Nepal Helicopter Tour with Mt Kailash

Nepal Helicopter Tour with Mt Kailash

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

13 Days

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Max Altitude:

Dolma La pass (5,630m)

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Private Vehicle / Helicopter

Best Season:

March - May

Nepal Helicopter Tour with Mount Kailash is an exciting trip designed to take the visitors to the abode of Lord Shiva in a short period. The journey is combined with scheduled flights, chartered helicopter flights, scenic drives, and short treks. 

This 13 days helicopter tour provides you with the best advantage of traveling to sacred Mount Kailash without having to trek in the rough rugged terrain to Mansarovar Lake. 

Your tour begins with guided sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley coupled with a scenic flight to Nepalgunj and to Hilsa from where the overland trip starts towards the Shore of Lale Mansarover. During our time in Mount Kailash periphery, we will come across Drolma La Pass at 5,630 m, Gauri Kund Lake at 5,608 m, and Tirthapuri. All these places have historical, religious, and cultural significance.

Join us and get the best services. Create memories, gain experiences, and learn about the lifestyles and cultures of the Tibetans during this incredible journey to Mount Kailash. 

Best time for Mount Kailash Nepal Helicopter Tour

This heli tour takes you to a high altitude of about 5000 meters. Any high-altitude tour requires preparations and research. Things are not any different for this tour as well. If you want to make the most out of this tour, you must do your research and decide the best time for this tour.

For some people, the intense views matter, for some the solitary and silent path, and some, the blooming nature-filled trails matter.

We are going to provide you some insights and you can decide accordingly which time is best for you. Summer and winter seasons are often considered the off-season for this trek. 

Summer can make the trails slippery and unsafe. Also, the views would not be up to par due to the misty environment.

Winter, on the other hand, will be dry but the weather would be harsh and cold. So, this also might not be the best time for this tour.

The Spring months i.e. March, April, May, and Autumn i.e. September, October, and November are characterized by steady, tolerable weather along with brilliant views, so these months are the best time for this tour.

Starting Price

USD 4249 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)

On arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Himalayan Trekkers will greet you and escort you to the designated hotel in the center of the city. 

Check-in at the hotel and relax. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can stroll around the streets, shops, and fooderies in the Thamel area in the evening. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

Day 2

Full-day sightseeing of Kathmandu

Meals included: Breakfast

Today, you will have a guided sightseeing of some of the popular landmarks in Kathmandu Valley after breakfast. 

You will be assisted to Kathmandu Durbar Square that lies in the center of the valley with some interesting monuments like the Kasthamandap, the Kumari house, and the Hanuman Dhoka. The Durbar Square used to be the royal palace of the Shah and Malla kings of Nepal. 

Then, we drive to Swoyambhunath Stupa on a hilltop overlooking the Kathmandu valley along with scenic view of the Hiamlayas. It is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal which is popular as "Monkey Temple". 

The last sightseeing destination is Khokana Bungmati. These are two ancient Newar Villages in the outskirts of Patan offering beautiful traditional Newari houses and unique architecture. 

You will be driven back to you hotel in the evening. 

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Fly to Nepalgunj & explore the surrounding

Meals included: Breakfast

Early morning, we drive to the airport for a flight to Nepalgunj. You will be escorted to your hotel for an ovenight stay. In the evening, you can explore the surrounding, small settlements, and popular places. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 1 hour+ flight and 1/2 hour drive

Day 4

Fly to Simikot, Heli flight to Hilsa & drive to Purang

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After an early breakfast, we fly to Simikot from Nepalgunj. We complete Nepal immigration formalities before continuing our helicopter flight to Hilsa. Then, we drive to Chinese Border from Hilsa and continue our drive to Purang. On arrival in Purang, check in at hotel and relax.

Accommodation: Local Guest House Estimated Walking Distance: 1 hour+ flight and 5-6 hrs drive

Day 5

Purang rest and acclimatize

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a warm 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.

After explore the monastery and the village, we will return to our guest house for another night. 

Accommodation: Local Guest House

Day 6

Drive to Lake Manasarovar (4,510 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast we drive to Lake Mansarovar where we start our parikrama 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 parikrama, we then drive back to our guest house.

 

Accommodation: Guest House

Day 7

Drive to Darchen (4,610 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

About 30 km north of Lake Manasarovar is Darchen, the main gateway to Mt. Kailash. Here we organize yaks or ponies for the Kailash circuit trek. The last portion of the 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. The inner Parikarma is performed through this route. 

Accommodation: Local Guest House

Day 8

Drive to Tarboche (4,730) & walk to Diraphuk

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Early moning drive 08 km to Tarboche / Shersong (Yamdwar) for performing puja near big prayer flag and start Parikarma 10 km to Diraphuk. We head west in a 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 flagpole raising ceremony takes place during Saga Dawa.

Accommodation: Local lodges/ tented camp

Day 9

Trek from Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk (4,790 m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, we cross Drolma La Pass (5630 m) and Gauri Kund Lake (5,608 m) where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy waters of the lake.

We reach our destination Zuthulpuk by the late afternoon where we will spend a night. 

Accommodation: Local lodges/ tented camp

Day 10

Finish parikrama & drive to Purang

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 meet our vehicles and drivers awaiting us at Lamchu valley and from here we 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. Tirthapuri is famous for being the source of Tibetan herbal medication.

Accommodation: Guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs trek & 2 hrs drive

Day 11

Drive from Purang to Hilsa & fly to Simikot-Nepalgunj

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we will drive to Hilsa to catch our helicopter and fly to Simikot and board connecting flight on a schedule plane to Nepalgunj.

Explore the surrounding areas in the evening. 

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 12

Fly back to Kathmandu

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

After breakfast, we will have a short and scenic flight back to the Kathmandu Valley. 

Check-in and relax. Or you may opt to have a guided sightseeing. 

Join us for a farewell dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurant. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 1 hour+ flight and 1/2 hour drive

Day 13

Final departure

Meals included: Breakfast

A Himalayan Trekkers representative will transfer you to the airport for the flight back to your hometown/onward destination. 

We bid farewell and wish for a safe journey!

Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident. For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome or Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings. 

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet
  • Mount Kailash special permit
  • All domestic flights as mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Helicopter flight fare as per the iinerary 
  • Hotel Accommodation in the cities with breakfast 
  • Guest house accommodation during the parikrama 
  • All meals during the parikrama as per the itinerary 
  • English speaking guide per as the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide and drive fee
  • Welcome/Farewell dinner 
  • All taxes and surcharges 

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide and Driver
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in INCLUSION section 


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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