Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour begins from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by flight and Nepalgunj to Simikot also by flight. Then Simikot to Hilsa is by Helicopter.
Mount Kailash Tour is one of the most popular tour for Hindu Pilgrims and Mounttain Lovers. This is Pure holy Hindu sites in Himalayas which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It has another important is Mansarovar Lake, it believes that after taking bath in Mansarovar lake health will be good and easy to get to heaven too.
Kailash and Mansarovar Lake sites are not only for devotees of Hinduism, it is related with other likes 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.
Mt. Kailash is situated in the height of 6,740 meters which lies in the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with four great faces. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion - Bonpo. 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 in the lowest hell and its summit kissing the heavens. On the top live their most revered God, Shiva, and his consort Parvati. For the Jains, an Indian religious group, Kailash is the site where their first prophet 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.
Kailash Tour Best Season: May, June, July, August and September
Kailash Tour Days: 10 days.
Tour Style: Tea House or Camping or Guide/Porter Services
Tour Altitude: 5300 meters
Tour Grade: Moderate
Tour Group Size: Minimum 2 pax
Trip Attractions: Kathmandu city, Nepalgunj, Simikot, Hilsa, Mount Kailash, Mansarovar Lake
Tour Activities: Jeep Tour and Walking.
Tour Destination: Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Simikot, Kailash and Mansarovar Lake
Trip Starts: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Simikot
Trip Ends: Kathmandu
Mount kaislash Helicopter Tour
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu. You will be met at the airport by our representative and transferred to Hotel.
Day 2: Morning, Sightseeing Tour - Afternoon: Fly to Nepalgunj.
Morning: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. Visit Pashupatinath temple & Budhanil Kantha Vishnu temple (sleeping Bishnu).
Afternoon: Transfer to domestic airport for your flight to Nepalgunj. The flight takes about an hour to reach Nepalgunj. Our representative will receive you at the airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 3: Morning, Fly to Simikot (By Aircraft) - Acclimatization
Very early morning (at 5 am) you should be ready to go to the airport for your flight to Simikot. Normally, the flight leaves for Simikot at around 6.00 am, if there is a clear weather in all places (Nepalgunj, en route and Simikot). Delay by an hour OR two is quite normal in this sector. So, passengers are requested not be panic.
The flight requires about an hour to reach Simikot. Our representative will receive you at the airport and take you to the Hotel. Our representative will do some immigration formalities whereas you will be having rest in hotel.
O/N Sun Valley Resort (dormitory room) – basic but the best available
Nepalgunj to Simikot: 1 hour (by Twin otter aircraft with 15 seats OR Dronier aircraft with 15 seats)
• The flight can be delayed by an hour OR two, which is normal.
• If the weather is not good in Simikot OR en route to Simikot, the flight will be canceled
Day 4: Fly To Hilsa By Helicopter - Then Drive To Purang (Taklakot – 3400 M.).
Jeep Early morning, you will be escorted to Hilsa (Nepal/China border) by our Helicopter. The flight takes about 25 minutes to reach Hilsa from Simikot. You will be met by our local representative in Hilsa and escorted to his house(tea shop). Here, you have to halt until all group members arrive.
Hilsa boarder is not officially opened for trading purpose; so there still are some certain restrictions and rules to follow while traveling through this boarder. We can’t just travel to Purang (Taklakot) with our guide and vehicles, we should have a military escort from the border to Purang (Taklakot) and it takes some time to manage this. So, at this point, it can be delayed to cross the boarder. Passengers are requested to have patient and let us arrange everything smoothly.
From Sher, it takes another an hour to reach Taklakot (Purang -3700 m.) by drive.
O/N Purang Guesthouse (twin sharing room with attached toilet) - basic but the best available
• Simikot to Hilsa: 25 minutes by KAWASAKI 117 Helicopter - 9 seats and B2 (Euro copter) Helicopter with 5 seats
• Hilsa to Sher trek: 10 minutes
• Sher to Taklakot drive: 1 hour by 4WD Land Cruiser
Day 5: Drive, Purang To Lake Mansarovar (Chiu Gompa – 4550 M.)
Early morning (after breakfast) you will depart for Lake Manasarovar (4560 m- Chui Gompa). The drive takes about 2 to 2 & 1/2 hours. On the way, we will take a short break in Rakshas Taal (Lake Ravana) to see the breathtaking views of Rakshas Taal with back ground view of holy Mount Kailash.
After having holy dip and lunch, you will depart for a circumambulation around the lake Manasarovar on jeep. The journey around the lake requires approximately 2 hours.
O/N Guesthouse OR similar (all dormitory room)–Dharamsala type with Tibetan toilet
• The distance of Mansarovar circumambulation: 72 km
• Taklakot to Lake Manasarovar: 2 hours by Land Cruiser
• Jeep tour around Lake Manasarovar: 2 hours by Land Cruiser
Day 6: Asthapad & Yama Dwara Darshan - Then Start Parikrama to Deraphuk (4920 M)
PujaMorning drive to Asthapad via Darchen. After spending some time in Asthapad, you will continue drive to Yama Dwar (OR Serson, 10 kms / 4750m), the auspicious gateway to the Parikrama (circuit) around the Mt. Kailash.
Yama Dwar is the place, from where the group, normally, splits in two parts. Some members will start attempting Parikrama and some will return back to Darchen and wait for those members who have gone for Parikrama.
MEMBERS WHO JOINED PARIKRAMA: You will start trekking from “Yama Dwar” to Deraphuk. The trail is quite easy & flat. You have to cross the river a couple of time, other than this, it is quite easy day today. Roughly, you will be crossing 10 km today and it takes around 5 hours.
MEMBERS WHO DIDN'T JOIN THE PARIKRAMA: After having Darshan from Yamadwar, you will be returning back to Darchen and wait for those who have gone for Parikrama.
O/N Guesthouse (very basic accommodation with dormitory bed room)
• Lake Manasarovar to Asthapad - 1 hour drive
• Asthapad to Yam Dwar: 45 minutes drive
• Yama Dwar to Deraphuk trek: 5 hrs (approximately 10 km)
Day 7: Trek To Zutulphuk (4780 M). Via Dolma Pass (5600 M.)
MEMBERS WHO JOINED PARIKRAMA: Early morning start uphill trekking to Dolma-La (5600 m). Today is the toughest day of this journey. The entire trail up to Dolma-La rapidly up. The holiest water pool (glacial lake – Gauri kunda) is just situated beyond the Dolma-La. This is the lake, people believe, where Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva takes bath. From Dolma-La the trail rapidly drops down to the valley floor (Zutulphuk).
After making down hill trek to the valley (the next side of the high pass), the trek up to Zutulphuk Gomba requires another two hours. From the valley floor, the trail is flat all the way to Darchen. Today, you will be crossing approximately 22 to 24 km in 8 to 9 hours time.
MEMBERS WHO DIDN'T JOIN THE PARIKRAMA: Waiting in Darchen.
O/N Local Guesthouse (very basic accommodation with dormitory bed room)
Deraphuk to Zutulphuk Gomba: 8 to 9 hours trek (approximately)
Day 8: Finish Trek Near Darchen - Drive Back To Hilsa
Kailash MEMBERS WHO JOINED PARIKRAMA: Today, you will complete your trekking (Parikrama), near Darchen, where you will find our vehicles waiting to fetch you and transfer to Hilsa (3 hours journey). Today, you will trek for another 8 km in 3 to 4 hours time. After finishing Parikrama, the whole group will merge together & drive to Hilsa.
Despite of a very basic facility in Hilsa, we will take you there & keep overnight stay because the next day you will be picked up by Helicopter early morning, so you can catch your onward scheduled flights without any problem.
WE STRONGLY ADVISE OUR GROUP NOT TO FORCE US TO CHANGE THIS. IF WE ARE FORCED CHANGE, GROUP MEMBERS HAS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILTY FOR MISSING FLIGHT OF ONWARD DESTINATION.
Instead of staying in Hilsa, if you stay in Purang, there is 90% chance of missing your flights from Simikot onward, some times, you even miss international flight.
Day 9: Fly, Hilsa – Simikot (Heli) Then Continue Fly To Kathmandu By Aircraft
Early morning, you will be picked up by our Helicopter from Hilsa then brought back to Simikot. From Simikot airport, you will be continuing fly to Nepalgunj then onward to Kathmandu.
Day 10 : Departure from Kathmandu.
Transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for your flight back home.