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31 days, 30 nights

Difficulty Level: 5

Price (US$): From $5,695.00

Months Available: April through October


Mt. Kailash Trek: Pilgrimage of the Heart

Mount Kailash (6,714m/22,028ft) in western Tibet is the holiest mountain in the Himalayas. It is the perfect mountain shape with four great faces: the eastern face believed to be crystal, the western ruby, the southern sapphire, and the northern gold. It is the spiritual center for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and the pre-Buddhist animistic Bon. To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rinpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow), and they percieve it as the navel of the world. The circumambulation of Mount Kailash is an important pilgrimage for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bons. Hindus perform aparikama, Buddhists call it a kora. Buddhists believe that a single korawashes away the sins of one life, and 108 circuits secure nirvana in this life. Devout Tibetans often make the 52-km circuit in a single day. Hindu, Buddhist and Jain pilgrims make a clockwise circuit of the peak, while Bon tradition is to circumambulate in the opposite direction.

Hidden in the Himalayas is Humla – the highest, northernmost, and most remote district of Nepal. Humla is an area of extreme geographical conditions: elevations range from 1,524m at the lower basin of the mighty Karnali River that flows through it, to a high of 7,337m in the Saipal range. Summer is pleasant in Humla, but the winter is harsh and cold rendering the area isolated and snowbound.

The trip begins with a flight to Simikot. Ascend gradually through the remote Limi Valley of Humal to Purang – the border with Tibet. A jeep will take you to Mt. Kailash. Circumambulate Kailash on foot and return to Purang.

This trek is non-technical and suitable for anyone in good shape who likes to hike. This is not a backpacking trip: yaks will carry your gear. It is a camping trek: you will be sleeping and eating in campsites in tents along the trail.

Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal – Crystal Mountain Treks – managed by our founder’s family. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.


  • Explore monasteries and remote villages of Western Nepal.
  • Circumambulate Mt. Kailash along with Tibetan and Hindu pilgrims to wash away the sins of lifetime.
  • Be one of a very few westerners to have visited the remote Limi valley.


Day 01 - Kathmandu Arrive Kathmandu. Met on arrival and transfer to Hotel. Day free. Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Dinner) Day 02 and 03 - Kathmandu Sightseeing of Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Breakfast) Day 04 - Kathmandu to Nepalgunj Fly to Nepalgunj. Expect warm and humid conditions in Nepalgunj. Overnight Hotel. (All meals) Day 05 to 15 - Manepeme (12,800 ft.) Fly to Simikot. Meet up with trekking crew and start trekking. Trek through the Limi Valley over the Nyau la (16,400ft.) and several other passes. Trek to Manepeme. Overnight camp. (All meals) Day 16 to 20 - Tsaparang and the Guge kingdom Cross border into Tibet. Drive to Tsaparang and Toling. Explore the Guge Kingdoms. Overnight camp. (All meals) Day 21 to 24 - Darchen Drive to Darchen. Begin kora of Mt. Kailash. Cross the 18,400ft. Drolma la and trek end at Darchen. Overnight camp. (All meals) Day 25 - 27 - Drive to Nyelam Drive to Nyelam. Overnight camp. (All meals) Day 28 - Kathmandu Cross the border back into Nepal and drive to Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel. (All meals) Day 29 - Kathmandu Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Breakfast and Dinner) Day 30 - Final departure Final departure. (Breakfast)



Per Person Price for 2016 4 - 6 persons: $5,995 USD per person 7 or more persons: $5,695 USD per person Single Supplement: $400 USD Contact us for private programs for 4 or more participants. Price includes:
  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Meeting and assistance at airports and airport transfers
  • All airport transfers
  • Twin sharing accommodation (Tent and hotels)
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary
  • Tours and excursions as indicated on itinerary
  • Airfare: Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Simikot
  • Simikot restricted area fee
  • Tibet permit
  • Nepali Sherpa Staff
  • Yaks and Tibetan guides
  • Gamow Bag and Satellite phone (for use in Nepal only)
Price does not include:
  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internet, comfort food, etc.)


2016 dates: All trips to Mt. Kailash are currently suspended due to the closure of the Tatopani/Zhangmu entry-point at the Nepal-Tibet border. Stay in touch to receive information on when it will open.

AVAILABLE: Book this trip now as spaces are available.

GUARANTEED: This trip has the minimum sign ups required and is guaranteed to run.

LIMITED AVAILABILITY: Limited spaces are available so please contact us to inquire about the departure status.

FULL: This date is unavailable. please contact us to inquire about other trip departure dates or booking this trip as part of a Custom Itinerary.



“Michael & I would like to extend our sincere appreciation for your excellent service in putting this trip together for us. Although the trekking was quite arduous because of the extreme altitude and difficult terrain, the astounding views to which we were treated make the difficulties pale in our memories. The Tibetan guide chosen for us by Jwalant could not have been better. A university educated student of Tibetan history and culture, he graciously and patiently led us through many of Tibet’s precious cultural sites, all with perfect English. The Nepali team Jwalant brought together for our trip, including Monju, Padam and Pema, were amazing.   Even in the most extreme conditions, their proficiency in cooking delicious and nutritious food led us to eat huge meals even when we thought we had lost our appetites!

Thank you, Jwalant, for doing a great job in putting together this complex trip for us, and for choosing Tashi as our Tibetan guide! ”

- Michael Peterson, Tibet Kharta Valley Trek: September 2011

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