Read Brahmarishi Mohanji’s message to the pilgrims on the Kailash with Mohanji home page
For a happy trek, you need comfortable feet. Good boots have: good ankle support, plenty of toe room for long descents, a stiff sole to lessen twisting torsion, and are light because with every step you lift your boot up. Look at the inner lining – leather is good and Cambrelle is even better, a material that eats smelly feet bacteria. Good lightweight trekking boots or light all leather boots are perfect. Boots must be lightly worn in before trekking and this should include some steep hills to show up trouble spots.
The longer the trek, the better the boots you need. Break in the shoes at least 1 month each day before Kailas to help them adjust with the feet and avoid blisters that will surely stop you from walking further and nish the parikrama. Do not forget to pack an extra pair of shoelaces, in case, one snaps.
In the low country, your feet will be warm or even hot while walking so quality cotton mix sports socks are best. Three to four pairs are enough. Thick trekking socks are better for higher up and cool evenings, four pairs. Mostly modern trekking boots fit snugly so wearing two pairs of socks at the same time is impractical.
Carry snacks in your daypack bag for the three day parikrama. Trail mix (dry fruits and nuts), dates, raisins, nuts, dry fruits, etc. are good candidates. Also, power bars. Carry something salty with you. You will lose essential salts when you sweat and drinking a lot of water will further reduce the salt content in the body.
If you feel giddy, you can have a salty snack to quickly restore the salt content. However, don’t have salty snacks as your main food else you will get dehydrated.
As mentioned earlier, the weather in Tibet changes drastically. Hence, wear layered clothing – inner wear, thermals, t-shirt/pants/shorts, outer warm clothing (one or more) – so you can add or remove the layers based on the weather. The extent of layers and warm clothing depends on one’s resistance and adaptability to cold weather. Hence, plan accordingly.
Protect the extremities which are more sensitive to the cold particularly feet, ears, head and hands in that order. Be quick to respond to changes in weather before it affects the body and results in a debilitating condition.