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Helicopter Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

10 Days Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter

 

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Heli Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2014
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days



The twin destinations – Mount Kailash and the calm waters of The Lake Manasarovar, considered the most sacred and revered pilgrimage for Hindus, Jains and Buddhists – lie in the southwestern part of Tibet. According to legend, you have to be called by the divine to perform The Holy Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. The first Heli Yatra was experimented in The Year 2000 and over the years we have improved in infrastructure and have also launched fixed Heli departures for Year 2014.

We are pleased to inform that we are the ONLY Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Operator having our associated chain of hotels / guest houses / Fixed Camps at Prayang, Mansarovar, Dirapuk and Zuthulpuk which no other operator has.

AS PER RECENT REGULATIONS, INDIAN PILGRIMS ABOVE 70 YRS. ARE NOT ALLOWED TO UNDERTAKE KAILASH YATRA.

Oriental Vacations and Journey’s advantages during Kailash Yatra:
• The only Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Tour Operator to have its associated guest houses / hotels / fixed camps in Prayang / Mansarovar, Dirapuk and Zuthulpuk hence guaranteed comfort.
• Services of an accompanying experienced Nepalese escort through out Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter.
• Pure vegetarian meals prepared by our expert chefs well experienced in cooking Gujarati, North and South Indian cuisine - ample variety during meals (except during Kailash parikarma).
• Gemow bag / medical oxygen cylinders / first aid kit during Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter.
• Down jacket on returnable basis to all pilgrims.
• Duffel bag to each pilgrim.
• Yatra completion certificate to all successful pilgrims who undertake the Holy Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter.
• ZERO casualty record since inception - the best in the industry on Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter as well!

The tour cost for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter for 2014 is as below:
Indian Passport Holders:
INRs 1,69,999/- per person on twin sharing basis
INRs 1,84,999/- per person on single occupancy basis

Foreign Passport Holders / NRIs:
US$ 4,299 per person on Twin Sharing basis
US$ 4,599 per person on single occupancy basis
VISA Fee supplement for US Passport Holders would be US$ 120 Per person

(Twin sharing / single occupancy will only be applicable in Kathmandu and Camping whereas at all other places, dormitory / twin / triple sharing accommodation would be provided)

The tour cost for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter for 2014 is as below includes:
• Arrival / departure transfers.
• 2 night accommodation at Hotel Vaishali / Shanker (4 Star category hotel) on twin sharing & full board basis – vegetarian meals only.
• 1 Half day sightseeing Tour to Pashupatinath Temple & Bodhnath Stupa.
• 1 night accommodation at Hotel Country Kitchen Batika / Sneha on twin sharing & full board basis in Nepalganj.
• 1 night accommodation at a basic hotel in Simikot on sharing and on full board basis.
• 2 nights accommodation at Hotel County Peacock / Kailash on sharing & full board basis in Taklakot (meals to be prepared by our sherpa team).
• 1 night each accommodation at Mansarovar, Dirapuk and Zuthulpuk on full board basis (meals to be prepared by our sherpa team).
• Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu Flight.
• Nepalgunj-Simikot-Nepalgunj Flight.
• Charter Heli flight from Simikot-Hilsa-Simikot.
• Airport Taxes.
• Special Simikot permit fee.
• 4500 Model Japanese Landcruiser on Tibet side.
• Services of an English speaking Tibetan guide.
• Trek staff comprising of experienced Nepali team leader, cook and a strong sherpa team.
• Freshly cooked vegetarian meals.
• Yaks & Yak-men for porterage during Kailash Parikarma.
• All necessary travel permits.
• Tibet / China VISA fee.
• First aid-kit, medical Oxygen, pulse oxymeter and Gaemow bag.
• 1 complimentary duffel bag and a certificate.
• 1 down jacket on returnable basis.

The tour cost for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter for 2014 is as below excludes:
• Extra cost in the event of delays due to any unforeseen reason for accommodation, meals and hiring of extra transportation.
• Travel Insurance.
• Evacuation cost in the event of sickness or emergency.
• Expenses of personal nature viz. tips, porterage, laundry, beverages, pony hiring etc.
• Hot water spring bathing fee at Chui Gompa.
• Airfare to Kathmandu and back.
• Anything not specifically mentioned in the clause, “The above cost includes”

Booking Conditions for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter for 2014:
• Booking shall be accepted with a non-refundable deposit of INR 20,000 per person.
• Passport copy with minimum 6 months validity.
• Letter from a doctor certifying that the participant is fit to undertake this pilgrimage.
• Booking MUST be made minimum 2 months prior to each departure date.

Cancellation Policy for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter for 2014:
• Once a booking is made, the deposit fee is non-refundable.
• Cancellation made 30 days before the departure date – 25 % of total package cost.
• Cancellation made 15 days before the departure date – 50 % total package cost.
• No refunds for any cancellation made within 15 days from date of travel.

Special Notes for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter for 2014:
• We strongly advise to keep a provision of 2 – 3 extra days to overcome any delays.
• Due to the nature of travel, there is always the possibility of change in the schedule. The Tour Operator or its associates shall not be liable for any such delays
• We or our associate agents have the right to change the Itinerary in the event of adverse weather condition or any unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.
• The group will be required to follow the itinerary strictly. The entire Group will enter & exit together as per schedule.
• In case of adverse weather conditions or technical snags with the helicopter, there could be a possibility of helicopter being un-operation for a couple o days, under such circumstances, every effort shall be made to provide them lodging / boarding etc. and the best available efforts shall be made to make alternate arrangements if possible however under such circumstances, all additional charges (if any) shall be borne by the guests.



Detailed itinerary for 10 Days Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter 2014 :
Fixed Departure Heli Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Tour Package 2014



Day wise itinerary for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Pilgrimage

Day 01 Arrival Kathmandu
Take off for The Kailash Yatra!
Arrive Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport who will assist you to transfer to your prebooked hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu at Hotel Shanker / Vaishali (4*) or similar.

Day 02 Temple visit in Kathmandu and Fly Kathmandu to Nepalganj (450 m) 1 hr. 30 minutes flight
After breakfast, proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhnath Stupa. In the afternoon, we will transfer the group to Tribhuvan International Airport's Domestic Terminal to board flight to Nepalgunj. Transfer by local bus to Hotel Batika. Overnight in the Hotel Batika or similar.


Day 03 Fly Nepalganj - Simikot (2950 m) – Airlift to Hilsa by Helicopter, walk uphill to Sher and drive to Taklakot (3700 m) 40 km / 90 minutes
After early breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your scheduled flight to Simikot on Fixed Wing Aircraft. From Simikot, the chartered helicopter will ferry the group to Hilsa which has an unmetalic air-strip. Our sherpa team will assist the group for a short 45 minutes uphill walk to the Tibetan Border city called Sher. Here, our land cruisers would be waiting to take the group to Taklakot after completing custom and immigration formalities. Overnight at Hotel County Peacock / Kailash Hotel or similar.

Day 04 In Taklakot for acclimatization
You will spend a full day (doing nothing beside rest) to acclimatize yourself to undertake the most difficult pilgrimage on earth called Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.


Day 05 Drive from Taklakot to Chui Gompa, Mansarovar (4560 m) 90 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. drive
This day is the ultimate day for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra as you will have the first darshan of Holy lake Mansarovar. After breakfast, drive to Chui Gompa (4560 m) through a rough terrain via Rakshas Taal. Today is the day of lifetime, as we will have the first sight (darshan) of Holy Mt. Kailash and Holy Lake Manasarovar. There shall be time for Puja / Havan (at your own) beside bath in The Holy Lake Mansarovar. Time permitting, visit Hot Spring. Overnight at Chui Gompa Guest House.

Day 06 Drive to Sershong (40 km) and trek to Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hrs.
This day is the ultimate day for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra as you will have the first darshan of Holy Mount Kailash. After breakfast, drive to Shershong also known as Tarboche, the trek starting point of Mount Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as the outer "Asthapath". The first day of our Kora is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trail leads us to few ups and downs till we reach our camp/guest house at Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hours trek. (Trek shall start once all ponies / yaks are ready to move alongwith the group). Those not feeling themselves fit to continue parikarma will drive back to Darchen and wait for the Parikarma group to return. Overnight at Hotel Dirapuk.

Day 07 Trek to Zuthulphuk (4760 m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs.
Today our circumbulation (Kora) leads to much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Holy Mount Kailash. The walk will bring us to one of the highest point at Drolma La (5680 m). before descending to the gradual field towards Zuthulphuk for the overnight stay after 5-6 hours walk. Zuthulphuk (4760 m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs.

After early breakfast, group will set off as the sun's rays break over the ridges above. After the footbridge the trail rises up a rocky slope. Take this gently but steadily. It soon reaches a level walk. The peak of Mount Kailash rises to the right and can now be seen linked to a long spur, which joins the eastern ridge. This is the top edge of the glacial valley from which the Lhachu ("Divine River") flows.

This day is the climax of this holy journey & is the most difficult day of our journey. One has to pass through Drolma La Pass - 5680m - highest altitude on this tour. Physically it is the most arduous day. At the pass is a large boulder depicting Tara, festooned with prayer flags. Here too Tibetans leave a memento of themselves such as a tooth, a lock of hair or even a personal snapshot.

After perhaps 30 minutes, we descend a steep, rock-strewn path to the valley below. Just below the pass is Lake Tu-je Chenpo Dzingbu (Gauri Kund) i.e. "The Pool of Great Compassion". Take great care now because it is easy to sprain your ankle or worse. You must negotiate steep staircases down to a snowfield. On the ridge above is a formations known as the Lekyi Ta-ra ("Axe of Karma"), as though one's moment ripen in an accident, suffering or death.

A final steep descend brings you to the valley floor. From here it is still about 5 hours to the day's destination with no shelter in between. It is vitally important to remain on the right hand side of the river, the West bank. If not, you will get trapped, unable to cross it. The walk now becomes very pleasant and relaxing (as long as the weather is clear and there is no howling gale.) The path follows the gentle slope of the valley over grassy fields and clear brooks for several Kilometers before it narrows and turns further south to merge with another valley before reaching Zuthulphuk, the "Miracle Cave" of Milarepa. Overnight stay in the newly setup Fixed Luxury Camp.


Day 08 Zuthulphuk to Darchen trek 10 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. & drive to Taklakot 90 km/ 4 - 5 hrs.
Today you will complete the journey of a life time – The Kailash Mansarovar Parikarma! The morning can be spent exploring the caves and visiting the temples and shrine that has been built around Milarepa's cave. A married elderly couple supervises the temple, which is usually an active residence for over half a dozen Tibetan devotees, helpers, or relatives who continuously busy themselves with the tasks of maintaining the buildings. One imagines Milarepa's disciples meditating here. Many of the caves contain meditation platforms, self-contained by dry stonewalls which divide them from their cooking partitions and entrance areas. It is well worth the short climb up to these caves before beginning the final stage of the trek.

The winding gradual track finally ends our holy pilgrimage walk 10 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. Once we reach at the trek end point near Darchen. (Those who could not do parikarma would be waiting to welcome other group members at this point). Our land cruisers will be waiting to take the group to the Hotel County Peacock / Hotel Kailash or similar in Taklakot for overnight stay.


Day 09 Drive Taklakot to Sher (40 km / 90 minutes drive), Trek down till Hilsa (30 minutes trek) and fly to Simikot - Nepalganj - Kathmandu
 Drive to Sher and descend down to Hilsa (30 minutes trek) by crossing the bridge. The Helicopter will ferry the group to Simikot (or to Nepalgunj depending upon the availability) and from there we will be taking scheduled flight to Nepalganj and further to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu at Hotel Shanker / Vaishali or similar.

DAY 10 Fly back to your home with memories of Mount Kailash & Holy Lake Mansarovar
Today you would fly back after completing the once in a life time – Holy Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by using Helicopter or known as Heli kailash Mansarovar Yatra. After breakfast, free for souvenir shopping and other independent activities. In time transfer to International Airport to board your onward flight.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2010 using Helicopter (Year 2010 Fixed Departure Dates) – 09 Nights / 10 Days
 

Month

Departure dates

 

May

13th May * and 18th May

 

June

11th June * and 16th June

 

July

11th July * and 16th July

 

September

08th September and 13th September


* indicated full moon departure dates


Travel Tips for Heli Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Pilgrimage Tour 2014

Visa & Documentation:
All foreign nationals willing to undertake Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 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 a scanned copy of your passport at the time of booking the trip which should be at least 45 days in advance). In case of Indian passport holders, we shall require original passport in New Delhi approx. 15 days prior to group’s arrival date in Kathmandu so as to apply for the group VISA in India however passports of Foreign nationals shall be required in Kathmandu itself as their VISA shall be applied in Kathmandu – Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu issues VISA only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please note that Chinese Embassy in New Delhi accepts VISA applications between 1030 - 1130 hrs. from Monday to Friday (excluding holidays). The VISA is not stamped on your passport rather it will be on a separate piece of paper issued by Chinese Embassy because it shall be a Group VISA.

Accommodation:
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra falls probably in the world's most remote part. Most of the times, you would be away from modern civilization. One must be well equipped and self contained. The group shall overnight in trekking style camps for one night only in Zuthulpuk. 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 accommodation wherever available will be very simple with a cozy room (dormitory at most of the places) with common bathrooms and toilets. Hot water will be provided in every room for refreshing and for drinking by our Sherpa team.
• Hotels in Nepalganj have private toilets / attached one.
• Hotels in Simikot and Taklakot are very basic with common toilet facility.
• Chui Gompa Guest house at Mansarovar is without toilet / shower facility – one will have to use either our toilet tent or shall use the open space to answer the call of nature.
• Dirapuk Hotel is without toilet / shower facility – one will have to use common toilet tent.
• Zuthulpuk camps (fixed) are without attached toilet / shower facility – one will have to use common toilet tent or shall use the open space to answer the call of nature.


Food:
The food will be supplied from our side while in Tibet including breakfast, lunch & dinner with occasional tea break. While camping or while in guest houses, meals would be served to you in our dining tent. This tent also serves as our meeting place & living hall. Toilet tents will be put up near the campsite, wherever feasible. Pressurized Lamp shall be used to lighten camp area. Bed tea will be served in your tent/guest house with a wake-up call. Hot breakfast will be set at dinning tent. Once Sherpa team pack-up their equipments, please get one thermos flask filled with hot water for en route journey and then you'll move to your next destination. A light packed lunch will be served on the way. The food will be very simple and pure vegetarian.


Transportation:

In Kathmandu, the transportation will be provided by Non A/c tourist bus or van depending upon your group strength.From Nepalganj airport to the hotel, transport would be basic tourist coach / van however from Sher you will have to walk for about 10-15 minutes towards Hilsa and in Tibet side, transportation shall be by 4500 CC Toyota landcruisers.
There will be a separate support truck to carry the camping equipments and sherpa staff members. During the Kailash Parikrama, we will provide Yaks to carry the camping & your personal heavy gears (one bag per person only). A Yak or Poly can be hired for you to ride on direct payment basis. (Yaks are not well domesticated and trained to ride on it).


Guide/ Escort:
A Tibetan/ English speaking guide will escort the group through out the trip including few Nepali staffs for the camping.

Clothing & Accessories:
Tibet is a dry cold country as such weather may change unexpectedly at any time. Plan your clothing 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 to carry 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 and a 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.

Toilet Items:
Soap, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, sanitary protection & toilet paper roll etc.

Accessories:
Sun glass (UV protected), sun cream (20 spf or more), chip-stick, 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.


Photography:
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. Skylight 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 are not too many for the enthusiast.

Optional:
Ski stick or a normal stick (one can also purchase it at Darchen), neck pillow, face mask (10), games like Cards, chess etc. for the evenings and an umbrella.

Equipment on Trip:
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. Duffel bag and down jackets are also provided however if you wish , you may carry your own too.


Medicine:
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. En route 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 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 should include following:
Vaseline, Band Aid, Cotton, Badge roll, Dettol, Mouth freshner, Nose inhaler, Toilet paper, Rubber bands, Dust cover (face mask), Cough drops, Lip balm, Amritanjan/Vicks/ Shi-chu /Tiger- balm, Elastoplast, Adhesive tape, 4" crepe bandage & OAS 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.


Altitude Sickness:
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 gives rapid improvement.

To minimize altitude sickness, never rush into things, walk slowly and firmly. 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.


Physical Fitness:
Before booking for this Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 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.


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 Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Tour Package does not include any rescue or evacuation expenses in emergencies hence it is advised to be properly insured.

General Considerations while packing for Heli Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Pilgrimage Tour 2014:

Keep the weight and bulk down to a minimum. Baggage allowance on most international flights is 20 Kg's however on domestic flights, its 15 kg. per person.

You will only need two changes of clothes for Kathmandu. In Tibet, 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! During Kailash Parikarma, one bag per person would be carried on Yak. It is advisable to carry your stuff in a duffel bag rather than suitcase or other normal bags. Following points must be kept in mind while preparing for & during the Holy Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Before starting Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra:
1) If you are asthamatic or have any kind of breathing problem, you should not travel.
2) Take advise of your doctor before undertaking this high altitude pilgrimage & always keep your usual/prescribed medicines (if any) along with beside basic medicines for fever, nausea, dehydration, vomiting body ache and headache
3) Use very strong and rough bags to pack your belongings & don't keep the fragile items in your bag which has to be carried on the Yak. A duffel bag is advisable.
4) Don't forget to carry some eatables like sweets, chocolates, glucose, candies, mints, khakra, laddu / pinni etc.
5) If possible, engage yourself in some fitness excercise like aerobics every morning.
6) Don't et all expect luxury on this tour however as far as possible, our Sherpa team will ensure you the best journey/stay with us in this tough terrain.
7) It is always advisable to insure yourself against personal loss, injury/accident, death and emergency evacuation. Make sure that your policy covers Emergency Evacuation by Helicopter at high altitude treks.
8) As there is no Hindu Temple at Holy Lake and Mt. Kailash as such no priest is available. If you want some spiritual activity to be performed, please make sure that your personal priest accompany you from your own country or from Nepal. Do carry essential Havan Samagri, Havan Kunds etc. if you are willing to engage yourself in some spiritual ceremony like Havan (Yagna).
9) If possible, arrange your Chinese Yuans (which you might require to buy some souvenir or to pay for pony etc.) in your own country or in Nepal as on the borders, exchange rate might differ. Alternately, you can carry US$ with you which can be easily converted but Indian Currency notes are not acceptable in Tibet. Do not carry Indian Currency Notes of 500 & 1000 denominations as these are not acceptable in Nepal and can not be exchanged.
10) Upon arrival at immigration desk at Tribhuvan International Airport, please request the immigration officer to put an entry stamp in your passport otherwise you'll have to unnecessarily pay INR 500-1000 at Tibet immigration.
11) Don't take too much of clothes along with.

Prior to Mount Kailash Parikarma:
1) Start taking DIAMOX atleast 2 days before starting your journey - once every morning after the breakfast. It should be taken for 3-6 days. This is to minimize altitude sickness.
2) Drink atleast 3 litres of mineral water everyday till you complete the Holy Yatra.
3) Avoid riding Yak during Kailash Parikarma. A pony is preffered over Yak.
4) Advise your requirements for Pony Hiring (available at an additional cost) to your tour guide atleast a day before the beginning of Parikarma.

During Mount Kailash Parikarma:
1) Walk gradually, don't compete with any one and never loose your temper as this is going to be the toughest journey you could have ever made so far.
2) Incase you feel any kind of breathlessness during parikarma, immediately inform our tour guide or sherpa staff & follow their advise.
3) On the second day of parikarma, you come across the maximum height at Dolmala Pass where Oxygen level is very low as such don't stop/wait there for more than 5 minutes.
4) During parikarma, you'll come across rivers and streams, you must wash your face ocassionaly with cold water. Avoid drinking water from streams or rivers enroute.
5) As far as possible, try to walk. But, if you are riding a pony during parikarma, make sure that you hold it properly.
6) On the second day of parikarma, you will see several clothes lying on the rocks, please do't touch the same.
7) Guard yourself from slipping or falling to prevent fractures, sprains and muscle pulls.
8) Do not combine walking and sightseeing together. Inspect your track in front and trek slowly.
9) Travel in the group and do not leave any one behind unless escorted.

While on the Holy Mansarovar Lake:
1) Don't take a Holy dip in Holy Mansarovar Lake while it is windy.
2) Never take a dip in Rakshas Tal (Lake) as its not auspicious.
3) If you face altitude sickness, do not proceed for parikarma because once you leave Mansarovar or Darchen and wish to come back from Parikarma due to any reason, there are no facilities available like stretcher etc. Even for Helicopter evacuation, it may take minimum 10 hrs. to a couple of days depending upon weather conditions.
4) Don't forget to collect some stones from The Holy Lake as each stone is treated as "Shivlinga".

General during Kailash Yatra:
1) If you smoke or consume alcohol, avoid it throughout the journey.
2) Eat as much as you could but avoid overeating.
3) Satellite phone being provided by us on use and pay basis is primarily to facilitate you during any emergency as such avoid making calls to your well wishers because charging facilities for satellite batteries are very limited and in case of excess usage, the satellite phone might be useless at the time of any emergency.
4) While in tents, make sure that it is properly zipped and your luggage (which is kept inside the tent) is not touching the tent's outer surface otherwise in case of rain you might find water inside your tent.
5) Try to be in your own tents while its too windy or sunny.
6) While staying in the guest house, avoid using public toilets (if available) as these are very dirty. It is advisable to use open area or our own toilet tents for toilet purpose.
7) Travel during Kailash Yatra with the TEAM SPIRIT and help your group members in case of any need or emergency.
8) Please do not expect excellent vehicles in Tibet. The terrain being rough, vehicles are bound to break down but do not panic, the drivers are expert enough to repair it. Repaid may take few minutes to a couple of hours but please maintain patience as we can not leave group members behind.
9) As tents and other camping equipments move in trucks, it will take about 2 hours for our sherpa team to pitch-in tents once they reach camp site. Please have patience as truck speed can not be matched with your land cruiser's speed.

 

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