Our most delightful Simikot Kailash Guge Kingdom tour starts from Nepal and will end in Lhasa. We trek from Simikot, west of Nepal to Holy Mount Kailash. After the Kailash Kora Trek, the tour continues to ancient kingdom Guge in western part of Tibet. Guge was an earliest kingdom in Western Tibet. The kingdom was centered in present-day Zanda County, within Ngari Prefecture of Tibet. At various points in history after 10th century A.D, the kingdom held sway over a vast area including south-eastern Zanskar, Upper Kinnaur, and Spiti valley either by conquest or as tributaries. The ruins of the former capital of Guge kingdom are located at Tsaparang in the Sutlej valley, not far from Mount Kailash and 1,200 miles (1,900 km) westwards from Lhasa.
Mt. Kailash from there we head towards west Tibet to explore some of the wonders of the ancient Guge Kingdom Tibet. Several monasteries, houses, cave dwellings and stupas are nestled on the hill and its surrounding area. Best Tibetan murals, sculptures and stone inscriptions lies in this kingdom. White Palace, Red Palace, Yamantaka Chapel, Tara Chapel and Mandala Chapel are the major attractions of the Guge Kingdom. They are historically linke with Buddha, Shakyamuni, Songtsen Gampo, other kings and ministers.
After the remarkable exploration of the Guge Kingdom we will drive to Lhasa; the capital of Tibet on an epic cross-Tibet jeep expedition visiting en route villages, monasteries, lakes and fantastic landscapes. We will stay two days to discover some of the interesting places in and around Lhasa.Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu (TIA), and transfer to the hotel.
Day 01: Meet & greet at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu (TIA), and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Preparation & get Simikot trek permits. Visit ancient old temples in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj. Stay overnight in Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Fly to Simikot in the morning and start trek to Dharapuri, O/N in tented camp.
Day 05: Trek to Kermi, O/N in Tent.
Day 06: Trek to Yalbang, Tented camp.
Day 07: Trek to Tumkot Khola O/N in Tent.
Day 08: Trek to Yari/Thulo Dhunga O/N in Tent
Day 09: Trek to Nara La Pass (4450 meter) and trek to Hilsa and trek to Sher, tented camp.
Day 10: Drive/transfer Sher via Taklakot to Manasarovar, tentend camp
Day 11: Exploration of Manasarovar Lake. Drive to Darchen and Tented Camp.
Day 12: Start Mount Kailash trekking, Diraphuk, tented camp.
Day 13: Cross Dolma La pass and reach Zutrulphuk moanastery, tented camp
Day 14: Trek and drive to Tholing O/N at Guest House.
Day 15: Start visit Guge Kingdom: drive to Tsaparang O/N at Guest House.
Day 16: To Tsaparang to Manasarover O/N at Camp
Day 17: Drive to Saga, Tented Camp/Hotel
Day 18: Drive to Gyantse O/N in hotel.
Day 19: Drive to Lhasa O/N in Hotel
Day 20: Explore Lhasa. O/N in Hotel
Day 21: Explore Lhasa. O/N in Hotel
Day 22: Transfer to Gongkar airport.
Trip Cost Includes
- All airport transfers in Nepal and Tibet.
- 2 Nights sharing twin/double deluxe room in 3 star categorized hotel in Kathmandu with buffet breakfast.
- 4 Nights sharing twin/double deluxe room in 3 star hotels in Lhasa & Gyantse with breakfast.
- 1 Nights deluxe room in Nepalgunj with breakfast on double occupancy basis.
- Ktm – Nepalgunj – Simikot flight
- Camping gear: tents, kitchen utensil for Nepal section trek.
- Sleeping bags, down jackets.
- All breakfast during the trip in Nepal and Tibet.
- Daily 3 times meal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during Nepal Section trek.
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during Kailash and Gege Kingdom section tour.
- Guide and helpers & porters to carry luggage.
- Salary, meal and insurance for guide and porters
- Private jeep/van vehicle for Tibet Tour.
- Licensed English speaking Nepalese.
- Licensed English speaking Tibetan guide during Tibet tour.
- Simikot restricted area trekking permits. TIMS Card.
- All permits and entrance fees for Tibet Tour
- Special entrance fees of Lake Mansarovar and Everest base camp
- Helper or yak to carry luggage and tents during Kailash kora.
- Tented accommodation and breakfast during Tibet Tour.
- Tibet Visa to travel to Tibet.
Trip Cost Excludes
- All international airfares.
- Accommodation(s) outside the itinerary.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner onward Saga to Lhasa in Tibet.
- Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation and porters.
- Emergency evacuation costs (cost for renting a Land Cruiser) (medical and rescue insurance is recommended). We advise you to purchase
- Personal expenses, e.g. phone call, laundry, bar bills, photography charges, web usage.
- Advance deposit transfer fee to book the trip accordingly.
- Tips for guides, drivers, cooks, porters, etc.
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Tibet Entry Permit
- A Tibet Entry Permit is the most important thing. You should leave at least 30 days to arrange it before your trip.
Clothing: the Warmer the Better
- As Tibet is quite high it is cold even in summer. The higher the elevation is, the colder it is. And the temperature changes dramatically between daytime and night. So even if you travel to Tibet in summer, we recommend you to pack warm boots, a woolen sweater, thick pants, and a warm coat or down jacket for Everest Base Camp Hike
- Boots are a good choice to protect your feet from little stones and sand, as well as for keeping warm. Pair of slippers/sandals is useful in some simple hotels that you will need for shower etc. If you want to climb mountains or go hiking, a pair of trekking shoes is needed.
- There are no Western restaurants in Tibet, and only a few hotels offer Western food. Bring some food you like in case you don't like Tibetan food. If you are going to visit remote and high areas, bring some food that can replenish energy quickly, like chocolate, nuts, and compressed biscuits.
Personal Tour Equipment
- Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by vehicle/yak/porters.
- Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally.
- Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole if required
- 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose pocket or hiking knife.
- Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
- Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
- Sunglasses/snow glasses or goggles
- Warm gloves
- Buff and higher and colder place.
- Tibet enjoys a dry climate and strong sunshine all year round. To protect yourself from sunburn and drying out, bring a pair of sunglasses, sunhat,lip balm, moisturizer, and sun block.
- In some stops on your Tibet trip there are toilets. However, they often don't provide toilet paper. So, if you have to go to the toilet, bring some in your pocket/bag.
- Hotels in some areas may not provide toiletries. Bring shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and a (quick-drying) towel with you.
- Wet tissues or disinfectants are helpful since it is inconvenient to wash your hands and face in many areas.
- Medicine for altitude sickness: Before your trip, ask your doctor for suggestions, and bring some medicine in case of emergency situations, such as medicine for colds, headaches, stomach ache, and fever. Read more about and its treatment.
- Medicine for injury: Band-Aids, gauze, bandages, etc.
- Medicine for insect stings/bites.
- Vacuum flask: Warm drinks help you keep warm on the plateau.
- Enough water: Don't dehydrate.
- Gifts for locals: Bringing some small gifts for local kids is a friendly act to show your kindness, such as pens, notebooks, and candy.
- Flashlight or candles: These are helpful at night in some hotels (with poor lighting or power failure) or when you want to enjoy the night view of Tibet away from the street lights.
- Extra batteries: You may not be able to charge batteries for your camera, phone, flashlight, etc., overnight in remoter areas, or if there is a power outage.
- Light windproof raincoat: You won't want to wear your thick warm coat when hiking.
Preparing Well Is Recommended
If you don't want to pack too many things or forget something, most items above like warm clothes, food, daily articles, medicine, are available in Kathmandu/Lhasa. Of course it's better to prepare well and save your precious time in Tibet for things other than shopping. See also our general Packing List for Nepal Trekking.