Frequently Asked Questions
Though we have given most of the information on our website, brochure, leaflets; in every trip a new problem, like new changes in regulation by the respective Government, health or weather and road conditions may arise.
Keeping in mind from all our valued clients remarks and suggestion, we have come with more information, to make your trip a success and a memorable experience.
Like on normal long travel, everyone should be physical fit and healthy and we strongly recommend that you see your doctor before booking this trip to Tibet.
Tibet is regarded as the roof of the World with the average altitude of 3,500 meter. So while on a trip to Kailash, one should have normal blood pressure. Ultimately it is your own responsibility to make sure that you are fit enough to join our trip. You also need specific immunizations.
Age is no bar on this trip; we have taken people of different age factor. From teen 14 years to 60 years of age. However, one should have sound health as this trip involves long drive of 6-7 hours sometimes on the average altitude of more than 3,500m, and the road condition in some places could be broken, could lead to a bumpy ride. As long as you can endure this, any age group in good physical condition can travel in Tibet.
As we have made it clear in every brochure and through our agents, that every clients before booking our adventure holiday should go through medical check-up for sound health, like normal heart beat, any sign of default in respiration, and overall body check-up including dental problem.
Any normal exercise that makes you feel better, a normal walk, jogging for an hour, aerobic, swimming or simple physical work-out for an hour will do. This will enable you to cope with the long drive and walk in the high altitude in Tibet.
No problem at all, we do have mostly vegetarian in this kind of group for Mt.Kailash Trip. If you happen to be the only one in the group as a vegetarian, we will make sure that your meals will be served and cooked separately, the cook and the kitchen staffs and guides will be briefed well in advance and the meals will be cooked as per your choice and taste.
Nothing to worry about, as long you are fit for this trip. Other members in the group might feel the same way, but as in a group travel everyone will be like one big family and this is the best opportunity to make friends with people from all walks of life.
As you have gone through your medical check-up and got the green signal then you should be okay to travel. But if you still have doubt then, you can always check with other good doctors.
Plus, on every trip we do carry medical kit, portable oxygen; and our itinerary days have enough space for one to get acclimatize before heading to the highest elevation. We will advise and help you what one should do once booked with us. On arrival here in Kathmandu, we will have group orientation program giving you most of the information on do's and don'ts which will help you a lot to gain confidence.
Language is not a big barrier; it's the positive attitude that counts on this kind of travel and to cope with the circumstances en-route. Most of our staffs can speak Hindi and English fluently, even our Tibetan guide in Tibet can understand Hindi sometimes. With the group, our head guide or leader will do most of the talk and if you do not understand in English we will happy to translate it to you in Hindi.
Your safety is our highest priority and this is the reason why we send a experience guide with medical knowledge, first aid kit and portable oxygen and Gamma Bag (Pressure Bag). However, in some conditions and circumstances people might get very sick, in this case we will do our best, and with our guide medical knowledge. Will make sure about the victims how severe the conditions is, if it needs to be evacuated we will send the vehicle with all medical equipment like oxygen to the Nepal border accompanied by our guide where the helicopter can pick the victims. Depending upon victims’ condition and seriousness, we will take the patient to the lower altitude and to the nearest medical help, hospitals or medical post accompanied by our Sherpa guides who can speak understand English and Hindi and Tibetan as well.
After booking this trip, you need extra money for your own personal expenses like, buying meals in Kathmandu, bottle water in Kathmandu / Tibet (although we provide boiled / filtered water in every trip), tipping, souvenirs, gifts, in case of emergency evacuation and trips extension that is, if you have more time in Kathmandu. We will advise you, once booked with us how much extra money is needed for this trip.
As for you own personal medical care, one should check with your family doctor and carry enough medicine for this trip, as for the special dietary, our cook will serve as per your request; assuring that some people, in this kind of trip are not fully 100 % fit. However, if you have gone through your medical check-up and you are fit for this adventure holiday, please inform us or our nearest agent with your medical history and we will advise you as per your doctor's suggestion.
Sometimes elderly people are more fit and energetic than younger people. Nevertheless, for an old person depending upon his / her fitness, we will try to make him/her more comfortable and at ease. If the person is too old for Parikrama, we will advise him/ her to stay at Darchen (the start and end of Parikrama). This way he will have more rest with the superb views of Mt. Kailash, while other group will carry on with the scheduled Parikrama and pick him/her on the way back. We will have our staff to take care of his/her need in our guide’s and groups’ absence for few days.
This is the most sought after question by many clients in the past. Although the Chinese Government Officials do not understand much English or Hindi, but we advise not to take it for granted, because sometimes there may be plain-clothes policemen mingling with the crowd in monasteries and other public places, and they might understand what you are talking about and can give you a hard time, especially to your guide. So to be on the safe side and to have a hassle free time in Tibet, it is not healthy and wise to talk negative things about the Chinese Government or to show pity on Dalai Lama's cause.
Any magazines, films, photos or books which has negative impact upon the Chinese Government are not safe to carry with you on this trip, although they won't search your bags thoroughly, but if in case they found something of that sort, there will be a serious consequences which can create a big trouble beyond your imagination. Even talking about Dalai Lama or other priest in exile, not to mention, the "Free Tibet" T-shirt and stickers.
As per the above mileage, on good road condition we drive for 5-6 hours covering more than 200 km, as soon as we hit the dirt rough road south west from Lharze coming from Lhasa or west from Nylam, coming from Kathmandu. The driving distances differs depending upon the road conditions, normally the drive goes to six hours a day, sometimes even more to cover a mere 250 km. Normally, we try to camp and stay as per the places in the itinerary but it all depends on road, vehicle, people's condition and good campsite with clean drinking water and sometimes we have to drive before or after the designated overnight campsite.
Please remember that Mt. Kailash region is in Ngari region, Tibet's most remote area, within under-developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas sometimes, and despite painstaking planning and organisation, this adventure of holy Yatra can never be taken for granted like a normal holiday.
However we try our very best to make the itinerary days as flexible for the safety and comfort of our valued clients.
Elevation gains gradually from 3,600 from Lhasa or Nylam to 4,400m on an average, with high passes of over 4,900m to 5,200m. On Parikrama, we begin our walk from Darchen which is approx. 4,600m and slowly we gain the altitude of over 300m-400m on 5-6 hrs walks and going through the highest pass on this trip at Drolma-La, 5,630m.
Apart from your own travel clothing and personal belongings, we provide double occupancy tent, if you have not booked for a single occupancy. Our tent are made of excellent material which has been tried, used and tested on high altitude terrain and artic cold climate condition. We also provide foam mattresses, sleeping mat, warm down sleeping bags with fleece inner linen.
Our camping unit consists of spacious Kitchen Tents for the kitchen staffs and cook, spacious cozy dining tents, toilet tents, portable tables and chairs. For meals and other details, please find it below this information.
Yes you can have hot bath while staying in deluxe and moderate hotels enroute Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse or at Zhangmu but from Larze and Nylam, chances are slim as you will be accommodated in a clean, and simple, basic lodge. While camping on the drive and trek, depending upon time of the journey, on a free day (rest day) chances for hot bath, as we carry shower / bathing tents as well, toilet facilities are good as mentioned on the above Hotels.
However for Nylam or Lartze, common toilets are available. While driving we stop frequently for toilet stops out in the wilderness. While camping we carry toilet tents and warm treated water for cleaning hands.
On every camping trip and while staying in lodges, hotels, we make sure that food is always expertly and hygienically prepared. It is our primary concern that you should remain in good health. We generally serve a mixture of local (Nepali / Indian / Chinese) and European style meals and you will be amazed by the quality and variety of the dishes that our cooks can produce while camping. We are accustomed to catering for vegetarians and make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible; see below for more information on the camping food.
While staying in Lhasa and Zangmu and enroute lodge, the meals provided cannot be up to your appetite standard though our guide will try his best to guide our client to a clean and hygienic restaurant.
For comfort and smooth ride, we provide the best Four Wheel Land Cruiser which can accommodate 4-5 people in one vehicle, while our staffs will be traveling in Trucks with all the camping gear and foods.
While on Parikrama, all our camping equipment and food will be carried on Yaks. If you need a single occupancy in rooms and tents, please inform us or your travel agents well in advance.
01: Morning bed tea in tents with cookies (time, depending upon the season and duration of your trek) normally around 6-7a.m. followed by warm washing water. (Good for washing, hands and face only)
02: Soon after 15-20 minutes, breakfast is served on the dining table. Breakfast – porridge, muesli, granule, cornflakes with milk, sugar, honey. Bread and toast with eggs (till our fresh supply of loaf bread last brought from the bakery in Kathmandu); most of the days breakfast on trek will be chapatti or pancakes with eggs variety as per clients choice, day by day either omelets-fried eggs-boiled or scramble eggs followed by tea, coffee and drinking chocolates. On the table at meal time, we serve honey-jam- peanut butter-ketchup to go along with each meal as per client’s choice.
03: Lunch is served after 3-4 hours of morning walk (depending upon the availability of clean fresh water and a nice spot). Lemon or Orange cordial - squash drink as a refresher, lunch will be either boiled or fried rice-chapatti- paratha-tibetan bread-noodles fried with boiled or curry vegetables (depending upon its season) and some canned food to go along with, like tuna-sardine- baked beans. We also serve yak cheese dry salami along with green vegetables and salad, followed by another round of teas (black or lemon tea)
04: On arriving campsite after the day walk, late afternoon tea-coffee- drinking chocolate with biscuits.
05: Dinner is served around 6.30-7 p.m. inside the cozy dining tents with lights, either gas or kerosene lamp. Warm soup (vegetable with chicken flavor from the packet, with popcorn or Papadam followed by the main course either fried noodles with eggs and vegetables, fried rice or boiled rice or even Palau rice sometime, with curry or boiled vegetables of different varieties-cutlets- momo (vegetables or meat dumplings) in the end, deserts is served, custard pudding, rice pudding , canned or fresh fruits-fritters, sometime when the cooks has enough time fresh baked cakes and pies. Tea-coffee- drinking chocolates in the end.
Each day the meal menu changes to give varieties of choice and taste, so the client would not get bored with the same type of food.
Every meal is cooked in a kerosene stove, as we are one of the founding members of the eco-trekking and tourism.
On treks, our cooks know the very best varieties of food to cook as per his ration and type of season, keeping in mind all the hygiene needed to keep the clients healthy and happy throughout the trip.
The above meals are served as per the Beijing Standard Time which is 2 hrs ahead than IST. The food will be served an hour earlier or later than the above mentioned time, depending upon the time of overnight camping.