Mt. Kailash Helicopter Tour

11 Days, 10 Nights

Mount Kailash

For pilgrims, a journey to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar epitomizes the culmination of their spiritual quest, offering a rare blend of beauty, seclusion, and spiritual sanctity. Meanwhile, for adventure enthusiasts, it promises a thrilling escapade amidst remote landscapes. Opting for the Mount Kailash Tour by Helicopter ensures the quickest and most convenient access to this awe-inspiring mountain. 

In Hindu mythology, Mount Kailash holds profound significance as the sacred abode of Lord Shiva, revered above all other deities. Hindus believe that a pilgrimage to Kailash grants liberation from the illusions and entanglements of worldly existence. Similarly, Jains refer to it as Ashtapada, associating it with their revered figure Rishabha, while Bon followers consider it the domain of the Sky Goddess, Sipaimen.

Our scenic helicopter tour encompasses the core highlights of the Mount Kailash Trip by Helicopter package. Commencing with a regular flight to Nepalgunj, followed by a transit to Simikot, a helicopter journey to Taklakot, we initiate our overland expedition to Mount Kailash and Mansarovar. After the challenging overland journey to Mount Kailash Mansarovar and obtaining necessary permits, we undertake the equally demanding task of circumambulating the sacred mountain. A ritualistic dip in Lake Mansarovar precedes our journey to Darchem, the base camp of Mount Kailash, from where we embark on a rigorous three-day trek around the mountain. Upon completing the Kora at Mount Kailash, we shall return to Taklakot and fly back to Simikot via helicopter. Subsequently, we shall catch a regular flight to Nepalgunj and proceed onward to Kathmandu.

Although conducting the Kailash Parikrama by helicopter is an option, it comes at a considerable expense. For those preferring a road tour from Kathmandu to Mansarovar, we recommend considering our itinerary for the Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour via Kerung.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,300m), you’ll be warmly welcomed by our dedicated representative who will assist you with your transfer to the hotel. Upon reaching the hotel, you’ll be introduced to your trip leader/guide. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the lively streets of Thamel and indulge in a delightful welcome dinner in the evening. You will have an overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu

After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we will set out on an enriching exploration of Kathmandu. Our itinerary for the day encompasses UNESCO-designated world heritage sites, including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, the revered Pashupatinath Temple, the ancient Swayambhunath, and the majestic Boudhanath Stupa. Upon concluding our sightseeing tour, we will return to the hotel to ensure all our travel gear is in order, and meet with our tour leader to meticulously prepare for the upcoming journey. We will stay the night in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot-Hilsa-Sher-Taklakot

After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we will head to the airport for the first leg of our journey: a domestic flight to Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj, we will catch a scheduled flight to Simikot (4,025m) aboard a fixed-wing aircraft. Upon arrival in Simikot, we will transfer to a chartered helicopter, which will swiftly airlift us to Hilsa, a non-metallic airstrip near the Tibetan border. Once in Hilsa, our experienced trekking leader will lead the group on a picturesque trek to Sher, a Tibetan border town, lasting approximately 45 minutes. Upon reaching Sher, we will proceed with immigration and customs formalities before continuing our expedition to Taklakot via comfortable vehicle (jeep/van/bus). As we journey through this breathtaking landscape, we will cover a distance of 275 kilometers, with an altitude reaching 4,025 meters. We will stay in Taklakot for the night. 

Day 4: Taklakot

Today is dedicated to acclimatization and exploration in Taklakot (Burang). As we adjust to the altitude, it’s crucial to stay active and engage in low-altitude walks while also taking time to rest and relax. Explore the charming town of Taklakot, soaking in its unique culture and vibrant atmosphere. We shall stay overnight in Taklakot.

Day 5: Taklakot-Chiu Gompa-Mansarovar

This day, we will embark on a momentous journey to witness the sacred beauty of Lake Mansarovar (4,590m). After breakfast, we will set out on a drive to Chiu Gompa (4,560m) along a rugged route, passing by the enchanting Rakshas Taal. Upon reaching our destination, we have the privilege of participating in ceremonial rituals, including a holy bath, puja, and hawan ceremonies, conducted lakeside. Overnight stay in Chiu Gompa.

Day 6: Mansarovar-Tarboche FlagPole-Dirapuk

After breakfast, we will commence our day with a brief drive to Tarboche FlagPole, also known as Shershong, passing through Yamadwar. Taraboche serves as the starting point for the revered Kailash Kora pilgrimage. Here, we have the opportunity to arrange for yaks to transport our belongings, should the need arise. The trek from Tarboche FlagPole to Dirapuk (4,860m) spans approximately 16 km and typically takes around 5-7 hours to complete. For those who prefer an alternative to trekking, there is the option to return to Darchen or Mansarovar and await the group’s return. We shall conclude the night in Dirapuk.

Day 7: Dirapuk-Zuthulphuk

On the second day of the Mount Kailash trek, we shall face a challenging journey navigating high valleys and the Shiwa-Tsal charnel ground. Along the way, pilgrims often leave offerings symbolizing their past lives at Dolma La Pass (5,630m), marked by colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind. The trek to Zuthulphuk spans 22 km and typically takes 9-10 hours to complete, requiring determination and perseverance. Our team shall stay overnight in Zuthulphuk.

Day 8: Zuthulphuk-Taklakot

Following breakfast, we embark on a leisurely exploration of the guesthouse/camp surroundings, taking in the serene atmosphere of caves, temples, and shrines. The Kejia temple, a significant site for Tibetan devotees, is bustling with activity as locals maintain its sanctity. Meanwhile, the caves provide a tranquil space for meditation and reflection. After our exploration, we will trek 10 km to complete Mount Kailash Kora near Darchen. Transportation awaits to transfer us back to Taklakot (4-5 hour drive), where we can unwind and reflect on our journey. We shall stay in Taklakot for the night. 

Day 9: Taklakot-Sher-Hilsa-Simikot

After breakfast, we will set out on a scenic drive from Taklakot to Sher, navigating through rugged terrain and winding switchbacks. Upon reaching Sher, we will commence a trek back to Hilsa, crossing a river bridge along the way. Upon arrival in Hilsa, we will board a chartered helicopter for the return flight to Simikot.

Day 10: Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

After breakfast, we shall board a flight from Simikot to Nepalgunj and then transfer to a scheduled flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will return to our hotel to relax and freshen up. In the evening, we will hold a special farewell dinner with our team, commemorating the successful conclusion of our journey. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Kathmandu-Final Departure

Today marks the end of your unforgettable journey through Tibet and Nepal. Our dedicated representative will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure, ensuring a smooth transition. As you embark on your onward journey, we extend our heartfelt farewells, cherishing the shared memories and experiences that will forever resonate within you. Wishing you safe travels and hoping our paths may cross again in the future.

What to Pack for Mount Kailash?


    • Shoes suitable for trekking
    • Warm and comfortable clothes
    • Long-sleeved shirts
    • Fleece
    • Shorts (for warmer days)
    • Trekking pants
    • Rain jacket


    • Soap/Shampoo
    • Toiletries
    • Dust mask/Sanitizer
    • Toilet paper and Wet tissues
    • Quick-dry towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen/Sunblock

Additional Items:

    • Travel Documents (Passport/Permits/Visa)
    • Cash
    • Hiking poles
    • Binoculars 
    • Headlamp
    • Small First-aid kit
    • Camera, Batteries 
    • Water bottle, Plastic bags, Deodorant, Needle and Thread