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Simikot to Mt. Kailash via Limi valley

Trip Fact

Trip Mode: On Hotels-Lodge and Camping on trek.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous

Activities: Scenic flights-exciting drive-sightseeing and trekking.

Highest point: On top of Droma-la 5,470 m pass.

Trekking: 20 Nights & 21 Days (Simikot to Simikot with walk and drive)

In Tibet: 06 Nights & 07 Days.

Total Trip: 24 Nights & 25 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Best Seasons: April to October includes monsoon months of July and August as well.

  • Overview
  • Detail Itinerary

Highlights

  • “Scenic flight to Nepalgunj with grand panorama of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal
  • World Heritage sightseeing tour in Kathmandu a familiarization trip of great importance
  • Trekking on hidden areas of Far Western Nepal Himalaya to enter into Tibet and Mt. Kailash
  • Crossing high scenic passes and around holy Mt. Kailash and Manasarover Lake
  • A fabulous adventure around Humla and Limi valley with fascinating time in Western Tibet”

Dream Tibet presents a fabulous adventure on the off the beaten tracks, where trekkers seldom visits around ‘Simikot to Mt. Kailash via Limi Valley trekking; an unforgettable journey with an adventure of a lifetime experience, where our expert guides with full camping support to make this trip delightful, interesting and enjoyable. Simikot to Mt. Kailash via Limi Valley trekking a super adventure starting from Kathmandu with familiarization tour around world heritage sites and then flying towards Nepal Far South West with incredible views of wide snow capped mountains from Langtang-Manaslu- Annapurna to Dhaulagiri range with Api and Shaiphal peaks, on flight to Simikot. 

From Nepalgunj a short flight brings at Simikot the main headquarter town of Humla and Limi areas where our adventurous walk leads through high passes of Nara Lagna pass above 5,000 m high with super views of this wild country landscapes. As walk progress entering into Wild South West of Tibet at Taklakot town and then into holy Mt. Kailash and sacred Manasarover Lake where you can perform religious rites worshipping the holy lakes and Kailash. Walk leads around Mt. Kailash with fabulous views of all side of Mt. Kailash at an altitude of 6,714 m / 22,028 ft high, located within Tibet an awesome peak of both grace and beauty, with four sided cardinal faces, east face believed to be crystal, the west as ruby, the southern face sapphire and the northern for gold. It is a holy and sacred spiritual hub of four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Jain and the ancient animistic Bonpa sect of pre-Buddhist. The holy trek or kora in Tibetan meaning circuit leads on top of sacred spot at Droma-la pass at 5, 470 meter the highest point of this trip, the top with offering including thousands of prayer flags that adorns the sacred site.

From here heading downhill to Zutulphuk a holy place where 11 th C great poet and tantric Guru Milarepa meditated in cave as ‘Zutul’ means cave and ‘phuk’ as foot prints. After a great walk our holy journey ends at Darchen for the drive back to Taklakot to reach at Hilsa in Nepal and then continue walk taking a hidden route around Limi valley with glamorous views and interesting villages to reach at Simikot after an overwhelming adventure of a life time experience and then flying back to Kathmandu, on completing a remarkable and mesmerizing adventure on Simikot to Mt. Kailash via Limi Valley Trekking.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.

Day 02: In Kathmandu half day sightseeing afternoon fly to Nepalgunj.

Day 03: Fly to Simikot 2,910m & trek to Dharpuri 2,600 m -03 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Sally Khola 2,690 m -05 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Muchu 2,920 m -05 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Torea 3,380m - 04 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Sip-Sip 3,800 m via Muchu - 05 hours.

Day 08: Trek to Hilsa 3,720m via Nara Lagna - 06 hours.

Day 09: Cross the border a short walk and drive to Taklakot 3,770m.

Day 10: Drive to Lake Manasarover 4,510 m - 03 hours drive.

Day 11: At Manasarover acclimatization and rest day.

Day 12: Drive to Tarboche trek to Dhirapuk 5,010 m - 05 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,790 m - 06 hours.

Day 14: Trek to near Darchen and drive to Taklakot - 06 hrs (walk and drive).

Day 15: Trek to Manepeme 3,990 m via Hilsa - 06 hrs.

Day 16: Trek to Til 4000 m - 06 hrs.

Day 17: Trek to Halji 3,660 m - 03 hrs.

Day 18: Trek to Jang 3,930 m -04 hrs.

Day 19: Trek to Talung 4,370 m - 08 hrs.

Day 20: Trek to Shinjungma 3,620 m via Nyalu La 4,949 m - 08 hrs.

Day 21: Trek to Kermi 2,670 m - 07 hrs.

Day 22: Trek to Simikot 2,950 m - 06 hrs.

Day 23: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.

Day 24: At leisure in Kathmandu for independent activities.

Day 25: Transfer to airport for final international departure.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be received by Dream Tibet guide and staff with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotel in the hub of the city, with time for talks and briefing regarding your stay in Nepal and of Simikot to Mt. Kailash viaLimi Valley trekking with full information of the trip.

Day 02: In Kathmandu half day sightseeing afternoon fly to Nepalgunj.

In Kathmandu half day tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest, as Kathmandu valley steeped with history and culture with most of the world heritage sites of Pashupatinath a Hindu temple, Bouddhanath Stupa Buddhist sites also known as ‘Little Tibet’.

Afternoon as per the flight time for Nepalgunj transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport where 50 minutes flight brings you at Nepal Far South in Nepalgunj with super panorama of peaks during air-borne and on reaching Nepalgunj transfer to near airport hotel with afternoon free to see the the city areas of Nepalgunj.

Day 03: Fly to Simikot 2,910m & trek to Dharapuri 2,600 m - 04 hrs.

Starting after having early breakfast with connecting flight to Simikot, on reaching Simikot received by our trekking and camping staff, Simikot headquarter town of Mugu / Humla district around far North West Nepal offering stunning views of Mt Api and Saipal peaks.

From Simikot begin our first day walk to overnight camp at Dharapuri village, leading to a climb through farm fields of barley into forested ridge then downhill towards farm villages to reach Dharapuri for first overnight camping of this trip. Around far west region villages inhabited mostly by Thakuri people of Hindu religion, people around Mugu and Humla been in trade with Tibet for hundreds of years using same trail to Tibet border of 5-6 days walks.

Day 04: Trek to Sally-Khola 2,690 m near Kermi village - 05 hrs.

After Dharapuri village, journey continues leading to a climb and crossing a stream reaching the last village of Thakuri people and the end of rice fields. From here on ups and down path around grazing area and crossing Sally- Khola (stream) nearby beautiful waterfalls to our overnight camp a short distance from Kermi village, this place with hot springs of an hour walk.

Day 05: Trek to Muchu 2,920 m - 05 hrs.

Morning starts with an uphill through Yangar village on paved path built with rocks and woods and then crossing suspension bridge over Humla Karnali River, and then climb to a stream past apricot garden area and finally reaching Muchu village to our overnight camp, this small village with an old monastery and a border Police Check Post.

Day 06: Trek to Torea 3,380m -04 hrs.

After a nice stop at Muchu, our journey descend towards Thumkot village, after a break then climbing away from Humla-Karnali River walking on a steep-sided narrow gorge. From here a long hour trek leads slowly to a climb reaching at Torea village for overnight camp, with afternoon free at leisure to catch up with your dairy and explore this village.

Day 07: Trek to Sip-Sip 3,800 m - 05 hours.

As the walk progress altitude gains with morning climb to reach a small ridge at 3,500 meters high, from here countering on ridge top, offers grand vista of Yari valley area and high snowcapped peaks, after a short stop walk leads by an irrigation canal to a large wide valley of Jhyakthang chu this place marked with prayer walls entering into Buddhist culture villages of Tibetan influence. 

After a good walk reaching a moderate size Yari village built with stones, this village has another police post, with government custom office and a school. Farmlands with terraces yielding sufficient crops growing millets, barley, amaranth (Marcia) wheat, buckwheat’s, potatoes and radishes. After a nice stop walk continues with a climb on a wide valley encountering group of traders, pilgrims and pack animals-goats, sheep’s and yaks, then reaching at Sip-Sip a small place of cattle herders with few shops. 

Our camp is made near a stream at the bottom of Nara Lagna pass.

Day 08: Trek to Hilsa 3,720m via Nara Lagna - 06 hours.

From this camp morning walk leads to a climb on a ridge with huge rock atop at Nara Lagna pass at 5,000 m / 15,030ft, the highest spot of this walk on Nepal side. The pass offers grand panorama of Tibetan plateau with Humla Karnali River down below and green barley fields of Sher or Sera, distance views of Api and Saiphal peaks. After a pleasant stop walk downhill on dusty trail to Humla Karnali River to reach Nepal border at Hilsa village, a frontier post with few tents and stone houses surrounded with barley fields, just across the bridge a stone pillar marks Nepal-Tibet border.

Day 09: Cross the border with 02 hrs drive to Taklakot 3,770m.

Morning an hour climb to Sher in Tibet, on leaving Nepal, where our Tibetan guides and driver will receive for an interesting drive to Taklakot also known as Purang in Tibetan. Taklakot an important major market town for Tibetans, Nepali and as well for Indian traders with a separate bazaar areas, during summer months an important wool trade takes place between nomadic Drogpa herdsmen and Nepali traders our overnight stop in local guest house.

Day 10: Drive to Lake Manasarover 4,510 m - 03 hours journey.

After Taklakot or Purang within Tibet with complete change of environment with the local people including town and way of living, from Taklakot a holy pilgrimage begins with a scenic drive to Lake Manasarover on leaving Karnali River valley; As the drive continues over pass and then reaching a flat barren and arid country beneath massive Mt. Gurla Mandhata at 7,728 meters, from here drive leads over Thalladong pass 5,050 meters high with views of Rakshesh Lake and holy Mt. Kailash.

From the pass downhill to Chu Gompa located by the western bank of Lake Manasarover for overnight stop in a guest house or camping (depending upon the season for Indian and Tibetan pilgrims)

Day 11: Acclimatization and Rest Day at Manasarover.

Rest day for acclimatization and to explore around Lake Manasarover, a holy lake located between Mt. Kailash 6,714m and the Gurla Mandhata mountain range at 7,694 m. Manasarover floats beneath the shadow of holy Kailash as the lake formed in the mind of Gods.

The best time to circle around Manasarover is in late autumn and early spring, when the streams and rivers are shallow. An optional circuit with drive around Manasarover Lake can be done on request taking about 5 hrs.

Day 12: Drive to Tarboche via Darchen 4,600m and walk to Dhiraphuk 4,900 m - 05 hrs.

After a wonderful rest at holy Manasarover Lake, a short drive to popular Darchen town of the area which is also the start and end of holy Kailash circuit or kora, Darchen with hotels and guesthouses a busy place with hundreds of pilgrims during auspicious time for parikrama / kora (circumambulation). From Darchen drive leads North West at holy spot Tarboche where our walk begins with view of Kailash West Face.

Kailash stands at 6,714m, heart of ancient Shangshung kingdom supposed country of pre- Buddhist Bonpos origin. After 4 hrs walks brings you at Diraphuk Gompa for overnight stop in a simple lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,760m - 06 hours.

After Dhiraphuk, morning walk on nice path for an hour and then climb to reach the top at Dromo-la the highest point of Kailash walk, a holy spot at 5,470m /18,525ft. A big boulder represents goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) this place festooned with prayer flags. This spot is the physical and spiritual high point of pilgrimage.

From here descend to the bottoms of the hill and then walk to Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stop, Zuthul means cave. The place is named after a cave where poet, saint Milarepa meditated; his footprint still remains on the roof.

Day 14:Trek to near Darchen and drive to Taklakot - 06 hrs (walk and drive).

Last day of holy walk kora or parikrama, an easy morning walk of few hours on broad plain passing many prayer mani walls, then coming to a narrow valley with short section of gorge as the route turns towards west to Darchen, last leg of the walk make a dramatic exit from river valley on to the plain as walk passes to mani walls decorated with carved yak skulls.

A short walk from brings you at Darchen and end of this great trek in Tibet, from here drive back to Taklakot for overnight stop.

Day 15: Trek to Manepeme 3,990 m via Hilsa - 06 hrs.

From Taklakot a short drive to border at Sher with farewell to Tibetan guide and drivers and then head downhill towards Nepal side, on crossing a newly built steel bridge to reach at Hilsa and then continue walk to Manepemea, to reach back at Simikot town with an alternative high and remote path through many isolated farm villages and monasteries which is of strong Tibetan influence and the people are of similar looks with culture and custom, starting crossing over an iron bridge to reach other banks of Karnali river which is the longest river of Nepal fed from the glacier of Mt. Kailash in Tibet, then following Karnali River on the trail to Manepeme village, with gradual winding path and climb and ending the day at Manepeme village for overnight camp.

Day 16: Trek to Til 4, 000 m - 06 hrs.

After a pleasant stop on this quaint village with few houses, walk leads to gradual climb on a narrow trail and reaching to a level ground for few hours and with steep haul over a narrow trail to Ya Yip Phuk where there is nice cave which is used as meditation by Buddhist monks long time back a great high guru Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo a great translator of Tibetan Buddhist scriptures mediate here around 985-1055 A.D. From here trekking for an hour reaching at

Lamka La pass at 4,300 meters with spectacular views of mountains and valleys, and then descending to Til village for overnight camp in this small village with a monastery and many interesting stupas.

Day 17: Trek to Halji 3, 660 m - 03 hrs.

From Til village walk leads to Halji starting the short day walk of three hours with a descend to Limi River and on nice gradual path with fabulous surrounding views around this area might spot some wildlife a herd of blue sheep’s and mountain goats including elusive snow leopards.

After few hours of pleasant walk reaching at Halji village for overnight stop, this old traditional village houses an important 14 th century monastery called Rinchenling Gompa which belongs to Tibetan Buddhism of Kagyugpa Sect, this lovely village with a medical clinic,micro hydro power plant and solar plant with the help of Nepal Trust Foundation, afternoon with ample time to explore in and around this village area which is very interesting and impressive to explore around here.

Day 18: Trek to Jang 3,930 m - 04 hrs.

Today another short walk till lunch at Jang village, morning starts following Limi Khola (stream) with stunning views of surrounding landscapes panorama and then shortly after a nice walk ending the day at Jang village, this is the last and third largest village of Limi Valley area, after lunch to explore this pretty Jang village of authentic Tibetan culture, religion with traditional way of life.

Day 19: Trek to Talung 4,370 m - 08 hrs.

After having two short days enjoying the stay in these remote villages, today a long walk on the barren, arid and windswept territory with stunning views of beautiful country of Tibetan landscapes this gentle walk passes many yak and cattle herders temporary camps on this summer pasture area and reaching towards a green valley for the overnight camp on this wonderful beautiful valley of Talung.

Day 20: Trek to Shinjungma 3, 620 m via Nyalu La 4,940 m - 08 hrs.

Today another long day’s walk as it leads to the last pass of this trip before Simikot town, after this camp starting with a steep uphill walk at above 4,940 meters on top of the ridge of Nyalu La pass with awesome panorama of Tibetan plateau with Mt. Kailash at 6,714 m and of Mt, Api and Saipal 7,031 meters with other adjoining snowcapped mountains.

After a nice stop with great views walk leads to a descend at Selma Tso a glacial pond at around 4,630 meters, from here trek follows Salli River all the way to Shinjungma, a summer pasture and grazing land to set the overnight camp on this nice grassy field.

Day 21: Trek back to Kermi 2,670 m - 07 hrs.

After being away from human settlement for few days, today’s walk leads back into villages with a long descend and reaching back to tree lines of pine and birch woodland along Salli Khola route, after few hours of nice walk, where Salli Khola joins the great Karnali River and then heading east to Kermi village for overnight stop with time to visit hot springs which is a mere distance from this village.

Day 22: Trek back to Simikot 2, 950 m- 06 hrs.

Finally this great adventure Around Simikot & Humla comes to a final end at Simikot town, morning with the last day walking of this journey leads to a climb at Darapuri 2,300 meters and Majgaon 2,290 meters. From this nice Majgaon village leading to a long climb for few hours to reach back at Karnali River and up to a small ridge of above 3,000 meters high pass; from the top offering grand views of hills and valleys with Mt. Api and Saiphal peaks, and then on the pleasant downhill walk concluding this last and final days trekking at Simikot town for the last overnight stop of this amazing trip in Nepal’s Far North West and around world highest and largest Tibetan plateau.

Day 23: Fly back to Kathmandu from Simikot via Nepalgunj.

After a grand holy walk from Simikot to Mt. Kailash via Limi Valley and visiting Manasarover sacred lake, morning depart from Kathmandu taking a short flight warmer areas at Nepalgunj airport and then transfer for the flight back to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu and at your hotel enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 24: In Kathmandu free day at leisure.

A reserve day and free day today in case of flight delay at Simikot, if all goes well as per the itinerary enjoy with individual activities, for interested people can join in for another interesting tour around Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur rest of the day free for shopping souvenirs.

Day 25:International departure homeward bound.

Last day in Nepal with wonderful memories of Tibet trip on Simikot to Mt. Kailash via Limi Valley trekking, and then transfer to Kathmandu airport for final departure homeward ward bound or to respective countries.

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