A spiritual journey to some of the important Hindu pilgrimage sites, coupled with an exciting helicopter flight.
The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra holds immense religious values for the 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.
Completing a Kora (Parikrama) around Mt. Kailash is believed to erase the sins of a lifetime. To complete the Kailash pilgrimage, one should bathe in the sacred Lake Manasarovar, 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 Manasarovar. 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 Manasarovar.
Kailash Yatra begins with an hour flight from Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Simikot, followed by an exciting Helicopter ride to Tibet Nepal Border. A 4WD landcruiser or tourist coach transfers you to Lake Manasarovar, where your spiritual journey begins.
While in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, you will enjoy a tour to the city’s attractions and later visit the holiest of Hindu shrine “Pashupatinath”. Pashupatinath is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the trinity and the guardian (patron) deity of the Hindus. A spiritual atmosphere is maintained throughout this trip.
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu (1250m)
Day 2 Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
Day 3 Fly to Nepalgunj (450m)
Day 4 Fly to Simikot (2950m)
Day 5 Fly to Hilsa (3750m); Drive to Purang (4200m)
Day 6 Drive to Manasarovar (4560m)
Day 7 Morning - holy bath, puja & hawan; Afternoon - drive to Darchen (4560m)
Day 8 Drive to Yama Dwar; trek to Dirapuk (4900m)
Day 9 Trek across Droma La (5630m) to Zutul-Puk (4790m)
Day 10 Trek to Darchen (4560m) & drive to Purang
Day 11 Heli Flight to Simikot (2950m)
Day 12 Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
Day 13 Depart Kathmandu
Two nights accommodation in Kathmandu at Grand Hotel on full board basis
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English speaking local guide and entry fees (Pashupatinath Darshan and Puja)
One night accommodation in Nepalgunj on full board basis at Sneha Hotel
All surface transfers in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
Kathmandu- Nepalgunj- Simikot-Kathmandu flight by Fixed Wing aircraft
Simikot to Hilsa-Simikot by Helicopter
Domestic airport taxes
Tibet group visa and travel permits
One night accommodation in Purang on full board basis at Kailash Hotel
One night accommodation in Manasarovar on full board at Manasarovar Guesthouse
One night accommodation in Darchen on full board basis at Kailash Hotel
One night accommodation in Tarboche on full board basis at Dira-puk Guesthouse
One night accommodation in Zutul-Puk in Camp on full board basis at Camp
Transportation in Tibet in 4WD Land Cruiser or Bus.
English speaking Tibetan local guide
Necessary supporting crew (Cook, Sherpa, Tour Manager from Kathmandu)
Yaks & Yak men for luggage during the Parikrama (circumambulation) around Mt. Kailash
Medical Oxygen & Compressed Bag for emergencies
Medical kit bag
All applicable taxes & service charges
Simikot trek permit
Arrival and departure transfers
International Air fare, Airport tax
Riding Horse or Yak during the Parikrama (upon your request, we can provide this facilities with extra cost).
Any expenses due to natural calamities such as landslide, snowfall. Route may be altered due to that.
Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation due to any reason
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, hot shower, tip to staff
Nepal visa fee for NRI
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel (1250m)
It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane lands at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the arrivals and escort you to your hotel..
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
We have a sightseeing tour to the holiest Hindu temples: Pashiputinath and Guhyeshwari. After the morning visit and puja, the rest of the afternoon is free for yatra preparation..
Fly to Nepalgunj (450m)
Today we take a ninety minute flight to Nepalgunj in the far south west of Nepal. It is a busy crowded city which lies close to the Indian border..
Fly to Simikot (2960m)
This morning we fly north for about 50 minutes to Simikot, the headquarters of Nepal's most remote district, Humla. Today, we spend the rest of the day exploring the neighboring area.
Heli Flight to Hilsa (3700m); Drive to Purang (3800m)
We take a thirty minute flight to Hilsa. On reaching Hilsa, we continue further overland to Purang, which can be reached within an hour. The rest of the day is for acclimatization as we have gained a significant altitude.
Drive to Mansarovar (4560m)
Traversing along the extraordinary landscape, this route penetrates the very essence of Manasarovar Lake. As we near this breathtaking sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, we can even glimpse at majestic Mount Kailash. This journey stimulates us spiritually..
Amidst the serenity of this sacred lake, you will do your holy rituals. After some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar with the snowy massif of Gurla Mandata (Memo Nani) towering at 7694m just across the lake, we drive along the jeep trail to the start of the kora at Darchen.
Drive to Yama Dwar; trek to Dirapuk (4900m)
Early in the morning we will drive to Yama Dwar past verdant meadows and picturesque streams to Lha Chu Valley. The trail overlooks Turquoise River cascading over a narrow canyon with high steep cliffs. En route, north face of Kailash comes into vision. After reaching Yama Dwar, we will trek to Dira which has a 13th century monastery. Visiting this monastery can be one kind of an insightful experience gifted in this Mount Kailash tour..
Trek across Droma La (5630m) to Zutul-Puk (4790m)
Lha Chu Valley blurs as you turn towards Drolma Chu Valley. Looking forward to this amazing trip, we will ascend to Drolma La (5630m), the highest point of the trip. But soon after sighting breathtaking view of Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion at the summit, you realize that this tough and challenging ascent has indeed been very worthwhile and fruitful. Several prayer flags can be seen at the summit. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-Puk which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves. The caves at this locale are most popular for meditation; Milarepa’s cave being one of them with Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints believed to be imprinted all over this cave of mani stones..
Trek to Darchen (4560m) & drive to Purang
Away from Zutul-Puk, we follow the trail through Bharkha plain leading to Darchen. It is an easy walk along some impressive gorges and around many mani stones and mani walls back to the Bharka Plains and dusty Darchen. The kora is finished – you have erased your sins, endured cold nights and mornings, crossed one of the highest passes in the world, met countless fellow pilgrims, sent prayers of peace out to the world. Shortly after arriving at Darchen you board the waiting vehicle for a drive to Purang.
Heli flight to Simikot (2950m)
After breakfast, we will be flown to Simikot by helicopter. Rest of the day is free for relaxation.
Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj
We will have a morning flight to Nepalgunj and later catch connecting flight to Kathmandu. Our tour officer will escort you to your hotel. You can spend the free time doing independent activities like shopping for souvenirs or just relaxing in hotel.
Our Nepali support team will take you to the airport for your flight home..
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