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Frequently Asked Questions Kailash Manasarovar Yatra

1. What is the altitude profile of the Kailash Yatra?

Our journey will take us from 1300m to 5700meters. The lowest point will be Kathmandu, our starting and ending point at 1300m, and the highest point will be Dolma La Pass, on the second day of our Parikrama around Mt. Kailash, at approximately 5700m height. After our entry into Tibet, we will be at 3800m for two days for acclimatization, then climb to 4400m, then 4600m around Lake Manasarovar. On second day of the Parikrama around Kailash, we will be at almost 5000m. Around 10 days of our time in Tibet will be at an altitude above 4000m.

2. How difficult is the Kailash Yatra?

Despite of all the facility, we provide, it is very important to acclimatize and be relaxed during the trip. High Altitude difficulties should not be taken lightly. So, better you be prepared that you are in control of all the situation.

3. Is Insurance necessary? What does it cost?

It is based on speculation and your own need. It is possible to get insurance from Kathmandu also for this trip that falls under special category. The approximate cost is USD 12 per day.

4. What kind of food will be provided during Yatra?

We will provide Pure Vegetarian food during the entire Yatra and also in Nepal. The food will be of both North & South Indian dishes.

5. Do we get pure water to drink?

Yes, during the entire Yatra we will have free supply of Potable Water. Plenty of 20L Water Jars will be carried along with the group to refill your personal bottles at any time.

6. Is there facility of Hot Shower in Tibet?

Yes. Now it is possible to have paid hot showers in many places, including Darchen – the base camp of Kailash Parikrama.

7. Can I exchange money in Tibet?

The best exchange rate of any currency to Tibeten/Chinese Yuan is normally available at the border. Beyond border area only Chinese Yuan is accepted in Tibet. In Saga there is an ATM also, but it is better to exchange money at Nepal–Tibet border. Also unused Yuan can be re-exchanged in currency of your choice at the border on return. Currently, 1 Yuan = INR 12.

8. Can everyone do the Parikrama around the holy Kailash?

It all depends on physical and mental competence of the person at that altitude.

9. Can I book a Pony for one day Parikrama only?

According to the Pony owner and Porter Union decision, that Pony and/or Porter can be hired for full three days and not for partial trip. Also the money has to be paid in advance and no refund is possible. If you return back in two days time instead of doing the full three days Parikrama, the amount will not be re-funded.

10. Can I bring Indian Currency notes of Rs. 200, 2000 and 500 denominations to Nepal?

Nepal has banned the use of any Indian currency denomination above Rs. 100/- So we advise not to bring INR 200, 500 and 2000 denominations.

11. Should I carry all my personal and toiletries items from Kathmandu itself? Can I buy in Tibet also?

It is possible to buy stuff like soap, shampoo, toilet paper rolls, torch, biscuits, chips, water, beverages, etc. in Tibet side also at Nyalam, Saga and Darchen. But, Kathmandu is comparatively cheaper than Tibet.

12. What is the temperature variation during the day?

The temperature variation will be between −5 and 25 degrees Celsius. At night, it gets colder. During the day, if the Sun is out, it gets around 20 to 25 degrees. During driving days, it gets very stuffy inside the car as the windows have to be kept closed due to dust. However, outside it may be very cold and windy.

13. Is there any temple in Kailash or Manasarovar where I can make offerings?

Mt. Kailash itself is the largest Shivalingam representing Lord Shiva and there is no temple there. Even at Astapad, which is on the south side of Kailash there is no temple. There are some Buddhist Gompas along the Lake and around Kailash. One can offer all “A Saree” to Manasarovar lake as it is birth place of Goddess Parvathi.

14. Can I take dip in the Holy Manasarovar Lake?

It is advisable to take the bath in the lake after the Parikrama is over and we are returning back to Kathmandu. When we arrive at the lake and while driving around the lake we will stop at one place to touch and sprinkle the water of the lake. Those who are mentally and physically strong can take a dip. Normally, the water is very cold.

15. Should I collect water from the holy lake for taking home?

Yes. It is good to Bring Manasarovar water to back home. Pilgrims are requested to bring empty cans with them. Anybody wishes to collect the water himself/herself, and then on our return trip after Parikrama when we stop at the holy lake they can do so.

16. What emergency facilities will be available during the trip?

Our staff will carry Oxygen Cylinder, Oxygen Cans, Pressurized chambers called Gamow Bags, extra Diamox tablets, basic medical kit and some medical steroids syringes. In case someone is not able to acclimatize further, then the person will be sent back on return trip by car to lower heights of Nyalam or border or even Kathmandu, at extra cost.

17. What should we pack for the yatra?

We will give you the entire list of things that to be carried to Kailash Manasarovar.

18. Is there any particular type of health check-up I should do for the trip?

Please get a regular check up done with your family doctor. Passengers above age 60 are requested to undergo medical examination and carry fitness certificate that they are medically fit to travel high altitude.

19. Is there any medical check up done in Kathmandu or Tibet?

No. Unlike Indian Government conducted trips to Kailash Manasarovar from Uttrakhand there is no medical check up en-route from Kathmandu side.

20. What kind of fitness is required for the trip?

Please remember that Kailash Manasarovar is not an ordinary pilgrimage. High altitude journey is bit difficult than other pilgrimage trips. Prepare well for the trip. Regularly walking/Pranayamam exercise will help you a lot.

21. Is there any special oil we can use to reduce the effect of cold before bath in the Lake?

I will request all members to be ecologically sensitive. Please don't use shampoo, soap, oil while taking bath in the holy lake. After the bath if you like you can massage the body with Mustard oil, which will give warmth to your body.

22. Is there any age limit for Kailash yatra for getting visa?

Yes, Tibetian Tourism Board has send a circular that Indian Nationals above 70 years will not be issued Visa to enter Kailash Manasarovar by land. Age limit for Helicopter pilgrims: 75 years. However, Parikrama will be allowed for passengers below 65 years.

Frequently Asked Questions Mukthinath Yatra

Health related questions

1. Is there any age limitation to join this Mukthinath yatra?

NEPAL PILGRIM TRAVEL has the record of taking the youngest Passengers of age 1 year in April 2008 group to Mukthinath. Passengers in the age group of 75–80 years can travel to Mukthinath. Nepal Pilgrim Travel has the record of successful Darshan of the eldest passenger of 91 years. Nepal Pilgrim Travel takes personal attention to all the Passengers; however, Passengers travelling above 70 years are strongly recommended that any of their family member or guardian accompanies them and can give them personal attention during the yatra.

2. Distance of trekking to be done to Mukthinath temple?

From Pokhara to Jomsom passengers fly. From there to Mukthinath Jeep Station, we drive by jeep. The last 1 km involves walking. Motorcycle/Pony and stretcher facilities are available for aged and disable passengers.

3. What is the medical fitness required to undertake Mukthinath yatra?

Physical fitness is important. People having acute asthmatic problems, heart diseases are advised to refrain from this yatra.

4. I have undergone heart surgery but I do not have problem any more. Can I join Mukthinath yatra?

We do not advice heart patients to join the yatra. However, if you are very much interested to join, a medical certificate given by your Cardiologist, certifying that you are physically fit enough to travel at high altitude of nearly 3300 m height, please carry all the necessary Medicines with you.

5. Should I carry first-aid kit with me to Mukthinath yatra?

It is advisable to carry first-aid kit with you. Please consult your family doctor and carry general medicines. But consult your Tour Manager before you consume any of these medicines. Do not carry sleeping pills with you or consume the same during the yatra under any situation.

6. Does the tour cost include insurance?

No. Passengers are requested to obtain medical and travel insurance prior to the trip if desired.

7. Does the tour cost include airfare and Taxes?

Yes. In all our tours to Mukthinath, Flight fare is already included for Pokhara–Jomsom–Pokhara.Hence NO sudden hike in tour cost will be there.

8. How much I need to pay for Airport taxes?

In all our Mukthinath Yatra airport taxes Rs. 450 NPR per person is also included.

On Visa Formalities

1. Do I need a passport?

All passengers must bring an original photo identity document issued by Govt of India during journey (Any one among the following: Voter ID Card, Aadhar Card, Pan card, Driving license, Passport, ID issued by State/Central Government, Bank Passbook with photograph.). However, passengers travelling by Flight to Kathmandu must have Voter ID card or a valid passport.

2. Do I need a Visa?

No. Visa is not required for Indian passport holders. Necessary Permits will be taken by us.

3. What is an ACAP fee?

Mukthinath temple comes under ANNAPURNA CONSERVATION AREA PERMIT. So Government of Nepal collects NRS 1100 from Indian nationals and NRS 4200 for foreign nationals. In all our Mukthinath yatra, this fee is always included in the cost. We require ID proof xerox copy and 2pp size photos from passengers travelling to Mukthinath.

On General Queries

1. What type of dress will be convenient while we climb the Mukthinath Hills?

Passengers can wear any dresses which are convenient for them. There is no special dress code in any of the Nepal Temples. But it is advisable and easy if ladies could wear salwar kammez/churidars and pants for Gents. It will be easy for them to climb the steps and to ride in Pony or Motorbike. Ladies wearing sarees/Gents wearing Dhotis can wear Inners to protect themselves from cold wind.

2. Any dolly will be arranged by the Travels, at Muktinath if we can’t climb the hills?

No, as if now dolly facility is not available, but Motorbike/Pony and strecher is available for aged and disabled pilgrims.

3. Shopping at our ease is allowed or any specific shop do we need to purchase during Mukthinath yatra?

Yes, we give free time for shopping in Pokhara and Kathmandu in all of our tours. There are no specific shops. Bargaining is possible in both in Pokhara and Kathmandu shops. However, good original Shaligrams can be purchased in Kathmandu.

4. Leather hand bags are not allowed in some temples, do you restrict the same for entire travel or only at the temple sides?

Leather bags are not allowed inside the temples; however, we don’t restrict this same.

5. When and where all we have to carry our extra clothing so that we can have bath in the rivers?

In Mukthinath holy bath at 108 Go-mukhi, in Gajendra Moksham (Kandagi), in Ayodhya (Sarayu), in Naimisharanyam (Gomathi), Kasi (Ganga), Allahabad (Triveni Sangam) and Chitrakutam (Mandakini). In all above pilgrims can take holy bath. They are advised to carry one change of dress. Humble request to pilgrim not to take holy bath in Burmudas (gents) and Nighties (ladies).

6. INR 200, 500 and 2000 – not be carried inside Nepal or we can keep it in our Luggage without using the same?

INR of 200, 500 and 2000 denominations are banned in Nepal. Kindly carry Rs. 100, 50, 20 and 10 denominations.

7. Any extra cost is collected for any mode of transport if used which as per NEPAL PILGRIM TRAVEL tour schedule?

No, Extra cost is collected for any mode of transport if used. Apart from AC bus, when we need travel such as short distances inside cities like Varanasi, Chitrakut, Naimisharanyam and Ayodhya. Nepal Pilgrim Travel will arrange boats, rickshaws, tempos, jeep, etc. and will bear the cost also. No extra payment to be made by the passengers.

8. Books or articles circulated about the places that we intend to see during the travel?

Yes. Nepal Pilgrim Travel will circulate pamphlets containing the Stala puranams and importance of the places during the yatra.

9. Food instantly prepared or prepared elsewhere?

In all our tours Nepal Pilgrim Travel has a Catering team of Brahmin cooks, assistants and a catering manager. Our cooks do not travel with the passengers during the journey. Nepal Pilgrim Travel has special kitchen vehicle that would reach the destination place earlier and will prepare the food in the hotels in order to provide food on time. Hygienic and pure vegetarian fresh food without garlic and onion is prepared by our cooks. We always rent a Kitchen in the hotels where our passengers are staying. We don’t prepare food on the way unless in case of emergency or road block.

10. Pickup and drop to the nearest station or airport is generally arranged by travels, but in tailor made schedules, do you provide this facility?

Yes in all our tours whether it is group tour or tailor-made pickup and drop arrangements are made by Nepal Pilgrim Travel. If a passenger is reaching the destination apart from the schedule date or timing, he/she has to reach the hotel at their own cost.