Kailash trek through Simikot: Adventurous and exciting



Soaring until 6714 m, Mount Kailash is the most sacred pilgrimage destination for more than one religious cult. It is not only the dream of Hindus, but is also a desire of the Jains, Buddhists, and Bonpos to trek Mount Kailash. For Hindus, it is the home of Lord Shiva, Jains consider it to be the spot from where their first apostle Lord Rishabhdeva was liberated, and Buddhists consider it to be the site which Buddha magically visited in 5th century B.C leaving footprints on the rocks of Kora surrounding Kailash.

Surprisingly, this sacred mountain believed to be the centre of the universe was formed 50 millions years ago, even before the Himalayas. It is a remotely notable peak in western Tibet, which is the most worshipped by over thousands of people annually. The only way to reach here is certainly via the difficult Kailash trek via Simikot that is nestling on the frontier of Nepal and Tibet. Simikot is the recently opened tourist site. Most of the tourists migrate through the helicopter until the border after which they cross on foot followed by drive to Purang and then to Mount Kailash and the holy lake of Manasarovar Lake.

However, if you want take up some challenging adventure on your religious excursion, then go for the Kailash trek. It is an experience that is not possible to describe in words as you amble on the highland altitude exploring the west Tibetan culture. This extraordinary voyage leads one via the secret Humla valley in west most Tibetan rim before reaching the mythical Kailash. The Kailash trek begins from Simikot after reaching there by flight in Nepal. It then follows the old salt trading route leading to the Nara Langa pass and then halting at the Taklakot’s border trade post. Then, the trek reaches the Gurla Mandata Mountain and continuing in the north to the Lake Manasarovar’s shore and the Rakshas Tal Lake. After this, you reach the Darchen settlement on the base of the Mount Kailash.

Now, you will be on the ‘kora’ trek (holy walk) of the mount, which meets the trail thronged by many pilgrims leading to Kailash at the time of summer. This marks the end of the Kailash trek. Once you have completed this, camp at the shore of the lake Manasarovar for relaxation. Then, take up the jeep drive eastwards to explore the long Zangpo River as well as the extensive Tibet Plateau. Just take up a chance to enjoy the majestic views of the Himalayas by moving south up to Zangmu town on the border for gaining an entry in Nepal from the Friendship Bridge.

Therefore, the main highlights of the exciting trip to this most sacred place on Earth via the Kailash trek are arduous trekking of 5600 m, relaxing camping, and driving via the wild and isolated western Nepal and Tibet. This trek is fully supported and boasts the required camping equipments. While you trek with a guide, see to it that you carry light back pack and let the luggage be taken over by pack animals.

Itinerary

  • Days 01:Coming to Kathmandu by air
  • Days 02-08:Reaching Simikot and following the Kailash trek above the Karnali river and exploring the Kermi, Dharapari, Yari, and Yalbang hamlets before reaching Taklakot and camping on the lake shores
  • Days 09-10:Continuing up to the foot of Mt. Kailash and camping
  • Days 11-13:Exploring what surrounds the Kailash trek – Drolma La pass, lake, and Zuthul Puk
  • Days 14-17:Taking a scenic drive on the Tibetan highlands along the snowy Himalayas and reaching Nyalam
  • Days 18:Coming back to Nepal

Quick facts

  • Best Time:April to November
  • Duration:18 Days
  • Maximum Altitude:Over 5000m
  • Level:Difficult
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