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“A great pilgrimage journey of life time experience on World Highest and Largest Plateau”
  • Traveling to remote corners of Nepal's Far North West to isolated areas of Southern Tibet
  • An overwhelming experience via en-route to holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar
  • Panorama of Api-Shaipal and Dhaulagiri peaks on scenic flight to Nepalgunj & Simikot
  • Travelling on World’s highest and largest Tibetan plateau around amazing landscapes
  • Spiritual walk around sacred Mt. Kailash with holy dip in Lake Manasarovar


HimEx Nepal offers Mount Kailash Yatra by Helicopter, a spiritual and pilgrimage journey to the center of universe as described and believed in ancient Hindu and Buddhist myths by great Saints and Gurus.

This unique journey takes you to remote side of Tibet, South West of Ngari area bordering West Nepal-North West India of Ladakh and close to Pakistan frontier.

Journey offers mind-blowing scenery of windswept dry and high terrain lined with array of snow capped mountains that straddles border with Nepal and Tibet.

Although a desert like appearance with moonscape, journey to Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarover is an experience of a life time in the high altitude where the average elevations above 4,000 meters high, where you can witness ancient Bon (pre-Buddhism) and Tibetan Buddhism culture with fascinating customs which makes this trip so special.

Mt. Kailash at 6,714 m / 22,028 ft height, wholly within Tibet with amazing mountain of beauty and grace, with four great cardinal faces, Eastern face is believed to be crystal; the Western, Ruby; the Southern, Sapphire and the Northern, Gold.

It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Jain and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion- Bonpa. Our journey to Holy Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarover starts with an interesting flight to warm areas of South West Nepal at Nepalgunj, and continues towards the high mountain villages at Simikot to start the holy journey to Mt. Kailash on Helicopter.

On reaching Nepal border at Hilsa, a short walk and exciting drive leads to Tibetan plateau around Lake Manasarover and Mt. Kailash.

From here, drive towards Darchen town, located on vast Barkha plain and to Tarboche a holy spot, where this Kora or parikrama and circuit begins with fantastic views of Mt. Kailash West Face, walk commences gradually upward to reach at Dhiraphuk with views of magnificent Mt. Kailash North Face and then climb on top of high and holy spot at Dorma-La pass, adorned with prayer flags and offerings.

The highest point of this trip at 5, 470 meters high, on top of holy Dorma –La pass, from here after some prayers and offering descend to Lamchu valley at Zutul-Puk 4,760 m and then a pleasant walk back to Darchen, completing the holy pilgrimage and kora in Tibetans. A short drive from Darchen leads to Lake Manasarover a huge emerald colored lake where one can perform religious rites and puja.

After a great spiritual moment, with a high feeling, return journey on the same route to reach Kathmandu with great lifetime experience on holy Heli Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarover trip with outmost service of HimEx Nepal team of Nepalese and Tibetan staff.

HUMLA- Nepal’s Wild West.

Humla was once part of the great Malla Empire, administrated from Sinja near Jumla. Until 1787 this empire extended as far as to Purang (Taklakot) and the ‘Lost’ great villages of Toling (Zanda) and Tsaparang located in a remote South Western Tibet, and to the North of Nanda Devi and Kamet Himal. Taklakot is an extraordinary melting pot with traders and merchants from the nearby countries, like India, China, Tibet and Muslim traders from Kashgar, Nepalese entrepreneurs trading wool, salt and Indian goods along with Chinese Government officials and a huge army contingent.

In Humla, the traditional salt / grain trade with Tibet continues as it has for centuries. This trade has ceased in most of Nepal, because of the import of Indian salt and the other reason is that China has eliminated many border trading posts in remote regions.

THE NGARI- in Tibet.

Kailash and Manasarover are in the Ngari region of Tibet, perhaps the most inaccessible place on earth. This region is mostly populated by Dokpas, nomads who herd sheep, goats and yaks on these arid desolate plains, Most Dokpas do not have houses and they wander endlessly across the vast Tibetan windswept plains, living in yak hair tents. Ngari is the last frontier of Tibet: On this trip, after leaving Kathmandu and other cities en-route, you feel as if you had suddenly transported back in the past, even early than Marco-Polo times.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, received by our guides / staff and transfer to hotel.

After rest and getting refreshed, our guide briefs you regarding hotel, Kathmandu and Heli Kailash from Simikot with evening welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture programs.

Day 02: Morning sightseeing tour afternoon fly to Nepalgunj.

Morning, optional tour around Kathmandu at places of interest full of World Heritage Sites, the Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, old Royal Palaces courtyard. After the tour, back to hotel for afternoon flight to Nepal’s Far South West at Nepalgunj city. Nepalgunj is located close to UP state of India border. During 50 mins.’ flight, excellent views of Mountains. At Nepalgunj, accommodation in a nice hotel for overnight halt.

Day 03: Fly to Hilsa 3,720m cross border with 02 hrs drives to Taklakot, 3,770m.

After having an early breakfast, catch up the Heli flight to Simikot, headquarter town of Mugu/Humla, district around far North West Nepal offering stunning views of Mt Api and Saipal peaks.

From Simikot, continue Heli flight to Nepal border at Hilsa village, a frontier post with few tents and stone houses surrounded with barley fields, just across the bridge a stone pillar marks Nepal-Tibet border. After Heli ride, an hour’s climb to Sher in Tibet, on leaving Nepal, where our Tibetan guides and driver will receive for an interesting drive to Taklakot, also known as Purang in Tibetan.

Taklakot, an important major market town for Tibetans, Nepali and for Indian traders as well with a separate bazaar areas, during summer months, an important wool trade takes place between nomadic Drogpa herdsmen and Nepali traders. Our overnight stop in local guest house.

Day 04: Drive to Lake Manasarover 4,510 m - 03 hours journey

After Taklakot / Punrang in Tibet with complete change in environment of people, town and way of living from Taklakot, a scenic drive to Lake Manasarover, on leaving Karnali River valley; as the drive continues gaining much heights reaching a flat area to cross barren arid country beneath massive Mt. Gurla Mandhata at 7,728 meters, from here drive leads over Thalladong pass, 5,050 meters high, with views of Rakshesh Lake and holy Mt. Kailash.

After the pass, trek downhill to Chu Gompa, located by shore of West Lake Manasarover for overnight stop in a guest house or camping (depending upon the season for Indian and Tibetan pilgrims)

Day 05: Acclimatization and Rest Day at Manasarover.

Rest day for acclimatization with optional short walk around Manasarover, a holy lake located between Mt. Kailash 6,714m and the Gurla Mandhata mountain range at 7,694 m. Manasarover floats beneath the shadow of holy Kailash as the lake formed in the mind of Gods.

The best time for circuit Manasarover Lake is in late autumn and early spring when streams and rivers flowing into the lake are shallow and low. It is then possible to walk very near the shoreline. An optional circuit or parikrama on drive trip around Manasarover Lake can be done on request which takes about 3-4 hrs covering 110 kms’ distance of round trip.

Day 06: Drive to Tarboche via Darchen, 4,600m, walk to Dhiraphuk, 4,900 m (12 k.m.).

After a wonderful rest at holy Lake Manasarover, a short drive to Darchen town with many hotels and guesthouses, a busy small town with pilgrims during auspicious time for parikrama/kora (circumambulation).

Darchen, located South Face of Mt. Kailash where holy walk / kora start and ends, our drive leads North West at holy spot of Tarboche where walk starts with view of Mt. Kailash West Face.

Kailash (6,714m.), is the heart of ancient Shangshung Kingdom, supposed country of pre-Buddhist Bonpos origin. After 4 hrs walks, it brings you at Diraphuk Gompa for overnight stop in a simple lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,760 m via Dorma-la 5, 470 m. (22 k.m.)

After Dhiraphuk, morning walk on gradual path for an hour then climb to reach top at Dromo-La the highest point of the journey and a holy spot at 5,470m /18,525ft. A big boulder represents the goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) festooned with prayer flags. This spot is the physical and spiritual high point of pilgrimage.

From here, descend to the bottoms of the hill and walk to Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stop; Zuthul means cave. The place is named after a cave in which the poet, saint Milarepa stayed meditating. His footprint still remains on the roof.

Day 08: Trek to near Darchen (08 kms.) and drive to Taklakot/Purang.

Last day of holy trekking ‘kora’ or parikrama, starting with a leisurely walk of 3 hours on a broad plain passing many Mani walls, and then reaching a narrow valley with short section of gorge as the route diverts west to Darchen. The last leg of the walk make a dramatic exit from the river valley on to the plain, walk passes Mani walls decorated of carved yak skulls.

A short walk reach near Darchen on completing this great walk and taking a drive back to Takalkot for last overnight stop in Tibet.

Day 09: Drive to Sher Tibet border and walk to Hilsa and fly to Nepalgunj.

With last day in Tibet, morning drive back to frontier post at Sher after completing immigration formalities, bidding farewell to our Tibetan guide and drive head back downhill to Hilsa on Nepal side for Heli flight to Nepalgunj via Simikot town; overnight stop in Nepalgunj.

Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Taking morning or afternoon flight back to Kathmandu on normal regular flight with panorama of mountains views during 50 minutes on air to Kathmandu. At Kathmandu airport, our staff and guide transfers you to your hotels for last overnight in Nepal.

Day 11: International departure for home ward bound.

Last day in Nepal as per your flight time, transfer to Kathmandu international departure for flight back, after a great adventure and experience on Heli Kailash & Holy Lake Manasarover.

[01] All applicable taxes & service charges

[02] 2 nights’ hotel on twin sharing in Kathmandu with vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

[03] Two nights’ hotel in Nepalgunj with vegetarian meals (twin sharing)

[04] One night lodge in Hilsa (basic dormitory room) with all meals

[05] Pick up & drop transfers in Kathmandu

[06] One half-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

[07] National Park Permit fees.

[08] Medical kit bag / First Aid kit

[09] Humla region restricted area permit & royalties

[10] Porter cost in Hilsa (while going and coming back)

[11] Necessary arrival / departure transfers in Nepalgunj (very normal vehicle available here)

[12] Kathmandu - Nepalgunj – Kathmandu air ticket (fixed wing aircraft)

[13] Nepalgunj - Simikot – Nepalgunj air ticket (fixed wing – Twin otter aircraft OR Dornier)

[14] Simikot - Hilsa – Simikot by Helicopter (only 4 OR 5 persons can be carried at a time)

[15] Domestic airport taxes (all sectors)

[16] Tibet group visa and travel/trekking permits

[17] Guesthouse in Tibet (for the entire journey) – except in Taklakot all places have dormitory

[18] Guesthouse with Tibetan common toilet

[19] All Indian vegetarian meals in Tibet (breakfast, lunch & dinner) while on the tour to Kailash

[20] Transportation in Tibet by Luxury Bus or Jeep/Van

[21] Tour around Lake Mansarover on vehicle

[22] English speaking Tibetan guide

[23] One tour Manager

[24] Necessary supporting crew (Cook, Sherpas from Nepal)

[25] All necessary Kitchen & Camping equipment

[26] Yaks & Yak men during the Parikrama to carry foods and baggage
[27] Oxygen for emergency us

[01] International air ticket to Kathmandu & return

[02] Nepal entry visa fee for NRIs
[03] Riding Horse during the Parikrama

[04] Travel insurance

[05] Insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation service

[06] Asthapad Darshan (Govt. prohibited this trip, and if permitted a walk can be arranged)

[07] Personal expenses

[08] Bottled drinks

[09] Tips for tour leader, Tibetan guide, Sherpa staff & driver

[10] Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival from Kailash

[11] Extra accommodation charge in Nepalgunj, Simikot and Hilsa due to flight cancellation

[12] Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances

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