The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, is not only a spiritual journey, but one of spectacular sights and adventures. The journey is no longer an arduous task but has been made much easier with the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter, especially for those who are unable to trek all the way. Both Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar have a special significance for followers of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Bon religion. Mount Kailash, towering at a height of 21,778 ft., has been a pilgrim destination for thousands of years. It is a peak in the Kailash range which is part of the Trans-Himalayan range in Tibet. At the foothills of Mount Kailash lies Lake Mansarovar, one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. The lake is considered a symbol of purity and it is believed that a dip in its holy waters cleanses one’s sins. The 11-day Kailash Mansarovar Helicopter Tour will also take you to Kathmandu, Taklakot, Darchen, Derapukh, Zuthulphuk, and many other places.
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m)
After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. If you have arrived early, you can step out and explore the city and its local markets. The city lies at a height of 1400 m and is a gateway to Nepal.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and arrival in Nepalgunj (150m) (1.5 hr flight) (Kathmandu - Nepalgunj)
After breakfast, get ready to explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu with a visit to the ancient Pashupatinath and Budhanilkantha temples. After you return to the hotel, transfer to the domestic airport to board your 1-hr-30-min flight to Nepalgunj to begin your journey to Kailash Manasarovar. On arrival at the Nepalgunj Airport, head to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 3: Arrive in Simikot (Nepalgunj - Simikot) (150 m) (2910 m) (50 min flight)
Early morning, leave for Nepalgunj Airport and board the 50-min flight to Simikot. As weather conditions keep changing, there are often delays in the flights; hence, it is advisable to take the first available flight to Simikot. On reaching Simikot, take the helicopter flight to Hilsa that will take around 25 mins. On arrival, walk for 10mins and cross the border and drive to Taklakot to fill out all the formalities for immigration. Then, proceed to the hotel and check in at Purang Guest House.
Day 04: Acclimatization at Purang (4,755 m)
Spend the day resting at your hotel or go out for a walk to visit the local markets. This day is meant for acclimatization for the tedious yet rewarding Kailash Mansarovar Yatra ahead.
Day 05: Drive from Purang to Lake Mansarovar (Taklakot - Manasarovar, 90 KMS | 1.5 hour) (4,590 m)
Post breakfast, board a bus to Lake Mansarovar. As the bus passes through scenic locales, it will make a stop at Rakshas Tal (Lake of Demons) where you can get the first glimpse of the sacred Mount Kailash. You will then head to Chiu Gompa located near Lake Mansarovar and halt at the guest house for the night. You can spend the rest of the day experiencing the beauty of Lake Manasarovar, take a dip in its holy waters, or perform rituals, it is all up to you.
Day 06: Drive Upto Darchen and Overnight stay (4,575 m| 53 km | 2 hrs )
Today morning, after relishing your breakfast, you’ll drive up to Darchen covering a distance of 53 km. It will take you around an hour to complete the distance, post which you can check-in at the guesthouse to keep your belongings. You can spend the rest of the time at your own leisure, or head out to explore your surroundings.
Day 07: Drive to Yama Dwar (1 hr) | Trek to Dirapuk (4,920 m | 5-6 hrs)
Freshen up in the morning and eat breakfast served hot and fresh. Firstly, you will be driven to Yama Dwar where you will meet Yak and Yak men. This marks the beginning of the parikrama and is the first day of kora. If you wish to avail the services of a Yak and/or a porter to help you with your luggage, you will hire one right here. In the course of your trek today, you will have the first darshan of Holy Mt. Kailash (North face). Rest in the night at our camp in Dirapuk.
Day 8: Dirapukh - Domla La - Zuthulphuk, 22 KMS | 9-10 hour | 5800 m
Get up before dawn to witness the first rays of the sun falling on Mount Kailash, creating a spectacular sight of a “Golden Kailash”. After a light breakfast, trek towards Zuthulphuk. This is a steep trek upto Dolma La Pass (5630 m) for 3-4 hours and a steep descent to Gauri Kunda. From there on, you will trek a flat valley for 2.5 hours and walk for 2-3 hours on flat land. You must carry a packed lunch and hot drinking water. On crossing the Dolma La Pass, you will able to see Gauri Kunda. After walking for some time, you will break for lunch. You need to be careful while walking downhill as the terrain is steep and rocky. You will soon reach flat trail that leads to Zuthulphuk, your destination for the night halt. Check in at the guest house or in a tent. After dinner, you can wind up for the day for much-deserved rest. Travelers who are riding on a yak/horse also need to walk for 2-3 hours on the trek downhill after Dolma La Pass..
Day 9: Trek to Darchen (10 km) (3 hrs) & Drive back to Sher and continue exit to Hilsa
Begin early today and set out on a 10 km trek (4-5 hours) to reach the final stop of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra near Darchen. Meet with our team waiting in vehicles to be driven to Sher. On reaching, descend from there and cross a bridge to reach Hilsa. Overnight stay in the hotel/guesthouse
Day 10: Hilsa to Simikot to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Wake up to eat a scrumptious breakfast. Following that, take the chattered helicopter to Simikot and then take the connecting flight to Nepalgunj. Arrive in Nepalgunj and further fly to Kathmandu. On reaching, check-in at a hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 11: Depart from Kathmandu
After breakfast, transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport to board your flight back home. Your trip will conclude here as you fly home with unforgettable memories of your Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
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