Simikot Kailash Helicopter Tour, Booking Open for 2024

The ultimate faith of the pilgrims for Mount Kailash from all around the globe is strong and is perceived differently by worshippers from different countries and ethnic groups. The Kailash Helicopter Tour gives the tourists with utmost desire to pay a visit to this sacred site, but have a very limited time, an opportunity to visit Mt. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in a very short time. This tour is specially designed for the physically challenged or the senior citizens who want to pay a visit to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva but do not have the capacity to walk in the rocky and rough trails of Kailash.

  • Kailash Helicopter tour
  • Kailash Helicopter tour

Kailash Mansarovar Helicopter tour is considered to be a luxury tour in Tibet that starts from the capital city of Nepal itself, Kathmandu. Taking the route to Simikot via Nepalgunj from above the highlands of the country on a regular flight, the view is simply breathtaking. After stepping on Simikot, we take a private helicopter ride to the land of Hilsa, enjoying the awe-inspiring nature beneath us. The overland journey to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar from here is smooth and gentle. Along with a professional guide and crew to instruct us, we climb further up to Darchen and from here we take up a 3 days challenge Parikarma trek around Mt. Kailash (also known as Kora), letting the spiritual belief soak in. After an exciting yet serene experience in Mt. Kailash, we join an overland journey to Mansarovar Lake. The water of the lake, or also called “Jal” by most of the pilgrims, is considered to be a pure holy water. We collect a little amount of water and continue our drive back to Taklakot followed by Hilsa. We take the helicopter ride back to Simikot and end our journey in Kathmandu on a regular flight. 

After end of Kora, we again join an overland journey from Kora ending point to Manasarovar lake where we will collect holy Jal/water and continue drive back to Taklakot and then to Hilsa from where we take a  private helicopter ride to Simikot and then to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj on a regular flight.

Kaliash Helicopter tour – short itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at the Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: Kathmandu city tour

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot then Hilsa, and then drive to Purang/Taklakot

Day 05: Acclimatization in Taklakot

Day 06: Drive to Lake Manasarovar

Day 07: Drive to Darchen, Yam Dwar and Derapuk

Day 08: Trek from Dirapuk to Zuthul Puk via Drolma Pass (5636m)

Day 09: End Kora/Trek and drive back to Taklakot

Day 10: Drive to Hilsa and fly to Simikot then to Nepalgunj and evening flight to Kathmandu

Day 11: Final transfer to the airport

Tour Cost: Please contact us and let us know the number of members in your group, the category of hotels you would like to stay with and any other special desires and requirements of yours. We will be glad to quote you the price as per your requirements.


  • Horse for personal use on Kora days is approx USD 500 to 550 per person extra
  • Extra ride for day trip to Astapad USD 90 per person extra
  • Extra day in Kathmandu USD 55 to 65 per person with 2 meals and twin sharing room.
  • Muktinath trip USD 850 per person including two nights in Pokhara, one night Jomsom and round trip flight to and from Jomsom with meals and private transfers.


Alpine Eco Trek highly suggests you to apply for Medical Insurance, covering emergency evacuation and all medical expenses are must for Kailash Helicopter tour. So, please be insured prior to the holy journey to the Heavenly Abode of Lord Shiva.


Meals during your stay in Kathmandu are provided in package at the same hotel where you stay. Meals during the journey will be all vegetarian. Alpine Eco Trek's staff will serve you hot and delicious meal at every day breakfast, lunch and dinner on the way in Kailash Helicopter tour. We will provide you packed lunch while doing Kora around Mount Kailash. And, we also suggest you to bring some of your favorite dry foods, sweets and ginger and garlic Candies along the tour. 


Since our establishment, Alpine Eco Trek and Expedition (P) Ltd is a pioneer operator of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar tours. We have dozens of regular and trained tour leaders, guides, cooks, drivers and supporting crew engaged for a professional and reliable service. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team and other first aid treatment trained crew will be there in your group to serve you and make your trip a memorable one for the rest of your life! 


We will provide transportation for Kailash Helicopter tour depending on group size like if there are below 5 we provide a Jeep, if 5 to 08 we provide a Van, if 08 to 16 we provide two vans, if above 16 up to 25 people we prove a deluxe bus. We will provide a private Helicopter from Simikot to Hilsa and if you are minimum a group of 4 people you can a private helicopter ride at an affordable price.


During your stay in Kathmandu, we will provide you any kind of accommodation as per your needs. You can have a single, or double or family room in Kathmandu. We select the best categories of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in Kathmandu. But accommodation in Kailash region is will be very basic.  Read more…


Normally, at higher altitude area in Tibet including Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarover, the amount of oxygen is less in the air. Certain illness such as loss of appetite, mild headache, nausea, tiredness, breathlessness, general uneasiness, high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia etc may be induced in the windy weather and high altitude area which generally is not encountered over the plains. This kind of symptoms can be seen in anyone irrespective of their age, sex and physical fitness read more ….


  • Small bag pack for 3 days trekking/Parikarma/ Kora around Mount Kailash
  • Sufficient warm clothing including warm down jacket for Kailash tour.
  • essential medicines (for minor injuries / life saving kits)
  • Any regular medicines that you have been prescribed
  • Toiletries kit (shop, Shampoo, Toothpaste, tooth brush)
  • Water bottle /Thermos flask for hot water (2litters bottle)
  • Hiking shoes good for walking 3 days Kailash Kora/trekking
  • Woolen gloves, Woolen socks (minimum 4 pairs), hand clove
  • Wool / Thermo cot undergarments, wind and water proof jacket
  • T-Shirt, long shirt and pants which is easier to be while doing trekking 
  • Sunglasses, Sun lotion/cold cream, Torch light, rain coat
  • Umbrella, walking stick, Sandal for use evening & morning
  • Sweets, Zinger / garlic candies or dry fruits, lozenges, etc… Read More...

Kailash Helicopter Tour – detailed itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at the Kathmandu Airport
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu International airport, you will be greeted and received by of our tour leaders. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. We will provide you with detail briefing about the trip and necessary things that you will need during journey. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu city tour
Our day begins with the sightseeing of the city. First, the breakfast will be provided in the hotel and then continue for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. You will visit some famous temples as Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkanth Temple. These both temples are most significant holy temples of Nepal in regards to Lord Shiva & Vishnu respectively. We will also visit some UNESCO World Heritage sites and Kathmandu Durbar Squares. Then you return to your hotel and free time can be used for personal activities and other pre tour preparation. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
After a wonderful day in Kathmandu, we take a morning flight to Nepalgunj by a regular plane. Upon arrival at Nepalgunj airport we will be transferred to hotel. In the evening, tour guide will do some briefing about the Helicopter tour. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot then Hilsa, and then drive to Purang/Taklakot
With an early morning breakfast we proceed towards Hilsa from Simikot by helicopter. On landing at Hilsa we walk up to Chinese check post that is situated at a distance of approx. half a km. across the river. We then cross the bridge on foot where we will meet our Sherpas to take care of the luggage. After all the formalities at, we board the awaiting Jeeps which will take us to Purang (Taklakot). We stay overnight at Purang which is a small border town of Tibet. You can also buy things of personal necessities here in local market. Overnight at guest hosue.  

Day 05: Acclimatization in Taklakot
Today, we will rest in Taklakot for acclimatization purpose. Before making any further journey to the higher elevation, our body should be acclimatized properly with the atmosphere in high altitude. So, it is significantly important to spend a day here for your health. We can also arrange a short visit to the Khojarnath temple which is an optional program or you may leisurely walk around the city on your own and visit the ruins of ancient Taklakot. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Drive to Lake Manasarovar
After our breakfast, we leave Taklakot on a private jeep for Lake Manasarovar. The drive to Lake Manasarovar takes about two to three hours gradually drives enjoying the scenic landscapes of the holy land. On the way we will have a short break in Rakshas Taal where we can take some pictures and enjoy the sceneries. After a short break, we will continue our drive to Lake Manasarovar. Then after a holy dip and lunch, we will depart for a circumambulation around the lake Manasarovar on private jeep. This takes approximately 3 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Drive to Darchen, Yam Dwar and Derapuk
After performing Homa/Pooja in the morning and taking holy dip into the lake, we drive towards Darchen from where; we can see the closest view of Mount Kailash. Those, who are willing to make the holy circumambulation around the Mt. Kailash will start trekking from "Yama Dwar", while rest of the people who are not willing to go for trekking will return Darchen on Jeep and wait for others to come. The total journey to Derapuk monastery is 5 to 6 hours. However, it depends on your pace. Overnight at a mud house or fixed tent accommodation with bed.

Day 08: Trek from Dirapuk to Zuthul Puk via Drolma Pass (5636m)
Today is the toughest day of our entire journey. Early morning we start walking up hill ascending to Drolma-La (5636 m). The entire trail up to Drolma-La is gradually up and from here the trail rapidly drops down to the next valley Zuthul Puk. The holiest water pond (Gauri kunda) is just situated beyond this pass. People believe that Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva used to take bath in this lake. After making downhill trek to the valley, the trek to Zuthul Puk monastery requires another two hours. And then finally we will reach Zuthul Puk where we spend overnight at a mud house or fixed tent accommodation with bed.  

Day 09: End Kora/Trek and drive back to Taklakot
Today, we finish our trek/Kora near Darchen where our vehicles will be waiting to fetch you and transfer to Taklakot via same route. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Drive to Hilsa and fly to Simikot then to Nepalgunj and evening flight to Kathmandu
Today, early morning after breakfast, we will drive back to Sher village then trek down to Hilsa which takes approx. 45 minutes and then we take Helicopter flight to Simikot and to Nepalgunj via Simikot. From Nepalgunj airport, we will fly back to Kathmandu. Our wonderful trip comes to the end with farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Final transfer to the airport
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Kathmandu International Airport to board your flight back to home. This is an amazing way to end a life-changing journey. Come join us for this memorable trip.

Cost Includes/Excludes

Service includes:

01) All necessary airport arrival and departures including Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
02) Three night's accommodation in Kathmandu in 3/4 star standard hotel twin sharing room with full board meals.
03) Half day guided tour in Kathmandu as per mentioned in itinerary
04) Seven night's accommodations in Tibet on private room sharing basis using guesthouse / Hotel
05) One night accommodation in Nepalgunj with full board
06) Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and to Simikot regular flight fares
07) Simikot to Hilsa and Hilsa to Simikot helicopter
08) Freshly cooked vegetarian meals 3 times a day.
09) Supporting Nepali crew including our own cooks.
10) Permits for Simikot, Manasarovar  Prikarma and Kailash Kora (round).
11) Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
12) Private transportation in an eight seated deluxe van for clients and small truck for staff and food during the trip.
13) Kailash Permit
14) Camping equipments for kitchen, Shower
15) Sleeping bag/ Down Jacket if needed on Returnable basis.
16) Alpine Eco Trek's Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments) & day carry hand bag
17) Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator from AET
18) ENOUGH Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
10) Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making round of Mt. Kailash.
20) Priest (Brahmin) for Homa. 
21) Manasarovar Parikarma by Vehicle. 

Service Exclude:

01) Personal Pony Charges (will cost US$ 400 to 450 per pony and helper for three days)
02) Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, extra drinks, laundry, yak etc.
03) Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc.
04) Tips to drivers, hotel staff.
05) Extra cost of transportation, Porterage etc involved due landslides, snowfall.
06) Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu than 3 nights/ any other place.

Why travel with us?

Why travel with us?

Small Group
A Smaller number of people means more attention and better access to the group leader for a more intimate and personalized experience. The primary goal of our trek to the sacred Mount Kailash is to provide our customers with an eco-friendly, well-equipped and well-instructed crew members. A maximum of 20 or fewer pilgrims will be taken for the holy trek at a time. We ensure that the group formed is sufficient for each one of the trekkers to be well attended, as well as large enough to enjoy the journey along with other pilgrims.

Commitment to Safety
The top priority of our company is to provide our valued customers with a strategically approach to their safety and security. Each year we make equal or more efforts to refine the previous operations and work on improving the already existing safety procedures. We make sure the guides and trainers provided to the customers are experienced and knowledgeable in first aid and emergency management. They are also well-trained for any emergency situations that might occur in the higher altitudes or while trekking. However, we request our customers to take precautions beforehand itself, and make precise and necessary food arrangements and give personal hygiene the most preference. Every necessary equipment such as sleeping bags, warm down jacket etc. required for the holy trek will be provided to you. Our customer's health and safety is our prior concern, therefore we carry first aid kits and Portable Altitude Chambers (Gaymow Bag) for any high altitude sickness emergency.

Stress Free Travel
Even tiny hurdles along the way can ruin the excitement of the journey. Alpine Eco Trek aims to minimize almost every hassle and tedium that is most likely to come in the way while trekking. This not only kills the mood but distracts you from admiring the most beautiful parts of the journey. Hence, starting from your arrival day itself, our team fully devote themselves to your service. Our crew members make sure every aspect of the travel including accommodation, transportation, and the food is taken care of beforehand. We make confirmations with every lodges, hotels, private bus and vans for an efficient and reliable service before we start the trek. Every entrance fees for monasteries, palaces, etc. on the way will be included in the itinerary itself and a deluxe van or a regular van will be on standby, giving us the freedom to explore the area if requested.

Quality Service
Compromising the quality of the services that Alpine Eco Trek offers, is never an option under any circumstances. Every trek we organize is an updated version of the previous treks in which we make the necessary changes and reconsider various aspects. From the equipment provided to the travelers, for example, sleeping bags, quality down jackets to the littlest guidance on the trek, every aspect of the trek is precisely focused and worked on, for the comfortable trip of our customers. The main focus is given to the most basic factors of the tourism activities and that is the availability of transportation, comfortable accommodations, and healthy food. The holy trip to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar requires various equipment which is also taken care by us. We particularly request each of our valued customers to give us their genuine feedbacks on the overall journey to Mount Kailash that helps us monitor our drawbacks and helps design quality operations and adopt approaches useful for a better trek in the future.

Well Trained Staff
We are a firm believer that for every company to run successfully, the internal management and the team must be strong. Hence, we have built a team of professionals who show extreme passion and determination towards their work. We ensure that every customer is accompanied by a well-trained, soft-spoken and an enthusiastic team leader who makes the journey more enjoyable.

Competitive Price
To gain the trust and reliability from any customer, transparency is a must. Therefore, Alpine Eco Trek works on providing the trekkers with an affordable, competitive and transparent cost which remains same for every traveler.

Our Goal
lpine Eco Trek aims to provide the best Himalayan pilgrim travel at the most reasonable price. We believe in building a fine bonding with our customers, keeping quality and reliable services in mind. The mission of our trips is also to offer a wide range of adventure and thrill, covering most the attractions of the region. We take our customers to the most beautiful, worth seeing sites, giving them an insight into the local culture and lifestyle, while also establishing a genuine friendly bond with both, the locals and the crew.

Guidelines& Considerations
Following are some of the guidelines and considerations to make while picking a travel company for your trip:

01) Make sure that the company takes good care of their own staffs and guides by providing them with the necessary equipment, food, proper clothing, along with a good pay for their work. This shows the work ethics of the company and a respect for their staffs. Secondly, observe and be confident on how focused the itineraries provided to you are on promoting the culture and beauty of Nepal.

02) Make sure the company is a certified company and is registered under the appropriate local travel and trekking associations. Also, make sure that it is operating under the laws of the land(s) in which you will travel.

03) Ensure that the travel company you select is experienced and holds an overall knowledge about the local environmental issues of the site you are traveling to. The company should be considerate and sensitive to the issues and should respect the culture, tradition, and privacy of the inhabitants of the region.

04) Make sure that the company gives importance and consideration to the littlest details of the trip such as toilet arrangements, cooking fuel, rubbish disposal, first aid, etc

05) Make sure the company that you choose has an appropriate travel insurance and it abides by the regulations regarding operations of travel and trekking company.

Alpine Eco Trek follows all the above-mentioned guidelines in order to provide its customers with the most trouble free, eco-friendly and safe journey that they desire.


Mt. Kailash Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Question 01: Do I Need a Passport?
Yes, you will need a passport to travel Mt. kailash and Lake Manasarovar because Kailash is located in the Autonomous Region of Tibet, China.

Question 02: What about Chinese visa?
Please be informed that this is not regular Chinese visa which you would get on your passport is not valid at Tibet. Your travel permit and Visa for travelling to Kailash and Manasarovar is organized by our company with the help of our Lhasa partner. If you are Indian passport holder you need to provide us the original passport for visa application. Foreigners can send us their passport copies by email and we will apply their visa for Kailash here in Kathmandu with their passport copies. The visa charges differ depend on nationalities, contact us for more information on Visa and permits.

Question 03: How many days required for Mt. Kailash Tour Trek?
Answer: A journey to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar require 13 days by overland (Land cruiser or Van) and 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot Region. We are also organizing Lhasa Kailash Lhasa Tour.

Question 04: How we will be doing 13 days overland tour and how about 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot?
Answer: You will be doing 13 days Kailash tour by a deluxe Van or Land cruiser. From Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal- Tibet boarder) by a deluxe tourist coach, while in Tibet new model Land cruiser or a deluxe Van will be used. The route for the trip will be Kathmandu – Nyalam – Saga – New Dongba – Manasarovar – Darchen – Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk – Darchen – Paryang – Saga – Zhangmu – Kathmandu.

For 10 days tour by Helicopter:
Kathmandu - Nepalganj - Simikot - Hilsa (by helicopter) - Taklakot - Mansarovar - Darchen - Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk - Darchen - Mansarovar - Taklakot (by land cruiser or Van)- Hilsa - Simikot (by helicopter) - Nepalganj – Kathmandu (by regular plane or private coach).

Question 05: In how many days would I finish Mt. Kailash Kora and long it is?
Answer: The holy Kora around Mt. Kailash is approximately 53 km trek to be completed in 2 nights 3 days. Night camping will be in Dirapuk and Zuthul- Puk.

Question 06: When is the best time to Travel?
Answer: The best time to travel to Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar would be from the last week of April till end of October every year.

Question 07: What is Land cruiser?
Answer: Land Cruiser is the most comfortable vehicle in Tibet, a four wheel driven Japanese vehicle. We accommodate maximum 4 tourists in one land cruiser.

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Further Information:
Our website contains as much information as possible about Mount Kailash & Tibet Tours and Treks. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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Trip Facts

Trip Name: Kailash Helicopter tour

Duration:  11 Days including KTM

Trip Code: AETKT-006

Activity:  Cultural and spiritual tour, Helicopter and overland tour.           

Group size: Min. 04 to Max. 15 people.  

Max-Altitude:   5636M/18,500ft

Country: Nepal, Tibet/China      

Transportation: Helicopter, Van or Mini bus.

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

Note: The best season to Travel Holy Mt. Kailash is from May to October; please try to travel always with a local and direct agent and small group – private departure dates available. All the travelers including Indian passport holders travelling to Mt. Kailash must be in possession of a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining.

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