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.
- Departure : 06:30 hrs
- Location: Sahastradhara Heliport, Dehradun
- Altitude : 2800 ft
- Arrival : 07:30 hrs
- Location: Badrinath Helipad
- Altitude : 10,300 ft
On arrival at Badrinath helipad, a pick up car will be ready, 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 0930 hrs your Chardham Yatra will complete and you will be back at the helipad. We will be ready to take you to Kedarnath Temple.
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.
- Departure : 10:00 hrs
- Location: Badrinath Helipad
- Altitude : 10,300 ft.
- Arrival : 11:00 hrs
- Location: Sersi Helipad
- Altitude : 5,500 ft
Lunch will be ready on arrival at our helipad in Sersi.
After Lunch, 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.
By 1300 hrs you will be back at Sersi Helipad and we will be ready to depart for Dehradun.
- Departure : 13:30 hrs
- Location: Sersi Helipad
- Altitude : 5,500 ft
- Arrival: 14:15 hrs
- Location: Sahastradhaara Heliport, Dehradun
- Altitude : 2800 ft
- Our Base Manager will be at Sahastradhaara to welcome you back to Dehradun. A car will be ready to drop you back to your hotel.
HELICOPTER TYPE & CAPACITY
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.
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?
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.
Mobile Networks & Connectivity
Only certain mobile networks function at these remote locations and data services may not work.
Kharsali (Yamunotri): Sersi: Airtel, Vodafone, BSNL
Incase your mobile network does not work, you can always use our Base Managers phone at all locations.
Both dhams are situated between 10500 ft – 11500 ft. Kedarnath Dham being the highest at 11500 ft. Since your Do Dham yatra is only for one day, 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.
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 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.
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
IMPORTANT GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION
Guests have to MANDATORILY submit their correct weights at the time of booking.
If any change in weight found at the time of their travel, from the submitted weights, which may lead to exceeding of our aircraft weight carrying capacity, guest(s) would be deboarded and cancelled for the heli-tour, without any refund.
Over weight charges would be charged to guests who are above 80 kg weight.
The reason for the same is that, we operate at very high-altitude terrain, where the weight carrying capacity of the aircraft is only 450 kg. Hence, due to overweight passengers, we lose seats in our Chardham flights. Overweight charges are applicable at INR 1,000/kg, for the total weight above 80 kg.
Weighing at the time of boarding the helicopter is a must, since the company shall not allow boarding in case the total weight exceeds the weight limitation of the helicopter. And, due to the same reason, in case of more than 01 available aircraft, we reserve the right to shuffle passengers between helicopters to manage the right weight of helicopters for safe flying in the hills. Therefore, passengers travelling together may not be in the same helicopter flight.
Maha Abhishek Puja confirmation needs to provided to guests at the time of booking. Payment for the same shall be collected by our crew at Dehradun, so that we can arrange the Puja for the guests prior to their arrival at Badrinath ji.
When planning your tour, we strongly advise the guests to keep one additional day at hand at Dehradun, over and above the 5N6D period, so that they do not end up in problem in case the weather gets very bad after the commencement of tour.
HHSPL provides 01 Innova vehicle at Dehradun and Harsil, and 01 Xylo/TUV300 at Sersi and Badrinath for local transportation. 01 vehicle is booked for a group of 06 people. In case any guest or group wishes to book personal vehicle for themselves, on non-sharing basis, it shall be extra chargeable @ INR 12,000 (tax inclusive).
AADHAR & PAN Card copies are to be shared mandatorily by all Indians, and passport is required in case of foreign nationals.
Guests would not be allowed to carry their suitcases/luggage in the aircraft. Duffel bags would be provided by our crew on the day of arrival to all guests, in which they’ll will be allowed to carry up to 05 kg of luggage along with them during the tour.
Hotel properties at all the Dhams are non-star category. However, HHSPL has arranged the stay at the most reliable and best options out of the available choices.
All temples in Chardham sector are located at a high altitude, & guests are advised to carry their own medication with them during travel. Guests are also advised to carry heavy woollen clothing with them, since during evenings & nights the temperature drops drastically.
Flying in hills is subject to weather conditions. And, in regards to our Chardham operations, we would like to bring to your kind attention, that cancellations and other inconveniences due to weather is very much likely, since weather is extremely unpredictable in the hills. Hence, guests should come prepared to face the eventualities in case of weather problems. In case of bad weather, we shall operate as per our policy mentioned in the ‘Terms and Conditions’ and ‘Important Guidelines and Information’ section.
Terms and Conditions
HHSPL reserves the right to postpone the timings of flying, which is subject to weather conditions, & any extra night stay cost in case of bad weather will be borne by the client only.
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 occurence of technical snag in helicopter, illness flying crew or late reporting of the guests at the helipads.
Himalayan Heli Services reserves the right to cancel passengers, who are unruly, abusive, intoxicated, sick, mentally unbalanced or anyone else whom we deem to be unfit/unsafe to fly. Full refund shall be issued to such passengers.
Any passenger weighing above 80 kg, would have to pay INR 150/kg for shuttle service at Kedarnath ji, toward the overweight charges, on direct payment basis.
We shall refund the proportionate amount to the guests, in case either one, or both, of the dhams are not able to get completed due to bad weather conditions/technical snag/force majeure reasons.
In case of charter getting cancelled due to bad weather on the date of travel of the guests, the booking will not be revalidated for the next day. Refund as per the refunds/cancellations policy shall be done to the clients, with no further obligation of HHSPL whatsoever. Any kind of inconvenience caused because of cancellation of flights is beyond the control of the operator. No compensation, reimbursement or arrangements shall be offered in the event of cancellation of a flight.
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 & porter charges shall be borne by the guests only.
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/12kg are carried free of charge. In case of verification of age, ID proof/birth certificate of the child shall be checked.
HAND BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
Only one handbag weighing a maximum of 2 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.
CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY : 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 cancelled sector.
Bookings will be accepted, only on acceptance of the above-mentioned terms & conditions by the guests. In case of booking through a tour operator/travel agent, the same shall be applicable.