We have taken all the care for acclimatization & health in this route & not found any serious risk factors yet. This route is advisable for people do not have more time, for people want to save long travel on rough roads.
Travel Tips for Mt. Kailash -Mansarover Yatra
Accommodation will be very simple with a cozy room with common bathrooms and toilets. However, hot water will be provided in every room for refreshing and for drinking.
The food will be supplied from our side while camping breakfast, lunch & dinner with occasional tea break. While staying in lodges enroute the meal will be provided from the best available Chinese or Tibetan restaurants. The food will be very simple as per the clients taste. All meals provided will be vegetarian.
Clothing & Accessories
Depending upon the season, during June, July, August till September, day time will be pleasant and quite warm with about 15-20 degreees Celsius. During afternoon time 1-4 pm can be windy. The morning and evening will be chily between minus 2 to 0 degree celcius. We recommend one down jacket, one warm thick pull-over, one thin pull-over, two warm pants, two light loose cotton pants, one warm windproff 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, sun glass, sun cream, chapstick.
During the drive we will be providing a 4-wheel drive (Land cruiser or similar), truck as a backup with all camping gear and crew. Maximum 4 people will be accommodated in a land cruiser. While on trek, during the Kora, we will provide Yaks to carry the camping & your personal heavy gears.
A Tibetan/ English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the trip including few Nepali staffs for the camping.
As Tibet get very bright sunlight due to thin air, so taking photographs can be quite glare. We recommend you to take the advise 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 or Army Camps.
We suggest you to bring your own first aid kit with adequate medication regarding altitude sickness, nauseas, dehydration and some painkillers.
We highly recommend all clients to be insured against Medical, accidents & necessary emergency evacuation, if needed. Physical Fitness
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.
Visa & Documentation
Clients must be in possession of a valid passport to obtain visa. We will require the following details from your passport at the time of booking the trip -Full Name as in Passport, Nationality, Date of issue & expiry of Passport, Passport No, Date of Birth & Occupation
Acute mountain sickness is a frequent problem in the Himalayan region. The altitude of the peaks and trills between them are among highest on earth. Acclimatization to altitude above 3000 meters takes time. The body undergoes a number of physiological changes acme 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. If symptoms are severe and the patient is ill DESCEND IMMEDIATELY 300 Meters of descent or more should be sought.
This usually gives rapid improvement.
A 50% deposit must be sent in advance to our company or its associates. Balance 50% should be paid at least 30 days before the trip departure.
Equipment on Trip
We provide 2 men roomy tents to sleep in. We also provide Dining Tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tents, Dining Tables, Folding Chairs and full kitchen utensils. We will provide Sleeping Bag and Foam Mattress for bed.
Personal Equipment Checklist
You need at least 3 pair of change of your clothing for this trip. 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 the evening and the higher altitudes warmers clothing will be needed, breeches, track. Well fitting, comfortable boots are to be preferred over training shoes for the actual trekking and clothing will be required for both extremes of climate, for hot sun when trekking through the lower foothills to freezing temperatures at night when camping in the high valleys.
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 Slave/Labisan: Protection for the lips. Get one with a sunscreen.
Water Bottle: 1 Liter. Metal
Iodine: 2% Solution [TINCTURE OF IODINE] obtained from most chemists put into a small glass dropper bottle. 8 drops of iodine will sterilize 1 liter of water in 20 minutes.
Toilet 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.
Small Knife: Swiss army style -has many uses.
Note Book/ Diary/ Pens.
Small Padlock: Useful for locking your kit bag.
4 Passport Size Photographs.
A Copy of your Insurance Certificate.
Reading Material: (1Book).
Walkman and 2 tapes -for those early nights. Spare batteries.
Chocolate Bars, Sweets.
Personal Medical Kit.
Small plastic Bags/ Stuff Sacs or Pillow Cases: To separate and keep the gear in your kit bag in order.
Cigarette Lighter: for burning toilet paper and rubbish.
Ski Stick: Telescopic for easy carrying.
Thermarest: Or similar self-inflating mattress, gives decadent luxury.
Games: Cards, chess etc. for the evenings.
Umbrella: Not only for rain, makes a great sunshade.
Wet Wipes: Or similar.
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 straightforward tour itinerary service should be borne by the clients themselves.
Camera & Films
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. Sky ling 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. Kodachrome 64 is excellent for slides and for prints 100 ASA film is suitable. Faster films may be needed if using zoom lenses and 200 ASA film would be required if you plan to visit Chitwan National Park. 12 rolls of film per trek are not too many for the enthusiast.
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. You will only need one change of clothes for Kathmandu. On trek it is important to dress in layers. 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!
Personal Medical Kit
We suggest that you bring the following
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 -diarrhea -Imodium or Lomotil. A course of Flagyll [treatment of giardia].
Codeine Phosphate -conspirator, 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.