The Thirtha Yatris have been asking the same questions most of the times, so in order to serve all aspiring Yatris in a more efficient manner we have created this regularly Asked Questions and Answers in an orderly format below. If some of your questions do not cover the answers that have been given, plz contact us at:
To make things easier for
clients, we have collected the remarks, suggestions and queries made by valued clients. We at Mt. Kailash. Com have realised that it is very important for clients to know basic things about the trip they are going to undertake. So we have outlined 20 important questions that clients frequently asked for before embarking for Mt. Kailash. We do hope that these answers are enough to satisfy your queries about your trip to Mt. Kailash.
How fit should I be for Mt.Kailash Parikrama in Tibet ?
What is the age factor for this kind of trip?
What kind of medical check-up should I go for before taking up this trip?
How many hours of exercise should I do after booking this trip?
I am a vegetarian. Will this annoy other people in the group
or trouble camping kitchen and cook?
I am physically fit, but I have fear travelling with other people and in strange countries like Tibet, what do you suggest?
I have gone through my normal medical checkup and got okay certificate from my doctor, but still I am not sure of this trip because of my faint heart problem, do you have any suggestion?
Is language barrier a big problem, because I can only speak my native tongue and understand English very little?
What happens if someone gets very sick and has to be evacuated immediately
in a place like Tibet?
How much money should I carry for this trip after paying all in the trip package?
I am physically fit, but I am a diabetic patient as well, which troubles quite often, any suggestion?
What kind of measure do you take for an old person, but physically fit on this kind of trip?
Is it right to ask negative question like the Chinese occupation in Tibet,
to the local Tibetan Guide?
What kind of magazines, reading materials should one carry in Tibet, as we have heard rumors, pictures of Dalai Lama and other ousted Lamas are completely banned?
How many hours and distance do we cover every day on drive and parikrama?
What height do we cover and what is the highest elevation on this trip?
What is included while camping and what kind of camping gear do we expect?
Is there any chance for a hot bath on this trip and what kind of toilet facilities are being provided while camping and staying in en route lodges?
What type of food & hygiene do we expect while camping and staying in en route lodges?
What types of vehicles are provided while travelling, if I am a single person, can I use separate single room and tent?
01: How fit should I be for Mt.Kailash Parikrama in Tibet ?
Ans: We expect everyone to be physical fit and healthy before taking up the trip. But most important thing is your determination and will to overcome difficulties. However, we strongly recommend that you should see doctor before booking this trip to Tibet as Tibet is the roof of the world and the average altitude is 3,500 meter and above. Keep your blood pressure in normal condition. Though every precaution is taken before the trip, ultimately it is your own responsibility to make sure that you are fit enough to take the trip. Specific immunizations are advisable.
02: What is the age factor for this kind of trip?
Ans: Age factor has never been a barrier to take this trip since we have taken people ranging from age group from 14 years to 60 years. However, as we mentioned earlier, 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. The road condition is not very good which could lead to nausea. If you have guts to endure few hours jerking journey that people normally do in India, age will not be a hindrance for you to have darshan of abode of Lord Shiva.
03: What kind of medical check-up should I go for before taking up this trip?
Ans: We have already made it clear in our brochure and through our agents that every client should go through medical check up for normal heart beat, respiration, blood pressure, diabetics, dental problem and other sickness before taking up the trip.
04: How many hours of exercise should I do after booking this trip?
Ans: Any normal exercise that makes you feel better like normal walking, jogging for
an hour, aerobic, swimming or simple physical work-out for an hour will make you fit
for travelling. The above mentioned exercises will help you to adapt with the long
drive and walk in the high altitude of Tibet.
05: I am a vegetarian. Will this annoy other people in the group
or trouble camping kitchen and cook?
Ans: Vegetarian is not a problem at all. We do have mostly vegetarians in this kind of group for Mt. Kailash Trip. If you happen to be the only one in the group by default as a vegetarian, we will make sure that your meals will be served and cooked separately. The cook and the kitchen staff and guides will be briefed well in advance about you and the meals will be cooked as per your choice and taste.
06: I am physically fit, but I have fear travelling with other people and in strange countries like Tibet, what do you suggest?
Ans: You don't need to worry about it as long as you are fit for this trip. Other members in the group might feel the same way as you do but while traveling in a group, everyone seems to be a member of one big family and this is the best opportunity to make friends with people from all walks of life.
07: I have gone through my normal medical checkup and got okay certificate from my doctor, but still I am not sure of this trip because of my faint heart problem, do you have any suggestion?
Ans: Though you have gone through your medical check-up and got clearance chit, but are still not confident, the best way to solve this problem is to consult other good doctors. We do carry medical kits, portable oxygen and above all our itinerary always provides enough time for one to get acclimatized before heading to the highest elevation. We will advice and help you to overcome your anxiety once your are booked with us.
For your kind information, 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.
08: Is language barrier a big problem, because I can only speak my native tongue and understand English very little?
Ans: Language is not a big barrier. It's the positive attitude that counts on this kind of travel. Most of our staff can speak Hindi and English fluently, even our Tibetan guide in Tibet can understand Hindi little bit. With the group, our head guide or leader will do most of the talking business and if you do not understand in English, we will happy to translate it to you in Hindi.
09: What happens if someone gets very sick and has to be evacuated immediately
in a place like Tibet?
Ans: Your safety is our highest priority. To make sure that everything goes well in Tibet we send an experience guide with medical knowledge, first aid kits and portable oxygen and Gamma Bag ( Pressure Bag). However, sometime some people might get sick due to harsh conditions and continuos driving. In this case we will do our best to make sure that she/he gets immediate medical relief from our guide. If his/her condition deteriorates despite of our medial assistance, he/she will be taken back to Nepal in a vehicle with all medical equipment like oxygen accompanied by our guide where the helicopter can pick him/her up for further medical treatment. It is advised that you should make it clear with your insurance company that the cost of emergency evacuation and other sundry medical expenses should be borne by insurance company. Depending upon the person's 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, Hindi and Tibetan as well.
10: How much money should I carry for this trip after paying all in the trip package?
Ans: After booking this trip, you need extra money for your own personal expenses, like buying meals in Kathmandu, mineral water in Kathmandu / Tibet (although
we provide boiled / filtered water in every trip). Tipping, souvenirs, gifts are entirely your domain. In case of emergency evacuation from Tibet, please make sure that your insurance company will cover everything for using any means of transportation. The expenses of your extended stay in Katmandu is not included in his trip. We will let you know how much extra money you need to take once you booked with us.
11: I am physically fit, but I am a diabetic patient as well, which troubles quite often, any suggestion?
Ans: To make your trip easy and trouble free, we suggest you to take your doctor's advice and carry the medicine as prescribed. Please remember that you will not get large medical stores en route in Tibet which fulfill your requirement. Pre-inform us about your special dietary so that our cook will serve as per your request. If you need to be fully assured about your medical care, please inform us or our nearest agent with your medical history so that we will advice you as per your doctor's suggestion.
12: What kind of measure do you take for an old person, but physically fit on this kind of trip?
Ans: It is quite strange that elderly people sometimes do have stamina and energy than younger people while making this kind of trip. But it doesn't mean that we neglect their necessity. We will make every possible arrangement for his/her comfortable journey. If the person is too old for Parikrama, we will advice him/ her to stay at Darchen (the start and end of Parikrama). He will have more rest with the superb views of Mt. Kailash while other members of group will go for schedule Parikrama and pick him/her on the way back. We will have our staff to care of him/her.
13: Is it right to ask negative question like the Chinese occupation in Tibet,
to the local Tibetan Guide?
Ans: This question is frequently asked by many clients. Though the Chinese Government Official do not understand much English or Hindi, it is highly advisable not to take it for granted, for sometimes there are plain-clothes policemen mingling with the crowd in monasteries and other public places. They might understand what you are talking about and can give you the hard time, especially to your guide. A big problem may create which makes your trip unpleasant. So to be on the safe side and to have a hassle free time in Tibet, it is wise not to talk negative things about the Chinese Government or to show softness on Dalai Lama's cause.
14: What kind of magazines, reading materials should one carry in Tibet, as we have heard rumors, pictures of Dalai Lama and other ousted Lamas are completely banned?
Ans: Any magazine, film, photo or book which has negative impact upon the Chinese Government is not safe to carry with you on this trip. They may not search your bags thoroughly but if they happen to find them by default, there will be a serious problem and can create a big trouble beyond your imagination.
Even talking about Dalai Lama or his admires and other expelled high priests are forbidden in this land, not to mention the "Free Tibet" T-shirt and stickers.
15: How many hours and distance do we cover every day on drive and parikrama?
Ans: The road that covers Kathmandu to Darchen (our destination for Parikrama where it starts and ends) is 817 km via Zhangmu. Lhasa to Darchen via Lhatse (south route) is 1,188 km. As per the above mileage, on good road condition we can drive 5-6 hours covering more than 200 km. However, as soon as we hit the rough road south west from Lharze coming from Lhasa or west from Nylam coming from Katmandu, the speed starts going down slowly because of road condition.
Normally, we try to camp and stay as per the Itinerary but it all depends on road, vehicle, people's condition and good campsite with clean drinking water. Sometimes we have to drive earlier than expected from night campsite.
Please remember that Mt. Kailash region is in Ngari region, Tibet's most remote area, falls within under-developed region of China, where events are less predictable than we expect. You may encounter a few unwanted and unexpected situations if you don't take care of yourself. So despite painstaking planning and well organised itinerary, this adventure holy yatra can never be taken for granted like a normal holiday.
To make thing easy we prepare the itinerary as much flexible as possible for the
safety and comfort of our valued clients.
16: What height do we cover and what is the highest elevation on this trip?
Ans: 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 day we begin our walk from Darchen which is approx. 4,600m and slowly we take higher elevation over 300-400m on 5-6 hrs walks and going through the highest pass on this trip at Drolma-la 5,630m.
17: What is included while camping and what kind of camping gear do we expect?
Ans: Apart from your own travel clothing and personal belongings, we provide tents for double occupancy (if you have not booked for a single occupancy). Our tents are made of excellent material which has been tried, used and tested on high altitude terrain and arctic cold climate condition. We also provide foam mattress as sleeping mat, warm down sleeping bags with fleece inner linear.
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 the meals and other details, please find it below this information.
18: Is there any chance for a hot bath on this trip and what kind of toilet facilities are being provided while camping and staying in en route lodges?
Ans: Yes, you can have hot bath while staying in deluxe and moderate hotels en route to 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) there is chances for hot bath, as we carry shower / bathing tents as well. Toilet facilities are good as mentioned on the above Hotels, but from Nylam or Lartze, a common toilet is available. While driving we stop frequently for toilet stops out in the wilderness. But in camping we carry toilet tents and warm treated water for cleaning hands.
19: What type of food & hygiene do we expect while camping and staying in en route lodges?
Ans: In every camping trip and while staying in lodges and 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 en route lodge, the meals provided cannot be up to your standard. Our guide will try his best to give the required order even if it is a simple meal, but we always take our client where there's is a nice clean and hygienic restaurant.
20: What types of vehicles are provided while travelling, if I am a single person, can I use separate single room and tent?
Ans: 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 travelling in trucks with all the camping gears and foods.
While in Parikrama, all our camping equipment and food will be carried by yaks. If you need a single room and tent, please inform us or your travel agents well in advance.
Everyday the meal menu changes to give different choice and taste to make client feels at home.
Meal is cooked in a kerosene /LPG fuel stove, as we are one of the founding members of the eco-trekking and tourism.
On treks our cooks know the best varieties of food to cook as per his ration and type of season in the complete wilderness, keeping in mind all aspects of hygiene needed to keep the clients healthy and happy throughout the trip.
The meals are served as per the Beijing Standard Time which is 2-30 hrs ahead than IST and the food will be served an hour earlier or later, depending upon the time of travel and overnight camping.