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.