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.
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.
SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNDER UNAVOIDABLE CIRCUMSTANCES
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
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by helicopter from Kathmandu to Kathmandu – Page 3
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