Mount Kailash, Planning Equipments Risk
Mt. Kailash, 6,740 m. is situated
to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet.
It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with 4 great
faces. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions:
Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist
animistic religion - Bonpo. To Tibetans it is known as Khang
Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the
navel of the world. It is said that a stream from the mountain
pours into a nearby lake and from here rivers flow in the
four cardinal directions. The River of the Lion Mouth to
the North, the River of the Horse Mouth to the east, the
River of the Peacock Mouth to the south and the River of
the Elephant Mouth to the West. Strangely enough, four major
rivers do indeed originate near Kailash, the Indus, the
Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Karnali and the Sutlej.
Tibetans believe that it is the residence of Demchog, a
fierce looking tantric deity who lives there with his consort,
Dorje Phagmo. For the Tibetans also, it is a particularly
special place in that their poet saint Milarepa, spent several
years here meditating in a cave. For the Hindus Mount
Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, their
spiritual centre of the universe, described as a fantastic
'world pillar' 84,000 miles high, around which all else
revolves, its roots in the lowest hell and its summit kissing
the heavens. On the top live their most revered God, Shiva,
and his consort Parvati. For the Jains, an Indian religious
group, Kailash is the site where their first prophet achieved
enlightenment. For the older, more ancient religion of Bon,
it is the site where its founder Shanrab is said to have
descended from heaven. It was formerly the spiritual centre
of Zhang Zung, the ancient Bon Empire that once included
all of western Tibet. Bon people walk around the mountain
in a counter clockwise manner, unlike the other religions.
Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly journeyed immense
distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves
of sin, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather
and bandit attacks. Although main focus of this trek is
Mount Kailash in Tibet, the journey through Nepal's border
with Tibet at Zhangmu, Saga and Paryang to Darchen is culturally
and scenically rewarding.
PLANNING & PREPARATION
If you are planning for the Holy Yatra, you should be
aware that it is rigorous and challenging trip where we
have to spend all the time at high altitudes. So, at least
2 month regular practice is recommended either 2 hour
daily running, swimming, or joining on a health club may
help to complete the Yatra successfully. Reduce drinking
alcoholic beverage & smoking habits. Consult your Doctor
to assess the state of your health to function safely
within your own limitations. In addition to the personal
prescriptions by your physician, a First Aid Kit is
essential for the travel
Request your Doctor to prescribe
effective medicines to cover the followings :
Fever/Chest congestion's, loose motion, Body, Joint
pains, Sore throat, Indigestion, Stiffness, Headache, Constipation, Cold, Acidity, Diarrhea
/Cough/Stomach cramps, Swellings, Sneezing, Vomiting/Muscle
Pulls/Nose Blocks/Dysentery & Store eyes
In addition to the Meditation, your
First Aid Kit must contain the followings :
Vaseline/Facial tissues/ Cotton/ Chopstick/ Mouth
Freshness ck/ Body lotion/ Dark sunglasses/ Rubber bands/
Ban Aid/ Toilet papers/ Bandage roll / Cough drop/ Ditto
/Listerine/ Cologne/ Antiseptic / Cologne/
Candles/Lighter/ Nose Inhaler/ Mustard Oil/ Dust cover In
addition to above one should carry glucose-based items
[mints, toffees, and mini chocolate bars for periodical
consumption at high altitudes for energy. Multi vitamins
and vitamin-C tablets are required for daily consumption
as a routine. Make a separate pouch for the First Aid Kit
with a list of Medicine and their appropriate usage.
Saving is not advisable since any cut or bruise may not
heal quickly and may irritate with nagging discomfort.
Additionally : - Once you finalized
your plan to visit the Holiest Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar,
be sure you are holding a valid passport. The copy of your
passport should be sent to us at least 1 month prior to
start your Yatra. It is advisable to carry extra money [In
addition to the tour cost] for personal needs or
emergency. Travel cheques, Indian currencies [except 500
and 1000 currency notes, credit card is accepted in
Nepal.You can exchange your currency into Chinese
currencies at the border. The unspent Chinese currency can
be reconverted on return.
Documents :- You are advised to own
a small waist pouch or document bag to manage the
following documents properly; Passport with Photostat
copies Photographs, Identity card, Diary for addresses,
contacts, small notes etc, Ball pens with spare refills
Maps/Charts/Books etc. Travel Cheque, credit cards &
Currency. Airline/Railway tickets/vouchers, any other
document for personal purposes.
Clothing & Equipment's : The
following clothing and equipments are suggested for your
own protection and safety.
Wind breaker Jacket and Pant, Down Jacket, Polar fleece:
Pure wool and thick cotton socks
Thermal underwear (Inner-full fitting) wool or mixed
Wool pullovers-polo neck, Flannel shirts.
Warm light gloves, Snowcap(with ear covering)
Wool monkey cap, Sun hats & scarves.
Comfortable Trekking boots and Sandals
Towels-including small hand towel.
Light Trek bag (for camera, and very essential things.)
and duffel bag to keep
Your personal belongings.
Ladies can select other clothing materials as per her
Torch with spare cells & bulbs
Video camera: - as per the interest.
Swiss knife ( multi purpose)
First aid box / personal medicine
INFORMATION ON HEALTH PRE-CAUTION
Oxygen is less at higher altitudes. 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. Tranquilizers,
sleeping dose and strong anti-biotic must be avoided. Some
of symptoms indicate that the body mechanism is
readjusting to new environments. The best idea is
deliberately slow down all the activities and follows the
Rest. , Relax-do not exert, be excited, Reduce talking,
Walk slowly - adopt one third of your speed and space.
Keep your load light, Walk for 15 minutes and rest for 5
Whenever you feel uncomfortable, just stop; rest and
Ignore the sudden outbursts of fellow pilgrims and avoid
Observe silence with smile, Never go too high and too
fast., Avoid smoking, alcohol, drugs and intoxicants.
Consume plenty of liquids; never proceed with an empty
Chant a prayer or visualize everything around to suit
your pleasant thoughts or put on the earphones and
listen to your favorite music, bhajans, chanting etc.
Be careful not to catch a cold. It is better to be over
clothed than under protected. En-route avoids taking
bath or drinking water from Lake Streams or rivers, as
your system is not conditioned for this.
Keep your boots/Ked inside tent. Protect yourself
against dust and direct sunshine during the long
stretches of driving. Face, feet and hands must be well
The uneven ground, steep slope and slushy banks are full
of potholes. Do not combine walking and sight seeing
Always listen to your guide or the one with experience.
Never leave the group.
ROUTE & CLIMATIC CONDITIONS
The route from Kathmandu to Tatopani [Nepal-China boarder]
is narrow and scary but most of it is black topped. The
high altitude Tibetan terrain is dry, cold, windy and
dusty. Night is colder rather than day. Torrential rains
and strong icy winds is common feature. Flooding rivers
and landslides are frequent. The average altitude is above
3,500M and the route covers many high altitudes pass.
Risk and Liability:-
If one Yatri wants to do the Parikarma he / she will be
taken care off. Oxygen bags, Gammow bags, Basic medical
Kits are provided. No Alcohol, Drugs and other
intoxicants. Anyone found using these will be left
behind at the every camp at their own risk. Further stay
and return back are all at their own risk and the
liability is theirs.
Any natural adversity like landslides, storm, floods,
heavy snow, road blockage political unrest, cancellation
of flights, delay in arrival or departure, sickness or
accident, any unforeseen events that change the
scheduled program forces the travels to change the
itinerary, the decision of the experienced coordinator
and the travels are the final one.
Any additional cost incurred due to the above mentioned
reasons must be borne by the travelers.
The pilgrimage is planned to make all do the Parikarma
of the Holy Mount. But it any one cannot make it them
the additional cost of the camp of staying behind has to
be born them and there. Travelers can take insurance
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