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What to see:
Beautiful small town Tingri (4,300 mt.), Spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Cho oyu; which comprise four of the six highest mountains in the world, North Base camp of Mt. Everst and Rongbuk Monastery, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport & take you to the hotel. In the evening we will have a group meeting for briefing for the Yatra. Overnight in the hotel. We suggest you take flight which arrives early in the morning to Kathmandu for good rest.
Daily Routine during yatra: (Organiser has rights to change without notice)
Upon arrival at each destination, our staff will offload your bags and deliver it to your room. Sometimes rooms will accommodate 4 to 5 people depending upon availability of rooms. Bedding is provided by the hotel/guesthouse. Electric supply is irregular and can go off any time. Candles are provided in the rooms but it is best to keep a flashlight. Where rooms are not available, staff will set up tents. Foam mattress, a sleeping bag and air pillow are provided Except Parikrama, you will be able to charge your camera batteries. Religious activities like prayers, chanting, yoga, and pranayam will be performed after arriving at guesthouse. In the morning staff will provide a bucket of hot water for brushing and face cleaning. Before leaving for next destination, light exercise, morning prayer and breakfast will be done.
Early in the morning we will perform Rudrabhishek in Pashupatinath temple. After lunch, proceed for sightseeing to Budhanilkantha and Darbar square. Overnight in the hotel in Kathmandu.
Travel time: 7 to 8 hours
After breakfast depart for Kodari border. Lunch at Kodari border. Clear Nepali customs/immigration.15 minutes walk across Friendship Bridge to Tibet where the Chinese border police will check passport & visa. Walk to your allotted land- cruiser (4 yatris plus a driver and possibly one staff per vehicle). Land cruiser will have a room for backpack and small purse only. All the other bags (duffle bag will be provided by us) will be carried by trucks throughout the trip. 30 minutes drive from Kodari to Zhangmu, where second immigration formalities will be done. From Zhangmu to Nyalam is 3 to 4 hours up hill scenic drive. Night halt at guesthouse in Nyalam. In Tibet guesthouses and hotels are very simple and basic.
After breakfast, small walk through Nyalam village to visit monastery, and 2 hours trek for acclimatization. Night halt at the same guesthouse
Travel time: 6 - 7 hours
Enjoy the view of snow capped mountains; we will be passing through first pass,f Lalung La Pass (5000m) from where magnificent view of Himalayan peaks can be seen, if weather favors us, such as Gaurishanker, Shishapangma to Langtang Himal. On way we will be crossing holy river Bhramaputra. Night halt at hotel in Saga.
Travel time: 8 - 9 hours
The drive is very long. The road condition is fair. Enjoy vast Tibetan plateau, landscape changes from sandy dunes to rocky vistas to savannah type This is the most auspicious day for all of us, as some of you might have waited for so long, maybe since many life times to get the first glimpse of holy Mt.Kailas and sacred Lake Mansarovar. We will perform half Mansarovar Parikrama by jeep. Overnight at guesthouse/camp at Lake Mansarovar.
The experience of being in the abode of God. A lifetime achievement: Puja, Havan-worship, Meditation, Holy dip, Tarpan etc. Here relax and explore around the Mansarovar area. Overnight at same guesthouse.
Continue Mansarovar Parikrama by jeep. On the way visit Chue monastery and drive to Darchen. After lunch drive to Ashtapada and Nandi darshan. Book horse or yak, and porter with your organizers. Telephone services are available in Darchen. There are few jewelry and some souvenir shops.
Travel time:6 to 7 hours
Drive about 13 km. to Tarboche. (For those yatris who are not joining for Parikrama, they can do a small parikrama about 100 mt. of Tarboche flag, which is also considered as Parikrama of holy Mt. Kailas). Then additional two kilometers by jeep to begin yatra on foot or horse/yak-back. The trail leads to few ups and downs till Derapuk. Be blessed by seeing the magnificent view of north face, of holy mountain Mt. Kailas. Overnight in guesthouse/camp.
Travel time:9 to 10 hours
This is the toughest day of the yatra. To Dolmala, it is 6 kilometers uphill trekking. At Dolmala pray and perform puja for 10 to 15 minutes. After Dolomala pass is Gaurikund. From here you will start descending for another 6 kilometers. Trail is very slippery and you have to hop from rock to rock. Please use your walking stick. A final steep descending staircase brings you to the valley floor. Additional 3 kilometers of gradual walk to campsite. Overnight at camp located on beautiful site.
Travel time:5 to 6 hours
Trekking time: 5 to 6 hours Very pleasant walk. Trail is very beautiful. Many caves, Mani stones and birds can be seen. This is valley of enlightenment. Land cruiser will be waiting near Darchen where our Parikrama ends. Drive about two hours to ‘Tirthputri’. From the spiritual point of view this place is as important as Mt.Kailas and Mansarovar. We will spend Half an hour here and then we will drive to Lake Mansarovar for final holy bath and puja then continue drive back to Paryang Overnight in guest house
We are now on return journey. Overnight at local guesthouse in Nyalam
Start early in the morning. First immigration at Zhangmu and then drive half an hour to Kodari border. Leave our Land Cruiser here and walk through Friendship Bridge. Coach will be waiting, drive to Kathmandu
Note: Please allow one extra day if you wish to join for Janakpur (birth place of Sita Mata) No extra days for Mt.Everest Base Camp
HIGH ALTITUDE TREKKING & CLIMBING
The pleasures of trekking in the world's highest mountain ranges are immense and so are some dangers. Altitude sickness can affect some people at as low as 8,000 feet, but serious symptoms do not usually occur until over 12,000 feet. Even then it is not the height that is important but the rate of ascent. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is actually more common in fit young men because they are more likely to attempt a rapid climb by racing up the mountain like some ego boosted super hero! As a general rule, it is far safer (and more enjoyable) to avoid altitude sickness by planning a sensible itinerary that allows for gradual acclimatization to high altitude as you ascend, (You can race back down as fast as you like!).
2,500 to 4,000 meters
8,000 to 13,000 feet
4,000 to 5,500 meters
13,000 to 18,000 feet
Over 5,500 meters
Over 18,000 feet
What is High Altitude?
It is difficult to determine who may be affected by altitude sickness since there is no specific factor such as age, sex, or physical condition that correlate with susceptibility. Some people get it and some don’t. Most people can ascend up to 2,500 meters (8,000 feet) with little or no effect. If you have been at that altitude before, you can probably return to that altitude without problems as long as you are properly acclimatized. If you haven't been to high altitude before, you should exercise extreme caution while doing so.
Water is the best medicine for high attitude sickness.
This is the most tried and tested drug for altitude sickness prevention and treatment. (For prevention, 125 to 250mg twice daily starting one or two days before and continuing for three days once the highest altitude is reached is effective.. Gradual ascent is always desirable to try to avoid acute mountain sickness but if rapid ascent is undertaken and actazolamide is used, it should be noted that such use does not cut out the need for a prompt descent if severe forms of high altitude sickness occur, i.e. pulmonary or cerebral edema. Side effects of acetazolamide include: an uncomfortable tingling of the fingers, toes and face carbonated drinks tasting flat; excessive urination; and rarely, blurring of vision. On most treks, gradual ascent is possible and prophylaxis tends to be discouraged. If trekkers develop headache and nausea or the other symptoms of AMS then treatment with acetazolamide is fine. The treatment dosage is 250 mg twice a day for about three day.) Noted from medical literature.
Yatri should remember that both Kailas and Mansarovar are at a very high altitude and to go there one should get medically checked and be properly equipped.
Following tests are essential.
A Nine months valid passport is required for travel to Tibet. Please check the expiry date of your passport.
Nepal Visa: All travelers visiting Nepal require a Visa. There is new rule in Nepal. You don't need Nepal visa if you are not staying for more than three nights. You will require a Single entry visa to Nepal if you are joining Mukthinath Yatra. This visa will cost you around £25 (Twenty five pounds). You do not need to take Chinese Visa as it will be arranged by us. The visa fees for Chinese visa are included in our package price.
To obtain Nepal visa:
Visa can be obtained at any Nepalese Embassy, Consul, or Honorary Consul outside Nepal. Your ticket agent may also arrange for your Nepal visa.
Choice 2 [Easy and fast way): Visa can be obtained on arrival at Kathmandu Airport Immigration. You will require two (2) passport size photos.
The best way to stay fit in the Kailas and Mansarovar region is to follow few simple rules. First and most important is water, please start drinking at least three litters of water from the day you decide you want to go for this yatra. During the yatra please keep drinking three to four liters of water everyday. Stay mentally fit; give time for acclimatization to avoid high altitude sickness.
Consumption of medicines should be avoided as far as possible which makes the body more prone to weakness. However in case of acute emergencies medicines may be advisable. Most of the pilgrims going on this pilgrimage do not consume garlic but for high altitude garlic pearls swallowed with water couple of times during the day avoids most of the inconveniences. For precautionary measures DIAMOX is one medicine that reduces the risk of getting high altitude sickness. We will provide this medicine to all pilgrims as and when needed. Other than this homeopathic medicines for high altitude are very helpful which your private practitioner or a registered Homeopathy store would advice you on. Ayurvedic medicines with honey are excellent for avoiding the maximum illnesses arising in high altitude. Other than this, please take your regular medicines that you have been prescribed by your family doctor. Recent first aid kits containing various sprays for injury, burns, sprains, etc. are very useful. Then Glucose, Electrolyte powder, cough syrups etc.
We strongly recommend you to consult your own doctor before you start the trip and bring the medications as per his/her advice.
However following items are worth to bring:
Geographically, Tibet lies beyond the trans-Himalayas and has minimal rainfall and sunny days. For those traveling to Kailas region, the best time to visit is from May to September. Mid-day temperatures in this region could rise as high as 22 degrees Celsius with evening temperatures as low as 8 to 12 degrees below zero. May to September is the best time to visit central Tibet.
The unit of currency in Tibet is Renmbi or Yuan. US $1 is equivalent to Yuan 9, 1 Yuan = 10 to 11 INR. This exchange rate is subject to change. Currency can be exchanged in Kathmandu or in Zhangmu (Nepal -Tibet border)
All travelers are advised to purchase travel insurance that provides care and services for sickness, accidents, emergency rescue, etc. related to international travel. Shree Kailash Yatra shall not be responsible for the loss of personal assets and belongings of the traveler/s due to unavoidable reasons or mishap.
Shree Kailash Yatra will arrange for all overland transportation. A coach will be provided for the Kathmandu-Kodari-Kathmandu portion of the trip and 4WD Toyota land cruisers will transport the group in Tibet. A support truck will carry the necessary camping gear and supplies. Yaks and yakmen will be arranged for the Kora (Parikrma).
Many areas of Tibet are without communication facilities, including telephone and postal services. The last point in the journey from which a telephone call can be made is Saga, the small city near the famous Brahamaputra River. Beyond this point, it is not possible to make telephone calls. In case of emergency, please ask your family and friends to contact the staff at our Kathmandu office that will provide information and respond to their needs accordingly. Overnight at guest house/camp at Lake Mansarovar.
Medical facilities in Tibet are very basic, if at all available. Shree Kailash Yatra will have first aid medical kit (for emergency only) and equipment for treating high altitude sickness including an oxygen cylinder with mask and altitude portable chamber. All travelers are requested to bring their own first aid kit with medicines and supplies recommended by their doctor.
Shree Kailash Yatra will make every effort to ensure that your journey is smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, please be reminded that all programs in Tibet are strictly conducted under the rules and regulations of the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Therefore, neither Shree Kailash Yatra nor its Tibet Agent shall be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances including but not limited to: Government restrictions, landslides, road blockages, flooding, snowfall, political disturbances, flight cancellations, illnesses or accidents. Any additional costs that are a result of such circumstances will be born by the traveler/s.
Sun block cream, Tooth paste and brush, Soap, Skin moisturizer & detergent, Hand mirror, Wide tooth comb, Lip balm, Sun cream, Lots of baby wipes and hand Sanitizer.
Those who are joining for Mukthinath Yatra and going to stay longer in Nepal need summer clothes like shorts, T-shirts, Panjabi's and skirts. During summer Kathmandu is very warm.
During your journey to Kailash and Mansarovar, because of frequent changes in the temperature, yatris will need clothes for both warm and cold weather. To make your Yatra light and comfortable, Shree Kailash Yatra will provide basic yet important clothing item such as down jackets.
Yes, if your Stress Test is negative then you can go. However your Cardiologist’s consent even after a negative test is very important.