Mt. Kailash

Posted by Andy on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A unique opportunity to join an escorted trek through the remote region of Humla in Western Nepal to reach the most sacred mountain in the world – Mt Kailash, the home of Shiva. Very few trekkers have passed this way and only a few permits each year are granted into this secluded region. Completely cut off by snow from November to April, this summer trek is unaffected by Nepal’s monsoon season.

Kailash is considered the holiest mountain on earth by several faiths and religions. For millennia, monks, yogis and pilgrims from all over the world have braved unimaginable hardships to reach this abode of gods. Its exceptional isolation and the peculiar contours of black granite that give it the appearance of a Shivalinga have caused Kailash to be venerated as a place that is representative of Shiva.

This extraordinary journey takes you through the hidden Humla valley in Nepal’s western-most Tibetan frontier and to Tibet’s mythical Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.

To begin this pilgrimage we start by taking the flight to Simikot in Nepal’s remote Humla District. From here our trek follows the ancient salt trading and pilgrimage route towards the Nara Langa pass and to the border trade post at Taklakot. We drive overland north past Gurla Mandata mountain to the shores of Lake Manasarovar and Rakshas Tal Lake and on to the settlement of Darchen situated at the foot of Mt. Kailash.

We then make the ‘kora’ (holy walk) trek of the mountain sharing the trail with other pilgrims that head for Kailash during the summer months. After completing this trek we will camp by the banks of Lake Manasarovar and then drive eastwards by jeep along the mighty Zangpo River and through the vastness of the Tibet Plateau. Enjoy fantastic mountain views of the Himalayas as we journey south towards the border town of Zangmu to re-enter Nepal at the Friendship Bridge. This exclusive journey is designed for travelers in search of a cultural and spiritual understanding amidst the splendor of the Himalayan mountain range.

This is rigorous trekking, camping and overland driving through remote and wild western Nepal and Tibet, from 2,745m (9,000ft) to 4,880m (16,000ft) and hiking to a maximum of 5600m (18,400ft). Fully supported trek with all camping equipment, led by an experienced guide. Overland travel in Tibet using private (when possible) four-wheel-drive jeeps.

The following are departures to coincide with a full moon, making the trip particularly auspicious.

  • June 9th to June 26th
  • July 9th to July 26th
  • August 7th to August 24th
  • September 6th to September 23rd
  • October 5th to October 22nd

For June thru October bookings please contact us

24 days (a shortened 17-day version is also available)

Trek dates
April through October

Check list
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Brief itinerary
Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay.

Day 01 – Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.

Day 02 – Fly to Simikot, Trek to Dharapuri -2400m.

Day 03 – Trek from Dharapuri to Kermi-2550m

Day 04 – Trek from Kermi to Yalabang Gompa-3020m.

Day 05 – Trek from Yalabang to Tumkot Khola-2800m.

Day 06 – Trek from Tumkot Khola to Yari-4300m.

Day 07 – Trek from Yari to Hilsa-4325 crossing over the Nara La-4620m.

Day 08 –
Day 08 After breakfast trek half an hour to Sher (Nepal-Tibet border). After finishing the immigration formalities drive to Purang (Taklakot)-4000m and visit the Lhama Yutok Gompa. Overnight at Purang Guest House.

Day 09 – Drive to Darchen-4700m ,the base camp of Mt Kailash, and overnight at Darchen Guest House.

Mt Kailash

Day 10 – Trek to Chhugu Gompa-4600m.

Day 11 – Trek to Drira Phuk

Day 12 – Trek to Zutulphuk, crossing over the Drolma La-5635m.

Day 13 – Trek for about 4 hours and drive to Tirthapuri.

Day 14 – Drive to Toling

Day 15
– Drive to Tsaparang – ruins of Guge Kingdom.

Ruins of Guge

Day 16 – Drive to Miser Chu.

Day 17
– Drive to Manasarovar.

Day 18
– Rest at Manasarovar and explore the area.

Day 19 – Drive to Horpa (Nepal border).

Day 20-22 – Drive to Saga Naylum and return to Kathmandu.

Day 23-25 – Two night stay in Durbur Square. Bhaktapur  (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and private car guide is included.

The trek program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change.

Services & costs included in price

  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj on bed & breakfast basis.
  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu valley
  • Transfers and trekking in Tibet as per the itinerary.
  • Guide, Sherpa, Porter fees and insurance.
  • All trekking arrangement, including visa of Tibet.
  • Airfare Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Simikot
  • Special trekking permit
  • Restricted area fee and Liaison Officer allowance

Services & costs NOT included in price

  • International airfares
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Excess baggage charges more than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure tax
  • Rescue charge
  • Drinks (Cold & Alcoholic)
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Permit & Liaison officer fee (where applicable)