FAQ ABOUT MT.KAILASH in 2012 TOUR

Om Namah Shivaya

Q. 01: How many days required for Mt. Kailash Yatra?
A. Holy Mt. Kailash yatra require
- 16 days by Toyota Landcruiser 4500 cc and
- 23 days by Toyota Landcruiser 4500 cc and
- 11 days by Helicopter via Nepalganj.

Q. 02: How we will be doing 16 days Yatra?
A. 16 days Kailash Yatra by 4500 cc Toyota Landcruiser
- Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal - Tibet border) tourist bus will be used. In Tibet, 4500 cc Toyota Landcruiser will be used. Routing Kathmandu-Zhyagmu-Nyalam-Saga-Paryang-Mansarovar-Darchen Dirapuk-Zuthulpuk-Darchen-Paryang-Saga-Nyalam-Kathmandu.

11 days Kailash Yatra by Helicopter
- Kathmandu - Nepalgang - Simikot - Hilsa (by helicopter) - Taklakot - Mansarovar - Darchen - Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk - Darchen - Mansarovar - Taklakot - Hilsa - Simikot (by helicopter) - Nepalganj - Kathmandu.
Also 3 days Mt. Kailash Parikrama.

Q. 03: In how many days would I finish Mt. Kailash Parikarma and how long it is?
A. Holy Kailash parikarma is approx 52 kms trek to be completed in 2 nights / 3 Days. Night camping in Dirapuk & Zuthul-puk.

Q. 04: What is the best time to travel?
A. Holy Mt. Kailash yatra starts in the last week of April till September every year.

Q. 05: What is Land cruiser?
A. Land cruiser is four wheel driven Japanese vehicle. We allow maximum four people in one Land cruiser + 1 driver + 1 Sherpa (staff).

Q. 06: How many days would I need to hire the Yak / Horse and a Porter during the whole trip and how much it costs?
A. If you do not want to trek you can hire horse/pony for parikarma. Parikarma (kora) that is for 3 days. It will cost you approx. Yuan 1700 per horse with horse man and Poter. About USD 250.00

Q. 07: What are the hidden charges i.e. to be paid direct?
A. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, Accidents, Natural disaster & Political action. Following are the charges not included during yatra.
- Horse and Horse man and Poter cost
- Rescue or evacuation if need, Nepal visa separation cost it's about USD 50/=  One month.
- Travel insurance, drink, laundry, Telephone/fax, Additional transportation cost.
- If you are not going for Kailash Parikrama due to any reason and staying back at Darchen for three days, you have to pay extra about USD 40.00 per day for accommodation and food in Darchen.
- Airport tax of Kathmandu. To be paid cash direct at the airport while taking return flight.

Q.08: How much amount we should carry and in what form whether travelers cheque, Doller or Tibetian cash or Indian Rupees
A. In Kathmandu you may use USD OR Indian Currency (however denominations 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( approx USD 300.00) 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.
USD 100 = NPR 7,000
USD100 = CNY 665(CHINESE YUAN)
You can exchange Yuan in Kathmandu or in Tibet border. Most of the yatri exchange their currency in Nepal-Tibet border.

Q. 09: How about accommodation facilities etc. ?
A. 3/4 Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and guest house accommodation in Tibet. However, camping accommodation will be provided during parikrama of Holy Kailash.

Q. 10: What is your cancellation policy?
A. Cancellation Policy:
30 days before departure date, USD 300 will be charged as cancellation.
15 days before departure date, USD 500 will be charged as cancellation.
07 days before departure date, No refund allowed.

Q. 11: Do you provide something?
A. We Provide:
· Camping Equipments (to be returned at the end)
· Sleeping bags (down with inside extra cover), (to be returned at the end)
· Jacket (down) (to be returned at the end)
· Oxygen Back-up & Gaymo Bag.

Q. 12: What medical reports do I need to carry?
A. No medical report is required but we insist every yatri to consult their doctor before traveling to high altitude. Also every yatri must declare their physical status and specify if they are allergic to any medicine.

Q.13: Besides the passport what other official documents will I need on the yatra?
A. You need to carry:-
Valid Passport with 4 passport size photographs
Medical Insurance Policy. (Not compulsory)

Q.14: Is it essential or good to commence the tour on a full moon day?
A. You can commence your yatra any day. Some people prefer to reach at Mansarovar or Kailash on full moon day.

Q.15: Can we take children with age group of 6 and 10 years?
A. Yes, can take children (physically normal) along with you but at your own risk because you know your child better.

Q.16: What are the precautions taken for the children?
A. You have to take same precautions as you are taking for yourself.

Q.17: Will one oxygen cylinder be sufficient for four of us?
A. Our team will provide oxygen cylinder in emergency. Usually, oxygen cylinder is not required. However, some yatri prefer to carry their own handy oxygen cylinders. You may buy small portable cylinder in Tibet. It may cost approx. Yuan 15-20 Per cylinder.(approx USD 3.00)

Q.18: What will be the charges for children?
A. Yatra cost is same for children.

Q.19: Will your cook be traveling with us during the entire trip. Will he be carrying stove and utensils can he make vegetarian items.
A. Yes, cooks will be traveling with you during the entire trip. They will carry all necessary cooking items with them and you will get only vegetarian food during yatra.

Q.20: Can we prescribe the menu for cooking on daily basis?
A. Yes, you may discuss and suggest your choice. If possible, and other yatris agree our cook will not mind cooking your choice of food.

Q.21: Is VISA cost included in the total tour cost?
A. 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. It's approx, USD 40.00 per one month.

Q.22: Can we find some helpers to help our kids/luggage during the trekking part of the journey? Will they be available there or do we have to take them with us.
A. Yes, you can get helpers/porters for your kids/luggage, the charge may be approx Yuan 150 per day.(approx USD 25.00)

Q.23: What will be the arrangement in case there is any break down of vehicle (Land Cruiser)?
A. We will send another Vehicle (Land Cruiser).

Q.24: Are there any frequent landslides on the way?
A. No, it depends on weather.

Q.25: Is good sanitation available during the camping days?
A. Yes, toilet tents may be made available.

Q.26: Availability of drinking water on the yatra?
A. Water bottles / pure natural mineral water may be made available.

Q.27: Where we can find facial cream and all other items?
A. You can buy everything in Kathmandu, Nepal. Our executive will guide/help you.

Q.28: 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.
A. Yes, you can bring camera & videos along with you. The voltage in Tibet is 220V. Can be re-charge most of the places but not during 3 days parikrama. We suggest to travel with extra batteries.

Q.29: What about communication possibilities?
A. 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.30: Is there any pandit available?
A. No, you have to bring your pundit.

Q. 31: When we should book the Holy Mt. Kailash Yatra and how to book?
A. You should book this yatra minimum 90 days in advance. To book, we need copy of passport (1st page only) with 25% advance deposit.

Q. 32: Is it necessary to send our document with advance 90 days before?
A. Yes, we must send copy of your passport to China for approval.

Q. 33: How can we make advance payment?
A. We have following payment options:
- Pay on line through credit card OR
- Swift transfer to OUR BANK account. Contact us for our bank details.
- Pay by credit card.
- Send a Demand Draft by courier.

Q.34: If we are not feeling comfortable or physically fit for parikarma then what we will do.
A. In such case, you must stay back in Darchen for 3 days.

Q.35: What type of medical test is required for this trip?
A. TMT test. (not compulsory)

Q. 36: What we must carry?
A. Be sure you have the needy items !
Warm clothes, water bottle, water purification tabs, sun tan lotion utility knife, dusk musk, medicine for headaches, fever, colds, stomach disorders and diamox (unless you are allergic to sulpha drugs) for altitude sickness, It is also good to carry dry fruit, juice powder, breads, candy, canned or packed food, nuts, pickles and biscuits.
* if you do not have any of the above items, our executive will assist you in Kathmandu.

Q. 37: Do you have any age restriction?
A. No, we do not have any age restrictions. If you are physically fit you may travel but we insist every one to consult their doctor and must mention that you are going to high altitude. Couple of old aged people travelled with us and have successfully done the parikrama.