Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour is a tour package where you are taken on a religious cum cultural tour starting in Simikot of Nepal all the way through to Lhasa, either by private vehicle or on foot, all depending on the accessibility of the terrain and roads being there, through Kailash with time off for spiritual pujas at those places meant for it. It comes to an end after twenty two days with you flying back to Kathmandu, on its completion.
Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour begins in Simikot which is Nepal in the district of Humla in the far western region bordering the autonomous region of Tibet that becomes a part of the tour once you cross Nepal China border at Hilsa fifty one kilometers away. The Humla region is practically inaccessible except by plane at the short runway airport. Lhasa, where you complete the tour and do some sightseeing to places of note and cultural importance is in the Tibetan Plateau, being the world’s highest. The terrain, along the way changes from evergreen just below the beginning of the tour in Nepal, then changes the High Himalayan Mountain passes to get you to the Tibetan Plateau, where you meet up with Mount Kailash and the Manasarovar Lake. You do your special pujas there and then carry on mostly visiting places of cultural worth stopping along the way, mostly on the Tibetan Plateau part of your tour. The Tibetan part of the tour is mostly done in a vehicle by road. Though this is a religious cultural tour, you also get to enjoy the rugged and tough terrain of both the Himalayan Region as well as the Tibetan plateau has to throw at you on foot and in a vehicle when it calls for it. When the tour is over, you fly back to Kathmandu, in a plane, taking in the visages of the landscape you have just come over.
Though this is a long twenty two day tour, there is much that you would gain besides the pujas that you would likely be doing along the way. You being the tour by first landing at the relatively short runway of 549 meters at an elevation of 3000 meters at Simikot flying over the wonderful terrain of Humla. Then comes the trekking part, all the way to the high terrain to the Nepal border and the trek to Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash, and the climax of your performing your puja under the shadows of Mount Kailash at Lake Mansarovar. Eventually ending your Parikrama by crossing over Dolmala Pass at 5671 meters to an astonishing view of the surround snow-capped Himalayan Mountain. Finally going down Tibetan Plateau to a different world into a landscape so desolate and being driven all the way past towns and village of the semi-nomadic style, with frequent prayer flags, Monasteries and Dzongs and finally to end at Lhasa for a two day sightseeing of the Potala Palace, the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, Drepung Monastery, and a few other worthy of note. Though it might be tough at first, the break-taking high altitude terrain and the plateau of time will keep you occupied. So much so, after you fly back to Kathmandu, over the terrain that you had passed through on foot and in a vehicle, will make you hardly believe that you had made the trip to Mansarovar and Mount Kailash and continued onto Lhasa a reality.
What is the lodging, boarding and transportation like on the trip?
While in the rugged terrain, you will stop each night at a tented shelter with food prepared on the way by the tour staff. Once roads become assessable in the Tibetan part of the Tour, you will be taken from there onto Lhasa to fly out. On the way here, you will be lodged at three-star hotels above when possible. From Kathmandu, you will be flown to Nepalgunj and onto Simikot the next day. All meals will be provided on the way. Please remember that this is a religious tour mainly to see and perform pujas at one of Hinduism mostly holy places in a desolate and tough terrain place. So one must bear up with high altitude walking a greater part of the tour.
Outline Itinerary for Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour
Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by Flight
Day 2: Nepalgunj to Simikot (2960 M) by Flight and trek to Dharipokhari (2,300m)
Day 3: Dharipokhari to Salli Khola (2,700m) on Foot
Day 4: Salli Khola to Muchu (2920m) on Foot
Day 5: Day for Acclimatization at Muchu
Day 6: Muchu to Sipsip (4,330m) on Foot
Day 7: Sipsip to Hilsa (3,720m) on Foot
Day 8: Hilsa to Nepal-Tibet border on Foot and drive to Taklakot (3930 M)
Day 9: Acclimatization Day at Taklakot
Day 10: Holy Manasarovar (4558 M)
Day 11: Do Puja and Drive to Darchen (4565m)
Day 12: Darchen to Dahar Puk (5,000) on Foot
Day 13, 14, 15: Dahar Puk to (Camp in Evening) via Dolma Pass (5,671m)
Day 16: Last Stopped Point to Road and Drive to Manasarover
Day 17: Drive from Manasarover to Paryang (4,600m)
Day 18: Drive from Paryang to Saga (4,450m)
Day 19: Drive from Saga to Shigatse
Day 20: Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa
Day 21: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 22: Lhasa to Kathmandu
- Enjoy guided city tour of Lhasa.
- Explore Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market, Sera Monastery.
- Visit Mt. Kailash, the holiest destination for Hindus, Buddhists, Bonpos & Jains.
- Witness Holy Lake Mansarover.
- Commence Kora around Mt. Kailash for three days.
- Enjoy scenic drive through deserted Tibetan landscape.