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.
Fitness - Planning & preparation
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).
You need to increase your walking habits, practice climbing little mountains, start doing some exercises with the consultation from your doctor .Reduce drinking alcohol &alcoholic beverages &smoking habits .Consult your family doctor to assess the state of your health for functioning safely within your own limitations .In addition to the personal prescriptions by your physician, a first aid kit is a must travel. Request your doctor to prescribe effective medicine to cover the following:
Fever Body & joints pain
Stomach cramps Chest congestion
Stiffness Sore throat
Acidity Loose motion
Sneezing Nose blocks
Swelling Muscle pulls
we recommend that you bring the following items to make your journey more comfortable.
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: 01. Down Jacket - one ( Available on Rent ) 02. Warm thick pullover - One 03. Warm thin pullover - One 04. Warm pants - Two 05. Light loose cotton pants - Two 06. Warm windproof jacket - One 07. Cotton full sleeve T-Shirts - Four 08. Thermal under pants/long - Two 09. Thermal vest / warm full T-Shirts - Two 10. Rain coat with hood/ Poncho (should be roomy) - One 11. "Broken - in" pair of ankle high walking boots & one extra shoe laces. 12. Light tennis shoes & light rubber sandal. 13. Warm woolen socks-Six 15. Large cotton or silk scarf-One 16. Warm gloves. 17. Soft paper tissue and handkerchiefs - Plenty 18. Monkey cap and Sun heat - one each 19. Towels (one big, one small) 20. Washing kit.
1. Sanitizer gel, Air Freshner , Tissues wet & dry
2. Toilet kit, Nail Clipper, Scisors
3. Flash Light with extra batteries (3 Set)
4. Sun Glasses, Sun Hat, Monkey Cap, Woolen Gloves
5. Water bottles- unbreakable ( Min 2 ltrs capacity) can be purchased in Kathmandu
6. Note book , Pen , Pencils
7. Binoculars , camera, back up batteries
8. Rain Gear-Your raincoat should be roomy and have a water proof hood.
9. Pocket knife , Sewing kit, Buttons, Cigarette lighter, towel, bags( a few of each size strong) dustmasks, Money pouch/belts tc.
10. Water purification tablets
11. Walking stick- Can be purchased in Kathmandu
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 ,Ace Bandages for the Ankle. Elastic bandages 3 roll. Antibiotics: (Triethoprim/sulfamethoxazole - Bactrim DS or Septran DS - double strength (l60mg/ 800mgs). Antidiarrheals – (Lomotil & Pepto – Bismol) Please see your doctor for more advice concerning antibiotics and antidiarrheals.
Deamox: 20 Tablets, Water disinfectant tablets
Anti - Inflamatories: · Avil, Brufen or Mortin. Asprin / Tylenol or general painkillers.
At The High Altitude during Parikrama
Oxygen is less at higher altitudes. The inclement weather and high altitude induces certain illness generally not encountered over the plains. Headache, nausea, lassitude, lethargy, breathlessness, general uneasiness [malaise], high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia are a few. It is common to all irrespective of the age, sex and physical fitness. Gradual acclimatization is the best answer. Some of symptoms indicate that the body mechanism is readjusting to new environments. The best idea is deliberately slow down all the activities and follows the following rules:
Relax-do not exert, be excited.
Walk slowly – adopt one third of your speed and space.
Keep your load light.
Walk for 15 minutes and rest for 5 minutes.
Whenever you feel uncomfortable, just stop; rest and relax.
Ignore the sudden outbursts of fellow pilgrims and avoid arguments.
Observe silence with smile.
Never go too high and too fast.
Avoid smoking, alcohol, drugs and intoxicants.
Consume plenty of liquids; never proceed with an empty stomach.
Chant a prayer or visualize everything around to suit your pleasant thoughts or put on the earphones and listen to your favorite music, bhajans, chanting etc.
Be careful not to catch a cold. It is better to be over clothed than under protected. En-route avoids taking bath or drinking water from Lake Streams or rivers, as your system is not conditioned for this.
Keep your boots/Ked inside tent. Protect yourself against dust and direct sunshine during the long stretches of driving. Face, feet and hands must be well protected.
The uneven ground, steep slope and slushy banks are full of potholes. Do not combine walking and sight seeing together.
Always listen to your guide or the one with experience. Never leave the group.
All major foreign currencies and Tcs are accepted in Zhangmu Bank in return for Yuen, the basic unit of Chinese Currency. Yuen equals 10 Jiao and 1 Jiao equals 10 Fen. At present US$1 = 8 Yuen, Credit cards are not accepted. 1 Yuen = INRs. 8/- approximately.
Antiques must be properly certified, otherwise they mey be confiscated.
Kathmandu to Kodari Private minibus will be provided for the group. Border crossing from Kodari to Zhangmu (Tibet) will be on trucks, incase of landslide, approximately 30 mins ride. Throughout the journey in Tibet you will be travelling in 4 WD Japanese vehicles. A truck will be provided for luggage and all camping equipments and food supplies.
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.
Accommodation in Nyalam and in Darchen lodges. The room at these places are very basic without any modem amenities. During the rest of the journey twin sharing high altitude tents will be provided. While camping we shall be providing all tents, mattresses, sleeping bags and camping equipment required for the trip, except for personal clothing. No laundry services will be available throughout the trip. Single room cannot be guaranteed.
We will be providing vegetarian breakfast and dinner cooked by our Sherpas at campsite, who will be taken from Kathmandu. 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. Lunch will be packed of light snacks.
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.
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. WE reserves the right to change itineraries without prior notice, depending on the weather and road condition.