Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour

22 Days


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

Trip Highlights

  • 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.


On the first day of this religious tour, you will be flown to Nepalgunj in a one hour flight. On landing there, then you will be taken to a hotel for the night’s stay. You can then spend time around the town making and buying things for your puja.

Today, you will take a flight to Simikot to land at the airstrip at 2960 metres above sea level. From the airstrip, you will begin you trek to Dharapokhari. This trek start with a climb from the airport over a rocky path. We pass by fields of wheat and barley to a ridge atop Simikot, then it a stiff descend till Dandaphoya from where we continue onto Dharapokhari in a path which takes us through apricot and walnut trees. We set up tent for the night.

In the morning, we begin ascending up a steep trail till we come a long slope. We then continue along a river getting to a waterfall in Chachera. Getting over a ridge and leaving the Kermi village, it is into a big valley with walled in potato and buckwheat fields. Next, it is through a thin forest of pine, making us go down the ridge to Salli Khola, where we set up camp for the night.

Today, we head to Muchu on foot. We cross the river and begin climbing a rocky ridge and over, to go down to the muddy water of the Humla River. On crossing the bridge we see herders pasturing their goats. The valley then becomes narrow making us cross quite a few ridges before passing Yalbang and Yangar Villages. The path then takes a tortuous route atop the river before crossing over to the Muchu Village over a suspension bridge. We stay at a lodge here for the night.

Since, we will be going into higher altitude, we need to acclimatize before continuing. We rest here and simply walking around the villages to the nearby areas to see what is new to us. We stay the night at the Lodge.

Being well rested, we begin the hike to Sipsip by first following the path over the ridge to Tumkot Khola which we continue along the rocky bed of the stream for a while and then climbing a steep ascend in a rock filled gully. Then we pass Palbang and all the way through mustard fields of yellow to Yari and seem to continue climbing to the Nara Lagna Pass. We cross over and stop below in a meadow at Sipsip. We pitch tent here for the night.

We begin with a steep climb to Nara Lagna at 4,580 metres and then begin descending getting the view of the Tibetan Plateau in sight to the village of Ranipauwa. The surface then becomes precarious with loose pebbles and rock to Humala karnali. We stay at Hilsa for the night.

Today, we begin by hiking to the Nepal-Tibetan Border on foot. It is one of the most informal border crossings which just has a border pillar post. Crossing over to the other side, we come in touch with the road where a vehicle will be waiting to take us to Taklakot. We stay the night at a lodge.

Since, we will now be trudging into higher altitude, we spend a day at Taklakot acclimatizing, with strolls around the area. We stay the night in a lodge.

Today, we drive to the Lake of Holy Manasarova, where we pitch tent for the night.

In the morning, you will do your puja at the Lake and after completing it, you will take the drive to Darchen. Where you camp for the night.

Today, we take a hike to Dahar Puk at 5,000 metres going around the base of Mount Kailash. We stay the night in a Tent.

Today we go in a clockwise direction on foot crossing the Dolma pass at 5,671 metres to the other end of the valley to circulate the lake which is long to complete in one day. So we stop on the way and pitch camp in the evening for three days.

Today we go in a clockwise direction on foot crossing the Dolma pass at 5,671 metres to the other end of the valley to circulate the lake which is long to complete in one day. So we stop on the way and pitch camp in the evening for three days.

Today we go in a clockwise direction on foot crossing the Dolma pass at 5,671 metres to the other end of the valley to circulate the lake which is long to complete in one day. So we stop on the way and pitch camp in the evening for three days.

Today we continue on foot at the point where stopped the previous night walk till we come to the road, where we will be picked up and taken to Mansarover. We stay the night here after having completed our Kailash Parikrama.

Today from Manasarover, we take the eight our drive to Paryang through the Tibetan plateau along the edges of the Himalayan Mountain bringing periodic glimpses of the snow-capped peaks of them. We stay the night in a lodge once here.

Today, we driven on to saga from Paryan in a six hour drive take on the sights of the Tibetan plateau to the left and the Himalayan Mountains to right. We stay the night at a hotel Saga.

Today from Saga we continue our drive to Shigatse and when they pay a visit to the Monastery and shrines there. We stay the night at a hotel in Shigatse.

Today, we drive along the road which finally connects with the Highway to Lhasa which takes us there. We check into a hotel for the night.

Our last day on this tour, so we do some sightseeing in Lhasa. We being by going to the Potala Palace and then Jokhang Temple and finally Sera Monastery. We stay the night in a hotel.

Since, our tour is over now, we will be taken to the airport bid farewell for our flight back to Kathmandu or to our next destination.
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What is Included

  • Airport pick up/drop by a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Simikot flight by plane.
  • Tented camps or guesthouse wherever not available.
  • Private transportation as per the group size.
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • All Monastery entry fees as per your itinerary.
  • Tibet travel permit.

What is Not Included

  • International air fare of any sector (Lhasa/Kathmandu).
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Natural or political disturbance which beyond our control.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, porter charge etc.


Where is Simikot located?

Simikot is located in Humla district of Karnali Province in Nepal at an elevation of 2910 meters. Simikot is the remote region in Nepal but there’s an airport in Simikot that connects with Nepalgunj.

How to get to Simikot?

One needs to fly to Simikot from Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj can be reached by flight from Kathmandu (1 hour flight) or overland which is 8-9 hours drive.

Where is mount Kailash located?

Mount Kailash is located in the Tibetan Autonomous region and close to Lake Mansarover.

Where does the trek start on Simikot-Kailash Lhasa Trip?

The trek starts from Simikot where you fly from Nepalgunj and being trek to Dharipokhari (2,300m). It ends at Hilsa (3,720m) from where you drive to Taklakot (3930m) via Nepal-Tibet border and further drive to Lake Mansarover.

Will I need a visa for this tour?

You will require a Tibet travel permit to enter Tibet which will be handled by your tour operator. This permit can’t be applied individually and one must come through a local operator. Besides, visa for Nepal is required to enter Nepal which is visa upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

How difficult is the trek?

Simikot Kailash Lhasa tour is moderate to difficult grade on the trekking section. The trek starts from Simikot and ends in Hilsa. Another trek is the circumambulation of Mount Kailash known as ‘Kora’. Good physical fitness is required where walking, jogging and climbing stairs ups and downs are suggested which will be beneficial during the trek.

Will I experience altitude sickness on Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour?

Altitude sickness on Simikot Kailash Lhasa Tour can occur since the trek is at high altitude and Lhasa itself being at a higher elevation. But the trek itinerary is well planned with slow altitude gain, so you will slowly adapt to high altitude when you will be getting to Mount Kailash area and eventually to Lhasa.

Is travel insurance required for Simikot Kailash Lhasa journey?

Travel insurance required for Simikot Kailash Lhasa journey is required since the trek is at high altitude which should cover expenses for rescues, medical charges, doctor fees etc.

Will we visit Lake Manasarovar?

Yes, you will visit Lake Manasarovar which is reached after the trek from Simikot which ends at Hilsa then drive to Manasarovar.

How many days is mount Kailash kora trek?

Mount Kailash kora trek is 6 days from Simikot to Hilsa and the Kailash kora is 3 days hike.

Will I drive Kailash to Lhasa?

Yes, after finishing the Kora of Mount Kailash you will drive to Lhasa from Kailash region which takes 5 days of road journey passing along Manasarovar, Paryang, Saga, Shigatse and finally arrive Lhasa.

Where will I go on Lhasa city sightseeing?

Lhasa city sightseeing takes you to the cultural, historical and religious landmarks around the city of Lhasa like Potala palace, Jokhang temple, Barkhor market, Norbulinka, Sera Monaste

Where will I go after Lhasa?

After finishing the entire trip, you will fly back to Kathmandu from Lhasa. And from Kathmandu back home or continue your onward journey.

Trip Information

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Holy Mt. Kailash Tour with your personal guide and can be organised as per the desired traveling dates.

We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.

Tour duration
The tour duration is 13 nights/14 days.

The climate of the Tibet fluctuates continuously so it is better to carry warm clothes. If you just want to trek or tour at a lower altitude, fleece jackets and pants are enough. While for a higher altitude trekking, down jackets are necessary.

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Trip Facts

  • Tibet
  • 21 Nights/22 Days
  • All year round
  • Jeep / Van / Flight
  • Zutul Phuk (4,750m)
  • Kathmandu
  • Lhasa
  • Cultural Spritiual Sightseeing & Hiking
  • 5-7 Hours
  • Lodges/Hotels

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