Kailash Mansarovar Helicopter Tour
Kailash Mansarovar Helicopter Tour is shorter than overland journey and easier for elderly people. But still you might face some problem of flight cancellation in monsoon time. We use both fixed wing aircraft and charter helicopter in the trip. Holy Mount Kailash is the heaven in the tree realms of oriental existence. The famous holy mountain, Kailash, Lakes Mansarovar and Raksas Tal are situated in the Arctic Tibetan plateau in western Tibet between the mountain ranges of Gurla Mandata (7694m) in the southeast, and Kunlung Mountain in the northwest.
Mount Kailash is remote, deep in Ngari, the westernmost part of the Tibetan plateau. The nearest largish town is Ali, which is the Chinese-built administrative center for Ngari prefecture. But there are a number of nearby destinations of major interest which you can include on your trip: especially Lakes Mansarovar and Raksas Tal and the Guge ruins, but also Tirthapuri Gompa, Purang (near Nepal border) and Panggong Tso (Bangong He). You will fly from Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Simikot by scheduled fixed wing aircraft and from Simikot to Hilsa Nepal – China border you will be shuttled by charter helicopter. You have to walk 15 minutes to Chinese Immigration from Helipad cross Hilsa Bridge. After immigration check drive 1 hour to Purang and another 3 hours drive you will reach in Lake Mansarovar. This tour is ideal for those devout pilgrims who are short on time or cannot undertake the rough road drive over the Tibetan plateau due to age or other health factors. They will fly on fixed wing aircraft to Simikot, District headquarter of Humla from Kathmandu. A night for acclimatization is required before fly to Tibetan border. Next day chopper meets the group at Simikot and ferries the client to Hilsa Nepal – China border. Short walks up to Chinese check post. The land cruisers drive over a week from Lhasa to pick up group from Sher for Kailash Manasarovar journey.
As you can see the logistics have to be carefully planned and the tours booked at least 3 weeks in advance. There are eight Gompas around Mansarovar Lake according to Tibetan Buddhism. Every Gompa is constructed in the form of a Mandela. There are all together eight Gompas around the lake. Four of them represent the continents and the other four their sub-continents. They are of different Buddhist sects. Among the monastery sites, ‘Thrugo’ on the southern shore, is considered the holiest site for bathing. Moreover, the water of Mansarovar plays a great role in the lives of farmers.
Our Kailash & Lake Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter requires an individual to have an above average physical fitness to properly carry on with this trek. Summer and autumn are the best seasons to go for trekking here as usually travelers prefer May to October as one of the finest times for trekking in this area. One can go to this center of the universe by joining Honest Tours & Travels so call us now and book a trip with our brilliant team.
Day 01: Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1350m)
After your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1350m), our representative from Sunny Travel will be there with your name card. He / She will welcome you with Mala and transfer you to your respective hotel. Later in the evening we shall have a briefing about Kailash and our country Nepal.
Remarks: Transfer to Hotel and brief
Day 02: Fly to Nepalgunj (150m/492ft)
Today during the morning, we are going to visit Pashupatinath temple. This temple is a very famous and sacred Hindu temple, located on the bank of the Bagmati River. Pashupatinath temple was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage sites in 1979. After darshen, we shall drive toward to our hotel and prepare ourselves for our upcoming Yatra. Later in the afternoon we shall depart to the domestic Airport and fly to Nepalgunj by Yeti/Buddha airlines. This flight will take about 55minutes to reach our destination. Nepalgunj is a very hot place and as we arrive there we shall be transferred to the hotel.
Remarks: Flight 55min
Day 03: Fly to Simikot Humla (2950m/9676ft)
We take an early morning flight to Simikot by Tara/Sita airlines. Flight will take about 55minutes to reach and land at Simikot airport. A representative from Sunny Travel will be there and transfer you to the Sun Valley Resort. Simikot is located in a mountain region and most of the people here follow Buddhism. A full day rest for acclimatization and after having your lunch you can visit Shiva Mandir.
HALT:Sun Valley Resort or Similar
Remarks: Flight 45min
Day 04: Fly to Hilsa by Helicopter and Drive to Purang (3800m/ 12464ft)
We fly to Hilsa by helicopter; this flight will take about 20minute to reach Hilsa, once you land at Hilsa you shall cross Karnali River which is coming from Kailash region. Now we go through the immigration in China/Tibet side. These immigration formalities will take up to 30minutes and then drive continuously to Purang by bus. Purang is a small town with a beautiful landscape. You can walk around the in the evening and buy some trekking equipments etc.
Remarks: By heli 30 min & drive 1hr
Day 05: Drive to Holy Lake Manasarovar(4590m/15060ft)
Today we shall drive to Lake Manasarovar by bus; it will take 2 hours to reach (55km). On the way, you will see the Rakshas Taal. We will take short break and continue our drive to lake Manasarover. Later in the afternoon we shall start Parikrama of Mansarovar- 105km and Holy Bath, Puja etc.
HALT:MANSARAVAR Guest House
Remarks: Drive 3hrs to lake and parikrama
Day 06: Drive to Darchen (Kailash Base Camp) (4575m/15010ft)
Today we drive toward to Kailash Base Camp; it takes 45minutes to reach base camp, known as Darchen. Darchen is a small town like purang. It located in the case of Holy mount Kailash and is the starting point for pilgrimage in the region. In the evening you can even explore around the town.
Remarks: 45min drive by Bus
Day 07: Drive to YamaDwarand trek to Diraphuk(4920m/16137ft)
Early morning trek, after breakfast, drive to Yama Dwar. (15km) Yama Dwar is the gateway to the parikrama of holy mount Kailash by foot. From here we can see the Kailash East/South face. From here our group will be divided into two. Parikrama group and non-Parikrama group. Parikrama group will start their trek by foot or horse. Non parikrama will drive back to Darchen by eco bus. Trekking will take about 5-6 hours to reach Diraphuk, the trail is not too hard. It might feel difficult because of the high elevation. From this point, you can see the best and closest view of Kailash.
Remarks: Drive 2hrs and walk 7-8hrs
Day 08: Trek to Zuthulphuk via Dolma la pass (4780m/15442ft)
We wake up very early in the morning with the Sherpa team, after breakfast we start up hill trekking to Dolma La pass (5560m/18236ft) this pass is the highest pass and the toughest part of our trek too. After Dolma La pass, we continue our walk as a down ward to the next valley Zuthulphuk. The holiest lake Gauri Kund is situated beyond the Dolma La pass. Hindu followers believe that, Lord Shiva’s wife Parvati was used to take bath in this lake. The total trekking to Zuthulphuk requires 10 to 12 hours and you have to cover 20 to 22km by one day.
Remarks: Trek 3 hrs and drive 4 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Zhongdo and drive to Purand/Hilsa (3800m/12464ft)
Early in the morning we shall start our trek to Zhongdo. Today trekking is quite easy and flat, after 2 hours, we shall reach Zhongdo and Eco bus will pick us up. Then we shall drive continuously to Purang/Hilsa.
Remarks: Trek 3 hrs and drive 4 hrs
Day 10: Fly to Simikot – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
Early in the morning we get ready to fly by helicopter to Simikot. Flight will take about 20 minutes to reach Simikot and continue our flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Remarks: Flight to Kathmandu
Day 11: Final departure
Today is the final day of this Kailash tour. We shall drop you off at the airport for your final departure, according to your flight schedule. And lastly fly back to your sweet home.
What is Included in the Cost
- Airports pick up and drop services.
- Double sharing full board basis 4-starhotel in Kathmandu, as per itinerary
- A visit of Pashupatinath Temple.
- Scheduled flight Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
- Scheduled flight Nepalgunj – Simikot – Nepalgunj
- Charter helicopter flight share by 5-6 person Simikot – Hilsa – Simikot
- Double sharing hotel in Nepalgunj and 3 or 4pax in Simikot and Tibet all places with meals
- Transport by Tourist Bus up to Mansarovar and Eco Buses from Mansarovar to Darchen Yamdwar as per group sizes/Truck for Luggage.
- Nepali Team Leader and Supporting Sherpa Team and Medical Insurance of staffs.
- English speaking Tibetan guide, Chinese visa fee of Client and staff.
- Veg. Indian meals during the trip and Guesthouses and camping charges in Tibet.
- Duffel Bag (a large bag to keep the yatris luggage for the trip) Gore-Tex Jacket (returnable-trip)
- All camping and cooking equipment.
- Yak for Kailash parikrama luggage only and all entrance and conservation fee of Tibet.
- Upper Humla permit fee for client and Helicopter landing.
- Gamow bag oxygen and oxy- meter for safety
Note: After the Mansarovar to Kailash. All the privatevechiles are not allowed.
What is Excluded in the Cost
- All beverages during trip and in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Simikot.
- Extra room bills due to flight delays due to weather conditions.
- Stick and a water bottle.
- Insurance of clients and evacuation cost.
- Personal horse riding charges during Kailash Parikrama
- Domestic excess baggage charges and airport taxes.
- Tips for supporting staff
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