Kailash Helicopter Tour

Trip Overview Kailash Helicopter Tour

Hindus regard Mount Kailash (6714m) as the earthly manifestation of Mount Meru which is the spiritual centre of the universe. Mount Kailash is the most revered mountain in Asia as it takes prime position in four religions including Hindu, Buddhist, Bon and Jain. Hindus consider Kailash as the abode of Lord Shiva- The Destroyer God, Kailash is Kang Rimpoche for Tibetans while Bon consider Kailash as the soul of Tibet and Jains take Mount Kailash to be Mount Ashtapada from where the Saint Rishabanatha achieved spiritual liberation.   
A single rotation of Mount Kailash is believed to wipe away all the sins committed in current lifetime while 108 complete rotations around Mount Kailash is said to help in attaining salvation which breaks the vicious circle of life and death.
Kailash Helicopter Tour at ‘Adventure Himalayan Travels’ is 10- Days long Pilgrim Travel Package that initiates by flying to Nepalgunj and proceeds further through air to Simikot at which point we will take a helicopter tour to Simikot and to Hilsa. From Hilsa, we will drive to Manasarovar follow the way back to Kathmandu for departure. Visiting the Secret Land of Tibet allows paying homage to several wonderful edifices of palaces and Monastery with fine craftsmanship.
Itinerary Outline of Kailash Helicopter Tour:
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Fly to Nepalgunj
Day 03: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot – Hilsa and drive to Purang 
Day 04: Free day in Purang (Taklakot) for acclimatization
Day 05: Drive from Purang to Mansarovar (4560m) 
Day 06: Drive from Mansarovar to Darchen-Yam Dar and trek to Dera Phuk
Day 07: Trek to Zutrul Phuk (470m) Via Dolma Pass
Day 08: Parikarma ends -  Drive back to Purang  and walk down to Hilsa
Day 09: Fly from Hilsa to Nepalgunj via Simikot and Kathmandu 
Day 10: Final Departure OR Optional Tour
 

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
Welcome to the Himalayan nation Nepal. You will meet our representatives at the Airport and then be transferred to the hotel. After arrival, we will be briefing about your trip. If you have any questions or doubts about your trip, they should be asked and clarified at this time. Then in the evening you will visit to Pashupatinath Temple for Aarati Darshan, than come back to Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Fly to Nepalgunj 
After breakfast the next morning, we will go for an interesting tour around Kathmandu city. Being escorted by an English speaking guide (we can provide you with any language speaking guide on your request), you will visit the temples and monuments and get the full taste of our culture, heritage and local people. In our sightseeing tour, we will go to Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath (Monkey temple) and Kathmandu Durbar square, along other monuments.
After sightseeing tour will be transferd to the airport to catch your flight for Nepalgunj. It takes around 45 minutes to reach Nepalgunj. Our representative will pick you in airport and transfer to your Hotel, overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 03: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot – Hilsa and drive to Purang (3400m)
Early morning on this day, you will be transferred to the Airport (10 minutes from Hotel) for flying to Hilsa (the border between Nepal and China), in Humla district. Before reaching Hilsa, your helicopter lands at Simikot, the administrative headquarters of Humla district of Nepal. You will land here as the border immigration office of Nepal is situated here and according to the regulations of Nepal, you must put exit stamp on your Passport before you leave for China or the Kailash. The entire formalities take about 30 to 45 minutes. After completing the formalities in Simikot, you will continue your journey to Hilsa. Once you land at Hilsa, you cross the Karnali River along a suspension bridge and enter the China side and then continue trekking up to the "Sher village". The Chinese immigration office and Border Check Post is situated in Sher village. Your vehicles (Land Cruisers & truck) will be waiting there as well. The actual trek takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to reach Sher from the suspension bridge. Due to different pace of walking of the members, it might take at least two hours to gather all group members & luggage in immigration office up in Sher. However, the formalities don't take long time. From Sher, it takes another one hour to reach Taklakot (Purang -3700 m.).

Day 04: Free day in Purang (Taklakot) for acclimatization
This day, you will rest at Taklakot for acclimatization purpose. As you have gained enormous height within a day while coming to Taklakot, hence it would be wise to acclimatize for a day before making any further journey to the higher elevation. So, it is significantly important to spend a day here for your safety purpose. However, the trekkers can also arrange a short visit to the Khojarnath temple (the ancient temple of Ram, Sita and Laxman) which is an optional program and you will have to pay for transport (going and coming back) as well as the entrance fee of the temple. Or else, you might stroll around the city on your own and visit the ruins of ancient Taklakot. Khojarnath temple is the ancient temple of Ram, Sita and Laxman. The temple (Monastery) is 1100 years old.

Day 05: Drive from Purang to Mansarovar (4560m) 
Early morning after breakfast, you will depart for Lake Mansarovar from Purang. Your Kailash Parikrama begins on this day. We will drive for about 75 km to reach Mansarovar via Rakshash Tal. You will have a short break in Rakshas Taal (Lake Ravana) to take some pictures & observe the sceneries. After taking a short break in Rakshas Taal, you will continue your journey to Lake Manasarover. The journey on the day will take us to the beautiful and sacred Mansarovar Lake set amidst the extraordinary landscape. After taking a holy bath and performing Puja and other religious rituals, we perform Parikrama at the sacred Mansarovar. From this vantage point, we can even get a glimpse of the majestic Mount Kailash. This journey leaves us spiritually fulfilled and content.

Day 06: Drive from Mansarovar to Darchen-Yam Dar and trek to Deraphuk (4920m)
After performing puja and taking a holy dip in the Lake, we will drive to Yam Dwar (Or Serson, 10 Km / 4750m), the auspicious gateway to the Parikrama (circuit) around Mt. Kailash. Also, it is the sky burial site of local Tibetan people. From here, you can see the closest view of the Mt. Kailash. Also, this is the particular place from where the group normally splits in two parts. Those, who are willing to perform the holy circumambulation around the Mt. Kailash will start trekking from "Yama Dwar" and the rest of the people who are not willing to go for trekking will return Darchen on Jeep and wait for others to come. The trail to Dera Phuk is easy & flat. However, because of the high elevation, you will find difficulty to walk. The total journey to Dera Phuk Gompa (4890m/18 km) requires round 5 to 6 hours respectively. 

Day 07:  Trek to Zutul Phuk (470m) Via Dolma Pass (5600m)
Early morning on the day, you will start up hill trekking to Dolma-La (5600 m). This is the toughest day of the journey. The entire trail up to Dolma-La is gradually up and from here the trail rapidly drops down to the next valley floor (Zutul Phuk). The holiest water pool (glacial lake - Gauri kunda) is just situated beyond this pass. This is the lake, people believe, where Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva, used to take bath. After making downhill trek to the valley (the next side of the high pass), the trek up to Zutul Phuk Gomba requires another two hours. – Dera Phuk to Zutrul phuk Gomba - 9 hours.  Those who are not performing Parikrama can rest at Lake Mansarovar or take optional tour to Astapath, Thirthapur, etc. at their own expense.

Day 08: Parikarma ends - Drive back to Purang and walk down to Hilsa
Today is the final day for Parikrama. After completing Parikarma, you will drive back to Purang (Taklakot). After which, you will refresh and drive to Sher. After completing the immigration formalities, you will walk down to Hilsa which will take around 45 minutes. Overnight stay at Hilsa.

Day 09: Fly from Hilsa to Nepalgunj via Simikot and Kathmandu 
After breakfast, you will be flying to Simikot by Helicopter and then again to Nepalgunj from Simikot. From Nepalgunj airport, you will catch a connecting flight to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the Hotel and you can spend the free time shopping for souvenirs in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Final Departure OR Optional Tour
After breakfast, you have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure Or optional Tour for Muktinath Darshan, Everest flight, Manakamana Darshan trip, Janakpur Dham, Lumbini, Halesi mahadev, Damodar Kunda, Dakshinkali Darshan, White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Paragliding, Chitwan Jungle Safari. Please Contact us for more information about option trip at additional cost.
 

Cost Include:

  • Arrival & departure transportation by private non AC vehicle in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by non AC vehicle as per itinerary
  • Hotel at Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with all meals in 3/4 star hotels
  • One night accommodation in Nepalgunj on full board basis (twin sharing)
  • Nepalgunj to Simikot and back, Simikot to Hilsa & back to Simikot by Helicopter
  • Domestic airport taxes 
  • Tibet group visa and travel/trekking permits

Tibet side
  • Accommodation in hotel/Guesthouse/tents with all meals 
  • All necessary camping equipment for Parikrama
  • Every day pure vegetarian meals
  • Private vehicle & support trucks for Tibet side 
  • Transportation in Tibet in 4WD Land Cruiser (4 passengers in one Land Cruiser) 
  • English speaking Tibetan guide
  • Necessary supporting crew (Cook, Sherpa, tour Manager from Nepal)
  • Gamow bag (pressure bag), basic first-aid kit and oxygen for emergency use 
  • Humla region restricted area permit & royalties 
  • Porter cost in Hilsa (while going and coming back) 
  • All applicable taxes & service charges
Cost Exclude:
  • Transfers other than Kathmandu and Tibet
  • Entrance/Monument fees
  • All beverages, Photography charges and Telephone calls
  • Travel Insurance of clients
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for staff
  • A visit to Khojarnath temple
  • Bottled drinks
  • Emergency evacuation expenses, helicopter
  • Riding Yak/Horse for Kailash Parikrama (direct payable to Yak/horse holder)
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. in such case extra will be charged as per actual.
  • Expenses of personal urgent visa fee etc. & Services other than specified
  • Extra night accommodation or any charges in Kathmandu, if arrive early or late in Kathmandu in case of evacuation
  • Single Supplement charges in Kathmandu
  • Anything not mentioned in cost include

 

General Information:

KAILASH LOCATION Western Tibet

ALTITUDE Kailash peak (6714m) above the Sea level

BASE CAMP Darchen (4800m) above Sea level.

CLIMATE Unpredictable Max 20 degree C to Min. -16 degree Celsius

BELIFES Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Ban-Po (all AUM followers)

SEASON Late April to Early November.

PARIKRAMA OF KAILASH 52 Km. {three days} - 42 Km. only by walk

ALTTITUTE OF MANSAROVAR 4550m. above Sea level

PARIKRAMA OF MANSAROVAR   102 Km. (3-4 hrs by Land Cruiser)

KILOMETER FROM KTM 817 one way including 52 Km round of Kailash Parbat and excluding 110 ktm to boarder

TOTAL JOURNEY From Nepal to Nepal is 13 nights to 14 days normally and changes as per program itineraries

CLOTHING Heavy woolen and clothing meant for mountaineering

STANDARD TIME Tibet is 2:15 hours ahead than Nepal’s time

CURRENCY: The unit of currency is the Yuan. A dollar equivalent 7.00 Yuan approximately 

Fitness: Please start to get in shape now! Good 30 minute walk, jogging daily, stretching and regular exercise should put you in the right shape (concentrate on your heart & legs- Aerobics), Porters will be carrying the bulk of your equipment, but it is recommended that you bring a good day pack and are fit enough to carry shacks, filled water bottle/Canteen food. Snacks, camera, film, map, jumper, sun hit, first ad kit, light weight, rain gear, extra clothes etc. General Information about Kailash 

Temperature and Weather: Weather condition from June to September in TIBET, can be expected to be dry and sunny, with precipitation in July and August day time temperature can be as high as 22 degrees centigrade in Tibet the average daily temperature will be 10 degree centigrade, however, the intense sun at high altitude can bake it feel even hotter. At this time of year there is an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening time; temperature at Night time will drop as low as 0 to -10 degrees centigrade at altitudes of 5000 meters, our highest camp during the Parikarm.

Health Considerations: All participants must provide health certificate given by a reputed doctor confirming that the participant is fit to travel in altitude of 5700 M. We ask you to bring along your own small first aid kit (available at Pharmacies), some of the items we ask you to bring in the kit are antiseptic cream or wound disinfectant iodine, tube-squeeze cream, foot care and blister treatment ointments, band-aids, adhesive roll & strips, gauze pads, moleskin, (please bring trusted comfortable walking boots), gauze pads, gauze rolls, adhesive tapes, ace bandage for the ankle, elastic bandage rolls, water disinfectant tablets, 

Antibiotics: (Triethoprim / Sulfamethoxazole - Bactrim DS or Septra (DS-Double strength/160mg 800mgs) Antidiarrheals: Lomotil & Pepto - Bismol tablets and make sure you bring Charcoal tablets. 

Please see your doctor for more advice concerning antibiotics & antidiarrheals 

Anti: Inflammatory: Advil, Rufen or Mortin. Aspirin / Tylenol or general painkillers, strong sunscreen oil, skin antibiotic cream, antifungal ointment, lozenges, Strepsils, small scissors & knife, waterproof matches safety pins, thermometer, lighter, dehydration salt packets, foot powder and cream, heat balm for muscles & joints, Vicks  etc.

Altitude Sickness: This is an environment related condition that can affect anyone who ascends too rapidly to high elevations without acclimatizing properly.

Here we would like to suggest, to read any book on trekking which has a chapter on this and also consult your doctors.

Responsibility: All arrangements within Tibet are solely at the discretion of the China Tibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB) a Government Organization, and we have no control over the quality of the vehicles or the facilities.  Satyam Tours and Travel Pvt. Ltd reserve the right to change itineraries without advance notice, depending on the weather and road condition and China Tibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB) reserve right to change itineraries without advance notice, depending upon any various diseases characterized by a high fever or any other strike in China.

Currency: All Major Foreign currencies and TCS are accepted in Zhangmu Bank in return for Yuen. The basic unit of Chinese Currency, Yearn equal Rs 9, Jiao and 1 Jiao equal 10 Fen, at Present US $1=8 Yean (Approx), Credit card not accepted. I yean=INR 9/- (Approx).

Staff: Our highly experienced Sherpa staff will be responsibility for all camping & cooking arrangements.

Guide / Escort: Local English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the tour in Tibet.

Oxygen: One oxygen cylinder with will be provided in each vehicle and during the PARIKARMA. Please note that Oxygen is to be used only in case of emergency.

Custom Formalities: Valuable goods taken for personal use (radio & video cameras etc) should be declared at customs office by completing a customs declaration from and brought back on return journey. Antiques must be properly certified, otherwise they may be confiscated.

Transportation: Kathmandu to Kodari Private Minibus will be provided for the group. Border crossing from Kodari to Zhangmu (Tibet) will be on trucks, approximately 30 min. ride. Throughout the journey in Tibet you will be traveling in 4500 Land cruiser or 62 model Land cruiser.  Trucks will be provided for luggage and all camping equipment and food supplies.

Briefing and orientation: There will be a briefing on the programme on next day of your arrival in Kathmandu. It’s very important that all participants attend this briefing.

Accommodation: Accommodations in all palaces are Lodge, but during to time of PARIKARMA and stay at Mansarovar over Night will be in tent. The rooms at these places are very basic without any modern facilities.  You will be required to bring sufficient supplementary fool like chocolates, biscuits, nuts, pickles, bhujias, swahilies and your favorite tinned products to add variety to the meals. Lunch will be packed of light snacks.

VISAS and Documentation: Your must be in possession of valid passport for at least 6 months. We will obtain your VISA for Tibet and will require the following information, when making your reservation. Full name as it appears in your passport, passport number, date if expire, place of issue, nationality, date of birth and occupation, Two passport size photographs are also required. Additionally, you must allow a minimum of 10 full working days in Kathmandu for the visa. Getting a visa for Tibet on the Indian passport is guaranteed once the tour is booked.  Your passports should reach us not later then 20 days prior to your departure.

Your Passport incase of delay receive with us, you have to additional pay $43 per person for emergency VISA, here we would like request you resume your passport before 20 days of Departure.

Photography: Still cameras, home video cameras, are allowed to in China, but beware, please don’t take photos, video Chinese Government area, like Army camp, Chinese Govt. home etc.

Insurance: We recommend that you insure yourself against sickness, EMERGENCY rescue, accident hospitalization, cancellation etc. As we accept no responsibility for damages or expenses which may arise from mishaps to persons of their belongings during those pilgrimages.

Communication: There are must of overnight stay area have communication connection.  However!  Please be informed that is may be difficult at times to get the connection.  If any urgent messages have to be send to any of the participants, please contact us at our Kathmandu head office address.

Clothing: Clothing’s for both extremes of climate and temperature. While driving to Kailash, it will be warm inside the vehicle and light clothing will be required, but as soon as you step out of the vehicle, warm clothing’s will be required to keep off the cold winds of the Tibetan Plateau. Evening will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required we recommend that you bring along the following clothing and accessories with you - Down Jacket (can be rented in Kathmandu @ approx INR 30 per Day), warm thin pullover, warm thick pullover, warm pants, light loose cotton pants, warm windproof jacket, cotton sleeve T-shirts, thermal underpants, thermal vests full, rain coat with hood/ Poncho (should be roomy), ankle high walking boots, extra shoe laces, light tennis shoes & light rubber sandal, warm woolen socks, light cotton or silk scarf, warm gloves, soft paper tissues and handkerchief, monkey cap and sun hat, towels (big/ small), washing kit.