Travel Tips

Important things before Yatra

Tibet referred to as the highest region on earth, is also one of the least developed parts of the world. Being extremely remote and isolated, the facilities for pilgrims although being upgraded, are still very basic. Modern amenities are very hard to find in the hotels and guest houses in Western Tibet.

Accommodation of Kathmandu is on 4 star category hotel on twin sharing. Please do not expect more facilitated accommodation in Kailash. The quality of accommodation will vary from place to place. It may be necessary at times to share a room with a few others or participate in an outdoor toilet adventure, or go without a shower for a few days. Rest assured, we will in every instance provide you with the best accommodation that the place has to offer.

Accommodation of via Lhasa tour: Lhasa, Shigatse and Saga Deluxe hotels (Twin Sharing). Accommodation in Kailash region is on group sharing local Guest houses/ Mud houses.

Have successfully taken thousands of people to these sacred places for many years now, and we will always be there to support you and make the journey a pleasant one.

BY ROAD

From Kathmandu till SyabruBesi Border, the transportation will be provided by Tourist coach depending upon your group strength. At Rasuwagadhi Border we clear the Immigration and proceed to the Tibet (China) and meet our Tibetan Guide and deluxe Tourist coach. We Drive for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

In the event of any landslide, the best available mode of transport will be used for which Yatris will have to pay additional charges as applicable.

BY HELICOPTER

From Kathmandu to Nepalganj by Air, Nepalganj to Simikot by Air and Simikot to Hilsa by Helicopter. From Hilsa to Kailash by deluxe tourist coach.

In the event of any whether disturbances/ non availability of flights yatri has to bare the time to spend at the place where such disturbances exists.

VIA LHASA

From Kathmandu to Lhasa via: Flight. Stay at Lhasa for sightseeing and from Lhasa – Mansarovar- Lhasa by deluxe luxury coach.

 

The food will be supplied from our side while camping including breakfast, lunch & dinner. Bed tea will be served in your Guest House with a wake-up call. Once Sherpa team pack-up their equipments, please get one thermos flask filled with hot water for enroute journey and then we’ll move to our next destination. A light packed lunch will be served on the way.

While staying in guest houses, the meals will be provided by our Sherpa staff. The food will be very simple as per the clients taste. All meals provided will be vegetarian.

  • A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 180 days from the last date of the Sacred Yatra.
  • Please note that diplomatic passports are not allowed.
  • All the clients need to carry Voter ID Proof original while travelling by air.
  • PIO/OCI or any other ID cards are not accepted in Tibet. Indian Passport holders do not require a visa for Nepal.
  • The Tibet permit and visa for everyone will be organized by Neelkanth Tours & Travels. To facilitate this, your original passport is required at New Delhi, before 10 days prior to the departure date. The actual date and details will be confirmed based on the group you choose to travel with.
  • FOR NRI They should reach Kathmandu three working days before the yatra date for obtaining Chinese Visa.
  • Those who have Indian Passport but for some reason they are staying outside India or have gone for tour have to deposit their passport at the office of Neelkanth Tours & Travels Ahmedabad 10 days before yatra date failing which the Tours Organiser will not be responsible for non receipt of Visas for such cases.

A Tibetan & Nepali English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the trip including Nepali staffs.

As Tibet gets very bright sunlight due to thin air so taking photographs can be quite glare. Please try to bring top quality Camera. Taking photographs inside monastery will be charged as per Monastery rule. Please ask your guide before taking photographs inside the monastery. Taking photographs at Army Camps/Check-points, Police and Military are strictly prohibited.

Tibet is a dry cold country. Weather may change unexpectedly at any time. Plan your clothing in a way that you can wear layers of clothes.

We advise you to pack the following items:

• Clothing (6 sets.)
• Woollen sweater or jacket (1)
• Thermal Inner Wear (2 pairs)
• Wide Rim Hat (1)
• Woollen Cap & Scarf (1 set)
• Thick Woollen Gloves (1 pair)
• Water-proof Gloves (1 pair)
• Sport Sandals (1 pair)
• Woollen Socks (3-4 pairs)
• Cotton Socks (2 pairs)
• Water-proof trekking shoe with a good grip                                                                                  

• Rain-proof Pants (1)
• Rain-proof Jacket with Hood (1)
• A lock for the duffle bag

  • Personal clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Small flask
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen lotion (50 SPF or more)
  • Castor oil 50 ml (To lubricate the inside of the nostrils at high altitude)
  • Quick-dry Towel
  • Toilet Tissues
  • Wet Wipes
  • Sun glasses
  • Snacks – (Chocolates, Biscuits, Nuts, and etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Powerful flashlight or Headlamp (with extra batteries)

Ski stick or a normal stick (one can also purchase it at Kathmandu or Darchen), neck pillow, face mask (10), games like Cards, chess etc. for the evenings, umbrella.

We provide Toilet Tents, Oxygen Cylinder and First-Aid Kit. Duffel bag and down jackets are also provided on returnable basis.

We suggest you to bring your own first aid kit with adequate medication regarding altitude sickness, nausea, dehydration and some painkillers.

Fever, Body and joint pains, Cold, Cough, Sore throat, Headache, Acidity, Stomach cramps, Vomiting, Dysentery, Loose motion, Constipation, Swelling, Muscle Pulls & Sore eyes. Diamox 250 mg. 20 tablets.

Vaseline, Band Aid, Cotton, Badge roll, Dettol, Mouth freshener, Nose inhaler, Toilet paper, Rubber bands, Dust cover (face mask), Cough drops, Chopstick, Amritanjan/Vicks/ Shi-chu /Tiger- balm, Elastoplasts, Hot water bags.

Make a separate pouch for the first aid kit with a list of medicines and their appropriate usage. It is advised to carry glucose and glucose based items (mints, toffees, mini chocolates bars for periodical consumption at high altitude for energy. Multi-vitamin and vitamin C tablets are required for daily consumption as a routine.

Before booking for this trip with us, clients should be in sound good health preparation for this trip. We advise bit of exercise like morning or evening walk.

Each pilgrim should ensure that he/she is medically fit and is not suffering from asthama (Dama), heart disease or epilepsy since such conditions might prove fatal at high altitudes. Medical fitness is of utmost importance.

Pilgrims should complete the medical tests and seek expert medical opinion regarding their fitness to undertake the pilgrimage at high altitude from their respective doctor.

We would require a medical certificate from every individual stating that the person traveling is not suffering from any such decease as mentioned above and is fit to travel at high altitudes. Medical Certificate should be handed over to Neelkanth Tours & Travels, Ahmedabad, one month before the yatra date.

Acute mountain sickness is a frequent problem in the Himalayan region. The altitude of the peaks and trails between them are among highest on earth. Acclimatization to altitude above 3000 meters takes time. The body undergoes a number of physiological changes some of which are immediate like increased pulse rate & respiratory rate. Others appear more slowly over a period of weeks like the change in acid base balance and production of extra red blood cells. These changes plus the effect of intense sunlight, walking hard & dehydration may cause a number or mild vague symptoms such as Loss of appetite, fatigue, headache, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, sleeplessness, mild shortness of breath with exercise. The best treatment is prevention! Avoid rapid ascents; take acclimatization symptoms seriously using rest days or diamox tablets. If symptoms are severe and the patient is ill DESCEND IMMEDIATELY, 300 Meters of descent or more should be sought. This usually gives rapid improvement.

To minimize altitude sickness, never rush into things, walk slowly and firmly, guard yourself from slipping or falling to prevent fractures, sprains and muscle pulls. The uneven ground, steep slopes and slushy banks are full of potholes. Do not combine walking and sightseeing together. Inspect your track in front and trek slowly.

We highly recommend all clients to be insured against Medical, accidents & necessary emergency evacuation. Please ensure that your insurance covers evacuation at high altitudes. Also be informed that air evacuation (evacuation by helicopter) is not possible in Tibet as such guest requiring emergency evacuation will be transferred by surface to nearest evacuation point in Nepal side after giving the necessary first aid. Any Emergency arrangement other than regular straight forward tour itinerary service should be borne by the clients themselves.

Weather conditions from May to September in Tibet can be expected to be dry and sunny, with precipitation in July and August. The daytime temperature can be between 5° to 10° Celsius. However, the intense sun at high altitude can make it feel even hotter. There can be an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening time. The temperature at night can drop as low as 0° or -10°Celsius.

Note:

Please note that our Kailash Tour Package does not include any rescue or evacuation expenses in emergencies.

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