Mt. Kailash Tours – Inner Kora Trek – Mansarovar Lake Visit

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Country Nepal and China Max-Altitude 16,405 ft
Trip Start Kathmandu Trip End Kathmandu
Group Size Min 4, Max 40
Meals Full board fresh cooked meals from day 9 to 15 & breakfast from hotel in remaining days
Accommodation 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu and Lhasa. Standard tea houses from Shigatse to Kyirong
Per Person $ 3,600 USD
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    Mount Kailash inner kora trek visiting heavenly Mansarovar lake and  the ancient Tibetan towns

    Mt. Kailash Tours is perfect blend of breathtaking trekking journey with a holy pilgrimage tour around mystical Mount Kailash. It is the most sacred mountain in Asia & in the whole world. Often regarded as the abode of Lord Shiva and the seat of all spiritual power, pilgrims believe circumambulating Mt. Kailash brings a good fortune in one’s life. Mount Kailash tours takes you to the holy Mansarovar lake, the highest freshwater lake in the whole world. Majority of Hindus and Buddhists believe drinking water from or taking a dip in Mansarovar Lake washes away your sins. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is one of the world’s most popular religious and spiritual tour which take travelers around abode of Lord Shiva. Mount Kailash Tours with Mansarovar Lake also offers the rugged beauty of vast Tibetan plateau during the best time to visit Kailash Mansarovar. Journey to Mt. Kailash is once in a lifetime travel opportunity to experience the uniqueness of natural and spiritual activities. Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar lake tour are considered as one of the most desired pilgrimage destinations for Hindu devotee from around the world.

     

    Mount Kailash tour from Kathmandu begins with a lovely trans-Himalayan flight to Lhasa. Best time to visit Mount Kailash and Mansarovar lake is considered to be from the month of May to end of September which provides with an opportunity for extraordinary views during Saga Dawa festival when the weather is good and cultural experience is also wonderful. Reaching our destination we will have plenty of acclimatization time to avoid altitude sickness. Sightseeing tour in Lhasa takes you to various landmarks including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, etc. Drive through time-worn towns of Gyantse, Shigatse, Saga, acquainting nomadic Buddhist culture of Tibet and passing along beautiful landscapes. Travelers will get plenty of great photo ops of alpine lakes and glaciers and allow sufficient time for acclimatization before you trek across the high pass of Mount Kailash, Dolma La Pass at 5,636 meters. After crossing Dolma La Pass the trek becomes a bit soft with less hard trails to walk. Discover naturally beautiful Mansarovar lake with the reflection of Mt. Kailash appearing on its crystal-clear waters. Kailash Kora begins in Darchen, continuing to Dirupak & leading up to Zutrulpuk, where you will explore numerous legendary sites en-route.

     

    Gauri Kund has deep significance with Mount Kailash tours. Gauri Kund, a greenish blue pond is known as the Lake of Compassion, lies on the way while [siwasthal] going on downwards from Dolma La Pass during your Kailash tour. There is a belief when Lord Shiva who’s habitat is Mount Kailash returned starting at this moment of time and was stopped by Ganesha. Lord was then disappointed by Ganesha's conduct. So, Lord Shiva cut off the kid’s head due to which Parvati was disappointed seeing it and requested child's life back. Lord Shiva then took the head of wandering elephant and set it on the body of Ganesha while restoring his life so that Parvati had her son back. This ancient story not only fascinates Kailash tour yatris but also add Gauri Kund in their Kailash tour yatra. The Mount Kailash yatris do not miss this holy site Gauri Kund whilst their Kailash Yatra. The group tour of Mount Kailash provides an opportunity to observe splashing water from Gauri Kund on their heads with the belief that, they get purified with holy water known as “Jal”. Many Kailash Yatri brings holy water from Gauri Kund back to their home as a gift of Lord Shiva.

     

    Kangrinboqe Peak or Mount Kailash is situated in Burang, Ngari China which is close to famous Nepal China boarder Simikot in Humla. Organizing Mount Kailash tour from US is made very easy with Extollo Adventures as it's headquarter is in America. Mount Kailash tour is led by our highly experienced Nepalese and Tibetan guides who take utmost care of our guests beginning from sightseeing tour in Kathmandu to the end of Kailash Kora. Journey to mount Kailash proves to be one of the most popular trips in Asia for travelers willing to explore Himalayan vistas with spiritual values. Devout pilgrims of every religion, every level adventurers, and travelers who love to spend a memorable time in a spiritual and natural tour around Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake, Tibet.

    Why you will love this trip?

    • With over 20 years of experience, our itinerary is well crafted and specially designed for any kind of hassle-free journey including Kathmandu-Lhasa flight fares, making it better than low-cost travel package and for the most memorable Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
    • Our Kailash tour starts in Lhasa providing you enough acclimatization time which has proven to be very helpful for your safest trekking experience, unlike other itineraries starting in Kerung which gets difficult to cope with higher altitude.
    • Guided by highly-experienced Tibetan and Nepalese leaders. The whole group will be led by a Tibetan guide and for every four travelers; one Sherpa will be there to take care of you all along the trek.
    • Staffs carry a first-aid kit, oxygen, and oximeter for your safety during Kora and the whole tour.
    • Full porterage during Kora with personalized service.
    • Full board fresh cooked meals (B/L/D) from Mansarovar till the end of your trip. A cook and Nepalese staff will accompany you to provide personalized services during Kora.

    Best time to go

    The best time for Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake tour is during the months from May to September. The average temperature during this moderate climate is around 0-20 degree Celsius. One can have the most amazing views throughout the trip due to pleasant weather conditions. The summer is perfect for a dip in holy waters and other outdoor activities. You can hike during winter months too, though the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

    Is this trip suitable for you?

    • Suitable for anyone with moderate fitness level, from a beginner trekker to an experienced adventurer as high altitude is the only challenging factor.
    • Kora will be a strenuous 3-day trek reaching a maximum altitude over 16400 feet while you will be walking 6-7 hours each day, and for the rest of the days, you will enjoy sightseeing tour in private comfortable vehicle.
    • Past hiking experience would be favorable, though technical skills are not required.
    • Daily morning jogging is recommended at least 6 months prior to the start of your trip. Other exercises like cycling and swimming are also fruitful to increase your stamina for a successful trek.
    • Travelers with lung or heart problems might have difficulties on the trip. It is better to consult with your doctor for any doubts regarding the health

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    What’s Included

    Price Includes
    • Airport transfers to/from hotel
    • 3-star deluxe hotel with breakfast, 4 nights in Kathmandu
    • Standard & comfortable, clean & hygienic accommodations in Tibet as per itinerary
    • All accommodations on twin-sharing basis
    • Breakfasts all along the tour, full board fresh cooked meals from day 9 to 15
    • Guided excursions with local, fully trained, certified, English speaking professional Tibetan tour leader and Nepali trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 guide)
    • Full porterage services
    • Staff salary, insurance, equipment, fooding, and lodging
    • Assistance in acquiring Chinese Visa
    • All ground transportation in the comfortable private vehicle(s)
    • Four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, T-Shirt, and trekking map (sleeping bag is to be returned after the trip)
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (Tibet Travel Permit, Mount Kailash Travel Permit)
    • All taxes payable to central and state governments
    • Farewell dinner
    What's Not Included
    • Nepal Visa Fee/Chinese Visa Fee (bring accurate USD cash and six passport photographs)
    • International flights
    • Extra night accommodations, if required in Tibet
    • Lunch and dinner until Mansarovar
    • Any optional activities during free time except those mentioned in the itinerary
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Tips for staff
    • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower etc.
    • Lodging and food in Kathmandu, in case of early arrival than the scheduled date from the trek
    • Services not mentioned in the ‘Trip Cost Included’ section

    Travelers Review

    Alexis Blanc
    Alexis Blanc

    France

    This was my first trekking experience and my god it was fantastic I decided to experience this EBC trek and read More

    Traveled to Nepal Solo from Apr 03 - Apr-17 2018
    Jigisha Patel
    Jigisha Patel

    United States

    Adventurous trekking to this part of the world can be daunting to plan for. The Extollo staff was available throughout read More

    Traveled to Nepal in group of 25 from Mar 15 - Mar-29 2019
    Fabian Haas
    Fabian Haas

    United States

    It was really a wonderful experience. I had this Everest Luxury Trek with Helicopter tour last April with my family, read More

    Traveled to Nepal Solo from Apr 09 - Apr-16 2018
    Andrew Brown
    Andrew Brown

    Canada

    I have never felt full of life and a great sense of spiritualism until Mount Kailash tour last August. Me read More

    Traveled to Tibet Solo from Jul 02 - Jul-17 2018
    Jason Foley
    Jason Foley

    United States

    I had this amazing experience trekking to Annapurna Base Camp with my friends. The views of himalayan peaks including Annapurna read More

    Traveled to Nepal Solo from Apr 23 - May-03 2019

    Detailed Itinerary

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    Note: “Extollo Adventures reserves the right to amend the itinerary in case of unforeseen circumstances: weather conditions, flight delays and cancellations, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The tour leader will, and can make the changes for safety reasons and also to improve the trip as well as your experience. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, so one needs to be flexible, if required.”

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    Accommodation and meals

    While you travel, we will follow three types of accommodations. You will spend 4 nights in Kathmandu at the deluxe 3-star hotel, 8 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels in Tibetan towns including Lhasa, and 3 nights in standard, clean, comfortable tea houses during the Kora. All accommodations along the tour will be on a twin-sharing basis. Single supplement will be provided on request, at an additional cost ($380 USD). However, single supplement may not be feasible all the time especially at higher elevations above Mansarovar.


    During our Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake Yatra, you can enjoy authentic Nepalese food in Kathmandu and exotic Tibetan cuisines in Tibet as well as the common international cuisine (Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Only breakfast is included on your cost trip till Mansarovar (Day 10), where onwards lunch and dinner are also included. Our cook accompanying you on the trek will prepare delicious and hygienic meals for you along the rest of the journey. Breakfast will be provided in the hotel each morning and dinner can be bought from the hotel or from a lodge menu where you spend the night. You can have lunch on the way to your next destination.

    Frequently asked questions about this trip

    Who can go?

    Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake Yatra is both religious pilgrimage tour and challenging trekking adventure. Our Kailash Mansarovar Yatra itinerary takes 16 days starting off in Kathmandu with sightseeing tour in Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse, Saga and then a trekking journey around Mount Kailash known as Kora or Parikrama. The sightseeing tour in Tibet will take around 6 days in which you will travel in comfortable private vehicles. The real trekking journey starts in Kora, in which you will circumambulate Mount Kailash in 3 days. It is a great walking experience for both the pilgrims and trekking enthusiasts to traverse through rugged steep landscape paying homage to Lord Shiva.

    Yes, of course. People belonging to any religion are welcome to participate in this amazing trekking experience.

    Kailash Kora is a 3-day trekking journey. You need to be in good shape and have an ability to walk 6 – 7 hours uphill and downhill per day. This trek is suitable for passionate trekkers. Positive attitude, excellent health, and strong determination is required for successful finish. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Besides, it is advisable to trek with a highly reputed trek operator like us, with experienced guides who can help you with significant mental preparation with a personal touch.

    Regarding the difficulty, the only challenging factor is the altitude. Our Kailash Mansarovar itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization. Neither ropes nor ice picks are needed for this trip and no vertical climbs are involved. Novice travelers in a good physical shape, who exercise regularly, has positive attitude and has healthy heart and lungs can easily complete this adventurous trip.

    The age limit for Kailash Yatra is 70 years old. This is a moderate trek with a well acclimatized and carefully crafted itinerary. We advise our trekkers to have good physical fitness, exercise regularly, have positive attitude and strong determination in addition to having an excellent health for a successful Kailash Kora.

    You can opt out of the 3-day Parikrama if you wish so. You can stay at Darchen or will be escorted to Saga where you will meet the rest of the group at the end of Kora. It is advised not to miss this beautiful trekking journey unless you have any health problem.

    This is a religious and spiritual tour. Unlike our trekking trip where we have maximum of 12 members, Kailash Yatra as a pilgrimage tour may have a maximum of 25 members.

    If you have have more than 4 members to participate on Kailash tour, surely you can have your own group. You may suggest your departure date too if it meets all the standards. For more details please contact us.

    Best time and weather

    The best time to experience the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is from May to October. The temperatures are moderate during these seasons and guarantee fantastic views throughout the trip. Beautiful bright blue sky and incredible views of different species of flowers and various Himalayan peaks are best experienced during these seasons. The summer is perfect for dip in holy waters and other outdoor activities because it will be extremely cold during winter.

    Many pilgrims want to visit Lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash during full moon to offer sacred puja. Also, various Tibetan festivals fall on the full moon day especially the holy Saga Dawa festival. Trekkers can glimpse a breathtaking view of Mount Kailash on the full moon night. We have picked up departure dates which coincide your visit to the holy lake and sacred peak on full moon day, for you to experience the best of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

    Weather in the mountains is quite difficult to predict. Different temperatures can be experienced at different elevations and during different seasons. The average temperatures in Nepal and Tibet region (in °C) are

    Height Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    1000m 6/20 8/21 12/25 14/28 16/29 18/30 19/30 19/30 18/30 15/28 11/24 7/19
    Ktm (1350m) 2/17 4/19 8/24 12/28 15/29 17/29 18/28 18/28 17/27 14/25 9/22 4/18
    2000m 1/12 2/14 3/17 7/22 12/24 14/26 15/28 15/28 13/22 10/21 5/17 2/13
    3000m -2/12 0/14 2/16 5/20 8/21 10/22 12/24 12/24 10/20 6/19 2/16 -1/12
    4000m -12/4 -10/5 -6/10 -3/12 -1/14 2/16 4/17 4/18 2/14 -3/12 -8/9 -10/7
    5000m -18/4 -14/6 -8/8 -4/12 -2/13 1/14 2/15 2/14 -1/11 -6/8 -11/5 -14/4
    About the trip

    Apart from Chinese visa, you must need Tibet Travel Permit for sightseeing tours in various Tibetan towns and villages. Similarly, Mount Kailash Permit also a must to trek and circumambulate Mount Kailash.

    It is not mandatory to arrive early on account of getting used to the altitude. However, it is recommended to keep a few buffer days before and after your trek owing to the unpredictable weather uncertainties, flight cancellations or other unseen calamities. As you trek to gradually higher altitudes, you will need to acclimatize appropriately and walk at a slower pace to get used to the altitude. You should not gain an elevation of more than 400-500m in a day’s walk.

    Yes. A representative, preferably the guide along with driver will be there at the airport’s arrival sector to meet you and escort you up to your hotel room. We include all airport pick up and drop offs as a part of your travel program. We will be with you the entire time of your stay in Nepal.

    Usually, your flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa allows you to carry a maximum of 10 kg checked-in bag and a hand baggage of 5 kg. Any extra baggage will cost you about US$ 1 – 2 per each extra kg. We recommend you to minimize your luggage to avoid any additional cost. You can leave behind your unwanted items in your hotel back in Kathmandu or our office.

    We provide our professional and technical expertise services in remote areas in the Kailash. Every effort will be made to stick to the original itinerary. However, since the weather and climatic conditions up in the mountains are unpredictable, we cannot guarantee that we will follow the original plan. The health condition of a group member or unexpected natural disaster, etc. can also contribute to unplanned situations. Your leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to the plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. For any unexpected occurring and challenges in the mountains, our Sherpa guides are entirely reliable and superbly jovial people. With their skills and knowledge of the region, they will readily devise a new plan and propose it to you.

    If you provide us with the prominent details, historical documentation and day-to-day activity notes of the trek, we will certainly blog your trek as you desire. You may need to consult with our content writer/editor to conclude the blog and writing formats.

    Leaders and staff arrangements

    All our guides are proficient in English, government licensed and professionally certified. They are Tibetan local, Nepali mountain experts with multiple years of expertise in the mountains. They are incredibly knowledgeable about the mountains and their minute details. Our staff gets constant training and understands the way of running quality trips that exceed expectations. Our guides are selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, impeccable judgment, and their friendly demeanor. They are well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. Our guides practice Responsible Tourism in the trek guided by the principles of ecotourism and sustainable tourism. We train them in the following major courses:

    Intensive Wilderness First Aid KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)

    Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Government’s Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation Department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Center of Nepal.

    Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)

    English Language – KEEP

    Conservation and Biodiversity – KEEP

    Rock and Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (optional) by Nepal Mountaineering Association.

    For this trek, there will be one Tibetan leader followed by 4 travelers : 1 Nepalese staff and other kitchen helpers and yaks. The arrangement has been made in such a way that even if anyone within the group falls sick or cannot continue with the trek due to some reason, the trip can still go on as planned.

    Money and other expanses

    You do not need to change money before you arrive in Kathmandu. We can help you get better exchange rates from our responsible government approved money exchanges after you meet us. And when you are in short of cash, there are lots of ATMs to dispense your desired amount of money.

    Extra personal expenses that may incur on the trip include hot shower, recharging batteries and other electronic gadgets, bottled/boiled water, phone and internet usages, soda, alcoholic beverages, tipping, other services not listed, and recreational expenses. Please check Important Notes for details.

    While it is not mandatory, tipping is an accepted way of saying ‘Thank you’ to your staff for their services.It is good to carry small denominations of US$ for small tips to driver, hotel staff etc. The tips for guides and porters are generally based on the number of trekking days and can be pooled together with other trekkers or made directly to the individuals. A common way to calculate tipping is 8 to 10% of your trip cost per person. This amount can be adjusted based on your overall satisfaction and staff performance. Your tip is offered at the end of the trip. The guide has the most responsibility, so generally is offered a higher tip than assistant guides or porters. Suggested ratio can be – (guide: assistant guide: porter/porters = 50:30:20). You can distribute the tips directly to the guide, assistant guide and porter. If there is more than one porter, then you can give them a certain amount and they will share among themselves. Also, please do not ask them how much they would like to be given. You can tip in USD or Nepalese rupees. This is just a guideline for tipping and is not obligatory.

    Equipment and packing list

    To help you pack for your adventure, we have listed equipment and a pack list below. Please note that the listed items may vary according to the different seasons. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

    Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets

    Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance

    Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts

    Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.

    HEAD

    Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions

    Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)

    Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs

    Sunglasses with UV protection

    Prescription sunglasses (if required)

    UPPER BODY

    Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)

    Light and expedition weight thermal tops

    Fleece windstopper jacket or pullover

    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

    Down vest and/or jacket *

    Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

    HANDS

    1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.

    1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves

    1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

    LOWER BODY

    Non-cotton underwear briefs

    1 pair of Hiking shorts

    1 pair of Hiking trousers

    1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)

    1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

    FEET

    2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks

    2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks

    1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)

    1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals

    Cotton socks (optional)

    Gaiters (winter only), optional

    SLEEPING

    1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*

    Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

    RUCKSACK AND TRAVEL BAGS

    1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)

    1 large duffel bag *

    A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding

    Small padlocks for duffle-kit bags

    2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

    MEDICAL

    Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)

    Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)

    1 skin-blister repair kit

    Anti-diarrhea pills

    Anti-headache pills

    Cough and/or cold medicine

    Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide

    Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.

    Water purification tablets or water filter

    1 set of earplugs

    Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

    PRACTICAL ITEMS

    1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit

    1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches

    1 compass or GPS (optional)

    1 alarm clock/watch

    1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries

    large Ziplocs

    2 water bottles (1 liter each)

    1 small folding knife

    Binoculars (optional)

    4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

    TOILETRIES

    1 medium-sized quick-drying towel

    Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

    Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

    Deodorants

    Nail clippers

    Face and body moisturizer

    Female hygiene products

    Small mirror

    PERSONAL HYGIENE

    Wet wipes (baby wipes)

    Tissue /toilet roll

    Anti-bacterial hand wash

    EXTRAS/LUXURIES

    Reading book

    Trail map/guidebook

    Journal and pen

    iPod

    Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)

    1 modest swimsuit

    Binoculars (optional)

    Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)

    Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

    Lightweight pillowcase (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

    We use a 4 season sleeping bag during the trek which is good to -10˚C, -15˚C or -20˚C depending on the season. We do provide you the sleeping bags but it is better if you can bring your own, if possible. If you bring your own, we suggest you look into Lamina Z Torch, MHW Lamina O or Shona’s sleeping bag. Make sure that your bag is of good fit to the shape of your body and should have an insulated hood for added warmth.

    You need a decent pair of hiking boots that are the right size for you, with an excellent ankle support, good grip at the soles and are water resistant in the snow.Once you buy your shoes, don’t forget to break them in, to avoid blisters. If you want a specific recommendation, go ahead and try the Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX. It has Gore-Tex liners, meaning that your feet will be protected from harsh conditions while the rubber out soles provide enough traction and stability during long treks. Other recommendations are – Merrell, New Balanceor Scarpa Kailash Hiking Boots.

    Health and safety

    Our well-trained and dedicated guides will determine the intensity of your sickness and decide what needs to be done. He will provide on-site emergency assistance with first aid medical kit to begin with. If needed, your guide will bring you about 500 m below the altitude so that you feel better. In case of extreme difficulties, he will help to evacuate you using a helicopter under your covered health/travel insurance. If you can and want to stay there and recover, our Sherpa assistant will be there with you. If your condition is not too critical, or you feel you cannot afford helicopter rescue, then you may think of a pony rescue, or you may even walk down slowly.

    Consult your doctor and check for which food items you are allergic to before you come to Nepal. Before your tour commences, do not forget to inform your guide about your allergies. He will make necessary arrangements for you according to available food options throughout the journey.

    As the altitude goes up, the oxygen density gets lower affecting your cardiac and pulmonary systems. Our bodies must adjust to avoid mountain sickness, thus we arrange our treks and day-to-day itinerary to incorporate with required acclimatization days. At different points of our trip, you may either choose to take rest or have short hikes.

    As the altitude rises, more UV rays get reflected due to increase in sun’s intensity. Therefore, we advise you to protect your skin with proper clothing and sunblock. A special sunblock for the mountains is recommended. You may also use UV protected sunglasses and prescription sunglasses if required.

    You may want to consider following points for extra safety measures:

    • Use of a neck wallet or money belt while traveling to keep your passport, air tickets, travelers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items safe.
    • Leave your valuable jewelry at home – you won’t need it while traveling. Many hotels that we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables.
    • A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
    • When traveling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your tour leader will accompany you on all included activities.

    Your safety is our paramount concern, we are always there to help travelers in an emergency. We are available 24/7 at any of our following contact numbers:

    Headquarter-USA: +1 (925) 302-6361Regional Office-Asia: +977 (982) 377-8339

    Special cases/rules

    We consider trip is booked if you are with 3 other members. Once minimum of 4 individuals are booked with us, your Mt. Kailash tour is 100% guaranteed. We value and respect your preferences; hence you will not be mixed with another group or shifted to another date or another trip.

    Our trekking guide will make necessary efforts to arrange required transportation and reservations to get you home as quickly as possible if, for any reason, you need to depart early. In the meantime, one of our staff will remain with you at all times. However, you will not be entitled to any refunds for unused days on the trek or for the services such as hotel, transport, and flight, included in the package that you would not use later. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have to pay the guides and porters for the time they have committed. Although, you can make claims with your insurance company for your loss. We will cooperate with you on the documentation process to get your claimed amount reimbursed.

    There are reservations that have to be adhered to when entering Nepal. The customs department at the airport conducts a meticulous scrutiny of the items in your luggage. There are some items that cannot be brought into the country, for example carrying drugs in any form is considered a crime and the accused will be immediately prosecuted. Firearms, explosives and sharp or blunt weapons if identified can land you in serious trouble.

    It may come as a shock to many that eating beef is strictly forbidden in Nepal. Hinduism being the dominant religion in Nepal forbids killing and eating cows and oxen. Carrying any edible items in your luggage that contains beef is considered a crime.

    If you are carrying gold it should be less than 5 ounces, for more than the stipulated amount a declaration and authorization is required. Same goes for other precious metals, gems, and valuable items. There are no regulations on the jewelry on your body.

    Nepal and Tibet have zero tolerance for drug smuggling. Visitors are forbidden to import drugs in any form into Nepal. Possession of drugs not only puts you at risk of being apprehended and imprisoned but the entire group you are traveling with might get arrested as well.

    Nepal and Tibet are countries of tradition and sacred religious beliefs. Any obscenity, whether physical or verbal, is looked upon with revulsion as the culture here differs from Western countries. Wearing inappropriate attire while visiting religious sites will not be tolerated, and clothes that are too revealing or leather clothing inside the religious structures are not allowed. While holding hands is completely normal, please refrain from displaying too much physical affection in public view, if you plan to travel to Nepal as a couple.

    Important notes ( Read before you book )

    • Visa & Passport Information

      Extollo Adventures will assist you in procuring the visas
      required for travel to Tibet. You can apply for the Nepalese Tourist Visa on
      arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Your passport
      must be at least 6 months valid at the end of your tour. Please send us a copy
      of your passport in order for us proceeds to apply for the visa. Also, bring at
      least 6 recent passport photos.

    • Travel Insurance

      It is mandatory for joining any of
      the Extollo Adventures trips is that all clients must be insured, it is
      strongly recommended that the policy also covers personal liability,
      cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We require
      that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency
      repatriation. There could be comprehensive expenses that might incur due to
      medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue,
      and treatment costs). Please note that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

    • Extra Expenses and Exclusions

      You need to keep extra money to cover miscellaneous
      expenses. This would be for travelers spending money for requirements like
      beverages both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, purchasing toiletries, souvenirs,
      paying for laundry service, bar bills, phone bills, extra porters, bottled
      water, tipping, and other services not listed and recreational expenses. You
      need to consider your own spending habits when it comes to using money for the
      above mentioned expenses. There could be unforeseen circumstances like natural
      calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in government
      regulations, flight cancellations etc that are beyond Extollo Adventures'
      control, for which emergency funds will be highly recommended.

    • Solo Travelers

      Generally, we do not charge solo travelers any extra charge. You will be paired up with another traveler of same gender and hotel room will be provided on twin sharing basis in Tibet. On request, you will be provided a single room in Tibet with a single supplement charge.

    • Couple of Rules

      Do’s & Don’ts in Tibet

      • Independent tour is prohibited in Tibet. You will only be granted a group visa for Tibet whereby you can only tour within an organized group travel.
      • Dress responsibly. Short skirts and shorts are not a suitable option, especially at religious sites.
      • Act respectfully when visiting temples and monasteries. Always circle a monastery building, statue or chorten (stupa) in a clockwise direction. Keep prayer wheels and shrines on your right. Allow your guide to lead by example or better explain it to you.
      • Don’t wear shorts or short skirts and transparent clothes (especially when visiting monasteries and religious sites as you may be barred from entering)
      • Always take your hat and sunglasses off before entering religious sites
      • Smoking, consuming alcohol or making unnecessary noise in a monastery, public displays of affection, indecent clothing, spitting before somebody etc are considered taboos in Tibet.
      • Giving candy to child promotes begging- don’t encourage it.
      • Avoid discussing politically or culturally sensitive topics in public.
      • Do not put Tibetans in a politically difficult or even potentially dangerous situation. This includes handing out photos of the Dalai Lama (these are illegal in Tibet) and politically sensitive materials.
      • Taking pictures is prohibited in sensitive areas like check-posts/ Army Areas.
      • Always ask permission before photographing a local or a religious site. Many temples will charge a fee for cameras or video cameras.
      • Refrain from taking photos during a prayer meeting. At other times always ask permission to take photos, especially when using a flash. Some monasteries charge photography fees.

    Additional Information

    Have you read our ‘Trip FAQs’? Or you prefer customization?

    If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip, please feel free to contact us by email or call us at +1 (925) 302-6361

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