Day 01: Arrival at Dehradun.
The first day of the journey shall be spent at Dehradun. We give our guests a complimentary stay on their arrival at Dehradun.
We shall pick up the guests from Dehradun airport/train station as per their scheduled arrivals.
Up on arrival, guests shall be checked-in to their hotel. Rooms are booked on EP plan.
Guests shall be provided duffel bags by our crew, to shift their necessary luggage. They will not be allowed to carry their own suitcases in the helicopters.
After a good day’s rest, guests will be fresh and ready to start their Chardham journey.
Day 02: Gangotri and Badrinath.
- Departure : 06:30 hrs
- Location: Sahastradhara Heliport, Dehradun
- Altitude : 2800 ft
- Arrival : 06:30 hrs
- Location: Harsil Helipad, Gangotri
- Altitude : 8200 ft
This is officially the starting day of the Chardham yatra. Check out from Dehradun hotel at 0530 hrs.
A quick briefing shall be given by our base manager at Sahastradhara helipad. Following that, departure to Harsil by 0600 hrs and arrival at the Harsil Helipad around 0630hrs. Guests will be first taken to a hotel in Harsil by car, for breakfast.
After this, around 0730 hrs, journey from Harsil to Gangotri temple will be done by road, which is approximately 22km away. It will be around 50 minutes’ drive to the temple.
After VIP darshan, guests will be brought to the Harsil helipad by 1100 hrs, for their flight to Badrinath.
- Departure: 11:00 hrs
- Location: Harsil Helipad (Gangotri)
- Altitude: 8,200 ft
- Departure: 11:45 hrs
- Location: Badrinath Helipad
- Altitude: 10,300 ft
Departure from Harsil to Badrinath around 1100 hrs, and arrival at the Badrinath helipad by 1145hrs. Up on arrival guests will straight away be taken to the Badrinath ji temple by car. VIP darshan at Badrinath temple shall be arranged for them.
VIP darshan shall get wrapped up in around 2 hours. After VIP darshan, guests will be taken to the helipad by car to fly to Sersi.
On arrival at Sersi , our base manager will take you to hotel where your overnight stay is arranged by us. Next day early in the morning we will be proceeding for Kedarnath Ji Darshan.
Day 03: Kedarnath and Yamunotri.
- Departure : 06:00 hrs
- Location: Sersi Helipad
- Altitude : 5,500 ft
- Arrival : 06:10 hrs
- Location: Kedarnath Helipad
- Altitude : 11,700 ft
At Sersi helipad, you will change into another helicopter and take a 6-minute flight to Kedarnath Helipad which is at an altitude of 11500 ft. Kedarnath Dham is at a distance of 500 m from the helipad. We can arrange for palkis on your request. It takes around 2 hours to complete darshan.
- Arrival : 09:00 hrs
- Location : Sersi Helipad
- Altitude : 8,200 ft
- Arrival : 09:30 hrs
- Location : Kharsali Helipad (Yamunotri)
- Altitude : 8,500 ft
Departure from Sersi will be by 0900 hrs. Estimated arrival time at Kharsali will be 0930 hrs.
Up on arrival guests will straight away be taken to Yamunotri ji temple by palki/pony. VIP darshan at Yamunotri temple shall be arranged for them.
After VIP darshan, guests will be taken to the Kharsali helipad for further journey.
- Arrival : 16:00 hrs
- Location: Kharsali Helipad (Yamunotri)
- Altitude : 8,500 ft
- Arrival : 16:30 hrs
- Location: Sahastradhaara Heliport, Dehradun
- Altitude : 2800 ft
Our Base Manager will be at Sahastradhara to welcome the guests back to Dehradun. A car will be ready to drop you back to the airport.
HELICOPTER TYPE & CAPACITY
We operate Airbus AS350 B3 single engine helicopters. This helicopter is known for its high altitude performance.
Only one handbag weighing a maximum of 5 kgs is allowed per passenger.
Frequently Asked Questions
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?
Ans : Kharsali: Airtel, BSNL
Sersi: Airtel, Vodafone, BSNL
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.
Q.6: What kind of accommodation will be provided at places?
Ans : Luxury hotels are not available at these remote locations, passengers are advised not keep very high expectation of hotels. However, we will provide the best available hotels at all locations.
All of the four dhams are situated at a high altitude, ranging between 8500 ft – 11500 ft. Kedarnath Dham being the highest at 11500 ft. Being at such a high altitude involves exposure to extreme cold, low humidity, increased ultra violet radiations and reduced air pressure and oxygen
Since your Chardham yatra is only for 2 days, the body may not get enough time to acclimatize and adjust to the low oxygen levels, therefore you must not exert yourself, go slow and always catch your breath. If anyone exerts themselves too much too quickly, depending on individual fitness levels, some of the common high altitude sicknesses and their symptoms are listed below:
( 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.
Mobile Networks & Connectivity
Only certain mobile networks function at these remote locations and data services may not work.
Kharsali (Yamunotri): Airtel, BSNL
Harsil (Gangotri): BSNL
Sersi: Airtel, Vodafone, BSNL
Incase your mobile network does not work, you can always use our Base Managers phone at all locations.
High Altitude Do’s & Don’ts
( 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 weeks 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, in case 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.
Weather & What to wear
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
Terms and Conditions
Flying in hills are subject to many factors like delayed clearances from Air Force & Civil Aviation, VVIP movements, valley flying by Indian Air Force (NOTAM), bad weather, sudden occurrence of technical snag in helicopter, illness of flying crew or late reporting of the guests at the helipads.
Any passenger weighing above 80 Kg, shall have to pay extra weight charges @ INR 250/kg for the excess weight, toward the extra weight charges against Palki at Yamunotri, & shuttle service at Sersi on direct payment basis.
Our company shall not be liable for any medical emergency on the ground to the party. Therefore, in your own interest, guests are hereby advised to kindly consult a doctor and get medical check-up done, before commencing the yatra. Medical check-up is mainly required if a guest has any medical suffering/condition.
Any donations, tips, pitthu and porter charges shall be borne by the guests only.
Single Supplement @ INR 15,000/- shall be extra chargeable, in case any guest wishes to stay in a single occupancy room at the hotels.
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.
NO AERIAL PHOTOPGRAPHY
Aerial Photography from Helicopter is illegal and punishable by law and photography at the helipad is strictly prohibited.
Infant below 2 years/10kg are carried free of charge in case of dispute age proof certificate shall prevail.
HAND BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
Only one handbag weighing a maximum of 5 kgs is allowed per passenger.
HELICOPTER WEIGHT LIMTATION
Passengers would be taken on board depending up on the load and temperature conditions. Pilots call will be final. Maximum weight capacity of the helicopter is 420 kg (excluding baggage weight) at these destinations. All passengers on board must be within this limit. Hence, passengers are advised to provide us their exact weights at the time of booking and carry baggage within the permissible limit
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.
The booking has to be done in advance with a deposit of 50% of the charter amount. Full amount has to be deposited 7 days prior to date of journey.
Rescheduling of booking to a next date will be done subject to availability and on payment of 10% of the cost. This will be permitted only if informed 7 days before arrival date. In case the rescheduling is requested with less than 7 days to the arrival, then the booking would be treated as cancelled and a fresh booking will be given subject to availability.
If passengers wish to cancel their booking then they will have to pay following cancellation charges -
(1) More than 15 days before the departure date — 30% of total charter amount
(2) Between 08th to 15th day before departure date — 50% of total charter amount
(3) Up to 07th day before the departure date — No Refund.
(4) No show – No Refund.
(5) Bad weather – Full refund toward the proportionate amount of the unutilized sector(s), minus INR 20,000 toward the flight preparation and ground arrangement charges.
BAD WEATHER SITUATION
(1) Our obligation toward this charter is up to the 1N/2D period of your Chardham yatra, from the departure date. Dehradun night stay is only a complimentary stay provided by us. The actual flying commences from day 02 of your tour.
(2) In case the journey is not finished within the 1N2D period, and passengers are not able to visit one or more Dhams due to bad weather conditions/technical reasons, then the liability of the company will be limited to refund (as mentioned in our cancellation/refunds policy) of unutilized sectors.
(3) In case, for 02 straight days there is no flying due to bad weather/technical reasons, guests will be refunded full refund toward the charter, minus the flight preparation charges (as per the cancellation/refunds policy).
(4) If we are stuck in a bad weather situation on any particular day out of the 2 days, we will try to finish the darshan of 02 Dhams on the next day, if weather permits. The proportionate amount of the Dhams that we have to leave due to bad weather situation, will be refunded to the guests (as per the cancellation/refunds policy).
(5) In case the tour gets extended due to bad weather, and we have to do additional night halt due to the same reason, the extra night halt(s) shall be borne by the guests, and any repercussions due to this in the guests’ further travel plans is not the responsibility of the operator.
Bookings will be accepted, only on acceptance of the above-mentioned terms and conditions by the guests. In case of bookings through a tour operator/travel agent, the same shall be applicable.