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Simikot to Mt. Kailash Trek | Kailash Trekking

 Experience Treks invites you in our classic journey to Simikot to Mt. Kailash in Tibet region, this wild Himalayan country tucked away from modern civilization in absolute isolation and complete wilderness where trekkers will be captivated with the surrounding beauty and with amazing country life as it for centuries.
Experience Treks into Simikot to Mt. Kailash in Tibet, a thrilling adventure leading towards diverse change in landscapes from mid hills alpine landscapes to barren arctic terrain with never a boring moment as you will be fascinated each day visiting medieval villages totally forgotten by modernization and walking in the midst of enchanting virgin woodland of rhododendron, Oaks, magnolia and varieties of pine tree that lines the alpine mid hills before heading to wild windswept territory to south-west Tibet which and to holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar area.
After visiting interesting villages, old monasteries and in the warm hospitality of local people of Tibetan ethnic origin and strong influence of Tibetan Buddhism religion, visiting holy Mt. Kailash with short circuit heads back to Nepal with an alternative route from Tibet windswept territory towards the border town of Zhangmu after passing through interesting town of Saga and Nyalam with awesome scenery of high snow-capped mountains lining the border with Nepal / Tibet, then back to tree lines and rich vegetation with scenic drive to Kathmandu finishing this great Simikot to Mt. Kailash in Tibet after a mesmerizing adventure of life time.

Trip Highlights:
• An adventure journey in complete wilderness around Nepal’s wild west in exploring Himalayan hidden areas with sensational Himalayan views
• Visiting traditional villages with ancient religion and rich culture towards Nepal & Tibet frontier in the high land with warm friendly people.
• Circuit of Holy Mt. Kailash and to large holy Lake Mansarovar.

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Day 01:
Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300 m and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:
Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.

Day 03:
Fly to Simikot 2,910 m & trek to Dharpuri 2,600 m/03 hrs.

Day 04:
Trek to Sally Khola 2,690 m/05 hrs.

Day 05:
Trek to Muchu 2,920 m/05 hrs.

Day 06:
Trek to Torea 3,380 m/04 hrs.

Day 07:
Trek to Sip-Sip 3,800 m via Muchu-05 hours.

Day 08:
Trek to Hilsa 3,720 m via Nara Lagna-06 hours.

Day 09:
Border Crossing a short walk and 2 hours drive to Taklakot 3,770 m.

Day 10:
Drive to Lake Mansarovar 4,510 m/3 hours drive.

Day 11:
Rest days for acclimatization at Mansarovar Lake.

Day 12:
Drive to Tarboche via Darchen walk to Dirapuk 5,010 m/06 hrs.

Day 13:
Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,790 m/07 hour walk.

Day 14:
Trek to Darchen drive to Lake Mansarovar.

Day 15:
Drive to Saga 3,560 m/06 hrs journey.

Day 16:
Drive to Nyalam 3,540 m/06 hrs journey.

Day 17:
Drive to Kathmandu via Zhangmu & Kodari-06 hrs journey.

Day 18:
In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.

Day 19:
Depart Kathmandu for international departure.

Service includes
• Airport pick up & drop off by private vehicles
• KTM to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Simikot airfare for member and staff/s
• Border crossing to Lake Mansarovar by public transport
• 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on 3 star category B/B plan
• A day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle & professional tour guide
• TIMS & National park entry permit fee
• Basic accommodation during the trek
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during trek
• English speaking guide & porter during trek
• Food and salary for staff and porter
• Trekking gears for the local trekking staffs (shoes, jacket & trouser)
• Insurance for local trekking staffs
• First Aid Kit box/bag

Service does not include
• Nepal entry visa fee, Photographs & international flights fare
• Meals in Kathmandu (lunch & dinner)
• Personal nature expanses: telephone calls, cyber bills, bar bills, laundry service, battery recharge bills, hot shower (On trek),washing water, pots of hot drinks, bottle/boiled water, alcoholic and soft drinks
• Additional cost incurred due to extending your stay at hotel due to cancel and delay of flight because of poor visibility due to heavy raining/snowing/cloudy from Nepalgunj and Simikot airports & go fly into Nepalgunj from Kathmandu too.
• Essential trekking gears
• Travel & health insurance
• Tipping for all trekking staffs (guide & porter/s)
• An emergencies or rescue evacuation cost/charge (helicopter), if required

Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airports our Experience Treks staff will receive and transfer you to respective hotel, at the hotel our guide will brief with orientation program of the hotel, Kathmandu, trekking, do's and don’ts and other related information while you are in Nepal with Experience Treks.

Day 02:
Fly to Nepalgunj (55 mins flight) and transfer to hotel.
Morning or afternoon transfer to domestic airport for flight to Nepalgunj with awesome mountain panorama view on this 55 minutes flight to Nepalgunj, on reaching Nepalgunj our staff will transfer to respective hotel with time in the afternoon for a visit around the town situated on the south-west Nepal close to India border.

Day 03:
Fly to Simikot 2,910 m & trek to Dharpuri 2,600 m/04 hrs.
An early morning takes off to Simikot, 45 minutes scenic flight of grand views then reaching at Simikot, the headquarter of Humla district with striking Mt. Saipal view. Simikot is a small town perched on a ridge above Humla Karnali River with magnificent scenery over the deep valley. At Simikot our trekking staff will receive you for the first day short treks of 04 hours of Dharpori; a small rural farm village inhabited by Thakuri Hindu people. This tribe has been trading with Tibet for centuries using the same route that we will be following to near Tibet border in few more days. From here, the walk leads to climb through farm fields of barley then on a forested ridge descending and passing several villages to Dharapuri for first overnight camping.

Day 04:
Trek to Sally Khola 2,690 m near Kermi village-05 hrs.
Second day journeys, a long day leading to a slow altitude gain across a slope to a stream reaching at the last Thakuri village and limit of rice paddy, walk winds up and down to a Sheppard’s area near waterfalls, overnight camp is just few minutes before a small farm Kermi village with a hot spring with an hour climb nearby.

Day 05:
Trek to Muchu 2,920 m/05 hrs.
Today walk leads to climb through a settlement of Yangar close to a river with a trail built with rocks and woods then reaching a suspension bridge, crossing Humla Karnali River with a climb to a stream, pass apricot garden areas reaching overnight stop at Muchu village with a monastery and border police post.

Day 06:
Trek to Torea 3,380 m/04 hrs.
Morning walk on the downhill trail to Thumkot village, then climbing off the river on a trail leaving the Karnali River away and into a steep sided narrow gorge, from here, a long hour walks with a climb from Bumchiya Khola valley gorge to reach the overnight camp at Torea.

Day 07:
Trek to Sip-Sip 3,800 m - 05 hours.
The journey continues with a climb on a small ridge at 3,500 m, then countering the ridge with excellent views of Yari area, trekking by a irrigation canal to a large valley called Jhyakthang chu is marked with Buddhist prayer wall. From here a gentle climb to a reasonable size settlements of stone hamlets at Yari, this village with a police post, government customs office and a school is near below the path with a rich cultivated farm growing millet, barley, amaranth (Marcia) wheat, buckwheat, potatoes and radishes. After this village walk climbs on the wide valley coming across the group of traders, pilgrims and pack animals like goats, sheep and yaks, overnight stop at the foot of the pass near a stream.

Day 08:
Trek to Hilsa 3,720 m via Nara Lagna approximately 6 hours.
Morning walk towards the path leading to Hilsa, the village between the border of Nepal & Tibet, after Sip-sip walk on the trail climbing an uphill to the ridge of atop huge rock at Nara Lagna pass at 5,000 m / 15,030 ft, the highest point of this adventurous trek with views of Tibetan plateau below from this top of the pass with Humla Karnali and the green barley fields of Sher or Sera.

Day 09:
Border crossing with 02 hrs drive to Taklakot 3,770 m.
After leaving Nepal side of an hour, climb to Tibet frontier with check post where Tibetan guides and driver will receive for an interesting drive to Taklakot also called Purang. Taklakot is an important bazaar for Tibetans and Nepal’s traders with separate market areas during the summer months, there is still an important wool trade with the local, nomadic Drogpa herdsmen and Nepali traders, overnight in guest house.

Day 10:
Drive to Lake Mansarovar 4,510 m/03 hours journey
From Taklakot, a scenic drive leaving Karnali River valley; as the drive gains heights rapidly then on the flat ground cross the barren base below the beautiful mountains Gurla Mandhata 7,728m. Then reaching Thalladong pass at 5,050 m with wonderful views of Rakas Lake and the sacred Mt. Kailash in the distance, drive passes Gurla pass reaching at Chu Gomba near Lake Mansarovar for overnight stop.

Day 11:
Rest the day at Mansarovar.
Rest the day at Lake Mansarovar for acclimatization an optional short excursion into the Monastery, Lake Mansarovar a sacred lake is located in Western Tibet between Mt. Kailash 6,714 m and Mt. Gurla Mandhata Range 7,694 m.

Day 12:
Drive to Tarboche 4,700 m trek to Dhirapuk 5,010 m/05 hrs.
Morning a short drive on this windswept plain to Darchen, a busy place with a bazaar, during auspicious time this place is flooded with pilgrims for kora (holy circuit). Drive continues further at Tarboche; a holy spot on the Western Face of Mt. Kailash, the walk leads north on the wide plain to Shershong, and with gradual uphill reaching at Dhiraphuk Gompa for overnight stop with fabulous view of North Face Mt. Kailash.

Day 13:
Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,790 m/06 hours.
Second day of the holy walk continues with a climb onto a moraine, then a steep walk uphill at Dromo-la at 5,630 m /18,525 ft, the highest point of this trip, a big boulder represents the goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) festooned with prayer flags. This spot is physical and spiritual high point of the pilgrimage/kora. From here descending to the wide plain after a few hours of pleasant walks reaching at Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stop. Zuthul means cave. This place is named after a cave in which the poet, saint Milarepa stayed meditating; his footprint still remains on the roof.

Day 14:
Trek near Darchen, drive near the base of Mayum-la 5,050 m.
The last day of this holy circuit walk leads to a pleasant walk of few hours of the winding path coming to a narrow valley and short section of gorge as the route turns towards west to Darchen, the end of this great holy walk, from here drive towards east near Mayum-la pass at the base for overnight stop.

Day 15:
Drive to Saga 4,500 m/06 hrs.
Morning over the high Mayum-la pass, chances of seeing wild ass around this area also known as kang in Tibetan. This long scenic drive reaches to Saga after passing the couple of towns like Paryang and to a modern small growing town at Saga by the river Yamdrok tsho or Bhramaputra.

Day 16:
Drive to Nyalam 3,560 m/05 hrs.
An interesting drive today with panoramas of snow clad mountains on the vast valley overlooking great views of Langtang peak at Mt. Shishapangma, the route leads towards the high pass of Laylung-la at 5,050 m. Offering mind blowing views of Himalayan chain of mountains of Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Shishapangma, Gaurishanker to number to the east, all these mountain straddles the Nepal border. The drive passes through interesting countryside, villages and farm fields then reaching at moderate size town at Nyalam for the overnight stop.

Day 17:
Drive to Kathmandu via Tibet / Nepal border - 06 hrs journey.
The last day in Tibet, morning drive leaves the Tibetan dry plateau towards green vegetation and dense forest of pines, rhododendron and Oak tree lines, the road is narrow through the huge river gorge, following the Bhote Koshi River most of the way of Nepal side, then reaching at border town of Zhangmu after completing passport & visa formalities, farewell to Tibetan staff driver and guide then heading back to Kathmandu with pleasant scenic drive on arrival on Kathmandu check into respective hotel, after a long fascinating trip to far west of Nepal and Tibet.

Day 18:
In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
We have reserved this day in case of delay on this long adventure the road, trail and other like bad weather or physical conditions might obstruct the planned itinerary days, if all goes according to the program using this as a free day in Kathmandu; with guided sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu Valley at places of interest. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites-the temples, monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard; full day sightseeing will be interesting and a memorable tour after an adventure in the far west.

Day 19:
Transfer to airport for international departure.
Last days in this magic awesome Himalaya and mesmerizing journey in far north-west of Nepal with Experience Treks, as per your flight time our staff transfers you to airport for your final departure for homeward bound.

More info on Mt. Kailash:
Mount Kailash is situated within Tibet to the Northern part of the Himalaya. It is the spiritual center of four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion-the Bon Po and strangely enough, four major rivers i.e. the Karnali, Sutlej, Indus and the longest one-Bhramaputra, originated from near Kailash Mountain. For the Tibetans, it is a particularly special place. The poet saint, Milarepa, spent several years here meditating on a cave. For the Hindus, Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of their spiritual center of the universe,’ world pillar’ around which all else revolves, its roots in the lowest hell and its summit kissing the heavens and on top lives their most revered God Shiva. The governments of Nepal and China reached an accordingly 3 years ago that allowed the first treks across the border between the two countries. While it had been a route for Nepalese pilgrims for years, the foreign trekkers were never allowed to trek from Nepal to Tibet.
Mt. Kailash 6,714 m / 22,028 ft is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty of four great faces; For the Hindus, their spiritual center of the universe, described as a fantastic ‘world pillar’ 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its root in the lowest hell and its summit reaching the heaven and the abode of their revered God Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati.

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Health Requirements
You are preparing for a trek in the higher altitudes of remote Himalayan region. Hence during this treks, the physically, emotionally & mentally demanding mountain trek & you may face Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), if you trek/hike quickly/ascended too fast as well as other health related problems. In this regard, Experience Treks strongly recommends for those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lungs and blood pressure/diseases make know to us before booking this trip.

Experience Requirements
The remote mountain trekking requires 4 – 6 hours walking in per day a basis and at times it even exceeds to 7 – 8 hours depending on your walking pace, age groups, weather condition & seasons. Despite this fact, we do not suggest you for mandatory hiking or technical climbing experiences. Yet, it will be better if you have a regular jogging habit of few weeks before booking this trip.

Travel Insurance
Experience Treks does not sell or arranges any kind of insurance plan/packages for foreigners except local staff/s. Yet, it will be mandatory to join our trips that you should be insured for comprehensive expenses that may arise from the trip for your own safety. Your Insurance plan must be covering medical/travel issues as well as unforeseen accidents that may occur to the trips. In such a case, you may to take the facility like an air ambulance, helicopter rescue, Clinical attention and so on.

Trekking in higher altitudes may even cost the life of travelers! The more you go higher elevation/height, the lesser will be availability of Oxygen pressure in the air. Therefore, your body requires a few days too many days to adopt the newer situation/climate in an environment with less oxygen. The higher you climb the more will be the possibility of undergoing through Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) problems. Hence, Botanical Treks & Excursion`s itineraries are extremely concern on this problem/issue. With our expert team, you can easily cops with altitude sickness problems. The AMS will attract you after 3,000 m. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), non-profitable medical institution recommends to all trekkers/hikers to ascend slowly after 3,000 m (either ascends 300 m each day or every 600 m spend an extra night, the same altitude). The rule is slowly ascents to go higher elevation to be safe!

Trekking Crew Arrangement
To facilitate the best trekking experience in the Himalayas, Experience Treks has arranged most hospitable as it is possible, more professional and long-terms experienced crew members. Your local trip member/s will have most extensive knowledge about mountain trails, mountain names & its height/elevation, people & their cultures, religions, socio-cultural aspects, eco-system, flora & fauna, geography of the respective treks/trips and history of the local regions. Besides, our crew members are fully undergone through Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Intensive wilderness First Aid knowledge, Trekking guides, Eco trekking, knowledge about Responsible tourism business, Sustainable development, English language, Conservation & preservation basic knowledge and Bio-diversity trainings.

Meals Facilities
During the trek in the mountains, you will be served 3 times meals a day with typical Nepali food/meal along with Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, Continental & Italian dishes, depending on your choices. You will have an access to have hot chocolate, tea and other hot drinks as well, breads and snack as well in the camping/tented treks. The early morning breakfast and dinner will be served at the same tea houses or at the local lodges where you spend the night. At times, you too have to enjoy the breakfast and the lunch at the camping overnights sites. Unlike this, you will take your lunch on the way in the mountain trails in the side trips/day excursion. The lunch will be prepared for your team member of the camping/tented treks & in teahouse/lodges treks at local lodge/guest houses. At the climax of the trip, you will enjoy a trip celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Accommodations Arrangements
During your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan & other cities, you will enjoy the budget accommodation to best class hotel /resorts accommodation depending on your budget, interest & hobbies where as on the other hand in the mountain trail, you will have to adjust at twin sharing, double bed & single bed rooms basis accommodations at the standard lodges or tea houses, mostly common sharing bathroom & toilet/rest rooms. However, you have to consider the remoteness of travelled places where single room may not be feasible at all the times & need to be the share with someone else in the peak season. Most of the teahouses/lodges are either double bed rooms or twin sharing rooms. Some of the majors trekking destinations, there are deluxe comfortable hotels & Resorts is also available.

Porter Care
We are tremendously concern over the rights of the porters who facilitate traveler`s adventure dreams in the Himalayas. Without porters hard working, your dream to go to mountains will not be certain/guaranteed. It is our serious concern that the porters should be well paid, make sure their warm clothing, well equipped and treated equally even in the harsh situation in the remote Himalayas. In case of emergency situations, we give equal to rescue facilities as other team members get in the adverse situation in the higher altitude including rescue services by Helicopter. Besides this, we too are concern about International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) which works in the field of trekking porter/s by protecting the rights of porter, basic language training to express their problems, make sure for enough warm clothing & other equipment, compulsory Insurance facility. In doing so, we recommend all our trekkers in the Himalayas just to keep their luggage under 30 kg so that it can be handled by porters smoothly in the higher mountains. If possible, try to make about 25 Kg. over 4,000 m & high passes.

Environmental Concerns
Being human beings, it is our responsibility to protect natural & cultural order, to conserve environment and to love nature. Himalayan region is ecologically very much fragile and hence we try to practice “to leave just footprints and take photos” so that future generation will to have chances to experience the beauty of Himalayan region. Respecting natural balance and being sensible towards local environment yields into protecting local cultures as well. Hence, our trip operations tremendously focus on environmental issues in the Himalayas and thereby eco-tourism.

Trekking Group Arrangement
Experience Treks generally provides one trek guide/trekking leaders for the trip operation and porter/s for luggage carrying. It means if there are 4 trekkers, there will be one trek guide & two porters. In the case of porter/s arrangements, there will be one porter for each two paying trekker. This arrangements helps to carry out the trip smoothly even in the adverse situation. Our trips generally accommodate the group of 10 people at a time. Despite this arrangement, we can adjust or run the trips over than 10 people at a time as well as.

Best Seasons
The best seasons of travelling/trekking in the Himalayas are autumn season (September-November) and spring season (March-May). Apart from these two seasons, there is a possibility of trekking in the Himalayas even in the winter and summer seasons which is called off-seasons. In the winter season, cold, snowing & flight delay or cancellation slightly affects the trips & high passes could be closed. But, travelling/trekking in the summer season comes with tremendous rewards for a passionate botanist despite of rainy days, flooding, landslides, flight delay or cancellation like winter season. It will be great in the least rain fall regions & high passes, where are lots of wild orchid blooming.

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