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PILGRIMAGE OF THE HEART: SIMIKOT TO MT. KAILASH

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Duration: 30 days
Grade: 5 - Challenging
Max Elevation: 18400 ft
Accomodation: Camping

Mount Kailash (6,714m/22,028ft) in western Tibet is the holiest mountain in the Himalayas. It is the perfect mountain shape with four great faces: the eastern face believed to be crystal, the western ruby, the southern sapphire, and the northern gold. It is the spiritual center for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and the pre-Buddhist animistic Bon. To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rinpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow), and they percieve it as the navel of the world. The circumambulation of Mount Kailash is an important pilgrimage for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bons. Hindus perform a parikama, Buddhists call it a kora. Buddhists believe that a single kora washes away the sins of one life, and 108 circuits secure nirvana in this life. Devout Tibetans often make the 52-km circuit in a single day. Hindu, Buddhist and Jain pilgrims make a clockwise circuit of the peak, while Bon tradition is to circumambulate in the opposite direction.

Hidden in the Himalayas is Humla – the highest, northernmost, and most remote district of Nepal. Humla is an area of extreme geographical conditions: elevations range from 1,524m at the lower basin of the mighty Karnali River that flows through it, to a high of 7,337m in the Saipal range. Summer is pleasant in Humla, but the winter is harsh and cold rendering the area isolated and snowbound.

The trip begins with a flight to Simikot. Ascend gradually through the remote Limi Valley of Humal to Purang – the border with Tibet. A jeep will take you to Mt. Kailash. Circumambulate Kailash on foot and return to Purang.

This trek is non-technical and suitable for anyone in good shape who likes to hike. This is not a backpacking trip: yaks will carry your gear. It is a camping trek: you will be sleeping and eating in campsites in tents along the trail.

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Trip at a glance

Brief Itinerary

Day Description Overnight Altitude
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu  1340m
Day 2 – 3 Exploring Kathmandu Kathmandu  1340m
Day 4 Kathmandu to Nepalgunj Nepalgunj  
Day 5 – 15 Manepeme Manepeme 12,800 ft.
Day 16 – 20 Tsaparang and the Guge kingdom Guge kingdom  
Day 21 – 24 Darchen Darchen 18,400ft
Day 25 – 27 Drive to Nyelam Nyelam  
Day 28 Kathmandu Kathmandu  
Day 29 Kathmandu Kathmandu  
Day 30 Final departure    
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. Met on arrival and transfer to Hotel. Day free. Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Dinner)

Day 2 and 3Kathmandu

Sightseeing of Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Breakfast)

Day 4Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Fly to Nepalgunj. Expect warm and humid conditions in Nepalgunj. Overnight Hotel. (All meals)

Day 05 to 15Manepeme (12,800 ft.)

Fly to Simikot. Meet up with trekking crew and start trekking. Trek through the Limi Valley over the Nyau la (16,400ft.) and several other passes. Trek to Manepeme. Overnight camp. (All meals)

Day 16 to 20Tsaparang and the Guge kingdom

Cross border into Tibet. Drive to Tsaparang and Toling. Explore the Guge Kingdoms. Overnight camp. (All meals)

Day 21 to 24 Darchen

Drive to Darchen. Begin kora of Mt. Kailash. Cross the 18,400ft. Drolma la and trek end at Darchen. Overnight camp. (All meals)

Day 25 - 27Drive to Nyelam

Drive to Nyelam. Overnight camp. (All meals)

Day 28Kathmandu

Cross the border back into Nepal and drive to Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel. (All meals)

Day 29Kathmandu

Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 30 Final departure

Final departure. (Breakfast)

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Detailed Cost Information

Per person price (valid until 31 Dec 2018)

  • 4-6 persons: USD 5,800 per person
  • 7 or more persons: USD 5,300 per person 
  • Single Supplement: USD 450
  • Contact us for private programs for 5 or more participants.

 

Price Includes

Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information | Meeting and assistance at airports and airport transfers | All airport transfers | Twin sharing accommodation (Tent and hotels) | Meals as indicated on itinerary | Tours and excursions as indicated on itinerary | Airfare: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Simikot | Simikot restricted area fee | Tibet permit | Nepali Sherpa Staff | Yaks and Tibetan guides | Gamow Bag and Satellite phone (for use in Nepal only)

Price Excludes

Your international airfare, Nepal Visa, Meals not indicated in the itinerary, Tips and gratuities, Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you), Travel insurance (Required), Other expenses of a personal nature

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