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Frequently Asked Questions of Kailash Mansarovar Tour

1. Am I fit for Kailash Mansarovar tour? Is there any age limit?
This trip can be joined by anyone who are medically fit and can walk for average of 5-6 hours. There is no age limit for this trip. But those below the age of 18 must either be accompanied by a parent/ guardian or a consent form need to be signed by them.

2. What is the best time of Kailash Mansarovar tour?
The best time of Kailash Mansarovar tour is from May to September. During this time you get cool and pleasant climate with average around 15 degree centigrade temperature. So it is ideal for outdoor activities like dip in holy water and visiting nearby attractions.

3. How many days are required for Kailash Mansarovar tour?
Kailash Mansarovar requires 14 days by overland (Landcruiser/ Coach) and 11 days by Helicopter via Nepalgunj.

4. How you will be doing 14 days tour?
We use tourist bus for Kathmandu Kodari (Nepal China Border) transfer. In Tibet, 4500 cc Toyota Landcruiser (4 Seater) or Tourist Coach (32 seater) will be used. The Routing of overland tour is Kathmandu-Zhyagmu-Nyalam-Saga-Paryang-Mansarovar-Darchen Dirapuk-Zuthulpuk-Darchen-Paryang-Saga-Nyalam-Kathmandu.

5. What about 11 days Heli tour?
In Heli Tour you fly from Kathmandu to Simikot connecting with Nepalgunj by domestic flight. From Simikot to Hilsa you fly by Helicopter. Then cross the border. By drive Purang (Taklakot) - Mansarovar- Darchen. 3 Days parikarma by walking or pony. Parikarma ends at Darchen. From Darchen you drive back to Border and Back to Kathmandu by flight same as previous.

6. In how many days would I finish Mt. Kailash Parikarma and how long it is?
Holy Kailash parikarma is approx 48 kms trek to be completed in 2 nights / 3 Days. Night camping in Dirapuk & Zuthul-puk.

7. How many hours should I travel in a day?
You may be required to travel for 5 hr – 8 hr in a day.

8. What about the road condition is in Tibet and transport?
Road in Tibet are most paved and improved. Only few kilometers are not black topped but is in good condition.

9. What type of accommodation do you offer us during tour?
We offer you five or four star hotel accommodation (as per the plan you may choose) for three nights in Kathmandu on twin-sharing basis. Best available hotel/guest houses accommodation in Tibet. Tent accommodation for two nights during Kailash Parikarma. Be noted that conveniences in Tibet are very limited and therefore the quality of accommodation will vary from one place to another.

10. What are the facilities in Tibet? Will it be possible have a single room or to have shower everyday?
Tibet is the highest region on earth. It is also one of the least developed parts of the world. As it is extremely remote and isolated part, the amenities for pilgrims are still at a basic and limited scale in some places of this tour. There you might be necessary to share a room with three to four people. You might participate in an outdoor toilet adventure. You should go without a shower for a few days. However we will always be there to support you and make the journey a pleasant one.

11. What food and drink will I get during the tour?
While touring we will provide you all main meals which are hygiene and totally vegetarian. With meals we offer you tea, coffee, juice and drinking chocolate. All the food are prepared by our trained cook and are served hot however in some occasions specially while travelling packed lunch will be provided to reach the next camp on time. Mineral water will be provided at every camp to refill your drinking water bottle.

12. Do we need to undergo medical tests? Why is it necessary?
In this tour you are required to travel and trek through high altitude region. In such places, the atmospheric air is under low pressure and people may suffer from altitude sickness called Hypoxia (less oxygen. Therefore participants need to be done medical test thoroughly before joining the trip.

13. Do I need to carry the medicines which I have been taking and prescribed by my doctor?
Our tour staffs only carry first aid medical kit. Therefore you are advised to take sufficient stock of medicines that you have been taking and prescribed by your doctor.

14. How far the possibility of Altitude Sickness to be suffered by me?
Our itinerary is set on slow pace hike to acclimatize enabling you to enjoy the best. But as this trips climbs above 3000 m, you may suffer from altitude sickness. To our experience most of the travelers once they are acclimatized rarely suffer. It is advised for all travelers to drink approximately 3 litres of water everyday to be safe from mountain sickness.

15. Will we have sufficient time and training to acclimatize for and during the journey?
In overland tour at Nyalam and in Heli Tour Purang (Taklakot) you will get full day rest for acclimatization.

16. Do you suggest clothing & accessories need for trip?
Warm clothes are a must to fight the frosty cold. So we advise to carry thermal wears, wind proof jackets, woolen socks, gloves, warm hat and scarves, monkey cap, comfortable walking shoes, dust masks, sun hat and sufficient number of changing clothes. Likewise we suggest you to pack up toilet tissue papers, torch light, sunscreen lotion, sun glasses, walking sticks etc.

17. What about your staff touring with us?
Our staffs are friendly, courteous and are fully committed in providing the highest level ofcustomer satisfaction. The guides are highly experienced and most of them have already scaled peaks above 8000 meters. Our cooks are well trained to prepare North Indian, South Indian, Punjabi, Jain and continental dishes as per requirements.

18. What preparation do you make for emergency?
Oxygen sets for emergency/ medical purpose are always available throughout the trip accompanied by your crew. We make every effort to minimize the risk of sickness and changes in itinerary. However charges for unforeseen circumstances are the responsibility of the clients.

19. Do you provide anything for our tour?
We provide you down jacket (On hire basis), wind cheater, sleeping bag and camping equipments. All except wind cheater should be returned at the end of the tour.

20. Do you also organize private trip apart from group joining tour?
Yes we also organize it on your convenient dates. But your group size should be at least 9 or above.

21. Can I extend Kailash Mansarovar Tour with Muktinath, Lhasa, Everest Base Camp?
Yes you can extend Kailsh Mansarovar tour with Muktinath, Lhasa, Everest Base Camp. The itinerary and cost detail will be given on request.

22. Will there be any major expenditure that I am likely to Incur?
There could be an expenditure if you choose to hire a porter and pony during Kailash Parikarma.

23. If I need to hire the horse (pony) and porter how many days it requires during the whole trip and how much it costs?
Horse and porter is only for 3 days parikarma. Parikarma can be done either by walking or pony. If you feel you can't do it by walking then you need them to hire. The cost of pony and porter depends upon time and situation. As per the rate of 2012 per horse is 1500 and per porter is 600 Chinease Yuan.

24. Is communication facilities availed en route of the tour?
Pay phones are available in Kathmandu, Zhangmu, Nyalam, Saga and Darchen.

25. How do I get visas to Nepal and Tibet visa?
Indian nationals do not require a visa for Nepal. Non-Indian nationals require a 15-day multiple entry visa which can be availed on arrival at Nepal airport.

A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 180 days from the last date for Tibet (China) visa. The Chinease Government issue only a group visa and in order to arrange it we would need copy of your passport at least 30 days prior to the commencing of your trip and we would need your actual passport five days before the visa issuing days.

26. Can I entry into Tibet by diplomatic passports?
Entry into Tibet on diplomatic passport is not permitted
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