Kailash Mansarovar Yatra falls probably in the world's most remote part. Most of the times, we will be away from modern civilization. We must be well equipped and self contained. The group will overnight in trekking style camps wherever required which includes accommodation in two men tents, mattress. Use of candles inside the tents is strictly prohibited as tents and sleeping bags might catch fire due to any negligence. If your tents / sleeping bags are damaged due to misuse by candles or other incendiary articles, we will expect replacement/ reimbursement of the loss from you. Therefore we suggest you to use torch light inside the tents.
Guest house / Hotel accommodation wherever available will be very simple with a cozy room (dormitory) with common bathrooms and toilets. However, hot water will be provided in every room for drinking.
From Kathmandu till Kodari Border, the transportation will be provided by tourist bus depending upon your group strength. In the event of any landslide, the best available mode of transport will be used for which guests will have to pay additional charges as applicable.
From Zhangmu onwards you will be provided a Luxury Bus. There will be a separate support truck to carry the camping equipments and Sherpa staff members.
A Yak or Pony can be hired for you to ride on the payment will be given to Tibetan Guide. (Yaks are not well domesticated and trained to ride on it).
The food will be supplied from our side while camping including breakfast, lunch & dinner. Bed tea will be served in your Guest House with a wake-up call. Once Sherpa team pack-up their equipments, please get one thermos flask filled with hot water for enroute journey and then we'll move to our next destination. A light packed lunch will be served on the way.
While staying in guest houses, the meals will be provided by our Sherpa staff. The food will be very simple as per the clients taste. All meals provided will be vegetarian.
Visa & Documentation
All foreign nationals including Indians require a VISA to enter Tibet. One must be in possession of a valid passport for another six months to obtain Chinese VISA. We will require the following details from your passport at the time of booking the trip atleast 45 days in advance) - Full Name as in Passport, Nationality, Date of issue & expiry of Passport, Passport No, Date of Birth & Occupation.
Please do bring four passport size photographs along with and arrive Kathmandu as per our arrival date schedule. Please note that Chinese Embassy in Nepal opens only three days a week Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 09:00-10:00 hrs. The VISA is not stamped on your passport rather it will be on a separate piece of paper issued by Chinese Embassy because they will be issuing a Group VISA. Indian Passport holder Submit their original passport before 15 days Yatra Departure date.
A Tibetan/ English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the trip including Nepali staffs for the camping.
As Tibet gets very bright sunlight due to thin air so taking photographs can be quite glare. We recommend you to take the advice from the photographic shop while purchasing the film rolls for Tibet. Taking photographs inside monastery will be charged as per Monastery rule. Please ask your guide before taking photographs inside the monastery. Taking photographs at Army Camps/Check-points is strictly prohibited. A 35 mm system with interchangeable lens will allow you to get the best shots in most situations. A wide angle [28-35mm] and a telephoto [80-200mm] are very useful. Skyling filters protect your lens [skylight IB] and a polarizing filter is useful for snow scenes. A brush for cleaning your lens is important and your camera and lens need to be in protective cases. Kodak chrome 64 is excellent for slides and for prints, 100 ASA film is suitable. Faster films may be needed. 12 rolls of film per trek is not too many for the enthusiast.
Clothing & Accessories
Tibet is a dry cold country. Weather may change unexpectedly at any time. Plan your clothings in a way that you can wear layers of clothes. Depending upon the season, during June, July, August till September, day time will be pleasant and quite warm with about 15-20 degree Celsius, during afternoon time 1-4 pm can be windy. The morning and evening will be chilly between minus 2 to 0 degree celsius. We recommend: One down jacket, one warm thick pull-over, one thin pull-over, two warm pants, two light loose cotton pants, one warm windproof cotton jacket, four cotton sleeve T-shirts, two thermal under pants, two thermal vests, one rain coat, one pair each of light tennis shoes & light rubber sandal, six pairs of warm woolen socks, one light cotton or silk scarf, one large cotton or silk scarf, one pair of warm gloves, soft paper tissues, monkey cap & sun hat, two towels, Wind - Rain Jacket, sun hat.
Proper clothing will be required for both extremes of climate, for hot sun when trekking through the lower foothills to freezing temperatures at night while camping in the high valleys. Well fitting, comfortable shoes are preferred over normal shoes.
Soap, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, sanitary protection & toilet paper roll etc.
Sun glass (UV protected), sun cream (20 spf or more), chip-stick, 2 water bottle (1 lt.), empty plastic bags, camera & film, Repair kit (needle, thread, tape, cloth pin, safety pins etc.), Flashlight / Torch with extra batteries, pocket knife, lighter, note book & pen, head torch, small lock, 4 passport size photographs, a copy of your insurance policy (if any), reading material, walkman with tapes and spare batteries, personal medical kit.
Ski stick or a normal stick (one can also purchase it at Darchen), thermarest or similar self-inflating mattress, neck pillow, face mask (10), games like Cards, chess etc. for the evenings, umbrella.
Equipment on Trip
we provide tents to Toilet Tents, Folding Chairs and full kitchen utensils. Duffel bag and down jackets are also provided on returnable basis.
we suggest you to bring your own first aid kit with adequate medication regarding altitude sickness, nausea, dehydration and some painkillers.
Be careful not to catch a cold. It is better to be over-clothed than under protected. Enroute avoid taking bath or drinking water from lakes, streams or rivers as your body is not conditioned for this. Since the dry cold winds tend to make the nose dry keep your nose smooth by applying Vaseline. Keep your feet dry, never let it get wet. Keep your boots/ kids inside tents to keep them dry. Wearing cotton and wool socks in combination would be the best. Face, feet and hands must be well protected.
Request your Doctor to prescribe effective medicines to cover the following
Fever, Body and joint pains, Cold, Cough, Sore throat, Headache, Acidity, Stomach cramps, Vomiting, Dysentery, Loose motion, Constipation, Diarrhea, Swelling, Muscle Pulls & Sore eyes.
In addition to the medicines for above, your first aid kid must include following
Vaseline, Band Aid, Cotton, Badge roll, Dettol, Mouth freshener, Nose inhaler, Toilet paper, Rubber bands, Dust cover (face mask), Cough drops, Chepstick, Amritanjan/Vicks/ Shi-chu /Tiger- balm, Elastoplasts, Adhesive tape, 4" crepe bandage & Rehydrate powder - useful for adding to your water bottle and for fluid replacing purposes.
Make a separate pouch for the first aid kit with a list of medicines and their appropriate usage. It is advised to carry glucose and glucose based items (mints, toffees, mini chocolates bars for periodical consumption at high altitude for energy. Multi-vitamin and vitamin C tablets are required for daily consumption as a routine.
Before booking for this trip with us, clients should be in sound good health preparation for this trip. We advise bit of exercise like morning or evening walk or jogging.
Each pilgrim should ensure that he/she is medically fit and is not suffering from high-blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, heart disease or epilepsy since such conditions might prove fatal at high altitudes. Medical fitness is of utmost importance.
Pilgrims should complete the medical tests and seek expert medical opinion regarding their fitness to undertake the pilgrimage at high altitude from their respective doctor.
We would require a medical certificate from every individual stating that the person traveling is not suffering from any such decease as mentioned above and is fit to travel at high altitudes.
Acute mountain sickness is a frequent problem in the Himalayan region. The altitude of the peaks and trails between them are among highest on earth. Acclimatization to altitude above 3000 meters takes time. The body undergoes a number of physiological changes some of which are immediate like increased pulse rate & respiratory rate. Others appear more slowly over a period of weeks like the change in acid base balance and production of extra red blood cells. These changes plus the effect of intense sunlight, walking hard & dehydration may cause a number or mild vague symptoms such as Loss of appetite, fatigue, headache, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, sleeplessness, mild shortness of breath with exercise. The best treatment is prevention! Avoid rapid ascents; take acclimatization symptoms seriously using rest days or diamox tablets. If symptoms are severe and the patient is ill DESCEND IMMEDIATELY, 300 Meters of descent or more should be sought. This usually give rapid improvement.
To minimize altitude sickness, never rush into things, walk slowly and firmly, guard yourself from slipping or falling to prevent fractures, sprains and muscle pulls. The uneven ground, steep slopes and slushy banks are full of potholes. Do not combine walking and sightseeing together. Inspect your track in front and trek slowly.
A 25% deposit must be sent in advance to our company to process your booking. Balance 75% should be paid at least 45 days before the trip departure. Payment should be made by bank transfer to our INR or Foreign Currency Account.
If the booking is cancelled 15 days prior to departure, 50% would be charged as cancellation amount.
If the booking is cancelled 10 days prior to departure, 75% would be charged as cancellation amount.
If the booking is cancelled 7 days prior to departure, there will be no refund.
Insurance & Emergency Expenses
We highly recommend all clients to be insured against Medical, accidents & necessary emergency evacuation. Please ensure that your insurance covers evacuation at high altitudes. Also be informed that air evacuation (evacuation by helicopter) is not possible in Tibet as such guest requiring emergency evacuation will be transferred by surface to nearest evacuation point in Nepal side after giving the necessary first aid. Any Emergency arrangement other than regular straight forward tour itinerary service should be borne by the clients themselves.
Please note that our Kailash Tour Package does not include any rescue or evacuation expenses in emergencies.