Mt. Kailash Yatra by Helicopter
Duration: 10 Nights/11 days
According to the Hindus Mythology, Lord Shiva spends his most of the time on the top of the holy Mount Kailash, practicing Yogic austerities, joy and love with his divine consort Parbati (Mother of Mythology). The Lake Mansarovar and the holy Mount Kailash are the SOUL of all AUM followers in the world.
"Conventional wisdom says a single circuit of Mt. Kailash wipes out the sins of a lifetime, 108 Parikramas guarantees enlightenment. A ritual bath in the sacred Mansarovar Lake delivers pilgrim to Brahma's paradise and a drop drink of its water relinquishes the sins of hundreds of lifetimes."
Tibet - as the holiest of all holy places. Hindus believe that Kailash is the home of Lord Shiva, who sits at the summit with his consort Parvati, otherwise known as the daughter of the Himalayas. The 'Parikrama', circumambulation, or journey round the base, of Mount Kailash, is said to wipe out a whole lifetime of accrued sins and many people report that they feel renewed or changed for the better after undertaking this spiritual journey. It is not just Hindus for whom Kailash is imbued with such great meaning. The Jains regard the mountain as the place where their first prophet achieved enlightenment and it is also of great spiritual significance for Buddhists and for those who still follow the ancient Bon religion. Buddhists call Kailash the "Precious Jewel' peak and they, too, make many circumambulations in order to achieve enlightenment.
Additionally, the great lakes Manasarovar and Rakshas Tal which lie in the shadow of Kailash, are also manifestations of aspects of the Hindu religion and symbolize the water tanks at the entrance to every Hindu temple.
Manasarovar, shaped like the sun and therefore symbolizing the light, is believed to be the lake formed in the mind of God, created to show the omnipotence of the mind of Brahma. This is why bathing in the lake and drinking in its water is a purifying process for Hindus and a way of reaching the Brahma's paradise. Just one drop of water from the serenely beautiful Manasarovar is said to set one free from the contaminations of the poisonous world.
Rakshas Tal, on the other hand, is more moon-like in shape and has come to be connected with the dark and with demonic forces. This whole area resonates with very deep mythical and religious vibrations and even agnostics cannot remain unmoved by the atmosphere, discovering a greater sense of equanimity by gazing upon this utterly serene landscape.
A journey to the Mount Kailash area is truly an experience of a lifetime - and we can facilitate your great spiritual adventure by arranging a trek tailored to your special requirements.
Mt. Kailash Yatra by Helicopter – 10 Nights/11 Days
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1350m), our representative will be there to receive you with your name card. Transfer to your pre booked hotel in Kathmandu. Afternoon Darshan of Pashupatinath Temple - This temple is famous and a sacred Hindu Temple. It is located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Pashupatinath temple is recognized by “UNESCO” world heritage site, listed in 1979. Return to Hotel and evening briefing of Yatra program- overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu- Fly to Nepalgunj (150m/492ft)
Morning Yatra Preparation at Kathmandu Hotel. Afternoon we depart to Kathmandu domestic Airport and fly to Nepalgunj by Yeti / Buddha Airlines. This flight will be take 55minutes to reach. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj
Nepalgunj temperature is “HOT”.
Day 3: Nepalgunj-Simikot-Hilsa- Purang (Taklakot)
Morning fly to Simikot which lies in the Humla Region (2950m/9676ft) by fixed wing Aircraft (Tara / Sita Airlines). Simikot is located in a mountainous region, most people here are Buddhist & then Fly to Hilsa (3700 m.) by Helicopter.
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 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)
Drive to Purang (3800 m) by bus. Purang is small town with beautiful landscape. Evening you can walk around the market and buy some trekking equipment if required. Overnight at Hotel in Purang
Day 4: Purang (3800 m) - (or Taklakot)
Purang full day acclimatization. Overnight at Hotel in Purang.
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. Khojarnath temple: 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 Jeep.
Day 5: Purang- Lake Manasarovar (Chiu Gompa - 4550 m.)
Today we drive to Lake Manasarovar by bus. It will take 2 hours to reach (55km). On the way, you will pass the Rakshas Taal. Here we will take a short break and continue driving to Lake Manasarovar. Afternoon we start the “Parikrama of Mansarovar” - 105km and Holy Bath, Puja etc
Overnight at Mansarovar Guest House.
Day 6: Manasarovar- Yama Dwar- Diraphuk
Drive to Yama Dwar and then walk to Diraphuk (4760m).
Early morning after breakfast, drive to Yama Dwar. Yama Dwar is the gateway to starting point of the Parikrama. From here we can see the Mt. Kailash East/South face. From here the group will divided into two. Parikrama group and non-Parikrama group.
Parikrama group will start their onward journey by foot.
Non Parikrama pilgrims will drive back to Darchen (15 Kms) - Kailash Base Camp known as Darchen. Darchen is a small town like Purang. It is located in the base of Holy Mount Kailash and is the starting point for pilgrimage.
Trekking will take around 5-6 hours to reach Diraphuk. The trail is not so difficult. One could find it challenging due to the high elevation. While proceeding one gets excellent view of Mt. Kailash.
Overnight at Guest House in Diraphuk
Day 7: Diraphuk- Dolma La Pass (5650m) - Zuthulphuk
Trek to Zuthulphuk via Dolma La Pass
Very early morning wakeup call by the Sherpa Team. After breakfast start up hill trekking to Dolma La pass (5650m). This pass is the highest pass and uphill trekking.
After Dolma La pass, we descend to the next valley Zuthulphuk. The holiest Lake Guri Kund is situated beyond the Dolma La pass. Hindu followers believe that, Lord Shiva consortium Parvati used to take bath in this lake. Hence the name Gauri Kund. Trekking Zuthulphuk, could take anything between 10 to 12 hours covering 20 to 22km which has to be covered in a day.
Overnight at Guest House in Zuthulphuk.
Day 8: Zuthulphuk- Mani walls- Darchen
Trek to Mani Wall and proceed to Darchen.
Overnight at Guest House in Darchen
Day 9: Darchen – Purang/Hilsa
Drive to Hilsa via Purang.
Overnight at Hilsa/Purang
Day 10: Purang/Hilsa- Simikot - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu.
Fly Hilsa- Simikot - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
Early morning (after breakfast), you will drive to Sher village then trek down to Hilsa (45 minutes) and take Helicopter & flight to Nepalgunj via Simikot. From Nepalgunj airport, Take Flight to Kathmandu.
Purang to Sher: 1 hour.
Sher to Hilsa trek: 30-45 minutes trek
Hilsa to Simikot: 20 minutes Helicopter
Simikot to Nepalgunj: 1 hours Flight
Nepalgunj to Kathmandu: 1 hours Flight
Arrive Kathmandu Airport. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 11: Kathmandu Departure
Breakfast at hotel.
Drive to Airport and fly back to Home.
02 Nights decent hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and 1 night in Nepalgunj with all veg. meal.
Purang/Hilsa accommodation on 4-5 person sharing in guest house
Veg. all meals during the entire tour as per itinerary.
Arrival/departure transfers from airport to hotel in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Simikot both way air fare.
Helicopter from Simikot/Hilsa both way.
Accommodation at hotel/guest house during Kailash Yatra full board Veg. meal.
A/C coach/ 4W Japanese land cruiser, supporting truck for luggage.
Nepali Team leader and supporting team.
English speaking Tibetan guide.
Chinese visa. (Need copy of passport and scan of pp. size photo 2x2) visa will get ready before 1 week.
Tibet group visa and travel/trekking permits
Permit fee of Nepali staff & Client.
Humla Restriction fee.
Free Duffel Bag, day bag and Portable Jacket.
Yak for Kailash Parikrama for equipment’s and kitchen utensils only.
All necessary camping equipment’s for Parikrama
Necessary supporting crew (Cook, Sherpas, tour Manager from Nepal)
Gamow bag, oxygen cylinder. Gamow bag (pressure bag) and oxygen for emergency use
Medical Kit Bag
Accommodation in Tibet will be provided in dormitory room OR in a double bedded room (possibility only in Taklakot) depending on places & availability. We provide attached bath room only in Taklakot but bathroom has no hot shower.
During the Parikrama (Kora), we bring Yaks & Yak men to carry your luggage, foods & equipment. The IPSC (Indian Pilgrimage Service Center) will provide Yaks for us. The ratio of Yak is, two pilgrims = one Yak.
If you require extra Yak to carry your luggage, you have to inform us at least 2 days in advance. The price depends on the flow of tourists. The more demand, the higher cost.
Yak handler will be provided for every 3 yaks.
Depending on weather condition and group size, we may provide fixed wing aircraft in between Nepalgunj and Simikot but in between Simikot and Hilsa there is no alternative other than Helicopter.
We must land at Simikot for going through the immigration formalities of Nepal government while going and coming back, both times.
During the Parikrama (circumambulation) we prefer to provide the accommodation in Guesthouse. But the number of Guesthouses are limited. If the guesthouses are fully occupied, we provide camping accommodation. There is alternative way other than sleeping in the Tent.
On your request, we can arrange Horse for riding on Parikrama (circumambulation), but you should book & confirm this at least 2 days in advance. The price of Horse depends on the time and the flow of tourists in the region. The higher demand, the bigger price. You can't ride the Horse for the entire journey because the trail on second day is quite rough and Horse needs break as well.
The weather condition in the mountain (Simikot and Hilsa area) plays the vital role on this journey. So, due to the weather fact the trip might be delayed to depart by one or two days in the beginning. Therefore arrange your return (Home) flight ticket accordingly.
Simultaneously, if the weather in between Simikot and Hilsa is bad, the Helicopter can't come to pick you up at Hilsa. In this case, you have to stay in Hilsa and our company provides accommodation and foods. Only basic foods and accommodation is available in Hilsa.
So, every passenger on this journey is advised to keep some spare days in the Yatra.