Simikot With Limi Valley Trek
Simikot with Limi Valley Trek is unique on its own as our trekkers will explore magnificent Nepal as well as holy Kailash Mansarovar area located in Tibet. The route can be termed as Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Hilsa Simikot. Get salvation in your life by visiting the mountain regarded as Lord Shiva’s palace and Mansarovar supposed to be the home of Sesh Naag the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Unique Adventure International wishes to accommodate splendid places of Nepal as well as serene places of mystical Tibet. Therefore our travel planners created this package with more focus on monasteries around Limi Valley and Kailash Mansarovar area.
Simikot with Limi Valley Trek extends up to roof of the world Tibetan provinces. Many trekking agencies of Nepal sell this trekking package as Kailsah Mansarovar Yatra but our travel planners insisted to create theme of trekking only. Therefore, the package is termed as exploration of Simikot Limi Valley. The journey starts with the flight to Nepalgunj and connecting flight to Simikot. Traversing through various villages like Dadakarmi, Yalbang Chaur, Tumkot and Yara trekkers explore the various monasteries and hamlets of Nepal side. Ancient gompas and monasteries of people following Buddhism and Shamanism showcase their peculiar culture and traditions. From these places trekkers then take a private vehicle drive towards Tibet. Place like Zuthulphuk has various Milarepa Saints monasteries with different historical and religious aspects embedded. Take a drive around Mansarovar Lake and get blessed by scenic beauty as well as spiritual understanding. Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar have very important aspect on Hinduism. If you do circumambulation of Mt. Kailash then it is believed that all your sins get relieved. Dipping in the lake of Mansarovar will purify your soul and body. After such illustrious trip travelers will get back to Simikot for flight route to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Book the Simikot with Limi Valley Trek and explore the best places of Western Nepal and Tibet. Getting to the sacred Mt. Kailash also regarded as the home of Lord Shiva and home of Sesh Naag (Lord Vishnu) is undoubtedly an amazing traveling moment. Our trekking package is simple, hassle free and trekker oriented.
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, overnight at hotel
After we meet at Kathmandu International Airport, our representative of Unique Adventure International will help you to transfer to hotel and for the rest of the day you can either relax or do individual activities. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Stay at Kathmandu for briefing and sightseeing, overnight at hotel
On this day, you can take a visit about Kathmandu. After having breakfast in the morning you can proceed for half day city tour to Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudha, Kathmandu Durbar square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square which is the heritages enlisted in world heritage list. In evening your proposed guide will be briefed about your trek and hand over the trekking permit.
Day 03 : Fly to Nepalgunj (400 meter), overnight at hotel
We will take the flight to Nepalgunj. The flight will give excellent views of the Himalaya to the north. We will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening to have a look around the town which is situated 3 km from the southern Nepalese border with India. The place is relatively hot and steamy.
Day 04 : Fly to Simikot (2,856 meter), overnight at guesthouse
We take a flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot which takes 45 minutes, flying over western Terai of Nepal, Bheri River valley, the Mahabharata hills, as well as the Karnali River. Then, after having rest in immigration office, we start trekking to Majgaon. Our way mounts to the Simikot Lagna in about 2 hours, and then starts to decline steeply into the Karnali gorge.
Day 05 : Trek to Danda Karmi (2,856 meter), overnight at tented camp
Today we walk up to the upper Karnali River valley site, passing through the Toling as well as Dharapani villages and numerous striking waterfalls. Then we steadily ascend towards Danda Karmi village, is the first village that you will be passing, this village is occupied by upper Humla people of Tibetan sector.
Day 06 : Trek to Yalbang Chaur, overnight at tented camp
From Karmi, the team of Unique Adventure International move up the valley and walk down rather steeply to the Sali Khola with its striking stream flowing through the forest. Camp is made a little ahead where there is a wide open meadow nearby the river; the pasture is called the Yalbang Chaur.
Day 07 : Trek to Tumkot (2800 meter), overnight at tented camp
We, today steadily move to the village of Yalbang. From here the upper course passes all the way through Toothpaling monastery, while the lower one guides directly to the Yankhar village. Next 3 hours of walking around the bend of the Karnali brings below the Muchu Bridge. From Muchu the track go down gently to the stream below reaching the settlement of Tumkot. The Camp is recommended by the stream side at the underside of the valley.
Day 08 : Trek Yari (3,450 meter), overnight at tented camp
We pass by the Karnali gorge towards Yari village and the Nara La Pass; the path will lead into Tibet. The track climbs gradually up the Mountain side to Yari. The last Nepali village Yari is moving further towards Nara La. Camp can be made by the stream side near the last group of houses at Yari.
Day 09 : Trek Nara Pass (4,325 meter), overnight at tented camp
We cross the Nara La Pass from Yari. Here we can see a sweep of stones, the travelers have put crowned by many flag poles and strings of colorful prayer flags. The drop to meet up the Karnali once again is abrupt. Then, we walk sheer and narrow winding and follow the ridges to drop lightly to the river far down below. Camp is made on the banks of the Karnali on a flat area near the bridge.
Day 10 : Drive Taklakot (3,500 meter), overnight at guesthouse
You will start your trek to reach Taklakot, passing through Sher village, the first Tibetan tiny village that you come across along the path. The gravel track continues, twisting and meandering finally reaching to Kocher village. In Kocher, you will see the well-known Gompa of Kochernath. And at Kocher, after boarding the bus or a lorry we make a journey to Taklakot.
Day 11 : Drive to Darchen (4,500 meter), overnight at guesthouse
The bus journey again continues to arrive at a village named Darchen, the base camp to Mt. Kailash. Darchen is a small settlement that lies at the Southern slopes of the sacred mountain - Kailash. In the past it was a Drokpa village, a village of the nomads. However, today there is mixture of people living here. Their houses are made out of boulders and stone.
Day 12 : Trek to Dri-Ra Phunk Gompa (4,900 meter), overnight at guesthouse
From Darchen we today begin trekking up towards the Western valley of Lha Chu. After Lha Chu you reach Tarpachan. The eye-catching view of the holy mountain - Kailash, at the far distance, and the Gompa of Chugu greets you. The trail continues twisting and turning then finally reaching the distinction -Dri-Phunk. We set up night camp opposite to the lone monastery of Dri-Ra Phunk.
Day 13 : Trek to Zuthul Phunk Monastery (4,700 meter), overnight at guesthouse
From Dri-Ra Phunk the track to Dorma La pass escalates steadily through open area. After reaching Dorma La pass, you will observe one, the only one so huge rock fastened with strings of colorful prayer flags, which happen to build the highest point of the extended journey to this holy part of mountain. From here the trail moves down, passing by the holy lake of Guari Kund. From this lake side the trail keeps following down the eastern side of the valley of the Dzong Chu River, and can reaches at the cave monastery of Zuthul Phunk.
Day 14 : Trek to Darchen, overnight at guesthouse
From Zuthul Phunk village, you can visit the cave monastery there. The unique cave monastery is supposed to be the well-known one which was the meditation retreat for one of the great Tibetan saint namely - Saint Milarepa. Then, we move again down the valley. Take the path leading down the valley and the Darchen.
Day 15 : Drive to Manasarovar Lake (4,558 meter), overnight at guesthouse
In the distant you can see Mt. Kailash, a white dome like structure. The bus will take you as far as Chiu Gompa which is positioned by the bank-side of Manasarovar. This is a striking mark and is well-regarded by the Buddhist people as the resting place of Guru Padma Sambhava before his death. Today we set up the camp near the Chiu Gompa.
Day 16 : Rest day, overnight at guesthouse
We have a rest day today. Also, we go for visiting Manasarovar Lake. We will be at the lake till Chiu Gompa camp and mostly as high as Horchu.
Day 17 : Drive to Thrugu Gompa, overnight at tented camp
From the campsite in Chiu Gompa, we start to walk and after walking about an hour visit the Seralung monastery. You can walk the direction of the campsite about an hour more and drive to the camp. It's a half day trip. In the evening visit the Trugu Monastery.
Day 18 : Drive to Chiu Gompa camp, tented camp
Today, we drive till Gosul Gompa and then can start to walk to Chiu Gompa which is 2/3 hours far. At Chiu our staffs of Unique Adventure International already could have set the camp. There is a hot spring where you can take bath enjoyably with certain amount cash paying.
Day 19 : Drive to Dzongba (beside Brahmaputra) or New Dzongba - (4500 meter), overnight at guesthouse
Today, we drive about 5 to 6 hours along the picturesque landscape such Manisar, Payang and Bhramaputra with high passes above 5200m and behind our right hand side mountains lies Nepal along the way.
Day 20 : Drive to Pilku Tso Lake, overnight at guesthouse
We drive along the fascinating scenery with some passes. We drive passing through Saga, cross the bridge of Bhrama Putra at Saga and keep on driving to Pigutso. There is a lake but before Pigutso we could see one lake rather than Pigutso. The night will be colder than previous because of our campsite will be close to Mount Shishapangma 8013m. You can walk to visit the Pigutso Lake from the campsite about quarter hour. If you will not decide to stay at Pigutso then can be drive to Dzangmu next 3/4 hours.
Day 21 : Drive to Kyuirung - (2700 meter), overnight at guesthouse
Today, we drive to Kyuirung via Thong la pass above 5100m and gigantic view of Mount Shishapangma to the right hand side and front peaks. Several of them located in Tibet and some in Nepal like peaks of Rolwaling. And road brings you move down via Melarepa cave before reach to Nyalam (3782m). While descend from Thong la, it's bring you greenery scenery and easy to taking breath.
Day 22 : Return to Kathmandu, overnight at hotel
Today, we are leaving Tibet. We stayed Kyuitung for the last night.Then, after we drive about 9 hours for Kathmandu witnessing different panorama of nature of Nepal.
Day 23 : Departure to your destination
Today is your final day with Unique Adventure International, we will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home.
What is included?
- Airport transfers.
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalganj with breakfast.
- Three meals in a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) with hot beverage and snacks whilst on trekking.
- Tented camp / teahouse accommodation whilst on trekking.
- Special Trekking permit for Simikot Valley.
- All permit for Tibet and Kailash Kora.
- An experienced fluent English speaking guide, trained by ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation.
- Highly experienced trekking porter (s), cook.
- Staff’s food, accommodation, clothing, salary & insurance.
- Flight Kathmandu - Nepalganj, Nepalganj - Simikot.
- All necessary ground transportation.
- All governmental procedure, taxes, VAT and service charge.
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.
What is not included?
- Meals at Kathmandu and Nepalganj.
- Personal nature expenses.
- Bar and beverage bills.
- Your Travel Insurance.
- Rescue & Evacuation.
- Gratitude (tip) for staff.
Recommended Gear Lists:
- Good wind/rain jacket
- Warm fleece jacket or jersey
- Good boots, either light-weight trekking boots or light full leather boots
- Good -20 Sleeping bag (which can be rented or buy in Kathmandu)
- A comfortable day pack, preferably with a waistband.
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottom
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Other necessary equipment:
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (We also provide comprehensive first aid medical kit and Oxymeter)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Water bottles (2 bottles recommended)
- Small wash towel
We would like you to know that although we try to follow the program given above, at times local trails or weather conditions may compel us to make slight changes if necessary. The itinerary may also vary slightly subject to our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This odyssey goes into untamed territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the safety of your trip and your life. Thank you so much for your understanding. We value your precious life.
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Quick Fact of the Trip
- Trip Duration : 23 days
- Best Season : Spring & Autumn
- Country : Nepal
- Trip starts : Kathmandu
- Trip ends : Kathmandu
- Group size : Min - 1