Mount Kailash via Limi Valley Trekking

Tour Details

  • 27 Days(s)

  • Guide

  • English

  • 5660 m

overview

The trek to Mount Kailash via Limi Valley is the trip of a lifetime that takes you to the Holy Mt. Kailash Parvat (6,638 m) and also to the Guge Kingdom. The Kailash Trek is a spiritual tour that allows trekkers to explore and understand the religious and cultural significance of Nepal and Tibet. The journey takes you to the far-eastern end of Nepal and into the hidden Limi Valley.

You will be amazed by the astonishing view of the Mansarovar Lake which lies at the height of ‎4,590 m. We reach Kailash Guge walking through Simikot and the valley of Limi starting from Kathmandu. The trek in Limi Valley will take about nine days after which we reach Guge, Kailash Parvat, and Dzangmu.

Kailash Parvat is a place of religious significance, especially for people following the Hindu religion. It is believed to be the abode for Lord Shiva. The followers Buddhism believe this place to be the hub of the entire Universe.

Our trek starts from the country's capital Kathmandu after which we travel to far-western end to enter Tibet via Nepal-China borders. We enter Tibet through Simikot and then Limi Valley where you'll come across the Bhutias, the natives of the valley.

"Limi" in Tibetan means people who survive the river's valley. Geographically, Limi is a trans-Himalayan valley with three major Tibetan cultural settlements like Til (4,100 m), Jhang (3,930 m), and Waltz (3,700 m).

While on the trek you'd have to pass across Himalayan passes from which you can enjoy the majestic views of Tibet's mountains and the Himalayas.

Trekkers have a great time experiencing the ancient culture and traditions of Tibet, while at places like Parang, Purang, Dongba, Nyalam, and Saga before reaching the holy Manasarovar lake. Visit the ancient settlement of the Guge Kingdom, which has the ruins of Tsaparang, Tholing, and other monasteries of the past.

Tsaparang is the former capital of Guge Kingdom and the region through which the river Sutlej flows into India.

The trek also includes exploring the Graduda Valley or the Zhangzhung Kingdom close to Sutlej where you can see the ruins of the early Bonpo Kingdom that previously dominated Ladakh, India and other parts of new Tibet.

The Limi Valley trekking experience takes you to Dzangmu via Thong La pass (5,150 m) from where you can enjoy the majestic view of Mt. Shishapangma (8,027 m). As we descend from Thong La, you walk past thick green jungles of Nepal which an imprint your brain for a very very long time.

Tour Highlights

  • A religious trek to Mt. Kailash, the home of Lord Shiva
  • The scenic and cultural diversity of the places you visit during the tour
  • Passing three Himalayan passes on foot
  • Exploring the hidden, pristine valley of Limi
  • The primitive monasteries and stone houses in the Tibetan village

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Itinerary

  • 24 hours
  • 3 Star Hotel

Arrive at TIA, Kathmandu, where our staff will be present to pick you up and escort you to the hotel. 

Stay overnight at Hotel Manaslu or Hotel Vajra (3-star rated) on B&B plan.

  • 24 hours
  • 3 Star Hotel

A tour of Kathmandu city, where you'll visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Visit the office to make arrangements for your VISA for Tibet and other legal permits.

Stay at the same hotel on the same food plan.

  • 24 hours
  • 3 Star Hotel

Prepare yourself for the trek. Do all the necessary shopping. Today we mostly wait for our VISA approval from the Chinese embassy.

Stay at the previous hotel.

  • 50 Mins
  • 3 Star Hotel

We take the first flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. It usually takes about 50 mins on a bright sunny day.

  • 3 hours
  • Campaigns

Take an early flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot, which takes about 45 mins. Have lunch at Simikot.

Prepare all your trekking gears and mules for the trek. We walk uphill for 1 hr, then downhill for 2 hrs followed by a steady walk for 1 hr, after which we reach Dharapuri.

Camping at Dharapori Camp Site with all meals.

  • 5 hours
  • Campaigns

We walk uphill to reach Kermi following the river banks of Karnali River. Lunch at Kermi, after which you can visit the hot water springs for a hot dip.

Overnight at a camp/tent with full meals.

  • 8 hours
  • Campaigns

Trek to Sailli Khola walking through the thick quiet forest of the area. Slowly move up tp Chongsa Khola and the Pass a thick pine jungle to reach Saili Khola.

Stay overnight at a camp/tent with full board meals.

  • 3 hours
  • Campaigns

From Saili Khola take a short hike for about 2 hrs to reach Nyalu La BC. If you're not exhausted, take a trip to Selima Danda (4,357 m). Overnight at a camp/tent with full meals.

  • 8 hours
  • Campaigns

After walking for 3 hrs from Nyalu Lu BC, we reach Nyalu la Pass. We descend from the Nyalu La pass and head towards Talung Tso Lake Camp.

We if you wish we could move further from Talung and rest at Takchi village for the day. If you make it to Takchi, the next day would be a shorter hike to the hot spring camp.

Camp at Talung or Takchi.

  • 6 Hours
  • Campaigns

We pass the Selima Tso Taal along the trail and reach Takchi, the first settlement after Nyalula pass. Takchi shares its border with Tibet on the northern side. We then move on to finally reach Jhang.

Camp at Jhang with full course meals.

  • 3 hours
  • Campaigns

Today we walk from Jhnag and reach Halji, a very peaceful village in the Limi Valley. The place boasts of an ancient Buddhist monastery which you can visit after having lunch in the evening.

Stay overnight at the camp/tent after having full board meals.

  • 6 hours
  • Campaigns

Trek along the banks of Tila Khola and then ascend upwards to Lamka Pass Camp. After walking for 3-4 hrs, you can reach Lamka la Pass.

Stay overnight at the base camp in Lamka Pass.

  • 3 hours
  • Guest House

Today we enter Tibet, but first, we reach Hilsa after crossing Lamka La Pass. Check-in at the Chinese customs office in Hilsa. Our Tibetan guides will be there to receive you and then drive to Purang.

Stay at a guest house in Purang.

  • 2 hours
  • Guest House

Drive from Purang to Manasarovar Lake, enjoying the beautiful view of Gurlamandata Mountains and other snow-capped mountains. You can also see the Rakshas Taal and Manasarovar lake during the drive. In the evening, you can visit the Chiu Gompa (monastery).

Stay overnight at a lodge near Chiu Gompa.

  • 24 hours
  • Guest House

You can take a break and rest at Manasarovar. Explore the area and take a bath at the hot spring nearby.

Stay at the same hotel in Chiu Gompa area.

  • 2 hours
  • Guest House

Drive to Tirthapuri Hot Spring from Manasarovar passing Tholing along the way. 

Stay at a teahouse/hotel in Tirthapuri.

  • 24 hours
  • Guest House

Enjoy the day at Tirthapuri, visiting its numerous hot springs and pilgrim sites. In the morning you can hike to Bon Monastery Gurudem.

During the afternoon, you can visit small Kora of Tirthapuri. Enjoy meditating at the Gompa with Buddhist monks and pilgrim-goers. Tirthapuri is best known for housing the meditating cave of Guru Rinpoche.

Stay at the same lodge in Tirthapuri.

  • 4 Hours
  • Guest House

Take a local vehicle back to Tholing from Tirthapuri Hot Spring. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the Tibetan Plateau and the Indian Himalayas.

Stay overnight at a lodge in Tholing.

  • 4 Hours
  • 3 Star Hotel

Today we reach Darchen from Tholing, but before that, we visit the historical town and palaces in Tsaparang in the Guge Kingdom. 

The Guge Kingdom is full of Buddhist monasteries and caves. We then move towards Drachen, which is a small town at the foothills of Mt. Kailash. 

The Tibetan guide will arrange yaks and porters for your three days trip around Mount Kailash. 

Stay and Hotel Sun Moon Guesthouse or Hotel Himalaya in Drachen.

  • 7 Hours
  • Guest House

After an early breakfast, we hike to Dairaphuk. Its the first day of your trip around Mount Kailash (Kora) after passing Lime valley. 

Stay overnight at a lodge or monastery in Dairaphuk.

  • 9 Hours
  • Guest House

From Dairaphuk we reach Zuthulphuk. Today is the hardest and the holiest day of our trek. After passing Dolma La Pass at 5,630 m, we move towards Zuthulphuk which is nestled between two valleys. 

The valley is filled with Buddhist flags left by pilgrim-goers. From Dolma La pass it a series staircases that lead you to Lhachu Valley.

Stay overnight at a teahouse/guest house in Zuthulphuk.

  • 3 hours
  • Guest House

We start the third and final day of the Mount Kailash Kora with breakfast at Zuthulphuk. 

Visit the Milarepa cave, where the temples date back to the 11th century. The temples were later renovated in 2016.

We head back to Darchen and exit the valley, which should take us about three hours. A driver will be there to receive you and escort you back to Darchen. After finishing the KLora or the circular trip drive to Hortsu.

Stay overnight at a lodge/guest house.

  • 6 Hours
  • Guest House

We drive along the Himalayan ranges and pass Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Mustang. Visit Lake Peigu Tsho and reach Saga. On the way, you can also catch a glimpse of Shisha Pangma (8,016 m) and Ganesh Himal (7,150 m).

Stay overnight at a lodge in Saga.

  • 9 Hours
  • 3 Star Hotel

Take an early morning drive from Kyirong (Gyirong) via Rashuwa Gadhi Border (1,838 m) and reach Nuwakot Durbar. Fulfil all the necessary legal procedures after entering Nepal from Tibet and continue your drive to Nuwakot Durbar which will take about two and a half hours.

The Durbar is located on top of a hill and is an ancient historic site that offers a beautiful view of the valley below.

  • 3 hours
  • 3 Star Hotel

It takes about three hours to reach from Nuwakot to Kathmandu.

  • 24 hours
  • 3 Star Hotel

Today is a free day, and you can roam around the capital city for sightseeing. 

At night you can enjoy a typical Nepali dinner at a restaurant.

  • 30 min
  • None

Our staff will escort you back to the international airport from where you can head back home.

What’s included/excluded

Included

  • Pick up from the airport to the hotel
  • 3-star lodging in Kathmandu (B&B basis)
  • Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, Nepalgunj to Simikot flight (including tax)
  • Transportation cost in Nepalgunj
  • Accommodation and full course meal at Hotel Siddartha (3 stars rated)
  • Airfare of staff (guide and cook) from Simikot to Kathmandu. Taking a Nepali guide, cook, and other camping equipment will cost you an extra $2,000. (The Nepalese guide and cook will be back from Hilsa border after handing you over to another Tibetan guide)
  • Cargo
  • Mules if required during the trek and porters
  • Meals (veg/non-veg) from the camping kitchen by the cook in the Nepalese side and just breakfast (tea/coffee) and accommodation on the Tibetan side.
  • Tents, mattresses, and cooking pots during the camping trek in the Nepalese side
  • Fees for Humla permit
  • Fees for Humla community service
  • Chinese VISA fee
  • Camping charge is taken by the locals (community)
  • waterproof duffel bags for luggage and cargo
  • Hilsa Border toll fees (local community)
  • Tibet entry fees and border permits
  • Fluent English speaking local Tibetan guide
  • Transportation(a truck and a van) while in Tibet
  • Entry fee to monasteries and heritage sites in Tibet
  • Yak and yak shepherd or porters around the Kailash trek
  • Tent/Camp or teahouse/guest house/lodges/hotel as per the itinerary
  • Entry fee to the Kailash and Mansarovar conservation area
  • Transportation cost to the Kailash and Mansarovar conservation area
  • National Grassland Conservation fee
  • Oxygen cans in case of emergency in Tibet
  • First-aid Kit (medical supplies)
  • Salaries/insurance/food/accommodation of the staff
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Boudanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu on the last day of the entire trek package

Excluded

  • A chartered helicopter from Nepalgunj to Simkot in case of flight cancellation owing to bad weather
  • Extra night lodging in Nepalgunj in case of cancellation again due to bad climatic conditions
  • Excess luggage ( 15 kg per person in the Simikot flight) (NPR 140 per kg)
  • Alcoholic drinks, soft beverages, mineral water bottles, and snacks during the trip
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Tibet
  • Restaurant bills during camping
  • Any personal, medical, emergency evacuation charges (contact your Interantaion Travel Insurance company)
  • Extra porter
  • Sleeping bags can be rented from the travel agency for $1.50 per day (per piece)
  • Tips for the guide, porters, and cook
  • Any other expenses which may not have been mentioned
  • International flight fares
  • Nepal VISA

cancellation

  • 0

Good to know

Trekkers should carry their daypack so they can easily access their necessary items like medical supplies, windcheaters, camera, phone, etc.. Our porters will carry 20-25 kg from your main bag.

Carry all legal and essential documents while coming to Nepal.

Clothing Items

  • Hiking/Trekking pants
  • Hiking shorts for males and skirts for females
  • T-shirt, shirt, blouse
  • down jackets, sweaters
  • hats, sunglasses with straps
  • windcheaters
  • raincoat, poncho, umbrella

Footwear

  • trekking or hiking shoes, trainers
  • thick woollen socks
  • thin cotton socks
  • slippers (optional)

Other necessary equipment

  • water purifier or tablets
  • personal medical supplies
  • maps, altimeter, guide books, compass
  • water bottles
  • daypack

Note: The travel agency will not be held responsible for any mishaps, loss, or damage to your personal belongings. The operator won't be liable for any consequences like strikes, epidemic, or natural calamity.

However, the safety and pleasure of our customers is our main concern, and we won't leave any loose ends to make your journey a dissatisfying one.