Mount Kailash by Helicopter

Trip Level
Moderate Strenuous
Max Altitude
5630 meter
Trip Duration
11 Days


Om Namah Shivaya! Mount Kailash (22,000 ft) is known as a holy site among Hindu, Buddhist and Jain holding significance as the home of Lord Shiva. Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is undertaken by thousands of Yatris every year and known for its religious value, cultural significance, and physical beauty with thrilling nature.

We have came through a long way. Mount Kailash Tour used to take more than 25 days in late 90s. But now due to better roads and helicopter ride, you can make it happen 5 days. This short mount Kailash tour will start from Nepalgunj, then fly to Hilsa and then way to Mount Kailash. This tour will skip the 3 days long trekking (parikrama) from the regular 11 days Helicopter Tour.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu Meet and transfers to hotel

  • Day 02: Darshan Of Pashupatinath Temple & Bodhnath Stupa in the morning. Later in the afternoon, fly to Nepalgunj (1hr)

  • Day 03: Fly to Simikot and take Heli lift to Hilsa, Drive to Purang/Taklakot

  • Day 04: Stay at Purang for acclimatization (3900m)

  • Day 05: Early morning Pooja at Lake Manasarovar

  • Day 06: Drive to Darchen (4620m). (40km/1 ½ hrs.)

  • Day 07: Drive to Trek starting point. Trek to Dirapuk (4860m/7-8 hrs.)

  • Day 08: Trek to Zhuthulpuk. (4760m/9-10hrs.)

  • Day 09: End Kailash Kora. Proceed to Hilsa and time permitting airlift to Simikot

  • Day 10: Fly to Nepalgunj and to Kathmandu

  • Day 11: Free until your transfer to the airport for your onward journey

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & transfer to your hotel and evening Briefing about the Kailash Manasarovar tour. Over night at Kathmandu.

Day 02: Morning visit Pashupatinath temple and after noon transfer to airport for your flight to Nepalgunj. On arrival transfer to hotel and rest.

Day 03: Early morning transfer to airport and flight to simkot for immigration formalities then Proceed to Hilsa by chartered helicopter flight. After arrival at Hilsa, we set out for Purang, a short walk to cross river Karnali and  get into Tibetan border where our land cruisers will be waiting. After brief introductions with our Tibetan guide, we will drive for Taklakot [known to Chinese as Purang] and on arrival transfer to guesthouse and rest.

Day 04: Full day free to acclimatize and relax at Taklakot.

Day 05: Drive from Taklakot to Manasarovar Lake (120 km – 3 Hrs). You will have fullday for holy bath and Puja or just relax at the edge of holy Manasarovar Lake. Overnight at camp or guesthouse.

Day 06: Drive to Tarchen then Austpath (if Allowded by Chinese Authority) & perform puja at Astapath.  Over night at Hotel in Tarchen. 

Day 07: Trek to Dehara Puk/5000m
We  Start Kailash Parikrama drive to Tarpoche (Yamadwar) then trek to Dira Puk [12 Kms 4-5 Hrs.].It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky makes you feel the Great God Shiva is everywhere with tons of blessings to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will keep on appearing. For 18 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs.

Day 08: Continue Parikrama over Dromala pass to Zuthul Puk [22 kms 7-8 Hrs.]. Overnight at camp.

Day 09: End Parikrama near Darchen [9 kms 3-4 hrs]. Drive to Taklakot. Overnight at guesthouse or camp.

Day 10: Early morning drive to Hilsa via Khojarnath Temple [an ancient Temple of Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita]. From  Hilsa helipad  flight back to Simkot. After immigration, proceed for Nepalgunj by chartered helicopter or aircraft [fixed wing]. Arrive Nepalgunj & further proceed to Kathmandu by flight [fixed wing]. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 11: Final Departure OR transfer for onward journey.

Cost Details

    • Arrival / departure transfers
    • 2 Nts at Kathmadu or similar on Twin sharing & full board basis  ( 3-4 Star category hotel
    • 1 Halfday Sightseeing Tour to Pashupatinath & Bodhnath
    • 1 Night at Nepaljung Twin / Trpl  sharing & full board basis in Nepalgunj
    • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu Flight
    • Nepalgunj-Simikot-Nepalgunj Flight
    • Charter Heli flight from Simikot-Hilsa-Simikot
    • Special Simikot permit fee
    • Luxury Bus  on Tibet side as per package
    • English Speaking Tibetan Guide
    • Trek staff comprising of experienced Nepali Sirdar, Cook and a strong Sherpa Team
    • Freshly cooked vegetarian meals
    • 1 Night at Sikikot or Hilsa with full board meals
    • Yaks & Yak-men for porterage during Kailash Kora
    • All Permits
    • First aid-kit , Medical Oxygen, Pulse Oxymetre and Gamow bag
    • 1 Dawn Jacket on returnable basis
    • Extra cost in the event of delays due to any unforeseen reason for accommodation , meals and hiring of extra transportation
    • Travel Insurancde
    • Evacuation Cost in the event of sickness Or emergency
    • Expenses of personal nature

Equipments Checklist

    Warm jacket or down jacket
    Water and windproof jacket, poncho or umbrella
    Long sleeved synthetic fleece
    Thermal underwear
    Hat, pair of gloves and scarf
    Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
    Shorts and trousers, or skirt
    2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
    2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
    Proper hiking boots
    Running shoes and flip-flops

During winter season, additional clothings may include:
    The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
    Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
    Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
    Snow gaitors

Trekking Gear
    Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
    Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
    Map of the trekking area
    Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
    Sleeping bag and silk liner
    Water bottles

    A small light weight and quick drying towel
    Bar of soap
    Sunscreen (at least SPF +20)
    Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
    First aid kid
    Water purification tables or a water filter
    Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
    Toilet paper

Optional items
    Camera, battery etc
    Trekking poles
    GPS unit
    Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
    Sewing/repair kit
    Pocket knife
    Candles (for lodges)
    Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen


    Stove and fuel
    Cooking, eating and drinking utensils
    Sleeping mat
    Food and water (for the very remote trekking areas)



Departure Dates

No fixed departures.