Kailash Helicopter Tour via Simikot 9 days

Duration: 11 Days   |   Based on 1 Review

Kailash Helicopter tour via Simikot 9 days package for 2021 and 2022,  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 trip customized to your special requirements. 

However, we recognize that some of you would like to see Kailash and the holy lakes but may be hampered by time restraints. For these pilgrims, we have designed a special package that cuts the whole journey down to 9 days by using helicopter transport between Nepalgunj and Simikot and Hilsa. Taking this version of the trip means that you can still enjoy the full Kailash and Lake Mansarovar experience in an unhurried manner.

Laying in the peaceful and tranquil Trans-Himalayan landscapes of Tibet, Lake Mansarovar and Mt Kailash await your visit. Alpine Eco Trek has been operating tours to Mount Kailash including the Helicopter tours from Simikot for over 2 decades, organizing everything for your comfort during this pilgrimage tour around the sacred Mount Kailash. Starting from Kathmandu, flying to Nepalgunj and to Simikot and then a Helicopter ride to the border - Hilsa with incredible views along the way, the holy journey starts from Taklakot and continues to the holy Lake Mansarovar. While visiting the Lake Mansarovar, Hindu Yatris would be able to take a holy dip in the lake and perform a ceremonial Puja with a Hindu Guru or priest. This is quite a spectacle and mesmerizing to witness. For Hindu Yatris from far abroad, it is also common to take some of Lake Mansarovar’s water with you back home for family and friends.

kailash helicopter tour from Kathmandu and Simikot

Meals and accommodations during this incredible Helicopter tour to Mt Kailash are provided by Alpine Eco Trek and as this is a Holy tour in Kailash, only pure vegetarian meals will be served prepared by our skilled chefs. The tour continues until we reach the Holy Mountain said to be the home of the Hindu main deity Shiva. The tour is not completed here as the custom is to travel on foot 53km clockwise around Mt Kailash. This is known in Hindu as doing KORA, and many devotees feel the spirituality coming from the holy Himalaya as they walk around it. During this holy Kora around Mt Kailash overnights are very basic arranged by our team and in the morning one of the most incredible sunrise views over Mt Kailash can be seen, naming that side of the holy Kailash officially as the Golden Face. The sacred Kora around Mount Kailash is relatively easy going with stunning Dolma la pass crossing, not to worry does less able on foot can always hire a pony or donkey ride Darchen to complete the holy Kora around Mt Kailash.

Altitude Sickness during the Journey

Altitude is a major factor in all of our Kailash tours. We often reach altitudes of over 5000m. This can have mild or severe effects on the body no matter what your level of health. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. The best way to prevent this is to stay extremely hydrated and conscious of how your body is functioning. We also have rest days to help the body acclimatize. Diamox is a prescription altitude medication (consult your doctor) that can help prevent symptoms. We also carry oxygen tanks. Be sure each of you is traveling on your own risk. It's recommended to have a file with your medical history on this type of trip with a recent medical report. 

Physical Fitness

Although most of the trip will be done on vehicles and flights, it is important that clients be in relatively good health. The holy Kora around Kailash requires some demanding hiking and altitude can take a physical challenge on the body. We suggest clients start an exercise routine prior to the trip that includes hiking or jogging for a least an hour 3-4 days a week. If you have any concerns about the physical demands of the trip feel free to contact us, please. If you have any chronic health problems please consult your doctor. 

Accommodation during the trip

Twin sharing rooms (single rooms available for an additional cost) in a high-quality hotel in the heart of Katmandu while in Nepal. In Tibet, very simple guest houses with shared rooms and basic toilet facilities (in case of heavy rush and emergency we do use tented camp as well) will be your accommodation. Our staff will attend to all the camping responsibilities.

Food during the trip 

All meals during the trip will be provided. Our staff will cook delicious vegetarian foods include soups, rice, noodles, bread, curry, dal (lentils), potatoes, pickle, porridge, tea, milk, coffee.   

Transportation during the trip 

Private bus transportation or flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, regular flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot, and then a Helicopter ride from Simikot to the border - Hilsa. From Hilsa, 4WD deluxe Vans, or Buses with trucks to carry personal and group gear will be on Tibet site. During the trek, we provide yaks to carry your personal gear. Extra yak/horse and yak/horse man can be provided (for an additional cost at around USD 450 eas horse).

Permit-Visa and Documentation

Clients must have a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining. We will take care of all the Tibet visa and entry permit procedures, once we receive a copy of your passport and advance deposit. 

Insurance 

We recommend that all clients obtain proper medical and travel insurance prior to the trip. Make sure travel insurance includes emergency and rescue coverage. 
Below is an eleven-day itinerary for the Kailash Helicopter tour 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. 

Highlights

  • Kailash Helicopter tour from Nepalgunj to Simikot by a regular plane and then to Hilsa by a Helicopter
  • Drive to the Holy Lake Mansarovar and the Base Camp of the Holy Mountain by a deluxe bus 
  • Take a dip in the holy Lake and perform a ceremonial Puja with a Hindu Guru or priest
  • Walk 53km - 3 days Holy Kora around Mount Kailash 
  • Enjoy the trip that you deserve and head out with Alpine Eco Trek on the Kailash Helicopter tour from Nepal to Tibet.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrive at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight Hotel.
  • Day 02After breakfast at hotel transfer to domestic airport and fly to Nepalgunj. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03Early morning fly to Simikot by Fixed Wing and complete immigration formality. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 04Fly to Hilsa by Helicopter. From Hilsa trek to Sher and drive to Taklakot (3,400 m.). Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 05Rest day in Purang for acclimatization. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 06Drive, Purang to Lake Manasarovar (Chiu Gompa – 4,550 m.). Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 07Drive to Yam Dwar via Darchen (4,664 m.), trek to Deraphuk (4,920 m). Overnight Mud House.
  • Day 08Trek over Dolma-La (5,600 m.) then continues to Zutrul phuk (4,780 m). Overnight Mud House.
  • Day 09End Kora at Darchen, drive back to Sher, finish immigration, walk down to Hilsa. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 10Helicopter to Simikot and then fixed wing flight to Nepalgunj. Fly to Kathmandu, Overnight Hotel.
  • Day 11Final Departure.
Detail Itinerary

Inclusion

  • Arrival departure transfer in Kathmandu.
  • Two nights accommodation (4 or 5 star) in Kathmandu on full board basis (twin sharing)
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • Flight tickets Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu.
  • Nepalgunj-Simikot-Nepalgunj by Fixed Wing Plane. Simikot-Hilsa-Simikot by Helicopter
  • Domestic airport taxes
  • Tibet group visa and travel/trekking permits
  • Guesthouse accommodation in Tibet 
  • All meals in Tibet (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Transportation in Tibet by Luxury Van/buses
  • English speaking Tibetan guide
  • Necessary supporting crew (Cook, Sherpas, tour Manager from Nepal)
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag (returnable) 
  • Yaks and Yak men during the Parikrama (circumambulation) around Mt. Kailash
  • Medical kit bag
  • Humla region restricted area permit and royalties
  • Porter cost in Hilsa (while going and coming back)
  • All applicable taxes and service charges.
  • Extra Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Riding Horse or Yak during the Parikrama
  • A visit to Khojarnath temple
  • Your travel insurance
  • Rescue and evacuation service
  • Personal expenses
  • Bottled drinks
  • Tip for guide and driver
  • Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances.

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
15 May, 2021 - 25 May, 2021Guaranteed$3100 USD
18 May, 2021 - 28 May, 2021Guaranteed$3100 USD
24 May, 2021 - 03 Jun, 2021Guaranteed$3100 USD
27 May, 2021 - 06 Jun, 2021Guaranteed$3100 USD
31 May, 2021 - 10 Jun, 2021Guaranteed$3100 USD
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Useful Information

Type of Helicopter

Depending on weather conditions and group size, we provide fixed-wing aircraft in between Nepalgunj and Simikot but in between Hilsa and Simikot, there is no alternative other than Helicopter. Helicopter accommodates 4 passengers at a time depending on the group size and baggage load by small helicopter OR carry 18 passengers at a time if MI – 17 Helicopter (big chopper) available.

We must land at Simikot for going through the immigration formalities of the Nepal government while going and coming back.

Weather Condition 

The weather condition in the mountain (Simikot and Hilsa area) plays a vital role in 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 not come to pick you up at Hilsa. In this case, you have to stay in Hilsa and our company bears accommodation and food for one extra night but in case it goes longer the group has to bear all the extra expenses. 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. 

Simikot stay is an optional spare day program with a view to managing the safe and smooth operation of flight so it may be possible to remove or station as per the situation of weather and flight condition. 

Extra Expenses 

Extra expenses that may occur due to natural calamities not excluding, landslide, adverse weather conditions, Political sanction, road blockades, or whatsoever, which entails extra nights in a hotel or guest houses, additional Vehicles or porterage. All such expenses will be borne by clients directly or to be collected by us at the end of the tour. 

Personal Gear 

The following is a list of the personal gear required for the tour. Some items might be available for rental in Kathmandu. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about gear.

  • 1 large duffel bag (we provide) or backpack 
  • 1 small backpack or day pack 
  • 2 pair warm synthetic or cotton pants  
  • 1 pair light hiking pants 
  • 2 pair long underwear tops and bottoms 
  • 1 fleece/wool jacket / pants 
  • 1 down jacket (we provide)
  • 1 Sleeping bag (we provide)
  • 1 set of light rain gear tops and bottoms 
  • 1 warm hat and 1 sun hat 
  • 6 pair warm socks 
  • 1 pair comfortable waterproof hiking boots 
  • I pair comfortable shoes (for wearing around camp) 
  • 2 pair long sleeve cotton shirt 
  • 1 pair warm gloves or mittens 
  • 1 pair of sunglasses (100 percent UV protective) 
  • Sunscreen/lip salve (at least SPF 25) 
  • 1 silk or polyester scarf (to protect the neck from the sun) 
  • 1 towel 
  • Water bottle 2/lts 
  • 1 flashlight (w/ extra batteries) 

Toilet items

Towel, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb/brush, razor, shaving cream, women’s items, toilet paper etc. 
First Aid / Medical Kits 
We provide basic 1st aid items but we highly recommend that please bring a well-stocked personal medical kit. The suggested items are below. Consult you doctor for all prescription medicine.
1. Band-aids, bandages, medical tape, Neosporin, and other wound dressings 
2. Blister dressings, moleskin, Spenco, 2nd skin 
3. Cold and flu tablets / nasal decongestant 
4. Antihistamine (for allergies) 
5. Aspirin or ibuprofen  
6. Imodium or Lomotil (anti-diarrhea) 
7. Hydration powder 
8. Throat lozenges/cough medicine 
9. Small pair of scissors/tweezers/thermometer 
10. Antibiotics (consult a doctor) 
11. Full supply of all current prescription medications. 

Further Information 

Our website contains as much information as possible about the above trip. However, if you have any questions regarding the trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all inquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book this trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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