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Kailash Manasarovar Via Kathmandu by Helicopter
Kailash Manasarovar by Helicopter (via Kathmandu) - 11 days
There is ample justification for regarding Mount Kailash – the highest mountain exclusively within Tibet – as the holiest of all holy places. For Hindus, this awe-inspiring lone peak is the representation on earth of Mt Meru, the spiritual centre of their universe and a ‘world pillar’ 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves. Hindus believe that Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva, who sits at the summit with his consort Parvati, otherwise known as the daughter of the Himalayas. The ‘Parikrama’, circumambulation, or journey round the base, of Mount Kailash, is said to wipe out a whole lifetime of accrued sins and many people report that they feel renewed or changed for the better after undertaking this spiritual journey. It is not just Hindus for whom Kailash is imbued with such great meaning. The Jains regard the mountain as the place where their first prophet achieved enlightenment and it is also of great spiritual significance for Buddhists and for those who still follow the ancient Bon religion. Buddhists call Kailash the “Precious Jewel Peak” and they, too, make many circumambulations in order to achieve enlightenment.
Additionally, the great lakes Manasarovar and Rakshas Tal which lie in the shadow of Kailash, are also manifestations of aspects of the Hindu religion and symbolize the water tanks at the entrance to every Hindu temple. Manasarovar, shaped like the sun and therefore symbolizing the light, is believed to be the lake formed in the mind of God, created to show the omnipotence of the mind of Brahma. This is why bathing in the lake and drinking in its water is a purifying process for Hindus and a way of reaching the Brahma’s paradise. Just one drop of water from the serenely beautiful Manasarovar is said to set one free from the contaminations of the poisonous world. Rakshas Tal, on the other hand, is more moon-like in shape and has come to be connected with the dark and with demonic forces. This whole area resonates with very deep mythical and religious vibrations and even agnostics cannot remain unmoved by the atmosphere, discovering a greater sense of equanimity by gazing upon this utterly serene landscape. A journey to the Mount Kailash area is truly an experience of a lifetime – and we can facilitate your great spiritual adventure by arranging a trek tailored to your special requirements. However, we recognize that some people would like to see Kailash and the holy lakes, but may be hampered by time restraints. For these pilgrims, we have devised a special itinerary which cuts the whole journey down to 11 days by using helicopter transport between Nepalgunj and Simikot/Hilsa. Taking this version of the trip means that you can still enjoy the full Kailash and Lake Manasarovar experience in an unhurried manner. Below is an 11 days tour itinerary that we have offered here. If you need to cut down your traveling time even further, we can probably adapt the program to your requirements, so please contact us for further details.
Day 01 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDUUpon arrival in Kathmandu. Our representative will meet you at the airport & transfer to hotel. Evening, tour briefing.
Day 02 : FLIGHT, KATHMANDU TO NEPALGUNJ. Morning, Pashupati Darshan & Pooja, afternoon visit Budhanilkanth (sleeping Bishnu), monkey temple then transfer to domestic airport for your flight to Nepalgunj. The flight takes an hour to reach Nepalgunj (the administration head quarter of Western Nepal). In Nepalgunj airport, our representative receives you & transfer to Hotel.
Day 03 : FLY, NEPALGUNJ - SIMIKOT - HILSA, THEN DRIVE TO PURANG (Taklakot – 3400 m.).Early morning transfer to airport (10 minutes from Hotel) for flying to Hilsa (the boarder between Nepal and China). But before reaching Hilsa, your Helicopter must land at SIMIKOT (the administrative head quarter of Northern frontier of Nepal) because the boarder immigration office is situated here only and according to the regulation of Nepal government, you must go through the immigration check before you get entered into the China side. The entire formalities take about 30 to 45 minutes. After completing the formalities in Simikot, you will continue the journey to Hilsa. Once you land at Hilsa, you will cross the River Karnali through a suspension bridge and get entered to the China side then continue TREKKING up to the “Sher village”. The Chinese immigration Office and Boarder Check Post is situated in Sher village. Our vehicles (Land Cruisers & truck) are waiting there as well. The actual trek takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to reach Sher from the suspension bridge. Due to the different pace of walking, it may 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 but it depends on the mood of Chinese Police. From Sher, it takes another an hour to reach Taklakot (Purang -3700 m.).
- Nepalgunj to Simikot flight: 1 hour.
- Simikot to Hilsa flight: 20 minutes.
- Hilsa to Sher trek: 1 hour.
- Sher to Taklakot drive: 1 hour.
Day 04 : REST DAY IN TAKLAKOT (PURANG) FOR ACCLIMATIZATIONToday, you will have rest in Taklakot for acclimatization purpose. In fact, you have gained an enormous height within a day while coming in Taklakot, so before making any further journey to the higher elevation, your body should be acclimatized properly with the atmosphere in high altitude. So, it is significantly important to spend a day here for your health. However, we 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 have to pay for transport (going and coming back) as well as the entrance fee of the temple. OR, you may stroll around the city on your own and visit the ruins of ancient Taklakot.
Khojarnath temple: Khojarnath temple is the ancient temple of Ram, Sita and Laxman. The temple (Monastery) is 1100 years old. - Takalakot to Khojarnath temple: 45 minutes (one way) by Jeep.
Day 05 : DRIVE, PURANG TO LAKE MANSAROVAR (Chiu Gompa – 4550 m.)Early morning (after breakfast) you will depart for Lake Manasarovar (4560 m- Chui Gompa). The drive takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. On the way, 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. After having holy dip and lunch at Lake Mansarovar, you will start for circumambulation around the lake by jeep. The journey around the lake requires approximately 3 hours.
- The distance of Mansarovar circumambulation: 72 km
- Taklakot to Lake Manasarovar: 3 hours.
- Jeep tour around Lake Manasarovar: 3 hours.
Day 06 : DRIVE, LAKE MANSAROVAR TO DARCHEN (4664 m.).In the morning, perform Pooja (worship) & Snan (holy dip) after that we head out to Darchen (Mount Kailash base camp, 4662m).
- Lake Mansarovar to Darchen – 40 km
- Lake Mansarovar to Darchen drive – 1 hour & 30 minutes.
Day 07 : DRIVE, DARCHEN TO YAM DWAR THEN TREK TO DERAPHUK (4920 m)Early morning, drive to Yam Dwar (OR Serson, 10 kms / 4750m), the auspicious gateway to the Parikrama (circuit) around Mt. Kailash. As well as, this is the sky burial sites of local Tibetan people. From here, you can see the closest view of Mt. Kailash. 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 this place 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 Deraphuk is easy & flat but because of the high elevation of the area, you will find this trek a tough one. The total journey to Deraphuk Gompa (4890m/18 km). requires 5 to 6 hours respectively. However, it depends on your pace.
- Darchen to Yam Dwar drive: 45 minutes.
- Yam Dwar to Deraphuk trek: 5 to 6 hours
Day 08 : TREK TO ZUTULPHUK (4780 m). VIA DOLMA PASS (5600 m.)Early morning start up hill trekking to Dolma-La (5600 m). This is the toughest day of this journey. The entire trail up to Dolma-La is gradually up and from here the trail rapidly drops down to the next valley (Zutulphuk). 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 down hill trek to the valley (the next side of the high pass), the trek up to Zutulphuk Gomba requires another two hours. From here, the train is easy and flat.
Day 09 : FINISH TREK NEAR DARCHEN THEN DRIVE BACK TO TAKLAKOTToday, you will complete the circumambulation around Mt. Kailash. The trek will be finished near Darchen where our vehicles will be waiting to fetch you and transfer to Taklakot. Evening in Taklakot.
- Zutulphuk to trek ending point: 3 hours
- Darchen to Purang drive: 3 hours
Day 10 : DRIVE TO HILSA – FLY KATHMANDU VIA NEPALGUNJEarly morning (after breakfast), you will drive to Sher village then trek down to Hilsa (45 minutes) and take Helicopter flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
- Purang to Sher: 1 hour.
- Sher to Hilsa trek: 30 minutes.
- Hilsa to Simikot: 20 minutes flight.
- Simikot to Nepalgunj: 1 hour.
- Nepalgunj to Kathmandu: 1 hours
Day 11 : BACK HOMETransfer to Tribhuvan International airport for your flight back home. Reporting time at the airport counter: two hours prior to the departure time.
Tour Cost Per Person - INR 150,000USD 150 extra for foreign national.
SERVICE INCLUDES:1. Two nights accommodation in Kathmandu with all meals (3 stars)
2. One night accommodation in Nepalgunj on full board basis (twin sharing)
3. All transfers in Kathmandu (arrival, departures and sightseeing tour)
4. Hotel Sneha to Airport transfer in Nepalgunj
5. Nepalgunj to Hilsa & back to Nepalgunj by Helicopter (MI 17 – capacity with 24 seats)
6. Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & return flight (Buddha Air / Yeti Air)
7. Domestic airport taxes
8. Tibet group visa and travel/trekking permits
9. Guesthouse accommodation in Tibet
10. All meals in Tibet (Indian dishes)
11. Transportation in Tibet in 4WD Land Cruiser (4 passengers in one Land Cruiser + 1 Nepali staff as a care taker)
12. English speaking Tibetan guide
13. Necessary supporting crew (Cook, Sherpas, tour Manager from Nepal)
14. All necessary camping equipments for circumambulation
15. Yaks & Yak men during the Parikrama (circumambulation) around Mt. Kailash
16. Gamow bag (artificial pressure chamber) and oxygen for emergency use
17. Medical kit bag
18. Humla region restricted area permit & royalties (US $ 90 per person)
19. Porter cost for Hilsa to Sher & return (while going up and coming down)
20. All applicable taxes & service charges
SERVICE EXCLUDES:1. Riding Horse or Yak during the circumambulation
2. A visit to Khojarnath temple (optional program for rest day)
3. Your travel / medical insurance
4. Insurance for any loss and damaged goods
5. Helicopter rescue and evacuation service (if needed)
6. Personal expenses
7. Bottled drinks / alcoholic drinks
8. Tip for guide & driver
9. Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances
1. Accommodation in Tibet will be provided in dormitory room OR in a double bedded room (possibility only in Taklakot) depending on places & availability. We provide attached bath room only in Taklakot but bathroom has no hot shower.
2. During the Parikrama (Kora), we bring Yaks & Yak men to carry your luggage, foods & equipment. The IPSC (Indian Pilgrimage Service Center) will provide Yaks for us. The ratio of Yak is, two pilgrims = one Yak.
If you require extra Yak to carry your luggage, you have to inform us at least 2 days in advance. The price depends on the flow of tourists. The more demand, the higher cost.
3. 1 Yak handler will be provided for every 3 yaks.
4. Depending on weather condition and group size, we may provide fixed wing aircraft in between Nepalgunj and Simikot but in between Simikot and Hilsa there is no alternative other than Helicopter.
5. We must land at Simikot for going through the immigration formalities of Nepal government while going and coming back, both times.
6. During the Parikrama (circumambulation) we prefer to provide the accommodation in Guesthouse. But the number of Guesthouses are limited. If the guesthouses are fully occupied, we provide camping accommodation. There is alternative way other than sleeping in the Tent.
7. On your request, we can arrange Horse for riding on Prikrama (circumambulation), but you should book & confirm this at least 2 days in advance. The price of Horse depends on the time and the flow of tourists in the region. The higher demand, the bigger price. You can’t ride the Horse for the entire journey because the trail on second day is quite rough and Horse needs break as well.
8. The weather condition in the mountain (Simikot and Hilsa area) plays the vital role on this journey. So, due to the weather fact the trip might be delayed to depart by one or two days in the beginning.
Simultaneously, if the weather in between Simikot and Hilsa is bad, the Helicopter can’t come to pick you up at Hilsa. In this case, you have to stay in Hilsa and our company provides accommodation and foods. Only basic foods and accommodation is available in Hilsa.
So, every passenger on this journey is advised to keep some spare days in the Yatra.