Simikot Humla Kailash Trekking one of the remote areas of Nepal lies in Karnali zone of far western development region. It’s also considered as the largest district of Nepal covers an area 5,655km. This is the under develop district, lack of population compared to its size, only around 42000. The northern part of this district borders with Tibet and people over there follow Buddhism especially those who originate from Tibet and the southern part of this district has a dominance of Hindus.
HOW TO ACCESS IN SIMIKOT HUMLA KAILASH TREKKING?
Due to the far distance and remotest Humla cannot be reached by public transport and private transport. This is the place only accessible by taking an air service. For the starting of your journey, you need to take a flight or drive from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj to Simikot by flight. So, Simikot will be the gateway to the Humla district and from there your journey starts to Holy Mt. Kailash.
WHY SIMIKOT HUMLA KAILASH IS A POPULAR TREKKING AREA?
Though Simikot Humla Kailash is underdeveloped, it is also nominated as a popular trekking destination because of its well preserved natural beauty, greenery scene, clear sky, fresh environment, and its traditional culture. Humla is a popular trekking area where it gives you an experience of walking into pristine nature, Tibet like topography, and some rare species of flora and fauna. There are many similarities between Tibet and Humla as it borders with Tibet. It is popular because from this district you will access to Mansarovar Lake and Mt.Kailash. Mt, Kailash is the holiest mountain in the Himalaya known as the centre of the world for the four great religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Bonpo, and Jain. The Humla district is a historic part of the Tibetan Buddhist religious tradition, with several points of interest for the history, culture and values of a typical Buddhist life. It has eleven small villages of Tibetan origin. Among them, the Nyin Community and the Limi Valley are the one small village which is inhabited by Buddhist
WHAT IS THE ENTRY POINT OF SIMIKOT HUMLA TO MT. KAILASH TREK?
Hilsa is a small village where it can be reached by seven days walk from Simikot. Hilsa is a gateway or entry point for trek going to coming from Mt. Kailash. Hilsa is also the end point of Humla district where the Great Himalaya Trail ends. On our Simikot to Kailash journey, we travel along ancient pilgrimage routes and trade links, trekking across Hilsa the border into Tibet starts with a visit to the Garuda valley, a place believed to be the cradle of the Tibetan civilization during the ancient times when Bon religion was practised throughout Tibet, long before Buddhism was introduced. Next, we circumambulate Mt. Kailash and tour Mansarovar Lake, both of which hold great natural, cultural and religious significance. The Kailash Tour via Simikot ends in Lhasa which is called the ‘cradle of Tibetan civilization.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF SIMIKOT HUMLA KAILASH TREK?
The goal of Simikot Humla Kailash Trek Tour is to reach Mt. Kailash (Holy mountain). The tour combines both the experience of trekking and travelling in four-wheel vehicles through the majestic landscape of Nepal and Tibet. We will have plenty of opportunities to see the highest snow-capped mountains, observe the culture and lifestyle of Tibetan people and appreciate its unique ecological biodiversity.
WHAT CAN YOU SEE IN SIMIKOT HUMLA KAILASH TREK?
Simikot Kailash is the only destination where we can cross Mt.Kailash on Tibet and come back from Tibet area. Among the entire trekking route, this is the only route which we have a two-sided route or do a round trip around Nepal and Tibet. Here on the way to this trek, you will see different flora and fauna, welcome by typical Buddhist people following Tibetan culture, observe traditional way of animal husbandry, agriculture and harvesting, beautiful villages offering the opportunity to experience their traditions and customs, and to observe and recognize the history and explore the old-age monasteries built more than thousand years ago. Similarly, from Hilsa we can see the breathtaking scenery of majestic view of Saipal and Nalakankad mountains with holiest land on earth and Mt. Kailash on the top of the world. Mt. Kailash is also the place where Hindu God Shiva meditates. Therefore many Indians visit this place.
HOW IS THE ACCOMMODATION OVER HUMLA SIMIKOT KAILASH TREK?
During the trek, our all clients stay in tents. While trekking in Nepal (Simikot to Hilsa), the area is developing so the accommodation facilities over there will be fairly basic. Therefore, we need to prefer either staying in the local tea houses or in tents which will be managed by Nepal Tibet Trekking. But in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj accommodation are available according to your choices.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL?
For Simikot Humla Kailash trek, the favourable times are summer months between May to September as it is an ideal time to undertake this journey. The weather is pleasant with a moderate climate, with an average temperature of around 0 to 20C. Plus, summer is also perfect for all outdoor activities- temple visit, dip in holy waters and also for visiting nearby attractions. During this time you will also get chance to attend and observe Saga Dawa Festival in Mt. Kailash. This festival occurs in full moon day.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu, Pick up from TIA airport by private van, car, or, bus.
Day 02:Guided day trip to Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath
Day 03:Preparation for trekking
Day 04:Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by evening flight (260m)
Day 05:Nepalgunj to morning flight to Simikot. And 3.5 hrs trek to Dharaphuri (1960m).
Day 06:Dharapuri to Kermi followed by 4.5 hrs of trek to Camp. Lunch. Afterwards take hot spring bath located 30 Minutes above your camp (2670).
Day 07:Trek from Kermi to Yalbang for 6 hrs. Take Lunch in Salle Khola. Camp beside Yalbang Gompa (3040m).
Day 08:Trek from Yalbang to Tumkot /Muchu. After Morning Puja in Yalbang Gompa walk along the Karnali River. Lunch in Gerung Pani (3110m).
Day 09:Trek fromTumkot/Muchu to Thadodhunga Yari. Lunch in Bhyagute Pani after 4 hrs walk from Tumkot. Enjoy views of Mt. Saipal along the way. Camp located below Narala Pass (3390m).
Day 10:2 hrs ascend from Thadodhunga Yari to Purang Taklakot and cross Nara la pass (4600m). This is followed by 3 hrs decent to Hilsa at Nepal/Tibet border and then cross Sera (Tibet) border. From here we will drive for 35 Minutes to Purang (Taklakot). En route
Day 11:5 hours drive from Purang Taklakot to Tirthapuri via Darchen.
Day 12:Today we will take a whole day rest in Tirthapuri. You can relax in hot spring or visit of the Padma Shambhava caves and local monastery.
Day 13:Drive from Tirthapuri to Tholling. On our way visit Gurucae, a huge Cave monastery from the period of Sangshung Kingdom. Camp at Sutlej River bank infront of the ruins of Kindom Sangshung nearby a small Tibetan settlement.
Day 14:Jeep drive directly to Tsaparang (Guge Kingdom), along the Sutlej River Via Dawa Jong. Today we will stay in Hei-Bei Hotel in Tholing).
Day 15:Tholing to Khyunglung
Day 16:Khyunglung to Darchen (4750m)
Day 17:Darchen to Diraphug (4775m)
Day 18:Diraphug Dolmala pass to Campsite at Zuthrulphug (4700m)
Day 19:Campsite to Mansarobar (4560m)
Day 20:Rest in Mansarobar
Day 21:Mansarobar to Parang (4750m)
Day 22:Parang to Saga (4600m)
Day 23:Saga to Gyatche (3950m)
Day 24:Gyatche to Tingri
Day 25:Tingri to Everest Base Camp (5250m). Stay at Tingri overnight.
Day 26:Tingri to Nayalam (3750m)
Day 27:Nalayam to Kathmandu
Day 28:Rest day in Kathmandu
Day 29:Shopping and others activities in Kathmandu
Day 30:International departure
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