Code MKHT • 10 Days •
Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour is the short tour of Kailash and Mansarovar Lake using a helicopter. This trip is most popular among those people who have a short time and do not like long days of driving. This is adventurous as well as the exciting journey.
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. For hundreds of year, people have been visiting Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake for divinity and good fortune.
The 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. The stunning view from a helicopter will be one of the unforgettable journeys through a lifetime.
TransportationPlane, Car, Helicopter
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport/ Meeting and greeting you by our tour leader & transfer to hotel/ Tour Briefing. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu. Fly to Nepalgunj.
Today morning after breakfast, will visit 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). Then afternoon will fly Nepalgunj, western city of Nepal near the border with India. Overnight at hotel in Nepalgunj.
Day 3: Fly from Simikot. Heli Charter flight from Simikot to Hilsa. Drive to Purang.
At morning will 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, will 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.
Day 4: Day for acclimatization in Purang.
Today we will acclimatize in Purang. While 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
Day 5: Drive from Purang to Mansarovar.
After breakfast will drive to Mansarovar Lake. En route before reaching Mansarovar Lake you see Rakshyas Tal. Today is the precious day of lifetime as you have the first sight of Holy Mt. Kailash and holy lake Mansarovar. We can have Pooja and Holy bath at Mansarovar. We will also vist Chu Gompa which is in the shore of Mansarovar Lake. Overnight at guest house in Mansarovar.
Day 6: Drive from Mansarovar to Darchen and then to Shersung. Trek to Dirapuk. 1st day of Parikarma.
We will drive to Shersung via Darchen, Base Camp of Mount Kailash. Shersung trek (parikarma) is starting point. From here after short walk you reach Tarboche. There’s 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 walk 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
Day 7: Trek from Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk. 2nd day of Parikarma.
Today our trek is a 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.
Day 8: Trek from Zuthulpuk to Darchen. Final day of Parikarma. Drive to Purang or Hilsa.
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 comes to pick you up then drive back to Purang or Hilsa through the same previous road. Overnight at guest house in Purang or Hilsa.
Day 9: Heli Charter flight to Simikot. Fly from Simikot to Kathmandu connecting Nepalgunj.
Early morning will 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.
Day 10: Departure from Kathmandu.
Our tour leader transfer you to the Kathmandu International Airport in time for your flight and help you get on board for your onward destinations.
Kathmandu to Kathmandu