1. Before you go
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.
2. During the Yatra
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.
3. Accessories and Equipments
Q : What are the necessary accessories that I should carry while participating in the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra?
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