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Mt. Kailash Trek via Simikot Humla, Simikot Kailash Tour

Mt. Kailash Trek via Simikot HumlaIn May 1993 the governments of Nepal and China agreed to open the border between their countries. From that time on, travelers are able to make tours to Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar through Humla, Nepal’s most remote district in the Northwest of the country. This route is the shortest and most practical for trekkers in terms of elevation and distance. Besides that, it treats its visitors with astounding views and great richness in culture and history.

The tour to Mt. Kailash starts from Simikot, situated at an elevation of 2910 meters, and climbs up to Nara La pass (4530 meters) before reaching the arid Tibetan Plateau. From Simikot it takes a 6-day’s journey to reach the Tibetan border town (Shera). This gives you plenty of time to acclimatize to higher altitudes.
There is no direct air service from Kathmandu to Simikot. Travelers generally have to fly to Simikot via Nepalgunj, the regional hub of Western Nepal. Nepalgunj-Simikot flights only operate early in the morrning, so we have one overnight in Nepalgunj to catch the early morning flight the next day.

The tour (Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar tour) normally finishes at Zhang-Mu. It requires at least 20 days, but we can also finish your journey in Lhasa or extend it to other destinations.

Saga Dawa Festival at Mt. Kailash
Saga Dawa Festival is observed as one of the most important festival in Buddhist society all over the world. This festival held each year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar (May / June). This festival is celebrated in honor of Sakyamuni's enlightenment. And this auspicious day coincide with three important events in Buddha's life, Birth, Nirvana and death.

Trek Facts

Duration: 23 days
Starting: Simikot, Humla
Ending: Zhangmu / Kodari border
Grade: Moderate / Hard
Highest access of the trek: 4345m Humla in Nepal, 5630m Mt. Kailash in Tibet
Culture: Chettries, Tibetans
Mode of trekking: Camping trek only 
Himalayan sights: Mt. Saipal, Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurla Mandata
Most attraction of the Trek: Rich culture, adventure, scenic beauty, civilization, Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar

Outlined Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Organization Tibet-visa - Sightseeing-Tour in KTM with guide/bus.
Day 03: Free day and shopping if needed anything for Tibet
Day 04: Transfer airport, flight to Nepalgunj in the late afternoon.
Day 05: Flight Nepalgunj – Simikot; and explore Local villages away from Simikot
Day 06: Start trekking day 01 (Simikot – Dharapori).
Day 07: Trekking day 02 (Dharapori – Kermi).
Day 08: Trekking day 03 (Kermi – Yalbang).
Day 09: Trekking day 04 (Yalbang – Tumkot Khola/village).
Day 10: Trekking day 05 (Tumkot Khola/village – Yari below Nara La).
Day 11: Trekking day 06 (crossing Nara La – Sher); meet cars, transfer to Purang / Taklakot.
Day 12: Drive from Purang to Manasarovar-Lake
Day 13: Explore day at Manasarovar, Visit Chiu Gompa, hiking to Gossul Gompa
Day 14: Saga Dawa Festival in Darboche
Day 15: Kora Mt. Kailash, day 1 (Darboche – Chuku Gompa – Drirapuk).
Day 16: Kora, day 2 (Drirapuk – Dölma La – camp 1 ½ hours before Zutrulpuk).
Day 17: Kora day 3 (camp – Zutrulpuk (visit Gompa) – Darchen); lunch; leave Darchen, drive to Hor Qu,
Day 18: Start for jeep-drive Hor Qu to Paryang
Day 19: Jeep-drive Paryang to Saga.
Day 20: Jeep-drive, Saga to Nyalam / Zhangmu.
Day 21: Drive Zhangmu – Kodari – crossing border and continue to Border Resort for relax
Day 22: After lunch drive to KTM; hotel.
Day 23: Departure


  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Camping accommodations during the trek
  • Cooks, Camping equipments
  • Experienced Guide
  • Sightseeing & Private transfers in Kathmandu
  • Treks porters/helpers, Yaks on the Mt. Kailash Kora
  • National Park fees
  • Tibet special permits, visa letters and entrance fees.
  • Transportation in Tibet by Toyota 4W Land cruiser.
  • Supporting truck for Luggage, food stuff and Nepali staff.
  • Full back up staff from Nepal (guide, cook and other supporting staffs from Nepal)
  • Upper Humla controlled region trekking permits
  • All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Airport transfers with an escort
  • Insurance of the guide and porters
  • 4 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu in BB, 1 night Hotel in Nepalgunj MAP basis.
  • 1 night relax full board at Last Resort
  • Guesthouses in Purang, Darchen & Nyalam
  • Flight Kathmandu / Nepalgunj / Simikot
  • Private transports Kodari border to Kathmandu
  • DDC taxes
  • Insurances for Nepali staffs.


  • International flight & departure tax
  • Tibet visa Euro 93 per person payable cash in Kathmandu on arrival.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance, entry fees for sightseeing
  • Flight excess luggage