PREPARING FOR THE KAILASH MANASAROVAR YATRA
- Indian nationals (Indian passport holders) do not require a visa for Nepal. Non-Indian nationals (NRI/ Foreigners) require a multiple entry visa which can be availed on arrival at Nepal airport. To get a visa on arrival at the airport, you need to have 2 copies of recent photograph along with USD 30 for 15 days valid multi entry and USD 45 for 30 days valid multi entry. The cost of the Nepalese visa is not included in the pilgrimage costs (already specified but repeating for emphasis) and must be borne by the pilgrims themselves.
People of these countries do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal:
1. Ghana 2. Nigeria 3. Zimbabwe 4. Somalia 5. Cameroon 6. Swaziland 7. Iraq 8. Ethiopia 9. Liberia 10. Syria 11. Palestine 12. Afghanistan
Indian as well as non Indians need Chinese Visa for entering Tibet. For the Tibet tour (Kailash Manasarovar Yatra), the Chinese authorities only issues group visa. As per the visa procedure, the Tibetan Permit has to be issued by Tibetan Tourism Authority. For the application of Tibet Permit, you should send us a scanned copy of your passport at least 30 days prior to the commencing of your trip. It takes around 2 weeks to obtain Tibet Permit. For the Chinese visas, we would need your original passport which we will collect on arrival at Kathmandu.Notes for Chinese (Tibet) Visa
- For Chinese (Tibet) visa, you must be in possession of a passport with minimum validity of 6 months from the date of travel.
- The copy of your passport that you send us one month before and your actual passport must be same to avoid the risk of not getting the visa.
- Do not apply for Chinese visa in your country by yourself. If you have applied for the Chinese Visa in your country prior to arrival in Kathmandu, it would be automatically cancelled when we apply for you in Kathmandu.
- Tibetan terrain is dry, cold, windy and dusty. Night is colder than the day. Torrential rain and strong winds are common features. During this period, maximum temperature will be around 22 degree centigrade and minimum temperature is 0 to -10 degree centigrade.
As you are traveling over high terrain, you are likely to experience symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headache, loss of appetite, nausea, exhaustion, sleeplessness, breathlessness etc.) until your body adjusts to the elevation. This can take a couple of days or more depending on the individual. For this reason it is mandatory to acclimatize for a day or two before moving on to the higher altitudes. Drink plenty of water, be calm, and do not exercise. Do not drink alcohol or smoke prior to and during the tour. Drink approx 3 liters of water per day.
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.
During parikrama / kora/ circumambulation, you may avail of the personal use of a pony or porter. The pony will only carry the pilgrim and will not carry ANY luggage. A porter needs to be engaged to carry luggage. The luggage has to weigh less than 5 kgs else the porter can refuse to carry the luggage. A pilgrim may choose to engage a porter alone without the pony as well.
The costs for pony and porter is around 2000 yuan each. To hire both, you will have to pay 4000 yuan.
The personal use of pony or porter is not included in the pilgrimage costs (already specified in the brochure but repeating for emphasis) and has to be paid directly by the pilgrim right at the spot. There is no advance booking system for the same. Once booked, pony or porter cannot be cancelled and even if they are not used, there will be no refund. Also, please note that the price for Porter/Porter + Pony is for all 3 days. There will be NO REFUND should you choose to discontinue your parikrama.
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 specially 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 & 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.
The pilgrims must have comprehensive travel protection insurance which covers emergency rescue (by air) repatriation and medical expenses. The insurance should cover above 5000 Ft high from sea level.
Please bring two hard copies of your travel insurance documents. When you come to Kathmandu, please handover one copy to our representative in Kathmandu and keep the other copy with you.
Oxygen with mask and regulator sets for emergency/medical purpose are always available in tour and during the trek/parikarma. We make every effort to minimize the risk of sickness and changes in itinerary. However, charges for unforeseen circumstances are the responsibility of the clients. Kailash with Mohanji will not be responsible for charges incurred in the case of illness, landslides, or other emergency events. In the case of a landslide, it may be necessary to transfer vehicles.
With each group, there will be one professional tour leader/guide accompanied by experienced cook and required number of helpers as per group size. All of them are friendly, courteous and are fully committed in providing the highest level of customer satisfaction. Our guides are highly experienced and most of them have already scaled peaks above 8000 meters. Our cooks are well trained in multiple cuisines to prepare the food as per requirements.
When they leave for Manasarovar, each pilgrim will be given one duffle bag to pack the necessary belongings that are required from Manasarovar all the way through the Parikrama till they return to Kathmandu. The pilgrims’ travel bags with the extra luggage will be kept safe in the hotel at Kathmandu. The pilgrim will also have their Parikrama day backpack (described later) with them. The duf e bag will be provided by the Kailash team to the pilgrim at the end of each day when they arrive at the destination.
- Parikrama day backpack (30-40L). This will be used while walking during the parikrama in the day
- Food-snacks and chocolates
- Hot water bottle
- Hot water bag
- Sunglasses UV protection
- Sunscreen lotion
- Camera with extra batteries (No chargers available)
- Hi-tech shoe for Parikrama with extra shoe lace
- Running shoes or sandals with back strap
- Trekking Poles/ sticks (Note: One may buy them in Kathmandu)
- Torch light and spare batteries (Note: It is recommended to keep one head torch as well)
- Flashlight and batteries
- Thermals (legging and vests)- 3 Sets
- Two sets of casual dresses
- A skirt for women (Note: Handy when you need to go in the open)
- Light weight towel
- Under Garments (at least 5 sets)
- Lightweight cotton long loose fitting pants
- Cargos (Note: No jeans please. They are very uncomfortable during this journey)
- Warm jacket
- Warm trousers (at least 1)
- Warm Pullover (High neck)
- Woolen Shirts
- One pair of gloves
- Warm hat/ monkey cap (balaclava) and scarf
- Dust Mask
- Cotton, trekking and woolen socks
- Shawl and muffler
- Swimwear covering shoulder & knees for bath at Manasarovar (if you need)
- Sun hat
- Sunglasses (with UV protection) + retainer (thread / chain)
- PERSONAL FIRST-AID KIT:
- Savlon (or) Dettol
- Adhesive roll & strips
- Gauze pads
- Ace Bandage for the ankle
- Small Scissors & knife
- Safety Pins
- Foot Powder and Cream, antifungal powder
- Vicks inhaler/ vapourub or amrutanjan / Vicks tabs (General counter irritants available in your country for cold and headache.
- Chapsticks / lip balm
- Your regular medicines
- Anti-diarrhea tablets
- Ibuprofen Tab (painkiller)
- Paracetamol (anti-inflammatory and pain killer)
- Ciplox eye drops
- One course of antibiotic (Amoxicillin or Azithromysin)
- Dehydration Salt (electrolytes) Packets.
- Heat Balm for muscles/ joints/ moov spray
- PERSONAL HYGIENE/ TOILETRY:
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Wet wipes / Body wipes
- Anti bacterial hands wash
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Multi Nail clippers / Swiss army knife
- Face and body moisturizer
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Small hand mirror
- Wide tooth comb / brush
- Sanitary napkins
- Reading/writing material/ small music player
- Bed sheet (if you need your own)
- Shawl / Thin fleece blanket
- Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies, snack, ready-made foods
- Umbrella or Rain Suits
- Pooja Samagri according to your tradition
- PLEASE NOTE:
- Please put identification marks on your every belonging.
- Please have name-tags and identification marks on all your travel bags.
The pilgrim will carry a Parikrama day backpack with essential items that are only required while walking during the parikrama. This bag along with its contents should weigh less than 5 kg if you want to use the porter services. If the bag weighs more than the suggested weight, the pilgrim may have to carry it themselves during the parikrama.
This must contain:
- One set of clothes, underwears and socks
- Required medicines
- Some snacks
- Minimum toiletries, wet wipes, toilet paper
- Sanitary napkins
- Hot water bottle and bag
- Camera with batteries
For those engaging a porter and a pony, it is recommended to carry a small backpack on their person to hold the water bottle, essential medicines and some dry snacks in case the porter (or the pony) disappears into the distance with the bag. This happens quite frequently and in some rare cases, the porter only shows up at the destination. Hence, this is a useful precaution.
You can also bring a money pouch or money belt to hold important stuff like money, passport or your mobile phone