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Alpine Club Of Himalaya P. Ltd.
Thamel, Kathmandu
Nepal
Tel: (+977) 1-4251533
Email: info@alpineclubofhimalaya.com
Website: www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: How fit should I be and is there any age limit for Mt.Kailash Tour in Tibet ?
It is necessary to be physically fit and healthy to participate in Mt. Kailash tour. Even if, there is no particular age limit guideline, child below 8 years or elderly people exceeding 70 years or more are not advisable to take participation. As the average altitude in Mt. Kailash Tour is 3,500 meter and above, doctor's medical certificate is essential for trip participation. But most important thing is your determination and will to overcome difficulties. Keep your blood pressure in normal condition. Though every precaution is taken before the trip, ultimately it is your own responsibility to make sure that you are fit enough to take the trip. Specific immunizations are advisable.

Q2: What kind of medical check-up should I go for before taking up this trip?
We have already made it clear in our brochure and through our agents that every client should go through medical check-up for normal heart beat, respiration, blood pressure, diabetics, dental problem and other sickness before taking up the trip.

Q3: How many hours of exercise should I do after booking this trip?
Any normal exercise that makes you feel better like normal walking, jogging for an hour, aerobic, swimming or simple physical work-out for an hour will make you fit for travelling. The above mentioned exercises will help you to adapt with the long drive and walk in the high altitude of Tibet.

Q4: What height do we cover and what is the highest elevation on this trip?
Elevation gains gradually from 3,600 from Lhasa or Nylam to 4,400m on an average with high passes of over 4,900m to 5,200m. On Parikrama day we begin our walk from Darchen which is approx. 4,600m and slowly we take higher elevation over 300-400m on 5-6 hrs walks and going through the highest pass on this trip at Drolma-la 5,630m.

Q 5: Is VISA cost included in the total tour cost?
Yes, cost of Tibet Visa is included. However, cost of Nepal visa is not included (applicable for foreign nationals only). Indian passport holders do not need Nepal Visa.

Q 6: Can I bring video camera and digital camera? Weather we will have possibility to recharge the batteries or is there any restrictions to use these things ?
Yes, you can bring camera and videos along with you. The voltage in Tibet is 220V. Can be re-charged most of the places but not during 3 days parikrama. We suggest you to travel with extra batteries.

Q 7: What about communication possibilities?
Darchen (base camp of Mt. Kailash) is the last point where communication facility is available. Mobile will not work in Kailash region. It works only in town. Our guides will be using satellite phones during parikrama.

Q 8: Is there any pandit (priests) available?
No, you have to bring your own pundit (priest), if you want.

Q 9: When we should book the Holy Mt. Kailash Yatra and how to book?
You should book the trip minimum 45 days in advance. To book, we need copy of passport (1st page only) with 25% advance deposit.

Q 10: I am a vegetarian. Will this annoy other people in the group or trouble camping kitchen and cook?
Vegetarian is not a problem at all. We do have mostly vegetarians in this kind of group for Mt. Kailash Trip. If you happen to be the only one in the group, we will make sure that your meals will be served and cooked separately. The cook and the kitchen staff and guides will be briefed well in advance about you and the meals will be cooked as per your choice and taste.

Q 11: What happens if someone gets very sick and has to be evacuated immediately in a place like Tibet?
Your safety is our highest priority. To make sure that everything goes well in Tibet we send an experience guide with medical knowledge, first aid kits and portable oxygen and Gamma Bag ( Pressure Bag). However, sometime some people might get sick due to harsh conditions and continuous driving. In this case we will do our best to make sure that you get immediate medical relief from our guide. If the condition deteriorates despite of our medical assistance, you will be taken back to Nepal in a vehicle with all medical equipment like oxygen accompanied by our guide where the helicopter can pick you up for further medical treatment. It is advised that you should make it clear with your insurance company that the cost of emergency evacuation and other sundry medical expenses should be borne by insurance company. Depending upon the person's condition and seriousness, we will take the patient to the lower altitude and to the nearest medical help, hospitals or medical post accompanied by our Sherpa guides who can speak and understand English, Hindi and Tibetan as well.

Q 12: How much money should I carry for this trip after paying all in the trip package and in what form whether travelers cheque, Doller or Tibetian cash or Indian Rupees ?
After buying a package trip, you need extra money for your own personal expenses, like buying meals in Kathmandu, mineral water in Kathmandu / Tibet (although we provide boiled / filtered water in every trip), tipping, souvenirs, gifts etc. In Kathmandu you may use USD OR Indian Currency (however denomination of INR 500 & 1000 is not allowed in Nepal). For Tibet you will need Chinese Yuan only for 14 days in Tibet we suggest you to carry approx Yuan 2000 Per Person which you may need for emergency and to pay for horse during Kailash Parikrama. Balance (unused Yuan) may be exchanged again on the way back.
INR 100 = NPR 160
INR 100 = CNY 14 (CHINESE YUAN)
You can exchange Yuan in Kathmandu or in Tibet border. Most of the yatri exchange their currency in Nepal-Tibet border.

Q 13: I am physically fit, but I am a diabetic patient as well, which troubles quite often, any suggestion?
To make your trip easy and trouble free, we suggest you to take your doctor's advice and carry the medicine as prescribed. Please remember that you will not get large medical stores en route in Tibet which fulfills your requirement. Pre-inform us about your special dietary requirement so that our cook will serve as per your request. If you need to be fully assured about your medical care, please inform us with your medical history so that we will advice you as per your doctor's suggestion.

Q 14: Is it right to ask negative question like the Chinese occupation in Tibet, to the local Tibetan Guide?
Though the Chinese Government Official do not understand much English or Hindi, it is highly advisable not to take it for granted, for sometimes there are plain-clothes policemen mingling with the crowd in monasteries and other public places. They might understand what you are talking about and can give you the hard time, especially to your guide. A big problem may create which makes your trip unpleasant. So to be on the safe side and to have a hassle free time in Tibet, it is wise not to talk negative things about the Chinese Government or to show softness on Dalai Lama's cause.

Q 15: What kind of magazines, reading materials should one carry in Tibet, as we have heard rumors, pictures of Dalai Lama and other ousted Lamas are completely banned?
Any magazine, film, photo or book which has negative impact upon the Chinese Government is not safe to carry with you on this trip. They may not search your bags thoroughly but if they happen to find them, there will be a serious problem and can create a big trouble beyond your imagination. Even talking about Dalai Lama or his admires and other expelled high priests are forbidden in this land, not to mention the "Free Tibet" T-shirt and stickers.

Q 16: How many hours and distance do we cover every day on drive and parikrama?
The road that covers Kathmandu to Darchen (from where parikrama starts and ends) is 817 km via Zhangmu. Lhasa to Darchen via Lhatse (south route) is 1,188 km. As per the above mileage, on good road condition we can drive 5-6 hours covering more than 200 km. However, as soon as we hit the rough road south west from Lhartze coming from Lhasa or west from Nylam coming from Katmandu, the speed starts going down slowly because of road condition.

Normally, we try to camp and stay as per the Itinerary but it all depends on road, vehicle, people's condition and good campsite with clean drinking water. Sometimes we have to drive earlier than expected from night campsite.

Q17: What is included while camping and what kind of camping gear do we expect?
Apart from your own travel clothing and personal belongings, we provide tents for double occupancy (if you have not booked for a single occupancy). Our tents are made of excellent material which has been tried, used and tested on high altitude terrain and arctic cold climate condition. We also provide foam mattress as sleeping mat, warm down sleeping bags with fleece inner linear.

Our camping unit consists of spacious Kitchen Tents for the kitchen staffs and cook, spacious cozy dining tents, toilet tents, portable tables and chairs.

Q 18: Is there any chance for a hot bath on this trip and what kind of toilet facilities are being provided while camping and staying in en route lodges?
Yes, you can have hot bath while staying in deluxe and moderate hotels en route to Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse or at Zhangmu but from Lartze and Nylam, chances are less as you will be accommodated in a clean, and simple, basic lodge. While camping on the drive and trek, depending upon time of the journey, on a free day (rest day) there is chances for hot bath, as we carry shower / bathing tents as well. Toilet facilities are good as mentioned on the above Hotels, but from Nylam or Lartze, a common toilet is available. While driving we stop frequently for toilet stops out in the wilderness. But in camping we carry toilet tents and warm treated water for cleaning hands.

Q19: What type of food & hygiene do we expect while camping and staying in en route lodges?
In every camping trip and while staying in lodges and hotels, we make sure that food is always expertly and hygienically prepared. It is our primary concern that you should remain in good health. We generally serve a mixture of local (Nepali / Indian / Chinese) and European style meals and you will be amazed by the quality and variety of the dishes that our cooks can produce while camping. We are accustomed to catering for vegetarians and make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. While staying in Lhasa and Zangmu and en route lodge, the meals provided cannot be up to your standard. Our guide will try his best to give the required order even if it is a simple meal, but we always take our client where there is a nice clean and hygienic restaurant

Q 20: What types of vehicles are provided while travelling, if I am a single person, can I use separate single room and tent?
For comfort and smooth ride, we provide the best Four Wheel Land Cruiserwhich can accommodate 4-5 people in one vehicle while our staffs will be travelling in trucks with all the camping gears and foods. While in Parikrama, all our camping equipment and food will be carried by yaks. If you need a single room and tent, please inform us or your travel agents well in advance.

Q 21 What are the recommended clothing and accessories for Mt. Kailash trips?

  • • Thermal underwear, woolen or silk long sleeve tops & bottoms.
  • • Woolen shirts, pullover, pants, socks, hat, gloves & scarves.
  • • Down jacket or wind breaker.
  • • Good walking boots or shoes.
  • • Sun hat, sun glass, suntan lotion, torch light, pen knife.
  • • Medicine for common colds, headache, diarrhea & diamox against altitude sickness.

Q 22: How about accommodation facilities etc. ?
2- Star level hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and guest house accommodation in Tibet. However, accommodation in tented camps will be provided during parikrama of holy Kailash.

Q 23: Besides the passport what other official documents will I need on the yatra?

  • You need to carry:-
  • Valid Passport with 4 passport size photographs
  • Medical Insurance Policy.

Q 24: Will one oxygen cylinder be sufficient for four of us?
Our team will provide oxygen cylinder in emergency. Usually, oxygen cylinder is not required. However, some yatri prefer to carry own handy oxygen cylinders. You may buy small portable cylinder in Tibet. It may cost approx. Yuan 15-20 per cylinder.

Q 25: How will be temperature in Mt. Kailash?
Tibet will have it's average temperature between 5-20 degree Celsius in the month of April through October. During trekking season, the night temperature in the mountain often falls below freezing. Therefore, you are required to have adequate warm clothes to save from extreme cold. Further, it will be better to dress in layers that can be easily put on & off as required. It is often advisable to carry raincoat because snow or rain can also occur sometimes.