Kailash Trek [VAKT19]

Day 1

After breakfast,fly to Nepalganj, on the southern border of Nepal. Nepalganj is hot, flat and completely different from the usual perception of Nepal as a mountainous country! It is home to a diverse population who have migrated here for farming, business or study.Overnight at hotel.

Day 2

To commence our trek we fly into the remote hill town of Simikot (2910m) in Nepal’s Far Western Humla district. The trek staff will prepare the gears, pack food and local porters / mules for the trek upto the Tibetan Boarder. Overnight tented Camp.

Day 3

Trek begins with an initial climb above Simikot before descending towards the village of Tuling for approx 3 hours walk. Overnight tented camp.

Day 4

Trek through rice and wheat fields to a point where the valley narrows and the river is choked with large boulders. According to legend, these represent silver fish that swam up from the Ganges and could make it no further. Above this point rice is not grown, the trail goes through small fields of buckwheat and open pine woodland. Towering above the surging waters of the Humla Karnali are snow capped peaks and a series of gentle waterfalls that provide ideal shower facilities. Overnight tented camp.

Day 5

Cross the Soli La pass and descend to cross the Soli Khola on a sturdy suspension bridge built in 1995 and reach campsite. Overnight tented camp.

Day 6

The trail continues, at times close to the river, on a path that is built up with rocks and timber, cross the Humla Karnali and climb gradually to Muchu (2920m) where there is a police checkpost. The trail passes below the gompa and stone houses of the village before gently descending to the camp by the river at Tumkot. Overnight tented camp.

Day 7

After crossing the Tumkot Khola and the trail leaves Humla Karnali. A two hour climb brings to a ridge crest at 3310m marked by a large cairn, continue through open juniper woodland past Palbang to the village of Yari where the camp will be set for overnight.

Day 8

The high pass of the Nara Lagna (4580m) is reached after a 31/2 to 4 hour climb. The summit is marked by two large cairns draped with prayer flags. Below, one can look into Tibet where the arid hillsides are a stark contrast to the greenery of the Humla region. The descent is steep and loose in places as the trail crosses scree and debris slopes. One can come across with traders with animals and each animal carries saddlebags loaded with rice from the Terai which is bound for Tibet, or if travelling in the opposite direction loads of salt bound for Nepal. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 9

From the Nara Lagna pass, the trail follows newly built trail down to Hilsa at 3730 m. After crossing the Karnali suspension bridge at Hilsa, ascend about 20 minutes and reach at 3860m, the first border village of Tibet, called Sher on the Chinese side. This border is perhaps one of the most informal border crossings in the world and serves as a trading mart with Nepal. At Sher, Tibetan crew member will take over throughout the tour to Tibet, Mt. Kailash. Overnight Guest house.

Day 10

First view of Holy Lake Mansarovar. After breakfast drive to Chui Gompa (4560 m) through a rough terrain via Rakshas Taal. Besides taking bath in the Holy Lake Mansarovar . After all this if time permits it is possible to visit the Hot Spring. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 11

A day rest at Manasarovar, allowing our bodies time to acclimatise to the altitude and exploring this fascinating place. Visit the picturesque Chiu Monastery on the north west shore of the lake with the imposing sight of Mt Kailash in the background. Overnight Guest House.

Day 12

After breakfast drive for about 35 km towards Mt Kailash and Tarboche which is marked by a tall pole adorned with prayer flags. This is the starting point for Kailash Kora, the 53km trek around the mountain. Overnight Guest House.

Day 13

From Tarboche, walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above. The trail follows  river which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before reaching the 13th century monastery at Dira-puk. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 14

The trail leaves Lha Chu Valley and enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La (5630m/18471ft). It's a tough climb to the summit which is festooned with prayer flags but from there it is all downhill or flat to Zutul-puk, with views of one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion. As well as the monastery at Zutul-puk, there are several meditation caves and another cave containing an image of Milarepa. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 15

On the final day of the Kora the trail crosses several streams, and follow an impressive gorge offering magnificent views of Kailash. Then the trail enters Bharka plain and it's about an hour's walk through desert-like landscape to Darchen for overnight at the guest house.

Day 16

Today is a long drive, about 300km, to Paryang. There are many river crossings on the way. The scenery along this section is some of the most panoramic of the entire journey. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 17

The trail continues driving today along a 255km stretch of road to Saga, passing through the small, dusty town of Zhongba en route. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 18

Drive south, crossing 180 km, along the Friendship Highway. The trail winds through a high pass, the Lalung La (5200m/17060ft). Further on, we journey through breathtaking views, alpine meadow trails, picturesque hamlets and an abundance of wildflowers.  The driving passes through a mossy gorge of waterfalls and cascades and finally enters Nyalam at 3750 meter. Thereon, heading away from Nyalam and drive for one hour to the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu for overnight.

Day 19

Few kilometers drive away from Zhangmu the trail follows the Friendship Bridge along the Bhote Koshi River to Immigration Control in Kodari and handle re-entry formalities to return to Kathmandu. After 5 hours of driving for 123 km , amongst verdant greenery finally arrives in Kathmandu.

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Type of trip
Trip Length
19 days
Maximum Elevation
5630m 18471ft
ModerateModerate or Moderate
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