Kailash Heli Yatra: Kailash Helicopter Tour
- Trip Code: T-KMY-11
- Destination: Tibet
- Season: May, June and September
- Max Altitude: 5723 meter/18776 feet
- Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
- Transportation: Flight, Helicopter Charter, Bus
- Accomodation: Guest House
- Trip Grade: Pilgrimage Tour
- Trip Attraction: Culture, Himalayas & Wildlife, Wieieieieieies
Kailash Heli Yatra is the short tour of Kailash and Mansarovar Lake using a helicopter. This trip is mostly popular among those people who have a short time and do not like long days of driving. This is adventurous as well as exciting lifetime journey too.
Mount Kailash is a peak in the Gandise Mountain range in western Tibet near the sources of Asia’s four important rivers: Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej, and Ganga. Mount Kailash is respected as the sacred mountain by four religious groups: Hindus, Buddhists, Bonis, and Jainis. Hindus believe this mountain is the home of Lord Shiva.
Similarly, Mansarovar is a high altitude fresh Water Lake located north of Mount Kailash with the circumference of 88 km. People visit Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake for divinity and good fortune.
Mount Kailash Helicopter tour starts by flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then connecting to Simikot, the western hilly small town of Nepal. From Simikot, you board on a helicopter for the flight to Hilsa, the place close to China/ Tibet border. After crossing the border you start the scenic drive on Tibetan plateau to the Mansarovar Lake.
After taking a holy dip in this sacred lake you head towards Darchen, the base camp of Mount Kailash. From the base camp, it’s nearly half an hour off road drive to Yam Dwar. It’s a small temple from where the Kailash Parikrama starts. The first of Kailash Parikarma is 16 km of walking. It takes around 5 hours to reach Dirapuk, the first day-night halt place of Parikarma.From Dirapuk you can have darshan of north face of Mount Kailash.
The second of Parikaram is 22 km of walking. It’s a little bit difficult as it needs to climb the cliff around 8 km. Once you reach the top of Dolma La (5600 meters), the trail goes down. While you descend from this pass you see the beautiful small lake which is called Gauri Kund. It, around 6 km of descent. Then the trail moves ahead on the flat. After 6 to 7 hours of walking you reach Zuthulphuk where you spend your night.
From Zuthulphk, next day it’s 10 km of walking to Chongdo which is quite easy and takes one and half hour. Then you end your kora and get back to Kathmandu following the same incoming route via Purang, Simikot, and Nepalgunj.
Note of Kailash Heli Yatra:
Kailash Yatra is the journey to the home of Lord Shiva. It’s a lifetime pilgrimage tour, people join it for peace, happiness, and moksha. Please contact us for any further information about this holy trip and the price of it.
Driving distance: 6 km. Elevation: 1350 meter/ 4429 feet
Highlight: Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport/ Meeting and greeting you by our officer & transfer to hotel/ Tour Briefing.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Driving distance: 20 km. Flight time: 55 minutes. Elevation: 450 meter/ 1476 feet
Highlight: Visit of Pashupatinath Temple (One of the holiest Shiva temples in the earth located 4 km east of Kathmandu at the bank of Bagmati River. Here you see many Shiva temples and meet many Hindu Sages) & Jal Narayan temple (Jal Narayan, locally known as Budhanilkantha, is open air temple of Lord Vishnu who is relining in the pond. This temple is situated below the Shivapuri hill at the northern end of Kathmandu valley). Afternoon fly Nepalgunj, western city of Nepal near the border with India.
Overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj
Flight time: 45 minutes. Heli Flight time: 25 minutes. Driving distance: 56 km. Elevation: 4755 meter/ 13205 feet
Highlight: Morning fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot by domestic airlines. Simikot is the administrative headquarters of Humla District of Karnali Zone in the mountain region of northwestern Nepal. Upon arrival at Simikot airport board on Helicopter to fly for Hilsa. Walk 10 minutes to cross border of Nepal and China. Then take a drive to Purang (Taklakot).
Overnight at guest house in Purang
Elevation: 4755 meter/ 13205 feet
Highlight: Full day in Purang for acclimatization purpose. Walking around Purang town (Purang also called by Taklakot is the administrative center of Ngari Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous region, China. To its south are Gurla Mandhata (Mount Namonanyi) and the Abi Gamin ranges. Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash are to the north.
Overnight at guest house in Purang
Driving distance: 105 km. Driving time: 2 hour 30 minutes. Elevation: 4588 meter/ 15052 feet
Highlight: After breakfast drive to Mansarovar Lake. En route before reaching Mansarovar Lake you see Rakshyas Tal. Today is the day of lifetime as you have the first sight of Holy Mt. Kailash and holy lake Mansarovar. Have Pooja and Holy bath at Mansarovar. Your overnight will be at Chu Gompa which is in the shore of Mansarovar Lake.
Overnight at guest house in Mansarovar
Driving distance: 45 km. Driving time: 1 hr 15 min. Trekking distance: 16 km. Trekking time: 5 hour. Elevation: 5080 meter/ 16667 feet
Highlight: Drive to Shersung via Darchen, Base Camp of Mount Kailash. Shersung is trekking (parikarma) starting poing. From here after short walking you reach Tarboche. Here is small temple called Yamdwar by Hindus. Near to this temple you see great flagpole. It is said that here Buddha came with 500 disciples for their supernatural power. You continue walking passing through grassy plain populated by nomads. En route you can view of west face of Mount Kailash. Then you reach at Dirapuk from where you will have good view of the north face of Mount Kailash.
Overnight at guest house in Dirapuk
Trekking distance: 22 km. Trekking time: 7 to 8 hour. Elevation: 4820 meter/ 15814 feet
Highlight: Today is little bit harder to walk because to go up all the way to Dolmala passes (5723 meter/18776 feet). It is highest point in all this trip and then way down. From this trail you can have view of back side of mountain and many prayer flags at highest point. Also pool of great compassion at side of route which is called Gauri Kund by Hindus. In Zuthulpuk a temple and shrine is built around Milarepa’s cave where Milarepa, one of the most widely known Tibetan Saints, took dark retreat few years. He printed his hand and feet on the rock.
Overnight at guest house in Zuthulpuk
Trekking distance: 20 km. Trekking time: 2 to 3 hour. Driving distance: 145 km. Elevation: 4755 meter/ 13205 feet
Highlight: Today is short and easy walking day. You walk through grassy plain area along the river. The trekking end point is 4 km before Darchen. Once you reach there your vehicle come to pick up you then drive back to Purang or Hilsa through the same previous road.
Overnight at guest house in Purang or Hilsa
Driving distance: 56 km. Heli Flight time: 25 minutes. Flight time: 1 hour 40 minutes. Elevation: 1350 meter/ 4429 feet
Highlight: Early morning drive to Nepal border. As soon as possible fly by Helicopter to Simikot. From Simikot fly to Nepalgunj by domestic air and then same day connect flight back to Kathmandu.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Driving distance: 6 km.
Highlight: Our tour officer transfer you to the Kathmandu International Airport in time for your flight and help you to get on board for your onward destinations.