• 4.7 star customer rating
  • Trip Duration

    11 Days
  • Start Point

    Kathmandu
  • Finish Point

    Kathmandu
  • Trip Type

    Group Joining
  • Trip Expense

    195,000

Kailash Yatra by helicopter from Kathmandu

One of the toughest pilgrimage trails of the world due to the inhospitable conditions and high altitude travel, the helicopter yatra to Kailash Mansarovar from Kathmandu can possibly be a little more quick and comfortable. For those pilgrims who are not able to accomplish this expedition due to the presence of inadequate time can now be a part of this pilgrimage through a chartered helicopter ride that takes the pilgrims quickly to the Nepal-China border, minimizing the stress of long drives. The pilgrims will be travelling from Kathmandu to Simikot by scheduled flight and then from Simikot to China border by a Chartered Helicopter ride. Lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash will remain only some short drive away from here.

Trip Schedule

10 nights / 11 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu by flights + helicopter + road
  • Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu

    Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu to kick start your spiritual encounter. At the airport meet with Max Holidays company representative for assisted transfer to the hotel. Check-in at your hotel for night stay.

    Meals included: Veg Dinner at the hotel Max. Elevation: 1400m Distance Covered: 10kms Accommodation Style: 4* hotel sharing basis

    Visa for NRI and Foreigners: For entering into Nepal visa can be obtained on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu against the visa fee of approx US$35. In order to obtain Chinese visa, we need to submit the original passport with application form, coloured recent photograph and visa fee (included) to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu only. The Chinese Embassy takes 2-3 working days to issue such visa. Therefore non-indian travelers must plan their arrival in Kathmandu accordingly

  • Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing & fly to Nepalgunj

    Start your day with breakfast at your hotel and then visit the renowned Pashupatinath Temple followed by a visit to Jal Narayan Temple and Guheshwari Temple. Later our representative will transfer the group to Kathmandu domestic airport terminal for boarding your flight to Nepalgunj. After one hour flight arrive at Nepalgunj and board a bus for taking you to your pre-booked hotel. Meet your fellow travellers in the hotel who started their journey from Lucknow to join this group. In the evening a short briefing session shall be organized for the group where our Kailash Yatra guide and expert will share their experiences with you and will answer to your queries related to Kailash Mansarovar travel. Dinner and night stay will be at the hotel in Nepalgunj.

    Meals included: Veg Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Max. Elevation: 152m Distance Covered: 522 kms / 01 hour by flight Accommodation Style: 4* equivalent hotel twin/triple sharing basis
  • Day 03 : Fly Nepalgunj to Simikot

    The flight between Nepalgunj to Simikot is a very complicated part of this trip as the operation of those small aircrafts completely depends on the weather conditions. The weather keeps changing very frequently on this route and it sometimes causes short or long delay in flight operation to and from Simikot. We shall reach Nepalgunj airport early in the morning as directed by the local guide to ensure that we can board the earliest possible flight to Simikot. As this 45 minutes flight lands the small airport of Simikot you will see our representative waiting for you to take you to the guesthouse booked for you. Our representative will coordinate with the airline for your check-in luggage and will ensure delivery of your luggage to your place of stay at Simikot. Rest of the time will be free at Simikot to acclimatize with the weather conditions.

    Meals included: Veg Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Max. Elevation: 2910m, Distance Covered: 297 kms by flight / 45 minutes, Accommodation Style: Guesthouse (or 4* equivalent hotel if at Taklakot) sharing basis

    Important remark: Based on our past experience with weather problems, we have added a night stay at Simikot prior to reaching Tibet. If weather and situation permits, the local representative may organize helicopter trip to Hilsa or Taklakot today itself

  • Day 04 : Fly Simikot to Hilsa by helicopter. Drive to Taklakot

    Take early breakfast (or packed snacks) and reach Simikot airport to board your Helicopter to Hilsa. At Hilsa we have to walk through the swinging bridge to cross the river and reach the other side where we will be completing formalities at Nepal immigration. Then we cross the border by walk and board our Chinese bus which takes us to China immigration office situated just 5 minute drive away. A short 22 kms drive will take you to your hotel at Taklakot. Before reaching Taklakot we have to again go through customs check at Burang custom office. After a tiring day you have reached to Taklakot situated at a height of 4025 meters. If you suffer feel breathlessness or any other symptoms of high altitude sickness, please do not panic and contact our tour guide for seeking his suggestions. Health issues related to high altitude sickness are quite common here. Please eat properly, drink good amount of water, juices and other healthy drinks, follow the instructions of you guide and do not expose yourself to strong wind. Spend time in the hotel while acclimatizing. Dinner and stay will be in the hotel at Taklakot.

    Meals included: Veg Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Max. Elevation: 4025m, Distance Covered: 25 mins by helicopter Nepal side + 22 kms drive China side, Accommodation Style: 4* equivalent hotel at Taklakot (or lodge, if stay at Hilsa)

    Important remark: Hilsa is a deserted border village of Nepal with extreme inhospitable climatic conditions. It is compulsory for the group members to cross Nepal-China border together as all will be travelling under a group permit & visa. In the event of delay in crossing the border due to any reason one must spend time relaxing, doing yoga meditation or in other personal activities. The delay in crossing the border, if takes place, might cause health issues as the dusty air, scorching heat or cold winds here are tough to bear. Stay at Hilsa is not planned but if occur for longer than a day, we might face shortage of eatables and other living facilities. Please carry your water bottles, light eatables, dry fruits, energy bars etc with you and remain patient. Cooperate with the crew members as they try their best to offer you best possible comfort in such inhospitable place.

  • Day 05 : Free day at Taklakot for acclimatization

    This day is scheduled to be free at Taklakot (Burang) to acclimatize. Do nothing beside rest at Taklakot and stay at your hotel. For some short walk you may also go outside to visit nearby markets. If someone wish to buy stick, gloves, cap/hat, shoes, empty water bottles, fruits or other stuff like this for the trip, Taklakot market has few shops available. The shops get close by the time it gets dark, therefore if you want to visit the market, please organize your schedule accordingly.

    Meals included: Veg Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Max. Elevation: 4025m, Distance Covered: 0km, Accommodation Style: 4* equivalent hotel
  • Day 06 : Taklakot To Lake Manasarovar

    We have very important day today as we are heading to the holiest place at Lake Manasarovar. After breakfast start drive in the bus to Lake Mansarovar. Approx one and a half hours drive through beautiful mountains and terrains will bring you to Lake Rakshas Taal which is situated just near to Lake Mansarovar. Rakashs Taal is also known as the ‘Lake of Demons’ or ‘Ravan Taal’. From here you will get the glimpse of Mount Kailash standing tall and strong among the other nearby mountains. We will stop here at Rakshas Taal to capture the beauty of nature in our eyes and camera and then again head to Lake Mansarovar. A short drive brings us to Chui Gompa, our destination for the night near Lake Mansarovar. Rest of the time free to explore the beautiful Mansarovar Lake, taking holy bath, performing rituals and prayers on the bank of the river and other personal activities. We shall organize for a shower tent for the ladies on the bank of the lake. You may find a good place near the lake for puja/havan and performing rituals as per your customs. Meals and stay will be at the guesthouse.

    Meals included: Veg Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Max. Elevation: 4590m, Distance Covered: 70 kms to Chiu Gompa + 90 kms parikrama of Mansarovar by bus, Accommodation Style: Basic guesthouse with multi sharing room

    About Lake Mansarovar: Kindly take a note that here the only source for water is the holy lake Manasarovar. This is one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world and its water is considered to be good for the purification of body and soul. This natural water is used in cooking, bathing, washing clothes etc and boiled / hot water of the lake is served for drinking in the event when we have shortage of packaged water . If you are not comfortable with this you should use water purifier tablets.

    Mansarovar Lake in the night: Mansarovar Lake is just few minute walk away from your guesthouse. You may go to the lake in the night to explore its beauty under the moon. There are many myths and stories associated with the night view of the holy lake which the travelers may experience by themselves. Though it is safe to go out late in the night but it is advisable to remain in a group and take one of your guides/sherpas with you for help.

  • Day 07 : 1st Day parikrama/kora of Mt. Kailash, 12 Kms trekking to Dirapuk

    Today morning, we will wake up early freshen up and take drive to Darchen which is just 35 kms away from Chiu Gompa. Darchen is the major administrative hub of Kailash region with basic development in infrastructure and facility and also considered as the base camp of Mt. Kailash from where the circumambulation (parikrama) around Mt. Kailash begins. Don’t forget to fill your bottle with hot water and carry your snacks packet made available by our crew in the morning. All pilgrims have opportunity to pass through Yama Dwar before the trek commences. After visiting Yam Dwar continue trekking on foot or hire a horse/pony to ride. (those who wish to hire horse/pony and porter may do it directly with the help of the Tibetan guide on direct payment basis. They will be given name coupon to choose the horse & porter and the same horse or porter will accompany you throughout the trek). After completing the 12 kms gradual trek, passing through beautiful rivers and grassland you will find a huge majestic black colour mountain standing high, on the right side of your trek. This is the North Face of Mount Kailash. Don’t miss to take some photographs and selfie and capture this great sight in your eyes and camera. On reaching Dirapuk check into the guesthouse where stay and dinner is organized for this night. The night is going to be very cold and oxygen level will be low, therefore it is advisable that you take rest as much as possible to maintain good health for next day trek.

    Meals included: Veg Breakfast, Packed Lunch/snacks, Light Dinner, Max. Elevation: 5210m, Distance Covered: 35 kms drive + 12 kms trekking, Accommodation Style: Guesthouse on sharing basis

    Note : Those who wish to change their schedule and do not want to go for trekking will stay at Darchen and pay directly for their accommodation, food and other additional expenses. However, if health permits they should visit Yam Dwar and have close darshan of Mt. Kailash.

    Visit Charan Sparsh from Dirapuk : Charan Sparsh (5475m is 3 kms one side trek from Dirapuk. One can consult with tour guide to take this short trek to touch the feet of Mt. Kailash (considered to be Lord Shiva Himself). This trek is not a part of the package and depends on weather conditions and guide’s advise. (Distance 03 kms / 02 hours one side / very challenging trek)

  • Day 08 : 2nd Day Parikrama, 22 Kms Trek To Zuthulpukh via Gauri Kund

    Wake up very early morning before dawn and if the weather is clear don’t miss to witness the glory of ‘Golden Kailash’ as the first sunlight kisses the top of the mount. After this unforgettable experience now time to move ahead and start our trek to Zuthulpuk. The 22 kms long trek is the longest and toughest day of the entire Yatra as you will have to pass through the highest point (5630m) at Dolma La pass. On the way before Dolma La you will see site showing footprints of Milarepa and Shiva Tsal (The place where pilgrims leave behind their belongings, donate a drop of blood or a lock of hair to represent the act of leaving this life behind and wishing for the end of a miserable life. In Tibetan Buddhist religion it is said that you will get it (whatever you offered here at Shia Tsal) in heaven after your death. Continue to climb up towards Dolma-La pass (5630m) and then steep down to reach Gauri Kund. We should cross the high pass as early as possible before strong wind starts.

    After crossing Dolma-La, you will see Gauri Kund (also referred sometimes as Parvati Kund) at downhill in the right side of your path. Then further walking down for a while, we will take break for pack lunch near a tea stall. The downhill trail from the top of Dolma La is not easy due to rocky & loose stones all around so we should walk very carefully and remain with the group for any help we may need. Then after, you will catch soon flat trail that reach to Zuthulphuk Gompa (4790m). In Zuthulphuk, we will stay at the lodge or fixed tent with bed, bed sheet & warm blanket. We will take quick dinner at and go to warm bed to relax.

    Meals included: Veg Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Max. Elevation: 5630m, Distance Covered: 22 kms trekking, Accommodation Style: Basic Guesthouse on sharing basis

    Important remark: Those who do not wish to continue trek further to Zuthulpuk from Dirapuk will trek back to Darchen. At Darchen their extra expense for accommodation, food etc is to be taken care by themselves. Our guide may assist them in organizing their stay at Darchen in hotel, subject to availability. are not doing parikrama will still wait at Darchen and relax or meditate.

    Important Note : About 3-4 kms trek (ascend and descend) near Dolma La pass is steep and rocky and it is the toughest part of this trip. Also it is not advisable to go down to touch Gauri Kund as it may be risky. While starting the trek to Zuthulpuk, don’t forget to fill up your flask with hot water made ready by our kitchen team in the morning.

  • Day 09 : 3rd Day trek 06kms to Darchen, Drive to Taklakot

    Breakfast will be served near the guesthouse/camp and one can enjoy the morning time in exploring the caves, visiting the temples and shrine built around. Here you will see a married old couple supervising the temple. The temple is a residence for over half a dozen Tibetan devotees, helpers or relatives who keep themselves busy with the maintenance of the buildings. The cave also contains meditation platforms. Climbing up to these caves before ending the final trek of the holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is worth. We will trek for about 06 kms from Zuthulpuk and reach Chongdo where our vehicles are waiting for pick-up. Further 06 kms drive will take us to Darchen hotel where other group members (who did not attempted the trek or came back from Dirapuk) are waiting. Continue drive to Taklakot for night stay.

    Meals included: Veg Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Max. Elevation: 4575m, Distance Covered: 110 kms 02 hours’ drive, Accommodation Style: 4* equivalent hotel
  • Day 10 : Taklakot To Nepalgunj Via Simikot, Connect With Kathmandu Flight

    After early breakfast 45 kms drive towards China-Nepal border. Cross the border by walk and after completing immigration formalities reach Hilsa, Nepal side. Take 25 minutes helicopter flight to Simikot and then connect with flight to Nepalgunj. On reaching Nepalgunj get a connecting flight to Kathmandu

    Optional Trip: The air sectors Hilsa-Simikot-Nepalgunj is very complicated and totally weather permitted. Delay or rescheduling or interruption in flights on this sector is a well- known problem of this route. If, due to climatic conditions, shortage or rescheduling of flights or any other reason, you get stuck at Hilsa please note that we have backcountry accommodation here, natural water, limited food and limited living facilities. Health issue, especially with old age people are quite possible, therefore it is advisable to stay with the group so that help may reach you in the event of necessity.

    Additional night stay at Hilsa/Simikot/Nepalgunj on return are not paid or included in the above tour package and if need occur, additional stay and food will be payable directly by the travelers to Nepalese leader. There is no refund or adjustment possible for any unutilized stay, food or any other service. We provide first aid facilities but all other additional medical expenses in the event of hospitalization and/or emergency evacuation charges are to be paid by the pilgrim/traveler only.

    Meals included: Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Max. Elevation: 3640m (Hilsa), 2910m (Simikot), 152m (Nepalgunj), 1400m (Kathmandu), Distance Covered: 1.30 hour drive + 25min helicopter + 45min flights + 1 hr flight, Accommodation Style: Basic guesthouse
  • Day 11 : Fly to home from Kathmandu

    Intime you will be transferred to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport to board your flight back to your hotel/next destination.

    Meals included: Veg Breakfast

Kailash Manasarovar Helicopter Yatra Cost 2023

NATIONALITY COST PER HEAD OTHER CHARGES
INDIAN PASSPORT HOLDERS INR 195,000 Group Visa for China - Included in package cost
Tibet Travel Permits - Included in package cost
Nepal Travel Visa - Not required
Insurance - Not included in the cost
NON INDIAN PASSPORT HOLDERS US$ 3470 Group Visa for China - Included in package cost
Tibet Travel Permits - Included in package cost
Nepal Visa - Payable on Arrival
Insurance - Not included in the cost
USA & CANADIAN TRAVELLERS US$ 3680 Group Visa for China - Included in package cost
Tibet Travel Permits - Included in package cost
Nepal Visa - Payable on Arrival
Insurance - Not included in the cost

Post Covid Price Alert : The above trip prices are subject to change in the event of increase in cost of any tour service/s or item/s mentioned in our list of inclusions here. Such increase in the cost by the concerned authorities, flight companies, local vendors, transport owners, hotels etc. may occur for post pandemic travel due to several reasons including, but not limited to, currency rate fluctuation, hike in govt taxes, hike in diesel/petrol charges, escalation in prices of goods and services in the country of travel etc. These situations are beyond our control and if any increase in the cost takes place after completing the bookings, before commensement of travel or even during the travel; Max Holidays shall convey the same to affected trip participants. All those additional charges will be payable by the travellers only, in addition to the agreed ccost of the trip. Before you proceed with your travel bookings with us it is important that you know such information and accept our Terms of Services and Booking & Cancellation Policy

Kailash Yatra Dates 2023 by Helicopter Trip ex Kathmandu

TRAVEL MONTH START DATE END DATE BOOKING
MAY'2023 01st May* 11th May BOOK YOUR SEAT
09th May 19th May BOOK YOUR SEAT
18th May 28th May BOOK YOUR SEAT
25th May 04th June BOOK YOUR SEAT
30th May* 09th June BOOK YOUR SEAT
JUNE'2023 04th June 14th June BOOK YOUR SEAT
08th June 18th June BOOK YOUR SEAT
14th June 24th June BOOK YOUR SEAT
21st June 01st July BOOK YOUR SEAT
28th June* 08th July BOOK YOUR SEAT
JULY'2023 06th July 16th July BOOK YOUR SEAT
11th July 21st July BOOK YOUR SEAT
17th July 27th July BOOK YOUR SEAT
22nd July 01st Aug BOOK YOUR SEAT
27th July* 06th Aug BOOK YOUR SEAT
AUGUST'2023 06th Aug 16th Aug BOOK YOUR SEAT
18th Aug 28th Aug BOOK YOUR SEAT
23rd Aug 02nd Sep BOOK YOUR SEAT
26th Aug* 05th Sep BOOK YOUR SEAT
30th Aug 09th Sep BOOK YOUR SEAT
SEPTEMPBER'2023 02nd Sep 12th Sep BOOK YOUR SEAT
05th Sep 15th Sep BOOK YOUR SEAT
09th Sep 19th Sep BOOK YOUR SEAT
19th Sep 29th Oct BOOK YOUR SEAT
24th Sep* 04th Oct BOOK YOUR SEAT
OCTOBER'2023 01st Oct 11th Oct BOOK YOUR SEAT
07th Oct 17th Oct BOOK YOUR SEAT
12th Oct 22nd Oct BOOK YOUR SEAT
24th Oct 03rd Nov BOOK YOUR SEAT

Note: Dates marked above with (*) are proposed to reach Lake Mansarovar during the Full moon day. It is considered to be more auspicious to take a holy bath here, during full moon time.

Tour Package Cost Inclusions & Exclusions

Nepal portion of the trip

  • 02 nights stay in 4 star hotel at Kathmandu,
  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu with group,
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath & Jal Narayan Temples,
  • Kathmandu–Nepalgunj–Kathmandu flight tickets in economy class,
  • 01 night stay in a 4 star equivalent hotel in Nepalgunj on sharing basis,
  • 01 lunch, 01 dinner and 01 breakfast in Nepalgunj hotel,
  • Nepalgunj to Simikot return air tickets in scheduled flights,
  • 01 night stay at Simikot or Hilsa in a guesthouse with all meals,
  • Simikot to Hilsa return helicopter flights on sharing basis,
  • Humla restricted area permit to fly from Simikot,
  • Nepal-China border tax,

Tibet portion of the trip

  • Return transfers from border to Taklakot hotel,
  • 02 + 01 night stay in a hotel at Taklakot with all meals,
  • 01 night stay in dormitory near Lake Manasarovar on sharing basis with meals,
  • 01 night stay at Dirapuk with all meals (Light food and snacks),
  • 01 night at Zuthulpukh with all meals (Light food and snacks),
  • Transportation in Tibet side Deluxe non air-conditioned bus,
  • Basic first aid kit with tour guide,
  • Oxygen cylinders during trekking in Tibet for emergency requirement,
  • English speaking Tibetan tour guide cum officer,
  • Nepalese chef with helper and sherpa crew,
  • Support van/truck to carry kitchen equipments and other material,
  • Necessary group permits for travelling to restricted areas in Tibet,
  • Normal Tibet single entry group visa to visit Kailash Manasarovar region,
  • Yak to carry kitchen and trekking equipment during parikrama,

Other Inclusions

  • English and Hindi speaking tour leader throughout,
  • 01 duffle bag, 01 backpack bag and 01 wind cheater or cap on complimentary basis,
  • Down Jacket on returnable basis (subject to availability),
  • Kailash Mansarovar Yatra completion certificate,
  • All Nepal and Tibet Govt taxes,

Important Remark: All meals on Kailash Mansarovar Yatra will be pure vegetarian. All above services and facilities are subject to availability. We do not warrant for the accuracy and completeness of the same in adverse situations.

Please check the list of extra expense that may have to be paid by the traveller for this trip:

  • Travel expense for travelling from home to Kathmandu and back,
  • Travel and medical insurance (kindly buy an insurance which is valid for high altitude travel and emergency evacuation expense),
  • Mule (Pony) and porter charges for Mount Kailash parikrama,
  • India Govt. GST (Goods and Service Tax),

List of other cost exclusions that may have to be taken care by travellers in extreme cases:

  • Additional hotel accommodation and meals for extra stay in the event of delay of the trip due to any unforeseen reason or changes,
  • Transport services for any additional sightseeing service which is not mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Emergency evacuation expenses,
  • Emergency medical expenses in the event of hospitalisation,
  • Extra expense for additional necessary permissions or visa splitting charges and all additional services in the event of change in tour plan by the traveller before or during the yatra,
  • Urgent visa fee if required,
  • All additional expense for returning early from the trip due to any personal reason,
  • Any and all additional expense or increase in cost of any trip item or service due to sudden hike in permit fee, visa charges, flight fares, hotel prices or price for other trip services by concerned authorities or flight companies or hotel owners or vendors etc. or due to any other reason or situation which is beyond our control,
  • Our services also does not include any other additional expense incurred before or during the trip due to any unforeseen circumstances including, but not limited to, weather conditions, natural disaster, act of God, technical failure, flight delay or cancelation, delay by authorities in issuing permits or entry visa, strikes, riots, political closures, not opening of the borders due to lockdown situation or any other reason, war situation, and/or any other situation or circumstances which are beyond our control,
  • Any service/s which is not mentioned in our above 'list of package cost inclusions' does not fall under the liability of the Company and the same will be paid by the traveller only in advance or at the time of consuming the service, as may be the requirement of the case,
  • Any expenses of personal nature,

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