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Kailas Manasarovar Pilgrimage

A Kailas-Manasarovar Pilgrimage is being organized in coordination with reliable and approved travel agency from china, and is designed to ensure minimal hardship to the pilgrims. The concept of organizing such a program was the outcome of the actual pilgrimage undertaken by our proprietor and friends (Read more about that Trip Here) . The program is designed to ensure Safety, Security and Comfort of the pilgrim at every leg of the journey.Mr. Jayachandran Nair    and a friend

Contact us for more details on the May 2011 Trip. Kindly note that, the preparation for such a trip starts at least 90 days before. This includes Medical Checkup, Basic Survival Training, Visa-Processing and so on.

Mount Kailash which stands prominently in a remote south-west corner of Tibet at the altitude of 22,028 feet is the holiest of all holy peaks. Believed to be the axis of the earth, Mt. Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva. As sacred scripture says the path to divinity is always difficult, your trip to Mt. Kailash will be adventurous. The trip begins with a scenic drive to Zhangmu in Tibet crossing Nepalese border. After Zhangmu to the holy Lake Manasarovar and then Mt. Kailash, where you will complete the "Circumambulation/Pradakshina," the act of moving around a sacred object. A dip in the holy Manasarovar is believed to wash off all your sins.

Sample Itinerary

We operate this trip as a standard all-inclusive Holiday Package.

We provide you food, tented camp and guest houses accommodation where available. The trip will be led by one of our professional Sherpa Guide and assisted by cook and helper boys.

Schedule:

The day starts with an early bed tea. Breakfast will be served by the time you have packed the kit bags. The morning drive / walk usually takes 4 to 5 hours. After lunch it would be another 3 to 4 hours travel before we camp overnight. A three course dinner is served in the mess tent followed by tea. It is recommended to get as much rest as you can as tomorrow's are filled with new adventures.

Food:

Only vegetarian food is served. Special care is taken to ensure food hygiene, as it is an important aspect when traveling though remote Tibet. Let our food speak for its quality. Boiled drinking water will be available at all meals and disinfected water is provided for hand washing outside toilet tents and during meals.

Fitness:

Begin a fitness program as it makes sense to get as fit as possible prior to the trip. Concentrate on building stamina. Running, cycling and swimming are all excellent forms of exercise. Walking, particularly up and down hills [and stairs] could greatly help you with Parikramana (The 52km trek around Mount Kailas). It is preferable that you have previous camping and trekking experience but not essential.

Acclimatization:

Proper acclimatisation is very important as you ascend higher altitudes. The likelihood of developing altitude sickness is more probable in this trip as we will be ascending to a height of 6000+ meters. This can be totally prevented by allowing a gradual gain in altitude. Our itinerary is designed to ensure proper acclimatization.

Equipment:

We provide twin occupancy tents to sleep in along with shared Dining Tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tents, Dining Tables, Folding Chairs and full kitchen utensils. We will provide Sleeping Bag and Foam Mattress for bed as and when required. Kindly reduce your luggage to the essential stuff only.

Clothing:

Well fitting, comfortable boots should be preferred over training shoes for the actual trekking. Clothing will be required for both extremes of climate, for hot sun while trekking through the lower foothills to freezing temperatures (-ve) at night when camping in the higher valleys. Shorts, skirt or lightweight trousers are ideal in the heat of the day along with T-shirt, long sleeved cotton shirts and sun hat. During evenings and  at higher altitudes warmers clothing will be needed.

Recommended Travel Kit

  • FIBER PILE JACKET: [1]
  • SHORTS OR SKIRT: [1]
  • LIGHT COTTON TROUSERS : [1]
  • BREECHES /TRACK SUIT BOTTOMS /ULTRA FLEECE TROUSERS : [1]
  • DUVET JACKET : Down or synthetic [1 set]
  • WOOL BALACLAVA, WOOL MITTS : [1 set]
  • WATERPROOFS : Jacket and trousers [1 set]
  • SUN HAT
  • SCARF : Silk/Nylon, useful for keeping the sun off the back of your neck
  • SUNGLASSES / GOGGLES : Essential to get a pair which cuts out 100% UV rays
  • SUN CREAM : High protection factor [15 or higher] or high altitude glacier cream
  • LIP BALM: Protection for the lips. Get one with a sunscreen
  • WATER FLASK : 1 liter metal flask
  • IODINE : 2% SOLUTION [TINCTURE OF IODINE] (in a small glass dropper bottle) easily obtained from most chemists. 8 drops of iodine will sterilise 1 litre of water in 20 minutes.
  • TOILETRY ITEMS : Soap, Towel, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo, Comb, Sanitary protection, Toilet rolls, etc. Toilet paper is provided on Trek.
  • HEAD TORCH : [ Petzl recommended] - spare batteries and bulbs
  • MINI SEWING KIT
  • SMALL KNIFE : Swiss army style
  • NOTEBOOK/DIARY/PENS
  • SMALL PADLOCK : Useful for locking your kit bag
  • 10 PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS
  • A COPY OF YOUR  TRAVEL INSURANCE CERTIFICATE
  • MONEY BELT
  • READING MATERIAL : [1 BOOK]
  • MP3 player with charger
  • Cell Phone and Charger
  • Universal Power adapter
  • PERSONAL MEDICAL KIT.
  • Air Pillows.
  • CIGARETTE LIGHTER : for burning toilet paper and rubbish.

Optional

  • SKI STICK : Telescopic recommended
  • THERMAREST : Or similar self-inflating mattress, gives decadent luxury
  • CAMERA GEAR
  • GAMES: Cards, chess etc. for the evenings
  • UMBRELLA : Not only for rain, makes a great sunshade
  • WET WIPES : Or similar.

Personal Medical Kit: Recommended Items

  • Elastoplast
  • Adhesive tape
  • 4" crepe bandage
  • Elasticated knee and /or ankle support if you experience strain these joints
  • Blister dressings, e.g. moleskin, compead, spenco dressings
  • Nasal Decongestant
  • Throat lozenges/ glucose sweets
  • Wide spectrum antibiotic [Ciproxin recommended]
  • Anti -diarrhoea - Immodium or Lomotil
  • A course of Flagyll [treatment of giardia]
  • Codeine Phosphate - constipator, cough suppressant and pain killer
  • Cold and flu suppressant Aspirin / paracetamol.
  • Rehydrate powder - useful for adding to your water bottle and for fluid replacing purposes.
  • Small pair of scissors
  • Any special medicines you require - Please consult your Doctor well in advance and carry your prescription with you.

Insurance & Emergency Expenses:

We suggest that clients insure themselves against a comprehensive claim policy. Which should also include Helicopter Evacuation if necessary. Please note that our Kailash Tour Package does not include any rescue or evacuation expenses in emergencies. Any Emergency arrangement other than regular straight forward tour itinerary service should be borne by the client themselves.

General Considerations when Packing:

Keep the weight and bulk down to a minimum. Baggage allowance on most international flights is 20 Kg's/44 lbs.. Most people tend to bring more clothes than they do actually need. Remember that while travelling through cold himalayan ranges, it is important to dress in layers to retain the body heat. When it is hot you will only be wearing a base layer, when it gets colder you can add to this until you are wearing most of your clothes!

High Altitude Sickness:

Rather than one or two, usually a group of symptoms begin to appear as a person gains altitude. These symptoms vary in intensity and in the elevations at which they appear, depending on the individual experiencing them. The predominant characteristic associated with maladaptation to altitude is headache. Usually a headache appears in the evening after a long day of ascending. The headache should be relieved by aspirins and should go away by the following morning. The principal symptoms that accompany the onset of altitude sickness are : headache and weakness, sleeplessness, often accompanied by irregular breathing, particularly at night, fluid retention [oedema], particularly about the eyes or fingers, depending on the degree of altitude sickness, dry cough, mild nausea, loss of appetite, ataxia or loss of co-ordination and severe breathlessness at rest.

If the symptoms are a mild annoyance then you should rest until they subside. If the symptoms become more severe or do not disappear after a night's sleep, then you should descend until you feel well.

The basic treatment for severe altitude sickness is immediate descent: altitude sickness can progress rapidly once it becomes serious. The person afflicted should be taken down between 1,000 to 3,000ft. [300 to 450m.], the distance increasing with the extent of the symptoms.

The drug acetazolamide [diamox] has been used for assisting with acclimatization when travelling to altitude. Some reports indicate that the drug might be useful in treating the early stages of altitude sickness in addition to its use in prevention. It has been shown that people who had headaches, nausea and felt unwell improved considerably within 30 minutes of taking the tablets. The adult dosage is one 250mg. tablet twice a day. The most pronounced and irritating side effect is a tingling sensation which can occur at any site and without warning. The dose can be reduced to 250 mg. per day. It is recommended that the drug is started on the morning of ascent above 10000ft./300m. and is continued until descent or the person feels acclimatised. If you decide to take acetazolamide, please inform your group leader. It should not be taken by people who are allergic to sulphur drugs.

Severe altitude sickness affects few trekkers, most know when to stop and head back down. All of our treks are based on experience and are planned to gain height gradually, with days allowed for rest and acclimatization. The above brief notes on altitude sickness are to point out what it is and to note the symptoms. Prevention is simple; make a gradual ascent and allow sufficient rest at intermediate altitudes.

It is very important for clients to know basic things about the trip they are going to undertake. Kindly contact us if you need further clarification regarding the travel arrangements or trip.

  1. How fit should I be for Mt.Kailash Parikramana in Tibet ?

  2. What is the age factor for this kind of trip?

  3. What kind of medical check-up should I go for before taking up this trip?

  4. How many hours of exercise should I do after booking this trip?

  5. I am a vegetarian. Will this annoy other people in the group or trouble camping kitchen and cook?

  6. I am physically fit, but I have fear traveling with other people and in remote places like Tibet, what do you suggest?

  7. I have gone through my normal medical checkup and got okay certificate from my doctor, but still I am not sure of this trip because of my faint heart problem, do you have any suggestion?

  8. Is language barrier a big problem, because I can only speak my native tongue and understand English very little?

  9. What happens if someone gets very sick and has to be evacuated immediately in a place like Tibet?

  10. How much money should I carry for this trip after paying all in the trip package?

  11. I am physically fit, but I am a diabetic patient as well, which troubles quite often, any suggestion?

  12. What kind of measure do you take for an old person, but physically fit on this kind of trip?

  13. Is it right to ask negative question like the Chinese occupation in Tibet, to the local Tibetan Guide?

  14. What kind of magazines, reading materials should one carry in Tibet, as we have heard rumors, pictures of Dalai Lama and other ousted Lamas are completely banned?

  15. How many hours and distance do we cover every day on drive and parikrama ?

  16. What height do we cover and what is the highest elevation on this trip?

  17. What is included while camping and what kind of camping gear do we expect?

  18. Is there any chance for a hot bath on this trip and what kind of toilet facilities are being provided while camping and staying in en route lodges?

  19. What type of food & hygiene do we expect while camping and staying in en route lodges?

  20. What types of vehicles are provided while traveling, if I am a single person, can I use separate single room and tent?

 

01: How fit should I be for Mt.Kailash Parikrama in Tibet ?
Ans: We expect everyone to be physical fit and healthy before taking up the trip. But most important thing is your determination and will to overcome difficulties. However, we strongly recommend that you should see doctor before booking this trip to Tibet as Tibet is the roof of the world and the average altitude is 3,500 meter and above. Keep your blood pressure in normal condition. Though every precaution is taken before the trip, ultimately it is your own responsibility to make sure that you are fit enough to take the trip. Specific immunizations are advisable.

02: What is the age factor for this kind of trip?
Ans: Age factor has never been a barrier to take this trip since we have taken people ranging from age group from 14 years to 60 years. However, as we mentioned earlier, one should have sound health as this trip involves long drive of 6-7 hours sometimes on the average altitude of more than 3,500m. The road condition is not very good which could lead to nausea. If you have guts to endure few hours jerking journey that people normally do in India, age will not be a hindrance for you to have darshan of abode of Lord Shiva.

03: What kind of medical check-up should I go for before taking up this trip?
Ans: We have already made it clear in our brochure and through our agents that every client should go through medical check up for normal heart beat, respiration, blood pressure, diabetics, dental problem and other sickness before taking up the trip.

04: How many hours of exercise should I do after booking this trip?

Ans: Any normal exercise that makes you feel better like normal walking, jogging for
an hour, aerobic, swimming or simple physical work-out for an hour will make you fit
for travelling. The above mentioned exercises will help you to adapt with the long
drive and walk in the high altitude of Tibet.

05: I am a vegetarian. Will this annoy other people in the group or trouble camping kitchen and cook?
Ans: Vegetarian is not a problem at all. We do have mostly vegetarians in this kind of group for Mt. Kailash Trip. If you happen to be the only one in the group by default as a vegetarian, we will make sure that your meals will be served and cooked separately. The cook and the kitchen staff and guides will be briefed well in advance about you and the meals will be cooked as per your choice and taste.

06: I am physically fit, but I have fear travelling with other people and in strange countries like Tibet, what do you suggest?
Ans: You don't need to worry about it as long as you are fit for this trip. Other members in the group might feel the same way as you do but while traveling in a group, everyone seems to be a member of one big family and this is the best opportunity to make friends with people from all walks of life.

07: I have gone through my normal medical checkup and got okay certificate from my doctor, but still I am not sure of this trip because of my faint heart problem, do you have any suggestion?
Ans: Though you have gone through your medical check-up and got clearance chit, but are still not confident, the best way to solve this problem is to consult other good doctors. We do carry medical kits, portable oxygen and above all our itinerary always provides enough time for one to get acclimatized before heading to the highest elevation. We will advice and help you to overcome your anxiety once your are booked with us. 

For your kind information, on arrival here in Kathmandu, we will have group orientation program giving you most of the information on do's and don'ts which will help you a lot to gain confidence.


08: Is language barrier a big problem, because I can only speak my native tongue and understand English very little?
Ans: Language is not a big barrier. It's the positive attitude that counts on this kind of travel. Most of our staff can speak Hindi and English fluently, even our Tibetan guide in Tibet can understand Hindi little bit. With the group, our head guide or leader will do most of the talking business and if you do not understand in English, we will happy to translate it to you in Hindi.

09: What happens if someone gets very sick and has to be evacuated immediately in a place like Tibet?
Ans: Your safety is our highest priority. To make sure that everything goes well in Tibet we send an experience guide with medical knowledge, first aid kits and portable oxygen and Gamma Bag ( Pressure Bag). However, sometime some people might get sick due to harsh conditions and continuos driving. In this case we will do our best to make sure that she/he gets immediate medical relief from our guide. If his/her condition deteriorates despite of our medial assistance, he/she will be taken back to Nepal in a vehicle with all medical equipment like oxygen accompanied by our guide where the helicopter can pick him/her up for further medical treatment. It is advised that you should make it clear with your insurance company that the cost of emergency evacuation and other sundry medical expenses should be borne by insurance company. Depending upon the person's condition and seriousness, we will take the patient to the lower altitude and to the nearest medical help, hospitals or medical post accompanied by our Sherpa guides who can speak understand English, Hindi and Tibetan as well.

10: How much money should I carry for this trip after paying all in the trip package?
Ans: After booking this trip, you need extra money for your own personal expenses, like buying meals in Kathmandu, mineral water in Kathmandu / Tibet (although
we provide boiled / filtered water in every trip). Tipping, souvenirs, gifts are entirely your domain. In case of emergency evacuation from Tibet, please make sure that your insurance company will cover everything for using any means of transportation. The expenses of your extended stay in Katmandu is not included in his trip. We will let you know how much extra money you need to take once you booked with us.

11: I am physically fit, but I am a diabetic patient as well, which troubles quite often, any suggestion?
Ans: To make your trip easy and trouble free, we suggest you to take your doctor's advice and carry the medicine as prescribed. Please remember that you will not get large medical stores en route in Tibet which fulfill your requirement. Pre-inform us about your special dietary so that our cook will serve as per your request. If you need to be fully assured about your medical care, please inform us or our nearest agent with your medical history so that we will advice you as per your doctor's suggestion.

12: What kind of measure do you take for an old person, but physically fit on this kind of trip?
Ans: It is quite strange that elderly people sometimes do have stamina and energy than younger people while making this kind of trip. But it doesn't mean that we neglect their necessity. We will make every possible arrangement for his/her comfortable journey. If the person is too old for Parikrama, we will advice him/ her to stay at Darchen (the start and end of Parikrama). He will have more rest with the superb views of Mt. Kailash while other members of group will go for schedule Parikrama and pick him/her on the way back. We will have our staff to care of him/her.

13: Is it right to ask negative question like the Chinese occupation in Tibet, 
to the local Tibetan Guide?

Ans: This question is frequently asked by many clients. Though the Chinese Government Official do not understand much English or Hindi, it is highly advisable not to take it for granted, for sometimes there are plain-clothes policemen mingling with the crowd in monasteries and other public places. They might understand what you are talking about and can give you the hard time, especially to your guide. A big problem may create which makes your trip unpleasant. So to be on the safe side and to have a hassle free time in Tibet, it is wise not to talk negative things about the Chinese Government or to show softness on Dalai Lama's cause.

14: What kind of magazines, reading materials should one carry in Tibet, as we have heard rumors, pictures of Dalai Lama and other ousted Lamas are completely banned?
Ans: Any magazine, film, photo or book which has negative impact upon the Chinese Government is not safe to carry with you on this trip. They may not search your bags thoroughly but if they happen to find them by default, there will be a serious problem and can create a big trouble beyond your imagination. 
Even talking about Dalai Lama or his admires and other expelled high priests are forbidden in this land, not to mention the "Free Tibet" T-shirt and stickers.

15: How many hours and distance do we cover every day on drive and parikrama?
Ans: The road that covers Kathmandu to Darchen (our destination for Parikrama where it starts and ends) is 817 km via Zhangmu. Lhasa to Darchen via Lhatse (south route) is 1,188 km. As per the above mileage, on good road condition we can drive 5-6 hours covering more than 200 km. However, as soon as we hit the rough road south west from Lharze coming from Lhasa or west from Nylam coming from Katmandu, the speed starts going down slowly because of road condition.

Normally, we try to camp and stay as per the Itinerary but it all depends on road, vehicle, people's condition and good campsite with clean drinking water. Sometimes we have to drive earlier than expected from night campsite.

Please remember that Mt. Kailash region is in Ngari region, Tibet's most remote area, falls within under-developed region of China, where events are less predictable than we expect. You may encounter a few unwanted and unexpected situations if you don't take care of yourself. So despite painstaking planning and well organised itinerary, this adventure holy yatra can never be taken for granted like a normal holiday.

To make thing easy we prepare the itinerary as much flexible as possible for the
safety and comfort of our valued clients. 

16: What height do we cover and what is the highest elevation on this trip?
Ans: Elevation gains gradually from 3,600 from Lhasa or Nylam to 4,400m on an average with high passes of over 4,900m to 5,200m. On Parikrama day we begin our walk from Darchen which is approx. 4,600m and slowly we take higher elevation over 300-400m on 5-6 hrs walks and going through the highest pass on this trip at Drolma-la 5,630m.

17: What is included while camping and what kind of camping gear do we expect?
Ans: Apart from your own travel clothing and personal belongings, we provide tents for double occupancy (if you have not booked for a single occupancy). Our tents are made of excellent material which has been tried, used and tested on high altitude terrain and arctic cold climate condition. We also provide foam mattress as sleeping mat, warm down sleeping bags with fleece inner linear.

Our camping unit consists of spacious Kitchen Tents for the kitchen staffs and cook, spacious cozy dining tents, toilet tents, portable tables and chairs.

For the meals and other details, please find it below this information.


18: Is there any chance for a hot bath on this trip and what kind of toilet facilities are being provided while camping and staying in en route lodges?
Ans: Yes, you can have hot bath while staying in deluxe and moderate hotels en route to Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse or at Zhangmu but from Larze and Nylam, chances are slim as you will be accommodated in a clean, and simple, basic lodge. While camping on the drive and trek, depending upon time of the journey, on a free day (rest day) there is chances for hot bath, as we carry shower / bathing tents as well. Toilet facilities are good as mentioned on the above Hotels, but from Nylam or Lartze, a common toilet is available. While driving we stop frequently for toilet stops out in the wilderness. But in camping we carry toilet tents and warm treated water for cleaning hands.

19: What type of food & hygiene do we expect while camping and staying in en route lodges?
Ans: In every camping trip and while staying in lodges and hotels, we make sure that food is always expertly and hygienically prepared. It is our primary concern that you should remain in good health. We generally serve a mixture of local
(Nepali / Indian / Chinese) and European style meals and you will be amazed by the quality and variety of the dishes that our cooks can produce while camping. We are accustomed to catering for vegetarians and make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible(See below for more information on the camping food). While staying in Lhasa and Zangmu and en route lodge, the meals provided cannot be up to your standard. Our guide will try his best to give the required order even if it is a simple meal, but we always take our client where there's is a nice clean and hygienic restaurant.

20: What types of vehicles are provided while travelling, if I am a single person, can I use separate single room and tent?
Ans: For comfort and smooth ride, we provide the best Four Wheel Land Cruiser
which can accommodate 4-5 people in one vehicle while our staffs will be travelling in trucks with all the camping gears and foods.
While in Parikrama, all our camping equipment and food will be carried by yaks. If you need a single room and tent, please inform us or your travel agents well in advance.

Everyday the meal menu changes to give different choice and taste to make client feels at home. 

Meal is cooked in a kerosene /LPG fuel stove, as we are one of the founding members of the eco-trekking and tourism.

On treks our cooks know the best varieties of food to cook as per his ration and type of season in the complete wilderness, keeping in mind all aspects of hygiene needed to keep the clients healthy and happy throughout the trip.

The meals are served as per the Beijing Standard Time which is 2-30 hrs ahead than IST and the food will be served an hour earlier or later, depending upon the time of travel and overnight camping.