Kailash Via Simikot..17 Days

Trip Introduction

Simikot - Kailash Mansarovar Trekking Tour

If we talk about the district that is so rich in culture and bio-diversity despite being the biggest, the remotest and the poorest, it is Humla. It’s the land of extremes. Simikot does not have any road access either. The district has not even been decided which way it wants to be connected to the China border, from Hilsa or Surkhet from Nepal. Like most classic treks in Nepal i.e., Everest, Annapurna and Langtang Valley, Humla (Simikot Trek) offers a whole range of natural and cultural highlights.

Starting from monsoonal Hindu midlands to arid Tibetan Plateau, and the lonely Limi Valley, it offers walking up and down on the hilly trails dotted with ancient types of villages, far from each other and waving prayers flags along the way are the key facts of this forbidden valley trek.

This trial is directly connected with newly launched 160 days, Great Himalayan Trail  (GHT). It means that a west-east trekking trail from Kanchenjunga to Api-Himal consisting of 10 sections across the 16 districts in the regions surrounding Kanchenjunga, Makalu-Barun, Everest –Rolwaling, Langtang Helambu,  Manslu- Ganesh Himal, Annapurna-Mustang, Dolpo, Rara – Jumla, Humla and the Far west.

There are plenty of places in Karnali, which can be developed for tourism. But until now, no efforts have been made of any kind. The government should show more seriousness about the development of tourism in Karnali. Promotion of tourism will definitely uplift the living standards of the local people of Karnali.

We aim to continue various activities to draw people’s attention. By doing this, we intend to promote internal and external tourism in Karnali. Even with inadequate finance to do so, we still believe that our work will be appreciated and we will get enough support to accomplish mission ‘Karnali for Tourism’. 

District Development Committees have received training in tourism planning and management, and Tourism Development Committees have been set up. Trainees were also taken to the Annapurna region for an exposure visit.

Humla's tourism infrastructure is still very basic. However, its only to imagine how the first lodge in Namche started out. It's is quite a challenging task for Humla locals to venture into setting up teahouses on this relatively unfrequented trail. Rooms are available too, all the way to Hilsa at the border. However, you may camp throughout as neither food nor lodging is commercially available in the Limi Valley yet.

A tourism expert says, Humla has made a difference. "Last year they were offering thirsty tourists with a beer, early in the morning! This year, its apples water and Coke. They're learning rapidly how to deal with tourists and with more support, it will be a favorite tourist destination very soon.

The science of Kailash

Humla has long been considered the gateway to sacred Mt. Kailash in Tibet. Thousands of pilgrims visit the mountain and the huge lakes, Mansarovar and Rakshas Tal, which give rise to the Brahmaputra, Indus, Sutlej, and the Karnali.

But Mt. Kailash is also part of a fragile landscape containing multiple ecosystems that host a number of endemic, endangered and relic species, as well as Buddhist, Bonpo and Hindu communities that farm, rear livestock, and trade for a living. To consider Humla a mere gateway is simply to miss the bigger picture


Day 01: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj by air / Overland.

Today, we commence for a 3 week long journey from Kathmandu to domestic airport, fly to Nepalgunj the largest city in the western Nepal bordering with India. Nepalgunj with key cities of India which is 185 KM from Lucknow, 500 KM from New Delhi, Bareilly - 260 kms., Shrawasti - 85kms, Nainital - 380 kms, Agra - 450 kms, Mathura - 410 kms, Mathura - 410 kms, Lakhimpur Khiri - 110 kms, Jaipur (Rajasthan) : 720 kms. Nepalgjung is viable from Kathmandu or Pokhara by road. There are several domestic flights from Kathmandu everyday from early morning to late evening. Nepalgunj is also a melting pot of mixed ethnic groups of western Nepal. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and atheists, all live harmoniously together here. Nepalgunj airport is regional airport of Nepal with direct connection to airports in less developed western districts like Dolpa, Jumla, Mugu ( Simikot) and Rukum.

Alternatively, One can also enjoy the natural and wildlife activities of Bardia National Park including Karnali river, also popular for Rafting, Banke National Park, Sukla Phant are also the prime attraction of the area.

Nepalgunj offers comfortable Air conditioned Hotel with swimming pool and mini casino facilities for its client. Overnight with bed and breakfast.

Day 02: Nepalgunj – Simikot (2960 m) – Dhara Pokhari (2300 m)

After an early morning breakfast, we leave for Nepalgung airport. We board in a small aircraft having optimum 15 passengers. It takes about 50 minutes (218 KM) North to Simikot airport, the head quarters of Nepal`s most district, Humla. Simikot is also a home of ethnic groups of people lies in an elevation of 2818 meters above the sea level. It has a small runway which is 550 meters in length but it has been improved and extended with more infrastructures being built in these days every day. Tara  Air, Goma Air and Nepal Air operate everyday regular flights from Nepaljung. We then set off on our beautiful trek, climbing up from the tiny airstrip on a rocky trail past fields of barley and wheat. We gradually ascend a forested ridge above the town of simikot valley, before making a long steep descent past Dadaphoya. Until we arrive to the scattered village of Dhara Pokhari which is divided by Yakba Khola, the trail is then fairly leveled by walnut and apricot trees. The guide will keep briefing you about the remote destination as far as possible. We will stay overnight here in a tented camp.

Day 03: Dhara Pokhari – Salli Khola (2700 m)

The real trekking experiences of Simikot- Kailash offers you from today onwards. As soon as we leave from our last camp site at Dhara Pokhari, we cross a long scree slope and follow mostly the river to a beautiful water fall near the shepherd`s camp at Chachera.

With the diverse topography and geography, home of rare and endangered Himalayan mammals and rich ethnic villages with very distinct cultures , lifestyles and traditions, this trekking day is naturally blessed and an appealing tourist destination in Simikot –Kailash route. We then climb over a ridge and bypass the village of Kermi before entering a big valley with walled fields of potato and buckwheat. After walking through a sparse pine forest we descend from the ridge to the Salli Khola and camp by the river. Overnight at a tented camp.

Day 04:Salli Khola – Muchu (2920 m)

We cross the river and climb over a rocky ridge before descending to the grey waters of the Humla Karnali. After crossing another ridge we come to a sandy meadow where goat herders often camp by the river. Beyond the meadow, the valley narrows and we cross several more ridges, passing the villages of Yalbang and Yangar. The trail then winds its way precariously above the river before we cross a suspension bridge to the village of Muchu. Overnight at the tented camp – Full board plan.

Day 05: Muchu

Today is a rest day which we'll spend in and around Muchu, exploring the village with its stone houses and Gompa. Overnight at the tented camp– Full board plan

Day 06:Muchu – Yari

From Muchu, we follow the trail over a ridge to the Tumkot Khola and then walk along the rocky stream bed for a short distance before beginning a steep climb through a rock-filled gully. We pass through Palbang and its bright yellow mustard fields to the small settlement of Yari and beyond here the route climbs up the valley towards a pass, the Nara Lagna. We camp below the pass in a meadow known as Sipsip. Overnight at the tented camp – Full board plan

Day 07: Yari – Hilsa (3720 m)

From Sipsip we ascend steeply to a rock cairn marking the top of the Nara Lagna (4580m). Descending from the pass, we have views of the Tibetan Plateau before arriving at the village of Ranipauwa. Beyond here, we slip and slide on a surface of loose pebbles down to the Humla Karnali .Overnight at the tented camp – Full board plan

Day 08:Hilsa – Taklakot (3930 m)

Shortly after crossing the Nepal/Tibet border which is marked only by a stone pillar, we meet our transport and drive via Khojar Nath (Temple of Rama, Sita and Laxman). Taklakot is the large trading centre of west Nepal Tibet border. Overnight at the tented camp – Full board plan Early morning transfer to airport and helicopter flight to Hilsa. After immigration formalities, drive 60 km to (Taklakot) Purang (3770 m). Overnight in a tented camp.

Day 09: Taklakot – Manasarovar Lake (4558 m)

Today you will be sent to the highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rashekshi are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Night will be spending at Chu Gumba.

Overnight at the tented camp – Full board plan

Day 10: Manasarovar – Darchen (4600 m)

Manasarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning Bath and Puja we will be heading towards Darchen. It is considered as a base camp for the Holy Kailash Parikrama. Overnight at the tented camp – Full board plan

Day 11: Darchen - Dehara Puk (5000 m)

It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feel the presence of the supreme power all around. From time to time, the face of Kailash Parbat will keep on appearing. For 15 km trail, it takes almost 7 hrs. Overnight at the tented camp – Full board plan

Day 12: Dehara Puk – Zuthal Puk

Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget yourself for a while. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive Zuthal Puk (the cave of Miracles. The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here). Overnight at the tented camp – Full board plan

Day 13: Zuhtal Puk – Manasarovar Lake           

End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovar Lake. After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting for your arrival. By the late afternoon, you will be at your lodge/camp. Overnight at the tented camp – full board plan.

Day 14: Manasarovar – Paryang

Drive to Paryang (277km) 6-7 hrs. Overnight at guest house – full board plan

Day 15: Paryang – Saga

Drive Paryang to Saga (185km) 6-7 hrs Overnight at guest house – full board plan

Day 16: Saga – Nyalam

Drive to Nyalam or Zhangmu (296km) 6-7 hr. Overnight at guest house – full board plan

Day 17: Nyalam – Kathmandu

Drive to Kathmandu (163 km) 9-10 hr. Overnight at the hotel – Bread and Breakfast plan



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Price start from : $ 2850


Trekking and Hiking


Tented Camp & Hotel

Trip Duration:

2-3 Weeks

Trip Grade:



5700m/18696 ft at Camp II


Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


By air and Private Vehicle

Group Size:

2-16 Pax

Best Month:

May to September

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