Frequently Asked Questions on Mukthinath Yatra?

Health related questions:

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’, Passengers travelling above 70 years are strongly recommended that any of their family member or guardian accompanies the passenger and can give them personal attention during the yatra.

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 1km involves walking. Motorcycle and pony are available for aged and disable passengers.

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.

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 required with you

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.

Does the tour cost include insurance?
No. Passengers are requested to obtain medical and travel insurance prior to the trip if desired.

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.

How much I need to pay for Airport taxes?
In all our Mukthinath Yatra airport taxes Rs 250 NPR per person is also included.

On Visa Formalities

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.

Do I need a Visa?
No. Visa is not required for Indian passport holders. Necessary Permits will be Taken by us.

What is an ACAP fee?
Mukthinath temple comes under ANNAPURNA CONSERVATION AREA PERMIT. So Government of Nepal collects NRS 250 from Indian nationals and NRS 2000 for foreign nationals. In all our Mukthinath yatra this fees is always included in the cost. We require id proof Xerox copy and 2pp size photos from passengers travelling to Mukthinath.

On General queries

What type of dress will be convenient while we climb the Mukninath 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.

Any dolly will be arranged by the Travels, at Muktinath if we can’t climb the hills?
No as if no dolly facility is available, But Motorbike and pony is available.

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 both in Pokhara and Katmandu. However good original shaligrams can be purchased in Mukthinath.

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 the same.

When and where all we have to carry our extra clothing so that we can have bath in the rivers?
In Mukthinath snan at 108 Go mukhi, In Gajendra Moksham (Kandagi), In Ayodhya (Sarayu), In Naimisharanyam (Gomathi), Kasi (Ganga), Allahabad (Triveni sangam) and (Mandakini) Chitrakutam.

Rs.500/2000- not be carried inside Nepal or we can keep it in our Luggage without using the same?
Both 500 and 2000 denominations are not banned in Nepal. Kindly carry 100,50, 20 and 10 denominations./

Any extra cost is collected for any mode of transport if used which as per NEPAL PILGRIM TRAVEL CHART?
No, Extra cost is collected for any mode of transport if used. Apart from AC bus, when we need travel 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 done by the passengers.

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.

Food instantly prepared or prepared elsewhere?
In all our tours Nepal pilgrim Travel has a Catering team of Brahmin cook, 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 Kitchen in the hotels where our passengers are staying. We don’t prepare food on the way

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.
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 Katmandu, 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 4600 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 all the facility we will have Provide, it is important to acclimatize and be relaxed during the trip. High Altitude difficulties should not be taken lightly. So, better you prepare better you are in control of 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 have Pure Vegetarian food during the entire Yatra and also in Nepal. The food will be both North & South Indian.

5. Do we get pure water to drink?
Yes, during the entire Yatra we will have free supply of Mineral Water. Plenty of 20L Mineral 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?
A12. 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.

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?
The rule of the Pony owner and Porter Union there is clear that Pony and/or Porter can be hired for full three days and not 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.

10. Can I bring Indian Currency notes of Rs. 2000 and 500 denominations to Nepal?
Nepal has banned the use of any Indian currency note above Rs.100/- So best is not to bring them Both 500 and 2000 denominations are Banned in Nepal.

11. Should I carry all my personal and toiletries item 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.

12. What is the temperature variation during the day?
The temperature variation will be between -5 to 25 degrees Celsius. At night it gets chilling cold. 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?
Kailash itself is the largest Shivalingam Mountain 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 Godess Parvathi.

14. Can I take dip in the Holy Manasarovar Lake?
It is advisable to take the cold 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 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 Manasaroar water to back home. 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.

19. Is there any medical check up done in Kathmandu or Tibet?
A27. 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 affects everyone. Prepare well for the trip. Regularly walking 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 is heating in nature.

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.