Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter

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Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by helicopter in 2017 takes 11 days. This tour is designed for people with time constraints and wish to take short and more comfortable journey.

During Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by helicopter, we fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Simikot by regular flights. Then after, we fly from Simikot to Hilsa (Nepal – Tibet border) route by chartered helicopter. From the border we drive by coach or jeeps to Mansarovar Lake. It is the most beautiful and peaceful place incomparable to rest of the places on this planet.

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We take “parikarma” (circumambulation) of Mansarovar by coach or jeeps and of Kailash on foot. Hindus believe that a ritual bath in the sacred Mansarovar delivers a pilgrim to Brahma’s paradise. A drink of its waters relinquishes the sins of hundred life times and a single circumambulation (Kora) of Mt, Kailash wipes out the sins of a lifetime.

The journey to Kailash Mansarovar by helicopter is indeed a rare opportunity and privilege for devotees who have been dreaming to be close to the home of the Gods and have limited time.

01: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel 05** 11 17 03** 09 15 02** 08 14 20
02: Morning – Visit Pashupatinath and Guheshwori temple. Afterenoon – Transfer to airport for Kathmandu – Nepalgunj flight 06 12 18 04 10 16 03 09 15 21
03: Morning fly to Simikot (3000m), afternoon visit Shiva Temple.  07  13  19  05  11  17  04  10  16  22
04: After breakfast fly to Hilsa (3700m) and drive to Purang (3800m). Rest for acclimatization. 08 14 20 06 12 18 05 11 17 23
05: Drive to Manasarovar Lake (4500m). Start “Parikrama” of Mansarovar by coach – 105 km. 09*  15  21  07*  13  19  06*  12  18  24
06: Early morning Puja at the lake and holy ldip and drive to Darchen 10 16 22 08 14 20 07 13 19 25
07: Drive to Yamdwar and start Parikrama of Dirapuk.  11  17  23  09 15  21  08  14  20  26
08: Trek over Dolma la pass (5550m) and to Zuthulphuk 12 18 24 10 16 22 09 15 21 27
09: End “Parikrama of Kailash and drive to Hilsa 13 19 25 11 17 23 10 16 22 28
10: Fly to Simikot – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu 14 20 26 12 18 24 11 17 23 29
11: Transfer to airport for departure flight from Kathmandu 15 21 27 13 19 25 12 18 24 30
**Indicates trip reaching Manasarovar on full moon day.
*Indicates full moon day.

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01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer Hote. Stay at hotel.
Evening 7 PM: detail briefing on the Yatra.
02: AM - Visit Pashupatinath and Guheswari Temple.
PM – Fly to Nepalgunj. Stay at hotel.
03: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot. Stay at hotel.
04: Fly to Hilsa by Helicopter and drive to Taklakot (Purang) (3400m). Stay at hotel.
05: Drive from Purang to Lake Manasarovar (Chiu Gompa 4550m). Stay at hotel.
06: AM – Parikrama of Lake Manasarovar by coach, Pooja, Homa, rituals etc and drive to Darchen. Stay at hotel.
07: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Yam Dwar and start Mt. Kailash "parikrama on foot to Deraphuk (4920 m.). Stay at guesthouse.
08: Continue "parikrama" to via Dolma-La Pass (5600m) Gaurikund to Zutulphuk (4780m). Stay at guesthouse.
09: Finish parikrama on foot then drive to Hilsa.
10: Fly Hilsa – Simikot by helicopter and to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj by regular flights.
11: Transfer to airport for departure from Kathmandu.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport transferred to 4 star Hotel either Park Village Resort or Hotel Royal Singi or similar in Kathmandu. Stay at hotel.

Evening 7 PM: detail briefing on the Yatra for about 1 hour. Dinner.

Day 02: Morning: Sightseeing tour; afternoon fly to Nepalgunj
Early morning visit Pashupatinath temple and Guheswaori temple (Saktipith). After lunch at Hotel, transfer to airport for your flight to Nepalgunj by fixed wing airplane. Upon arrival in Nepalgunj, you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel Sidhartha, Sneha or similar. Stay at hotel. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Sightseeing: 3 hours Kathmandu - Nepalgunj flight: 1 hour.

Day 03: Nepalgunj to Simikot flight
Early morning have breakfast or carry pack breakfast and leave hotel at about 5-5.30 AM for your flight to Simikot. The flights from Nepalgunj to Simikot operate only in the morning by fixed wing airplane. From 10 a.m. onward, the weather en-route may not be favorable due to heavy wind and cloud. At the airport in Simikot, our staff will receive you and escort to the hotel. Today, you will either visit Shiva temple or relax for getting acclimatized. Stay at hotel/guesthouse. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Nepalgunj - Simikot flight: 50 minutes to 1 hour depending on the weather condition.

Day 04: Simikot to Hilsa by Helicopter - then drive to Taklakot (3400m)
If the weather is clear, we leave hotel/guesthouse at 5 AM to fly to Hilsa by chartered helicopter at around 6 AM. This scenic flight takes about 20 minutes to reach Hilsa. Since our helicopter can carry only 5 to 6 (maximum) passengers at a time, we have to make some extra shuttle flights depending on your group size to bring all passengers to Hilsa.

As per the rule of the Chinese government, the entry and exit of the group should be together. It is not possible to cross the border for those who have flown to Hilsa by the earlier flights. They should wait till the whole group gathers at Hilsa, then cross Nepal – China border together. From heli pad, you walk for about 10 minutes.

Chinese guide and vehicles will be waiting across the border with bus to drive to Purang also called Taklakot. After crossing the border, immigration formalities are done on Chinese side. Rest of the time at Purang is for acclimatization. Stay at Hotel. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Simikot - Hilsa: 20 minutes by Helicopter
Hilsa to Chinese immigration: 10 minutes walk (flat road)
Driving time 1 – 2 hrs to Purang (depending on the time consumed at immigration). 35 km.

Day 05: Purang to Lake Manasarovar (Chiu Gompa 4550m)
After breakfast, drive to Manasarovar. A brief halt will be taken on the way on the shore of Lake Rakhash Tal

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from where you get first Darshan of Mt. Kailash. You will then continue drive to Lake Manasarovar (4573m) and take parikram of the Lake by coach. Take a dip in the Lake. Stay at hotel. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Purang to Manasarovar 90 km 2 hours
The entire parikrama is about 105 kms and will take – 3 - 4 hours

Day 06: AM – Free for taking dip in the Lake, pooja, homa and rituals before driving to Darchen in the afternoon after lunch. Stay at hotel. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Chiu Gompa to Darchen 36 Km 1 hr.

Day 07: Darchen - Yam Dwar then trek to Deraphuk (4920 m.)
Early morning drive to Tarboche (4606 mt) and visit Yam Dwar. Those willing to do parikrama of Kailash will start walking from here and those not doing parikrama will return to Darchen to wait for rest of the people who are doing parikrama. Yaks will be used to carry foods and necessary equipment. The distance from Yam Dwar to Diraphuk (4920 m) is about 9 km and it requires approximately 6 hours on foot. The trail is flat and reasonably easy. Stay at guesthouse. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Darchen to Yam Dwar 8 km: 30 minutes.
Walking Yam Dwar to Deraphuk: 12 Km (6 - 8 hours trek)

Day 08: Diraphuk - Dolma-La Pass (5600m) – Gaurikund - Zutulphuk (4780m)
Today is the toughest and longest day of this journey. You must wake up and start your journey for the next destination at around 4-5 AM with light food. Right from the beginning till the Dolma pass (5600 m.), you have to go up hill (at least 4 hours). However, in between, there are flat portion of the trail.

After reaching Dolma pass, the trail descends to other side of mountain via Gauri Kunda (also called Parvati Kunda). It is believed that the consort of Lord Shiva, Parvati, takes bath here. The trail further down from here is rocky. So, you need to be very careful while descending. After reaching down to the valley base (other side), the trail becomes wider and flatter. You will walk for another 6 hour or so to reach Zutulphuk (4790m). Stay at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Deraphuk to Zutulphuk: 22 km (10 - 12 hrs trek)
Dolma-La Pass: 5600 m.
Zutul Phuk: 4790 m.

Day 09: Finish parikrama on foot and drive to Hilsa.
The trek approximately takes about 3 hours to reach the pick point and the trail is quite easy and flat. From the pick-up point, drive to Hilsa. Stay at Guesthouse. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Zutulphuk to Darchen: 10 km / 3 hrs trek
Pick-up point to Hilsa 165 Km: 5 hours drive

Day 10: Hilsa – Simikot - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
Fly from Hilsa to Simikot by chartered helicopter shuttle flights to bring the entire group back to Simikot. From Simikot, you will fly back to Nepalgunj by fixed wing airplane and connect flight back to Kathmandu late in the afternoon by fixed wing airplane. Our staff will meet you at Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel. Stay at hotel. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Hilsa - Simikot: 20 minutes by Helicopter
Simikot to Nepalgunj: 50 minutes to 1 hour depending on the weather condition.
Nepalgunj to Kathmandu: 1 hour flight

Day 11: Departure from Kathmandu
You will be free until departure transfer from your hotel to airport to fly home. Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Arrival, departure transfers and sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by private car/van/coach as per the program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu for 2 nights and for 1 night in Nepalgunj on full board (vegetarian meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in Simikot at and in Tibet at the best available hotels / guesthouses.
  • All transfers in Tibet by coach with English speaking guide and baggage, equipments by truck.
  • All vegetarian meals throughout the tour.
  • All kitchen equipments, kitchen tent, kitchen utensils, tables, chairs etc).
  • Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments).
  • Warm jacket.
  • Container for taking Manasarovar "Jal" home.
  • Services of sardar, cook, kitchen boys and helpers.
  • Oxygen cylinder.
  • Pulse and Oximeter.
  • Basic First-Aid box.
  • Tibet visa fee and permit fee for Kailash and Manasarovar.
  • Simikot permit and Royalty.
  • Airfare of regular flights Kathmandu / Nepalgunj / Simikot / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu.
  • Helicopter chartered flights for Simikot / Hilsa / Simikot.
  • Certificate on successful completion of the tour.
  • Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making "parikrama" of Mt. Kailash.
  • Porterage wherever applicable in Tibet.

Price does not include

  • Sleeping bag (not required as guesthouses provide beds with blankets).
  • Extra cost of transportation, porterage etc involved due landslides, political and natural disturbances and any other unforeseen conditions on Nepal side.
  • Extra cost of accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Simikot and Hilsa for staying more than the schedule due to flight cancellation, bad weather or for any other reasons whatsoever.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as insurance, beverage, telephone calls, tips etc.
  • Charges of pony and driver if required to ride on for Kailash "parikrama".
  • Any other cost not mentioned as included.
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