Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by Helicopter via Nepalgunj

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by Helicopter via Nepalgunj 9 days


Trip Length:
9 days

Grade:
Moderate to strenuous

Accomodation:
Hotel and guesthouse

Season:
May to September

Group size:
Minimum 17 pax
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This 9 days Kailash Manasarovar tour by helicopter is designed for those who have constraints of time and wish to take short and more comfortable journey. We fly Nepalgunj - Simikot by regular flights and Simikot - Hilsa (Nepal - Tibet border) by chartered helicopter. From the border we drive by coach to Manasarovar via Purang,, the most beautiful and peaceful place incomparable to rest of the places on this planet.

We take “parikarma” (circumambulation) of Manasarovar by coach and of Mt. Kailash on foot. Hindus believe that a ritual bath in the sacred Manasarovar delivers a pilgrim to Brahma’s paradise, a drink of its waters relinquishes the sins of hundred life times and a single circumambulation (Kora) of Mt, Kailash wipes out the sins of a lifetime. The journey is indeed a rare opportunity and privilege for devotees who have been dreaming to be close to the home of the Gods and have limited time.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Nepalgunj (on own arrangement). Stay at hotel. Evening 7 PM: detail briefing on the Yatra.

Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot. Stay at hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Hilsa by Helicopter and drive to Taklakot (Purang) (3400m). Stay at hotel.

Day 04: Drive from Purang to Lake Manasarovar (Chiu Gompa 4550m). Stay at hotel.

Day 05: AM: Pooja, Homa, rituals etc. After lunch drive to Darchen. Stay at hotel.

Day 06: Drive to Yam Dwar and start Mt. Kailash "parikrama on foot to Deraphuk (4920 m.). Stay at guesthouse.

Day 07: Continue "parikrama" to via Dolma-La Pass (5600m) Gaurikund to Zutulphuk (4780m). Stay at guesthouse.

Day 08: Finish parikrama on foot then drive to Hilsa.

Day 09: Fly Hilsa – Simikot by helicopter and to Nepalgunj by regular flights. Drive to Lucknow.

1. PLANNING FOR THE YATRA

TIBET IS A UNIQUE AND INCOMPARABLE TRAVEL ADVENTURE. But its remoteness,undeveloped infrastructure, and high altitude conditions require a traveler to  make adequate preparations. Wise preparatory exercise for this tour, therefore, would include lots of walking and stairs climbing. Jogging for those so inclined, is also good physical conditioning for such a trip.Consult with your doctor regarding the fitness of your health. If you have a habit of smoking and taking alcoholic beverages we strongly advise you to reduce it as much as possible. Some people are hit harder by altitude sickness. It has nothing to do with age or physical fitness. Due to high altitude travelers may face minor high altitude sickness as headache, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, diziness.Consuming heavy meals should be avoided, since extra oxygen is diverted for digestion. Light carbohydrate meals are best. Snacking is good. Sweets are fine, but chocolate should be avoided towards evening because of its caffeine content, thus aggravating sleeplessness.Drink lots of fluids because the amount of one's breathing increases at higher altitudes in order to take
in more oxygen, more moisture than usual is lost from the body. Once again, the single mostimportant precaution you can practice is to TAKE IT EASY . Your body will begin acclimatingnormally if you give it a chance. Do not panic if you feel dizzy or short of breath, relax, breath in and out.

2. CLOTHING

While driving to Kailash, it will be warm inside the vehicle but very cold outside. Mornings and evenings will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required. Temperature varies from 0 degree C to -24 degree C. Cold wind blows at the speed of 50 to 60 Km per hour at some places. We recommend that you bring the following clothing and accessories with you. Please note – all the items and number of pieces recommended in the list are not mandatory. As such, you may decide the items and pieces as per your choice and need. However, you should not forget to bring warm clothes and rain gear. We are providing wind-proof warm jacket, sleeping bag, duffle bag and back pack.

A. Footwear

1. Warm comfortable trekking boot – 1 OR Good well worn-in walking shoes – 1.

B. Clothing

  •  Wool shirts – 3
  • Cotton shirts-3
  • Thermal underwear-1
  • Trousers/shorts for men-2
  • Monkey cap/mittens/gloves-1
  • Wool and cotton socks-5
  • Towel-1
  • Sleeping clothes-2 .
  • Skirts/coulettes/trousers for women – 2 .
  • Wind and rain gear with hood – 1 .
  • Sun hat – 1
  • Sweaters – 2
  • Track suit – 1

3. ACCESSORIES AND PUJA SAMAGRI

Accessories

  • Personal first-aid.
  • Toilet kit – 1
  • Flash light/torch with extra batteries – 1
  • Sun glasses – 1
  • Repair kit (needle, thread tape etc) – 1
  • Water bottle – 1
  • Note book, pens, pencils.
  • Pocket knife – 1
  • Plastic bags for reading material, cameras etc. – 1
  • Binocular (optional)
  • Sun block cream and lip salve – 

  Puja Samagri    

  • Camphor
  • Agarbatti (insence sticks)
  • Samidha (for Hawan)
  • Bel patra
  • Kumkum .
  • Rice
  • Wicks dipped in ghee .
  • Moli (red threat)
  • Bell
  • Small Diya
  • Prayer book etc.

4. ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation in Kathmandu is provided in a 4 star hotel on twin bed sharing basis with attached bathroom. But in Tibet it is in the guesthouses (mud houses) in dormitory style (4-8 beds in a room)

without attached bath room. Please note that mud houses in Tibet have very basic facilities and one should not expect it to be like a guesthouse in anywhere else. Our staffs will always be there to help you if you face any difficulties.

5. DAILY ROUTINE

The daily routine that we have found to be best is to rise early each morning (at 6:30 AM we provide bed tea) and after a hot drink and breakfast begin the days drive/trek. Trekking is only for 3 days when you do parikrama around Mt. Kailash, rest is all drive. Lunch is served in lunch boxes between 11 AM - 2 PM (approx.). With lunch completed, the rest of the days drive/hike commences and the night camp is usually reached by 7 PM. Tea, biscuits, etc. will be served upon arrival at the
destination. Sometimes the truck carrying the parties equipment and duffel bags may reach the site an hour or so after your arrival. It is therefore wise to have packed in your day pack a dry shirt and something warmer to put on as well as anything else that may be required.

6. INSURANCE

To protect against unforeseen circumstances, we advise you to take a trip cancellation and medical insurance policy in your home country. The policy should also include coverage of transportation cost in the event of helicopter or surface evacuation being required. We regret, such policies are not available in Nepal.

7. VISA

Scanned copy of passport (page containing name, photo, date of birth, passport No., nationality) should reach us at least 6 weeks before the commencement of tour. This copy of passport is required to process for visa authority (not for obtaining visa). Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry in Tibet. We carry all the procedure to get permit and visa.

8. CONSULTATION WITH DOCTOR

Consult your doctor regarding the fitness of your health. Consider use of the drug Acetazolamide (Diamox) as one treatment for mountain sickness. Talk to your physician about its use and side effects.Aspirin (without caffeine) is OK to use for headaches and sleep. There are certain medicines,which though not designed for altitude sickness, do seem to help some persons alleviate the symptoms. DIAMOX and DACADRON are two such drugs. People with blood pressure problems,
for example, should NOT use DIAMOX, because of negative reactions.

9. MEDICINES RECOMMENDED FOR KAILASH TOURS

All participants are advised to have health check up by a reputed doctor to insure that they are fit to take Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.

We recommend following medicines, but you MUST consult your doctor, as some of the medicines might not suite you.

MOUNTAIN SICKNESS :

Diamox 250 mg - ½ tab twice a day for prevention before starting the high altitude trip. 1 tab twice a
day, once mild symptoms are noticed – 20 Tab.

ANTIBIOTICS :

Triethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole – Bactrim Dsor Septra DS- Double Strength (160mg/800mg) – 20 Tab

DIARRHEA :

  1. Loperamide Hydrochloride - 2 tab one time only – 10 Tab.
  2. Fasigyn DS - 1 tab two times a day for 3 days – 6 Tab.
  3. Jeevan jal - with plenty of water – 3 Pkt.

ACHES (HEAD, BODY, MUSCLES) :

  1. Tab. Calpol - 3 to 4 times a day – 10 Tab
If above is not effective,
  1. Cap. Proxyvon - 1 cap 2 to 3 times a day – 10 Tab.

FEVER :

1. Tab Calpol as above – 10 Tab.

VOMITING :

Tab. Domperidon (Don - 1 ) - one tab 2 to 3 times a day – 10 Tab.

COMMON COLD :

1. Tab. Terfenadine 60m (Terf / Zenad) - 2 times a day – 15 Tab.

SAFETY MEASURES:

  1. Handy Plast
  2. Cotton
  3. Crepes etc.

10. HEALTH PRECAUTION

Some people are hit harder by altitude sickness. It has nothing to do with age or physical fitness. Due to high altitude travelers may face minor high altitude sickness as headache, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, dizziness.Consuming heavy meals should be avoided, since extra oxygen is diverted for digestion. Light
carbohydrate meals are best. Snacking is good. Sweets are fine, but chocolate should be avoided towards evening because of its caffeine content, thus aggravating sleeplessness.Drink lots of fluids because the amount of one's breathing increases at higher altitudes in order to take in more oxygen, more moisture than usual is lost from the body. Once again, the single most important precaution you can practice is to TAKE IT EASY . Your body will begin acclimating
normally if you give it a chance. Do not panic if you feel dizzy or short of breath, relax, breath in and out.

11. RISK AND LIABILITY

Heritage Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. will put every efforts up-to their limitation under the circumstances to conduct the Yatra as smooth and comfortable as possible. We however act as intermediary between the concerned airlines, hotels, tour operator in Tibet and local offices providing service. Heritage Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage sustained by pilgrim including those occurring due to unavoidable situations like landslide, flood,
political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay in issue visa and permit, sickness, accident or any other circumstances beyond our control.

Day 01: Arrival in Nepalgunj

Arrive Nepalgunj on own arrangement. Our staffs meet you and assists upon your arrival. Evening 7 PM: detail briefing on the Yatra for about 1 hour. Stay at hotel. Dinner. Lucknow

– Nepalgunj 200 Km drive 4 - 5 hours (approx)

Day 02: Nepalgunj to Simikot flight

Early morning have breakfast or carry pack breakfast and leave hotel at about 5-5.30 AM for your flight to Simikot. The flights from Nepalgunj to Simikot operate only in the morning by fixed wing airplane. From 10 a.m. onward, the weather en-route may not be favorable due to heavy wind and cloud. At the airport in Simikot, our staff will receive you and escort to the hotel. Today, you will either visit Shiva temple or relax for getting acclimatized. Stay at hotel/guesthouse. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Nepalgunj - Simikot flight: 50 minutes to 1 hour depending on the weather condition.

Day 03: Simikot to Hilsa by Helicopter - then drive to Taklakot (3400m)

If the weather is clear, we leave hotel/guesthouse at 5 AM to fly to Hilsa by chartered helicopter at around 6 AM. This scenic flight takes about 20 minutes to reach Hilsa. Since our helicopter can carry only 5 to 6 (maximum) passengers at a time, we have to make some extra shuttle flights depending on your group size to bring all passengers to Hilsa.

As per the rule of the Chinese government, the entry and exit of the group should be together. It is not possible to cross the border for those who have flown to Hilsa by the earlier flights. They should wait till the whole group gathers at Hilsa, then cross Nepal – China border together. From heli pad, you walk for about 10 minutes.

Chinese guide and vehicles will be waiting across the border with bus to drive to Purang also called Taklakot. After crossing the border, immigration formalities are done on Chinese side. Rest of the time at Purang is for acclimatization. Stay at Hotel. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Simikot - Hilsa: 20 minutes by Helicopter

Hilsa to Chinese immigration: 10 minutes walk (flat road)

Driving time 1 – 2 hrs to Purang (depending on the time consumed at immigration). 35 km.

Day 04: Purang to Lake Manasarovar (Chiu Gompa 4550m)

After breakfast, drive to Manasarovar. A brief halt will be taken on the way on the shore of Lake Rakhash Tal from where you get first Darshan of Mt. Kailash. You will then continue drive to Lake Manasarovar (4573m) and take parikram of the Lake by coach. Take a dip in the Lake. Stay at hotel. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Purang to Manasarovar 90 km 2 hours

The entire parikrama is about 105 kms and will take – 3 - 4 hours

Day 05: AM – Free for taking dip in the Lake, pooja, homa and rituals before driving to Darchen in the afternoon after lunch. Stay at hotel. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Chiu Gompa to Darchen 36 Km 1 hr.

Day 06: Darchen - Yam Dwar drive and then trek to Deraphuk (4920 m.)

Early morning drive to Tarboche (4606 mt) and visit Yam Dwar. Those willing to do parikrama of Kailash will start walking from here and those not doing parikrama will return to Darchen to wait for rest of the people who are doing parikrama. Yaks will be used to carry foods and necessary equipment. The distance from Yam Dwar to Diraphuk (4920 m) is about 9 km and it requires approximately 6 hours on foot. The trail is flat and reasonably easy. Stay at guesthouse. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Darchen to Yam Dwar 8 km: 30 minutes.

Walking Yam Dwar to Deraphuk: 12 Km (6 - 8 hours trek)

Day 07: Diraphuk - Dolma-La Pass (5600m) – Gaurikund - Zutulphuk (4780m)

Today is the toughest and longest day of this journey. You must wake up and start your journey for the next destination at around 4-5 AM with light food. Right from the beginning till the Dolma pass (5600 m.), you have to go up hill (at least 4 hours). However, in between, there are flat portion of the trail.

After reaching Dolma pass, the trail descends to other side of mountain via Gauri Kunda (also called Parvati Kunda). It is believed that the consort of Lord Shiva, Parvati, takes bath here. The trail further down from here is rocky. So, you need to be very careful while descending. After reaching down to the valley base (other side), the trail becomes wider and flatter. You will walk for another 6 hour or so to reach Zutulphuk (4790m). Stay at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Deraphuk to Zutulphuk: 22 km (10 - 12 hrs trek) Dolma-La Pass: 5600 m. Zutul Phuk: 4790 m.

Day 08: Finish parikrama on foot and drive to Hilsa.

The trek approximately takes about 3 hours to reach the pick point and the trail is quite easy and flat. From the pick-up point, drive to Hilsa. Stay at Guesthouse. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

Zutulphuk to Darchen: 10 km / 3 hrs trek Pick-up point to Hilsa 160 Km: 5 hours drive

Day 09: Hilsa – Simikot - Nepalgunj

Fly from Hilsa to Simikot by chartered helicopter shuttle flights to bring the entire group back to Simikot. From Simikot, fly back to Nepalgunj by fixed wing airplane. Transfer to hotel for lunch and refreshment. Drive to Lucknow on own arrangement. Breakfast and Lunch

Hilsa - Simikot: 20 minutes by Helicopter

Simikot to Nepalgunj: 50 minutes to 1 hour depending on the weather condition. Nepalgunj to Lucknow: 200 Km, 4- 5 hours drive (approx).

Note: Above itinerary is subject to change under unfavorable weather condition and unavoidable circumstances. Any cost as a result of such conditions, has to be paid extra by the participants. We strongly suggest to keep your departure from Nepalgunj at least 2 -3 days later than the schedule given above to avoid the hassle and cost to reschedule your flight home in the event of delay of your arrival in Nepalgunj from Simikot. 

Cost Include

  • Accommodation in for 1 night in Nepalgunj on full board on double/triple bed sharing basis. Twin /double bed room will be provided if available.
  • All vegetarian meals throughout the tour from Nepalgunj to Nepalgunj.
  • Accommodation in Simikot at and in Tibet at the best available hotels / guesthouses on room sharing basis 3 – 6 beds in room.
  • All transfers in Tibet by coach with English speaking guide and baggage, equipments by truck.
  • All kitchen equipments, kitchen utensils etc.
  • Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments).
  • Warm jacket (on returnable condition).
  • Container for taking Manasarovar "Jal" home.
  • Services of cook, kitchen boys and helpers.
  • Oxygen cylinder.
  • Pulse and Oximeter.
  • Basic First-Aid box.
  • Gemow bag (life saving bag at high altitude) and basic First-Aid box.
  • Experienced tour leader / coordinator with group from Nepalgunj to Nepalgunj.
  • Tibet visa fee and permit fee for Kailash and Manasarovar.
  • Simikot permit and Royalty.
  • Airfare of regular flights Nepalgunj / Simikot / Nepalgunj.
  • Helicopter chartered flights for Simikot / Hilsa / Simikot.
  • Certificate on completion of the tour.
  • Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making "parikrama" of Mt. Kailash. * Porterage wherever applicable in Tibet.

Cost Exclude

  • Transportation from Lucknow to Nepalgunj and back. (it can be arranged at extra cost)
  • Sleeping bag (not required as guesthouses provide beds with blankets).
  • Extra cost of transportation, porterage etc involved due landslides, political and natural disturbances    and any other unforeseen conditions on Nepal side.
  • Extra cost of accommodation and meals in Nepalgunj, Simikot and Hilsa for staying more than the schedule due to flight cancellation, bad weather or for any other reasons whatsoever.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as insurance, beverage, telephone calls, tips etc.
  • Charges of pony and driver if required to ride on for Kailash "parikrama".

*Any other cost not mentioned as included.

1. GROUP SIZE

Our group size in minimum 17 pax on group joining basis. There is no limitation of maximum size.

2. ACCOMMODATION AND FOODING
We provide 4 star hotel in Kathmandu with twin sharing rooms and single room with additional cost. All vegetarian meals are provided throughout the trip. Breakfast and dinner is served hot while staying in the hotels/guesthouses. We use hot cases for carrying lunch and try to keep it as warm as possible. All vegetables \ fruit (and even the dishes) are washed in a mild disinfectant solution. 

All water for hot drinks and other drinks is fully boiled. Water bottles may be filled with boiled water at night so that the water is cool to drink the next day. We will provide mineral throughout the trip. Please bring supplementary food/snacks like protein bars,dry nuts, dry fruits, biscuits of your choice, chocolates, chewing-gum etc for yourself or friends.

3.WHAT YOU CARRY :

We provide each client with down jacket, sleeping bag,day pack bag,traveler duffle bag.As we provide duffle bags please try to avoid suit-cases as far as possible for your own comfort and easy access. Your back pack (provided by us), a small soft. light pack will be sufficient and must be comfortable since it is you who will be carrying it. It should contain small amount of cash, snacks, sunblock lotion, monkey cap, scarf, dust mask, woolen gloves, small towel, knife, torch, sunglass, small first aid kit, camera, binoculars - optional, reading/reference books, note book/pencil, safety pins, water bottle, toilet paper, raincoat gear and extra sweater or light jacket.

Your money belt should contain money, passport itinerary, travel agents address and telephone number, important telephone numbers, pen, copy of visa, mountain sickness medicine, reading glasses (if needed). Your duffel bag that the truck carries will not be possible to get during the day and so be sure that you carry all the necessary things in your back pack that you require in the day’s trip.

4. BOOKING AND CONFIRMING THE TOUR

Tour bookings are accepted until 45 days prior to the date of arrival in Kathmandu. Unless other prior arrangements have been made, bookings are confirmed only after receiving scanned copy of passport along with non-refundable deposit of INR 10000.00 per person for Indian Nationals and US $ 200.00 per person for Foreign nationals/NRI . Unless other prior arrangements have been made, balance of the total tour cost must be paid to us at least 30 days prior to the date of arrival in Kathmandu from India/abroad. Failing which, booking shall stand cancelled and initial deposit payment (INR 10000.00 / US $ 200.00) shall be forfeited. However, if tour is cancelled for any reasons beyond our control, deposited amount to confirm the booking will be refunded in full.

5. RISK AND LIABILITY

Heritage Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. will put every efforts up-to their limitation under the circumstances to conduct the Yatra as smooth and comfortable as possible. We however act as intermediary between the concerned airlines, hotels, tour operator in Tibet and local offices providing service. Heritage Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage sustained by pilgrim including those occurring due to unavoidable situations like landslide, flood, political unrest, cancellation of flight,delay in issue visa and permit, sickness,accident or any other circumstances beyond our control.

6. TIBET PERMIT AND VISA

A. All tourists willing to visit Tibet must buy a package tour from the local agent in Kathmandu directly or through their agents abroad and Tibet visa is issued only for the duration of the tour or trekking booked and confirmed by Tibet travel agent. Chinese Embassy, Kathmandu issues Tibet visa for tours and trekking in Tibet. But for Indian nationals willing to go to Kailash Manasarovar, Tibet visa is issued by Chinese embassy in Delhi. For other than Indian nationals (passports) Tibet visa will be issued by Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. Application for Tibet visa must be made by the government recognized travel agency in Kathmandu.

B. Scanned copy of passport (page containing name, photo, date of birth, passport No., nationality) should reach us at least 6 weeks before the commencement of tour. This copy of passport is required to process for visa authority (not for obtaining visa). Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the
date of entry in Tibet.

C.Visa is issued by Chinese Embassies only after receiving visa authority letter from Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB), Lhasa or Foreign Affiars office.

D. Visa section in Kathmandu is open from Monday to Friday from 0900 hrs till 1100 hrs for submitting and collecting passports. But in Delhi it is open from Monday to Friday from 10 AM till 11.30 AM. All passports seeking visa must be submitted with the embassy. Copies of passports are not accepted
for granting visa.

E. Only group visa on a sheet of paper is issued to ensure their Tibet entry and exit together. One passport size photograph is required for group visa for other than Indian nationals. Individual Tibet visa on passport is not issued at all. However, even a single person also can get visa on a sheet of paper.

F. Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) sends visa authority on the request of the local agent in Lhasa. They also issue travel permit as per the program of tour/trek booked and confirmed by the agent.

G. Local agent requests for visa authority and travel permit only after receiving passport details and full payment in advance.

H. Once visa authority is sent, there will be cancellation charge in case of cancellation.

Note : For Indian nationals entering Tibet from Nepal for Tibet tours or Kailash, Manasarovar tours and trekking, permission from Foreign Ministry of Indian Govt. is not required. Similarly, Indian nationals do not need Nepal visa. But for identification, they either must have passport or election card in their possession.

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