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This was a great experience in truly amazing scenery and breathtakingly beautiful landscape.
Benn Webb (UK) | Sikkim Goecha La, India

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Simikot to Mount Kailash

Starting from the airstrip at Simikot this trek travels through Nepal’s remote western district of Humla following the Humla Karnali river to the border with Tibet. We take Landcruisers to the holy Lake Manasarovar and then complete the pilgrims kora around Mount Kailash.

Mount Kailash is the holiest mountain in the Himalaya known as the center of the world for the four great religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Bönpo and Jain. Kailash is perfectly symmetrical and according to one description these faces are made of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli. Near the base of the mountain rises four of the most significant rivers of Indian sub continent: Indus, Sutlej, Karnali (a tributary of the Ganges River) and Brahmaputra.

The kora or trek around Mount Kailash is a distance of 50 kilometres (31 miles) and involves crossing one pass at 5,600m. We take four days to complete the kora giving you time for the necessary acclimatisation as well as opportunity to visit three main monasteries no doubt you will meet many pilgrims on the trail. After the kora we drive in Landcruisers over the Tibetan plateau and then cross the border back into Nepal near the town of Zhangmu.

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Trip Details

  • Destination: Tibet
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 21 days from Kathmandu
  • Leadership: Western-Led
  • Minimum Group Size: 6 people
  • Cost: Contact us for details
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • Internal flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot airfare including baggage allowance of 15kg for your main bag checked into the hold and 5kg for day pack carried with you inside the aircraft
  • All transfers including airport collections
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek
  • Twin share tents while on trek using our three person Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1s 
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Western and Sherpa guides, porters and cook
  • Transportation in Tibet by 4WD Land Cruiser 4500 (4 passengers in one land cruiser) and support truck
  • Complimentary Simikot trekking map
  • Financial protection insurance from International Passenger Protection
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Tibet Pre Trip Information" notes 

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu
  • Travel & t rekking insurance
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40 (approx £25)
  • Additional US$85 for Chinese visa applicable to American passport holder as levied by Chinese Government
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
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Trip Grade Demanding

Trip Grade Demanding

Suitability:  a good choice for regular hill walkers, high level of fitness required.

1) Walking times: average 6 to 8 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 12 hours) for up to 14 days with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,500m.

3) Terrain: for some of the time following well-travelled trails although also likely to encounter rough and rocky sections. There may be significant amount of ascent and descent.

4) Remoteness: often in more remote areas and normally a longer distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive Kathmandu 
  • Day 2Sightseeing in Kathmandu 
  • Day 3Fly to Nepalgunj 
  • Day 4Fly to Simikot (2,750m), trek to Masigaon (2,270m) 
  • Day 5Trek to Kermi (2,680m) 
  • Day 6Trek to Yangar (2,850m) 
  • Day 7Trek to Torea (3,400m) 
  • Day 8Trek to Sipsip (4,300m) 
  • Day 9Cross Nara Lagna pass (4,600m) then trek to Hilsa (3,700m) 
  • Day 10Drive to Purang (3,900m) and onto Lake Manasarovar 
  • Day 11Drive to Purang (3,900m) and onto Lake Manasarovar 
  • Day 12Trek to Damding Donkhang (4,900m) 
  • Day 13Trek to Dikpa Karnak (5,300m) 
  • Day 14Cross Dolma La (5,600m), trek to Zutul Puk gompa (4,800m) 
  • Day 15Trek to Darchen, drive to Lake Manasarovar (4,750m) 
  • Day 16 to 18Drive to Zhangmu on China-Nepal border 
  • Day 19Drive to Kathmandu 
  • Day 20Free day in Kathmandu 
  • Day 21Fly back home 
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