Kailash Mansarovar Yatra PRE YATRA TRAVEL TIPS
- "The idea of a going on a trek or a mountaineering feat is always toward a sense of achievement, to make yourself bigger than who you are. But the idea of a pilgrimage is to subdue yourself."
- A spectacular and stunning 21,778-feet tall, the splendid and majestic breathtaking Mount Kailash is more than just a mountain. A journey, that is both outwards and inwards. Located in the Himalayan mountain ranges of the remote Southwestern corner of Tibet, Kailash is not just one of the highest parts of the world and the source of four mighty rivers of Asia — the Brahmaputra, the Sutlej, Ganges and the Indus — but it's also one of the most significant spiritual spots in the world, revered by millions of people from different religions across the world.
- But more than anything, the journey to Kailash Mansarovar is a life-changing experience, for the few thousands of pilgrims who undertake it every year, teaching them a sense of self like nothing else can. For a pilgrimage to this isolated, timeless, breathtaking and fascinating spiritual spot is like a journey within yourself.
- Nepal Tourism Package NTP, offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of embarking on this journey to Kailash Manasarovar. All our fellow travelers will unanimously agree that they all returned from this trip completely transformed. The magical and mystical spot has been drawing people to its divine presence for various reasons. Here's why you should not miss the chance to be a part of the Kailash Manasarovar yatra.
- The Kailash Parvat or Mount Kailash along with the holy Manasarovar lake is deeply integral to the heart of spiritual Asia, capturing the imagination of human beings since time immemorial.According to Hindu legend, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma. Hence, in Sanskrit it is called Manasarovar, which is a combination of the words 'Manas' (mind) and 'Sarovar' (lake).Hindus also believe Mt. Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva, the holy centre of the earth and the manifestation of heaven itself.Tibetan Buddhists profess that Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok who symbolizes supreme harmony.The Tibetan religion of 'Bon' believes Mount Kailash as their spiritual seat of power.In Jainism, Kailash, referred to as Mount Ashtapada, is the place where the creator of their faith, Rishabhadeva, attained freedom from the cycle of life and rebirth.Just 20 kilometers away from Mount Kailash, the sacred blue and emerald green Manasarovar lake that lies at a height of 15,015 ft, is known to be an epitome of purity, containing healing properties and the power to wash off all mortal sins.
- For these reasons and more, a trip to Kailash Manasarovar is an intense spiritual experience, The 13-day trip will commence at Kathmandu, where you will explore the ancient city along with its holy spots and includes the journey to Tibet, drive to Saga, overnight camping and meditation sessions at the breathtaking Manasarovar Lake. This will be followed by the challenging yet fulfilling trek to the North face of Kailash, where you will get a chance to meditate in the presence of the mighty peak before you journey back.
- A short trip to this roof of the world is difficult, but rewarding one. Every single traveler of this incredible journey undergoes a humbling and enlightening transformation, which cannot be described, but can only be felt.
- Get ready for some incredible experiences. Soak in the sights of cliff-top monasteries, yak caravans leisurely ambling over snowy passes, and the mighty peaks of the Himalayas. But most importantly, get ready to have an honest peek into your own self, you return home with "a little bit of Kailash with you in your heart and your mind".
- With our team of highly skilled, trained and dedicated volunteers ever ready to help you with every step you take on this memorable journey, you will be enveloped in a sense of endless energy, tranquility and oneness.
- "If you can really be with Kailash even for a few moments, life will never again be the same for you. It is a phenomenon beyond all human imagination."
Before starting for Yatra :
- If you are asthmatic or have any kind of breathing problem, you should not travel.
- Take advise of your doctor before undertaking this high altitude pilgrimage & always keep your usual/prescribed medicines (if any) along with beside basic medicines for fever, nausea, dehydration, vomiting bodyache and headache.
- Start drinking luke warm water well in advance before the yatra,have a habit of drinking warm water as u will be provided with hot water for drinking during the yatra.
- Use very strong and rough bags to pack your belongings & don't keep the fragile items in your bag which has to be carried on the Yak. A duffel bag is advisable.
- Don't forget to carry some eatables like sweets, chocolates, glucose, candies, mints, khakra, laddu/pinni etc.
- If possible, engage yourself in some fitness exercise like aerobics every morning.and practice pranayam(breathing exercise).If possible climb up and down the staircase atleast upto 5 floors everyday.
- Don't at all expect luxury on this tour however as far as possible, our Sherpa team will ensure you the best journey/stay with us in this tough terrain.
- It is always advisable to insure yourself against personal loss, injury/accident, death and emergency evacuation. Make sure that your policy covers Emergency Evacuation by Helicopter at high altitude treks.
As there is no Hindu Temple at Holy Lake and Mt. Kailash as such no priest is available. If you want some spiritual activity to be performed, please make sure that your personal priest accompany you from your own country or from Nepal. Do carry essential.
HavanSamagri, HavanKunds etc. if you are willing to engage yourself in some spiritual ceremony like Havan (Yagna).
If possible, arrange your Chinese Yuans (which you might require to buy some souvenir or to pay for pony etc.) in your own coumtry or in Nepal as on the borders, exchange rate might differ.
Alternately, you can carry US$ with you which can be easily converted but Indian
Currency notes are not acceptable in Tibet. Do not carry Indian Currency Notes of 500 & 1000 denominations as these are not acceptable in Nepal and can not be exchanged.
- Upon arrival at immigration desk at Tribhuvan International Airport, please request the immigration officer to put an entry stamp in your passport otherwise you'll have to unnecessarily pay INR 500-1000 at Tibet immigration.
- Don't take too much of clothes along with.
- Walk gradually, don't compete with any one and never loose your temper as this is going to be the toughest journey you could have ever made so far.
- Incase you feel any kind of breathlessness during parikarma, immediately inform our tour guide or sherpa staff & follow their advise.
- On the second day of parikarma, you come across the maximum height at Dolmala Pass where Oxygen level is very low as such don't stop/wait there for more than 5 minutes.
- During parikarma, you'll come across rivers and streams, you must wash your face occasionally with cold water. Avoid drinking water from streams or rivers en route.
- As far as possible, try to walk. But, if you are riding a pony during parikarma, make sure that you hold it properly.
- On the second day of parikarma, you will see several clothes lying on the rocks, please don't touch the same.
- Guard yourself from slipping or falling to prevent fractures, sprains and muscle pulls.
- Do not combine walking and sightseeing together. Inspect your track in front and trek slowly.
- Travel in the group and do not leave any one behind unless escorted.
Prior to Parikarma:
- Start taking DIAMOX atleast 2 days before starting your journey - once every morning after the breakfast. It should be taken for 3-6 days. This is to minimize altitude sickness.
- Drink at least 3 litres of mineral water everyday till you complete the Holy Yatra.
- Avoid riding Yak during KailashParikarma. A pony is preferred over Yak.
- Advise your requirements for Pony Hiring (available at an additional cost) to your tour guide at least a day before the beginning of Parikarma.
While on the Holy Lake:
Don't take a Holy dip in Holy Mansarovar Lake while it is windy.
- Never take a dip in Rakshas Tal (Lake) as its not auspicious.
- If you face altitude sickness, do not proceed for parikarma because once you leave Mansarovar or Darchen and wish to come back from Parikarma due to any reason, there are no facilities available like stretcher etc. Even for Helicopter evacuation, it may take minimum 10 hrs. to a couple of days depending upon weather conditions.
- Don't forget to collect some stones from The Holy Lake as each stone is treated as "Shivlinga".
- If you smoke or consume alcohol, avoid it throughout the journey.
- Eat as much as you could but avoid overeating.
- Satellite phone being provided by us on use and pay basis is primarily to facilitate you during any emergency as such avoid making calls to your well wishers because charging facilities for satellite batteries are very limited and in case of excess usage, the satellite phone might be useless at the time of any emergency.
- While in tents, make sure that it is properly zipped and your luggage (which is kept inside the tent) is not touching the tent's outer surface otherwise in case of rain you might find water inside your tent.
- Try to be in your own tents while its too windy or sunny.
- While staying in the guest house, avoid using public toilets as these are very dirty. It is advisable to use open area or our own toilet tents for toilet purpose.
- Travel with the TEAM SPIRIT and help your group members in case of any need or emergency.
- Please do not expect excellent vehicles in Tibet. The terrain being rough, vehicles are bound to break down but do not panic, the drivers are expert enough to repair it. Repaid may take few minutes to a couple of hours but please maintain patience as we can not leave group members behind.
- As tents and other camping equipments move in trucks, it will take about 2 hours for our sherpa team to pitch-in tents once they reach camp site. Please have patience as truck speed can not be matched with your land cruiser's speed.
If you have a STRONG WILL POWER and belief in LORD SHIVA, no one can stop you in completing you this HOLY YATRA:
- Remain calm during the yatra.Co operate with your co yatris. Dont become aggressive .do not argue during the yatra.If u have any problem discuss it with your guide.
- Wear more thin clothes, instead of one or two thick clothes. Have a wind cheater.
- Practice walking with trekking shoes on before the yatra begins. Keep the shoes inside the sleeping bag during yatra nights, otherwise they may freeze.
- Wear two socks: One woolen and the other cotton.
- Feet must be dry. Use dusting powder. Wet shoes cause blisters.
- Extremities like hands and feet must be protected against extreme cold. Exposure of extremities can lead to high altitude pulmonary oedema.
- Take lots of water and fluids. Body needs a lot of energy.
- Wear good sunglasses to protect eyes against snow blindness.
- Apply sun cream or calamine lotion on exposed parts to avoid sunburn.
- Cuts, blisters and ulcers need proper, urgent treatment.
- Keep moving fingers, toes and facial muscles.
- Stay close together to remain warm.
- Begin trekking early in the morning.
- Walk steady and always with a companion.
- High altitudes kill appetite and can cause loose motions also. Do not neglect food.
- Don't get separated from the group.
- Don't sleep with the boots on.
- Don't overexert.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Pack a pair of sandals, in addition to your shoes. Wear them at the camp to give your feet and your shoes time to breathe.
- Never allow your feet to be without socks (keep a separate pair of woolen/nylon socks for sleeping only).Nurse any foot problems every night; they get worse fast, and cold.
- Never skip a meal and never stop drinking water, for you could weaken and dehydrate in no time. Never over-exert yourself. Breathlessness can make you dizzy, and you could trip on rocks and fall.Do the parikrama at a steady pace.
- Carry your own garbage bag. Bring all bottles and cans back to the cities.Remember this is a holy place and remote too,try to keep it clean.Dont throw waste around.
- When sleeping in a tent, do not cover your face.
- During the journey, report any sickness of any kind to the sherpa and Chinese guides.
- Do the parikrama at a steady pace.
- Never skip a meal and never stop drinking water, for you could weaken and dehydrate in no time