Before opening Simikot-Hilsa route travelers used to travel to Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar either via Lhasa or via Zhang-Mu. From 1993, travelers started to make tour to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar via Simikot-Hilsa route frequently. This route is the shortest and most practical for trekkers in terms of both elevation and distance. The tour to Mt. Kailash commences from Simikot which is situated at an elevation of 2910 meters and climbs up to Na-Lagna pass (4330 meters) before reaching the arid Tibetan Plateau. From Simikot, it takes a 6 day’s journey to reach the Tibetan border town, which is plenty of time to be acclimatized in high altitude.
Simikot Kailash trekking, Tour to Kailash, Kailash tour and trekkingThere is no direct air service from Kathmandu to Simikot, so travelers generally have to fly Simikot via Nepalgunj, the regional hub of Western Nepal. From Kathmandu we either have to take a 12 hours overland journey in Bus OR have to take an hour’s flight to Nepalgunj. Both options are available on regular basis. Nepalgunj-Simikot flight operates early in the morning, so we must stay a night in Nepalgunj to catch early morning flight the next day.
Monsoon rains often make delay the Nepalgunj-Simikot flights and make it difficult to get tickets, so it is always better to book this trip as earlier as possible. As we trek for 6 days through one of the most remote regions of Nepal, we have to bring all logistics that requires during our trekking portion in Nepal side. The rests of the logistic which are required during our journey to Mt. Kailash will be supplied via the alternative route (Zhang-Mu). A supporting truck will come all the way from Lhasa to Nepal boarder (Kodari, near Zhang-Mu) to fetch the equipments (kitchen and camping) & foods and bring them to Hilsa border before the group reach there.
Due to the small room in aircraft, the logistics which will be required for the entire journey can not be supplied via Simikot route only. Also this requires huge manpower to carry all the logistics to the Hilsa boarder and by then most of the fragile items will be destroyed. So, we must supply the foods and other logistics to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar from the alternative route.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu, O/N Hotel BB basis
Day 02: Necessary preparation for trekking, O/N Hotel BB basis
Day 03: Fly or drive to Nepalgunj. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Simikot. Trek to the Tibetan Boarder
Day 05: Trek to Darapani
Day 06: Trek to Salikhola
Day 07: Trek to Muchu
Day 08: Trek to Yari
Day 09: Trek to Sip
Day 10: Trek over Nara La Pass to Hilsa
Day 11: Jeep drive to Purang (3880m)
Day 12: Drive to Manasarowar (4650m)
Day 13: Drive to Darchan (4650m)
Day 14: Drive to Darboche and commence trek to Dera Phuk Gomba (4860m)
Day 15: Cross Dolma-La (5600 m.) and trek down to Zutul Phuk Gomba (4760m)
Day 16: Trek to Puk Gompa (4790m) via Dolma-La (5630m)
Day 17: Trek back to Darchan
Day 18: Drive to Paryang
Day 19: Drive to Saga
Day 20: Drive to Nylam
Day 21: Drive to Zhangmu and Kathmandu after border formalities
Day 22: Free in Kathmandu
Day 23: Transfer to International airport for your departure flight.