Trek Simikot – Guge Kingdom - Mount Kailash

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Trek through the remote Karnali river valley in western Nepal, before crossing into Tibet. Explore ‘Guge Kingdom', the repository of ancient Tibetan civilization and Mount Kailash, the holiest pilgrimage site in Tibet.

This trek begins from Simikot and weaves across some of the least frequented trekking trails in western Nepal. Following the Karnali river , we walk through pine scented forests and traditional Thakuri & Tibetan Buddhist villages, with the beautiful Saipal and Nalakankad mountain range in the background. We trek past misty mountain views, with lush green vegetation, with wildflowers, Himalayan  herbs and flowering buckwheat, mustard dotting the landscape. This trail is ideal for travelers who dislike crowds, enjoy
solitary walks and want more interactions with local inhabitants.

After crossing into Tibet, you drive across the wide open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau to ‘Guge Kingdom' (Tholing & Tsaparang), the archeologically significant remains of Tibet's ancient civilization. Marveling at the barren yet spectacular landscape of Tibet you continue driving to the serene and most sacred Lake Manasarovar, before completing a kora (loop trek) around Mt Kailash. From there, you re-cross the vast arid plains before heading south to the Nepalese border and returning to Kathmandu. The magnificent sceneries blending with the sights of ancient culture make this an amazing trip that remains sketched in your memories for a lifetime. Throughout the journey from the Tibetan Plateau to Kathmandu you enjoy comfortable overnight accommodation, excellent food and convenient camping facilities. The unique culture and warm hospitality, ironically, gives you the feeling you are on top of the world! And you are, virtually!

Trip length: 21 Days
Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Activity: Trekking/ overland cultural tour
Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge and camping
Transportation: 4WD Land cruiser with support truck
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek
Maximum altitude: 5630m

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (1250m)
Day 2: Kathmandu – Obtain Tibet Visa
Day 3: Fly to Nepalgunj (450m)
Day 4: Fly to Simikot(2960m) & Trek to Dharapari (2300m)
Day 5: Trek to Kermi (2670m)
Day 6: Trek to Yalbang (3020m)
Day 7: Trek to Tumkot (3200m)
Day 8: Trek to Yari (4000m)
Day 9: Trek to Hilsa (3720m) (Over Nara La 4580m) , drive to Purang (3900m)
Day 10: Drive to Mansarover (4590m)
Day 11: Drive to Tsaparang (Tsada) (3650m)
Day 12: Drive to Guge
Day 13: Drive to Toling (3650m)
Day 14: drive to Tarboche (4500m)
Day 15: Trek to Dira Puk (4900m)
Day 16: Trek to Zutul Puk (4790m) Over Dolma La 5600m
Day 17: Trek to Darchen (4620m)- Drive to Manasarover 4590m)
Day 18: Drive to Saga
Day 19: drive to Zhangmu
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 21: Depart Kathmandu

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This article was published on 2011/08/10