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Mt. Kailash Tour Via Simikot – 10 Days

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About Mt. Kailash Tour Via Simikot

  • 10 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • China
  • Altitude: 5600m/18372ft
  • Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size : Min 4 Pax
  • Trek Style: Tea House+Camping
  • Transport: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

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

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.

Mt. Kailash Tour Via Simikot Itinerary

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Day 4:Free day at Taklakot for acclimatization

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Day 10:Departure from TIA

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.

Inclusion

  • 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  

Exclusion

  • 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

FAQ

Acclimatization

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

What kind of personal first aid should i carry?

Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
– Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
– Sunblock SPF 30+
– Throat lozenges
– Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
– Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
– Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
– Dextrose glucose tablets
– Water treatment tablets
– Your prescription medications
– Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips

Does high altitude effects and benefits?

You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body’ metabolism.

What is Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS)

Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone – there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day’s rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.

What are the symptoms of AMS?

Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat.

Life threatening forms of AMS.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.

Symptoms of HAPE

Breathlessness
– A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
– Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
– Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
– Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

Symptoms of HACE

– Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
– Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
– Nausea/vomiting
– Loss of balance or coordination
– Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

How to prevent Altitude Sickness?

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness – it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
– Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
– Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
– Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
– Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
– Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
– Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
– Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

What is treatment of Altitude sickness?

Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS. Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.
Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

How do we handle during the case of emergency?

You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition. So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.

How to get safe drinking water?

On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.

Do we be secure during our journey?

Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.