TEMPERATURE AND WEATHER:
Weather conditions from March to October 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 higher elevation can make it feel even hotter. Usually, there is an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening time; temperatures at night time can drop as low as 0 to -15 degrees centigrade at altitudes of 5000 meters, our highest camp during the Kailash Circuit.
This is considered as a moderate trek therefore some specific level of fitness is required. Though, all those people can join this tour/trek 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.
Altitude sickness can effect anyone who gain the elevation too rapidly without proper acclimatization. We advise to read any book on trekking that has a chapter on this and also consult your doctor before you leave for the trip. 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, breathe deep and take more rest than usual. The level of Oxygen become thinner at higher elevation. 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 observe the following rules:
- Rest and relax or do not exert, be excited.
- Keep talking in low voice or observe silence with smile.
- Walk slowly – set one third of your usual pace.
- Keep your daypack light.
- Stop every 20 minutes and take short rest.
- Whenever you feel uncomfortable, just stop; rest and relax.
- Ignore the sudden outbursts of fellow trekkers and avoid arguments.
- Never go too high and too fast.
- Avoid smoking, alcohol, drugs and intoxicants.
- Consume plenty of fluid; never keep your stomach empty.
- Chant or visualize everything around to suit your pleasant thoughts or put on the earphones and listen to your favorite music.
- Be careful not to catch a cold. It is better to be over clothed than under protected. En-route avoid taking bath or drinking water straight from lake, stream or river as your system is not conditioned for this.
- Keep your boots/Ked inside. Protect yourself against dust and direct sunshine during the long stretches of driving. Face, feet and hands must be well protected.
- Always talk and listen to your guide or the one with experience. Never leave the group.
‘Yuan’ is the currency unit in Tibet, China. Approximately, one US Dollar equivalent to six Yuan. All major foreign currencies are accepted in Zhangmu bank in return for Yuan. Credit cards are easily accepted.
Valuable goods taken for personal use (Mobile Phones 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. We strongly advise that not to bring any kind of books, magazines or any published materials against China or its Territory.
We will provide a Private Van or Bus from Kathmandu to Kerung as per the group size and in whole Tibet part will be in Land cruiser/Pajero or Deluxe Tourist Buses. Also we will provide a support truck 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 Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash Trek.
BRIEFING AND ORIENTATION:
We will arrange a ‘Detail Trip Briefing Program’ in Kathmandu before you leave for the trip. It is very mandatory that all participants attend this briefing. If you have any unsolved queries then you discuss during this meeting.
Most of the places rooms are available nowadays. We may use camps (Tented room) during Kailash Circuit. Rooms found in locally are very basic without any modern amenities and accommodate 3-4 persons in one room. Laundry services will not be available throughout the trip. Single occupancy room may not be available.
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 trek/tour in Tibet.
Still Cameras, Home Video cameras are allowed into Tibet without having to take any permission.
We recommend that you have a Travel Insurance against any kind of sickness, emergency rescue, accident hospitalization, flight cancellation etc. as we accept no responsibility for damages or expenses which may arise from mishaps to persons or their belongings during the trip.
Since the last few years, communication have been improved a lot in Tibet. Most of places such as Nayalam, Saga, Paryang and Darchen have international phone/wifi facilities. Internet cafes also are found at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best internet cafes in every town.
You will also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as it works nicely in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you will be connected almost any time with your friends and family. Please talk to your guide for the latest facilities and schemes on Chinese Mobile Operatiors.
RISK AND LIABILITY:
Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition 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, we or our 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 recommended for clients to have full insurance against medical and personal accidents as well as trip cancellation.
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.