Day 1: Ludhiana To Lucknow By Overnight Trainand Drive To Nepalgunj

Depart from Ludhiana by Overnight train. Upon arrival in Lucknow Railway Station. Pickup and transfer to Nepalgunj. The drive takes about 5 hours to reach Nepalgunj. Overnight Stay.

Lucknow to Nepalgunj : 180 km | 5 hours.

Day 2: Fly Nepalgunj To Simikot

Early morning, at 5.00 a.m., transfer to Nepalgunj airport for your flight to Simikot. The flight between Nepalgunj and Simikot takes about an hour. The air route to Simikot passes over the remote mountain region of Nepal where whether often gets cloudy and notorious. Generally, the weather in the mountain area, in the morning, is calm and clear. This is the reason why we should fly to Simikot early morning.

Simikot is situated at an altitude of 2910 m. This is an ideal place to make a night halt for acclimatization motive. Simikot has a STOL airport (Short Take Off and Landing) where only small aircraft can be operated. The aircraft, we fly from Nepalgunj, can carry only 15 people at a time.
Today, we stay overnight in Simikot for acclimatization. Overnight Stay.


  • – Nepalgunj to Simikot flight: 1 hour.
  • – Aircraft type: Dronier or Twin otter
  • – Carrying capacity: Only 16 people at a time.
  • – Elevation of Simikot: 2910 m/ 9545 fts.
  • – Expected temperature: day time:- 18 to 25 degree Celsius, night time:- 4 to 6 degree Celsius.
  • – Climatic condition: Generally cloudy & rainy

Day 3: Simikot - Hilsa (Helicopter) Then Drive To Taklakot (Tibet)

Early morning, after breakfast, you will pack up our baggage then walk down to the airport and board on helicopter. The Helicopter flight from Simikot to Hilsa takes about 25 minutes (one way). Air route passes through deep Karnali River-gorge and narrow remote mountain valleys, where weather normally turns windy & cloudy from late morning onward.

We operate Euro copter (B3) that can carry only 5 persons + 10 kg luggage (per person) at a time. Since, helicopter has limited capacity to carry, WE STRONGLY REQUEST YOU NOT TO CARRY EXCESS WEIGHT THAN MENTIONED ABOVE.

After all group members shifted to Hilsa, we will cross the border then drive to Taklakot (also known Purang). As per the visa rule of the Chinese government, all group members should enter together and exit together. So, until and unless all members do not come from Simikot, we can’t cross the border and proceed for Taklakot. The drive from Hilsa to Taklakot takes about 45 minutes and the driving distance is about 27 k.m. Overnight Stay.

  • – Simikot to Hilsa: by helicopter | 5 persons at a time.
  • – Flight duration: 25 minutes
  • – Carrying capacity: 5 persons + 10 kg baggage each.
  • – Hilsa to Chinese immigration (Sher): only 10 minutes walk.
  • – Sher to Taklakot: 27 km | 45 minutes drive by Bus.
  • – Elevation of Taklakot: 4025 m./ 13202 fts.
  • – Expected temperature: day time:- 22 to 28 degree Celsius/night time:- up to -3 degree Celsius.
  • – General climatic condition: mild windy & dry air

Day 4: Rest In Taklakot For Acclimatization

Today, we will rest in Taklakot for acclimatization purpose. It is vitally important to be properly acclimatized to perform circumambulation (Parikrama) around the holy mountain. Also, it is for your safety too. Your body should be adjusted properly in new environment before we gain more height. Overnight Stay.

Day 5: Taklakot To Lake Mansarovar

As usual, after having morning meal, we pack our belongings, then board on the vehicle and proceed to Lake manasarovar. Right from the beginning, the highway commences making gradual ascend. On the way, we stop for 10 minutes to take the first glimpse of Kailash from Rakhash Lake before reaching Lake Manasarovar.

But, we keep continue our journey for a circumambulation (Parikrama) around the lake. Some of our staff will stop in the western shore (Chiugompa) of Lake Manasarovar for setting up our kitchen and some will accompany with you for circumambulation around the lake on Bus. On the way, we will stop in a nice place where we make holy dip, and perform ooja & Homa. After finishing all these activities, we will return back to western shore in the evening for staying overnight stay.

  • – Taklakot to Lake Manasarovar: 88 km, one & half hour.
  • – Elevation of Lake Manasarovar: 4550 m./14,925 fts
  • – Expected temperature: day time:- 22 to 32 degree Celsius; night time:- -3 to -4 degree.
  • – Climatic condition: windy.

Day 6: Drive, Manasarovar To Yama Dwara- Then Trek To Deraphuk

Today is the highlighted day of our journey. The most exciting part, sacred circumambulation around Kailash, commences today from Yama Dwara. Morning, after breakfast, we depart from lake strand to Yama Dwara (also called ‘Tarboche’ in Tibetan) that demands approximately one & half hour to reach from Lake Manasarovar. As per the rule, we should make a brief halt in Darchen for having permit from local Police and Army officials.

Our trek starts from Yama Dwara where our Yaks, porters and horses are waiting. Those who are trekking on feet can instantly proceed for Deraphuk; rest of members should commence their journey after allocating their horse/s and porter/s.

The Total walk to Deraphuk is for 4 to 5 hours but the timing depends on your own pace. The route is quite easy, flat but mild ascend. Due to its extreme elevation, we feel tired while walking and need to have break very frequently. Overnight Stay.

  • – Lake Manasarovar to Yama Dwara: 45 km, 1 & half hour drive.
  • – Yama Dwar – Dhriraphuk (10 km): 5 – 6 hour trek.
  • – Elevation of Dhriraphuk: 4920 m./16,138 fts
  • – Expected temperature: day time:-12 to 18 degree Celsius/night time: -5 to -8 degree.
  • – Average climatic condition: windy and partly cloudy & rainy.

Day 7: Continue Trek From Deraphuk To Zutuphuk

Today you have to cross a significant distance through the rugged portion of the trail around the mount Kailash before reaching Zutulpahuk. From Deraphuk, we should start very early. Right from the beginning, the trail leads you rapidly up, however in between it turns into flat with gentle ascend. Up to Dolma-La (5600 m.), the path keeps you taking up & up. Dolma La is the highest point of this journey. From this onward onward, the trail leads you all the way down to the valley floor. This particular portion of the trek is a rapid incline and the track is full of boulders and screes, so one should pay continue attention while trekking down. While descending from Dolma La, we will pass alongside a small glacial pool, which is almost frozen during May through September. This is Gaurikunda. The legend of this pool is connected with Mata Parvati, the consorts of lord Shiva. Once we make descend journey to the valley floor, the trail becomes flat & easy up to the Zutulphuk. Overnight Stay.
  • – Dhiraphuk to Zutulphuk: 21 km (8 – 9 hours trek).
  • – The highest point to cross over: Dolma La pass (5600 m./18,368 fts)
  • – Elevation of Zutulphuk: 4820 m./15,810 fts.
  • – Expected temperature: 14 to 22 degree Celsius/ night time: -3 to -5 degree.
  • – Average climatic condition: windy

Day 8: End Trek In Zongdou Then Drive Back To Purang/ Taklakot

Undoubtedly, today is the most hectic day of your journey. You, yet to go for another 06 km walk to accomplish the circumambulation; then drive all the way to Taklakot. As usual after morning meals, you will pack up your belongings then be ready to move on to Darchen. It requires presumably 3 hours to reach the ending point of this trail where our vehicle is waiting to fetch you up. After assembling all group members, you will board on vehicle and proceed for Taklakot. Overnight Stay.

  • – Zutulphuk to trek ending point: 08 km, 3 hours.
  • – Trek ending point to Taklakot: 105 km, 2 hours.

Day 9: Drive, Taklakot To Hilsa & Fly To Simikot

It takes 45 minutes to reach Hilsa, where you have to go through the brief immigration formalities in Chinese side. From Taklakot, a military person will accompany the group to escort towards Hilsa. Cross the border then catch Helicopter flight to Simikot. Overnight Stay.

Day 10: Fly, Simikot To Nepalgunj Then Continue Drive To Lucknow And Train To Ludhiana

Early morning fly to Nepalgunj then continue drive to Lucknow by Bus or van. The drive takes about 5 hours to reach Lucknow. Drop at Railway Staton for overnight train to Ludhiana.

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