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Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour

Mt. Kailash, at 6714 m, is often referred as Tise, Kailasa & Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows). It has been celebrated as Mt. Meru, the axis mundi and as the center of the physical & metaphysical universe in many eastern cosmologies. Mt. Kailash is a holy place for different religions like Hindu, Buddhist, Jains and Bonpo. Hindus worship this mountain as the residence of lord Shiva, the destructor of the universe. Buddhists mythologies refer this holy mountain as a terrestrial projection of the cosmic Mandela of Dhyani - Buddha’s & Bodhisattvas. The wheel of Life; for the Bonpo, Kailash was the sacred nine storey Swastika Mountain, upon which the Bonpo founder Sherab alighted from heaven. Four of the great rivers of the Indian subcontinent originate from here: the Karnali, which feeds into the Ganges (south); the Indus (north); the Sutlez (west) & the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo, east).

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Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Enter Nepalgunj from Indian Border through Mahendranagar.
Our representative from Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition will meet you at the Border and we drive to Mahendranagar and than Nepalgunj. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Nepalgunj – Simikot – Hilsa – Purang (3700 m)
6:30 AM After breakfast fly to Simikot from Nepalgunj. Complete Nepal immigration formalities before continuing our helicopter flight to Hilsa. Drive to Chinese Border from Hilsa and we continue our drive to Purang. On arrival at Purang, check in at Hotel.

Day 03: Purang rest and acclimatize
After a leisure breakfast, we will go for a short excursion drive to Kejia village. Here situated in the middle of the village is the Kejia monastery. This monastery is also known as the Khojarnath temple.

Khojarnath temple:
Chenga Sherab Jungne (1187-1241) bestowed the king of Purang, Jowo Atigman (Jo Bo a tig sman), with spiritual teachings and the transmission of Mahamudra. In turn, as a token of appreciation, the king presented the Drikung order with additional territories and with the famous shrine of Khojar (kho char lha khang), known as the shrine of Khojarnath. Up to the present day the impressive building, surrounded by white washed stupas and a large wall of mani-stones and yak-skulls inscribed with mantras, is one of the foremost objects of pilgrimage in western Tibet. During the period in which Drikung took control of Khojarnath, in 13th and 14th century, the Drikungpa found also patronage in the Buddhist rulers of the Khas Malla kingdom in Western Nepal.

Day 04: Lake Mansarovar, 4510 m, 84 km
After breakfast drive to Lake Mansarovar. Here we start our parikarma of the holy lake via Chui Gompa stopping at Trugo Gompa at noon to take a picnic lunch and sthan. The afternoon waters of Mansarovar are relatively warm so that taking our sthan (purification bath). Here we also do our Havan puja, performed by our pundit with both Mansarovar and Kailas in front of us. On completion of our puja and parikarma we then drive back to our guest house.

Rakshas Tal (Ravan Tal, Langka Tso) is famous for being the lake of the lord Ravan (learned of all gods). In Jain version of Ramayana, Ravana is one of the Trisastisalaka Purusa (63 illustrious persons) who appear in every time cycle. According to Jain cosmology, time cycle has nine sets of Baladeva (balabhadra), vasudeva (narayana) and partivasudeva (anti vasudeva or anti hero). Rama, Lakshmana and Ravana are the eighth Baladeva, Vasudeva, and Partivasudeva. In the Jain epic of Ramayana, it is Lakshmana who ultimately kills Ravana and not Rama as told in the Hindu version. In the end, Rama who lead an upright life renounces his kingdom, becomes a Jain monk and attains moksha. On the other hand, Lakshmana and Ravana go to hell. However it is predicted that ultimately they both will be reborn as upright persons and attain liberation in their future births. According to Jain texts, Ravana will be the future Tirthankara (omniscient teacher) of Jainism.

Rakshas Tal
Ravana at first went to meet Shiva. Nandi the vehicle of Shiva, refused to let Ravana in. He got annoyed and started teasing Nandi. To show Nandi his love for Shiva, Ravana attempted to uproot and move the mountain on a whim. Shiva, annoyed by Ravana's arrogance, pressed his littlest Toe on Kailash, pinning him firmly and painfully under it. His ganas informed Ravana of whom he had crossed, upon which Ravana became penitent. He plucked his nerves and used them as strings to compose music and sang songs praising Shiva, and is said to have done so for years until Shiva released him from his bondage. Pleased with his resilience and devotion, Shiva gave to him the divine sword Chandrahas (Chandra-Moon, Has-laugh, literally 'the laughter of the moon' but referring to the shape formed by a crescent moon which resembles a smile). It was during this incident that he acquired the name 'Ravana', meaning "(He) of the terrifying roar", given to him by Shiva - the earth is said to have quaked at Ravana's cry of pain when the mountain was pinned on him. Ravana in turn became a lifelong devotee of Lord Shiva and is said to have composed the hymn known as Shiva Tandava Stotra. After Ravana had been given the Celestial juice of Immortality by Brahma, he went on to please Shiva. He cut his head & put it as sacrifice for pleasing Shiva, but Shiva replaced his head with a new one. This was repeated Nine times, on which Shiva was happy & pleased with Ravana's resilience & devotion. Thus he also got name Dasa-sheesha. In Buddhist philosophy it is believed that centuries ago two gold fish of Mansarovar dug a channel through Lake Mansarovar to Lake Ravan Tal bringing the purified waters of Manas to Rakshas Tal thereby purifying the lake – this channel is still visible and is known as the Ganga Chu.

Day 05:Darchen (4610 M), 30 km
About 30 kms north of Lake Mansarovar is Darchen, the main gateway to Mt. Kailash. Here we organize yaks or ponies for the Kailash circuit trek. The last portion of drive takes us approximately one hour directly towards the Kailash face. Roads are a little rough but worth it to see the close up view of the south face of the holy mountain. It is via this route also that the inner parikarma is performed.

Astapad
The first Tirthankara lord Rishabhdev died on this place. If one can visit this place of pilgrim, once in a life, he gets ultimate salvation, liberation in that birth only. Such very significant place of Astapad is located in north of Himalaya.

Day 06: Dirapuk 4730 m
Drive 08 kms to Tarboche / Shersong (Yamdwar) perform puja near big prayer flag and start parikarma 10 kms to Diraphuk. This Kailash circuit covers 53 kms & can be done in 3 days. We head west in clockwise direction & after a few kilometers the trail climbs up to a cairn at 4730 m from where the northern face of Mt. Kailash comes to view. En route visit Tarboche where annual flag pole raising ceremony takes place during Saga Dawa.

Yamdwar 4500 m
Literally means gate way to death – or re birth. In Tibetan it is known as the Changyi chorten and the gate way to Mt. Kailash. For Hindus, it is known as Yamdwar or the way to salvation through death. It is commonly believed that Kailash – the ultimate parikarma is taking a new birth.

Shersong
At the foot of the Kailash has a story behind it that once centuries ago a pious Tibetan pilgrim carried all his money in gold and travelled a long distance to make this most hazardous and difficult of all pilgrimages. He finally reached this spot where his money also ran out and from that this place was named as Shersong (Pot of Gold).

Day 07: Diraphuk - Zudrulpuk, 4790 m
Today we cross Drolma Ia pass (5630 M) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608 m) where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy waters of the lake.

Day 08: Finish parikarma and drive to Purang (Astapad visit if not done before or Tirthapuri)
The final end of the parikarma is an easy 2-3 hrs walk down to where the river emerges on to the Barga plain. We complete the 3 day circuit trek of Mt. Kailash to be greeted by our vehicles and drivers awaiting us at Lamchu valley and from here drive to Darchen for lunch. After lunch drive to Astapad if this is not done previously or continue directly to Tirthapuri. From here we then continue onwards to Purang.

Here we will take a short excursion tour to Tirthapuri (Dadapuri) Hot Springs. It is a short drive of approximately 1 hour. Tirthapuri is famous for being the source of Tibetan herbal medication. It is here that Milarepa and Dorjee Phagmo meditated. Dorjee Phagmo is the only female goddess in the Tibetan pantheon of Gods and the consort of Demchog the lord of Mt. Kailash.

Tirthapuri (Dadapuri)
Located northwest of Mount Kailash in Western Tibet, the Tirthapuri Hot Springs are closely associated with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Pilgrims bathe in pools fed by the springs, visit the monastery containing the guru's footprint and dig for healing stones along a one-hour pilgrimage route. The Tirthapuri Hot Springs are located about 80km northwest of Mount Kailash, 65km west of Darchen, and 9km south of Moincer (Mensi). Tirthapuri is accessible by road but there is no public transportation.

Day 09: Nepalgunj
After breakfast, drive to Hilsa to catch our helicopter and fly back to Simikot and board connecting flight to Nepalgunj. Transfer to your nearest boarder or another destination after lunch.  

Cost Includes:

  • Tibet permits
  • Tibet visa fee
  • Nepalgunj – Simikot – Nepalgunj airfare
  • Simikot – Hilsa – Simikot helicopter flight
  • Domestic airport taxes
  • Humla Trekking permit
  • Simikot Village Development Fee
  • NTB/TAAN –TIMS Fee
  • Monument entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Khojarnath temple excursion
  • Astapad and Nandi prabhat excursion
  • Tirthapuri excursion
  • Twin share accommodation using hotels / guest house as per itinerary
  • Havan puja (worship) services at Mansarovar
  • All meals (pure vegetarian) prepared by professional chef
  • Pick up / drop from the Indian Border.
  • Guided tours and transfers using coach, bus and land cruiser as per group size in Nepal and Tibet
  • Services of our trekking staff and camping / trekking equipment including medical first aid kit and other life saving devices

Cost excludes:

  • Nepal visa fee for foreigners other than Indian passport holders.
  • International airfare
  • International airport taxes
  • Horses for parikarma
  • Additional personal helper for parikarma
  • Medical Insurance & emergency rescue charges
  • Additional transportation & porter charges in the event of landslides or other natural calamities
  • Any other services not specified in the above costs includes list

NOTE: Please advise us the FOOD MENU (we will prepare accordingly)

Regulations on Bookings and Cancellation

  1. Program or flight dates can be changed within our dates and a service charge of INR 2500 will be applicable. We should be informed at least one month prior to date of departure. All changes should have written communication.
  2. In case of cancellation 15 days prior to departure date, 50 % of full fare will be refunded without any other charges.
  3. No refunds will be entertained, less than 15 days prior to departure.
  4. The final payment of the complete Tour cost should be paid at least one month prior to date of departure.
  5. without complete payment of Tour cost, Adventure Mission Nepal Treks wouldn’t be obligated.
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