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Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Q. Is there any age restriction for participating in the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra?

A. Though the age recommended for Kailash Yatra is 14 to 70 years, we have taken the kids of below 04 year of age and elderly people of 72 year+ age on this trip. It is to be noted that officially it is not permitted for the people of 60 year age and above to undertake Kora of Mount Kailash, but the same is always at the sole discretion of the local guide and authority as this depends on the health of an individual traveller. Mount Kailash Kora is usually an inbuilt part of the Kailash Yatra packages, but if not permitted by the authorities or health, it is under the authority of the guides to reject to take any for the Kora of Mount Kailash. No refund or compensation is available in lieu thereof. Rather travellers who are stopped for trekking (or also those who decided not to do trek) will have to pay additional amount for staying at Darchen for those 2 nights when the other group members are doing the kora.

Q. What kind of fitness is required to be eligible to undertake the Kailash Yatra?

A. For Kailash Manasarovar Yatra in the remote land of Tibetan Autonomous Region, (TAR) physical and mental fitness is very important. It is advisable to get a medical examination with your regular doctor before you plan to go on Mt. Kailash Yatra. Anyone suffering from back problems may find the long drives over bumpy roads difficult. People suffering from Asthma or any kind of dust allergy are forewarned that the amount of dust on the road necessitates wearing a mask. Apart from that, it is a good idea to prepare in advance with brisk walking, and some regimen of exercise or preferably yoga asanas and pranayama. Eventually, for most people the Kailash parikrama is an act of faith.

Q. What all documents are required to be eligible to apply for Kailash Yatra Registration?

A. The most important document is your passport. All travellers, irrespective to their nationality and geographical location must have a valid passport for traveling to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar situated in Tibet, China. The passport should have minimum six months validy from the date of entering into Tibetan territories to visit Kailash Mansarovar. If you are an Indian citizen and you do not have a passport, apply your passport online today. Visit this 'Passport Seva' weblink to apply your passport https://www.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/welcomeLink. It is to be noted that handwritten passports are no more valid.

Q. How do I prepare myself for the yatra? What exercises are recommended?

A. Apart from getting yourself medically examined from a certified doctor to ensure your own safety, it is a good idea to prepare in advance with brisk walking, and some regimen of exercise or preferably yoga asanas and pranayama. Eventually, for most people the Kailash parikrama is an act of faith and being mentally connected with the Almighty does work a lot in the favour of a traveller..

Itineraries & Routes

Q. What are the different routes and packages available for reaching the Mount Kailash?

A. Mount Kailash is accessible through various border entry points from Nepal and Tibet. These popular routes are listed below :

  • 14 Days Kailash Mansarovar Tour by Road from Kathmandu
    One of the most preffered routes to visit Kailash Mansarovar from Kathmandu. This trip goes from Rasuwagarhi, Nepal to Kyirong, China and then further proceeds to Lake Mansarovar via Saga and them Mt. Kailash. [ view full itinerary ]
  • 11 Days Kailash Mansarovar Tour by Helicopter from Kathmandu via Simikot
    The helicopter route from Kathmandu to Taklakot (Burang) via Simikot and Hilsa is another popular travel option for visiting Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. This is a perfect choice for those who wish to avoid longer drives of an overland journey to visit this holy land. Though various flights and helicopter ride the travellers can reach to hilsa border of nepal from where few short and scenic drives will take them to their destination. [ view full itinerary ]
  • 09 Days Kailash Mansarovar Tour by Helicopter from Lucknow via Simikot
    The shortest route to visit Kailash Mansarovar from India is from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The Indian passport holders can drive from Lucknow to reach Nepalgunj in order to join a helicopter trip which initially starts from Kathmandu. [ view full itinerary ]
  • 16 Days Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour via Lhasa, Tibet
    The drive from the capital city of Lhasa to Mt. Kailash is considered to be a lifetime experience. One can visit many beautiful historic and cultural sites on this route while enjoying the utter beauty of nature during those drives in Tibet This route can be categorised as the best route for Kailash mansarovar sojourn. [ view full itinerary ]
  • 05 Days Kailash Mansarovar Darshan by private helicopter
    People who wish to visit the holy mount and lake for darshan but cannot affort to spare longer time due to their own reasons this quickest possible trip via Nepalgunj using a private helicopter is the option to consider. Since this is a trip with private helicopter, it is definitely going to be a costly affair in comparison to those regular trips to Mt. kailash. [ view full itinerary ]
  • 19 Days Mount Kailash complete Inner Kora Tour from Kathmandu
    Inner Kora of Mt. Kailash is a special trip organised with limited departures and seats every year. Apart from those beautiful sites falling in the outer kora of Mt. Kailash. this trip offers opportunities to also visit Ashtapad, Nandi Parvat, Atma Linga, and Saptrishi Caves. Comparitively this trip is even more challenging and it is considered to be one of the hardest pilgrimage trips. [ view full itinerary ]
Q. Can I book KMY via Lipulekh Pass or Nathula Pass through a tour operator?

A. KMY via Lipulekh Pass, Uttrakhand and KMY via Nathula Pass, Sikkim routes are available to book only with Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India. Indian citizens with age between 18 to 17 years can apply to join a trip to Kailash Mansarovar through kmy.org.in. Tour operators are not authorised to conduct trips via these two routes.

Note: There are more options available with us for visiting Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. At Max Holidays we have a good list of available options for touring to Kailash Mansarovar. To check the same Click Here

Group Size

Q. How many travelers will be there in a group?

A. The group size is usually 25 person minimum for a helicopter tour and it may reach to 40-50 travellers or more especially during the full moon travel.

Q. Can we make our smaller private group?

A. Yes it is possible! You can make a private group if you have minimum 25 (or more) travellers to join.

Accommodation

Q. What kind of accommodation can I expect at India & Nepal side?

A. A trip to Kailash Mansarovar is not about luxuries or comfort. Still, for travellers it is fairly okay to expect a clean place with basic amenities. The standard of accommodation and travel services available in this region is improving with the time, but at most places, except in the big cities and towns the travellers are left with the only option to stay in guesthouses in a dormitory style accommodation which lack even the basic facilities. Read below some important information for the quality of stay falling on different routes.

  • Accommodation style on overland trip route via Kyirong
    When you are on a road trip from Kathmandu to Mt. kailash via Kyirong, it is to be taken into note that after you leave kathmandu there is hardly any good accommodation available for stay. You may even have to stay in backcountry accommodation, small guesthouses in small rooms which sometimes even do not have basic familities. During stay near Lake Mansarovar and also during the trekking of Mt. Kailash the stay will be in guesthouses near the monasteries. These guesthouses offer only beds to sleep. No fancy hotel facilities are available and natural toilets are to be considered mostly.
  • Accommodation style on helicopter trip route via Simikot
    When you are on a road trip from Kathmandu to Mt. kailash via Kyirong, it is to be taken into note that after you leave kathmandu there is hardly any good accommodation available for stay. You may even have to stay in backcountry accommodation, small guesthouses in small rooms which sometimes even do not have basic familities. During stay near Lake Mansarovar and also during the trekking of Mt. Kailash the stay will be in guesthouses near the monasteries. These guesthouses offer only beds to sleep. No fancy hotel facilities are available and natural toilets are to be considered mostly.
  • Accommodation style on helicopter trip route via Simikot
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Food & Water

Q. Do we get pure vegetarian food?

A. During entire trip of Kailash Mansarovar food served by the hotels, guesthouses and our chef is always pure vegetarian (Jain food) without onion and garlic.

Q. What is the menu for food served during the tour?

A. While staying in hotels the travelers get buffet meal usually which is pure and especially placed for the Kailash Yatra travelers mostly. During travel in Tibet side though there is no set menu for food but usually for breakfast one gets high energy and nutritious beverages like bournvita, horlicks along with tea/coffee followed by option of porridge, cornflakes, pancakes, upma, pakoras, paranthas, puri aalloo, bread butter/ jams etc. Lunch is generally packed and served at a scenic spot near some water pool. It consists of a tetra pack (Frooti etc) or lime water with glucose, puri/chapatti & vegetables, tinned fruits/sweets, pickle. Dinner is at the campsite and the menu is very varied with availability of soup, Indian bread, dal, rice, salad, noodles and some desert.

Q. What type of water is provided during the trip.

A. While staying in hotels in India or Nepal side, you may get filtered water provided by the hotels for their inhouse guests. During travel in Tibet, and especially while staying near the lake or doing Kailash Parikrama, water is collected from streams near the campsite and served after boiling, hence it is safe for drinking. You can add iodine drops or chlorine tablets, if you wish to. You may also buy mineral water from market, if you want.

Clothing

Q. What kind of clothing is required for travelling to Kailash Mansarovar?

A. A trip to Kailash Mansarovar is performed in high altitude region where the extreme weather conditions are really tough. It is recommended that you bring enough warm clothes with you and carry multiple layers of clothes. Monkey cap, Thermal wear, Woolen gloves, Comfortable waterproof shoes, Face masks, Sunscreen lotion, Sun glasses, Walking stick etc are some recommended packing items. For more, please have a look at The Packing Checklist

Transportation

Q. What type of ground transport is provided on this trip?

A. During Kailash Mansarovar travel the road transport services vary based on the itinerary and route.

India side : In India from Lucknow to Nepalgunj and back to Lucknow we have deluxe buses, cars and jeeps which are provided depending on the number of travelers. At additional cost luxury cars and buses are also available in India for transfers from Lucknow to Nepalgunj and back.

Nepal side : In Nepal the Company provide decent airconditioned buses, jeeps or cars for transfers and sightseeing purpose. From Kathmandu to Kyirong the road condition is poor and this ride is going to be long and tiring, here we provide only non airconditioned small buses or jeeps.

Tibet side : In Tibet the buses are fairly good and comfortable deluxe buses are provided for all road travel. For Kailash Mansrovar region one has to use local vehicles permitted by the local authority.

Visa & Permit

Q. Do I need some special permit for travelling to Kailash Mannsarovar?

A.Yes, Tibet is under the control of China now. It is under restricted areas and for travelling to Tibet on need to obtain entry permits from the concerennd authorities in Lhasa, Tibet. Such permits are not availale for the travellers directly and one has to go thhrough authorised agencies only for applying a permit to visit Tibet.

Health

Q. What are the tests that I must go through before booking or undertaking the Kailash Yatra?

A. Blood test, Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, ECG are some basic tests which are recommended. Depending on age or physical status of a person, we recommend that he should get examined by the physician thoroughly. It is totally the responsibility of the traveller to ensure that he/she is fit to undertake this trip. Anytime during the trip if the person is found unfit to take further trip, he/she may be immediately off-loaded from the Kailash trip and sent back by offering no compensation in lieu thereof and all additional services hired in that case will be completely on the traveller only.

Q. What kind of medicines should I carry along during the tour?

A. Our tour executive is already going to carry abundant medicines which have been approved by the highly professional doctors from Nepal and Tibet for your safety.

Q. What is the availability of medical Oxygen during Kailash Yatra?

A. During Kailash Yatra tour in Tibet and especially during the trekking our crew does carry oxygen cylinders/oxygen pillow/portable oxygen bottles for emergency use. Small portable oxygen bottles are available easily in the Burang market and one can also carry the same for emergency use on his own expense.

Q. What kind of emergency evacuation facilities are available?

A. During Kailash Yatra tour in the event of emergency we provide all possible and available emergency evacuation facilities such as ground ambulance, helicopter ambulance, doctors, hospitalization etc. but the same is payable by the travellers only. We do not take any liability for payments of hospital bills, medicines, emergency evacuation transport, additional accommodation and food bills etc. One must carry sufficient money to overcome with such situations.

Currency

Q. Can I use the Indian Currency INR during the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra?

A. No, you cannot use the Indian Currency INR during the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Q. Can I use the Nepalese currency NPR during the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra?

A. No, you cannot use the Nepalese currency NPR during the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.

Q. Is the Chinese currency YUAN used in the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra?

A. Yes, the Chinese currency YUAN is solely used in the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.

Q. Which currency I must carry on my Kailash Yatra travel?

A. Indian rupees currency notes are widely accepted in all small and big establishments and shops in Nepal side. During travel in Tibet one must carry Chinese Yuan only. The exchange rate of Chinese Yuan is approx 01 Yuan = INR 11 which vary from bank to bank and also on the day of exchange. US Dollars are also accepted at some places but carrying Chinese Yuans for small payments is always better. Exchange is available at Kathmandu Nepal and Taklakot (Burang) Tibet side. To avoid inconvenience and high exchange rate it is better that you buy and bring Yuan before starting from home, if available.

Q. From where can I get my money exchanged?

A. It is highly recommended for you to get the money exchanged to the Chinese currency YUAN from your home country itself.

Trekking

Q. How should I prepare myself for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra tour?

A. Both mental and physical fitness is required to complete the trip. It is one of the toughest land journeys which you would have ever taken on earth. Physical preparations include ANY or all of the following: walking 4-5 kms. a day, swimming, playing badminton, jogging, freehand exercise, climbing a 10/20-storey building etc. All this not only helps muscle development but also expands capacity of the lungs, which is vital in high altitudes due to lower levels of oxygen. This is not a Yatra in which you can depend on 'Palkis' or ponies to take care of you. You have to depend on your own reserves of strength and stamina. Mental preparation means being absolutely positive about wanting to complete the journey. Yoga helps. A medical check-up is strongly recommended. Take your personal physician's advice on your participation. If you consume alcohol and smoke, better quit it.

Q. How much walking is required on the Kailash Mansarovar tour package?

A. During the rainy season in Nepal (late June to Aug), there is a strong possibility of landslides en-route to the Tibet border. This stretch varies from 3-5 kms and has to be walked, if required. After that, you will need to walk during the parikrama, if you decide to undertake it. This is a 52-kms / 3 days trek done at an average altitude of 15000 ft. and the highest point is the Dolma La (Pass) at 19,500 ft. Attempt walking the entire distance including the trek up the Dolma La only if you are extremely fit physically. If you are reasonably fit, hire a pony (limited numbers available) for the 3-day parikrama (the rate for this service is about Chinese Yuan 2800 for a Yak and a porter). You may need the yak on day 2 of the parikrama on the ascent to Dolma La. But knowing the behavior of the yaks and the yak men, you should be prepared for walks on the first and last day of the parikrama. On these 2 days the walks are in general over level ground (i.e. with no major ascents or descents). There will be a walking for approx. 8 hrs per day. However, there is the option of not doing the parikrama at all and staying behind at Darchen at your own cost. We can pick you up after the parikrama.

Q. What are the necessary accessories that I should carry while participating in the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra?

A. For travelling to Kailash Mannsarovar one need to carry warm clothing. But for trekking of Mt. Kailash there are few additional items are to be carried. A list of such items for packing are listed under our Packing Checklist page on this website. For more information contact our office.

Preparing for Yatra

Q. What preperation you recommend us for this yatra.

A. For travelling to Kailash Mansarovar, one need to be fit mentally and physically. Apart from being fit, there are several other crieterias which one need to fulfil for tihs trip.

  • a) We recommend that atleast two or three month before the travel you must start walking in the morning and evening. Walk for 6-8 kms or more is suggested.
  • b)Deep breathing excercises such as Alom Vilom and Pranayam are highhly recommended for preperation of Kailash Mannsarovar travel.

How To Pay

Q. Do you accept Credit Card Payments for bookings?

A. Yes, we accept Credit Card Payments for bookings along with the 3% extra charges for the same.

Q. Do you accept Bank Payments for bookings?

A. Yes, we accept bank payments by NEFT/RTGS/IMPS.

Q. Do you accept Cash and Cheques for bookings?

A. Yes, we accept Cash and Cheques for bookings. In case your payment goes above 2 lakhs, then you will have to give 2 lakhs through cash and the remaining amount by cheque or NEFT/IMPS/RTGS/Credit Card/Debit Card.

Q. How do you facilitate the International Payments for us?

A. Yes, we receive the International Payments through Swift Transfer or Credit cards/Debit cards (3% deductible charges).

Note: Max Holidays provide various payment options for travellers sending payments to us from all locations in India and abroad. view all payment options here.

Travel Documents

Q. Is a passport must to undertake trip to Kailash Mansarovar region?

A. Yes, a valid passport is a must for undertaking the pilgrims Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. To apply for new passport Click Here

Q. What all documents should I carry for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra?

A. Besides a valid passport one must carry a voter ID card (Indian Nationals), 04-05 colored Passport sized photograph, Travel & Medical insurance, Doctor’s Medical Certificate. Copy of Kailash Yatra permits and Group visa will be made available with the tour leaders/guides.

Q. How can I attain the permits for the restricted areas?

A. We arrange your permits for the restricted areas and for that we shall need your passport copies for applying the same one month prior to your departure date for the approval from China.

Q. Where do I need to apply for China visa to go to Kailash Mansarovar trekking trip?

A. As per the latest rules, after receiving necessary permits Indian nationals must apply for visa at China embassy in Delhi only and NRIs and Foreign passport holders must apply at China Embassy in Kathmandu only. The rules of the authorities keeps changing and are beyond our control, hence it is advisable to keep yourself updated on the same. You may further consult with our Kailash Mansarovar Yatra advisor by calling them or writing them an email.

Q. If I have a Chinese visa already, do I still need to apply for visa?

A. Yes, even if you have a Chinese visa on your passport you need to present your original passport to designated Chinese Embassy in order to get approved in Group visa. Failing to this you may not undertake Kailash Yatra tour.

Q. Do I need Insurance for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra tour?

A. Yes, it is strictly advised to get yourself completely insured for any medical emergency evacuation, delay or cancelation of the trip etc. Emergency evacuation charges on this trip are sometimes very high and insurance for Kailash Mansarovar trip plays a vital role here when needed. While buying insurance, ensure that the same is valid for the specific trip and route. For more information you can also contact Kailash Yatra consultants at our office.

Weather

Q. What is the best time to go on the tour to Kailash Manasarovar?

A. While tours operate from April to September in that region, please check the fixed day tours, and itinerary for details on dates. The Tibet plateau is a dry region and rain/precipitation is very little so any month between May-September is good except for August when you can expect heavy rainfall in Tibet. Although, weather wise, May and September will be colder. However, June-Sep, is the rainy season in Nepal and on the road to the border, landslides do take place and might require a 5-6 km walk on extreme cases. Weather in Tibet is very uncertain.

Q. Is it preferable to go to the Kailash Manasarovar during the Monsoon Time?

A.No, it is not at all preferable to go to the Kailash Manasarovar during the Monsoon Time.

Q. What is the climate and temperature during the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra?

A.There is dry and cool climate in Kailash Manasarovar and the summers are from May to August but are considered really pleasant as compared to other areas. The Lake Manasarovar freezes during the wintertime, however, Mount Kailash is always snow-covered. The temperature here stays at around 5 degrees Celsius but the Mercury can also fall as low as -15 degrees Celsius.

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Communication

Q. Does my India Mobile work during Kailash Yatra?

A. Yes the Indian mobile does work during the Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Lake Yatra (except the day of Mount Kailash Parikrama), but kindly take international roaming from your provider.

Q. Can I expect any Internet facility during the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra?

A. 2G Internet services work during the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and that too with the Chinese sim.

Q. Is the electricity availability sufficient for everyone during the trek to the holy Mount Kailash?

A. The electricity issues are prevalent especially in the remote areas such as Hilsa and also at the time of Trekking.

Tour Guide

Q. Will I get the Nepalese Tour Guides for accompanying me during the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra?

A. There will be one Nepali Guide as well as the Sherpas along with one Tibetan Escort present for accompanying you during the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.

Q. Will I get the Tibetan Tour Guides for accompanying me during the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra?

A. During the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, you will be facilitated with one Nepali Guide as well as the Sherpas along with one Tibetan Escort who will be accompanying you during the whole Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.

Flight Operation

Q. Does my tour package include flight tickets?

A. Our helicopter trips via Lucknonw ad Kathmandu are inclusive of internal flight tickets and seat in Chartered helicopter for Simikot to hilsa return journey.

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Full Moon Travel

Q. Why travelers prefer to go to Kailash Mansarovar on a full moon trip?

A. There are various reasons why travelers take full moon trips - Most of the Tibetan festivals are celebrated during full moon. Saga Dawa festival is one of the most popular festivals which takes place near kailash Mansarovar. Travellers who wish to witness the local festival prefer to go there during full moon time.

- In Hindu and Jain religion mainly, it is considered to be more auspicious to perform puja during full moon (purnima), therefore they prefer to be near Kailash Mansarovar during the full moon.

- The region Kailash Mansarovar and nearby mountains looks even more beautiful and clear under the moonlight, hence travelers prefer this time to be spent near that region.