Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash Simikot Trek

The Kailash "Gang Rinpoche", which means "Jewel of snow" is striking in the way it rises high above the surrounding range and always remains snow - capped. Mount Kailash has a unique and distinct shape, with four sheer faces matching the cardinal points of the compass. It is also free standing, solitary.

Regarded as the earthly manifestation of mythic Mount Meru, or Sumeru, the spiritual center of the universe in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cosmology, Mount Kailash is also believed to be the source of four life-giving rivers. To Tibetan Buddhists, Kailash is the abode of the tantric meditational deity Demchog. Hindus see Kailash as the throne of the great god Shiva, while the Jains revere Kailash as the site at which their first prophet received enlightenment.

A pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and a bath in the Mansarovar is believed to bring about salvation (Moksha).

Mount Kailash via Simikot Overview

Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu

Day-3: Preparations for the trip

Day-4: Flight: - Nepalgunj.

Day-5: Nepalgunj - Simikot

Day-6: Continue the trek to Kermi

Day-7: Continue trek to Yangar

Day-8: Continue trek to Muchu

Day-9: Continue the 5,5 hour trek to Yari

Day-10: Meet at Shara border and then drive to Purang

Day-11: Lake at 4500m,

Day-12: Continue the drive to Darchen

Day-13: Today we start the Mt Kailash trek

Day-14: Trek

Day-15: Trek, then drive to Horchu, Lake at 4500 meters

Day-16: Spare day

Day-17: Drive to Paryang

Day-18: Drive to Saga

Day-19: Lhatse

Day-20: Shigatse

Day-21:Drive to Gyangtse (3800meters)

Day-22: Lhasa, at 3680m

Day-23: Lhasa sightseeing

Day-24: Flight: Lhasa Kathmandu.

Day-25: Free day

Day-26: Final Departure

Kailash Simikot

Mt Kailash Trek via Simikot Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Obtain Tibet Visa / Sightseeing. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day-3: Preparations for the trip. Hotel Overnight.

Day-4: Flight: - Nepalgunj. Free to explore the town on arrival or rest prior to the start of the trek. Stay Overnight Hotel.

Day-5: Nepalgunj - Simikot and prepare for the trek. Commence the trek to Tuling which will take about 3 hours). Overnight Camp.

Day-6: Continue the trek to Kermi , taking about 5 hours. Overnight Camp.

Day-7: Continue trek to Yangar (6 hrs trek). Overnight Camp.

Day-8: Continue trek to Muchu (6 ½ hrs trek). Overnight Camp.

Day-9: Continue the 5,5 hour trek to the settlement of Yari with its stone houses and checkered fields. Camp. Tibet Portion

Day-10: Meet the Tibetan team or your Mt Kailash trek at Shara border and then drive for about 50 km's to Purang at an altitude of 3780 meters. The trip will take about 2 hours. Overnight Hotel

Day-11: Lake at 4500m, arriving after about 3 hours. It is advisable to get some sleep on arrival due to the increase in altitude.

Day-12: Continue the drive to Darchen at 4580m, about 30km away. Today will be a short drive of about 1 hour. Overnight Guesthouse.

StartMt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage trek

Day-13: Today we start the Mt Kailash trek up to an altitude of 4800m. It will take us about 7 hours to complete a distance of 14km's, due to the altitude. Camp .

Day-14: Today, we will drop in altitude as we trek about 24kms over 9 hours to about, 4680meters. Camp

Day-15: On this final leg of the Mount Kailash trek, we will walk for 15km in about 3-4 hours and then drive on to Horchu, Lake at 4500 meters. Camp Overnight

Day-16: Spare day to explore the surrounding area of . Camp Overnight . This will be our last night of the trek near the base of Mount Kailash.

Day-17: Today will drive to Paryang , rising up to about 4700 meters, 292 kms away. Camp

Day-18: Today, we will drive about 252km to Saga at 4600 meters. Camp

Day-19: Our camp tonight will be at Lhatse at 4050 meters, a 9 hour drive away. Camp

Day-20: After a 5 hour drive, we will arrive at Shigatse at 3700 meters. Hotel Overnight. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet with lovely markets and also the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Overnight Hotel.

Day-21:Drive to Gyangtse (3800meters). (95kms, 02hrs). Hotel .

Day-22: We will continue our overland journey along the Friendship Highway towards Lhasa, at 3680m. We cross several high passes , beautiful valleys and Tibetan villages. Hotel

Day-23: This morning we visit the Potala Palace. This spectacular building contains the private quarters of the Dalai Lama. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century.

A visit to the Drepung Monastery founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks.

This is a leisure day in which we are free to explore further, revisit a favourite monastery or simply sit in a é overlooking the Barkor and watch the pilgrims as they walk around the Jokhang, stopping regularly to peruse the merchandise at the stalls lining the route

Day-24:: Flight: Lhasa Kathmandu. Free day to explore the attractions. Hotel Overnight.

Day-25: Free day for shopping etc. Hotel Overnight.

Day-26: Final Departure

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Kailash Simikot

Tibet Tourism and Visas

Tibet is new to tourism and as such, you may often encounter things running a little differently to the way they do in the west. Time adherence can be slow and facilities e.g. some restaurants and public toilets seriously "wanting."

The roads are also prone to wash ways causing delays or detours and often sections of a road will be closed without prior notice. As such, a good degree of patience is required when travelling to Tibet. We do however, endeavour to make your journey run as smoothly as possible despite these issues.

When entering Tibet from Nepal, Chinese Visas cannot be used. As such, the visa for Tibet must be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. As visa's are only issued on Mondays, Wednesday's and Thursdays (except if they fall on a Chinese Holiday), tours need to be arranged to suit these visa issue dates, i.e. any one going on a tour departing for Tibet from Nepal, needs to arrive in Kathmandu at least three days before entering Tibet.  

When you confirm your trip with us, we will organize your Travel Permit for Tibet, Visa Approval Documents and apply to the Chinese embassy to obtain your visa. We will thus require your full passport details, 3 weeks prior to your arrival at Kathmandu. The final documentation will be done on arrival in Nepal.   Please note that visa for Tibet obtained elsewhere has still got to be endorsed by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.

Mount Kailash
Duration 26 Days
Best time April to October
Sleeping Hotels and Tents
Trek Grade: 2CFP
A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude.

There is no need for technical climbing experience. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weight about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg.

Fully Portered

Dates and Costs

Although we have some open departure dates, most climbs are arranged on a private basis.

For current prices

Mt Kailash via Simikot

Price includes
All trekking and travel permits
Hotels or camping as specified
Local English speaking guide
Private transfers
Entrance fees
All camping fees
Border fee
Hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing, including breakfast).
One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (for Kathmandu joining)
All ground transfer as per our itinerary
Full board while camping
Tents and all necessary kitchen utensils
Dinner with Nepalese Cultural program (for Kathmandu joining)
Visa fee for Kathmandu joining, excluding $100 supplement for US Nationals.

Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's and vaccinations
Porters tips
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.
Airport Taxes (see below)
Tibet visa fee for Lhasa Joining
Visa fee supplement of $100 for US Nationals
Extra expenses and/or additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)

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