Mt. Kailash Trek via Simikot

A sacred trek of Tibet

Duration Duration 19 Days
Meals Meals
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • 3-times meals during the trek
Accommodation Accommodation
  • 4-night hotel
  • 14-nights eco-lodge
Activites Activities
  • Trekking
  • Sightseeing
  • Kora Parikrama
  • Spiritual Trek
Price Reduced US$ 4800 Price Starts From US$ 4400
Destination Destination
Nepal & Tibet
Difficulty Difficulty
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
5750 Meter
Activities Activity
Start and Point Start/End Point
Best Season Best Season
March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
Group Size Group Size
2 - 8 People
Transportation Transportation
Private Car and Flight
Activity Per Day Activity Per Day
6-7 hours trek

Overview of Mt. Kailash Trek via Simikot

The spirit of ancient pilgrims whispers on the wind, beckoning you to embark on a life-altering journey: The Mount Kailash Trek via Simikot. This epic adventure transcends mere hiking, weaving spirituality, breathtaking landscapes, and cultural immersion into a tapestry unlike any other.

Where Trade Routes and Pilgrimage Intertwine:

Step onto the path once traversed by yak caravans laden with salt, their bells echoing through the timeless Himalayas. These ancient trade routes, now hallowed pilgrimage trails, will transport you back in time, a testament to the enduring spirit of exploration and devotion.

Witnessing the Majesty of Mount Kailash Trek:

Rising like a celestial guardian above the Tibetan Plateau, Mount Kailash, revered by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bonpos, dominates the landscape. This mystical peak, believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva and Parvati, cradles the source of four mighty rivers – Indus, Sutlej, Karnali, and Brahmaputra – lifebloods of vast Asian landscapes.

Highlights that Ignite Your Soul:

Conquer the Kora Parikrama: Embark on a three-day, 56-km pilgrimage circling the sacred Mount Kailash, enveloped in the vibrant tapestry of colorful robes and sincere devotion. Feel the energy and spirituality rise with each step.

Seek Serenity at Manasarovar Lake: Bathe in the ethereal beauty of this holy lake, its pristine waters reflecting the snow-capped peak of Kailash. Let the tranquility wash over you as you embrace the lake’s legendary power to cleanse and bless.

Unwind in Hidden Gems: Immerse yourself in natural hot springs, explore ancient Tibetan monasteries whispering tales of forgotten times, and delve into the secrets of traditional Tibetan medicine at Darchen.

Trek Through Diverse Landscapes: From the verdant forests of Nepal to the stark Tibetan plains, witness the dramatic transformation of the land with each step. Feel the raw power of nature as you traverse high mountain passes and windswept valleys.

Immerse Yourself in Rich Traditions: Encounter the vibrant cultures of Nepal and Tibet, their unique customs and age-old practices weaving a tapestry of human connection. Be a guest in their world, and let their warmth enrich your journey.

More Than a Trek, a Transformation:

This expedition transcends the mere act of reaching the peak; it’s an odyssey of inner transformation. Engage deeply with your innermost being, find peace in awe-inspiring landscapes, and enhance your comprehension of various spiritual beliefs. It’s a pursuit of personal significance set against the majestic backdrop of the Himalayas.

Let Peregrine Treks Be Your Guide for Kailash Trek:

With years of experience and meticulous planning, Peregrine Treks & Expeditions ensures your Mount Kailash Trek unfolds seamlessly. We’ll be your trusted companion, navigating logistics, providing cultural insights, and ensuring your safety and comfort every step of the way.

Embrace the Call of the Himalayas:

Heed the call of the breeze and set out on this memorable escapade. The Mount Kailash Trek via Simikot beckons, offering an expedition that will kindle your soul, uplift your spirit, and etch a lasting impression on your heart.

Ready to answer the call? Contact Peregrine Treks & Tours today and begin crafting your own Mount Kailash legend!

Mt. Kailash Trek via Simikot Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
    • Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you’ll be greeted by our representative and assisted with customs and immigration.
    • Transfer to your comfortable hotel in Thamel, the vibrant tourist hub of Kathmandu.
    • Spend the afternoon resting and acclimatizing to the high altitude (1,400m).
    • In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant, sampling local delicacies and getting acquainted with your fellow travelers.

    Accommodation: The Everest Hotel

  • Day 2: Exploring Kathmandu Valley
    • After breakfast, embark on a guided tour of Kathmandu Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Visit Swayambhunath Stupa, a Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site offering panoramic city views.
    • Explore the ancient Durbar Square, a complex of temples and palaces showcasing Newari architecture.
    • Immerse yourself in the vibrant life of Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River.
    • Witness the intricate craftsmanship of local artisans at handicraft shops in Thamel.
    • In the evening, enjoy a cultural performance featuring traditional Nepalese dance and music.

    Accommodation: The Everest Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3: Flight to Nepalgunj and Transfer to Simikot
    • Take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in the Terai plains near the Nepal-India border.
    • Transfer to Simikot, a remote airstrip nestled in the Himalayan foothills at an altitude of 2,985m.
    • Upon arrival, complete immigration formalities and meet your local trekking crew.
    • Enjoy a traditional homestay dinner with a local family in Simikot, experiencing the warm hospitality of the region.

    Accommodation: Three-star hotel
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 4: Trek to Dharapori
    • Begin your trek from Humla, winding through verdant valleys and cascading waterfalls.
    • Cross the Karnali River, one of the largest tributaries of the Ganges, over a sturdy suspension bridge.
    • Immerse yourself in the unique culture of the Humla people, known for their colorful attire and traditional lifestyle.
    • Arrive at Dharapori (2,360m) in the late afternoon, settling into your comfortable guesthouse.
    • Enjoy a hearty dinner prepared by the local family running the guesthouse.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 5: Trek to Kermi
    • Today, the trek ascends steadily through rhododendron forests and yak pastures, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
    • Cross several glacial streams and traverse open meadows, enjoying the crisp mountain air.
    • Learn about the medicinal properties of local plants from your knowledgeable guide.
    • Arrive at Kermi (2,860m) in the late afternoon, your base for exploring the sacred Namaste Pass tomorrow.
    • Relax and enjoy a delicious dinner at your comfortable guesthouse.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 6: Kermi to Yalbang (2,879m/9,445ft): 5-6 hours
    • Gear up for today’s moderate trek, leaving the verdant landscapes of Kermi behind.
    • Traverse high Himalayan meadows, enjoying panoramic views of snow-capped peaks in the distance.
    • Keep an eye out for marmots sunning themselves on rocks and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind.
    • Arrive at Yalbang (2,879m), a small village nestled amidst the stark beauty of the Tibetan plateau.
    • Settle into your cozy guesthouse and rest after a day of breathtaking vistas.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 7: Yalbang to Tumkot (3,073m/10,082ft): 5-6 hours
    • Embark on another scenic trek, gradually ascending further into the Tibetan wilderness.
    • Encounter yak caravans transporting goods across the vast plateau, a glimpse into the nomadic lifestyle.
    • Cross the Serangtse River, a source of life for the surrounding grasslands.
    • Reach Tumkot (3,073m), a village offering stunning views of the Namtso Lake in the distance.
    • Savor a traditional Tibetan meal and rest, preparing for tomorrow’s challenging climb.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 8: Tumkot to Yari (3,663m/12,017ft): 6-7 hours
    • Today’s trek tests your endurance with a steep ascent towards the Nara La pass (4,655m).
    • Enjoy the panorama of snow-capped peaks and vast glaciers surrounding you, a truly awe-inspiring sight.
    • Be prepared for the thin air at this high altitude, take it slow, and acclimatize properly.
    • Arrive at Yari (3,663m), a quaint village located on the other side of the pass, your reward for a strenuous but rewarding day.
    • Relax and celebrate your accomplishment with a warm Tibetan dinner and local hospitality.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 9: Yari to Hilsa (3,647m/11,965ft) via Nara La pass: 5-6 hours
    • Retrace your steps across the majestic Nara La pass, appreciating the different perspectives of the landscape.
    • Descend towards Hilsa (3,647m), a village known for its traditional Tibetan architecture and friendly inhabitants.
    • Learn about the unique customs and culture of the Tibetan people through interactions with your hosts.
    • Enjoy a leisurely evening, your body recovering from the challenging trek, and your mind buzzing with unforgettable memories.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Nara La Pass
    Nara La Pass
  • Day 10: Purang - Montser (4,450m/14,599ft) and sightseeing at Tirtapuri: 3-4 hours
    • Transfer from Hilsa to Purang (3,790m), the largest town in the region and a gateway to sacred Mount Kailash.
    • In Purang, embark on a short drive to Montser (4,450m), a serene location offering spectacular views of Kailash.
    • Witness the majestic peak towering above, a powerful symbol of spiritual significance for Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains.
    • Hike down to Tirtapuri, a holy bathing spot considered to cleanse sins and grant blessings.
    • Immerse yourself in the sacred atmosphere and appreciate the cultural importance of this revered site.
    • Return to Purang, reflecting on the profound experience of being in the presence of Mount Kailash.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 11: Rest Day in Purang
    • Take a well-deserved break after your challenging journey so far.
    • Relax and acclimatize further to the high-altitude environment.
    • Explore the bustling town of Purang, visit local markets, and interact with Tibetan communities.
    • Learn about the history and culture of the region through museum exhibits or visits to monasteries.
    • Enjoy a traditional Tibetan spa treatment to soothe your muscles and prepare for the upcoming Kora.
    • In the evening, gather with your fellow travelers and guide, discussing the spiritual significance of the Kora and preparing mentally for the pilgrimage.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 12: First Day of Kora: Hiking - Dira Puk Monasteries (5,120m/16,792ft), 5-6 hours
    • Embark on the first stretch of the Kora, a clockwise circumambulation of Mount Kailash.
    • Begin with a gradual ascent through picturesque valleys and yak pastures, soaking in the panoramic views.
    • Cross the Tara River, believed to purify sins, and ascend to the Dira Puk monasteries, nestled amidst the dramatic landscape.
    • Explore these ancient sanctuaries, learn about their Buddhist traditions, and enjoy breathtaking vistas of the surrounding peaks.
    • Arrive at your guesthouse near Dira Puk, feeling the spiritual and physical rewards of the first day’s Kora pilgrimage.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Pilgrims at Mount Kailash
    Pilgrims at Mount Kailash
  • Day 13: Second Day of Kora: Hike - Dzutul-puk (4,790m/15,765ft): 18km, 6-7 hours
    • Today’s Kora section presents the most challenging portion of the pilgrimage.
    • Gear up for a long day filled with ascents and descents over rugged terrain, including the formidable Dolma La pass (5,630m).
    • Be prepared for the thin air and challenging terrain, taking your time and acclimatizing correctly.
    • Witness the diverse landscape, from barren plateaus to verdant valleys and cascading waterfalls.
    • Encounter pilgrims from various faiths sharing the same spiritual journey, fostering a sense of camaraderie.
    • Arrive at Dzutul-puk, a campsite or guesthouse offering basic accommodations and stunning views of Mount Kailash.
    • Celebrate your accomplishment of tackling the most challenging part of the Kora, surrounded by the ethereal beauty of the Himalayas.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Dolma La Pass
    Dolma La Pass, perched at an elevation of 5,630 meters (18,471 feet), is revered as one of the highest and most sacred passes in Tibet, often encountered during the spiritual pilgrimage around Mount Kailash.
  • Day 14: Third Day of Kora: Hiking - Darchen (4,560m/15,000ft): 14km, 3-4 hours and Transfer to Mansarovar
    • Enjoy a relatively more straightforward trek today, descending towards the town of Darchen, the starting point for the Kora.
    • Walk through serene meadows and witness yak caravans transporting goods across the plateau.
    • Reflect on the spiritual journey you’ve undertaken and the transformative experience of the Kora.
    • Upon arrival in Darchen, celebrate your completion of the Kora pilgrimage with a traditional ceremony and celebratory meal.
    • Transfer to the sacred Mansarovar Lake, considered a holy site for Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains.
    • Witness the serene beauty of the lake at sunset, its turquoise waters reflecting the majestic Mount Kailash.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Manasarovar Lake and Mount Kailash
    Manasarovar Lake and Mount Kailash
  • Day 15: Rest Day at Mansarovar Lake
    • Take a much-needed break and soak in the spiritual atmosphere of Mansarovar Lake.
    • Perform religious rituals or meditate on the shores, connecting with the sacredness of the site.
    • Take a boat ride on the lake, experiencing the vastness and tranquility of this holy water body.
    • Visit Chiu Gompa, a monastery on the banks of the lake, and learn about its history and Buddhist traditions.
    • Reflect on the profound journey you’ve undertaken, filled with challenging treks, breathtaking landscapes, and spiritual encounters.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 16: Mansarovar - Saga (4,600m/15,088ft) 495km, 8-9 hours
    • Bid farewell to the sacred shores of Mansarovar Lake, carrying the memories of its tranquil beauty and spiritual significance.
    • Embark on a scenic road trip through the Tibetan plateau, traversing vast grasslands and snow-capped mountain ranges.
    • Witness the nomadic lifestyle of Tibetan herders with their yak caravans and traditional dwellings.
    • Stop for lunch at a local Tibetan restaurant, savoring authentic flavors and experiencing the local culture.
    • Arrive in Saga, the historical capital of the Ngari region, offering a glimpse into Tibetan history and culture.
    • Settle into your guesthouse and enjoy a well-deserved rest after the long journey.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

    Sunset in Saga
    Sunset in Saga
  • Day 17: Saga - Zhangmu (3,750m/12,300ft) 325km, 6-7 hours
    • Explore the town of Saga, visiting the ancient Dzong fortress and the bustling Saga Monastery.
    • Immerse yourself in the vibrant Tibetan culture through interactions with local vendors and artisans.
    • Purchase unique souvenirs to remind you of your journey through the Tibetan plateau.
    • Continue your road trip with breathtaking views of the Himalayas, reaching the border town of Zhangmu.
    • Complete border crossing formalities and prepare for your final leg back to Kathmandu.

    Accommodation: Tent/Lodge
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 18: Zhangmu - Kathmandu (153km, 8-9 hours)
    • Embark on the final stretch of your Kailash Overland Tour, winding through valleys and rugged landscapes.
    • Cross the Friendship Bridge over the Trishuli River, marking your return to Nepal.
    • Enjoy the diverse scenery as you descend from the high mountains towards the Kathmandu Valley.
    • Arrive back in Kathmandu, filled with a sense of accomplishment and gratitude for the memories you’ve created.
    • Reunite with fellow travelers and share stories of your transformative journey.
    • Savor a farewell dinner, celebrating the conclusion of your epic adventure.

    Accommodation: The Everest Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 19: Transfer to airport for your departure
    • Bid farewell to Kathmandu and embark on your journey back home, carrying the magic of the Kailash Overland Tour within you.
    • Reflect on the breathtaking landscapes, the challenging treks, and the profound spiritual encounters you’ve experienced.
    • Let the lessons learned and the memories you’ve made continue to inspire you on your life’s journey.

    Meals: Breakfast


What's included

  • Pickups and drops from the airport and transfer to Hotel
  • Hotels in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, and Teahouse during the trek
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by comfortable private vehicle
  • Flight from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj -Simikot
  • Assistance in acquiring for Chinese visa
  • All necessary permit and entry fees (including Tibet Travel Permit)
  • Tibet border (Zhang-Mu) – Kathmandu transportation by comfortable vehicle
  • Hilsa, Kailash, Garuda valley, Zhang-Mu transfer driving by Private vehicles
  • English-speaking trained guide
  • Porter fee or horse from Simikot – Hilsa and during Kora
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffle bag
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lake Manasorvar Kora bus fee
  • All necessary paperwork

What is excluded

  • International airfares
  • Chinese visa fee
  • Accommodation for extra itinerary
  • All travel insurance
  • The extra cost in the event of a landslide for hiring additional transportation and porters
  • Horse rental fee while on Parikrama (approx. Cost US $200) or personal porter (Approx. Cost US $100)
  • Emergency evacuation costs. We recommend buying your insurance with a zero deductible.
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills, photography charges, web usage, and Telephone Calls

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