Kailash Mansarovar Helicopter Tour

Kailash Mansarovar Helicopter Tour
Kailash Mansarovar Helicopter Tour

Trip Facts

5 Star
Nov 21, 2018
10 days
6714 meters
5 people
Overland And Flight
Kathmandu
Kathmandu
Kailash Mansarovar Packages

Introduction:

A spiritual journey to some of the important Hindu pilgrimage sites, with an exciting helicopter flight. Kailash Mansarovar is the holiest of all holy places for Hindus.  Believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Mt. Kailash is claimed to be the apex of the Hindu religious axis. Lord Shiva or Bhola Baba is the most beloved among the thousands of Hindu deities. Hence, there are uncountable devotees who take on this tour to receive the blessings of Lord Shiva and attain spiritual contentment. 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. To complete the Kailash pilgrimage, one should bathe in the sacred Lake Mansarovar, which lies only 30km from Mt Kailash. According to Hindu Mythology, it was formed in the mind of Brahma, and the Goddess Parvati is believed to have taken the form of the lake Mansarovar. Even drinking the waters of the lake frees a human being from sins of all kind as well as illness. Myth has it that the Gods come to bathe every morning in this lake  between 3 to 5 am and this time is called 'Brahmamuhurta'. Another legend has it that Parashuram's ashram is situated on a hill, on the banks of Mansarovar.

Additionally, the great lakes Mansarovar 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. Mansarovar, 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 Mansarovar 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. 

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and Fly to Nepalgunj
Day 03: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot - Hilsa and drive to Purang (Taklakot - 3400 m.)
Day 04: Free Day in Purang (Taklakot) for acclimatization 
Day 05: Drive from Purang to Mansarovar (4560m) 
Day 06: Drive from Manasarovar to Darchen- Yam Dwar and Trek to Deraphuk (4920 m)
Day 07: Trek to Zutrul Phuk (4780 m) Via Dolma Pass (5600 M)
Day 08: Parikrama ends - drive towards Purang (4200m)
Day 09: Fly from Hisha to Nepalgunj via Simikot and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu connection Flight (2950m)
Day 10: Final Departure OR Optional Tour

Cost Includes

  • 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 equipments 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, Sherpas, 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 Excludes

  • International Airfares
  • Nepal visa fees
  • 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 includes 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
Welcome to kingdom of Himalayan. You will be met on airport and transfer to your hotel. After the arrival, we will be briefing about your trip. If you have any questions or doubts about your trip should be asked and clarified at this time. Then evening visit to Pashupatinath Temple for Aarati Darshan, than back to Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and Fly to Nepalgunj 
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu city. Escorting by an English speaking guide (we can provide any language speaking guide on your request), try to give them a full taste of our culture, heritage and local people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Pashupatinath Temple, Jaal Narayan (Budhanilkantha), Swayambhunath (Monkey temple) and Kathmandu Durbar square.

Pashupatinath Temple:  Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this is Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrine and one of the subcontinent’s great Shiva sites. The supreme holiness of the site stems from the Shiva linga enshrined in its main temple. It expresses the very essence of Hinduism as pilgrims, priests, devotes, temples, ashrams, images, inscriptions and cremation ghats intermingle with the rituals of daily life, all sprawled along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple’s origins are obscure. An inscription here dates from 477 AD, but the shrine may have stood there for 1000 years before that.

Jaal Narayan (Budhanilkantha): Jaal Narayan popularly known as Budhanilkantha about 12 km north of Kathmandu, at the Shivapuri foothills is the largest Vishnu lying on a coiled five headed serpent carved in a single stone. Jalasaya Narayan is Lord Vishnu for Vaisnavas, Lord Shiva for Shivas, and Lord Buddha for Buddhists. This outstanding artwork of Lichhavi sculptures dates back to some 1500 years.

Swayambhunath Stupa:  6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, this great temple is just on the outskirts of Kathmandu. No one actually knows who built it. Many believe that the Lichavis constructed it while others believe that emperor Asoka had already visited it in the 3rd century.  The Swayambhunath complex consists of a giant Stupa, a large ensemble of shrines and temples, and also includes a Tibetan monastery, a museum and a library. This site has two access points: a long stairway, claimed to have 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east; and a car road around the hill from the south leading to the southwest entrance. The first sight on reaching the top of the stairway is the Vajra.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu’s number one tourist attraction swarms with life. Though a few of the square’s 50-plus monuments date from the 12th century, most are from the time of the Malla Kings. Probably the most famous building here is the Kumari Bahal, a building richly decorated with beautiful woodcarvings, which is home to the Royal Kumari, the Living Goddess and a manifestation of the great goddess Durga. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. After Sightseeing tour will be transfer 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 (Taklakot - 3400 m.)
Early morning transfer to airport (10 minutes from Hotel) for flying to Hilsa (the border 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 of Nepal is situated here only and according to the regulation of Nepal, you must put exit stamp on your Passport before you leave for China (Kailash). The entire formalities take about 30 to 45 minutes. After completing the formalities in Simikot, you continue our journey to Hilsa. Once you land at Hilsa, you 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. Your 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.).

Day 04: Free Day in Purang (Taklakot) for acclimatization
Today, 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 safety pourpose. 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 from Purang to Mansarovar (4560m)  
Early morning (after breakfast) you will depart for Lake Mansarovar.  Your Kailash Parikrama begins today. We drive for about 75 km to Mansarovar via Rakshash Tal. We 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. This route takes us to the beautiful and sacred Mansarovar Lake set amidst extraordinary landscape. After taking a holy bath and performing Puja, 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. 

Day 06: Drive from Manasarovar to Darchen- Yam Dwar and Trek to Deraphuk (4920 m)
After performing Puja and taking a holy dip in the Lake, we drive to Yam Dwar (OR Serson, 10 Km / 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. 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 Deraphuk is easy & flat however because of the high elevation, you will find difficulty to walk. The total journey to Deraphuk Gompa (4890m/18 km) Requires a 5 to 6 hours respectively. However, it depends on your pace.

Day 07: Trek to Zutrul Phuk (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 floor (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. - Deraphuk 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: Parikrama ends - drive towards Purang (4200m)
Today is the final day for Parikrama. After completing Parikarma, you will be drive back to Purang (Taklakot). Refresh and drive to Sher. After completing immigration formalities, walk down to Hilsa (45 minutes). 

Day 09: Fly from Hisha to Nepalgunj via Simikot and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu connection Flight (2950m)
After breakfast, you will be flying to Simikot by Helicopter flight to Nepalgunj via Simikot. From Nepalgunj airport catch connecting flight to Kathmandu. You will be met on airport and transfer to your hotel.  You can spend the free time shopping for souvenirs or as you like 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, Swargadari, Damodar Kunda, Palanchowk Bhagawati, Pathibhara Devi, Baraha Chhetra, Dakshinkali Darshan, White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Everest Trekking, Annapurna Trekking, Bird Watching Tour, Paragliding or Chitwan Jungle Safari. Please Contact us (Sharma Tours & Travels, Kathmandu) for more information about option trip at additional cost.

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