TEMPERATURE AND WEATHER:
Weather conditions from June to September in Tibet can be expected to be dry and sunny, with precipitation 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 the year there is an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening time; temperatures at night time can drop as low as 0 to -10 degrees centigrade at altitudes of 5000 meters, our highest camp during the Parikarama.
This is not a tough trek or expedition therefore no specific level of fitness is required. Anybody can join this tour (Yatra) if they think themselves fit and have strong will power. People suffering from cardiac or respiratory problems should consult to their doctor. Morning and evening walks, jogging, stretching, meditation and regular exercise make the journey comfortable for all.
This is an environment – related condition that can effect anyone who ascends too rapidly to high elevations without acclimatizing properly. Suggest reading any book on trekking that has a chapter on this and also consulting your doctor. Please note that Diamox has to be taken by all participants as a precaution measure. Our advice: Drink at least 4 litters of water a day, do not exhaust yourself so much and breathe deep and take more rest than usual.
CURRENCY: The unit of currency is the Yuan. Approximately, one Yuan equivalent to INR 10 and 1 USD equivalent to 6 Yuan. All major foreign currencies are accepted in Zhangmu bank in return for Yuan. Credit cards are rarely accepted.
Valuable goods taken for personal use (radio and moive/video camera etc) should be declared at customs office by completing a customs declaration form and brought back to return journey. Antiques must be properly certified; otherwise they may be confiscated. Strongly advised, not to bring any kind of books, magazines or any publications written against China or its territory.
From Kathmandu to Kodari private buses will be provided for the group. Travelling in whole Tibet part will be in Land cruiser/Pajero or deluxe tourist buses. A support truck will be provided for luggage and all camping equipment and food supplies.
Our highly experienced Nepalese staff will be responsible for all camping and cooking arrangements during the whole Kailash trip.
BRIEFING AND ORIENTATION:
There will be a detail briefing on the program in Kathmandu before you leave for Kailash, Tibet. It is very important that all participants attend this briefing. If you have any unanswered questions than you discuss during this meeting.
Nowadays, rooms are available most of the places. We may use camps (Tented room) during Kailash round in full moon time. The rooms at these places are very basic without any modern amenities and most rooms accommodate 3-4 persons. No laundry services will be available throughout the trip. Single room will not be available in Tibet.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE:
We will serve delicious continental food; Breakfast and Dinner in Campsite serve by Nepali trained staff. Pack lunch will be provided for daytime. We will serve mineral water for drinking purpose. It will be advisable to bring sufficient supplementary food like chocolates, biscuits, nuts, pickles, bhujias, swahilis etc.
VISA AND DOCUMENTS:
To enter Tibet, we organize a group visa, and in order to do this we will need a copy of your passport at least 30 days prior to the commencement of your trip. Tourism regulations in Tibet are subject to change without prior notice. As per current regulation of Chinese government, Indian passport holders must get visa from Chinese Embassy Delhi so we collect all passport there. For Others (Except Indian), we collect passport in Kathmandu at least 2 days before. At least six months validity of passport is needed for visa processing.
Local English speaking Tibetan Guide will escort the group throughout the tour in Tibet.
Still Cameras, Home Video cameras are allowed into Tibet without having to take any permission.
We recommend that you insure yourself against sickness, emergency rescue, accident hospitalization, tour cancellation, etc. as we accept no responsibility for damages or expenses which may arise from mishaps to persons or their belongings during the pilgrimages.
Communication facilities in Tibet have been improved over the past few years. Most of places (Nayalam, Saga, Paryang and Darchen) have international phone facilities. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town.
You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time. Please ask us for the latest facilities and schemes on Chinese mobile phones.
Clothing for both extremes of Climate and Temperature. While driving to Kailash, it will be warm inside the vehicle and light clothing is 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. Evenings will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required. We recommend that you bring along the following clothing and accessories with you:
» Down Jacket – One
» Warm thick pullover & thin pullover – One each
» Warm Pants- two
» Light loose cotton Pants- two
» Warm windproof jacket – one
» Cotton full sleeve T-Shirts- four
» Thermal under pant/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 and one extra shoe laces
» Light tennis shoes and light rubber sandal
» Warm woollen socks – six
» Light cotton socks – six
» Large cotton or silk scarf – one
» Warm gloves/mittens – one
» Soft paper tissue and handkerchiefs – plenty
» Monkey cap and sun hat – one each
» Towels (one big, one small)
» Personal first aid kit
» Toilet kit, Nail Clipper, scissors.
» Flashlight with extra batteries (3 sets)
» Sun glasses.
» Water bottles – unbreakable (min 2 liters capacity).
» Note book, pens and pencils.
» Camera and extra batteries
» Pocketknife, sewing kit, butane cigarette, lighter and Chap Stick, moisturizers, money pouch/belts etc
» Water purification tablets.
» Walking stick
All participants should be medical fit to travel in altitudes of 5700 meters. 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 and strips, gauze pads, moleskin. (Please, bring trusted and broken in walking boots).
Gauze pads: 3″, at least 6 pads; Gauze roll: 2-3″ rolls; Adhesive Tape: 2″ roll.
Ace bandage for the ankle. Elastic bandage 3″ roll.
Water disinfectant tablets
Antibiotics: (Triethoprim/ Sulfamethoxazole- Bactrim DS or Septra DS – double strength (160mg/s 800mg). Antidiarrhoeals – Lomotil and pepto-bismol tablets and make sure you bring Charcoal tablets. Please see your doctor for more advice concerning antibiotics and anti diarrheals.
Diamox : 30 tablets. It is a must that every participant takes diamox from the day of their arrival in Kathmandu, this is for a precaution measure taken so that participants do not fall ill due to high altitude. Please consult your doctor regarding diamox.
Anti-inflammatory: Advil, Rufen or Mortin. Aspirin/Tylenol or general painkillers.
Strong Sunscreen Oil: Skin Antibiotic Cream/ Antifungal Ointment. Lozenges/strepsils (plenty).
Small scissors and knife, water proof matches, safety pins, thermometer, lighter, dehydration salt (electrolytes) Packets. Foot powder and Cream. Heat Balm for muscles/joints. Vicks inhaler/vapourub. Chap sticks.
SOME ADVISE DURING PARIKRAMA (KAILASH KORA):
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.
– Reduce talking.
– 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.
– Always listen to your guide or the one with experience. Never leave the group.
RISK & LIABILITY:
Mac Tours and Travels (P) Ltd will put every effort to make your journey very smooth and pleasant. However, all the programs in Tibet are conducted strictly under the rules and regulations of China Tibet Tourism Bureau. Therefore, Mac Tours and Travels (P) Ltd. or its Tibet counterpart shall not be responsible for any change and alterations in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow, and political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, delay shortage of Land Cruiser Jeep in Tibet and sickness or accidents. Any extra cost incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the spot. It is most advisable for clients to have full insurance against medical and personal accidents as well as tour cancellation highly recommended.
All notice of cancellation must be sent to our office in writing; verbal cancellation will not be accepted. There is no refund for services not used. In case of any cancellation the booking amount will be completely forfeited. In addition, the following cancellation rules will be applicable on the balance amount payable.
* 15 days period from tour departure date 30% cancellation.
* 10 days period from tour departure date 75% cancellation.
* 5 days and less period no sow 100% cancellation.
Above rules are applicable as per the rules and regulation of China Tibet Tourism Bureau and (IPSC) Indian pilgrims service China.