Simikot to Mt. Kailash tour


In 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 (Zhang-mu). 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 morning, 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.


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Arrival Kathmandu - transfer hotel - tour briefing  

At leisure in Kathmandu 

Transfer airport - Fly Nepalgunj - transfer hotel  

Transfer airport - fly Simikot, Camp. 

Trek Simikot to Dharapori (2300m) 

Dharapori to Salli Khola (2700m) 

Salli Khola to Muchu (2920m)  

Muchu to Sipsip (4330m)  

Sipsip to Hilsa Cross the border and drive to Purang (3930m) 

Purang to Lake Manasarovar (Chiu Gomba- 4550m) 

Explore and rest day. 

Drive to Darchen (4520m) 

Trek to Dera Phuk (4860m) - trekking around Mt. Kailash  

Dera Phuk to Zutul Phuk (4760m) - trekking Mt. Kailash  

End trek and drive to Horaa (Lake Manasarovar)- Finish trekking around Mt. Kailash  

Lake Manasarovar to Paryang 

Paryang to Saga (4600m) 

Saga to Nyalam (3750m)  

Nyalam to Kathmandu