Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by Helicopter

Duration: 
14 Nights/ 15 Days
Altitude: 
5,650m (18,532ft)
Difficulty: 
Strenuous
Holiday Style: 
Pilgrimage Tour
Starts/Ends: 
In Nepalgunj, Nepal

Holiday Overview

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by Helicopter

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is a journey in search of religious merit and spiritual significance. It is the path to acquiring moral values and spiritual merits for getting Moksha, the liberation.

Mount Kailash is the holiest mountain in the trans-Himalayan region at an elevation of 6,714 meters. Likewise, the holiest Lake Manasarovar is in between Mount Kailash and Mount Gurla Mandhata at 4,588 meters.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is the highest level of pilgrimage, known as Para Brahma Kshetra; the formless realm of the Cosmic Mandala. Mount Kailash and Manasarovar are centers of reverence not only for Hindus, but also for Buddhists, Jains, and Bon people.

For Hindus, it is the divine abode of Lord Shiva, known as Mount Sumeru, the center of the universe. A mere glimpse of Kailash is believed to absolve a lifetime of sins, while a ritual bath in Manasarovar purifies both mind and body. Buddhists call Kailash ‘Kang Rinpoche’ and worship as the place of Chakrasambhara, the god of eternal bliss. They believe Manasarovar, Mafam Yomtso, is the Sweet Dew, a divine gift from the Lord Buddha.

For Jains, Astapada, the mountain adjacent to Kailash, holds sacred significance as the pilgrimage site where their first Tirthankara, Rishavdev, attained Kaivalya. Bon adherents regard Kailash as the Swastika Mountain of Crystal, believed to be the place where their ancestors descended from heaven. Swaminarayan followers attach particular importance to Kailash, as it was visited by Neelkantha Varni in 1792. The region of Kailash is renowned for its serenity and natural beauty.

Arrival, Preparation, and Sightseeing in Kathmandu:

Welcome to Kathmandu, the land of lord Pashupatinath. We will receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer you to a 5-star hotel. In Kathmandu, we spend the initial four days visiting World Heritage Sites and sacred temples including Budhanilkanth and Doleshwor. During this time, we spare moments to make final preparations for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, attend detailed briefings, and perform Pashupatinath darshan and Rudrabishek before embarking on the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

The Routes to Kailash Manasarovar Yatra via Nepal:

There are four routes to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Nepal.

The ancient Simikot-Hilsa route:

is one of the shortest routes to the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters are used to reach Simikot and Hilsa respectively. This route is highly weather-dependable, so uncertain.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Nyalam route:

is the most popular and easy. The journey starts in Kathmandu and goes through Nyalam following the Kodari border. Unfortunately, it has been closed since the 2015 earthquake. It is in the process of re-opening this year.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Lhasa route:

involves flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa Airport followed by a vehicular journey to Kailash. The flights have been on hold since the Covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully, flights will resume soon.

The fourth and currently available route for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is the Kerung Route:

The journey to Kailash through this route goes via Timure and Kerung following the Pasang Lhamu Highway.

The Kailash Pilgrimage is gaining importance as a journey of a lifetime for Hindu devotees from all around the world because of its high religious and spiritual significance. Adventure enthusiasts also visit Kailash for its tranquility and breathtaking natural beauty. Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by Helicopter from Simikot-Hilsa, the Nepal-Tibet border, was the traditional route from ancient time. This route is shortest and can be done in 10 days including Kailash Parikrama.

For more information: https://www.youtube.com/@visitkailashtreks

Yatra Highlights:

    • Darshan and Parikrama of Holiest Mount Kailash just in 13 days
    • Pilgrimage to sacred Lake Manasarovar, Charansparsha of Kailash
    • Nandi and Asthapada Darshan, close view of Mt. Kailash
    • Scenic Helicopter flight Simikot- Hilsa -Simikot
    • Pashupatinath Darshan and sightseeing in Kathmandu

Holiday Feature:

Duration:              14 Nights / 15 Days

Altitude:                5,650m/18,532ft,

Difficulty:              Moderate to Strenuous

Holiday Style:      Pilgrimage

Start /End:           Kathmandu, Nepal

Important Note:

  1. For this option, Foreign passport holders must arrive to Kathmandu three days’ prior for Visa preparation.
  2. Indian Passport holders must submit their original passport 10 days before the trip to our representative in Delhi. Ensure that you have Aadhar Card or Voter ID to travel to Nepal.
  3. Please make sure that you will have a couple of days’ spare because due to weather conditions, sometimes you may not fly at the scheduled time. This trip is weather-dependent. Thank you!

Holiday Summary

Day 1-3:        Arrival in Kathmandu, visa and sightseeing Day

Day 4-5:       Arrival in Nepalgunj, fly to Simikot

Day 6-10:     Enter Tibet, on trip

Day 11-14:    Exit Tibet, back to Kathmandu

Day-to-day Brief Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
( Altitude: 1300m, Duration: 45 minutes )
Duration: 
45 minutes
Altitude: 
1300m
Destination: 
Kathmandu
Visit Kailash representative welcomes you with a flower garland, Sagun, and drinking water in Kathmandu airport then immediate transfer to the hotel. He / She will deliver a short briefing on immediate and further arrangements. Check in to the hotel, free time for rest. Note: Must arrive early morning in Kathmandu because of Visa issuance, or please come one day earlier.
Day 2
Guided sightseeing and trip briefing
( Altitude: 1300m, Duration: 6 Hours )
Duration: 
6 Hours
Altitude: 
1300m
Destination: 
Kathmandu
Submit your passport to the Chinese Embassy for the final Tibet Group Visa. Guided sightseeing to Budhanilkantha, a Sheshasayan or sleeping Vishnu temple, Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site & the city of fine arts. There will be a detailed briefing on Kailash Yatra and its preparations in the evening.
Day 3
Guided sightseeing
( Altitude: 1300m, Duration: 6 Hours )
Duration: 
6 Hours
Altitude: 
1300m
Destination: 
Kathmandu
Guided sightseeing to Bhaktapur, the capital of ancient Kathmandu Mandal which is famous for medieval architecture and craftsmanship. Also visit Doleshwor temple, the head of Kedarnath. Yatra preparation and packing.
Day 4
Pashupatinath Darshan (Havana, Puja), fly to Nepalgunj
( Altitude: 150m, Duration: 6 Hours )
Duration: 
6 Hours
Altitude: 
150m
Destination: 
Nepalgunj
Early morning Pashupatinath darshan and participate at the Rudrabishek performed by 11 Vedic pandits from Gurukulam. In the late afternoon, you will fly to Nepalgunj with your Visa and passport received from the Chinese Embassy. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 5
Fly to Simikot
( Altitude: 2900mm, Duration: 50 Minutes )
Duration: 
50 Minutes
Altitude: 
2900mm
Destination: 
Fly to Simikot
Early Morning fly to Simikot (50 minutes) from Nepalgunj or drive to Surkhet, then fly to Simikot. Upon arrival check in to the hotel/resort. A short exploration of Simikot for acclimatization.
Day 6
Helicopter ride to Hilsa & drive to Taklakot
( Altitude: 3,900m, Duration: 5 Hours )
Duration: 
5 Hours
Altitude: 
3,900m
Destination: 
Taklakot
Morning helicopter flight to Hilsa (flight duration: 20 minutes, baggage weight limit: 12kg) Once all members of the group arrive, cross the border (the Karnali river) by suspension bridge then drive to Taklakot by tourist coaches. There are border formalities in Nepal and Tibet (PRC) side. Check in to the hotel at Taklakot and rest.
Day 7
Acclimatization day at Taklakot
Altitude: 
3,900m
Destination: 
Taklakot
After breakfast hike nearby cliff monasteries and after lunch rest for Acclimatization.
Day 8
Drive to Manasarovar Lake
( Altitude: 4,588m, Duration: 6 Hours )
Duration: 
6 Hours
Altitude: 
4,588m
Destination: 
Manasarovar
After breakfast, drive towards Manasarovar Lake, in between stops for the first darshan of Kailash, Rakshas Lake, and Gurla Mandhata mountain view. Continue driving to Manasarovar Lake near Chhu Gompa, perform puja and Hawan at the lake, and overnight stay in a very basic guesthouse.
Day 9
Havana and ritual bathe at Manasarovar & drive to Tirthapuri, onto Darchen
( Altitude: 4700m, Duration: 5 Hours )
Duration: 
5 Hours
Altitude: 
4700m
Destination: 
Darchen
Morning we will perform Havana and Puja and take a holy ritual bathing in the Manasarovar Lake. Afternoon, drive to Tirthapuri also known as Adi Badrinath, situated at the bank of the Sutlej River, explore its major attractions, and drive to Darchen- the base camp of Kailash. This is a close view of Mt. Kailash, the south face. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 10
Parikrama starts: - Trek to Diraphuk
( Altitude: 4900 m, Duration: 8 Hours )
Duration: 
8 Hours
Altitude: 
4900 m
Destination: 
Diraphuk
Drive to Tharboche, which is an important PowerPoint for Tantric. Here you will have a Darshan of the West face of Kailash, the Mahakala form, and then trek to Diraphuk. Darshan of an amazingly close view of the North face of Kailash, the Linga form, is nothing less than divine from here. Stay overnight in a guesthouse at Diraphuk.
Day 11
Charan Sparsha Day
( Altitude: 4900 m, Duration: 5-6 hours )
Duration: 
5-6 hours
Altitude: 
4900 m
Destination: 
Diraphuk
After breakfast trek to Kailash glacier for Charan Sparsha, literally touching the feet of lord Shiva/Kailash. Chance for closest Darshan of Mt. Kailash. Trek back to Diraphuk, overnight in the same guesthouse.
Day 12
Cross Dolma pass and trek to Zuthulphuk Gompa (4,850m)
( Altitude: 4,850m, Duration: 8 hours )
Duration: 
8 hours
Altitude: 
4,850m
Destination: 
Zuthulphuk Gompa
Today is the hardest day of the Parikrama. So, we will start early in the morning. We will reach the Dolma Pass after 4-5 hours of trek or 2-3 hours by horse. After having the Darshan of Gauri Kunda near Dolma La, we will trek steep down to Sabje Zuthuk, the Buddha footprint where we will have our lunch. After lunch, continue trek down (or one can use a horse) to Zuthulphuk Gompa, where we will stay overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 13
Trek to Tangsar and drive to Hilsa via Taklakot, fly to Simikot
( Altitude: 2900 m, Duration: 8 hours )
Duration: 
8 hours
Altitude: 
2900 m
Destination: 
Saga
Trek to Tangsar and drive to Taklakot via Darchen. After lunch at Taklakot, drive to Hilsa and fly to Simikot by helicopter.
Day 14
Fly back to Nepalgunj, on to Kathmandu
( Altitude: 1300 m, Duration: 3 hours )
Duration: 
3 hours
Altitude: 
1300 m
Destination: 
Kathmandu
After breakfast, take a regular flight to Nepalgunj or fly to Surkhet and drive to Nepalgunj / further to Kathmandu. There will be a certificate ceremony followed by dinner.
Day 15
Trip concludes, departure
The trip concludes, and you depart to your destination

What's Included

  • All ground transportation by tourist vehicles in Nepal and India (till Lucknow) and Travel by tourist coach in Tibet with supporting truck & emergency jeep
  • Hotel and Guesthouses accommodations as per the itinerary.
  • Professional mountain guide to escorts the entire trip and supporting staff.
  • Tibet Travel Permit and Visa and Humla region restricted area permit & royalties
  • Pure vegetarian meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinners and Snacks) everyday as per itinerary
  • Travel duffle bag, a down jacket, rain poncho and water bottle holder
  • Kitchen crew with all necessary kitchen equipment
  • Oxygen cylinders with other tools, oxy-pulse meter etc.
  • Yaks to carry all supplies during Parikrama
  • Regular flights from Nepalgunj/Surkhet- Simikot- Kepalgunj/Surkhet and Simikot –Hilsa- Simikot flight by helicopter.
  • Bottled mineral water for drinking

What's not Included

  • International flight fares and Nepal Visa (if applicable)
  • Extra night’s hotel in Kathmandu in case of trip gets shortened/cancelled due to unforeseen and unusual circumstances
  • Medical/evacuation and rescue insurances
  • Personal expenses and personal clothes and equipment
  • Porter to carry backpack and horse for personal ride during Kora (Parikrama)
  • Gratitude to the staffs (TIPS) and offering / dakchhina at puja
  • Any other costs not mentioned above in cost includes section

Holiday Extensions

Following extensions are available to add to your itinerary either before or after the trip.

  • Trip to Lhasa
  • Tholing, Tshaparang: Guge Kingdom
  • Overland trip to Everest Base Camp (Tibet)

Please contact us for further information and the best price.

Date & Price

Arrival in Kathmandu
Departure from Kathmandu
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8 June, 2024
17 June, 2024
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22 June, 2024
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11 Sep, 2024
25 Sep, 2024
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3149/- USD

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