Kailash by Helicopter is a time-saving option which avoids the long hours travelling by road to reach Kailash-Manasarovar; a combination of scheduled flights, charted helicopter and short walk across the Nepal-Tibet boarder makes this into a 11-day trip. (There is no direct flight to Kailsh-Manasarov.)
In the most northern region of the Himalayas, high on the remote western Tibetan plateau, sits the holy Mt. Kailash. A trip to Mt. Kailash is a spiritual journey for everyone. Even agnostics can’t help but be inspired by the strangely mythical and religious atmosphere in this absolutely serene landscape. But for pilgrims of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bonpo faiths, this Kailash Circuit is the ultimate pilgrimage.
Budhhist, Hindu and Jain pilgrims come to this magnificent mountain for the sole purpose of making the 53 km trek around the perimeter. As it is a holy mountain, no one considers climbing to the 6714m high peak.
Hindus believe that Lord Shiva, one of their three main gods, resides atop what they call Mount Meru the spiritual centre of their universe around which all else revolves. A single clockwise 'Parikrama', or circumambulation, around the base of Mount Kailash is believed erase the accumulated sins of a lifetime while 108 circumambulations will achieve Salvation.
The Tibetan people call this mountain Kang Rinpoche or snow jewel and refer to the circumambulation as a ‘kora’. Both parikrama and kora mean the same thing: pilgrimage. Buddists make many circumambulations in order to achieve enlightenment.
Jains call this mountain Mt. Ashtapada. According to their religion, this is the place where the great sage Rishabhadeva, the founder of Jain religion, attained nirvana.
In the shadow of Kailash lie two beautiful lakes Manasarovar and Rakshas Tal, considered sacred to Hindus. Manasarovar, 4558 m, is said to be the highest freshwater lake in the world and the source of four mighty rivers the Brahmaputra, the Sutlej, Ganges and the Indus. Shaped like the sun, Manasarovar symbolizes light and represents the omnipotent mind of Brahma. Bathing in the lake and drinking in its water is a purifying ritual and a way to reach paradise. Just one drop of water from the serenely beautiful Manasarovar is said to set one free from the contaminations of the poisonous world. Rakshas Tal, in contrast, is a moon-shaped lake that is believed to possess dark and demonic forces.
Kailash Tibet Tour by Helicopter with Annapurna Foothills Treks
Our aim is to ensure your Simikot- Kailash-Mansorvar tour to Tibet is an enjoyable and memorable pilgrimage. Our experience has proven that the guide and the truck and jeep drivers play a big role in the success of this tour in Tibet. For this reason we arrange Tibetan guides and drivers for the Kailash-Tibet Tour, who are extremely helpful in matters related to culture, language and local knowledge.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Visit Temples in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Kathmandu to Nepalganj by Air
Day 4 : Nepalganj to Simikot, 2870m, by Air, Simikot to Hilsa by Chartered Helicopter, Hilsa to Sher by Foot, Sher to Taklakot by Road, 3700m
Day 5 : Taklakot to Chui Gompa and Mansarovar, 4560m by Road
Day 6 : Mansarovar Circuit, 4520m,
Day 7 : Drive to Tarboche, 13 km and trek to Dirapuk, 4860m
Day 8 : End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovara:
Day 9 : Taklakot to Sher by Road, Sher to Hilsa by foot, Hilsa - Simikot - Nepalganj - Kathmandu by Air
Day 10 : Fly Back Home with Memories of Mount Kailash & Holy Lake Mansarovar
Carrying your luggage: If you wish to take help of a yak or horse, the cost will be approx US$ 70 for Yak and USD 110 for horse payable directly to the yak herder. (Your Nepali Guide will help you make the arrangement.)
Reminder: In Tibet, the altitude is high air is thinner, colder, drier and the ultraviolet rays from the sun are stronger. Visitors will need to acclimatize and should be prepared for the strong sunshine and varying temperatures with a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and warm clothes. Remember to carry plenty of water.
For those who do not want to share a room during the trip, a single supplement fee of USD 350 can be paid to assure you a room to yourself.
Destination : Tibet
Duration : 10 Days
Price : US $3800 p/p
Trip Grade : Challenging
Group Size:2 - 12 Persons
Maximum Altitude:5650 m Dolma la pass.
Activities:Tour/ Heli Tour & Kailash Kora
Hotel in Kathmandu:3 Nights at 5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu on Twin sharing on BB Basis
Hotel in Nepalgunj:1 night on Twin Sharing on BB Basis
Was really impressed with the speed at which they organised a tour for me, and the quality of the tour itself. The director - Ngima - was very responsive and really helpful, meeting me the day before my tour and introducing me to my guide the day of the tour.…Phillippa
Just got back from an awesome trip to Nepal, kindly arranged by Ngima Sherpa from Annapurna Foothills Treks. The organisation of the trip was absolutely flawless, and I can't remember having any problems during my whole month long stay. My Sherpa Dendi (as featured in the new Everest movie),is a…Neil Murphy
My boyfriend and I wanted to trek in Nepal so I found Annapurna Foothills details online - they were amazing from start to finish. Ngima, the Managing Director was really helpful over email in planning the trip and flexible to help us fit in everything we wanted to. Our guide…Meriel Flint