Kailash & Mansarovar Tour (14 days)
DRIVE IN AND DRIVE OUT
Kathmandu is the capital and largest urban agglomerate of Nepal. The agglomerate consists of Kathmandu Metropolitan City at its core and its sister cities Patan, Kirtipur, Thimi, and Bhaktapur. It also includes the recently recognized urban areas of Shankhapur, Karyabinayak, and Champapur. Banepa, Dhulikhel, and Panauti are satellite urban areas of Kathmandu located just outside the Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu is also known informally as "KTM" or the "tri-city". According to a census conducted in 2011, Kathmandu metropolis alone has 975,453 inhabitants; and the agglomerate has a population of more than 2.5 million inhabitants. The metropolitan city area is 50.67 square kilometers (19.56 sq mi) and has a population density of 19,250 per km².
The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major mountains namely Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu Valley is part of three districts (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur), has the highest population density in the country, and is home to about a twelfth of Nepal's population.
Burang, known as Purang in Tibetan, is the main town in Burang County in Ngari prefecture in the Tibet autonomous region of China. It is situated to the south of Mount Kailash, near the borders with India and Nepal. The town lies at an altitude of 4755 metres (13,205 feet). The Tibetan name of the town (spu hreng) is a corruption of the Zhang-zhung words pu hrang, meaning 'horse head'. It is known by Nepalis and Indians as Taklakot (from Tibetan 'Takla Khar'), and is a very ancient trading post and staging point for pilgrims to Mount Kailash. It lies in the valley of the Karnali River or the Mapchchu Khambab, the 'Peacock Mouth River' or 'River Formed from the Mouth of a Peacock' between Mount Namonanyi and the Abi Gamin ranges.Burang is said to be the place where Sudhana, a previous incarnation of the Buddha, lived.
On a cliff above the town was the large ancient fort of Tegla Kar (Lying Tiger Fort) and Simbiling Monastery (both totally destroyed in 1967 by Chinese artillery during the Cultural Revolution, but the monastery has since been partially restored). Beneath them is the Tsegu Gompa or the "Nine-Storey Monastery" which was probably originally a Bön establishment. Tsegu covers many terraces and may be reached by ladders, and contains many unique and ancient wall-painting, darkened from centuries of smoke.
It seems that the Tegla kar (Lying Tiger fort) was built during the Zhang Zhung dynasty which was conquered by the Tibetan king Songsten Gampo in the early 7th century CE. It became the main fort of the Burang Kingdom, in the 10th century under King Kori, one of the two sons of Tashi Gon, King of the Guge Kingdom. The Burang kingdom is believed to have ended in the 15th century.
Mt. Kailash alias 'Jewels of snow' as the Tibetans call it, is the most sacred mountain in Asia. The mountain believed to be an abode of Lord Shiva by the Hindus is also venerated by Buddhist, Jains and the Bon and Tibet’s indigenous religion. For thousands of years the Kailash region is the sources of the Ganges, the Sutlej, the Indus and the Brahamaputra River, which also drains the vast of Tibetan plateau. Hindus, declare it to be Lord Shiva's throne and according to the legends river ganges is said to have emanated from one of strands of Shiva’s long matted hair. Buddhist cosmography identifies Kailash with the mighty Mt. Sumeru, the central peak of the world. Jains identify the Kailash area with the place of their first saint's spiritual liberation. As a Bon centre, Mt. Kailash is the soul of universe and assures perpetuity and protection for all the Tibetan people.
Lake Manasarovar lies at 4,590 metres (15,060 ft) above mean sea level, a relatively high elevation for a large freshwater lake on the mostly saline lake-studded Tibetan Plateau. Despite claims to the contrary, there are hundreds of higher freshwater lakes in the world, including a larger and higher freshwater lake at 4,941 meters (16,211 ft) above sea level and 495 km2 in size, Angpa Tso (East Chihpuchang Hu), further east on the Tibetan Plateau at 33-24N 90-17E. The largest freshwater lake of its size (290 km2) over 5000 meters elevation is Pumoyong Tso (Pumuoyong Tso), also on the Tibetan Plateau, at 28-34N 90-24E and 5,018 meters (16,463 ft) elevation.
Lake Manasarovar is relatively round in shape with the circumference of 88 kilometers (55 mi). Its depth reaches a maximum depth of 90 m (300 ft citation needed) and its surface area is 320 square kilometers (120 sq mi). It is connected to nearby Lake Rakshastal by the natural Ganga Chhu channel. Manasarovar is near the source of the Sutlej River which is the easternmost large tributary of the Indus. Nearby it are the sources of the Brahmaputra River, the Indus River, and the Karnali River (Ghaghara), an important tributary of the Ganges River.
As per Hindu theology, Lake Manasarovar is a personification of purity, and one who drinks water from the lake will go to the abode of Lord Shiva after death. He is believed to be cleansed of all his sins committed over even a hundred lifetimes.
Like Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is a place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from India, Nepal, Tibet and the neighboring countries. Bathing in the Manasarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins. Pilgrimage tours are organized regularly, especially from India, the most famous of which is the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra which takes place every year. Pilgrims come to take ceremonial baths in the cleansing waters of the lake.
Manasasarovar lake has long been viewed by the pilgrims as being nearby to the sources of four of the greatest rivers of Asia, namely the Brahmaputra, Karnali, Indus and Sutlej. Thus it is an axial point which has been thronged to by pilgrims for thousands of years. The region was closed to pilgrims from the outside following the Chinese Invasion of Tibet; no foreigners were allowed between 1951 and 1980. After the 1980s it has again become a part of the Indian pilgrim trail.
According to the Hindu religion, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma after which it manifested on earth. Hence, in Sanskrit it is called "Manasa sarovaram", which is a combination of the words manasa (mind) and sarovaram (lake). The lake, in Hindu religious belief, is also supposed to be the summer abode of the Hamsa goose. Considered to be sacred, the Hamsa is an important element of the subcontinent, representing wisdom and beauty.
Buddhists also associate the lake with the legendary lake known as Anavatapta in Sanskrit and Anotatta in Pali, where Queen Maya is believed to have conceived Buddha. The lake has a few monasteries on its shores, the most notable of which is the ancient Chiu Gompa Monastery built on a steep hill, looking as if it has been carved right out of the rock. The lake is very popular in Buddhist literature and associated with many teachings and stories in Buddhism. Lord Buddha, it is reported, stayed and meditated near this lake on several occasions. Buddhists say that famous Uturu-kuru divaina (island or mountain range) was nearby the Anavatapta vila. However, more evidence shows that Uturu-kuru divaina was the Kuril Islands, as the Sanskrit meaning of Uturu-kuru is Northern-men as Kur meaning man, in the Ainu language. Lake Manasarovar is also the subject of the meditative Tibetan tradition, "The Jewel Tree of Tibet". A modern narration and description of the meditation was made popular by Robert Thurman.
Darchen,Tarchan or Taqin is a small village in Purang county of the Tibet autonomous region of China. It was previously known as Lhara and still signposted as such. It was previously an important sheep station for nomads and their flocks and had only two permanent buildings; only one of which survived the Cultural Revolution and is now used to house Tibetan pilgrims.
Darchen is situated right in front of the sacred mountain, Mount Kailash. Its altitude is 4,575 metres (15,010 ft) and is the starting point for pilgrimages in the region.
It is only a one day bus drive (about 330 km) from the town of Shiquanhe or (Ali) to the northeast, where Gunsa Airport, which opened at 1st July 2010, is located offering flights twice a week to Lhasa and Chengdu.
It contains a couple of restaurants and in the Ganges guesthouse and restaurant, the Zhusu guesthouse next door, and the Gandise Hotel the Public Security Bureau (PSB) officers are stationed from spring until October, and where pilgrims must get their travel permit stamped, and buy a "ticket" if they wish to circumambulate Mt. Kailash. There are also a few houses, the Swiss-funded Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute and dispensary where doctors are trained in Tibetan medicine, a number of stores and kiosks, and some camping grounds. Traditionally, pilgrims only eat vegetarian food in the region due to its proximity to the sacred Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash.
Mt. Kailash, located in the western region of Tibet, has been considered sacred by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bonpos for thousands of years. For Hindus it is the place where the Lord Shiva is residing and for Buddhists, Jains and Bonpos it is the center of the Universe. This tour includes rigorous overland driving enjoying enchanting Tibetan plateau. In fact this is the perfect way to experience pilgrimage tour to Mt Kailash and Holy Mansarovar Lake.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival, you are greeted by our representative at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Welcome drink and refreshment will be offered to you and then after a tour to the Kathmandu city. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley is the political and cultural heart of the Kingdom. The urban sprawl that makes up modern Kathmandu is in fact two cities, Patan & Kathmandu. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
In the morning, you will visit Pashupatinath temple and Budhanilkantha the sleeping Bishnu, then to Patan also Known as Lalitpur. This “City Of Beauty” is separated From Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the Second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan's Central Durbar Square is absolutely packed with temples: it’s an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples Per Sq. Meter than of Kathamandu or Bhaktapur. Within the city also lies the Tibetan Refugee Center, home to most of the valley's Tibetan Population. While technically refugees, the Tibetans are some of the wealthiest people in the valley because of the carpet industry they operate. For those looking to bring home a fine Tibetan carpet, this is the place to shop. You will then go to Swayambhunath the Golden Spire of the 5th-Century Swayambhu Stupa. It is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags. It crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps.
Optional tour: Everest Mountain flight can be done early in the morning.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Dhunche / Sybrubesi.
At morning after breakfast we will leave Kathmandu to commence yatra to Dhunche through drive which is 160km.
Day 04: Rest at Kerung / Rashugadi.
Day 05: Drive Nyalam to Saga
The journey starts with newly built road that is smooth and pleasant. Today you will pass 5000m high pass, the Lung La with great views over the Himalayas including the closest Mt. Sashibangma. You also cross beautiful Peiku Lake and Brahmaputra River.
Day 06: Drive Saga to Prayang.
You will drive through barren territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with distance view of snow capped mountains but no trees. On this day the road is quite flat, hence the drive will be smooth and comfortable compared to the other days.
Day 07: Drive Paryang to Lake Mansarovar
After breakfast we will drive to Mayum River which is 112 km and have lunch, then again drive to Mansarovar. Today is the day of lifetime, as you will have the first sight of Holy Mt. Kailash and Holy Lake Mansarovar. You will continue by doing Mansarovar Parikrama by Jeep or coach and arrive at Chui Gompa for overnight.
Day 08 : Drive Lake Mansarovar to Darchen, Base Camp of Kailash
In the morning do Pooja and take holy bath at Mansarovar. After lunch, you will drive to Darchen. While going to Darchen you will make a clockwise drive of Lake Mansarovar. The drive takes about 1 and half hours.
Reaching Darchen Yatris who are interested to visit Asthapad may go there with extra payment of vehicle.
At Darchen yatris who want to do Mt. Kailash Parikarma with horses and porters will have to confirm our guide so that he can arrange all before starting the parikarma.
Day 09 :1st Day of Parikrama to Diraphuk
At morning you will drive to Yama Dwar and enter the holy gate and then further drive to Tarboche. Here you will meet our yaks and yak men. We will load all logistics on yaks and start Parikrama. The First day of Kora is a gradual walking of 5 hours. From the walking trail you will have Darshan of North face of Kailash. Today your overnight will be in tented camp at Derapuk.
Yatris who are not going Mt Kailash Parikarma will return back to Darchen and take rest there till those people going Parikarma return back
Day 10: 2nd Day of Parikrama to Zuthulphuk
Early morning trek uphill Dolmala Pass which takes about 4 to 5 hours. After reaching top of the pass 5800 m then trek down to the valley floor. It takes another 4 to 5 hours. After that, when you cross Dolmala and move downwards you will see Gauri Kunda. This day is the longest and toughest day of Parikarma. So be prepared in mind accordingly. Like yesterday today also your overnight will be in tented camp at Zuthulphuk
Day 11: 3rd Day of Parikrama, to Paryang –Dongba (Alt: 4600 m)
Today is last day of Parikarma. After breakfast you will trek down of 10 kilo meters, with the winding gradual track. Once you reach the place called Chongdo, our land cruisers or bus will pick up you and drive back to Paryang or Dongba for night halt.
Day 12: Drive Paryang to Kerung
At morning after breakfast you set off your journey back to Nyalam with sweet memory of Mt Kailash and Mansarovar Lake.
Day 13: Drive Kerung to KATHMANDU VIA Zhangmu
From Kerung you will drive back to Kahtmandu. After completing Chinese immigration formalities you drive to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu Airport to connect flight for onward journey.
Three nights' accommodation in Kathmandu (middle class) on twin/triple sharing with vegetarian meals
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
All necessary transfers in Kathmandu (arrival / departure)
Kathmandu – Kerung – Kathmandu transfers by private bus
Tibet group visa & all necessary permits
All necessary Tibet permit including Parikrama of Kailash & Mansarovar
All accommodation in Tibet in Guesthouse (dormitory room) / tented camp
All vegetarian meals in Tibet (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Transportation in Tibet
Supporting truck to carry logistics
English speaking Tibetan guide
Necessary supporting crew (tour manager, cook, helpers & sherpas)
Yaks & Yak men during the Parikrama (to carry foods and equipment)
Entry fees (Kailash & Manasarovar)
Medical kit bag & oxygen for emergency use
All applicable taxes and service charges
International air ticket to Kathmandu & return
Nepal entry visa fee for NRIs
Your travel insurance
Rescue and evacuation service
Horse for riding during the Parikrama
Tip for guide & driver
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival from Kailash
Any additional cost (transport, hotel, visa split charge) that occurs due to illness or rescue of the member
Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances
Cost does not include:
Share the Ultimate Adventure Journey of Mt. Kailash (a heaven on earth)
Mt. Kailash (6714 m) is the most sacred mountain in Asia and holiest mountain in Tibet. The grandeur of Mt. Kailash can be rivaled by a very few mountains in the world. Situated in the far corner of the Tibetan plateau, this legendary snow capped jewel is honored by different religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jain and Bonpo as one of the most sacred and challenging peak in the world. Four of all the great orient’s rivers; The Brahmaputra, the Sutlej, the Indus and the Karnali originate from Mt. Kailash and it’s around. At the base two vast lakes; Mansarovar and Rakastal are situated.
Though the journey to Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarovar has always been taken as one of difficult tour but it attracts more and more numbers of pilgrims and visitors every year. The holiest and difficult part of this journey is the circumbulance (Kora in Tibetan) around Mt. Kailash which takes 2 days minimum. It starts from Dherapuk (5029 m) and finishes at Darchen (4550 m) via Dolmala (5600 m), the highest point en route.
The best season for visiting in these areas is between Aprils to October as the weather remains generally stable with cool temperature during the day. But you need to be prepared for sufficient cold as the weather gears in night.
The tour is either from Kathmandu - Kodari - Kailash - Kathmandu a 14 Days - Drive in and out from Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Simikot - Kailash and back to Kathmandu 9 days by trip by Helicopter.
For visa a firm booking with full payment along with full passport details (full name, Sex, Nationality, Passport Number, date of birth and profession) should reach us minimum two weeks earlier than the trip as we need to arrange Chinese visa. However, 5 full working days is required with a condition that client should be available in Kathmandu; otherwise urgent charge will have to be borne by the client. Tibet tour requires visa in-group, some time people staying longer will have to get the group visa split. It costs generally 5000 INR if anyone or some of the members from the group wants to do it as visa document have different programme.
There is no prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are for personal use but should be registered with a custom official if it is for commercial use. Printed matters considered unsuitable by the Chinese Government is prohibited. Customs regulations forbid the export of art objects created prior to 1959 or souvenirs in amounts deemed to be excessive.
Clothing and Equipments
From October to March warm clothes are required to fight the frostily cold and from April to September light clothes to shun the scorching heat. However a jacket and sweater are advised through out the years as the weather may unexpectedly change. The following clothing and equipments are suggested for your own protection and safety.
If you are planning for the Holy Yatra, you should be aware that it is rigorous and challenging trip where we have to spend all the time at high altitudes. So, at least 2 month regular practice is recommended either 2 hour daily running, swimming, or joining on a health club may help to complete the Yatra successfully. We request you to reduce drinking alcoholic beverage and smoking habits as it may cause you difficulty in your trip. Consult your Doctor to assess the state of your health to function safely within your own limitations.
Route and Climate
The route from Kathmandu to Friendship Bridge (Nepal-China boarder) is narrow and scary but most of it is black topped. The high altitude Tibetan terrain is dry, cold, windy and dusty. Night is colder rather than day. Torrential rains and strong icy winds is common feature. Flooding rivers and landslides are frequent. The average altitude is above 3500 m and the route covers many high altitudes pass.
Altitude Problems and Health
Oxygen supply is less at higher altitudes. Travelling in Tibet involves high altitude and can be strenuous. The inclement weather and high altitude induces certain illness generally not encountered over the plains. Clients with heart and lung problems or blood diseases should consult their doctor before booking the trip. Very often the cases of altitude sickness have been reported. Simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Do not strain yourself, move slowly, breathe deeply and take regular rests. It is common to all irrespective of the age, sex and physical fitness. Gradual acclimatization is the best answer. Tranquilizers, sleeping dose and strong anti-biotic must be avoided. Some of symptoms indicate that the body mechanism is readjusting to new environments. The best idea is deliberately slow down all the activities.
Hotels in Route
As the facilities in Tibet are very basic, hotels although they look gorgeous, do not have proper facilities even in Lhasa, so does the remote areas. It is obvious that hotels may not have enough double rooms and clients sometimes may have to adjust in triple, four or five bedded rooms in some places. However, we always try to provide twin bedded rooms. So, you are kindly requested not to have a high expectation from the tour in terms of the facilities in the hotels.
We always try to provide a good English speaking Tibetan guide. However, as Tibetan guides do not get enough exposure to English language in Tibet, please do not expect fluent and spontaneous explanation from him. Your frequent questioning will encourage him to explain well but question one by one.
Risk and Liability
- The Specialty of Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. is that even if one Yatri wants to do the Parikarma he / she will be taken care off. Oxygen bags, Gamow bags, Basic medical Kits are provided.
- Alcohol, Drugs and other intoxicants. Anyone found using these will be left behind at the very camp at their own risk. Further stay and return back are all at their own risk and the liability is theirs.
- Any natural adversity like landslides, storm, floods, heavy snow, road blockage political unrest, cancellation of flights, delay in arrival or departure, sickness or accident, any unforeseen events that change the scheduled program forces the travels to change the itinerary, the decisions of travel are the final one.
- Due to the above mentioned reasons if extra money is required in the trip then it must be borne by the travellers.
- The pilgrimage is planned to make all the travelers do the Parikarma of the Holy Mt. Kailash but it any one cannot make it then the additional cost of the camp of staying behind has to be borne them and there.
- Travelers can take insurance coverage with themselves.
The people's money used by millions of Chinese everyday, circulates in notes of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 50 Yuan; 1, 2 and 5 Jiao; 1, 2 and 5 fen. There are also coins for 1, 2 and 5 fen. With the Chinese Currency, Renminbi, one Yuan is divided into 10 Jiao and 10 Jiao into 10 fens.
Time and Business Hours
Chinese standard time (Beijing) is used in the whole Tibetan Cultural Area which is 8 hour ahead (+) of GMT. Government offices are usually closed on Saturday afternoon and all Day Sunday.
Flights, Airport, Airport Tax and Ticket Reconfirmation
- China Airlines operates only 02 flights a week to Lhasa i.e. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
- Lhasa Gongar Airport is approx. 96 km away from Lhasa.
- The airport departure tax at present is US$ 12.00 per person.
- Your guide will reconfirm the air ticket upon payment of USD 10 which is reconfirmation fee charged by China South West Airlines.
Booking and Cancellation
Each travellers passport details with occupation should reach us at least 15 days prior to the departure date. We need to send the same to our Tibetan counterpart to receive the Tibet Travel permit. All the group members should travel with ordinary passport and we need 01 full working day in Kathmandu either on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. These 3 days are the visa days in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. 50% of the tour cost will be charged as cancellation fee if you cancel the tour within 3 weeks prior to the start of the tour. No refund, thereafter, also for NO SHOWS, DELAY ARRIVALS or whatever reason.
Age Limit and Group Size
We do not apply age limits but it is important to discuss with us the appropriateness of a trek or tour. Regardless of age you do need to be in good health to enjoy your exploration in Himalaya’s ranges. Normally, the group size starts minimum 04 to 100s or can even be more. The group size on the cost table is based on the no. of crews; no. of vehicle etc. used and also on easily operated one, from the view of cost reduction of the tour. We want to make sure that each participant gets maximum attention and care from our guide.
Other Important Information
- Be sure that, you are holding a valid passport.
- The copy of your passport should be sent to us at least 1 month before
- It is advisable to carry extra money, Travel Cheque or credit card for personal needs or emergency.
- You can exchange Chinese currencies at the Chinese border and unspent money can be reconverted on return.
GENERAL INFORMATION OF KAILASH MANSAROVAR TOUR
Tibetan terrain is dry, cold, windy and dusty and night is colder rather than day. Torrential rain and strong wind is common feature of this county. The most pleasant months for Mt. Kailash trip are from May to September. During this period maximum temperature is 22 degree centigrade and minimum temperature is 0 to 10 degree centigrade.
Fitness and Altitude
This trip can be joined by anyone who can walk for average of 5 to 6 hours a day. Our itinerary is set on slow pace hike to meet the acclimatization and enabling our clients to enjoy the best. But as this trips goes above 3000 m, you may suffer from Mountain sickness alias altitude sickness. Most of the trekkers once they are acclimatize; rarely suffer more than mild discomfort from the altitude. We advise you to drink approximately 3 liters of water per day.
In Kailash Mansarovar tour participants are required to travel and trek through high altitude region. In such places, the atmospheric air is under low pressure and they may suffer from altitude sickness. Therefore participants need to be done medical test thoroughly before joining the trip. We also recommend walking for 4 to 5 km per day at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to the departure date.
Transport and Roads
Roads in Tibet are, for the most part are paved. Overland travel is by Land Cruiser or Tourist Coach in Tibet section and in Nepal will be by private bus. A truck is provided to carry all the gears, food supply, and camping stuff and luggage. Clients should be able to carry their own daypack in case of landslide, etc.sss
In Kathmandu four or five star hotel will be provided for accommodation as per your choice. In Tibet, accommodation will be in lodges at every point except at Kailash Parikrama and Mansarovar. At these two points, accommodation will be on tent, provided by us along with form mattresses and sleeping bags. Be noted that amenities in Tibet are very limited and therefore, the quality of accommodation will differ from one place to another. In most of the places only 2- 6 bed sharing rooms are available. Single room will not be guaranteed.
Food & Drink
While trekking/touring, along with main meals; tea, coffee, juice and drinking chocolate are included. All foods are prepared by our trained cook and are served hot, however, in some occasion specially while traveling, lunch pack are provided to reach the next camp on time. Boiled water/mineral water will be provided at every camp to fill your drinking water bottle.
Telephone/ Phone/ Fax
We at Kailash Treks understand the importance of being in touch with your dear and near ones. Though the means of communication are highly poor or sometimes almost nil in the trip, we are equipped with satellite phone. This enables you to remain in touch with your home throughout the trip. Also telephone lines are available at various points of the journey. It is advised to leave behind your contact address at our office in case of urgent message. Our offices will make it a point to dispatch your message to your home at the earliest.
Travelers to Kailash tour must have comprehensive travel protection insurance that includes curtailment of tour, helicopter evacuation and other medical emergencies. You must provide us with the name, policy number and emergency contact number of your chosen insurance company.
Oxygen with mask and regulator sets for emergency/medical purpose will always be available in tour and during the trek/Parikrama. Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. makes every effort to minimize the risk of sickness and changes in itinerary. However, Charges for unforeseen circumstances are the responsibility of the clients. Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. is not responsible for charges incurred in the case of illness, landslides, or other emergency events. In the case of a landslide, it may be necessary to transfer vehicles.
Most of the places in Tibet during Kailash Mansarovar Tour accept only Chinese currency 'Yuan' accepted. So you are advised to exchange required Chinese currency before leaving for Tibet. You can exchange INR/ USD with Yuan in Kathmandu or at border. ATM facility is not available anywhere of this tour.
With each group we send one professional tour leader/guide accompanied by experienced cook and required number of helpers as per group size. All of them are friendly, courteous and are fully committed in providing the highest level of customer satisfaction. Our guides are highly experienced and most of them have already scaled peaks above 8000 meters. Our cooks are well trained to prepare North Indian, South Indian, Punjabi, Jain and continental dishes as per requirements.
CHECK LIST FOR PACKING
The following list is suggested to pack for Kailash Mansarovar Tour. Please use this list as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be done according to your needs and interests.
First Aid Medical Kit
Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. provides first aid medicines. However we highly recommend you to bring your own medical kit. The following is a list of suggested medicines to be carried out:
- Savlon or Dettole or any antiseptic solution
- Adhesive roll & strips
- Gauze pads
- Ace Bandage for the ankle
- Knee cap
- Anti diarrheal tablets
- Brucet Tab [painkiller]
- Ciplox eyedrop
- Small Scissors & knife
- Safety Pins
- Oral Dehydration Salt (electrolytes) Packets
- Foot Powder and Cream
- Heat Balm for muscles/ joints/ move spray
- Vicks inhaler/ vapor rub or amrutnajan / Vicks tabs
- Lip balm
- Dust mask
- Motion sickness medicine (especially if you have the sickness for car)
Visa for entering Nepal
Indian nationals do not require visa for Nepal. Non-Indian nationals require a 15 day multiple entry visa which can be taken on arrival at Nepal airport. To get a visa on arrival at the airport you need to have 2 copies of recent photograph along with USD 25 for 15 days valid multi-entry and USD 40 for 30 days valid multi-entry.
Visa for entering Tibet
Indian as well as non Indians need Chinese Visa for entering Tibet. For Tibet only group visa is issued by the Chinese Authority. For visa procedure we must need copy of your passport at least 30 days prior commencing your trip. You may send it us through email to our official email address.
We do processing of Chinese/ Tibet visa for Indian Nationality from our New Delhi Office to make it convenient. You must submit your original passport at our New Delhi Office at least four days before your date of travelling. For Non Indian Nationals including NRIs we do visa procedure from Kathmandu. We need your original passport with two passport size photos and home address detail on the arrival day of your Kathmandu.
Notes to be considered for Chinese (Tibet) Visa
- For Chinese (Tibet) visa you must be in possession of valid passport for at least 6 months.
- The copy of your passport that you send us one month before and your actual passport must be same to avoid the risk of not getting the visa.
- The traveler who is joining Kailash Mansarovar Heli Tour should send us scanning copy of original passport with passport size photographs before 30 days prior commencing the trip.
- Do not apply for Chinese visa in your country by yourself if you are intending to travel Tibet via Kathmandu (Nepal). If you had applied for the Chinese Visa in your country prior to arrival in Kathmandu, it would be automatically cancelled when we apply for you in Kathmandu.
Notes to be considered by travelers who enter Tibet via Main Land China
If you intend to enter Tibet via main land China you need to apply for Chinese Visa from the Chinese Embassy in your country. Once you have got the Chinese visa you should scan it with clear and readable letters and email to us along with the copy of your passport. On the basis of them we will apply for your Tibet entry permit from Tibet Travel Bureau. With the combination of the Chinese Visa and Tibet permit you would be allowed to enter Tibet from main land China. Once your Tibet permit is issued we will deliver it to your hotel where you would be staying in mainland China at an extra charge of courier.
All arrangements within Tibet are solely at the discretion of China Tibet Tourism Bureau, a government organization and we have no control over the quality of facilities.
For booking kindly fill the booking form that you may download or email from our website www.treknepaltibet.com and send to our official email with your passport copy, 2 passport photos and booking amount of INR 15000 for Indian Nationality and USD 200 for Non Indian Nationality. You can send the booking amount by bank transfer as well. Be noted that the amount is non refundable if in case you cancel your trip.
Risk & Liability
Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. will do it's best to make the tour safe and smooth. As all the tour programs are conducted strictly under the rules and regulations of Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB), Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. will not be liable for any change in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslides, road blockage, flood, snow, and political unrest, cancellation of flight, sickness and accidents. Any extra cost arising due to the above circumstances shall be borne by the clients on the spot. Therefore, it is kindly advised to have you fully insured against such accidents of unpredictable natural calamities.
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