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Mount Kailash Heli Tour 2017

Trip Facts

Trip cost start from:   US$3225

Destination:Tibet

Total Duration:12 Days

Trip Grade:Moderate

Meals:Full Board

Transportation:Private Vehicle / Aeroplane

Recommended Month:May, June, July, August, September and October

Accommodation:Hotel/Guest House

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A satisfying religious tour around the foothill of the holy Mt. Kailash in the Kailash Yatra by helicopter with the team of the Gangajamuna treks will enlighten you with peace and tranquility. You will feel lighter, free of sins and closer to the Lord through this heli tour.

The Kailash Yatra is one of the most popular religious tours within the South Asian Region. The Yatra starts with your arrival in the Kathmandu Valley. On the first and the second last day, you will explore the beauty and tradition of the Kathmandu Valley with the visit to the UNESCO world heritage sites. Then, we will fly to the city of Nepalgunj and the villages of Simikot, Hilsa and then to Taklakot. We will start our drive to Mansarovar then to Darchen, Derapuk and Juthulpuk. Major attractions of this trek are Mt. Kailash, Lake Mansarovar, Lake Rakshas, Tarboche and Drolma La Pass.

The Kailash Yatra 2017 by Helicopter takes 10-15 days for completion based on your timeline. The Kailash Heli Tour needs medium level of fitness. The best time to visit the holy Mount Kailash is between May-August. You can visit our sister venture (Touch Kailash Travels & Tours)  for all Kailash and Tibet Tour Packages.

Highlights

  • Visit Pashupatinath, Jal Narayan, Swyambhunath Stupa at beautiful capital city of Nepal
  • Scenic Flight to Nepalgung from Kathmandu and Simikot from Nepalgung
  • Private Chartered Helicopter flight from Simikot to Hilsa
  • Exploration of Holy Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar surrounded by beautiful mountains
  • Exploration of Holy Lake Rakshas
  • Three days of Kora (Trekking / By Horse) 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02:Sightseeing in Kathmandu and flight to Nepalgunj

Day 03:Flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot from Simikot to Hilsa and drive to Taklakot

Day 04:Rest Day

Day 05:Drive from Taklakot to Mansarovar

Day 06:Explore Mansarovar and drive to Darchen

Day 07:Kailash Kora and Derapuk

Day 08:Kailash Kora 2nd day and Juthulpuk

Day 09:Drive to Hilsa

Day 10:Flight to Simikot then to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

Day 11:Extra day in Kathmandu in case of weather or any other cases

Day 12:Departure

Cost Include

  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu including Pashupatinath, Jal Narayan, Swyambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu twin sharing based 
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Simikot
  • Schedule flight of Kathmandu-Nepaljung-Kathmandu
  • Schedule flight of Nepaljung-Simikot-Nepaljung
  • Chartered helicopter from Simikot-Hilsa-Simikot
  • group sharing guesthouse in Kailash part as per itinerary
  • Buffet Indian veg. meals (breakfast/dinner/packed lunch) during the trip
  • transportation by bus/van
  • Truck to keep goods, your bid bags and foods
  • Kailash permit and visa
  • Entrance fees of Lake Manasarovar and kailash
  • All camping equipment for kitchen
  • Enough oxygen cylinders and pillow 
  • Yaks & Yak men for luggage during Kailash Parikrama.
  • All service charges and taxes

Cost Exclude

  • Personal horse and helper during Kailash Parikrama / Kailash Round / Kailash Kora
  • Using extra nights in hotel / guesthouse (except the hotels mentioned in the itinerary)
  • Rescue/ evacuation or all the extra costs incurred due to split from the main group or serious health condition
  • Traveler Insurance 
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any extra expenses due to flight delay/ cancel with valid reason
  • Any extra cost due to late permit/visa from Tibet part
  • Tips for staffs
  • Hotel/ Guest house upgrading

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in KathmanduOne of our representatives will pick you up at the airport and guide you to your hotel room. In the evening, we will meet up in a small dinner to welcome you and brief you about the tour. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 02Sightseeing in Kathmandu and flight to NepalgunjAfter breakfast, we will be visiting the world heritage sites of the Kathmandu Valley. First, we will visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the palaces constructed during the time of the Malla and Shah Kings. The palace has a museum, statues, temples and the home of the living goddess around it. Then, we will visit the Swoyambhunath consisting several temples and stupas. The temple is famous for its views from the top as the whole of Kathmandu Valley can be seen from there. If the time persists, we will also visit the Pashupatinath and the Boudhanath. Pashupatinath is the holy temple of Lord Shiva and Boudhanath is the holy place for Buddhists. After the exploration, we will be flying to the city of Nepalgunj. After we land at the airport, we will head to our hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 03Flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot from Simikot to Hilsa and drive to TaklakotEarly morning flight to the village of Simikot takes us about an hour. Today, we will acclimatize for the day to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness. Simikot is the headquarters of Humla district and is also one of the remote villages of Nepal cut off from the rest of the villages as the place lies in a very remote place. Here, we will explore the Tibetan influenced culture, tradition and lifestyle of the local people of the village. Here, we can stroll around the edge to find a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. From here, we will be able to see the Humla Karnali River and also the Kalikot stone and some 6000 meters high peak. A chartered chopper will take us to the bordering village of Hilsa where the Karnali crosses from the Tibetan Plateau into the mountain regions on its descent to the Ganges. There, we will finish the immigration process and drive to the village of Taklakot which is 56 kilometers up the Karnali. Overnight in Taklakot.

Day 04Rest DayBurang Town, also called ‘Taklakot’ in Nepal, is an ancient trading post which was believed to be the abode of the incarnation of Buddha, Sudhana. Today, we will stroll around the village of Taklakot. We will learn about the culture and tradition of the village during the stay. Overnight at Taklakot.

Day 05Drive from Taklakot to MansarovarAfter having breakfast, we will be driving to one of the holiest and prettiest lake of Mansarovar sitting still at the height of 4560 meters above sea level. Before reaching the lake of Mansarovar, we will stop at the Rakshas Tal to admire its tranquil beauty. The lake is also called the ‘lake of the demon’ and ‘Ravana Tal’ as it is thought to be created by Ravana to garner superpowers through devotion and meditation of Lord Shiva. The lake contains salt water and is thought to be poisonous by the locals. From there, we will move towards the ‘sun’ shaped lake of Mansarovar. The lake is said to overflow the salty water of Lake Rakshas. We will drive around the Mansarovar Kora while the lunch is being prepared. The Kora is said to be a pilgrimage route around a sacred temple, a mountain or a lake. Overnight in Mansarovar.

Day 06Explore Mansarovar and drive to DarchenToday, we will get into our religious outfit and mood and explore the lake of Mansarovar. We will perform some rituals at the bank of the lake. We will view the glorious Mt. Kailash and travel to Darchen to prepare for our Kailash Kora the next day. Darchen, previously known as Lhara, is a small village situated right infront of the sacred mountain, Mt. Kailash. It is the starting point for the pilgrimages in the region. Overnight in Darchen.

Day 07Kailash Kora and DerapukAfter breakfast, we will drive to Tarboche which is approximately 4 kilometers from Darchen. Tarboche is covered with prayer flags. The most important annual festival, Saga Dawa is held here in Tarboche. There’s a place called the Yamadwar in Tarboche which means ‘the gateway of the god of death’ in Indian language. It is the internal point of moving around the Mt. Kailash. It takes 4 to 5 hours of walking to arrive in Derapuk, the north face of Kailash. We will be able to see beautiful views of the Gurla Mandata, Ape, Kamet and other high peaks. Overnight in Derapuk.

Day 08Kailash Kora 2nd day and JuthulpukThe hardest and longest walk up and down through the Drolma La Pass to arrive at the village of Juthulpuk. After having an early breakfast, we will head off east to cross the Lha-chu by a bridge and reach the Drolma La village. An hour after that, we will be walking along the valley of Jarok Donkhang from where we will be heading towards the Shiva-tsal, where pilgrims are supposed to undergo a symbolic death just to be reborn again after arriving at the top of the Drolma La Pass. Up and up all the way to find a great cubic rock ‘Drolma Do’ that marks the top of the Drolma La Pass. The local people follow some rituals to have their sins forgiven. Rest for about an hour to start on a steep descent downwards. An hour descent through snowfield will take us to the banks of the Lham-chu Khir. Along the way, we will be able to find the Buddha’s footprints. Along the southern part of the Lham-chu Khir comes the Khando Sangam La which provides the only eastern face of the Mt Kailash. After some time, you will be finding yourself in a grassy land in an Indian camp. 10 minutes walk from the camp will take us to the village of Juthulpuk. The place got its name from the famous cave of Juthulpuk also known as the miracle cave. Overnight at tea house.

Day 09Drive to HilsaAfter an early breakfast, we will be walking for about two hours to catch our vehicle which will then transfer us to the Nepalese border. In between the drive, we will stop at Darchen for lunch. We will finish all the immigration process and walk up to the bordering village of Hilsa. Overnight in Hilsa.

Day 10Flight to Simikot then to Nepalgunj and KathmanduAfter breakfast early in the morning, we will take a flight to the village of Simikot. Again, after arriving at Simikot, we will fly towards one of the biggest cities of Nepal, Nepalgunj and again take a last flight to the capital city of Nepal. In the evening, we will meet up for a short discussion about the tour. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11Extra day in Kathmandu in case of weather or any other casesKathmandu Sightseeing, Explore Local Bazzars (Markets), Walking around at Thamel in the evening. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12DepartureOur representative will take you to the international airport of Nepal for your departure.

Trip Note

More than 3 nights’ accommodation and other activities in Kathmandu are extra. in case of delay permit from Tibet and peoples have to wait in Kathmandu, in case of early return from Kailash, flight cancellation due to weather or any other reason which is not in our hand. Change your flight date for earlier or late date because of those reason, clients have to bear all the expenses self. 

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