Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar Helicopter Tour package is a short package specially designed to Pilgrimage devotees who has a very limited travel period. This 14 days pilgrimage package tour begins from Kathmandu and ends in Kathmandu. Those devotees who travel to Nepal via Lucknow can directly join a group at Nepalganj. This Helicopter package tour of Mount Kailash begins from Kathmandu. We take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj and further take another domestic flight from Nepalganj to Simikot. Our base of Helicopter will be at Simikot. From simikot we will take a helicopter service to Hilsa near Nepal - China border. This helicopter service is an alternative to 5 and half days trekking. Those who doesnot take helicopter service has to trek 5 and half days to reach Hilsa border from Simikot. Upon reaching border we need to do some immigration formalities before entering Tibet part. Our transportation will be waiting us at Tibet part then we drive to Purang. Following the tibetan road we drive to Lake Manasarovar then all the way to darchen (base camp of Mount Kailash), we then start our trekking around Mount Kailash for 2 and half days and finally after finishing kailash kora (parikrama) we follow the same way back to Purang cross the border and fly by helicopter all the way back to Simikot. From simikot we take a domestic flight back to Nepalganj and connecting flight to Kathmandu.
General Facts of Helicopter Tour to Kailash Manasarovar:
Starting: Kathmandu, enter tibet via Purang.
Ending: Kathmandu, exit tibet via Purang.
Trip Days: 14 Days.
Tibet Accommodation: Budget guest house.
Kathmandu Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel.
Transportation: Helicopter, Doemstic flight and Hiace, jeep or bus as per group Size.
Maximum Altitude: Dolma La Pass 5630 m.
Season : May - Oct.
Group Size: Minimum 02.
Tour Code: KMHT 0016.
Mount Kailash Manasarovar Helicopter Tour Summary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu - Fly Nepalganj.
Day 04: Fly Nepalganj - Simikot.
Day 05: Helicopter Simikot - Hilsa, Drive Purang.
Day 06: Acclimatization at Purang.
Day 07: Drive Purang - Lake Manasarovar.
Day 08: Drive Lake Manasarovar - Darchen.
Day 09: Trek Darchen - Diraphuk.
Day 10: Trek Diraphuk - Dolma-La Pass - Zuthulphuk.
Day 11: Trek Zuthulphuk - Tangsar - drive Hilsa.
Day 12: Helicopter Hilsa - Simikot - domestic flight to Nepalganj.
Day 13: Fly Nepalganj - Kathmandu.
Day 14: Departure.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Arrival in kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport, meet by our representatives in the Airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour.
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley: Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Budhanilkantha Temple and Kathmandu durbar square.
Tour Briefing in the evening.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu - Nepalganj.
Have breakfast and transfer to Domestic Airport. Flight to Nepalgunj (Approx: 1 hr. flight). Receive in the Airport by our representative and transfer to Hotel.
Day 04: FLY Nepalganj - Simikot.
Early morning transfer to airport (10 minutes from Hotel) for flying to Simikot (The administrative head quarter of Northern frontier of Nepal). The boarder immigration office of Nepal is situated here only and according to the regulation of Nepal, you must put exit stamp on your Passport before you leave for China (Kailash). The entire formalities take about 30 to 45 minutes. In Simikot we finished immigration formalities on this day and take rest.
- Nepalgunj to Simikot flight: 1 hour. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Helicopter Flight Simikot - Hilsa.
Early morning, we continue our journey to Hilsa by helicopter flight. Once you land at Hilsa, you cross the River Karnali through a suspension bridge and get entered to the China side then continue TREKKING up to the “Sher village”. The Chinese immigration Office and Boarder Check Post is situated in Sher village. Your vehicles (Land Cruisers & truck) are waiting there as well. The actual trek takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to reach Sher from the suspension bridge. Due to the different pace of walking, it may take at least two hours to gather all group members & luggage in immigration office up in Sher. However, the formalities don’t take long time but it depends on the mood of Chinese Police.
- From Sher, it takes another an hour to reach Taklakot (Purang -3700 m.).
- Simikot to Hilsa flight: 20 minutes.
- Hilsa to Sher trek: 1 hour.
- Sher to Taklakot drive: 1 hour.
Day 06: Acclimatization at Purang (Taklakot).
Today, you will have rest in Taklakot for acclimatization purpose. In fact, you have gained an enormous height within a day while coming in Taklakot, so before making any further journey to the higher elevation, your body should be acclimatized properly with the atmosphere in high altitude. So, it is significantly important to spend a day here for your health. However, we can also arrange a short visit to the Khojarnath temple (the ancient temple of Ram, Sita and Laxman) which is an optional program and you have to pay for transport (going and coming back) as well as the entrance fee of the temple.
or, you may stroll around the city on your own and visit the ruins of ancient Taklakot. Overnight at Guest House.
Khojarnath temple is the ancient temple of Ram, Sita and Laxman. The temple (Monastery) is 1100 years old.
- Takalakot to Khojarnath temple: 45 minutes (one way) by Van or Bus.
Day 07: Drive Purang - Lake Manasarovar (Chiu Gompa – 4550 m).
Early morning (after breakfast) you will depart for Lake Manasarovar (4560 m- Chui Gompa). The drive takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. On the way, we will have a short break in Rakshas Taal (Lake Ravana) to take some pictures & observe the sceneries. After taking a short break in Rakshas Taal, you will continue your journey to Lake Manasarover. After having holy dip and lunch, you will depart for a circumambulation around the lake Manasarovar on jeep. The journey around the lake requires approximately 3 hours. Overnight at Guest House.
- The distance of Mansarovar circumambulation: 72 km
- Taklakot to Lake Manasarovar: 3 hours.
Day 08: Drive Lake Manasarovar - Darchen (4664 m).
In the morning, perform Pooja (worship) & Snan (holy dip) after that we head out to Darchen (Mount Kailash base camp, 4662m).
- Lake Mansarovar to Darchen – 40 km
- Lake Mansarovar to Darchen drive – 1 hour & 30 nimutes. Overnight Night at Guest House or Fixed tented camp.
Day 09: Drive Darchen Yam Dwar, Trek Deraphuk (4920 m).
Early morning, drive to Yam Dwar (OR Serson, 10 kms / 4750m), the auspicious gateway to the Parikrama (circuit) around Mt. Kailash. As well as, this is the sky burial sites of local Tibetan people. From here, you can see the closest view of Mt. Kailash.
Also, this is the particular place from where the group normally splits in two parts. Those, who are willing to perform the holy circumambulation around the Mt. Kailash will start trekking from “Yama Dwar” and the rest of the people who are not willing to go for trekking will return Darchen on Jeep and wait for others to come. The trail to Deraphuk is easy & flat however because of the high elevation, you will find difficulty to walk. The total journey to Deraphuk Gompa (4890m/18 km). requires a 5 to 6 hours respectively. However, it depends on your pace.
- Darchen to Yam Dwar drive – 45 minutes.
- Yam Dwar to Deraphuk trek – 5-6 hours. Overnight Night at Guest House or Fixed tented camp.
Day 10: Trek Deraphuk - Dolma La Pass (5630 m) - Zuthulphuk (4780 m).
Early morning start up hill trekking to Dolma-La (5630 m). This is the toughest day of this journey. The entire trail up to Dolma-La is gradually up and from here the trail rapidly drops down to the next valley floor (Zuthulphuk). The holiest water pool (glacial lake – Gauri kunda) is just situated beyond this pass. This is the lake, people believe, where Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva used to take bath.
After making down hill trek to the valley (the next side of the high pass), the trek up to Zutulphuk Gomba requires another two hours.
- Deraphuk to Zuthulphuk Gomba – 9 hours. Overnight Night at Guest House or Fixed tented camp.
Day 11: Trek Zuthulphuk - Tangsar, drive Sher, Trek Hilsa.
Today, you will complete the circumambulation around Mt. Kailash. The trek will be finished near Darchen where our vehicles will be waiting to fetch you and transfer to Taklakot. Refresh and take lunch; packup all luggage and drive to Sher.We'll finish the immigration formalities and trek down to Hilsa. We'll stay Overnight in very basic lodge.
- Zutrul phuk to trek ending point: 3 hours
- Darchen to Purang drive: 4 hours
- Purang to Sher: 1 hour.
- Sher to Hilsa trek: 30 minutes. Overnight Night at Guest House.
Day 12: Helicopter Flight Hilsa - Simikot, Domestic flight Nepalganj.
Early morning (after breakfast), Helicopter flight to Simikot. Then take connecting fixed wing flight to Nepalgunj.
Catch evening Flight to Kathmandu (Approx: 1 hr. flight). Receive in the Airport by our representative and transfer to Hotel.
- Hilsa to Simikot: 20 minutes flight.
- Simikot to Nepalgunj: 1 hour.
- Nepalgunj to Kathmandu Flight: 1 hour
Day 13: Fly Nepalganj - Kathmandu.
Day 14: Departure.
Departure to the Airport for your onward destination.
3 nights Hotel (twin sharing) in Kathmandu with vegetarian meals (breakfast).
One night accommodation in Nepalgunj with vegetarian meals (twin sharing).
Pick up & drop transfer in Kathmandu + sightseeing tour.
Necessary transfers in Nepalgunj (very normal vehicle available here).
Kathmandu - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu air ticket (fixed wing).
Nepalgunj - Simikot – Nepalgunj air ticket (fixed wing).
Simikot - Hilsa – Simikot by Helicopter.
Domestic airport taxes.
Tibet group visa and travel/trekking permits.
Guesthouse accommodation in Tibet for the entire journey.
All vegetarian meals in Tibet (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
Transportation in Tibet in Van or Bus.
English speaking Tibetan guide.
Necessary supporting crew (Cook, Sherpas, tour Manager from Nepal).
All necessary camping equipments for Parikrama.
Yaks & Yak men during the Parikrama (circumambulation) around Mt. Kailash.
oxygen for emergency use.
Medical kit bag.
Humla region restricted area permit & royalties.
Porter cost in Hilsa (while going and coming back).
All applicable taxes & service charges.
Riding Horse during the Parikrama for personal use pay directly to horse man.
A visit to Khojarnath temple on the rest day in Taklakot.
Your travel insurance.
Visit of Asthapad.
Rescue and evacuation service.
Tip for guide & driver.
Lukhnow – Nepalgunj – Lukhnow transfer.
Hotel in Nepalgunj for day use while returning.
Any additional cost due to changes of itinerary on your own wish.
Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances.