Mount Kailash via Simikot, Hilsa & Lhasa Out

Nature At Its Best

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal & Tibet
Duration: 19 Days
Trip Start: Kathmandu
Trip End: Kathmandu
Activity: Tour & Pilgrimage
Max Elevation: 4200 Meters
Best Season: Mar-May & Sep-Nov
Trip Grade: Difficult Trip Grade Difficult
Meals:
Accommodation: Hotel, Camp & Lodge

Mount Kailash via Simikot, Hilsa & Lhasa Out

Mount Kailash via Simikot, Hilsa & Lhasa Out tour is the combination of nature, culture, adventure and pilgrimage in nature. The tour consist soft adventure Cultural trek to most scenic Humla region from Simikot to Hilsa, Pilgrimage to the Holiest Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Lake, visit to historical Lhasa City, visit famous Yamdrok Lake, Mt. Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and cross 3 high passes with altitude of 4,794 M, 5,039 M & 4,280 M during drive from Shigatse to Lhasa, visit famous Runbuk monastery and the world famous Everest Base Camp.

Holy Mt Kailash is considered as the most important pilgrimage center for Hindu. Similarly, Buddhist worship Mt Kailash as DEMCHOK (Buddha in forceful form) seated on the summit of Kailash. It is also called Dharmapa-La, one version quotes the deity as a form of Shiva’s manifestation. The description of the deity is more or less like Shiva. Devi is also given a similar form like Parvati.

Buddhists adore Kailash as KANG RINGPOCHE and Mansarovar as TSO MAPHAM. Guru Rinpoche (The great Indian Master PADMASAMBHAVA who introduced Buddhism) and Saint Milerapa are greatly revered here by the pilgrims. Since TANTRISM runs through the main core of Buddhism here, their customs and practices would be found running close and parallel to Hindu traditions. Like Hindus, they also consider (DOLMA (DEVI) and GAURI KUND (Thukizingbu) as holiest spots. Buddhists strongly believe that pilgrimage to this place liberates them to NIRVANA.

Holy Mt Kailash is also visited as the scenic point of view and many tourists from the world come to visit the site and enjoy the nature wonder.

Fishtail Tours & Travel invites you to join in this wonderful nature, culture, adventure and pilgrimage holidays tour during your next vacation.

Itinerary

Day 01: Fly To Nepalgunj (150 M),
Transfer to airport for flight to Nepalgunj. Arrive Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Simikot (2,910 M) & Trek to Dharapari,
Early morning with packed breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Simikot. This flight will offer a thrill of flight between tall hills and mountains, which you might not find easily in any other part of the world. The landing will be done at the tiny mountain airstrip at Simikot is an unforgettable experience. Arrive Simikot, do the necessary preparation and trek to Dharapari. The trek starts with little climbing for few hours through the villages of Tuling, following the trial that pass through walnut and apricot trees to the village of Dharapari. Dinner and overnight stay at tented camp.

Day 03: Trek to Salli Khola,
Today, we will trek through the rice and wheat fields to a point where the valley narrows and the river is choked with the huge mountain rocks. As per the legends these rocks represents the silver fishes that swam up from the Ganges and couldn’t make it any further. Rice is not grown above this point and we will be passing through small fields of buckwheat and open pine woodland. Right in front of us well be towering snow capped mountains and beautiful waterfalls. Today’s trek will be last for 6 to 7 hours. Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight stay on tented camp.

Day 04: Trek to Tumkot Khola,
We will follow the trial that at many occasions comes close to the river. We will go through the path built up with rocks and timber. Then we will cross the Humla Karnali River and climb steadily to Munchu which lies at the altitude of 2,920 M above the sea level. Here we will come across a police check post. Then we will follow the trial that passes below Gompa and the stone houses of the village. We will then gently descent to the river bank and reach to camp site. Lunch will be served on the way. The trek will be last for 6/7 hours. Dinner and overnight stay at tented camp.

Day 05: Trek to Thado Dhunga,
Today, after the breakfast we start our journey again and leave the Humla Karnali River to meet after two days time, crossing the Tumkot River. A two hour climb brings us to a ridge crest at 3310m marked by a large cairn. We will continue our trek through the open juniper trees past Palbang and to the village of Yari where with a small shop and a school. We can rest there for a while and move on to a meadow half an hour away from Yari to camp for the night. This meadow is locally known as Dzungjen. We need to get acclimatized for the next day so we can climb up the ridges for an aid to acclimatization. From the top of the ridges we can view fantastic scenery of Sipal Himal. Today’s trek last for 7/8 hour trek. Dinner and overnight stay on tent.

Day 06: Trek to Hilsa & drive to Taklakot (3,400 M),
Today, we will climb from our campsite to Nara Lagna- 4850 M, which takes about 3 and half to 4 hours of time. The summit is marked by two huge cairns draped with prayer flags. Below, we can look into Tibet where the arid hillsides are a stark contrast to the greenery of the Humla region we have recently trekked through. It’s a steep downward climb to Shar where our vehicle waits for us. En route we might come across the traders with lots of sheep and goats carrying rice for the Tibetan side or salt for the Nepalese side. On the way we can visit Khojarnath where a large red Gompa is situated Overnight stay at hotel at Taklakot.

Day 07: Drive to Mansarovar (Chiu Gompa) (4,600 M),
Drive to Mansarovar (120 KM, 3 hrs). After lunch visit Chui Gumpa and enjoy at Lake Manasarovar. Overnight stay at guesthouse/ camp.

Day 08: Full day acclimatization At Mansarovar (4,600 M),
Today is free day to acclimatize you at Mansarovar lake. Overnight stay at guesthouse/camp.

Day 09: Drive to Tarchen (4,664 M),
Today we will drive for mere 1.5 to 2 hours to Darchen. Darchen is a cluster of buildings within walled compound that’s makes the pilgrim’s gateway to Mt. Kailash. Overnight stay at guesthouse.

Day 10: Drive to Sersong & Holy Trek to Dirapuk (4,765 M),
Breakfast and drive to Tarboch Flag Pole and sky Burial ground , visit the flag pole site and drive to Sersong and get prepared & head north up the Lha Chu Valley and enter the Valley of the God through the two legged chorten known as Chorten Kangnyi. It’s a gentle hike on a well defined path at the right side of the river. On the way you can find many nomadic herders herding yak and sheep to the grazing areas west of mountains. Then we will cross the Lha Chu to camp below Dri Ra Phuk Gompa at the height of 5010m. The view of Kailash’s north face is very impressive from the Gompa. Overnight stay at guesthouse / camp.

Day 11: Holy Trek to Zuthulpuk Gumpa (4,820 M),
Today, we will begin our trekking with steep climb on a winding path over a moraine ridge to a level meadow area. Our route will take us to Shiva Tal cemetery where we can see that the Tibetans have left part of their clothing of drop of blood to respect the dead ones. From here is a steady climb to the Dolma La at the height of 5,630 M. Dolma La is marked by streamers of prayer flags and a huge Dolma stone that represents the goddess Dolma. Then the trial descends by the series of rocky switchbacks above the frozen lake of Gouri Kunda to reach the Valley of Zhong Chu. We will follow the river and call it a day to camp in the area of Zutulphunl Gompa at the height of 4,820 M. This hike will take around 7 to 9 hours of your time. What you will pass through and things you will come across in this tour will make it a truly memorable day. Overnight stay at camp/ guesthouse.

Day 12: Holy Trek to Tachen (4,664 M) & Drive to Tirthpuri,
This is our final day on the Kora. Today we will take an easy three hours trek as we exit Zhong Chu valley through a narrow George reaching Darchen. From Darchen we will drive for three hours to reach Tirthapuri, which is one of the holiest places after Mt. Kailash and Lake Masasarovar, as its name suggests. Tirthapuri has a hot spring where you can enjoy the warmth of natural hot springs. These hot springs are believed to be sulphuric rich and said to cure various skin disease. Overnight stay at camp.

Day 13: Drive to Saga (4,640 M),
Breakfast and drive to Saga (450 KM). Saga is the famous Chinese Indian city situated at the famous Brahma Putra River. Arrive in Saga and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 14: Drive to Ronbuk Monastry/ Everest Base Camp (5,200 M),
Breakfast and drive to Rongbuk Monastery- 375 Km, 7 hour drive (You are reaching to Mt. Everest Base Camp today). Rongbuk, where the highest Monastery in the world is established around 8 km from Everest Base Camp. There are magnificent views up the valley of Mount Everest and Cho-Oyu which can be seen from the guest house. Overnight at Rongbuk Guesthouse (dormitory room with common toilet) tented camp.

Day 15: Drive to Shigatse (3,836 M),
Breakfast and visit Everest Base Camp. Walk up to some distance to enjoy the better view of the tallest Mountain of the world. After enjoying few hours at the base camp, return to guesthouse, check out and drive to Shigatse. Arrive in Shigatse after 6 hour drive. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 16: Drive to Lhasa via Gyatse (3,977 M),
After breakfast, visit various monasteries of the city, later drive to Gyatse (90 KM, 1.5 hrs). Arrive in Gyatse and further drive to Lhasa, en-route visit Holy Yamdrok Lake, Mt. Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and cross 3 high passes with altitude of 4,794 M, 5,039 M & 4,280 M. Finally Arrive Lhasa and check into hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Palkhor Monastery: Also called “The Baiju Monastery” by the Chinese, this monastery is situated in Xigatse city which is about 230 KM away from capital Lhasa. Implausible combination of temples and Stupas will attract anyone. The architecture you will see in this place, are form the 14th and 15th century which make this place a Hotpoint for ancient archeological researchers. This place has more than 3000 statues from the statues of Buddha to famous King Songtsen Gampo. Number of tourist visiting this place has been increasing every year.

Tashilhunpo Monastery: Located in Shigatse 250 KM away from the capital city Tashilhunpo monastery was built by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447. Among the six hugest monasteries in Tibet this monastery stands on massive area of 300,000 Sq. m and known as the “Seat of Panchen Lama”. Panchen Lama is considered as the second most important religious leader after Dalai Lama in Tibet.

Day 17: Lhasa City Sightseeing (3,700 M),
After breakfast leave for full day city sightseeing tour to Magnificent Potala Palace-the winter palace of the Dalai Lama; the place where the former great Dalai Lama's stupas are being kept; once the seat of the Tibetan government. With a history of over 1,300 years, the Potala Palace is the treasure of Tibetan religion and culture, storing plenty of figures of the Buddha, murals, sutras etc. After visiting Potala Palace, you will visit one of the three largest monasteries of Gelugpa- the Sera Monastery, and the Dalai Lama's summer palace of the treasure Park of Tibet, the Norbulingka. Return to hotel and Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 18: Lhasa City Sightseeing (3,700 M),
After breakfast, you will visit the No 1 Monastery of Gelugpa-Drepung Monastery, which is the richest monastery ever in Tibet, and is still active today. Then you will be guided to visit the spiritual center of Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, where you might meet many pilgrims, who even prostrate by full length to the threshold of the temple. You will visit the sacred pilgrim path, the oldest street in Lhasa, the Barkhor Street, which is the place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble. In the afternoon, you can pay a visit to the Tibetan Traditional Hospital, where you will see how the Tibetan doctors treat patients in their traditional ways, and in its library, you will find massive medical sutras and medical Thankas. The Lhasa Carpet Factory is also a place you should not miss. The carpets there are all hand-made on old-styled vertical looms in traditional processes. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu & Free Day,
Breakfast and transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu, meet, welcome and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore your own. Evening fare well dinner at Typical Nepali restaurant with traditional Nepali cultural program. Overnight stay at hotel.

Includes / Excludes

  • Airport-Hotel-Airport transfers in private vehicles,
  • Hotel accommodation Kathmandu,
  • Four nights/ Five days full organized trek with camping accommodation, kitchen team, Sherpa team & porters from Simikot to Hilsa,
  • Nine nights accommodation at Tented Camp / Guesthouse at Mt. Kailash & Everest Base Camp,
  • Hotel & Guesthouse accommodation in Tibet,
  • Flight from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot,
  • Flight from Lhasa-Kathmandu,
  • Lhasa sightseeing as per itinerary,
  • Private while on the tour,
  • Fully trained Nepali Sherpa team,
  • Professional government license holder English speaking tour guide in Tibet,
  • Yak & Yak men to carry equipment & food materials during Parikrama,
  • Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) while on the Yatra,
  • Mineral & boiled water,
  • Required trekking & kitchen equipment,
  • Oxygen cylinder and oxygen pillow as per the requirements,
  • Private Jeep drive from Kerung-Kathmandu,
  • Tibet Visa & Permit Fee,
  • Necessary Border charges,
  • Ground transfers in Tibet on Deluxe Coach,
  • First aid kit,
  • Yatra Completion Certificate,
  • Wages, meals, accommodation, transportations, equipment, insurance and other facilities to the trekking/ tour staffs during the trip,
  • All types of rescue arrangements,
  • All kind of local and government TAX etc.
  • Insurance that covers Trekking/Travel/Accident/Medical/Emergency evacuations,
  • Horse(s) & Porter(s) for personal use,
  • Tips for the trekking, tour staffs & driver,
  • Alcoholic drinks,
  • Personal expenses: shopping, laundry, trekking-tour equipment, SIM Card, walkie-talkie etc.
  • Nepal Visa fee,
  • Cost may incurred by unpredictable cancellation, natural calamities, political situation, illness etc.
  • Others expenses which are not mentioned above in INCLUDES section.

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