Overview of Mount Kailash Manasarovar Helicopter Tour

Mount Kailash Manasarovar Helicopter Tour  is the best and easiest way to travel Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake. This type of tour is appropriate for the persons who don’t have sufficient time to travel. In this tour you can explore the real beauty of the nature.
Mount Kailash Manasarovar tour via helicopter, at first you will arrive in Kathmandu and gone out for Kathmandu Sightseeing like Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square.  Next day you will drive to airport and fly for Simikot via helicopter. And you will Land on Simikot and start trekking from Sher Border of Tibet Simikot and via Manasarovar Lake and Mount Kailash Parikrama is done along with performing religious tradition.  And fly back to Kathmandu via helicopter. The best seasons for Mount Kailash Manasarovar Helicopter Tour are between April to October. 

Itinerary of Mount Kailash Manasarovar Helicopter Tour

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu.
Arrive at Kathmandu airport as per your schedule. You will be received by our tour representative at the airport and we will transfer you to your hotel where other yatris are planned and scheduled for the accommodation . Check inn at your room and relax for some time after hectic flight / land arrangements . In the evening, we will have short briefing program about the Kailash overland yatra where our Office Executive will be sharing the complete information about the formalities and Here all the yatris and accompanying group leader & team will be introduced to each other followed by the Dinner and night stay in the hotel.(We would handover duffle bag and down jackets)
Morning after breakfast, you will set off for sightseeing tour. You will visit Pashupatinath temple (the most sacred temple of Hindus), Mata Guheswori temple &Budhanilkantha temple (SheshShaiya Vishnu, also known as sleeping Vishnu).
After finishing the tour, you will return to the hotel. Lunch will be served between 12 noon to 1 p.m. After lunch, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj, situated south-west from Kathmandu, is the gateway to far Western mountain regions of Nepal. The duration of flight is about an hour. Our representative will meet you at Nepalgunj airport then transfer to hotel. Evening, you will have leisure time on your own.

- Overnight hotel Sneha Sunny Surkhet Hotel /Siddhartha Hotel 
- Kathmandu to Nepalgunj flight: 1 hour.  
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 
-Overnight hotel:- Hotel on twin/tripple share  
Early morning, after breakfast, you will pack up our baggage then trek down to the airport and 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 k.m. 
- 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 m./13202 fts.
- Expected temperature: day time:- 22 to 28 degree Celsius/night time:- up to -3 degree Celsius. 
- General climatic condition: mild windy
-Overnight hotel:.  
  • Day 5 : TAKLAKOT TO LAKE MANSAROVAR ( 4560 m) 90 km / 1.5 hrs Drive.
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 Rakshaslake. 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 lakeRakshash, 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 102 km, and it demands a minimum two hours to accomplish this part of the journey. 
- Overnight guesthouse.
- Taklakot to Lake Manasarovar: 102 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. 
-Overnight hotel:.Lake Side Lodge  
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 5-6 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.
- Overnight Mudhouse: Mud House on the way of Parikrama  
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: Dolama La pass (5600 m./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
- Overnight Mudhouse: Mud House on the way of Parikrama  
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. 
It takes presumably 2 hours to reach Taklakot, 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. The drive from Taklakot to Hilsa (boarder) takes about 45 minutes. 
- Zutulphuk to trek ending point: 08 km, 3 hours.
- Trek ending point to Taklakot: 105 km, 2 hours.
- Taklakot to Hilsa boarder: 27 km, 45 minutes. 
- Elevation of Lake Manasarovar: 3700 m./12,136 fts
- Expected temperature: day time:- 22 to 32 degree Celsius/night time:- -3 to -4 degree.
- Average climatic condition: windy & dry
- Taklakot : Hotel with Toilets facility  
Early morning fly to Simikot by Helicopter then continue fly to Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj, we catch connecting flight to Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu :  farewell party for successful parikama for the yatries .  
  • Day 10 : (Final Day)
It is time to say Good bye!!! You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International airport for your flight back home. As per the international flight regulation; your presence at the airport check in counter should be three hours prior to the departure time. We will arrange vehicle accordingly!!! Have a pleasant journey back home!!!

Note: you can Make Muktinath Tour, Manakama Temple Tour 

Cost includes/excludes of Mount Kailash Manasarovar Helicopter Tour
  • Airports pick up and drop services.
  • Double sharing full board basis 4 star hotel in Kathmandu, as per itinerary
  • A visit to Baudha Stupa .
  • Scheduled flight Kathmandu – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
  • Scheduled flight Nepalgunj – Simikot – Nepalgunj
  • Charter helicopter flight share by 5-6 person Simikot – Hilsa - Simikot
  • Double sharing hotel in Nepalgunj and 3or 4pax in Simikot and Tibet all places with meals
  • Transport by Tourist Bus upto Mansarovar and Eco Buses from Masarovar to Darchen nd Yamdwar as per group sizes /Truck for Luggage.
  • Nepali Team Leader and Supporting Sherpa Team and Medical Insurance of staffs.
  • English speaking Tibetan guide, Chinese visa fee of Client and staff.
  •  Meals during the trip and Guesthouses and camping charges in Tibet.
  • Duffel Bag ( a large bag to keep the yatris luggage for the trip) Gore-Tex Jacket (returnable after trip).
  • All camping and cooking equipment .
  • Yak for Kailash parikrama luggage only and All entrance and conservation fee of Tibet.
  • Upper Humla permit fee for client and Helicopter landing.
  • Gamow bag oxygen and oxy- meter for safety
  • All beverages during trip and in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Simikot.
  • Extra rooms bills due to flight delayes due to weather conditions.
  • Stick and a water bottle.
  • Insurance of clients and evacuation cost.
  • Personal horse riding charges during Kailash Parikrama
  • Domestic excess baggage charges and airport taxes.
  • Tips for supporting staff
FAQs of Mount Kailash Manasarovar Helicopter Tour
If you are thinking to go Kailash Tour, Few question may arise, here the details, please read Carefully
  • Q. How many days required for Mt. Kailash Yatra?
  • A. Holy Mt. Kailash yatra require
  • - 13 days by Toyota Landcruiser 4500 cc or Luxary Bus
  • - 10 days by Helicopter via Nepalganj.
  • Q. How we will be doing 13 days Yatra?
  • A. 14 days Kailash Yatra by 4500 cc Toyota Landcruiser or Luxary Bus
  • - Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal - Tibet border) tourist bus will be used. In Tibet, 4500 CC Toyota Landcruiser or Luxury Bus will be used. Routing Kathmandu - Zhyagmu - Nyalam - Saga -Paryang -Mansarovar - Darchen - Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk - Darchen - Paryang - Saga -Nyalam - Kathmandu.
  • 10 days Kailash Yatra by Helicopter
  • - Kathmandu - Nepalganj - Simikot - Hilsa (by helicopter) - Taklakot - Mansarovar - Darchen - Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk - Darchen - Mansarovar - Taklakot - Hilsa - Simikot (by helicopter) - Nepalganj - Kathmandu.
  • Also 3 days Mt. Kailash Parikrama.
  • Q. In how many days would I finish Mt. Kailash Parikarma and how long it is?
  • A. Holy Kailash parikarma is approx 52 kms trek to be completed in 2 nights / 3 Days. Night camping in Dirapuk & Zuthul-puk.
  • Q.  What is the best time to travel?
  • A. Holy Mt. Kailash yatra starts in the last week of April till September every year.
  • Q. What is Land cruiser?
  • A. Land cruiser is four wheel driven Japanese vehicle. We allow maximum four people in one Land cruiser + 1 driver + 1 Sherpa (staff).
  • Q.  How many days would I need to hire the Yak / Horse and a Porter during the whole trip and how much it costs?
  • A. If you do not want to trek you can hire horse/pony for parikarma. Parikarma (kora) that is for 3 days. 
  • Q. What are the hidden charges i.e. to be paid direct?
  • A. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, Accidents, Natural disaster & Political action. Following are the charges not included during yatra.
  • - Yak and Yak man cost
  • - Rescue or evacuation if need, Tibet visa separation cost
  • - Travel insurance, drink, laundry, Telephone/fax, Additional transportation cost.
  • - If you are not going for Kailash Parikrama due to any reason and staying back at Darchen for three days, you have to pay extra INR 1500 per day for accommodation and food in Darchen.
  • Q. How much amount we should carry and in what form whether travelers cheque, Doller or Tibetian cash or Indian Rupees
  • A. In Kathmandu you may use USD OR Indian Currency. For Tibet you will need Chinese Yuan only. for 11 days in Tibet we suggest you to carry approx Yuan 2000-2500 Per Person. Which you may need for emergency and to pay for horse during Kailash Parikrama. Balance (unused Yuan) may be exchanged again on the way back.
  • INR 100 = NPR 160
  • INR 100 = CNY 9.5 (CHINESE YUAN)
  • You can exchange Yuan in Kathmandu or in Tibet border. Most of the yatri exchange their currency in Nepal-Tibet border.
  • Q. How about accommodation facilities etc. ?
  • A. 3/4 Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and guest house accommodation in Tibet. However, camping accommodation will be provided during parikrama of Holy Kailash.
  • Q.  What is your cancellation policy?
  • A. Cancellation Policy:
  • 30 days before departure date, INR 15,000 will be charged as cancellation.
  • 15 days before departure date, INR 25,000 will be charged as cancellation.
  • 07 days before departure date, No refund allowed.
  • Q. Do you provide Equipment ?
  • A. We Provide:
  • · Camping Equipments (to be returned at the end)
  • · Sleeping bags (down with inside extra cover), (to be returned at the end)
  • · Jacket (down) (to be returned at the end)
  • · Oxygen Back-up & Gaymo Bag.
  • Q.What medical reports do I need to carry?
  • A. No medical report is required but we insist every yatri to consult their doctor before traveling to high altitude. Also every yatri must declare their physical status and specify if they are allergic to any medicine.
  • Q.Besides the passport what other official documents will I need on the yatra?
  • A. You need to carry:-
  • Valid Passport with 4 passport size photographs
  • Medical Insurance Policy. (Not compulsory)
  • Q. Is it essential or good to commence the tour on a full moon day?
  • A. You can commence your yatra any day. Some people prefer to reach at Mansarovar or Kailash on full moon day.
  • Q.15: Can we take children with age group of 6 and 10 years?
  • A. Yes, can take children (physically normal) along with you but at your own risk because you know your child better.
  • Q.What are the precautions taken for the children? 
  • A. You have to take same precautions as you are taking for yourself.
  • Q.Will one oxygen cylinder be sufficient for four of us?
  • A. Our team will provide oxygen cylinder in emergency. Usually, oxygen cylinder is not required. However, some yatri prefer to carry their own handy oxygen cylinders. You may buy small portable cylinder in Tibet. It may cost approx. Yuan 15-20 Per cylinder.
  • Q.What will be the charges for children?
  • A. Yatra cost is same for children.
  • Q.Will your cook be traveling with us during the entire trip. Will he be carrying stove and utensils can he make vegetarian items.
  • A. Yes, cooks will be traveling with you during the entire trip. They will carry all necessary cooking items with them and you will get only vegetarian food during yatra.
  • Q.Can we prescribe the menu for cooking on daily basis?
  • A. Yes, you may discuss and suggest your choice. If possible, and other yatris agree our cook will not mind cooking your choice of food.
  • Q. Is VISA cost included in the total tour cost?
  • A. Yes, cost of Tibet Visa is included. However, cost of Nepal visa is not included (applicable for foreign nationals only). Indian passport holders do not need Nepal Visa.
  • Q. Can we find some helpers to help our kids/luggage during the trekking part of the journey? Will they be available there or do we have to take them with us.
  • A. Yes, you can get helpers/porters for your kids/luggage, the charge may be approx Yuan 250 per day.
  • Q. What will be the arrangement in case there is any break down of vehicle (Land Cruiser)?
  • A. We will send another Vehicle (Land Cruiser).
  • Q.Are there any frequent landslides on the way?
  • A. No, it depends on weather.
  • Q. Is good sanitation available during the camping days? 
  • A. Yes, toilet tents may be made available.
  • Q.Availability of drinking water on the yatra?
  • A. Water bottles / pure natural mineral water, or water purification tablets may be made available.
  • Q. Where we can find facial cream and all other items?
  • A. You can buy everything in Kathmandu, Nepal. Our executive will guide/help you.
  • Q. Can I bring video camera and digital camera? Weather we will have possibility to recharge the batteries or is there any restrictions to use these things.
  • A. Yes, you can bring camera & videos along with you. The voltage in Tibet is 220V. Can be re-charge most of the places but not during 3 days parikrama. We suggest to travel with extra batteries.
  • Q. What about communication possibilities?
  • A.  Chinese SIM Cards are available at Zangmu / Naylam. one can easily by the SIM 50 / 100 Yuan. OR if you are carrying your own mible with international roaming facility you can use it as well. 
  • Q.Is there any Pundit available?
  • A. No, you have to bring your Pundit.
  • Q. When we should book the Holy Mt. Kailash Yatra and how to book?
  • A. You should book this yatra minimum 45 days in advance. To book, we need copy of passport (1st page only) with 25% advance deposit.
  • Q.  Is it necessary to send our document with advance 45 days before?
  • A. Yes, we must send copy of your passport to China for approval.
  • Q.  How can we make advance payment?
  • A. We have following payment options:
  • - Pay on line through credit card OR
  • - Swift transfer to OUR BANK account. Contact us for our bank details.
  • - Pay by credit card.
  • - Send a Demand Draft by courier.
  • Q.: If we are not feeling comfortable or physically fit for parikarma then what we will do.
  • A. In such case, you must stay back in Darchen for 3 days.
  • Q.What type of medical test is required for this trip?
  • A. TMT test. (not compulsory)
  • Q.What we must carry?
  • A. Be sure you have the needy items ! 
  • Warm clothes, water bottle, water purification tabs, sun tan lotion utility knife, dusk musk, medicine for headaches, fever, colds, stomach disorders and diamox (unless you are allergic to sulpha drugs) for altitude sickness, It is also good to carry dry fruit, juice powder, breads, candy, canned or packed food, nuts, pickles and biscuits.
  • * if you do not have any of the above items, our executive will assist you in Kathmandu.
  • Q.  Do you have any age restriction?
  • A. No, we do not have any age restrictions. If you are physically fit you may travel but sometime Chinese Authority do not permit for people aged 65 or above. We insist every one to consult with their doctor and must mention that you are going to high altitude. Many of old aged people travelled with us and have successfully done the parikrama.
Risk /Liabilities of Mount Kailash Manasarovar Helicopter Tour
Risk and Liabilities:
We will endeavor to make your journey smooth and pleasant as possible. However the entire program in Tibet is conducted strictly under the rules and regulations of China Tibet Tourism Bureau, Peoples Army and Foreign Affair. Therefore, NTP TA Ltd. & its related organizations will not be responsible for any changes in the itineraries due to unavoidable circumstances such as Government restriction, land slide, road blockage, flood, snow, and Political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay, Delay due to shortage of Land Cruiser Jeep in Tibet, sickness or Accident. Any extra cost including there shall be borne by traveler themselves. 

Minimum 6 months valid passport and two copies of pp size photograph. A normal health certificate from your personal doctor to those are 50 years and above by age. 

This is not a trek or expedition but a tour; therefore no specific level of fitness is required. Anybody can join this Yatra if they think themselves fit and have strong willpower. People suffering from cardiac or respiratory problems should consult to their doctor. Morning and evening walks, jogging, stretching, meditation and regular exercise make the journey comfortable for all. 

As the temperature varies greatly between day and night (from max. 20 degrees Celsius to min. -16 degrees Celsius) one should prepare accordingly. 
Bring the following items with you: 
Woolen gloves, Balaclava, Sun hat, Thermal wear, Water bottle, Woolen socks, Towel, Light Jacket, Sunglasses, Sun cream, Torch with extra batteries/bulbs, Muffler, Mask, Raincoat, Sweater, Shirt/T-shirt & Trekking shoes 

Full travel insurance coverage for medicine, Helicopter evacuation if in case of emergency, lost of belongs, and trip cancellation is strongly recommended 

Trip booking:
Minimum 30 days advance booking is required to arrange visa approval and Travel permit issue. We need 50% advance of tour payment by bank while booking trip. 

Chinese visa application:
1 week before original passport and 2 pp sizes photo should reach our office in Kathmandu for visa process.
Illegal: Any material related To Dalai lama is restricted .

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