Mt. Kailash Tour Via Simikot - 10 Days

  • Country: China
  • Region: Tibet (Xizang)
  • Max. Altitude: 5600m/18372ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 4 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House+Camping
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

Mt. Kailash Tour via Simikot is one of the most demanding Tibet Tour which takes you into the remotest far west of Nepal to the most sacred power point for Hindus, Buddhist, Jain and Bon religions. Lake Mansarovar (4510m), a sacred lake situated into the heart of Himalaya is believed to be adobe of purity. Taking a bath will cleanse all your sins you have committed over a hundred lifetime. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is a trip of a lifetime with stunning scenery and cultural highlights with Himalayan wilderness in a land of Buddhist culture, Artistic Monasteries and Centuries-old caravan trails.

Every year, hundreds of devotees participate in this spiritual and holy trail seeking for blessings of the Lord and take a dip in the holy lake of Mansarovar. Followers of Bon-Po revere Kailash as the soul of Tibet. It is said that a single Parikarma erases the accumulated sins of a lifetime, while 108 will achieve Salvation.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (1350M/4,430ft)

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Fly to Nepalgunj (150m/492ft)

Day 3: Fly Nepalgunj – Simikot (2900m/9514ft) & Heli to Hilsa (3700m) & Drive to Taklakot (3900m/12139ft )

Day 4: Free day at Taklakot for acclimatization

Day 5: Drive to Manasarovar Lake (4,590m/95km)

Day 6: First Day of Parikrama - Drive to Darchen (5465m/40km, 2Hrs) & Trek to Dirapuk (5000m/16404ft, 7Hrs)

Day 7: Second Day of Parikrama onto Zuthulphuk (4790m/15715ft, 22kms, 8-9Hrs)

Day 8: Third Day of Parikrama – Trek to Darchen – Drive to Hilsa via Taklakot.

Day 9: Fly Hilsa – Simikot – Nepalgunj & Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 10: Departure from TIA

Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. You will have a brief explanation about the travel itinerary. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast commence for half day sightseeing tour of 2 biggest power places of Kathmandu City consists of Pashupatinath and Budanilkantha. Later we will fly an exotice flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Early morning we transfer to Nepalgunj airport and flight to Simikot and upon arrival Simikot we will fly to Hisla (20min-12kg weight limit) by Helicopter and drive to Taklakot via Tibetan Border. Stay overnight at Guest House Lodge.

Today you will have a free day for acclimatizing our body with Tibetan high altitude to prepare us for our journey ahead. You will have enough time to explore the surroundings. Stay overnight at Guest House Lodge.

After Breakfast we drive towards Manasarovar Lake (95 km), on the way you will have to pass the first checkpoint. Then after driving for 70 km from Taklakot we will reach Rakshas Tal (Devil's Lake). On the right of Rakshas Tal you will see Gurla Mandhata Parvat & first view of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake. Drive from Rakshas Tal to Manasarovar Lake (25km). Stay overnight at Tented Camp or Guest House.

On the way to Darchen, we can also see the panoramic scenery of Rakshas Tal (Demon’s Lake) on the other side of Lake Mansarovar. Darchen is the major administrative hub of Kailash region with basic development in infrastructure and facility and also considered as the base camp of Mt. Kailash from where the circumambulation around Kailash begins. Stay overnight at Guest House Lodge.

This day is the hardest yet holiest day of your Kailash Trek. With the first dawn of the light on Holy Mt. Kailash, start your trek towards Zuthulphuk with packed lunch. The trial ascends continuously upto Dolma-La Pass (5600m/18372ft) and descends steep down to Gauri Kunda. Once you reach the top, make your holiest offering. You can find the place called Shivasthal covered with holy flags and the personal related things like clothing, ornaments. There is strong belief in Tibetan religion that you will get it (whatever you offered here) in heaven after your death.After the downhill trial you will catch flat trial till Zuthulphuk. Please keep in mind that the one riding on horses also have to walk for 2-3 hours as the decents from Dolma-La is steep. By late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthul Phuk where the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles. Stay overnight at Guest House Lodge.

After Breakfast we will short easy trek (8 km - 3 hrs) to our Private A/C Coach pick up point. Then drive to Darchen (3 km). From there drive to Hilsa (also we will take helicopter to Simikot based on situation). Stay overnight at Guest House Lodge.

After breakfast we will fly from Hilsa to Simikot (20 mins) by Helicopter, then fly from Simikot to Nepalgunj (around 1 hr). After lunch we will fly back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.


  • Accommodation whilst in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis
  • 2 nights at Taklakot (Tibet side) in 3 star category hotel with attached bathroom. At other places in Tibet side it will be dormitory Guest House on sharing basis with Tibetan common toilet.  
  • Pickup & drop transfers in Kathmandu and One half-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu  
  • Necessary arrival/departure transfers in Nepalgunj.
  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu air ticket (fixed wing-Yeti Air OR Buddha Air)
  • Nepalgunj - Simikot – Nepalgunj air ticket (Fixed wing - Twin Otter aircraft OR Dornier)
  • Simikot – Hilsa – Simikot by Helicopter (only 4 to 6 persons can be carried at a time) 
  • All Indian vegetarian meals in Tibet (breakfast, lunch & dinner)while on the tour
  • Transportation in Tibet by Private luxury/coach and Tour around Lake Manasarovar
  • English speaking Tibetan guide & one professional tour Manager
  • Necessary experienced supporting crew (Cook, Sherpas, tour Manager)
  • All necessary Kitchen & camping
  • Oxygen for emergency use, Medical kit bag/First Aid kit
  • Humla region restricted area permit & royalties
  • All applicable taxes & service charges  


  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj (except farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips
  • Extra accommodation charge in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Simikot and Hilsa if flight is cancelled due to bad weather (Please make sure your air ticket is flexible to change dates)
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations and any additional staff other than specified
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses
  • Airfare of international flights
  • Hiring porter/ horse
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival)
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs
  • Any other item not included in above include section

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To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.

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Trip highlights

  • Traveling to inaccessible bend of Nepal's Far North West to remote part of Southern Tibet
  • Scenic Himalaya flight by Fixed wing & Heli
  • Circumambulation (Kora) of the Holy Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarovar
  • Gaze at the Beauty of Lake Mansarovar
  • Most sacred tour of your lifetime 
  • Visit Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrines of Himalaya



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