FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
While the Master’s and Lord Shiva’s grace is always there to help the pilgrim complete the yatra, it would be advised for the pilgrim to ensure and work on their physical fitness to avert the possibility of a debilitating or an emergency medical situation.
- This Kailash with Mohanji pilgrimage is not advised for pregnant women and those suffering from chronic health problems like epilepsy, heart ailment, psychological problems and major physical disabilities.
- We would strongly recommend that you consult with a physician to help you take a studied call on your health condition vis-a-vis high altitude environments before you embark on the trip.
- Your safety will always be our highest concern. Based on the health/medical details provided in your application form, the Kailash with Mohanji team may request you to furnish a provisional clearance from your doctor and/or, optionally, a go-ahead from your next-of-kin as a pre-condition for registration.
Please refer to the Porter and Pony section in the Preparation Guide
Please refer to the Travel Insurance section in the Preparation Guide
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.
The Outer Kora yatra involves a strenuous 50km parikrama (circumambulation) around Mount Kailash over 3 days. In particular, the second day of the parikrama is a long and tough day involving a 22km trek up and down Dolmala Pass which is at an altitude of 5800m.
Mules and porters are available at additional cost to transport the pilgrim and their baggage respectively through the parikrama. However, low oxygen environments due to high altitude coupled with the intensity of effort puts a lot of physical toll on the pilgrim. Further, Kailash is an energy powerhouse that, in the presence of a Master, will effect powerful spiritual transformation that may manifest as physical symptoms such as pain, body ache, etc. or emotional upheavals. Hence, the participants must ensure that they have the requisite fitness levels and the flexibility and agility to navigate such terrains as also the mental fortitude to deal with the travails of intense spiritual transformation.
The Chinese authorities may reject the entire group if they deem anyone from the group to be unfit to continue on the parikrama. Further, if the pilgrim health breaks down during the parikrama, it puts the pilgrim’s life at peril at a location where emergency medical help is unavailable and emergency evacuation is the only way out. Any additional expenses for emergency evacuation will need to be borne by the pilgrim themselves. This also creates undue pressure on the support apparatus for the rest of the group due to diversion of sherpas to escort the pilgrim back.
Hence, our Sherpas assess every pilgrim’s health condition before we start off on the parikrama and take the decision on the spot on whether to permit the pilgrim to continue on the parikrama or not. The pilgrims deemed unfit will proceed back to Kathmandu along with the pilgrims from the Manasarovar track.
This decision will be binding and non-negotiable and no refunds will be given if the pilgrim’s health is deemed unfit. Further, any additional costs the pilgrims have to bear on additional stays at Kathmandu or elsewhere, before their return back home, will have to be borne by the pilgrims themselves. In case you have doubts on your fitness condition, kindly choose the Manasarovar track which is not as physically challenging.
While the Manasarovar yatra does not involve much trekking, it requires the pilgrims to grapple with low oxygen environments due to high altitude. As the pilgrim is traveling over high terrain, they are likely to experience symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headache, loss of appetite, nausea, exhaustion, sleeplessness, breathlessness etc.) until their body adjusts to the elevation. This can take a couple of days or more depending on the individual. This may exacerbate the health condition for people with pre-existing medical conditions that are unsuited to high altitude environments.
Further, Kailash is an energy powerhouse that, in the presence of a Master, will effect powerful spiritual transformation that may manifest as physical symptoms such as pain, body ache, etc. or emotional upheav-als. Hence, the participants must ensure that they have the requisite fitness levels and the flexibility and agility to navigate such terrains as also the mental fortitude to deal with the travails of intense spiritual transformation.
Physical fitness plays a key role in adapting to such environments which can be enhanced through regular practice of yoga, pranayama or any other form of physical conditioning.
Please refer to the Risk and Liability section on the Kailash with Mohanji home page
Please refer to the Altitude Sickness section in the Preparation Guide
Please refer to the Visa Information for Nepal section in the Preparation Guide
Please refer to the Visa Information for Tibet section in the Preparation Guide
In Tibet, only Chinese currency (‘Yuan’) is accepted. You are advised to get required currency from your home country. ATM or credit card facility is not available once we enter Tibet.
In Nepal, Indian currency with denomination 10, 50, 100 are widely used and accepted. INR 500 and 2000 notes may not be accepted. In Nepal, USD is also accepted.
What is a yatra?
Yatra in Hinduism refers a pilgrimage undertaken for spiritual purposes which usually involves a procession.
What is Parikrama?
Parikrama or Pradakshina refers to circumambulation of sacred places in Hindu, Jain or Buddhist context. Parikrama means “the path surrounding something” in Sanskrit, and is also known as Pradakshina (“to the right”), representing circumambulation. Both words are mostly used in the context of religious deities in a temple, sacred rivers, sacred hills and a close cluster of temples, and “doing a parikrama” as a symbol of prayer is an integral part of worship. We always assume God is the center of our existence. He also exists everywhere. So when we do circumambulation, we accept that our actions and thoughts are always centred around God. The center point is always fixed and remains the same at whatever distance we do the pradakshina. So we are reminded of the eternal truth that God is the center and the main focus of our existence.
What is a kora?
Kora in Tibetan means ‘circumambulation’ or revolution. It is a type of pilgrimage or a type of meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Generally, kora is performed by making a walking circumambulation around a temple, stupa, or other sacred site.
Please refer to the Medical Emergency section in the Preparation Guide
Being in a group, support each other and help all to acclimatize is a crucial aspect of this yatra. It is very essential to be mentally and physically accommodative. Sharing room among 4-5 persons would be useful to get supported. We will be having the best of staying facilities among the available accommodations once we leave Kathmandu. However some lodges, hotels or guesthouses en-route have very basic facilities. Management of hotels may be poor. Toilet facilities are often unisex and we request pilgrims to be prepared to share.
Transport & Roads:
Roads in Tibet are, for the most part, paved. Overland travel is by luxury Tourist Coach in Tibet section and in Nepal will also be by private bus. A truck is provided to carry all the gears, food supply, and camping stuff and luggage. (Clients should be able to carry their own daypack in case of landslide, etc.)
Food & Drink:
While trekking/touring, all main meals, tea, coffee, juice and drinking chocolate are included. The food is prepared by our trained cook and served hot, however in some occasions especially while traveling, packed lunch may be provided to reach the next camp on time. Boiled water/mineral water will be provided at every camp to fill your drinking water bottle.
Telephone/ Phone/ Fax:
We understand the importance of being in touch with your dear and near ones. Though the means of communication are highly poor or almost nil in the trip, we are equipped with satellite phone. This enables you to remain in touch with your home throughout the trip. Also telephone lines are available at various points of the journey. It is advised to leave behind your emergency contact and address in case of urgent message. Our offices will make it a point to dispatch your message to your home at the earliest.
Please refer to the Packing for the Parikrama section in the Preparation Guide
Please refer to the Packing for the Yatra section in the Preparation Guide
The time the pilgrims need to recoup from the flight and from the yatra is left to their discretion and they can decide to buffer the dates accordingly at their own cost.
Please refer to the Tour Support Staff section in the Preparation Guide
Please refer to the Weather section in the Preparation Guide
The pilgrims are booked for accommodation from:
10th July (check-in) 2pm to 24th July (check-out) 11am – For Outer Kora via Lhasa
10th July (check-in) 2pm to 22nd July (check-out) 11am – For Outer Kora via Kathmandu
10th July (check-in) 2pm to 22nd July (check-out) 11am – For Kailash Manasarovar via Kathmandu
The pilgrims need to arrive on the 10th anytime after the check-in time and depart on their scheduled end date (22nd for via Kathmandu or 24th via Lhasa) anytime before the checkout time. We hope that this information is good enough to manage your travel. We will send across the itinerary once you confirm the registration by depositing the booking amount.
The yatra bookings in Kathmandu are at the Soaltee Crowne Plaza. If you would like to come in earlier or continue at the same hotel, we can help in getting a group rate if you want. You can also do your bookings there through most online travel sites since it’s an upscale property in Kathmandu. Else you can consult Tripadvisor for good hotels in Kathmandu