Share the Ultimate Adventure Journey of Mt. Kailash ( a haven 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 rivalled by a very few mountains in the world. Situated in the far corner of the Tibetan plateau, this legendary snow capped jewel is revered by different religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jain and Bonpo) as one of the most sacred and challenging 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 around. At the base two vast lakes; Mansarovar and Rakastal are situated.
The journey to Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarovar has always been taken as one of difficult tour but attracting 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 enroute.
The best season for visiting in these areas is between April to October. The weather is generally stable with cool temperature during the day. To be prepared with sufficient cold weather gears.
The tour is either from Kathmandu - Kodari - Kailash - Kathmandu (14 Days - Drive in/out) or Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Simikot - Kailash - Kathmandu (9 Days by Helicopter).
Minimum of 2 weeks in advance, 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. We 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 /some of the members from the group 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 or if commercial use should be registered with a custom official. 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 Oct-March warm clothes are required to fight the frostily cold and from April-September light clothes to shun the scorching heat. However a jacket and sweater are advised through out the years as the weather may unexpectedly changes. The following clothing and equipments are suggested for your own protection and safety.
Comfortable boots and Sandals
Down Jacket, Polar fleece, Light quilted.
First aid box (Antiseptic, Ban Aid, Bandage roll, Sun/Body lotion, Chip stick, Cologne, Cotton, Cough drop, Dettol /Listerine, Glare protection
Mouth Freshness, Mustard Oil, Nose Inhaler/ Vicks, Rubber bands, Small plastic bag, Toilet papers, Vaseline)
Hot water bottle.
Ladies can select other cloths as per interest.
Light bag for very essential personal belongings.
Personal medicine (Request your Doctor for effective medicines to cover the followings - Acidity, Body and Joint pains, Chest congestion\'s, Cold, Constipation, Cough, Diarrhoea, Fever, Headache, Indigestion, Loose motion, Muscle Pulls, Nose Blocks, Sneezing, Sore throat, Stiffness, Stomach cramps, Store eyes, Swellings, Vomiting).
Pure wool and thick cotton socks.
Rain coat with hood.
Sleeping Bag down with inside extra cove.
Sun hats, Sun / Snow glasses.
Dust masks, Dust cover and Facial tissues.
Thermal underwear (Inner-full fitting) wool.
Torch with spare cells and bulbs, Candles/Lighter.
Towels and Walking stick.
Water purification tablets.
Warm light gloves, Wool cap (ear covering) and scarves.
Wool pullovers-polo neck, Flannel shirts.
Video camera, Binoculars, Swiss knife (multi purpose).
In addition to: One should carry glucose-based items - mints, toffees and chocolate bars for periodical consumption at high altitudes for energy.
Multi vitamins and vitamin- C tablets are required for daily consumption as a routine.
Saving is not advisable since any cut or bruise may not heal quickly and may irritate with nagging discomfort.
Please do not carry unnecessary and valuables
You are advised to bring the following documents properly with you.
Passport with Photostat copies
Passport size Photographs
Diary and Ball pens for addresses, contacts and small notes etc.
Maps, Charts and Books etc.
Travel Cheque, credit cards and Currency.
Airline tickets and vouchers.
Other document for your personal purposes.
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. Reduce drinking alcoholic beverage and smoking habits. 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 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, the remote areas. It is obvious that hotels may not have enough double rooms and clients sometimes may have to have 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, question by question.
Risk and Liability
The Specialty of Happy Treks is that even if one Yatri wants to do the Parikarma he / she will be taken care off. Oxygen bags, Gamoe bags, Basic medical Kits are provided.
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 decisions of travel are the final one.
Due to the above mentioned reasons must be borne by the travellers.
The pilgrimage is planned to make all do the Parikarma of the Holy Mt. Kailash but it any one cannot make it them the additional cost of the camp of staying behind has to be born them and there.
Travellers 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 person\'s 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 pax or can be more. The group size on the cost table is based on the no. of crews, no. of vehicle etc. used and also easy to operate 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.