TEMPERATURE AND WEATHER :
Weather conditions from May to September in Tibet, can be expected to be dry and sunny, with precipitants in July and August, day time temperatures can be as high as 22 degrees centigrade in Tibet.The average daily temperature will be 10 degrees centigrade, however, the intense sun at high altitude can, make it feel even hotter. At this time of year there is an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening time, temperature at night-time will drop as low as 0 to -10 degrees centigrade at altitudes of 5000 meters, our highest camp during the PARIKRAMA.
________________________________________ HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS :
All participants must provide health certificate given by a reputed doctor confirming that the participant is fit to travel in altitudes of 5700 metres. We do ask you to bring along your own small first aid kit (available at Pharmacies). Some of the items we ask you to bring in the kit are :
Antiseptic cream or Wound disinfectant: Iodine and tube-squeeze cream.
Foot care and Blister Treatment, band-aids, adhesive roll & strips, gauze pads, moleskin. (please bring ankle high boots to avoid muscle sprain.)
________________________________________ GAUZE PADS :
3", at least 6 pads,- Gauze roll: 2-3 rolls Adhesive Tape 2 roll.
Ace Bandages for the Ankle. Elastic bandages 3 roll. Water disinfectant tablets
(Triethoprim/sulfamethoxazole - Bactrim DS or Septran DS - double strength (l60mg/ 800mgs). Antidiarrheals - Lomotil & Pepto - Bismol tablets and make sure you bring Charcoal tablets. Please see your doctor for more advice concerning antibiotics and antidiarrheals. Deamox: 20 Tablets :
Anti - Inflamatories:
• Avil, Brufen or Mortin. Asprin / Tylenol or general painkillers.
• Strong sunscreen oil, skin antibiotic cream/ Antifungal Ointment Lozenges/Strepsils (plenty).
________________________________________ FITNESS :
Please start to get in shape NOW!!! A good 30 minutes walk, jogging daily, stretching and regular exercise should put you in the right shape (Concentrate on your heart & legs - Aerobics). Porters will be carrying the bulk of your equipment, but it is recommended that you bring a good day pack and are fit enough to carry snacks, filled water bottle/small scissors and knife, waterproof matches, safety pins, Thermometer, Lighter, Dehydration salt (electral) packets, Neosprine Powder and cream. Heat balm for muscles/joints, Vicksinhaler/vapourub, Chapsticks. Dry Fruits/snacks, camera, Film, Map, Jumper, Sun Hat, First Aid Kit, Light weight Rain Gear, Extra Cloth etc.
________________________________________ ALTITUDE SICKNESS :
This is an environment related condition that can effect anyone who ascends too rapidly to high elevations without acclimatizing properly. Suggested to read any book on trekking, which has a chapter on this, and also consult your doctor.
________________________________________ RESPONSIBILTY :
All arrangements within Tibet are solely at the discretion of the China Tibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB), a government Organization, and we have no control over the quality of the vehicles facilities. Kailash & Mansarover Yatra Pvt. Ltd reserves the right to change itineraries without prior notice, depending on the weather and road condition.
________________________________________ FOREIGN EXCHANGE :
The unit of currency in Tibet, China in RMB (Yuan). Presently 1 Yuen = INRs. 10 /- approximately .
Clothings for both extremes of climate and temperature. While driving to Kailash, it will be warm inside the vehicle and light clothing will be required, but as soon as you step out of the vehicle, warm clothing will be required to keep off the cold winds of the Tibetan Plateau. Evening will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required We recommend that you bring along the following clothings and accessories with you :
• Down Jacket - one ( Available on Rent )
• Warm thick pullover - One
• Warm thin pullover - One
• Warm pants - Two
• Light loose cotton pants - Two
• Warm windproof jacket - One
• Cotton full sleeve T-Shirts - Four
• Thermal under pants/long - Two
• Thermal vest / warm full T-Shirts - Two
• Rain coat with hood/ Poncho (should be roomy) - One
• "Broken - in" pair of ankle high walking boots & one extra shoe laces.
• Light tennis shoes & light rubber sandal.
• Warm woolen socks-Six
• Large cotton or silk scarf-One
• Warm gloves.
• Soft paper tissue and handkerchiefs - Plenty
• Monkey cap and Sun heat - one each
• Towels (one big, one small)
• Washing kit.
• Personal First Aid Kit
• Toilet kit, Nail Clipper, Scisors
• Flash Light with extra batteries (3 Set)
• Sun Glasses, Sun Hat, Monkey Cap, Woolen Gloves
• Water bottles- unbreakable ( Min 2 ltrs capacity) can be purchased in Kathmandu
• Note book , Pen , Pencils
• Camera and film and extra batteries for electronic camera
• Binoculars recommended
• Rain Gear-Your raincoat should be roomy and have a water proof hood.
• Pocket knife , Sewing kit, Buttons, Cigarette lighter, towel, bags( a few of each size strong) dustmasks, strong sun cream and chapstick, Moisturizers, Money pouch/belts etc.
• Water purification tablets
• Walking stick- Can be purchased in kathmandu
• Washing Kit
You will be provide :
• 2 Men Tent, Foam Mattresses
• Sleeping Bag
• Toilet Tents
• Kitchen Tents, Equipment, Food
• Guide, Cook, Helpers
• Porters/Yaks to carry luggage/camping equipments during the Parikrama
• Binoculars recommended
• 4WD Vehicles with Drivers
• Equipment Truck with driver
• Oxygen cylinder with Masks in every Vehicle
• Kit Bag for your cloth and Equipment
________________________________________ TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS:
Your pickup vehicle in Katmandu airport will be a van or minibus based on the group size. Local sightseeing in Katmandu and also the transfer from Katmandu to Tibet border and return will be on Mini-bus (non AC).
All travel in Tibet will be in Luxury buses with upto 35 yatris in a bus or Landcruiser tours will be with 4 yatris in each vehicle as per the itinerary .
Our highly experienced Sherpa staff will be responsible for all camping & cooking arrangements.
One oxygen cylinder with mask will be provided in each staff and during the PARIKRAMA. Please note that oxygen is to be used only in case of emergency.
________________________________________ BRIEFING AND ORIENTATION:
There will be a briefing of the programme on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. It is very important that all participants attend this briefing.
Hotel stay in Kathmandu will be in hotels on twin sharing basis. Your actual stay and hotel contact details will be provided a few weeks before the start of yatra. Stay in these hotels will be in Deluxe Twin sharing rooms on Full Board basis (includes all meals).
In Tatopani (Tibet Border) , rooms will be of budget nature .
Stay in Tibet will be in dormitories and 4 to 8 yatris will be assigned in a room with cots and beds. In extreme situations if such facility is unavailable yatris will be provided safe tented accommodation.
________________________________________ BATHS AND TOILETS IN TIBET:
Most Tibet hotels will only offer shared bath with running water. Toilets will be Indian style and yatris should plan appropriately. During Kailash Parikrama and at Mansarovar where closed toilets are not available the sherpas will setup toilet tents which will be of very basic nature but offering privacy. In comparison most yatris will prefer to use the open toilets.
________________________________________ FOOD AND BEVERAGE:
Food : Healthy full course vegetarian meals will be provided during the stay in Nepal. In Tibet vegetarian meals will be prepared by competent Sherpa staff . Coffee, Tea and Bournvita will be served during breakfast and in the evenings. A hot soup will be served before dinner. You will be required to bring sufficient supplimentary food like chocolates, biscuits, nuts, pickles, bhujias and your favorite tinned products to add variety to the meals..
Water : Mineral water will be supplied in jerry cans for drinking purposes. Due to logistical and pollution reasons we do not supply water in plastic bottles. Sterilised water will be used for cooking and coffee. Hot water will be made available in Tibetan Flasks in dormitory rooms as also anytime from the kitchen.
Parikrama Arrangements :
On parikrama days breakfast will be provided at campsite and packed lunch (typically samosa, sandwich, fruit drink, apple and chocolate) will be given to yatris. These should be carried in a shoulder bag along with one set of dress, a few nutrition items, camera and items for brushing and face wash etc. The main luggage bag will remain in the base camp in the truck.
Yatris will make independent decisions on engaging a horse / porter for parikrama. They will convey this to the Chinese guide in Mansarovar so that suitable bookings can be made in advance. The rates for such facilities will be notified by the Chinese guide based on availability and demand. We will not directly handle the horse / porter bookings and will only ensure that adequate facilities are available for all yatris.
________________________________________ VISAS AND DOCUMENTATION:
You must be in possession of valid passport for at least 6 months. We will obtain your visa for Tibet and will require the following information’s when making your reservation. Full name as it appears in your passport, passport number, date of expiry, place of issue, nationality, date of birth and occupation. Two passport size photographs are also required. Additionally, you must allow a minimum of 10 full working day in Kathmandu for the visa. Getting a visa for Tibet on the Indian passport is guaranteed once the tour is booked. Your passports should reach us not later than 15 days prior to your departure.
________________________________________ GUIDE / ESCORT:
Local English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the tour in Tibet.
Still cameras, home video cameras are allowed in China.
We recommend that you insure yourself against sickness, EMERGENCY RESCUE, accident hospitalization, etc.. We are not liable and responsible for any damages or extra expenses that may arise from mishaps and the loss of their belongings during the pilgrimage.
The last place to make any international calls is in Darchan, Tibet. However, please be informed that it may be difficult at times to get the connection. If any urgent messages has to be sent to any of the participants, then please contact us at the hotel address in Kathmandu.