07 Nights / 08 Days

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra (By Helicopter)


Destinations which scream sceneries worth everything are quite rare. In our belief, Kailash Mansarovar is one of them. The splendid peaks and turquoise waters can lure even the greatest traveller to this place. To experience this location by air is even special as the picturesque place is captured in its prime. Helicopter tour of Kailash-Mansarovar is worth it in so many ways and more.

Nepalgunj will be your place to board a flight to Simikot. Simikot will take you on a helicopter ride to Takla Kot for further getting used to your environment. Getting ready and well adjusted is important for a destination like this. Next reach Mansarovar Lake and make a halt at Rakshas Lake. Rakshas Lake is the place where the demon lord Ravana had performed penance to Lord Shiva for several years. After reaching Mansarovar Lake, take a holy dip, perform pooja and complete circumambulation around the lake to pay respects. Starting the Parikrama of Mount Kailash from Yama Dwara, you will begin unfolding the grace of this peak of great significance. Trekking will continue to Zutulpahuk and will provide you with unforgettable sights.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter is short taking 8 Days but is a good tour package for people who struggle travelling to such places all by a trek. The remarkable sceneries will always make you come back for more.

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Itinerary Details

Upon arrival at Lucknow meet & greet by company representative. From here we have to make a road journey of presumably 225 km to reach Nepalgunj. The highway is not in better condition, so it may take at least 5 hours to reach there, which is a significantly long duration than you probably have anticipated. After reaching Nepalgunj, we check into hotel, and freshen up. Evening,time preserve at leisure on your own or wander around Nepalgunj. - Overnight at Hotel Siddharth Cottage.

Early morning, at 5.00 a.m., transfer to Nepalgunj airport for your flight to Simikot. The flight between Nepalgunj and Simikot takes about an hour. The air route to Simikot passes over the remote mountain region of Nepal where whether often gets cloudy and notorious. Generally, the weather in the mountain area, in the morning, is calm and clear. This is the reason why we should fly to Simikot early morning. Simikot is situated at an altitude of 2910 m., this is an ideal place to make a night halt for acclimatization motive.

Simikot has a STOL airport (Short Take Off and Landing) where only small aircraft can go. The aircraft, we fly from Nepalgunj, can carry only 15 people at a time. We stay overnight in Simikot for acclimatization. - Overnight Sunvalley Resort or Nepal Trust Guesthouse (dormitory room & common bath room). - Nepalgunj to Simikot flight: 1 hour. - Aircraft type: Dronier or Twin otter - Carrying capacity: Only 16 people at a time. - Elevation of Simikot: 2910 m/9545 fts. - Expected temperature: day time: 18 to 25 degree Celsius, night time: 4 to -2 degree Celsius. - Climatic condition: Generally cloudy & rainy.

Connect Helicopter board on the helicopter. The helicopter flight from Simikot to Hilsa takes about 25 minutes (one way) only. The flight route passes through deep Karnali River-gorge and narrow remote valleys, where weather normally turns windy & cloudy from late morning onward. So, we try to operate more shuttle flights early in the morning and bring all group members to Hilsa. We operate Euro copter (B3) that can carry only 5 persons + 10 kg luggage at a time. Since, helicopter has limited capacity to carry, we request you not to carry any unnecessary stuff. We use two helicopters at a time, so we can airlift our group members to Hilsa as soon as possible. After all group members shifted to Hilsa by helicopter, you will cross the border then drive to Taklakot (Purang). As per the visa rule of the Chinese government, all group members should enter together and exit together.

So, until and unless all members do not come to Hilsa, no one can cross the border. The drive from Hilsa to Taklakot takes about 45 minutes. The driving distance is about 27 Kms. - Overnight Purang Guesthouse (Old wing) - Simikot to Hilsa: by helicopter - Flight duration: 25 minutes - Carrying capacity: 5 persons + 10 kg baggage each. - Hilsa to Chinese immigration (Sher): only 10 minutes’ walk. - Sher to Taklakot: 27 km, 45 minutes drive by Bus. - Elevation of Taklakot: 4025 mtr./13202 fts. - Expected temperature: day time:- 22 to 28 degree Celsius/night time:- up to -3 degree Celsius.
- General climatic condition: mild windy

If the group members are properly acclimatized, we can proceed for Manasarovar today itself. - Overnight at Purang Guesthouse (Old wing) - Elevation of Taklakot: 4025 mtr./13202 fts.

As usual, after having morning meal, we pack our belongings, then board on the vehicle and be ready to move towards Lake manasarovar. Right from the begining, the highway commences making gradual ascend. The road still keeps ascending up to the High Pass that lies before Rakshas Lake. The lake 'Rakshas' represents the devil force. This is where Ravana, 'the mighty King of Lanka', had performed a penance to lord Shiva for 5000 years. We will take a brief halt at the shore of Lake Rakshash, soak in views and take pictures; then continue our journey towards Lake Manasarovar. We check in to the Guesthouse of Lake Manasarovar (Chiugompa) then walk to the lakeshore for having sacred dip and performing pooja. After pooja, we will have afternoon meal; board on the vehicle then set off for circumambulation around the lake. The entire circumference of the lake is presumably 82 km, and it demands a minimum two hours to accomplish this part of the journey. - Overnight guesthouse. - Taklakot to Lake Manasarovar: 88 km | one & half hour. - Elevation of Lake Manasarovar: 4550 m. /14,925 fts - Expected temperature: day time: - 22 to 32 degree Celsius; night time: - -3 to -4 degree. - Climatic condition: windy.

Today is the highlighted day of our journey. The most exciting part, sacred circumambulation around Kailash, commences today from Yama Dwara. Morning, after breakfast, we depart from lake strand to Yama Dwara (also called 'Tarboche' in Tibetan) that demands approximately one & half hour to reach there. We should make a brief halt in Darchen because some travel documents obtained from local Police and Army officials as well as we have to make group entry in the region. From Darchen, it is another half an hour to reach Yama Dwara. Our Yaks, porters and horses are waiting here for us. Those who are making circumambulation around Kailash on feet can instantly proceed for Deraphuk; rest of members can commence their journey after taking their horse/s and porter/s. The Total walk to Deraphuk is for 4 to 5 hours but the timing depends on your own pace.

The route is quite easy, flat but mild ascend. Due to its extreme elevation, we feel tired while walking and need to have break very frequently. - Overnight at Shisapanga Guesthouse. - Lake manasarovar to Yama Dwara: 45 km | 1 & half hour drive. - Yama Dwar- Dhriraphuk: 10 km | 5 - 6 hour trek. - Elevation of Dhriraphuk: 4920 m. /16,138 fts - Expected temperature: day time:-12 to 18 degree Celsius/night time: -5 to -8 degree. - Average climatic condition: windy and partly cloudy & rainy.

Today you have to cross a significant distance through the rugged portion of the trail around the mount Kailash before reaching Zutulpahuk. You have to commence your journey from Deraphuk very early in the morning. Right from the initial moment, the trail commences leading you rapidly up, however in between it turns into flat with gentle ascend. Up to Dolma-La (5600 m.), the path keeps you taking up & up. Dolma La is the highest bit of this journey. From here onward, the trail leads you all the way down to the valley floor. This particular portion of the trek is a rapid incline and the track is full of boulders and screes, so one should pay continue attention while trekking down. While descending from Dolma La, we will pass alongside a small glacial pool, which is almost frozen during May through September.

This is Gaurikunda. The legend of this pool is connected with Mata Parvati, the consorts of lord Shiva. Once we make descend journey to the valley floor, the trail becomes flat & easy. The trail is easy and flat up to the Zutulphuk. - Overnight Norpel Guesthouse or Monastery guesthouse (Mud house) | dormitory. - Dhiraphuk to Zutulphuk: 21 km | (8 - 9 hours trek). - The highest point to cross over: Dolma La pass (5600 mtr./18,368 fts) - Elevation of Zutulphuk: 4820 m./15,810 fts. - Expected temperature: 14 to 22 degree Celsius/ night time: -3 to -5 degree. - Average climatic condition: windy

Undoubtedly, today is the most hectic day of your journey. You, yet to go for another 08 km walk to accomplish the circumambulation; then drive all the way to Hilsa. As usual after morning meals, you will pack up your belongings then be ready to move on to Darchen. It requires presumably 3 hours to reach the other end of the trail where our vehicle is waiting to fetch you up. After getting-together of all members, you will board on vehicle and proceed for Taklakot. - Overnight Purang Guesthouse (Old wing) - Zutulphuk to trek ending point: 08 km | 3 hours. - Trek ending point to Taklakot: 105 km | 2 hours.

It takes 45 minutes to reach Hilsa, where you have to go through the immigration formalities. From Taklakot, a military person will accompany the group to escort towards Hilsa. After having luggage checked and going through some formalities again in the boarder, you will cross over the Suspension bridge of Karnali River, then enter into the territory of Nepal then fly to Simikot. - Overnight Hotel Sunvalley Resort - Taklakot to Hilsa boarder: 27 km | 45 minutes. - Hilsa to Simikot flight by Helicopter | 25 minutes.

Tour Concludes with sweet memories by the blessings of Lord Shiva..............


One night hotel in Nepalgunj on twin sharing with vegetarian meals (twin sharing)
Necessary arrival / departure transfers in Nepalgunj (very normal vehicle available here)
Lucknow- Nepalgunj- Lucknow transfers
Nepalgunj- Simikot- Nepalgunj air ticket (fixed wing- Twin otter aircraft OR Dornier)
Simikot- Hilsa- Simikot by Helicopter (only 5 or 6 persons 06 kg baggage per passneger)
Domestic airport taxes (all sectors)
Tibet group visa and travel/trekking permits
Guesthouse in Tibet
Indian vegetarian meals during the tour in Tibet (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Transportation in Tibet by Bus
Tour around Lake Manasarovar on green vehicle (not the vehicle we take from Taklakot)
English speaking Tibetan guide
Tour Manager
Necessary supporting crew (Cook, Sherpas from Nepal)
All necessary Kitchen & camping equipment
Yaks & Yak men during the Parikrama to carry foods and baggage ONLY
Oxygen for emergency use
Medical kit bag / First Aid kit
Humla region restricted area permit & royalties (US $ 40 per person or equivalent)
All applicable taxes & service charges


Riding Horse during the Parikrama
Your travel insurance
Insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation (helicopter cost, hospital bill, vehicle bill etc.)
Personal expenses & bottled drinks
Tip for guide & driver
Extra accommodation charge in Nepalgunj, Simikot and Hilsa, if the flight cancelled due to bad weather condition
Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances
Porter and Yak/Pony during the Kailash Parikrama

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