Best way to visit Mount Kailash and Mansarovar in 2017

Best way to visit Mount Kailash and Mansarovar in 2017
Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar

The best way of visiting Mount Kailash and Mansorrovar is from Lhasa in year 2017. Since overland tour to Kailash is not permitted and other way of Helicopter tour from Simikot is more trouble creating.

Why Overland Tour to Kailash is not open?

There was only one overland route from Nepal to enter Tibet and Mount Kailash. Kodari immigration (Tatopani), which is 5 hours driving from Kathmandu Nepal. After earthquake in Nepal in April 2015, the road and other infrastructure were damage. Immediately Kailash/ Tibet tour and other entry from Kodari immigration stopped. Local villages and peoples of both countries were shifted to other saved cities. Overland tour to Kailash season of (May till September month) 2016 were totally closed. When government of both countries has removed all the abstractions and made good road, heavy monsoon of 2016 hit Kodari area again (Nepali town near Tibet boarder). There were big landslides that caused totally closed all the road access.

There is some improvement in road access toward Kodari boarder but still entering Tibet/ Mount Kailash is not permitted. The big hope of opening another boarder in between Nepal and Tibet Kerung boarder which is northern part of Nepal is still not formally open for foreigners. Only 7/8 hours drive from Kathmandu reach Kerung boarder. It is in Langtang National park and very narrow road access is there. High possibilities of landslide at monsoon season are mainly caused that Kerung boarder is not permitted from Tibet government, though Chinese tourist and Nepalese can enter the boarder formally. As per hints from Tibet, there are very few possibilities to open Kerung boarder for 2017.

Kailash Tour or Kailash Yatra by Helicopter from Simikot.

As an optional way, Kailash Tour is being run from Simikot. It is Helicopter tour. Simikot is remote area of Nepal and belongs to Himalayan range. Peoples arrive Nepaljung either from Kathmandu or from Lucknow India. From Kathmandu, 55 minutes flight reach Nepaljung and if driving, it takes 9 hours. There are few tourist standard hotels. Next destination is to Simikot, another 1 hour flight from Nepaljung. This flight is really depending on whether condition. A tiny flight carry about 16 peoples at a time do not fly after mid-day because of weather. There are big chances not flying continuously for long days. So more peoples may stock at Nepaljung. Which caused lack of accommodation.

If Nepaljung – Simikot flight get success, another chartered helicopter flight from Simikot to Hilsa (Nepal Tibet boarder) should again success to reach finally at Nepal Tibet boarder. It is 20 minutes flight with small 5/6 seater helicopter. This flight is also depending on whether condition. If there will be no flight in the peak season only for a day, lack of accommodation is simikot create big problem. There will be more passengers every day than the capacity of aircraft. Getting back up to Nepaljung from Kailash is also with same position. There are many cases peoples got lose their original flight date to home.

Lhasa route is more convenient for Kailash Mansarovar Tour.

Another best way to get Kailash Mansarovar is to take flight from Kathmandu Nepal to Lhasa. Now everyday flights by two air companies from Kathmandu Lhasa are easier to accommodate. Kailash tour from Lhasa will reach every place as per schedule. This tour could be little more costly but without any headache. Also have chances to visit historical cities like Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse before reaching to Kailash region. The famous monasteries and other monuments including Potala Palace in Lhasa is including in this tour. It is also more helpful for Kailash Parikrama that you stay about 5 nights at high altitude and your body will acclimatize before reaching high land in Kailash Kora.   

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