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FAQ KAILASH MANSAROVER 2018

 

Important Yatra Preparation Points

Important Yatra Preparation Points

 If you are planning for the Holy Yatra/Tibet Tour, 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. Reduce drinking alcoholic beverage & smoking habits. Consult your Doctor to assess the state of your health to function safely within your own limitations. In addition to the personal prescriptions by your physician, a First Aid Kit is essential for the travel.  


Request your Doctor to prescribe effective medicines to cover the followings;

Fever

Chest congestion’s

Loose motion

Body & Joint pains

Sore throat

Indigestion

Stiffness

Headache

Constipation

Cold

Acidity

Diarrhea  

Cough

Stomach cramps

Swellings

Sneezing  

Vomiting

Muscle Pulls

Nose Blocks

Dysentery

Store eyes

In addition to the Meditation, your First Aid Kit must contain the followings;

Vaseline

Facial tissues

Dark sunglasses

 Ban Aid

Toilet papers

Glare protection

Cotton

Rubber bands

Cough drop

Bandage roll 

Small plastic bag

Chopstick

Dettol /Listerine

Cologne

Antiseptic 

Vicks

Mouth Freshness

Candles/Lighter

Cologne

Antiseptic 

Face Masks

Body lotion

Nose Inhaler

Dust cover

Mustard Oil

In addition to above one should carry glucose-based items [mints, toffees, and mini chocolate bars for periodical consumption at high altitudes for energy. Multi vitamins and vitamin-C tablets are required for daily consumption as a routine. Make a separate pouch for the First Aid Kit with a list of Medicine and their appropriate usage. Saving is not advisable since any cut or bruise may not heal quickly and may irritate with nagging discomfort. 

 

Additionally: - 


Once you finalized your plan to visit the Holiest Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar, be sure you are holding a valid passport. The copy of your passport should be sent to us at least 1 month prior to start your Yatra. 
It is advisable to carry extra money [In addition to the tour cost] for personal needs or emergency. Travel cheques, Indian currencies, credit card is accepted in Nepal. 
You can exchange your currency into Chinese currencies at the Chinese border. The unspent Chinese currency can be reconverted on return.


Documents:  

You are advised to own a small waist pouch or document bag to manage the following documents properly;

·         Passport with Photostat copies Photographs, Identity card Diary for addresses, contacts, small notes etc.

·         Ball pens with spare refills Maps/Charts/Books etc.

·         Travel Cheques, credit cards & Currency.

·         Airline/Railway tickets/vouchers.

·         Any other document for personal purposes.

·         For Indian National No Objection Letter from the Emabassy/consulate for Lhasa Trips by flight.

 

Clothing & Equipment’s: 


The following clothing and equipment’s are suggested for your own protection and safety.

o    Down Jacket, Polar fleece, Light quilted.

o    Pure wool and thick cotton socks

o    Thermal underwear (Inner-full fitting) wool or mixed combination.

o    Wool pullovers-polo neck, Flannel shirts.

o    Warm light gloves, Snow-cap (with ear covering)

o    Wool monkey cap, Sun hats & scarves.

o    Comfortable Trekking boots and Sandals

o    Sun / Snow glasses

o    Towels-including small hand towel.

o    Hot water bottle.

o    Light Trek bag (for camera, and very essential things.) and duffel bag to keep your personal belongings.

o    Raincoat with hood.

o    Ladies can select other clothing materials as per her interest.

o    Video camera: - as per the interest.

o    Binoculars.

o    Plastic mug/whistle.

o    Swiss knife (multipurpose)    

o    First aid box / personal medicine

o    Walking stick

Note: Please do not carry unnecessary and valuables

 

INFORMATIONS HEALTH PRE-CAUTION 


Oxygen is less at higher altitudes. The inclement weather and high altitude induces certain illness generally not encountered over the plains. Headache, nausea, lassitude, lethargy, breathlessness, general uneasiness [malaise], high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia are a few. 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 and follows the following rules:  

·         Rest.

·         Relax-do not exert, be excited.  

·         Reduce talking.  

·         Walk slowly – adopt one third of your speed and space.  

·         Keep your load light.  

·         Walk for 15 minutes and rest for 5 minutes.  

·         Whenever you feel uncomfortable, just stop; rest and relax.  

·         Ignore the sudden outbursts of fellow pilgrims and avoid arguments.  

·         Observe silence with smile.  

·         Never go too high and too fast.  

·         Avoid smoking, alcohol, drugs and intoxicants.  

·         Consume plenty of liquids; never proceed with an empty stomach.  

·         Chant a prayer or visualize everything around to suit your pleasant thoughts or put on the earphones and listen to your favorite music, bhajans, chanting etc.  

·         Be careful not to catch a cold. It is better to be over clothed than under protected. En-route avoids taking bath or drinking water from Lake Streams or rivers, as your system is not conditioned for this.  

·         Keep your boots/Ked inside tent. Protect yourself against dust and direct sunshine during the long stretches of driving. Face, feet and hands must be well protected.  

·         The uneven ground, steep slope and slushy banks are full of potholes. Do not combine walking and sightseeing together.  

·         Always listen to your guide or the one with experience. Never leave the group.



We provide the following services and equipment on the package:   

 

EQUIPMENTS

  

   

Sherpa Team  

Kitchen Tent

Kitchen Equipment’s

Dining Tents   

Guest House

Mineral Water

Chinese Guide     

   
     

SERVICES

·         Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu will be on twin sharing basis in facilitated. And accommodation in Tibet will be either on guesthouse [as per the itinerary] in Basic needs. The guesthouse accommodation will be dormitory accommodation and tent accommodation will be on twin sharing basis.  

·         Once you enter Tibet, boarder you will be accompanying by Chinese guide along with our official tour guide, Sherpa team and Chinese drivers. Our Sherpas who take care of your need and requirements are cheerful and helpful. The drivers of our Bus are competent and safe.
 

·         Deluxe non-A/C or A/C coach as per the package costs with comfortable seats shall be used  

·         In case Parikrama around MT. KAILASH is not possible as per the itinerary due to adverse weather or other conditions additional one-day expense will be borne by the organizer. Expenses of the more additional days have to bear by the clients only. 

 

·         We request you to choose a leader from you group so that our official representative can take a decision consulting your leader and Chinese representatives [guide] in case of any urgent decisions required. Our official guide will discuss with Chinese guide and driver and brief you about the next day programme and general welfare at the time of dinner. 

 

·         Please bear in mind that the comfort en-route and destination may not match your home or a five star. It is totally different mission and it is challenging. It is your SPIRIT and will power, which will carry you through. 
 

·       “SPECIAL BRIEFING” by experts shall be conducted in KATHMANDU one day prior to the departure.

 

Risk and Liability: -   

 

·         No 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 decision of the experienced coordinator and the travels are the final one. 
 

·         Any additional cost incurred due to the above-mentioned reasons must be borne by the travelers.

·         The pilgrimage is planned to make all do the parikrama of the Holy Mount. But it any one cannot make it them the additional cost of the camp of staying behind has to be born them and there. 
 

·         Travelers can take insurance coverage.

 

Some Suggestion:

 

·         Travelling Kailash used to be very difficult till 2000, now we can drive 80 speeds per hour till to Darchan. While travelling we recommend to drink a lot of water and bring lots of dry fruits because you can’t feel to have cooked food so every one hour you feel hungry. 
 

·         Please take Chinese visa on your own country, sometime Chinese Embassy Nepal make difficult to process for visa. Kailash and Lhasa travel permit can get easily through Kathmandu. The permit will come in paper before 1-25 days of your departure. 

·         Please don’t take any items related Dalai Lama and don’t talk anything related him, If Chinese police find the same, will make traveler difficult even they can cancel visa and permit and send traveler back to their home with heavy fine. 

·         Don’t forget to take Travel Insurance, because it’s long journey on desert Himalayas no proper hospital and doctors are available. 

·         Please do some shopping in Kathmandu for your travel materials like light, battery, woolen cloths, caps, shoes because you will get very cheap in Nepal. 

·         Need to bring Passport Size photographs. If traveler holds other than Indian Passport then traveler has to take Nepal double entry visa on arrival at Kathamndu Airport.

These are few important notes. Please feel free to ask any question. Please kindly contact us We will  help you to provide a to z services in kathamndu and Tibet.


Question: How much walking is required on the Kailash Mansarovar tour package?

 

Answer.  This is a 38-kms / 3 days trek done at an average altitude of 15000 ft and the highest point is the Dolma La (Pass) at 19,500 ft. Attempt walking the entire distance including the trek up the Dolma La only if you are extremely fit physically. If you are reasonably fit, hire a pony (limited numbers available) for the 3-day parikrama (the rate for this service is about Chinese Yuan 2800 for a Yak and a porter). You may need the yak on day 2 of the parikrama on the ascent to Dolma La. But knowing the behaviour of the yaks and the yakmen, you should be prepared for walks on the first and last day of the parikrama. On these 2 days the walks are in general over level ground (i.e. with no major ascents or descents). There will be a walking for approx. 8 hrs. a day. However, there is the option of not doing the parikrama at all and staying behind at Darchen at your own cost. We can pick you up after the parikrama.

 

Question: How should I prepare myself for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra tour ?

 

Answer. Both mental and physical fitness is required to complete the trip. It is one of the toughest land journeys which you would have ever taken on earth. Physical preparations include ANY or all of the following: walking 4-5 kms. a day, swimming, playing badminton, jogging, freehand exercise, climbing a 10/20-storey building etc. All this not only helps muscle development but also expands capacity of the lungs, which is vital in high altitudes due to lower levels of oxygen. This is not a yatra in which you can depend on 'palkis' or ponies to take care of you. You have to depend on your own reserves of strength and stamina. Mental preparation means being absolutely positive about wanting to complete the journey. Yoga helps. A medical check-up is strongly recommended. Take your personal physician's advice on your participation. If you consume alcohal and smoke, better quit it.

 

Some useful tips for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra trekking trip: 



Try and make friends with the Tibetan guide and driver. They may appear stand-offish initially but are warm and simple people. Small gifts like Hindi movie cassettes, dark glasses, a cap/hat etc. go a long way in overcoming language problems and establishing rapport.

The first two to three days are particularly tough as you get used to the rigours of the journey and acclimatise to the sudden change of altitude. This can cause breathlessness, lethargy, drowsiness, nausea, lack of appetite, sleeplessness, headache, irritation, anger, lack of judgement. Drink plenty of water (4-5 litres a day), remain calm and quiet, avoid petty arguments, rest as much as possible, eat properly at mealtimes. Talk to the helpful and caring staff and inform them of any difficulties.

If you are not allergic to sulpha drugs (please consult your physician), take one tablet of Diamox at Kathmandu the night before leaving for Tibet as well as on the 2nd and 3rd nights, or even longer. Alternatively, take half tablet in the morning and half in the evening. Now a day, we do have non-sulphar drugs available by Ranbaxy. Oxygen cylinders and Gamow bags are carried for anyone having major problems. 

If you can't do the parikrama, say so. Don't take the altitude lightly. Many people understand at Darchen that the parikrama cannot be done by them and decide accordingly. We will make alternate arrangements for you to stay back at Darchen (at extra cost payable directly to the lodge, approx Rs. 2,500 a day approx).

 

Question: Is it compulsory to perform the Parikrama / Kora / Circumambulation of Mount Kailash

 

Answer. No, it is not compulsory. It depends on health and wish of an individual. But if you are travelling in a group you must stay at the base camp of Mount Kailash until the other group members come back after performing kora of Mount Kailash

 

Question: How long it takes for Mt. Kailash Parikarma / Kora / Circumambulation? How long is the trek?

 

Answer. The circle of the mount Kailash from Darchen (base of Mount Kailash) to Darchen is about 52 kms, out of which about 10 kms is covered by vehicle. The trekking of Mount Kailash is about 42 kms total which is performed clockwise and takes 2 nights halt including one night each at Dhirapukh Gompa and Zuthulpukh Gompa.

 

Question: What if I start the kora / circumambulation and I find difficult completing it after 1st day trek?

 

Answer. The circle of the mount Kailash from Darchen (base of Mount Kailash) to Darchen is about

 

Question: What is the difference between Outer Kora and Inner Kora of Mount Kailash?

 

Answer. The outer kora is the normal 3 days parikrama / kora / circumambulation of holy Mount Kailash which leads through Dhirapukh Gompa and Zuthulpukh Gompa. On the other hand, the Inner Kora of Mount Kailash includes (apart from the normal kora) visit and parikrama of Nandi parvat, Ashtapad, Atma Linga etc. The inner kora is comparatively very tough and is performed usually one or two times every year, depending on weather. However, August is considered to be the most suitable time for Inner kora of Mount Kailash.

 

Question: What kind of food is served on the tour?

 

Answer. For breakfast one gets high energy and nutritious beverages like complan, bournvita, horlicks along with tea/coffee. There is porridge/cornflakes and the menu alternates pancakes, upma, pakoras etc., and bread with butter/ jams etc. are there. Lunch is generally packed and served at a scenic spot near some water pool. It consists of a tetra pack (Frooti etc) or lime water with glucose, puri/chapatti & vegetables, tinned fruits/sweets, pickle. Dinner is at the campsite and the menu is very varied with soup, Indian, Chinese and European cuisine and a desert. Water collected from streams near the campsite is boiled and hence safe for drinking. You can add iodine drops or chlorine tablets.

 

Question: Do we get pure vegetarian food without onion?

 

Answer. During entire trip of Kailash Mansarovar food served by the hotels, guesthouses and our chef is always pure vegetarian (Jain food) without onion and garlic.

 

Question: Do we get drinkable water on the trip to Kailash Mansarovar?

 

Answer. Yes, mineral water or filtered water or water purifying tables are made available during the trip to Kailash Mansarovar. There are number of small shops where packed drinking water is available.

 

Question: Does my India Mobile work during Kailash Yatra?

 

Answer. Yes, the Indian mobile does work during the Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Lake Yatra (except the day of Mount Kailash Parikarma), but kindly take international roaming from your provider.

 

Question: Can a single person or a couple join the Kailash Yatra group?

 

Answer. NTP Fixed Departure Tours by Helicopter and the same can be joined subject to availability in the specific departure dates. All our departures are guaranteed and any number of person may take part in these departures.

 

Question: What are the different ways of travelling to Kailash?

 

Answer. 
1. By road from India. This is a 28-30-day trek but the disadvantage of this trek is that it has to be booked well in advance and there is no certainty that one can go despite being in physical shape, because the number of seats is limited and participants are chosen for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through draw by the Ministry of External Affairs, India. About 400 people out of 6000 applicants go for this yatra each year.

2. By road from Kathmandu and from there by road to Lake Manasarovar at the base of Mount Kailash. One may fly to Kathmandu from Delhi, Varanasi, Kolkata or Mumbai. This is the most popular route for doing Mount Kailash Yatra.

3. Our Helicopter tours of Kailash are perfect choice for those who cannot afford to spend 15-16 days for the Yatra or who are not very comfortable with high altitude road journey. This tour uses fixed wing aircraft for the flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj and from there to Simikot. From Simikot a helicopter flies to Hilsa. Coach are then used to reach Manasarovar.

4. Tour via Lhasa wherein one will fly to Kathmandu and then to Lhasa by China Air and from there one will visit various towns in Tibet like Shigatse, Gyantse, Lhatse, Prayang etc. and will reach Lake Manasarovar. On the way back, there are three options:
a. drive back to Lhasa and fly back to Kathmandu 
b. drive to Hilsa and fly via Helicopter and fixed wing aircraft to Nepalgunj
c. drive back to Kathmandu via Keiyrong – Rasuwagadhi Border (Nepal-China Friendship Route).

 

Question: What route does the Kailash 14-day tour follow?

 

Answer. As stated above after 2 nights at Kathmandu, the group leaves for the Tibet border (Keiyrong/Zhangmu) on the 3rd day. There is a 2-night halt at Keiyrong/Nyalam, with an additional day for acclimatising to the height. Thereafter halts are at Saga and the sacred Lake Mansarovar before reaching Mount Kailash. This is followed by the 3-day Kailash trekking (parikrama). The return route is the same. Each day there is an incredibly beautiful and equally exhausting drive for 8 hours or more, on rough and rugged terrain. There are very few metalled roads in this part of Tibet.

 

Which currency I must carry on my Kailash Yatra travel?

 

Answer. Indian rupees currency notes are widely accepted in all small and big establishments and shops in Nepal side. During travel in Tibet one must carry Chinese Yuan only. The exchange rate of Chinese Yuan is approx. 01 Yuan = INR 11 which vary from bank to bank and also on the day of exchange. US Dollars are also accepted at some places but carrying Chinese Yuans for small payments is always better. Exchange is available at Kathmandu Nepal and Taklakot (Burang) Tibet side. To avoid inconvenience and high exchange rate it is better that you buy and bring Yuans before starting from home, if available.

 


Que : Is there any subsidy given to Kailash Manasarovar Pilgrims?

Ans :No. A few of our States - including Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand - of their own, directly provide varied sums of money to their residents to cover a part of their Yatra expenses of about Rs.1,50,000. For estimated expenditure per yatri, please see the section "Fees and Expenditure".

 

Q : What kind of fitness is required ?

For Kailash Manasarovar Yatra fitness is very crucial. It is advisable to get a medical examination with your regular doctor before you plan to go on Mt. Kailash Yatra. Anyone suffering from back problems may find the long drives over bumpy roads difficult. People suffering from Asthma or any kind of dust allergy are forewarned that the amount of dust on the road necessitates wearing a mask. Apart from that, it is a good idea to prepare in advance with brisk walking, and some regimen of exercise or preferably yoga asanas and pranayama. Eventually, for most people the Kailash parikrama is an act of faith.

 

Q : How much walking is required on the 15-day tour ?

During the rainy season in Nepal (late June to Sep), there is a strong possibility of landslides en-route to the Tibet border. This stretch varies from 3-5 kms and has to be walked, if required. After that, you will need to walk during the parikrama, if you decide to undertake it. This is a 52-kms / 3 days trek done at an average altitude of 15000 ft and the highest point is the Dolma La (Pass) at 19,500 ft. Attempt walking the entire distance including the trek up the Dolma La only if you are extremely fit physically. If you are reasonably fit, hire a pony (limited numbers available) for the 3-day parikrama (the rate varies but is about Rs 3,500 - 4,500). You will need the yak on Day 2 of the parikrama on the ascent to Dolma La. But knowing the behaviour of the yaks and the yakmen, you should be prepared for walks on the first and last day of the parikrama. On these 2 days the walks are in general over level ground ( i.e. with no major ascents or descents). THere will be a walking for approx. 8 hrs. a day. However, there is the option of not doing the parikrama at all and staying behind at Darchen at ones own cost. We can pick you up after the parikrama.

 

Q : Which is the best time to go on the tour?

While tours operate from April to September in that region, please check the fixed day tours, and itinerary for details on dates. The Tibet plateau is a dry region and rain/precipitation is very little so any month between May-September is good except for August when you can expect heavy rainfall in Tibet. Weather wise although May and September will be colder. However, June-Sep, is the rainy season in Nepal and on the road to the border, landslides do take place and might require a 5-6 km walk on extreme cases. Weather in Tibet is very uncertain.

 

Q : What kind of food is served on the tour?

For breakfast one gets high energy and nutritious beverages like complan, bournvita, horlicks along with tea/coffee. There is porridge/cornflakes and the menu alternates pancakes, upma, pakoras etc., and bread with butter/ jams etc. are there. Lunch is generally packed and served at a scenic spot near some water pool. It consists of a tetra pack (Frooti etc) or lime water with glucose, puri/chapatti & vegetables, tinned fruits/sweets, pickle. Dinner is at the campsite and the menu is very varied with soup, Indian, Chinese and European cuisine and a desert. Water collected from streams near the campsite is boiled and hence safe for drinking. You can add iodine drops or chlorine tablets.

 

How many people travel on a tour?

Generally the number of guest traveling varies depending on the destination . The average group size(guests) for World tour is between 40 to 47 and Indian tour is between 28 to 56. However, if a particular tour gets an overwhelming response or if it is a Speciality tour like My Chic Lady (Ladies' Special) or Happy go Lucky (Senior Citizens') tour then the group size may go beyond the aforesaid group size.

 

Who all will travel on my tour?

Your co travelers can be any individual, right from a professional C.A or Doctor to a teacher, a teenager, an artist, a politician, businessman, people of any religion, from any region, any language etc. When you return from your dream holiday, we assure you that there will be additions to your friends list.

 

What if I wish to extend my stay at one of the destinations?

You can extend your stay provided you intimate us of such extension at the time of your booking. Additional charges will be applicable. No extensions/alterations can be done when the tour is in progress.

 

Can I just do a part of the tour?

It is not advisable to do tours partly as you won't be able to experience your dream destinations completely. NTP offers you a wide range of products that suit your requirements. Our travel consultants will guide you on the same .

 

Will there be any change in itinerary or date of tour as we need to plan our leaves and make necessary arrangements accordingly?

We do not change the itinerary nor date of the tour, however in case of force majeure events, circumstances force us to change the routing or date of the tour, as the case may be, just for your safety.

 

Can I make changes in my travel plan once the booking is done?

Yes, you can modify your booking or travel plan. There may be certain charges for modifications or for canceling the old booking and making new arrangements. The travel consultants at our offices will assist you for the same.

 

Due to some reasons if I cancel the tour then will I get my money back?

Cancellation of tour will attract certain cancellation charges. The travel consultant will give you the details about such cancellation at the time of booking or for more information on cancellation charges

 

What if the tour that I book receives very less response?

Generally, we operate all the tours that we launch, however in some cases the total number of bookings fall below our prescribed minimum operating capacity, in such cases we give you options and then accommodate or merge your tour with other available tours. You may also opt for our customized packages in such cases, but the services like group games, group activities, meals, tour leader etc may or may not be provided.

 

How much is duration of Kailash Mansarover Yatra?

Kailash Mansarover Yatra is ex Kathmandu and has following Duration

10 days for the Helicopter Route Via Nepalganj/Simikot

13 Days for the Overland route via Nyalam and usually coaches are provided upto Kodari Border and after clearing the Immigrations 17 seater coach

14 Tour Via Lhasa where Kathmandu Lhasa to/fro by flight and onward by land transport

17 Days Inner Kora with Nandi Parvat and Astapad

 

How is the tour usually conducted for the 13 days Land Route?

13 days Land route is very systematically planned with combination of Transport and other arrangements 
Kathamndu to the Kodari Border delux Tourist coaches 
At Kodari Border we clear the Immigration and proceed to the Tibet (China) and meet our Tibetan Guide and Vehiicles 
We Drive for the next hault at Nyalam Via Zhangmu (Small Tibetan township at the border) 
For acclimatization 2 nights at Nyalam and than drive Saga to Mansarover to Darchan/Tarboche YamDwar the starting point of Kailash Parikrama 
Than 2 Nights of Kailash parikrama via DIrapuk and Dolama Pass Zuthulpuk to Darchan and Mansarover 
Than Drive back same route mansarover  Saga- Nyalam  Kathmandu OR Kerung New route

 

How many parikrama we do in Kailash ?

We would conduct and facilitate Two Parikramas Mansarover Parikrama of 112 Km is done by the Eco Coaches Kailash Parikrama of 2 nights is optional depending upon the guest health since the trek of 38 kms via Dirapuk and Zuthulpuk option of Pony /yak is also available on direct payments .

 

Which is the best time to travel for the Yatra ?

Kailash is a seasonal destination with the Yatra operation April to September only every year and get affected by the political and natural reasons so as an when you are able to manage and all goes well you could undertake the Yatra .

 

Which vehicles are used during the Yatra on the Tibet Side ?

Mini Coaches 17 seater /Van/Coaster depending upon the group size , guest requirement and permits

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What type of stay arrangements are planned for the Yatra at kathmandu?

We usually provide Three star or equivalent for the Yatra at Kathmandu .

 

What kind of stay arrangement is planned at Tibet ?

We provide combination of Best available Guest Houses during the Travel but during Kailash Parikrama only Mud Houses are available so that is arranged for a night hault.

 

What kind of Food is provided for the Kailash yatra ?

We serve pure vegetarian satvik food during the Stay at Kathmandu and during the Yatra where by at the Hotel at Kathmandu the same is laid in buffet and there after during the Yatra cooked by our accompanying Sherpas and served to suit the Yatri palate in tough high terrains .

 

How can we do the Puja and availability of the Pandas ?

A Yatri can perform his /her own rituals during the Yatra and at Mansarover where as pandits are not available in the region but some of the groups bring along there own pandits and perform Puja

 

If I am unable to do Kailash parikrama than how things are managed ?

Some times at your own choice and other times Tibetan Guide might ask you to refrain from doing Kailash parikrama observing at The Health or else in such cases Pilgrims stay back at Darcahn or Mansarover lake in the Guest for 3 days and enjoy Kailash Standing tall high in front of them . After 3 days from other pilgrims come back and join those staying back than we proceed for the return journey to Kathmandu .

 

How many days Yak/Pony or porter is required by the pilgrim during the yatra and how much does the same cost ?

The Yak/Pony is required by you only during the Kailash Parikrama and you many decide in advance if required becoz theya re not available en route the yatra . Our Tibetan Guide may assist you with the negotiations. And usually it cost Yuan 1500 for the Yak and Yakmen (the prices are depending upon availability only)

 

Whata re the hidden charges i.e., to be paid directly during the yatra or else ?

Additional expenses are only incurred in the emergent conditions like natural disaster , political , accidental only . The charges as below are not included in the cost Horse /Yak with the the man is not included in the cost (You may need for the Kaialsh parikrama)

Additional drink , sim card / telephone/fax . laundry , travel insurance and additional transportation

Service tax levied by the Government .,Puja /Tarpan , tips , additional portage services etc

 

Which currency and how much money we must carry for the Yatra ?

It is suggested that the pilgrim must carry CYN (Chinese Yuan) 5000 minimum for the emergency . 
Exchange rates might variate but usually cost around 
INR100 =NPR160
INR100 =Yuan 12 
USD1 = CNY 6
Indian denomination and USD is acceptable at Kathmadu 
Where as in Tibet on CNY is acceptable so you may change at Kathmandu or at the Kodari Border (Nepal-Tibet Border) 
Most of the Yatris exchange at Kathmandu or at the Border 
If any unused currency than the same can be exchanged at the border or in Kathmandu

 

What all is provided by the travel company ?

We usually provide the following

Duffle Bag (you may take back home after the yatra )

Down Jacket (This is to be returned after the Yatra)

Sleeping bags (to be returned)

Oxygen Cylinders and essential medicines

Souvenir and Kailash yatra certificate

 

Any kind of Medical certificate is required for the Yatra ?

Till date there is no such ruling but we would suggest patients with the Asthma and Heart ailment should refrain from the yatra and all must get the check up donein order to avoid any issue on the high altitude during the Yatra .liek TMT Test , PFT Tesr , ECG and Blood test.

 

What all documents are required for the Yatra ?

Passport is the most important documents for which photocopy is required at the time of booking and in original 10 days before departure for the Visas and you will have to carry original along with you during the Yatra in order to clear the formalities enroute .

 

Can we do Kailash yatra on the full moon day ?

Yes the same can be conducted on the full moon day and every month we have departure schedule for the full moon.

 

Are the children allowed for the Yatra 6-10 years?

There is no restriction till date and you are best aware of your childs health so if they are physically normal than they may accompany for the yatra

 

Any specific precaution for the children ?

The same precaution as the elder is taking the same is applicable for the children

 

Do we need to pay additional for the visa ?

Group Visa cost is included for the Yatra price for China but for Nepal visa you will have to pay extra (applicable only for the other than Indian passport holders only) Indian nationals with Indian passport do not require Visa or Nepal.

 

Are there frequent landslides during the travel ?

All would depend upon the weather only and cannot be anticipated at this juncture .

 

How is the sanitation on our way ?

Kathamndu and onward journey has toilets but during Parikrama and Mansarover basic resources are available only .

 

How is the availability of the drinking water ?

We provide ample amount of Jar water or mineral water during the Yatra and suggest as well to drink as much as possible in order maintain the good health on the high altitude .

 

Can we carry digital cameras/video cameras ? How is the possibility to recharge and is there any restriction ?

As such there is no restriction and guest may carry still or digital camera . The voltage is 220V in the Tibet area and you may re charge them but there is no such provision durig the Kailash Parikrma so it is advisable to carry additional battery .

 

How is the communication availability en route the Yatra ?

These days mobiles are connected upto Darchan (The base of Kailash) and you may purchase local card or your mobile for the same on roaming . Else our guide will also be carring the mobile you may use the same or the PCO's available available by paying directly at an extra cost .

 

When should we book Kailash yatra and how ?

These days there are various payment plans and payment modules (pls call our sales team ) and minimum 35 days before Yatra booking is closed . 
For the Booking we would require the following

Duly filled Booking form

Passport photo copy 1st and last page (color copy)

02 photos

Advance payment INR20,000 or US$500 (Non refundable deposit)

 

How can we make the payments ?

Payments can be made through the following mediums '

Bank transfers through bank (Bank details are mentioned on the invoice)

Swift transfers /wire transfer (Bank details are mentioned on the invoice)

Credit /Debit card payments through our corporate site payment gateway www.ntpgroups.com

Cash or Cheque payment can be made at our company account in HDFC or Syndicate bank in your own city

 

What all essentials to be carried during the Yatra ?

Total Baggage allowance is 15 kg so we all must ensure to keep it minimum for all the emergencies and an easy baggage managements

Day back pack for an immediate personal items like medicine , towel , cream , torch etc .

Minimum clothings for the Yatra

Toilet Kit (Shampoo , tooth brush , paste , soap , toilet paper etc.)

Water bottle / Flask for hot water minimum 2 litres

Comfortable trekking shoes and sandals

Wollen cotton based socks

Thermals with long underwear comfortable during travel and parikrama

Ladies must ensure to carry Pyjama or kurta salwar for the parikrama saris or dresses are not advicable

Monkey cap

Underpants , Gloves , Dust Mask

Sunglasses and sunscreen , lipguard

Rainwear

Matchbox , candle

Also it is advicable to carry  Glucose , electrol an easy enery mediums , dry fruit , biscuits , energy bars , candy etc . (please care to carry things in use and minimum quantity only)

 

Is there any restriction with the age ?

Usually there is no age restriction but during the rush time and considering weather China Government sometime restrict with the 70 years passengers

 

What is the cancellation policy ?

Cancellation Policy

Advance sum of INR20,000 or $500 is non refundable

If the booking is cancelled 30 days prior to departure, INR 30,000 for Indians & USD 600 for foreigners would be charged as cancellation amount.

If the booking is cancelled 20 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost will be into cancellation process.

If the booking is cancelled 15 days prior to departure, there will be no refund.

* Should Chinese authorities in their regulatory and administrative concern exercise their authority to disallow travel permit/ visa or restrictions for certain dates, areas, nationalities, shall be abiding by all of us the organizers and subscribers no claim in such a case for compensation will be entertained however the cancellation and refunds can be followed as ritually as in terms.

 

Q: Oxygen Level at Kailash Mansarovar?

Ans: Please Click for Infarmation - http://www.nepaltourism.net/kailash-mansarovar-yatra/kailash-faq/oxygen-level-at-kailash-mansarovar.htm

 

Tibet and Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Programs  :-


Kailash Fixed Departure Date
Kailash Yatra by Overland   
Kailash Tour by Helicopter

Kailash Yatra by Helicopter via Lucknow
Kailash Mansarovar Inner Kora

Lhasa with Mount Kailash Tour

Kathmandu-Lhasa-Ali-Kailash Yatra

 

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