Simikot Limi Valley Kailash Trek

  • Simikot Limi Valley Kailash Trek

Code TH-TB-010 •   19 Days •  

  • Trip Duration: 18 Nights / 19 Days
  • Group size: 1-20 Pax
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Departure City: Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude: 5600m
  • Activities: Sightseeing/Trekking/Tour


Trip Information

Humla’s snow capped mountains; lush valleys, unique Trans-Himalayan plateau, rocky cliffs, quiet lakes, long streaming rivers andabundance of wildlife are major attractions for visitors. Simikot is the gate way of Mt. Kailash.The way leads along with mighty Karnali River until getting Kermi. From Tsongsa we enter for Limi valley and after crossing Nyalo pass we are inside Limi valley.

Halji Gompa is located in the Limi valley in Humla , the most remote district in the Himalayas of Northern Nepal. Also known as Rinchenling Gompa, Halji Gompa was constructed by a Tibetan Buddhist, Rinchen Zangbo in the 10th Century AD with support from a Malla King of Sinja. It is thought to be the first Gompa within the boundaries of what is today modern Nepal. For centuries this Gompa stood as a cultural and religious centre for three villages in the Limi Valley. Previously the Gompa belonged to the Sakya sect but later changed to the Digung Kagyu sect because of its affinity with the Gyang Drag Gompa at holy Mt. Kailash. This 1000 year old Halji Gompa lies in the middle of the village of Halji at an altitude of 3660 meters. The village is set in an exotic landscape surrounded by hills with the Limi River running through the valley.


You will be staying at 3 star hotel at Kathmandu on our recommendation, Hotel Siddhartha at Nepalgunj. All hotel has clean and private bath, hot and cold water shower and other required amenities. There will be camping during trekking period about 6 nights. Our camping tents are well maintained two men tents for group members, dining and kitchen tents along with kitchen table and other necessary equipements. Once you arrive Simikot the starting point of trekking. You will be staying at newly stablished hotel/guesthouse with modern amenities if required.

Altitude Problem and Physical Fitness Required

Trekking from Simikot to Kailash requires 4500m pass along the way while it requires 5600m pass during Kailash circumambulation trek, physically fit along with prior experience at trekking in moderate trail is recommended. It will help if you have previous trekking experience preferably in high altitudes. It is also important that you have a positive attitude and a strong determination and will power. We also advise our guest(s) to consult their doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements before the trip. Regular exercise, jugging, stretching and medication or yoga may be good idea before taking the trip.


All meals during Simikot Limi Valley Kailash trekking will be taken care by us, Breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay the night while hotel stay in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination(s). It is advisable to budget USD10 to USD16 for lunch and dinner in a single day while hotel stay, No need who have taken AP basis package. Freshly cooked full board food will be served during trekking period, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at campsite and hot lunch will be served depending on possibility on the trail if not possible packed lunch will be served.

Recommended Clothing & Accessories

As the tempreture varies greatly between day and night (from Max. 20 degrees celcius to Min. -10 degrees celcius) one should prepare accordingly. Woolen gloves, Balaclava, Sun hat, Thermal wear, Water bottle, Woolen sockes, Personal Towel, Light and Warm parka Jacket, Sunglasses, Sun Cream, Torch with extra batteries, Muffler, Mask, Raincoat, Sweater, T-Shirt, Sleeping bag and comfortable walking shoes are recommended for Simikot Limi Valley Kailash Trekking.

Travel Insurance

Full travel insurance coverage for medicine, Helicopter evacuation, if in case of immergency, lost of belongings and trip cancilation is strongly recommended for Simikot Limi Valley Kailash Trek.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (April and May), Summer (June, July & Agust) and Autumn (September and October) is the best seasons for the Simikot Limi Valley Kailash Trek. 

Trip Start Dates and Cost

Check available trip start dates and cost for Simikot Limi Valley Kailash Trek on the Fix Departure section or Please contact us for your customized departure date and cost.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft) and transfer to Hotel.

Our representative will be at airport waiting to welcome you in Nepal and then transfer to the booked hotel. And evening trip briefing program will be commenced.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: N/A

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing and evening flight to Nepalgunj (500m).

Today we have half day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. And evening your trip will start with the flight to Nepalgunj.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Flight to Simikot (2910m) Trek to Darapori (2300m) / 2.5 hrs

After landing in Simikot, at 2910m, the thing is lunch. Our 65-km trek to the Tibetan border begins by climbing from the Simikot air-strip, and passing by the water source for the upper Simikot Khasa village. Climbing the trail from here, we reach the Simikot Lagna Pass, at 3000 m. It does not look far, but it is a long 300-metre pul to the top of forested ridge overlooking the town. After decending for 1 hour the rail goes toward Darapori our overnight halt.

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Trek to Kermi (2690m) / 6 hrs

The trail this day starts off reasonably level. We pass by a Thakuri village called Tuling, and wild nut and apricot trees provide welcome shade along the bank of the River Karnali as the trek passes through Dharapori at 2300m. We cross the Yabka Khola (also known as Dhara-pori Khola), and soon We reach the campsite of Dharapori, which has a few teashops. Walking another 10 minutes brings us the Thakuri village of Dharapori situated on the top of a ridge which also has a police check-post. Below this village, a bridge over the Humla Karnali leads to a couple of Lama villages called Jad Kholsi and Khangalgaon. These villages belong to the Tugchulungba community and the route to these villages passes the Thakuri village of Hitan (thakuri) Kholsi. This is the last Thakuri village in the valley and the upper limit of rice cultivation. From Dharapori, the trail goes straight along the right bank of the Karnali River to the Gharapori Khola, a small tributary of the Karnali. Ascending from this stream of Dharapari Khola,the trail undulates along the Karnali River up to Chachera at 2350 m, a cave campsite used by sheep caravans. Thre is also nice waterfall nearby. Just above this waterfalls is a Lama village called Chyadog, which also belongs to the Tugchulungba community. Then climb over a ridge past swarms of lizards sunning themselves as we approach Kermi, situated besides a stream, at 2690 m. Kermi is the last Tugchulungba village.The actual route by passes Kermi and the only camp nearby is below the village.

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Trek to Tsongsa (3400m aprox.) 8 hrs.

Today we follow the Sechi river toward Langdok La and climb up Langdok La Pass 4200m. From the pass we will have beautiful views of Sechi valley and surrounding peaks. Then the trail steep ascends from Takhor Khola and continues to Sengjungma. After one hour ascend you will reach your camp site Tsongsa. It is the base camp of Nyalo Pass.

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Trek over Nyalo Pass (4800m) camp at Talung Valley (3500m) 8 hrs

Today is a very tough, but rewarding climb to the highest point during the trek via Selimon Lake (4630m) exploration along the way, the Nyalu La Pass 4950m. There can be snow, which makes the climb more challenging. From the pass we can see breathtaking 360 degree views into Humla and into Tibet. We can see the holy Mt. Kailash on nail size in far Tibet and Mt. Saipal 7031m and the many more mountains. From the pass it is a steep down trail toward Talung valley. Talung is a beautiful valley. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Jang (3450m) 7 hrs

The trail goes up slowly but gradually down from Takchi bridge and enter in to Zang village also known as Zhabuk valley via Tsomgo LakeJang is the one of three villages in the Limi valley and, as with the other villages, it is very special place where the Buddhist culture still continues relatively untouched by the modern world. We camp near the village place call Chekjur on the corner there is hot spring. You can enjoy bath in hot spring. Degung Kyapgon Rinpoche highest guru of Digung Kagyu bless the place and named it Tashithang. From Takchi there another route leads north that is the way to Chhyakpalung and Lapcha Syar. From Lapcha Syar one can view Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar clearly. That is two days walk from Takchi river. Nowadays easily drive to Lapcha Syar and come back by truck in one day. From Talung Tagkarbu via Zhabuk (Gonba Yok) ruined village slowly walk toward Takchi. Zhabuk was biggest and most prosperous village before it ruins in Limi valley. Lama Palya is the richest one among the villagers. To save his mother, sister and wealth from enemy he had forcefully turned village into ashes, now you still see ashes turned it to white sand. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Trek to Til Jung or Tilchu (3680m) 4/5 hrs

Today is also an easy walk from Jang’s Tashithang to Halji, following the Limi river. Following the trail upstream of Limi river crossing the wooden bridges. Once we reach at Halji village, visit the Rinchhenling monastery and wander around in the villages. In Halji the monastery, Rinchhenling Gompa, is in the village built in the 14th Century and belongs to the Kagyugpa Sect.  This is the biggest and most important monastery in the Limi Valley. You will have lunch at Halji with visiting the Monastery. Then further a short 2 hours trek to Tilchu following Limi river, that is your camp site for overnight halt.

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Trek to Manepeme (3850m) / 5-6 hours

From Tiljung the trail passes 4200m pass Lamka La and then The trail leads inside Lamka La with thorny bushy zigzag trail till Chukrangma then the trail leads steep descend .  We see some white buildings attached high to a slope along the trail. This is the monastery from Til with some retreat houses next to it. The village is surrounded by Himalayan red birches and terraced fields, which both are bright yellow in September-October. Til is a beautiful authentic Buddhist village, as all are villages in the Limi valley. Most villagers still wear the original Tibetan dress. The most of trail follows Karnali river until reaching Mani Pedme.

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Trek to Hilsa (3700m) / 3-4 hours the Drive to Purang (3900m) / 1 hour

The path climbs gradually most part of the path is rocky. We walk in a dramatic landscape, where is a small flat area close to the huge Rock written Buddhist Mantra “OM MANE PADME HUM” the place is name after the Mantra. Once we leave Manepeme the trail follow Karnali river little far off. It is a slightly difficult trail winds its way over a slope, until it connects with a larger trail high on the slope. After that we reach Hilsa just about 100m far from Chinese immigration by crossing suspension bridge. You will be served lunch before heading toward inside Tibet part. After lunch immigration formalities and then you will be transfered to Purang. Purang also called Taklakot locally is one of the economic hub in western Tibet specially Ali prefecture. It is also trading hub between Western Nepal and Western Tibet. 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Drive to Manasarover & Mansarover circumambulation (kora) by vehicle and Visit Chiu monastery. Evening drive to Darchen (4700m) - 6 hrs

Today you will be dropped to Mansarover and check in Guest House and after Lunch your Mansarover Parikrama Circumambulation on vehicle will start which takes 3 hours it is aprox. 90km, after that you have a short visit Chiu Monaster overlooking Manasrover Lake. Chiu Monastery is one of the old monastery dedicated to Guru Padma Sambhaba (Guru Rimpoche) the tantric master of Tibetan Buddhism. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche made long time meditation at the Monastery cave during 7th Century while Buddhist propagation in western Tibet. Evening you will be transfered to Darchen the foot of Kailash.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Drive to Tarboche and start trek to Diraphuk (4800m) - 6 hrs

Today You will have a short drive about 12km to Tarboche the starting point of Kailash circumambulation parikrama. From Tarboche you will head toward Diraphuk which is 12km far toward northern side. Dira phuk is one of the important monastery among both Buddhist and Hinduism. After arriving in Diraphuk you will have short visit of Diraphuk Monastery and its cave.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Trek over Dolma La pass (5600m) to Dzutulphuk (4700m) - 8 hrs

Today is the toughest day during your trip because you are going to pass 5600m pass The Dolma La Pass. You will start your journey in early morning in order complete the pass on time and another thing is today you have longest walk around 23km which may take upto 9 hours depending on ones trekking speed toward Dzutulphuk.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17: Kailash Trek ends at Mani wall - 2.5 hrs and Further drive to Horchu - 1 hrs

Today you have a short trek around 2.5 hours toward Mani Wall, our all vehicle will be waiting at Mani wall for pick up and you will have Lunch and Darchen, After Lunch you will be transfered to Horchu, It is a small local town in eastern side of Kailash, From where you could have a beutiful view of South Eastern face of Mt. Kailash.

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17: Drive to Saga (4200m) / 7 hours

Today you will have dramatic drive toward Saga crossing Mayumla pass and passing though dozen of Tibetan local villages. It is one of the cherishfull drive on the newly paved road.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 19: Final Departure to Home.

Today you have free time until your airport reporting time, you could have shopping around Thamel or walk around city or visit somewhere. After that you will be dropped off to airport to connect your flight to Home. 

Accommodation: N/A

Meal: Breakfast.

Trip Map

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • 2 Nights hotels with breakfast while in Kathmandu
  • 1 Night Accommodation while in Nepalgunj (3 star Category)
  • All flight fare Kathmandu/Nepalguj/Simikot,
  • Cook with cooking equipment and kitchen staff,
  • One local team leader with sherpa staff,
  • Freshly cooked full board meal,
  • English speaking local guide with sherpa supporter,
  • Two men tent during camping, dining and toilet tents, sleeping mats,
  • Restricted area permit for Limi Valley,
  • Mule and Mule herders for the trek,
  • Transportation by Jeep/Van/Bus while in Tibet
  • Necessary Tibet permit
  • English speaking Tibetan guide,
  • Yak and Yak Men during circumambulation,
  • Monasteries & local entrance fees,
  • Border to Kathmandu transportation
  • Tibet visa fee
  • Gamov bag or Oxygion for altitude problemme,
  • Insurance for Nepali staff and expenses of all Mepali and Tibetan staff. 

What is not included?

  • Nepal visa (Double entry visa is recommended)
  • Extra cost in the event of Landslide, Road blocked or Flight canceled these are beyond our control,
  • Airport tax and access baggage charge,
  • Photography charges,
  • Travel Insurance,
  • Extra charges due to political unrest if applicable,
  • Others which are not mentioned

USD 3,445

USD 3,590 5% OFF

19 days

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