Duration: 1 Day
Day 1: Dehradun ➝ Badrinath ➝ Dehradun
For upto 5 passengers depending on total weight.
1. Pick up & Drop from hotel in Dehradun
2. Landing & Parking charges at all helipads
2. Meals for all passengers
2. Transport at Badrinath
We operate Airbus AS350 B3 single engine helicopters. This helicopter is known for its high altitude performance.
The helicopter can seat a total of 5 passengers + 1 crew member depending on the total weight.
Only one handbag weighing a maximum of 5 kgs is allowed per passenger.
We will arrange pick up from your hotel so that you report at the helipad by 0615 hrs. Our base manager shall receive you. After a quick briefing you will be ready for take off.
Our pick up car will be ready at arrival, it takes a 5 minute drive to go from the helipad to Badrinath Dham. It will take you around 2 hours to complete darshan.
By 1000 hrs your yatra will complete and you will be back at the helipad. We will be ready to take you back to Dehradun.
Q.1: How is the weather going to be?
Ans : As all of the 4 dhams are located above 8500 ft. and as such the climate is highly unpredictable and can change abruptly from sunny weather to rainy.
Q.2: What kind of clothing should I be bring?
Ans : You must be prepared with warm and waterproof clothing against such sudden changes and please refer to what to wear section.
Q.3: How will the food be arranged?
Ans : Depending on your arrival, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be arranged at the hotels. Any additional orders shall be chargeable.
Q.4: Which telephone networks work?
Only BSNL network works at Badrinath.
Q.5: Will there be a guide with us through out the Yatra?
Ans : You will be welcomed and briefed on landing at all helipads by our base managers. All transport will be arranged by us. However no guides will accompany you for your darshan.
Only BSNL network works at Badrinath and data services may not work. Incase your mobile network does not work, you can always use our Base Managers phone.
Badrinath Dham is situated at an altitude of 10300 ft. Since you are only here for a short duration, the body cannot get enough time to acclimatize therefore it is advisable to go slow and always catch your breath.
For your information if anyone exerts themselves too much too quickly, one of the common risks for the yatris is the development of acute mountain sickness (AMS). AMS, which affects the brain and lungs. Following are some common high altitude ailments and their symptoms.
( 1 ) Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): AMS is the most common form of mountain sickness and may occur after you ascend to altitudes above 2500 m.
Symptoms: Breathing problems, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, dizziness and difficulty in sleeping.
( 2 ) High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): HACE is a severe form of AMS and occurs due to swelling of the brain tissue which may eventually impair the brain. The illness often manifests itself at night and may result in coma/ death within hours.
Symptoms: Breathing problems, headache, fatigue, visual impairment, bladder dysfunction, bowel dysfunction, disorientation and partial paralysis.
( 3 ) High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): HAPE results in respiratory failure due to accumulation of fluid in the lungs. HAPE manifests itself at night (typically the second night of climbing in high altitude areas), progresses rapidly and may lead to fatality within hours.
Symptoms: Shortness of breath even when resting, persistent dry cough, bright red stained sputum, weakness, fatigue, drowsiness, chest tightness, congestion and increased heart rate. Younger people are held to be more susceptible to this ailment as, in exuberance, they are inclined to over exert while trekking.
( 1 ) Take Palkis/Horses instead of trekking to avoid high altitude sickness.
( 2 ) Take short breaks to catch your breath when tired.
( 3 ) Notice any symptoms such as extreme tiredness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite or vomiting.
( 4 ) Saree is NOT a suitable dress for the Yatra. Salwar Kameez, pant-shirt or a track suit will be better. Ladies who are more than 6 week pregnant shall not be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage.
( 5 ) Keep spare clothes and eatables in a suitable water proof bag.
( 6 ) Carry some cold cream/Vaseline/sunscreen to protect your hands /face against sunburn etc.
( 7 ) Keep in your pocket your identity card with emergency contact number, incase of an emergency.
Don’t stop at places which are marked by warning notices.
( 1 ) Don’t exert yourself too much and go out of breath.
( 2 ) Don’t ignore any symptoms such as extreme tiredness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite or vomiting.
( 3 ) Don’t stop at places which are marked by warning notices.
( 4 ) Don’t use slippers. Only wear trekking / sports shoes with laces.
( 5 ) Don’t attempt any short cuts on the route as doing so would be dangerous.
( 6 ) Don’t trek alone. Always stay together as a group. Your mobile network may not work.
( ! ) In the summer months of May –June if it is sunny it the weather can be quite pleasant and you can wear light clothes. However, due to the high altitude, the climate is highly unpredictable and changes abruptly from sunny weather to heavy rain and the weather can gets cold quickly.
During September - October , temperatures can sometimes abruptly fall to 5 degrees Celsius or lower. Passengers are advised to be prepared for cold / wet weather and carry this list of essential items:
(1) Trousers (preferably waterproof).
(2) Adequate woolen clothing
(3) Small umbrella
(4) Raincoat / Wind cheater
(5) Waterproof trekking shoes
(7) Warm Cap
(9) Woolen socks
(10) Spare clothes
CARRIAGE BY AIR ACT, 1972
The carriage is subject to Himalayan Heli Services regulations relating to the conditions of Non-International Carriage (Passenger and Baggage) framed in accordance with The Carriage by Air Act, 1972 and Notification regarding application of the carriage which is non-international. The liability of the company for damage sustained in the event of the death or wounding of a passenger or any other bodily injuiry suffered by passenger or by his registered baggage during the course of carriage by air will be governed by the provisions of sections 4,5,6 and the rules contained in the second Schedule of Carriage by Air Act 1972 with certain exceptions, adaptations, modifications, etc as notified in the Govt. of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation Notification and as amended from time to time.
HAND BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
Only one handbag weighing a maximum of 5 kgs is allowed per passenger.
INCASE OF BAD WEATHER / TECHNICAL SNAG
Chances of flight cancellation due to bad weather are common during monsoon. Incase of flight cancellation due to technical reason/bad weather or other unforeseen reasons beyond our control, an amount of Rs. 20,000/- against flight preparation charges will be levied. If due to bad weather / technical reason the charter cannot be completed, then refund will be given for the remaining sectors as per actual flight times. HHSPL bears no other liability to the passenger. Incase of diversions due to bad weather, the charterer has to bear the cost of extra flying /extra overnight halt / waiting etc. No accommodation, meals or cost of transport or any such cost would be reimbursed or compensated.
NO AERIAL PHOTOPGRAPHY
Aerial Photography from Helicopter is illegal and punishable by law and photography at the helipad is strictly prohibited.
RIGHT TO CANCEL UNSAFE PASSSNGERS
HHSPL reserves the right to cancel passengers who are A. Unruly or Abusive B. Intoxicated C. Sick / Mentally unbalanced or anyone whom we deem unsafe to fly.
Infant below 2 years/10kg are carried free of charge in case of dispute age proof certificate shall prevail.
Disputes as to legality, interpretation, application or performance of service or any of its terms and conditions shall be governed by the laws of Delhi Jurisdiction.
Incase of cancellation the following cancellation charges shall be applicable,
25% of the total estimated charter cost will be levied if the flight is cancelled any time after blocking of the aircraft till 48 hours of the scheduled departure.
50% of the total estimated charter cost will be levied if the flight is cancelled within 48 to 24 hrs of the scheduled departure.
100 % of the total estimated charter cost will be levied if the flight is cancelled within 24 hrs of the scheduled departure.
An amount of Rs. 20,000/- against flight preparation charges will be levied if flight is cancelled due to “force majeure” reasons.
In case the flight is cancelled by the Charterer due to delay in departure due to “Force Majeure” reasons like weather/visibility, 100% of the Charter cost will be levied if updated in advance to the charterer about chances of such delay.