Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    13 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    5680 m

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private Car & Flight

  • Best Season:

    • Summer (May,Jun)

The Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour is proposed for those seeking a short visit to pay divine attention to Lord Shiva's abode. This journey is specially made for travelers who have a deep desire to visit this holy place but are short on time and for those with physical limitations or senior folks. 

Mount Kailash with a height of 6714 meters, is often referred to as Tise, Kailasa & Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows). It has been held on Mt. Meru, the Axis Mundi, and as the center of the physical and metaphysical universe in many eastern cosmologies.

The holy Mount Kailash is viewed differently by worshipers from various nations, ethnic groups, and religions. Hindus worship this mountain as the residence of Lord Shiva, the destroyer of the universe. Buddhist mythologies refer to this sacred mountain as a terrestrial projection of the Cosmic Mandela of Dhyani: Buddha and Bodhisattvas. The Jains believe that this is where their first teacher, Adinath, attained liberation. And, according to the Bon believers (a pre-Buddhist faith), their saint descended from this summit and they honor Mt. Kailash as the sacred nine-story swastika mountain and a seat of spiritual power. 

In addition, four of the great rivers of the Indian subcontinent, the Brahmaputra (the Yarlung Tsangpo) in the east, the Sutlej in the west, the Indus in the north, and the Ganges (The Karnali, the longest river in Nepal) in the south are born from the mighty Mount Kailash. 

Our high-end excursion of Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour departs from the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. The journey from Kathmandu’s highlands to the lowland of the Simikot district via Nepalgunj on a regular flight is stunning. After setting foot on Simikot, we journey in a personal helicopter to Hilsa while taking in the breathtaking scenery below us. From here, the overland travel to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar is easy and comfortable. We continue our ascent to Darchen with the assistance of a knowledgeable crew and guide to provide instruction, and from there we go on a three-day Parikarma journey, also known as Kora (circumambulation) around Mount Kailash in a clockwise direction, allowing the spiritual conviction to sink in.  After finishing the Kora, we continue our adventure overland to Taklakot and Hilsa, where we board a private helicopter to Simikot and then continue on to Kathmandu via connecting flight from Nepalgunj. 

Mount Kailash Helicopter Trip Highlights 

  • Scenic flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Simikot and vice versa 
  • Experience the thrilling Helicopter ride from Simokot to Hilsa and back 
  • The three-day holy Parikrama/Kora on Mount Kailash
  • Exploration of the sacred Manasarovar Lake along with Rakash Taal (Demon Lake)
  • Discover many gompas, monasteries, and beautiful settlements 
  • Cross the famous high mountain Himalayan Pass at 5620 meters, Drolma La Pass 
  • Admire Tibet's awe-inspiring dry yet beautiful plateaus
  • Pay a visit to the world’s most revered Hindu site Pashupatinath Temple along with Budhanilkantha in Kathmandu 
  • Get an insight into the life of the lively Kathmandu valley and the mysterious Kailash region 

Best Time to do Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour 

The best time to do the Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour is during the Saga Dawa Festival which usually falls in May month. During this festival, Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death are commemorated, and great events are organized in the region. And during this festival season, a large number of pilgrims especially from Tibet and India visit here filling up every accommodation. So, if you are planning to do the Mount Kailash Tour during Saga Dawa Festival, you are advised to make prior reservations through an authorized company like Himalaya Trekkers. Also, note that the festival date differs every year and you should be updated with the festival date. 

Other than the festival season, you can do this Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour anytime during the spring and autumn months when the weather is stable, the temperature is moderate, skies are clear, trekking trails are dry and views are picture-perfect. 

Summer/monsoon and winter are not recommended for the Helicopter tour to Mount Kailash. It is possible to make a trip to Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake during the summer/monsoon season. In fact, the summer months are best to visit the Mount Kailash region because rains are not regular and heavy obstructing the trek. Also, if it rains in the region, Kailash Manasarovar becomes even more mystical with much fresher air. However, our Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour starts from Nepal and includes a few plane and helicopter flights and Nepal receives heavy rainfall during the summer. So, the flights might get delayed or even canceled due to rain and view obstruction. 

Kailash Manasarovar Trip is avoided during winter because of the too chilly and severe conditions. Also, the majority of the path is blocked by thick snow, putting any trip to Mount Kailash Manasarovar at risk. 

Permits to do the Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour 

Travelers are required to obtain the following four permits to do the Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Yatra. 

1. Tibet Travel Permit 

Once you confirm and book the trip and travel plan with us, you will need to send us the scanned copy of your passport and photo. Then we send those documents to our Tibet travel partner and they submit those papers to the Tibet Travel Bureau (TTB). Once TTB checks and grants the permit, our Tibet Travel Partner will obtain them. Your Tibetan guide will keep it with him throughout the Mount Kailash Trip and he will show it where required. 

2. Chinese Group Visa 

Whether you have a Chinese visa or not, you must apply for a Chinese/Tibet Group visa at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu if you plan to visit Tibet from Nepal by land or air. Only people who have made bookings for tours through a licensed travel agency are eligible, and the agency will obtain it on their behalf once they arrive in Nepal because original passports are needed to secure the visa. Also keep in mind that getting a visa takes 3–4 working days, therefore you need to be in Kathmandu 3–4 days before your trip to Tibet. An interesting fact is that you cannot get your passport stamped with this visa; the Chinese Group Visa is a piece of A4 paper with your entry and exit times indicated. 

3. Alien Travel Permit 

As Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake in the Ngari Prefecture are considered restricted locations, you will also need the Alien Travel Permit. After you arrive in Tibet, your Tibetan guide will collect your original passport, Tibet Travel Permit, and Chinese Group Visa to obtain the Alien Travel Permit which can be issued within 1-2 hours. 

4. Military Permit 

Along with the Alien Travel Permit, Military Permit is also required when traveling to Mount Kailash and the Manasarovar Lake region. However, unlike Alien Travel Permit, it takes around 2 weeks to obtain the military permit. So, you are advised to book the trip at least a month before the departure. Once the booking is confirmed and your scanned passports and photos are received by us, we will send them to our Tibet Travel Partner. Once they receive those documents, they will submit those to Tibet Travel Bureau (TTB) for Tibet Travel Permit and to the military affairs office for Military Permit. 

Note:Obtaining all these documents and permits might seem too much work, but you do not have to worry because we will handle everything and obtain all the necessary permits on your behalf. 

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from the Himalayan Trekkers will greet you, transfer you to the hotel and assist with the check-in procedures. 

If you arrive early, we will have a discussion regarding our Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour and collect your passports, signatures, and other required documents for the Chinese Group Visa applications. However, if your arrival is late, the documents will be collected the next day. The visa procedure takes three working days. Then, in the evening, we take a stroll through Thamel to get a glimpse of the lifestyle there

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 1350 M

After breakfast, you will be picked up by the tour guide for full-day sightseeing in Kathmandu City. We will visit first visit Budhanilkantha Temple, one of the most important Hindu temples in Kathmandu dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is situated at the foot of Shivapuri Hill, about 10 kilometers from the heart of Kathmandu. The 5 meters long statue of sleeping Vishnu on a pond is the major highlight of the temple. The statue is the largest and one of the most beautiful stone carvings in Nepal. Not only Hindus, but Buddhists visit the temple to offer their prayers in Budhanilkantha. 

After exploring the Budhanilkantha Temple, we will drive to Boudhanath Stupa. Boudhanath or Boudha is the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the biggest in the world which represents Tibetan Buddhism. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, it is a very well-liked tourist destination for both foreigners and locals. Each day, hundreds of visitors and pilgrims circle the stupa counterclockwise under the watchful gaze of Buddha. And, according to legend, the stupa contains the relics of "Kasyapa Buddha," the third Buddha of the Bhadrakalpa, and "Siddharta Gautama Buddha," the fourth and current Buddha.

From Boudhanath, we drive for 15 minutes and reach Pashupatinath Temple, one of the four most revered Hindu sites in the world. Also, a World Heritage Site, the pagoda-styled temple, Pashupatinath is one of the oldest temples in the county and stands on the bank of the holy Bagmati River. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva where a silver-serpent-adorned stone Mukhalingam (linga with one or more human faces) is the main idol. Non-Hindus and pictures are not allowed in the main temple. You can observe the cremations along the river here in this mysterious temple. We end the day by strolling around the old market area of Kathmandu like Ason, Indra chowk, and Thamel. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 3: Bhaktapur Sightseeing & Easy hiking to Nagarkot

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 2175 M

Today is set aside for a short and easy day hiking to Nagarkot Hill Station in the Bhaktapur district for acclimatization and outdoor activity purposes. However, before we start the hike, we will first explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square in the town which falls on the way to Nagarkot. 

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the three durbar squares in the Kathmandu valley in Bhaktapur city and is the best example of cultural life. It is another UNESCO World Heritage site in the valley where hundreds of instances of traditional Newari architecture are present. You'll frequently come across stunning structures with intricate patterns and traditional red brick exteriors as you stroll the downtown streets. With temples on every corner, lively street markets, and arts and crafts being made everywhere you look, the entire town is like a living museum. 

From Bhaktapur, we drive for 15 minutes and reach Changunarayan Temple, the oldest temple in Bhaktapur and one of the oldest temples in Nepal dating back to the 4th century. It was built in pagoda style and some of the best carvings in the Kathmandu Valley are used to embellish the main temple, and the statue collection that surrounds the temple is the best you will find outside of the National Museum of Nepal.

Our easy and short Nagarkot hiking adventure begins from Changunarayan Temple via a scenic trail covered in a deciduous forest in the first section. Soon the Himalayas appear in the distance to be completely uninhabited and desolate. Then after walking for nearly 2 hours, we reach Nagarkot. 

Upon arrival in Nagarkot, we will check in at the hotel and rest. We can also visit the view tower there to observe the sunset along with the Himalayas scenery. From here, one can see numerous other smaller summits as well as five of the world's ten tallest mountains: Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Makalu (8463m), and Manaslu (8163m) (during clear weather). Terraced hillsides and the most breathtaking landscapes surround the area.

Note: The purpose of keeping this hike today was for the acclimatization purpose as we will be traveling to a higher elevation during our mount Kailash journey. However, if you are not interested to go on this hike, we can arrange some activities as per your interest in the city. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Nagarkot

Day 4: Fly to Nepalgunj & Explore

🕑 50 Minutes Flight & Transfer

Max Altitude: 150 M

With the morning call, we will rise up early to visit the view tower for a stunning sunrise view as well as the Himalayas. Then after breakfast, we transfer you to the airport in Kathmandu for the flight to Nepalgunj. One of our representatives will meet you at the airport with your Chinese Group Visa. 

After 50 minutes of the plane ride above the wide valleys, colorful towns, and long rivers, you will arrive in Nepalgunj. Then, you will be transferred to the hotel from the airport. Later, you can stroll around the markets and the streets of the neighborhood. 

Note: If your group size is big and you have enough time, you can take a 12-15 hrs scenic private drive and save the cost while enjoying the varied landscapes. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Nepalgunj

Day 5: Fly to Simikot from Nepalgunj

🕑 30 minutes Flight and Transfer to Hotel

Max Altitude: 2910 M

Soon after breakfast, we leave the hotel and transfer to the airport for a 30 minutes scenic flight to Simikot. Once in Simikot, we transfer you to the hotel and rest for the remainder of the day for the acclimatization purpose. In the evening, we will take a walk around the town and the hillside. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Best Available Hotel in Simikot

Day 6: Helicopter flight to Hilsa & Drive to Taklakot

🕑 Around 2 Hours Trip in Total

Max Altitude: 4025 M

After breakfast, we onboard a chartered helicopter to Hilsa from the Simikot Airport. Once we land in Hilsa, we will cross the Karnali Bridge in order to go to the opposite side, where we will be completing immigration procedures for Nepal. Then, after walking across the border, we board our Chinese bus and travel barely five minutes by car to the Chinese immigration office. After we complete the immigration procedures at the Chinese customs office, we proceed to Taklakot for the night. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Best Available Hotel in Taklakot

Day 7: Drive to Manasarovar Lake & Explore

🕑 2 Hours Drive and Explore

Max Altitude: 4550 M

We depart Taklakot after breakfast for Manasarovar Lake which takes around 2 hours of drive. On the way, we will make a stop at Rakshas Taal which is surrounded by gorgeous mountains and landscapes. Rakshas Taal is also called the "Lake of Demons" or "Ravan Taal" and we can see Mount Kailash, which towers above the other adjacent mountains from the lake. 

After taking a few photographs of this natural splendor, we continue on to Lake Manasarovar via the Shiv Valley which offers expansive and majesty views of Mount Kailash. Once we reach Manasarovar, check into the guesthouse in Chui Gumpa and relax. Then after lunch, we engage in spiritual pursuits like Parikrama of the beautiful Manasarovar Lake by vehicle, taking a holy bath, performing pujas, havans, and prayers on the bank of the river, meditating, etc. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Best available Lodge in Mansarovar

Day 8: Drive to Darchen

🕑 2/3 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 4575 M

We will perform morning rituals, puja, and Hawan at the bank of the lake and proceed the journey towards Darchen after breakfast. It's a quick 1-hour trip with lovely views of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar along the way, all close to the Tsu Gompa. Darchen is a pretty big town with a number of hotels and a large number of Chinese and Tibetan medical stores. It is also the base camp of Mount Kailash and the starting and ending point of 53-km, 2-and-a-half-day "Parikrama" or "Kora" (circumambulation of Mount Kailash). 

Once in Darchen, we check in the hotel and rest for the remainder of the day for acclimatization purposes and for preparation for the circuit. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel/guest house/lodges

Day 9: Drive to Tarboche & Trek to Diraphuk - 1st Day of Kora

🕑 30 Min Drive & 6 Hours Hike

Max Altitude: 5080 M

From Darchen, we drive 10 kilometers to Taroche village in the morning where we will stop for Yam Dwar (Yam is the Lord of Heaven & Hell, and Dwar means door). We will also meet the porters here and start the Kora/trekking journey to Diraphuk. We will walk for about 6 hours to get to the destination while enjoying the close-up glimpse of Mount Kailash. We spend the night at a guest house in Diraphuk. 

Note: Diraphuk is known for organizing a grand event during the Saga Dawa Festival. Hence, if we happen to travel during the festival time, we will have a great opportunity to get insight into the culture and traditions more deeply. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Monastery Guest House

Day 10: Trek to Zuthulphuk via Drolma La Pass - 2nd Day of Kora

🕑 6/7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 5680 M

If the weather is clear, we get up very early in the morning before dawn to catch the splendor of "Golden Kailash" as the first sunlight brushes the summit of the mount. After this fantastic experience, we will have our breakfast and leave for the 2nd day of Kora to Zuthulphuk. It is the longest and the most difficult day on this journey because we will be trekking 22 kilometers long trail and passing through this Drolma La Pass at 5680 meters which is the highest point of this Mount Kailas Manasarovar Yatra.

On our way to the Dolma La, we pass by a site where we can see Milarepa and Shiva Tsal's footprints. This is the location where pilgrims leave their possessions behind, donate a drop of blood, or donate a lock of hair to symbolize the act of leaving this life behind and wishing for the end of a miserable life. 

We will spend an ample amount of time at the pass, decorated with colorful prayer flags, and resume the trek. The remainder of the route is mostly downhill with only a few incline hills. We will reach Gauri Kund (also known as Parvati Kund) after a short distance from the pass. We will take some time to look at the Gauri Kunda and descend further to Zuthulphuk. In the evening we will visit the Zuthulphuk Monastery and walk around the surroundings before calling it a day. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Monastery Guest House

Day 11: Hike to Darchen - Last day of Kora & Drive to Hilsa via Taklakot

🕑 2 Hours Walk and 4 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 4025 M

Today is the last day of Mount Kailash Yatra Prikarama. After breakfast, we make the 10-kilometer descent on a winding, steady trail and arrive at Hor Qu village where our vehicle will be waiting for us. Then, we travel by vehicle to Darchen. Then, we will continue on our driving to Hilsa passing via Taklakot/Purang. 

Note: As vehicles go up to Hor Qu village these days, we will transfer from here. But, if you are interested to do the full circuit which is done for a spiritual purpose, we can organize the trek from Darchen to Darchen. However, you would have to confirm this plan before booking the trip. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Best Available Guest House

Day 12: Fly Hilsa-Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

🕑 2 Hours Flight and Transfer to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

We take an early morning Helicopter Ride from Hilsa to Simikot where we will catch the airplane flight to Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj, we take another flight to Kathmandu. 

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel for rest. In the evening, we will visit Pashupatinath for the evening aarti ceremony. You can carry the Jal (holy water) of Kailash and Prasad (offering) and end this Mount Kailash Yatra by doing Pashupatinath Aarti. 

Note: If you are traveling to India you can skip the travel to Kathmandu if you are interested. Once we are in Nepalgunj, you will be transferred to the nearest Nepal-India Border by overland from where you can continue the journey to India. However, you would have to inform this prior to the trip plan. 

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Airport

As our tour comes to an end, we will transfer you to the airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight back to your home country or onward destination. 

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • All airport transfers on a private vehicle 
  • Tibet visa fee
  • Nepalgunj – Simikot – Nepalgunj airfare
  • Simikot – Hilsa – Simikot helicopter flight
  • 3* standard category hotel accommodation on a twin/double sharing basis in Kathmandu, Nagarkot & Nepalgunj
  • All heritage entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing
  • English-speaking professional city guide
  • Best available guesthouse accommodation on a twin sharing basis in Simikot, Taklakot, and Chiu Gompa & during the Kora 
  • Tibetan Travel Bureau (TTB) approved guide in Tibet 
  • Havan puja (worship) services at Manasarovar if needed
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the yatra
  • 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
  • Welcome/farewell Dinner
  • All applicable government taxes

Excludes

  • International Airfares
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner) in Kathmandu & Nagarkot
  • Travel Insurance & Emergency Evacuation 
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, tips to guide and driver, liquor, etc.)
  • Any costs occurred under unavoidable circumstances (flight delay or cancellation, road blockade, illness, etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the INCLUSION section 

Accommodations during the Mount Kailash Helicopter Yatra 

Himalayan Trekkers offer the best available 3* standard category accommodations on a twin/double sharing basis in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, and Nepalgunj. However, if you want to upgrade the service or prefer a single supplementary we can manage them for you at an additional cost. 

During your stay in Hilsa, Taklakot, and Manasarover Lake, and during the Mount Kailash Parikrama, we offer you the best available guest house in the region with a clean room and warm and comfortable bed. The services are very basic than the hotels in city areas as they lie at the high altitude. 

Meals during the Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Yatra 

Every breakfast during the Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour is included in the package cost. And except for the lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all other meals are provided by Himalayan Trekkers. You can find a variety of dishes such as Tibetan cuisines, Sichuan cuisines, Hunan menus, etc. on your way to Mount Kailash. And, the meals during the Yatra trip will all be vegetarian. 

We have not included lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nagarkot as these cities have wide options to select from. There are hundreds of good restaurants and a number of great eateries in Kathmandu and Nagarkot respectively where you can find dishes from anywhere around the world including Indian, Chinese, Continental, and Western along with the local Nepalese dishes. However, we can recommend the place to dine in as per your preferences. 

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