Mount Kailash Mansarovar Tour via Hilsa Border Overview
Mount Kailash is the
mountain abode of Lord Shiva and the place of eternal pleasure for Hindus
around the world. Kailash Mansarovar helicopter tour is a significant program
for those who have a very short time and like to complete this Yatra however
easily. This tour starts from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Simikot by regularly
scheduled flight and flies to Hilsa by Helicopter. From Hilsa, we will be
picked up by a land cruiser and drop at the border. Then, we proceed to
Mansarovar and Kailash Parikarma. Mt. Kailash (6638m) lay in the west corner of
Tibet and is locally known as Mt. Meru.
Simikot, in Far Western Nepal’s Humla District is one of the world’s most remote and beautiful regions and is the starting point of our trek into the ‘Kailash Mandala’. We travel along antique pilgrimage trails and trading links, walking across the border into Tibet to Mt Kailash, the holy Lake Manasarovar, representing purity, and Lake Rakshas Tal, representing power. It is believed that stepping on the shore and taking a bath in Lake Manasarovar, or drinking from the water cleans the sins of a hundred rebirths. There are eight gompas around the lake, of which six have been reconstructed. Mount Kailash resembles a huge natural temple. Stones, springs, and hills along the way have a broad religious meaning to the pilgrims. All along the way, we encounter B
Upon your arrival in Nepal, the land of the Himalayas, our representative from Bold Himalaya will pick you up from the Tribhuwan International Airport. Then, you will be transferred to your respective hotel. You can spend your day exploring the busy Kathmandu. For the day, you can roam around beautiful Thamel and find yourself some typical local products to shop and get a close look at the bustling urban life. You can also visit restaurants and café and try out Nepali cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After having our delicious breakfast, we will visit the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swyambhunath), and Buddhist stupa (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. The city life is dynamic as the culture and heritage reflect their ethnic identity. Later, there will be a pre-trip discussion. Bold Himalaya will give us brief detail regarding our tour as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. You can also go for last-minute shopping for your tour. You will find every branded trekking gear at Thamel
Then, we will fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, which is located in the border region of India in western Nepal. The flight is a panoramic experience above Kathmandu city. It flies across beautiful rivers and hills. Nepalgunj is the hottest city in the nation and a Terai belt of Nepal which holds varied culture and lifestyle. We will explore the local villages, markets, and zoos in Nepalgunj. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
From Nepalgunj, we will take a short flight to the tiny airstrip of Simikot. It is one of the remote districts of Nepal. Simikot is the doorway to Hilsa and is the Tibetan border from Nepal. The marvellous peaks of far-western Nepal can be explored during the flight. The landscape and little populated arid hills display how struggling are the life in the Karnali zone. The symphonic settlement of Tibetan and Buddhist ethnic group makes the village culturally rich. We will also explore the Gompas and the houses of Simikot. We will rest for a few hours at Simikot.
Then, we will take the helicopter to Hilsa and wait for other members to arrive at Hilsa. According to the visa rule of the Chinese government, all group members should enter together and exit together. After the arrival of all the members, we will drive to the Purang border from Hilsa and to Taklakot and stay at Hotel. Taklakot is the main trading centre for Tibetans and Nepalese as the market place is buzzing with traders and travellers. We will have enough time to stroll around the markets and vendors around Taklakot. After our short excursion around the market, we will stay for the night in a basic guest house at Taklakot. On the way, we have to pass up to 3 checkpoints where checking might take up to 1 hour in each post.
Today, we will relax in Taklakot for acclimatization. It is vitally important to be properly acclimatized to perform circumambulation (Parikrama) around the sacred mountain Kailash. Also, it is for our safety too. Our body should be adjusted properly in a new environment before we reach more heights
As usual, after having a morning meal, we will pack our belongings, then board on the vehicle and proceed to Lake Manasarovar. Right from the beginning, the highway starts making gradual ascend and levels eventually after crossing Mt. Gurla mandate (7,728m). The lake is religiously important for both the Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. The Hindu believes that the divine water of the lake will purify one’s soul and take to the lap of Lord Shiva after death. On the way, we will stop for 10 minutes to witness the first glimpse of Kailash from Rakhash Lake before reaching Lake Manasarovar.
Then, we will continue our journey for a circumambulation (Parikrama) around the lake. The scenic drive passes through Gurla pass before arriving at Lake Manasarovar (4550m). On the way, we will stop in a lovely place where we make the holy dip, and perform pooja & Homa. After completing all these activities, we will return to the western shore in the evening for an overnight stay.
Today is the day that we start holy circumambulation around sacred Kailash. As usual, we will get ready to move on from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen which takes around 45 mins drive. Darchen is a tiny village settlement with very few tea houses for the services of travellers and pilgrimages. It is the starting and the ending mark of “Kora” the holy walk around. From Darchen, we will drive to Yama Dwar (also called Tarboche in the Tibetan language) which is 5 km in distance. In Yama Dwar, we will meet our horse/ porter/ yaks then set off together to Deraphuk.
Those who are not doing
Parikrama will return to Darchen and wait there for two days. They will stay in
Darchen waiting for other members to return who have gone for circumambulation.
The entire trail up to
Deraphuk is reasonably flat with gentle ascend, however, due to extreme
elevation of this region, we will probably feel exhausted, and need to have
broken on the way very frequently. The last leg of the journey is tough with
active ascend but, it is only for half an hour.
Deraphuk stands at an elevation of 4920 m. The north face of mount Kailash is just a few thousands of meters far from here. This is the only place to have the nearest view of the north face. We will walk in the shades of the majestic Mount Kailash throughout and enjoy the heavenly landscapes.
Today is the hardest but holiest day of the pilgrimage. We have to cross a significant distance through the rugged portion of the trail around the Mount Kailash before reaching Zutulpahuk. From Deraphuk, we should start very early. Right from the beginning, the trail leads us rapidly up, however, in between it turns into the flat with gentle ascend. Up to Dolma-La (5600 m.), the path keeps us taking up & up. Dolma La is the peak point of this journey. From this onward, the trail leads us all the way down to the valley floor. This particular portion of the trek is a speedy incline and the track is full of boulders and screes, so one should pay to continue attention while trekking down.
While descending from
Dolma La, we will pass alongside a small glacial pool called Gaurikunda. It is
almost frozen from May through September. The legend of this pool is linked
with Mata Parvati, the companion of Lord Shiva.
Once we go down to the valley floor, the trail becomes even and easy up to the Zutulphuk. At Zutulphuk, we will come across the incredible Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion) and a few ancient meditative caves.
Undoubtedly, today is the most hectic day of our journey. After accomplishing the circumambulation we will drive all the way to Taklakot and then cross the border. As usual after morning meals, we will pack up our belongings then be ready to move on to Darchen. It requires presumably 3 hours reaching the ending point of this trail where our vehicle is waiting to fetch us up. We will board on vehicle and proceed for Taklakot and drive to Hilsa after assembling all group members. It takes 45 minutes to reach Hilsa, where we have to go through the immigration formalities. From Taklakot, a military person will consort the group to guide towards Hilsa. After having luggage checked and going through some formalities again in the border, we will cross over the suspension bridge of Karnali River, then enter into the territory of Nepal.
Then, we will fly to Simikot, the same way as before, while coming from Simikot to Hilsa. 5 persons in each flight and after reaching Simikot, we will get rest in the guesthouse.
We will fly from Simikot to Nepalgunj which takes around 40 minutes and after landing in Nepalgunj we will fly back to Kathmandu with scenic views. After reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel for the overnight stay.
You are bidding good-bye to beautiful Nepal and Tibet as your journey comes to an end today. We will take you to the airport for your flight time. We hope you enjoyed the tour, and are sure you will be back again for more adventure. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Bold Himalaya will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have enough time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
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