Mt Kailash by Helicopter

Trip Facts

Starts FromKathmandu
Ends inKathmandu
Country Visited Nepal, Tibet
Best Time May-Sept
Price (per person) $3,280
Single supplement $100
Internal airfare (per person) $675

Tour Overview

This ultimate journey to Mt. Kailash famed as the ‘Center of the Universe’ by charter Helicopter gives you a once-in-a-lifetime unique opportunity to witness this serene and beautiful place. It begins by flying fixed wing flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and onto Simikot. From Simikot you take a charter helicopter flight to Hilsa, a place close to China boarder and drive to the Lake Manasarovar and the base of Mt Kailash.

Scheduled Departure  |  Scroll down for departure dates   |   Based on double occupancy

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.

Arrive in Kathmandu. Meet/transfer to your hotel. Time permitting visit Pashupatinath Temple.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Fly Kathmandu - Nepalgunj

Morning trip preparation. Afternoon fly to Nepalgunj (1 hr).

Day 3: Fly Simikot (9,850') & then to Hilsa (12,139'). Drive to Purang (12,467').

Today we will be covering a lot of grounds! Take morning flight (fixed wing) from Nepalgunj to Simikot (45min). From Simikot fly to Hilsa, Nepal-Tibet border, in a helicopter (30min). Once in the border meet with Tibetan guide and drive to  Purang (1 hr).

Overnight in Purang.

Day 4: Purang

We spend this day at Purang for acclimatization. A small county mostly consist of river valleys of mountains and lakes.

Day 5: Drive to Manasarovar lake (14,764')

Manasarovar Lake is one of highest freshwater lakes in the world located at 15,060 feet above sea level. This lake is regarded as highly sacred by the followers of Hinduism, Buddism, Jainism & Bonism. Lake covers an area of 1050 sq feet and has maximum of 300 feet depth.

Day 6: Drive to Yama Dwar & walk to Diraphuk (15,617')

Yama Dwar literally means the Gate of Lord of Death and this where circumambulation to Mt. Kailash begins. Now don’t get alarmed by it’s name, to the contrary this should have been named Gate of Heaven.

Lha-chu Valley lies between the two mountains. The pilgrim path winds alongside the valley, until it reaches Dira-puk Monastery.

Overnight Diraphuk.


Day 7: Walk over Dolma La (Pass) 18,537' to Zuthulphuk

By far this is the toughest day of your trip. The initial stretch of 4.5 mi between Diraphuk to Dolma La is  steep and could be extremely tiring as we gain almost 3,000 ft from 15750 ft to 18,700 ft. It probably is good idea to be deliberately slow and using  hiking pole/s. It will take approximately about 2 hrs to reach Shiva-stahl which is the burial ground. Buddhist pray ” Dirjejigies” (Lord of Death – Yama).

After half an hour of steep climb, you reach at the summit of Dolma La (18,700 ft).

On the right and down below, is the Holy lake of Gaurikund (Yokmo Tso). It is an Emerald Green Lake and considered to be the Holy Lake and one of the highest lake in the world, that remains frozen most of the times throughout the year. The water of this lake is considered to be so holy, so pure that it can cure all the diseases.

Coming down from Dolma La is as tough as going up. Further, your trek becomes windy due gorge of Zuthulphuk.

Overnight Zuthulphuk.

Day 8: Walk to Mani Walls & drive to Purang

Today the trail is more or less flat giving a much needed break to your tiring legs. However, there are some streams to cross. During the last leg of journey, one can have the grand view of Barkha plains, Holy Lake Mansarovar, Rakshasa Taal and majestic Gurla mandhata. The last portion of the parikrama is covered by Land Cruisers arrive Darchen and this is the end of parikrama.

Overnight Purang.


Day 9: Drive to Hilsa/Simikot

Before heading to Hilsa we will drive around Lake Manasarovar. From Hilsa fly to Simikot on helicopter.

Overnight Simikot.

Day 10: Fly Simikot/Nepalgunj/Kathmandu

Today we head back to Kathmandu. First take a flight to Nepalgunj from Simikot and then to Kathmandu.

3, 4Purang, TibetPurang Hotel
5Lake ManasarovarManasarovar Guesthouse
6Diraphuk Diraphuk Guesthouse
7ZuthulphukZuthulphuk Guesthouse
  • – Airport transfers

    – Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot round trip airfare on fixed wing aircraft

    – Simikot to Hilsa by Helicopter

    – Accommodation in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj in Budget hotel

    – Half-day sightseeing in Kathmandu

    – Accommodation in guest/T-House during Kailash Trek

    – Vegetarian breakfast, lunch & dinner during the trek

    – Private 4W a/c SUV in Tibet

    – Nepali Tour Leader and supporting team

    – English speaking Tibetan guide

    – Chinese visa

    – Special area permit fee in Nepal

    – Gamow bag, oxygen cylinder

  • – International flight ticket

    – Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu

    – Visa fee & travel insurance

    – Any items of personal nature like liquor, laundry, telephone calls, room service, tips etc

    – Any other items not mentioned in ‘Price includes’

    – Expenses arising due to circumstances beyond our control such as flight delays, cancellations, natural calamities etc.

Fixed Departures