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Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter from Kathmandu

12 Days
Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Simikot - Hilsa - Taklakot - Mansarovar - Darchen - Mt Kailash Kora - Taklakot - Hilsa - Simikot - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu
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The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter Package is not just an adventure but a spiritual tour. A helicopter makes it possible for those who cannot trudge for the whole course to complete the pilgrimage. The trip starts from Kathmandu by performing Puja at Lord Pashupatinath temple and Budhanilakantha temple. Then you will be flying from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj to Simikot with scheduled flights. On Simikot /Hilsa/Simikot sectors, you will take a special chartered helicopter flight. Then drive across the Nepal-Tibet border to Taklakot (also called Purang in Tibet).

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is named after two holy, spiritual and religiously significant sites: Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Lake Mansarovar is lying at the foot of Mt.Kailash. The lake is considered a symbol of purity and it is believed that a dip in its holy water can cleanse one’s sins. After visiting the holy lake, you will start your Mt.Kailash kora/parikrama on foot, an ancient ritual of devotion that is believed by pilgrims to bring good fortune in one’s life. Afterward, you will return to Hilsa by car and fly back to Kathmandu.

DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival in Kathmandu Pick up from the airport Kathmandu, 3★/4★ D
2 Half-Day Kathmandu Pilgrimage Sightseeing & Fly to Nepalgunj Pashupatinath Temple, Budhanilkantha Temple Nepalgunj, 3★/4★ B/L/D
3 Fly to Simikot & Hike to Shiva Temple Fly to Simikot, Shiva Temple Simikot, 3★/4★ B/L/D
4 Fly to Hilsa & Drive to Taklakot Enjoy the scenery along the way Taklakot, 3 ★ B/L/D
5 Drive to Mansarovar & Mansarovar Parikrama Lake Mansarovar Mansarovar, Guesthouse B/L/D
6 Mansarovar to Darchen, 35km, Approx. 1hr Chiu Gompa Monastery, the hot spring Darchen, Guesthouse/4★ B/L/D
7 Mt Kailash Kora①: Darchen - Dirapuk, 10km, Approx. 6~7hrs Mount Kailash Kora Dirapuk, Guesthouse B/L/D
8 Mt Kailash Kora②: Dirapuk - Zutulpuk, 22km, Approx. 8~9hrs Mount Kailash Kora Zutulpuk, Guesthouse B/L/D
9 Mt Kailash Kora③: Zutulpuk - Darchen, 8km, 3hrs; Drive to Taklakot, 150km, 2hrs Mount Kailash Kora Taklakot, 3★ B/L/D
10 Drive to Hilsa, Fly to Nepalgunj via Simikot Nepalgunj Airport Nepalgunj, 3★/4★ B/L/D
11 Fly to Kathmandu Kathmandu sightseeing Kathmandu, 3★/4★/5★ B/L/D
12 Departure from Kathmandu Send off to the airport B

Daily Itinerary


Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel. It’s only 6km from the airport to the downtown area.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will leave for pilgrimage sightseeing to Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkanth Temple, for seeking blessings from Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu respectively. After lunch transfer to the domestic airport for a flight to Nepalgunj (150m, 45min flight.). After arriving in Nepalgunj, you will check into the hotel.
In the early morning, you will be transferred to Nepalgunj airport for your flight to Simikot (2,910m). The flight between Nepalgunj and Simikot takes about an hour. Walk to the lodge, take a rest and walk around. After lunch proceed to hike the Shiva temple and return to the hotel. The rest of the day is for leisure activities and getting acclimated to the high altitude.
Shiva Temple
Shiva Temple

In the early morning, you will be transferred to the airport and take a flight to Hilsa (3,704m, 15min flight) by Chartered Helicopter. 5 persons in each flight and luggage should not beyond 10kg per person. The flight would pass through deep Karnali River-gorge and narrow remote valleys. After arriving, you will cross the bridge, complete immigration formalities and walk to the Chinese side – known as Sera for the China side Immigration. As per the visa rule of the Chinese government, all group members must enter together and exit together.

Then you will meet your Chinese guide & driver and proceed to Taklakot (4,025m), Known as Purang to Chinese. The drive from Hilsa to Taklakot takes about 30 minutes and the driving distance is about 30km. At Taklakot, you will check into the hotel and be free for the rest of the day to acclimatize to the altitude.

Stay overnight at a hotel in Taklakot.

After breakfast, drive to Mansarovar(4,556m). Go all the way west. En route, you will be able to have the first view of the holy mountain Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Mansarovar is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world with a turquoise surface. When arriving at Mansarovar, you may take a holy bath; perform Puja, Hawan, and Devtarpan, etc., followed by Mansarovar parikrama. Freshly cooked dinner will be served at the edge of Mansarovar lake. Stay overnight at the guesthouse.

After a short 45-minute drive, you will reach Darchen(4,664m). En route, you can visit Chiu Gompa Monastery as well the hot spring behind it. Finally, you will arrive in Darchen, which is situated on the foothill of Mount Kailash and considered as the base camp for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. From Darchen, you can see the mighty west face of Mount Kailash. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around.

Stay overnight in Darchen

Today, you will start the sacred circumambulation around holy Kailash. A light breakfast will be served before your departure. Then drive 6km to Tarboche, which is the starting point of the Yatra. In Yama Dwar, also known as the Gates of the Lord of Death, you will meet with your porter, horses and yaks and then set off together to trek to Diraphuk. After 6 kilometers, you will get to Chukku monastery, usually, people will have lunch with their packed meal boxes here.

Then, continue trekking to Dirapuk (4,765m). It stands at an elevation of 4,920m. This is the only place where you can see up close the mighty north face of Mt. Kailash.

Stay overnight stay at a guesthouse

See the mighty north face of Mt. Kailash.
Darchen to Dirapuk

Today is the longest, hardest but holiest day of your pilgrimage Yatra and you will continue your Parikrama. After leaving Dirapuk for 3km, you will go uphill and see the sky burial platform. Keep moving 2 kilometers, you will reach the highest point of this divine trip - Droma La Pass (5,585m), full of fluttering prayer flags. After a short break, you will make a gentle descent from this pass, you will spot a tiny glacial lake on the right side of the trail. This is Gauri Kunda. The legend of this pool is connected with Mata Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.

After Gauri Kunda, you will be led downward along a steep and stony trail and eventually reach your campsite at Zulturpuk Monastery(4,790m).

Stay overnight stay at a guesthouse

Droma La Pass, the highest point of Mt.Kailash kora.
Droma La Pass

Today is the last day of this divine circumambulation. You will follow an easy and flat trail, which takes about 3-4hrs in the morning to complete your Kailash Parikrama. Packed lunch will be served on the way.

In Darchen, your vehicle will be waiting for you and take you and the group to Taklakot. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Zutulpuk - Darchen
Zutulpuk - Darchen
After breakfast, you will drive to Hilsa & walk to Hilsa helipad and take a 25-minute chartered helicopter flight back to Simikot. Proceed for Nepalgunj scheduled flight after documentation at Simikot. Arrive & stay overnight at the hotel in Nepalgunj.
Nepalgunj Airport
Nepalgunj Airport
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Nepalgunj Airport and take your scheduled flight directly back to the medieval city of Kathmandu. Our representative shall escort you to your respective hotel where you can take your long-awaited showers and get freshened up. Later you may stroll around the city for sightseeing or some souvenir shopping as it is your last day here in Nepal.
Today is the end of our incredible Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. After having your breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for an onward flight with fresh energy and a refreshing perspective on life.

Our Service


* Special welcome on arrival in Kathmandu;
* One briefing session in Kathmandu or Nepalgunj;
* Two nights stay at 5/4 star Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and 2 Nights stay at the hotel Sitharth/ Cygnett/ Sneha on a twin share basis with all meals( pure veg only) if the yatri have booked the yatra via Kathmandu;
* Six nights’ accommodation in Tibet (Guesthouse, Camp & Hotel) (3-star equivalent Hotel at Taklakot/Darchen) including all meals;
* Kathmandu half-day sightseeing: Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Budhanilakanth Temple;
* Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu;
* Chartered Helicopter flight for Simikot – Hilsa - Simikot (on sharing basis);
* Nepalgunj/Simikot/ Nepalgunj by scheduled flight;
* Fully trained Sherpa team with Professional government license holder English-speaking tour guide in Tibet;
* Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) every day while on the yatra;
* Required trekking & kitchen equipment & First aid kit;
* Mineral & boiled water;
* Oxygen cylinder and oxygen pillow as per the requirements;
* Simikot Area Entry Permit, Tibet Visa & Permit Fee and necessary Border charges;
* Ground transfers in Tibet on Deluxe Coach;
* Free use of Down Jacket, Backpack, Raincoat ( Pancho), Monkey cap & duffel bag for free;
* Yatra Completion Certificate;
* Wages, meals, accommodation, transportation, equipment, insurance and other facilities to the tour staff during the trip;
* All kinds of local and government TAX etc;


* Nepal visa fees US$ 30 or 50 (Single Entry Visa valid for 15 or 30 days respectively payable in cash at immigration and requires a recent photograph), no visa applications for the Indian passport holder;
* Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary;
* Any items and services not mentioned in the PRICE INCLUDE section;
* Items of personal nature such as trekking equipment, bar bills, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone, calls internet, SIM Card, extra mileage, personal gratuities as tips to the staff at a hotel;
guide, driver, porter, Horse / Pony ride, etc.;
* Extra costs that may arise due to delay to receive Tibet Travel Permit and Visa, prolonged delays or postponement of flight due to technical reasons;
* Expenses incurred by re-routing, inclement weather, floods, famine, political disruptions, strikes, riots and other disturbances;
* All the obligations and fines like the death penalty USD 1,000.00 and early return expenses etc.;
* Personal insurance policy - suggested comprehensive travel insurance covering tour and flight cancellations, loss of valuables, thefts, illness, accidents and hospitalization;
* Insurance that covers Trekking/ Travel/ Accident /Medical/Emergency evacuations, [Helicopter rescue];
* Photography charges in the monasteries and monuments;

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by anan***

We are 2 of us ( Indian passport holder) who are interested in Kailash manasarovar trip late September or early October 2023. can you please suggest how to proceed.

Answered by Beatrice

Dear anand***,

I'm afraid we can't arrange the Kailash Manasarovar tour for you this year as it's not yet resumed for Indian passport holders.

Please let me know without hesitation if you have any further questions or doubts. It is my pleasure to work with you at any time.

Asked by Taru***

Group of 4 age 41/72/72/72. Will like trip start from New Delhi or Kathmandu for Man Sarovar Lake and view of Kailash without trekking around Kailash Helicopter ok. Trip duration 10-11 days end of September beginning of October to include full moon at man sarovar

Answered by Beatrice

Dear Tarun,

May I know your nationalities, please? Are you from the US or India?

Also I noticed that there're three people in your group over 70s. Usually people with high blood pressure, respiratory, cardiovascular or cerebrovascular diseases, heart disease, pulmonary edema, etc. should avoid going to high-altitude places. Please consult your doctor before going to Tibet.

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