Mount Kailash – Mansarovar Yatra Helicopter Tour – 12 Days

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Overview

THIS KAILASH MANSAROVAR TOUR HAS BEEN DESIGNED FOR THOSE PIOUS PILGRIMS, WHO WANT A GLIMPSE OF THE ABODE OF LORD SHIVA.

Holy Mt. Kailash in Tibet / China is one of the most popular ultimate Hindu pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan region dedicated to Lord Shiva where every devotee wants to go.
Mount Kailash, which is believed to have been formed 30 million years ago when the Himalayas were in their early stages of formation, is one of the most revered places in the Himalayas.
Mt. Kailash at 6,740 meters is the high peak, situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet / China far west part of Nepal.
Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash are two of the holiest pilgrimage areas for devotees of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Bonism and many other faiths. Each year thousands of devotees undertake the treacherous and rigorous journey through the mountains and plains of Nepal and China (Tibet) to reach this sacred land.
For the Hindus, Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, their spiritual centre of the universe, described as a fantastic ‘world pillar’ 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its roots is the lowest hell and its summit kisses the heavens. On the top, live their most revered God – Lord Shiva (Paramashiva, Kailashapati and MahaRudra) and his consort Parvati.
For the Jains and the Indian religious group, Kailash is the site where Shiva achieved enlightenment.
For the older, more ancient religion of Bon, it is the site where its founder Shanrab is said to have descended from heaven.

Spread out on the Tibetan plateau beside Mount Kailash is the giant lake of shifting colors – Lake Mansarovar.
A pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and a bath in the Mansarovar is believed to bring about salvation (Moksha) and wash away all the sins of a man, accumulated during his life.
Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly journeyed immense distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves of sin, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather and bandit attacks.

This adventure begins with the drive across the Himalayas in the west into Tibet to Holy Lake Mansarovar. Here you will join the throngs of pilgrims who for centuries, have converged on this remote southwestern corner of Tibet to circumambulate the sacred mountain kailash, considered to be the center of the universe

Kailash enjoys great popularity by the folk religion of Tibet. It is the soul of the country and assures protection for all Tibetans. The fountainhead of four great Asian rivers, the Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra and Karnali and the few mountains surrounding it, reveals Kailash for its mystique isolation and prominence.

Brief ItineraryView full

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
  • Day 2 : Half-day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and Fly to Nepalgunj (150m)
  • Day 3 : Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2910m)
  • Day 4 : Helicopter flight from Simikot to Hilsa and then Drive to Taklakot in Tibet (4025m)
  • Day 5 : Drive from Taklakot to Manasarovar (4550m) - 2 Hours
  • Day 6 : Manasarovar exploration and Drive to Darchen (4575m) - 1 Hour
  • Day 7 : Start Kailash Kora and Reach at Derapuk (4920m) - 5/6 Hours
  • Day 8 : The second day of Kailash Kora. Derapuk to Juthulpuk (4820m) - 8/9 Hours
  • Day 9 : Juthulpuk to Hilsa
  • Day 10 : Helicopter ride from Hilsa to Simikot and then Fly to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu
  • Day 11 : One Extra Day in - case of Bad Weather
  • Day 12 : Departure
Day
1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

You will be greeted on your landing by one of our representatives at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Next on, you will be transported to your hotel, check into the room and spend some relaxing time until we meet again in the evening for the short briefing about ‘Mount Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by Helicopter.’ Overnight at hotel.

altitude

Altitude

1350

Day
2

Half-day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley and Fly to Nepalgunj (150m)

After the first beautiful night in Nepal, today we head for an exciting half day sightseeing tour around the beautiful places of Katmandu Valley. You will be exploring some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath and other exciting places. At the time of lunch, we will get back to the hotel to have lunch and then get ready to fly to Nepalgunj. We take about an hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj ( by fixed-wing aircraft), a beautiful city located in the Terai region of Nepal. After landing at Nepalgunj, we check in to our hotel. Overnight at Hotel

altitude

Altitude

150

Day
3

Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2910m)

After early breakfast, we drive to Nepalgunj airport to take an exciting about an hour flight to beautiful Simikot ( by fixed-wing aircraft), a hilly area Nepal at an altitude of 2910 meter. Simikot is the gateway to beautiful Kailash Manasarovar from where take a Helicopter ride. We rest for the day and night at Simikot to get acclimatizes with a higher Himalayan atmosphere. Overnight at Hotel.

altitude

Altitude

2910

Day
4

Helicopter flight from Simikot to Hilsa and then Drive to Taklakot in Tibet (4025m)

After a fantastic day and night in Simikot, today we get into a thrilling Helicopter ride of about 25 to 30 minutes which allows 10 kg bags for a person so you might need to pack your bags very carefully. We cross the Nepal-Tibet border and land at Hilsa. From here, we take an exciting drive of 27 km distance to beautiful Taklakot. Overnight at Guest House.

altitude

Altitude

4025

Day
5

Drive from Taklakot to Manasarovar (4550m) - 2 Hours

After breakfast in Taklakot, we take a drive towards the holy lakes of Manasarovar which is 88 km distance from Taklakot and takes about two hours of drive. On the way, we stop to one of the beautiful lakes of the area, Rakas Lake, to enjoy the magnificent of the lake. Continuing the drive, we eventually reach to Manasarovar and check into our guesthouse. After lunch and some rest, we take a short drive to Manasarovar kora for some exploration of the area. Overnight at Guest House.

altitude

Altitude

4550

Day
6

Manasarovar exploration and Drive to Darchen (4575m) - 1 Hour

Lake Manasarovar is among the world’s highest fresh-water lakes at an elevation of 4550 meter which covers 412 square kilometers of an area of the Himalayas. The lake is located just 20 km southeast of the glorious Mount Kailash. Today, we explore the beautiful lake and also do and enjoy some ritual puja at the bank of Lake Manasarovar. A holy bath in the Mansarovar lake is believed to bring salvation (Moksha) and wipe away all the sins acquired during a journey of life. After lunch, we take a quick drive to Darchen where we prepare for a fantastic next day. Overnight at Guest House

altitude

Altitude

4575

Day
7

Start Kailash Kora and Reach at Derapuk (4920m) - 5/6 Hours

The Kailash Kora ( Parikrama) begins today as we take a drive to Tharboche, a valley of God, and then trek around five to six hours to get to Derapuk, the north face of holy Kailash, at an altitude of 4920 meters. The day is full of excitement today. If you feel like you can’t walk, you can also book personal horse and helper for you. After a fantastic day, we stay overnight at a guest house in Derapuk.

altitude

Altitude

4920

Day
8

The second day of Kailash Kora. Derapuk to Juthulpuk (4820m) - 8/9 Hours

Today will be the second Kailash Kora day. After an early breakfast, we start the toughest day with lots of up and down a trail. Before we begin the day, we pack some lunch as its going to be a long day hike. After few hours of walking, we cross Dolmala Pass at an elevation of 5,613 meters which is the leading destination of this beautiful voyage. The pass offers impressive views of the lakes and Himalayas. After relishing the views from the pass, we soon hike down to Gaurikunda. Then after a while, we again continue the journey and trek around two hours to meet the smooth trail which leads us to today’s rest stop, Juthulpuk. Overnight at guesthouse.

altitude

Altitude

4820

Day
9

Juthulpuk to Hilsa

From Zuthulpuk, we hike about two hours to catch our ride which will take us to the Nepal border. We have lunch on the way at Darchen and continue to drive to the border. After finishing some official immigration work, we leave the Tibet behind and hike towards Hilsa in Nepal side. Overnight at Guest House.

altitude

Altitude

4700

Day
10

Helicopter ride from Hilsa to Simikot and then Fly to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Today is going to be all about flying high in the sky and enjoying the fantastic views. Early morning after breakfast, we fly back to Simikot by heli and then continue to fly to Nepalgunj ( by fixed-wing aircraft). In Nepalgunj, we take some rest and explore the places around. We again take a flight to Kathmandu. In the evening, we will have a short refreshment gathering to talk about the experience of the whole journey. Overnight at Hotel.

altitude

Altitude

1300

Day
11

One Extra Day in - case of Bad Weather

Traveling to beautiful places might bring some uncertainties. In case there comes any severe weather in the journey, we may have one extra day for the voyage completion.

altitude

Altitude

1300

Day
12

Departure

Today will be the final day of your Yatra in Nepal. We will gratefully drop you to the airport two to three hours before your final departure. You will be flying back home with treasurable memories in your heart. Farewell, Namaste!

altitude

Altitude

1300

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Includes

  • All airport pickups and drops, services in Kathmandu.
  • 3 / 4 / 5 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.  (Depending on which package you choose)
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing with guides and entrance permits.
  • Tibet Visa and permit.
  • Tents, sleeping mats and camping gears.
  • Kitchen, toilet, dinning and bathing tent. [We normally provide twin sharing tent and if you would like to have single tents, please let us know in advance]
  • All the meals from day 01 till day 12 (Vegetarian meals)
  • All entrance fees in Tibet along with sightseeing.
  • All the staffs with their insurance (Cook, kitchen boy, helping Sherpa and one Nepali and one Tibetan guide)
  • Necessary yaks on trek around Kailash for luggage, equipments and supplies (Not for riding)
  • Transportation by four wheel drive. [Land cruiser - latest model -4 people in each jeep]
  • Truck for luggage’s and equipments.
  • Gambo bag [High altitude chamber]
  • Oxygen bag.

Exclude

  • Meals in Kathmandu and in Tibet (Lhasa, Gyntse, Xigatse or if you travel further)
  • Bar bills (soda pop, beer, water etc) and other personal expenses.
  • Nepal re-entry visa [For NRIs, European and Americans]
  • Emergency rescue charges if necessary.
  • Tips and gratitude’s to staffs.
  • Photography charges, where applicable in Tibet.
  • Riding yaks, Horses and porters during Kailash Kora ( Parikrama)

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