different faces of Kailash. after that in Evening we will drive to Darchen the foot of Mt. Kailash for the night halt.
Accommodation: Guest-house
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Drive to Tarboche 12km and Trek to Diraphuk 4800m/12km/6 hours
Today our Kailash trek starts. From Darchen we drive around 12km to Tarboche the starting point of Kailash. All our yaks are waiting at Tarboche for our baggage. We start walking from Tarboche to Diraphuk having different Kailash South west faces. If you would like to visit the Chuku Gompa it is along the way but you need to hike up to rocky mountain for half an hour. Evening we will have visit of Diraphuk monastery.
Accommodation: Guest-house
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Trek over Dolma La 5600m to Dzutulphuk 4700m/23km/8.5 hours
Today we have long way, that's why we start early morning around 7 AM Beijing time in order to pass Dolma La pass which is the toughest one during Kailash yatra tour. It takes around 4 hours to get passed the pass, once the pass is done the trail follow steep down toward Dzutulphuk.
Accommodation: Guest-house
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Trek Ends at Mani Wall and Further Drive to Paryang or Dzongba
After 2.5 hours trekking from Dzutulphuk, our vehicle will meet at Mani wall then we will drive to Darchen. After lunch we will drive to Paryang or Dzongba if time permits the night stay may be Saga too.
Accommodation: Guest-house
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Paryang / Dzongba to Kyirong
Today all the way back to Kyirong, If time permits we will clear immigration and drive to Syabrubesi for the night.
Accommodation: Guest-house/Lodge
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu by private vehicle
Today will be our last day of trekking. A scenic drive along the Trishuli River with the magnificent views of illustrious mountain peaks and lush vegetation will finally take us to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu we will transfer you to the hotel and you can spend the remaining time shopping or resting.
Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu 
Today you have free time until your airport reporting time, you could have shopping around Thamel or walk around city or visit somewhere. After that you will be dropped off to airport to connect your flight back to Home or next destination. 
Accommodation: N/A
Meal: Breakfast

Note: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste. For more information please e-mail us at

Important: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

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* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Trekking and Tour Package Cost includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 4 nights deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 4 star hotel Kathmandu Guest House in Kathmandu.
* 1 night deluxe accommodation with MAP Plan at 3 star hotel in Nepalgunj.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary and all entrance fees.
* Domestic flight from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot and airport tax.
* Restricted Area or Special permit for Humla region.
* Mule and Mule driver for 6 days trek (Nepal side).
* Kyirong-Kathmandu Land Transportation.
* Transportation by Luxury Bus/Jeep while in Tibet.
* English Speaking Local Tibetan Guide while in Tibet.
* All local and monastery entrance fees.
* Yak & Yak man for baggage and other stuff supply during mount Kailash trek.
* All hotel & guest-house accommodation in Tibet side.
* Freshly cooked full board meals during the trekking in Nepal and Tibet side.
* Chef and Kitchen crews with all kitchen utensils/equipment.
* Mineral waters & Juices during Kailash Yatra.
* All land transportation in Nepal and Tibet Tour.
* Tibet Travel Permit and all necessary permits.
* Oxygen and first aid kit.
* Insurance for guide & Kitchen Crews.
* Government Tax and VAT.
* Office Service charge.

Our Trekking and Tour Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Photographic charges in the monasteries.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees and Nepal re-entry Visa.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...

                                                Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

Humla-Simikot to Mount Kailash Trekking, 17 Days (Private Trip)


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