Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter for 2013

Placd Covered :Arrival Kathmandu, : Nepalganj, : Airlift, : Hilsa, : Taklakot, : Chui, : Gompa, : Sershong, : Dirapuk, : Zuthulphuk, : Darchen, : Taklakot,
Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days

Day 01- Arrival Kathmandu Take off for The Kailash Yatra!

Arrive Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport who will assist you to transfer to your prebooked hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu at Hotel Shanker / Vaishali (4*) or similar.

Day 02- Temple visit in Kathmandu and Fly Kathmandu to Nepalganj (450 m) 1 hr. 30 minutes flight

After breakfast, proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhnath Stupa. In the afternoon, we will transfer the group to Tribhuvan International Airport's Domestic Terminal to board flight to Nepalgunj. Transfer by local bus to Hotel Batika. Overnight in the Hotel Batika or similar.

Day 03 - Fly Nepalganj - Simikot (2950 m)

after early breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your scheduled flight to Simikot on Fixed Wing Aircraft. Full day free for acclimatization.

Day 04 - Airlift to Hilsa by Helicopter

walk uphill to Sher and drive to Taklakot (3700 m) 40 km / 90 minutes In Taklakot for acclimatization From Simikot, the chartered helicopter will ferry the group to Hilsa which has a semi metallic air-strip. Our sherpa team will assist the group for a short 30 minutes uphill walk to the Tibetan Border city called Sher. Here, our land cruisers would be waiting to take the group to Taklakot after completing custom and immigration formalities. (Immigration formalities may take 2-3 hours based on availability of officials). Overnight at Hotel County Peacock / Kailash Hotel or similar.

Day 05 - Drive from Taklakot to Chui Gompa, Mansarovar (4560 m) 90 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. drive

This day is the ultimate day for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra as you will have the first darshan of Holy lake Mansarovar. After breakfast, drive to Chui Gompa (4560 m) through a rough terrain via Rakshas Taal. Today is the day of lifetime, as we will have the first sight (darshan) of Holy Mt. Kailash and Holy Lake Manasarovar. There shall be time for Puja / Havan (at your own) beside bath in The Holy Lake Mansarovar. Time permitting, visit Hot Spring on direct payment basis. Overnight at Chui Gompa Guest House.

Day 06 - Drive to Sershong (40 km) and trek to Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hrs.

This day is the ultimate day for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra as you will have the first darshan of Holy Mount Kailash. After breakfast, drive to Shershong also known as Tarboche, the trek starting point of Mount Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as the outer "Asthapath". The first day of our Kora is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trail leads us to few ups and downs till we reach our camp/guest house at Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hours trek. (Trek shall start once all ponies / yaks are ready to move along with the group). Those not feeling themselves fit to continue parikarma will drive back to Darchen and wait for the Parikarma group to return. Overnight at Hotel Dirapuk.

Day 07 - Trek to Zuthulphuk (4760 m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs.

Today our circumbulation (Kora) leads to much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Holy Mount Kailash. The walk will bring us to one of the highest point at Drolma La (5680 m). Before descending to the gradual field towards Zuthulphuk for the overnight stay after 5-6 hours walk. Zuthulphuk (4760 m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs.

After early breakfast, group will set off as the sun's rays break over the ridges above. After the footbridge the trail rises up a rocky slope. Take this gently but steadily. It soon reaches a level walk. The peak of Mount Kailash rises to the right and can now be seen linked to a long spur, which joins the eastern ridge. This is the top edge of the glacial valley from which the Lhachu ("Divine River") flows.

This day is the climax of this holy journey & is the most difficult day of our journey. One has to pass through Drolma La Pass - 5680m - highest altitude on this tour. Physically it is the most arduous day. At the pass is a large boulder depicting Tara, festooned with prayer flags. Here too Tibetans leave a memento of themselves such as a tooth, a lock of hair or even a personal snapshot.

After perhaps 30 minutes, we descend a steep, rock-strewn path to the valley below. Just below the pass is Lake Tu-je Chenpo Dzingbu (Gauri Kund) i.e. "The Pool of Great Compassion". Take great care now because it is easy to sprain your ankle or worse. You must negotiate steep staircases down to a snowfield. On the ridge above is a formations known as the Lekyi Ta-ra ("Axe of Karma"), as though one's moment ripen in an accident, suffering or death.

A final steep descend brings you to the valley floor. From here it is still about 5 hours to the day's destination with no shelter in between. It is vitally important to remain on the right hand side of the river, the West bank. If not, you will get trapped, unable to cross it. The walk now becomes very pleasant and relaxing (as long as the weather is clear and there is no howling gale.) The path follows the gentle slope of the valley over grassy fields and clear brooks for several Kilometers before it narrows and turns further south to merge with another valley before reaching Zuthulphuk, the "Miracle Cave" of Milarepa. Overnight stay in the newly setup Fixed Luxury Camp.

Day 08 - Zuthulphuk to Darchen trek 10 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. & drive to Taklakot 90 km/ 4 - 5 hrs.

Today you will complete the journey of a life time – The Kailash Mansarovar Parikarma! The morning can be spent exploring the caves and visiting the temples and shrine that has been built around Milarepa's cave. A married elderly couple supervises the temple, which is usually an active residence for over half a dozen Tibetan devotees, helpers, or relatives who continuously busy themselves with the tasks of maintaining the buildings. One imagines Milarepa's disciples meditating here. Many of the caves contain meditation platforms, self-contained by dry stonewall which divides them from their cooking partitions and entrance areas. It is well worth the short climb up to these caves before beginning the final stage of the trek.

The winding gradual track finally ends our holy pilgrimage walk 10 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. Once we reach at the trek end point near Darchen. (Those who could not do parikarma would be waiting to welcome other group members at this point). Our land cruisers will be waiting to take the group to the Hotel County Peacock / Hotel Kailash or similar in Taklakot for overnight stay. Time permitting, group shall proceed straight to Hilsa by crossing the iron bridge.

Day 09 - Drive Taklakot to Sher (40 km / 90 minutes drive), Trek down till Hilsa (30 minutes trek) and fly to Simikot - Nepalganj - Kathmandu

Drive to Sher and descend down to Hilsa (30 minutes trek) by crossing the bridge. The Helicopter will ferry the group to Simikot (or to Nepalgunj depending upon the availability) and from there we will be taking scheduled flight to Nepalganj and further to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu at Hotel Shanker / Vaishali or similar.

Day 10 - Fly back to your home with memories of Mount Kailash & Holy Lake Mansarovar

Today you would fly back after completing the once in a life time – Holy Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by using Helicopter or known as Heli kailash Mansarovar Yatra. After breakfast, free for souvenir shopping and other independent activities. In time transfer to International Airport to board your onward flight.

The Tour cost for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter for 2013 includes :-

  • • Arrival / departure transfers
  • • 2 Nights accommodation at Park Village Resort or similar (4 Star category hotel) on twin sharing & full board basis – vegetarian meals only.
  • • 1 half day sightseeing Tour to Pashupatinath Temple & Bodhnath Stupa.
  • • 1 night accommodation at Hotel Country Kitchen or similar on twin sharing & full board basis in Nepalganj.
  • • 1 night accommodation at Hotel County Peacock / Kailash on sharing & full board basis in Taklakot (meals to be prepared by our sherpa team) or overnight shall be at Hilsa in basic lodge on dormitory basis – meals to be procured locally from the guest house.
  • • 1 night each dormitory accommodation at Simikot, Hilsa, Mansarovar, Dirapuk and Zuthulpuk on full board basis (meals to be prepared by our Sherpa team).
  • • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu Flight.
  • • Nepalgunj-Simikot-Nepalgunj Flight.
  • • Charter Heli flight from Simikot-Hilsa-Simikot.
  • • Airport Taxes.
  • • Special Simikot permit fee.
  • • 4500 Model Japanese Land cruiser on Tibet side.
  • • Services of an English speaking Tibetan guide.
  • • Trek staff comprising of experienced Nepali team leader, cook and a strong sherpa team.
  • • Freshly cooked vegetarian meals.
  • • Yaks & Yak-men for porterage during Kailash Parikarma.
  • • All necessary travel permits.
  • • Tibet / China VISA fee.
  • • First aid-kit, medical Oxygen and Gaemow bag.
  • • 1 complimentary duffel bag and a certificate.
  • • 1 down jacket on returnable basis.
  • • 3.09% govt. service tax.
  • • Extra cost in the event of delays due to any unforeseen reason for accommodation, meals and hiring of extra transportation.
  • • Travel Insurance.
  • • Evacuation cost in the event of sickness or emergency.
  • • Expenses of personal nature viz. tips, porterage, laundry, beverages, pony hiring etc.
  • • Hot water spring bathing fee at Chui Gompa.
  • • Airfare to Kathmandu and back.
  • • Anything not specifically mentioned in the clause, “The above cost includes”

Please note that our Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Tour does not include any rescue or evacuation expenses in emergencies hence it is advised to be properly insured against any kind of risk.

  • General Considerations while packing for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
  • Keep the luggage weight and bulk down to a minimum. Baggage allowance on most international flights is 20 Kg's/44 lbs. You will only need two changes of clothes for Kathmandu. In Tibet, it is important to dress in layers. When it is hot you will only be wearing a base layer, when it gets colder you can add to this until you are wearing most of your clothes! During Kailash Parikarma, one bag per person would be carried on Yak. It is advisable to carry your stuff in a duffel bag rather than suitcase or other normal bags. Following points must be kept in mind while preparing for & during the Holy Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Booking Conditions for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter for 2013:

  • • Booking shall be accepted with a non-refundable deposit of INR 30,000 per person.
  • • Passport copy with minimum 6 months validity.
  • • Letter from a doctor certifying that the participant is fit to undertake this pilgrimage.
  • • Booking MUST be made minimum 2 months prior to each departure date.

Cancellation Policy for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter for 2013:

  • • Once a booking is made, the deposit fee is non-refundable.
  • • Cancellation made 30 days before the departure date – 25 % of total package cost.
  • • Cancellation made 15 days before the departure date – 50 % total package cost.
  • • No refunds for any cancellation made within 15 days from date of travel.

Special Notes for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter for 2013:

  • • We strongly advise to keep a provision of 2 – 3 extra days to overcome any delays.
  • • Due to the nature of travel, there is always the possibility of change in the schedule. The Tour Operator or its associates shall not be liable for any such delays
  • • We or our associate agents have the right to change the Itinerary in the event of adverse weather condition or any unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.
  • • The Group will be required to follow the itinerary strictly. The entire Group will enter & exit together as per schedule.
  • • In case of adverse weather conditions or technical snags with the helicopter, there could be a possibility of helicopter being un-operation for a couple o days, under such circumstances, every effort shall be made to provide them lodging / boarding etc. and the best available efforts shall be made to make alternate arrangements if possible however under such circumstances, all additional charges (if any) shall be borne by the guests.

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