FAQs

Kailash Manasarovar FAQs

1. What is the registration procedure?

You can either submit the form online or a registration form can be sent to you on request. You are also required to send us three copies of your passport (front and back pages with all relevant personal and passport details) along with four passport size photos. A passport scan via email is also accepted. A medical form is attached with the registration form with necessary instructions. This should be signed by a registered medical practitioner.

2. Commonly made mistakes while filling in the registration form

  • Incomplete address
  • Illegible email id and Phone no.
  • Clerical error while filling in the passport details

3. What is the eligibility criteria to be a part of the Kailash Manasarovar sojourn?

  • You must be medically fit, holding a valid passport with 180 days of validity.
  • Entry into Tibet on diplomatic passport is not permitted.
  • People above 65 years of age are requested to undergo additional medical tests to determine their physical fitness.

4. Is there an age limit?

Participants must be between 18 and 65 years of age. Participants below the age of 18 must either be accompanied by a parent/guardian or a consent form needs to be signed by them. People above 65 years of age are requested to undergo additional medical tests to determine their physical fitness.

5. How do I get visas to Nepal and Tibet?

A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 180 days from the last date of the Kailash sojourn.

  • Indian nationals do not require a visa for Nepal
  • Non-Indian nationals require a 15-day multiple entry visa which can be availed on arrival at Kathmandu airport, Nepal.
  • Visa for Tibet will be organized by Isha

6. Will there be any major expenditure that I am likely to Incur?

There could be an expenditure if you choose to hire a personal porter during the trek. However the transportation of your luggage during the Parikrama will be organized by Isha. Likewise, if you are travelling in Plan B, you may have an additional expense if you choose to hire a pony.

7.  How many hours of travel is involved at a stretch?

You may be required to travel for a 5 hr – 8 hr stretch.

8. What are the arrangements for communication en-route, like cell phone or satellite phones

Pay phones are available in Kathmandu, Zhangmu, Nyalam and Saga. Airtel Roaming works fairly well till Lake Manasarovar. The Isha coordinator will be equipped with a sattalite phone at Kailash for any emergency communication.

9. Could you give me details on the accommodation conveniences provided?

The following is offered:

  • Five/Four (as per the plan you may choose) star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin-sharing basis
  • Best available hotel/guest houses accommodation in Tibet

Facilities in Tibet are very limited and therefore the quality of accommodation will vary from one place to another. Rest assured, we will be providing the best of what the place has to offer.

10. Do we need to undergo medical tests? Why is it necessary?

Yes. Details are available in the medical form. You are required to trek through high altitude region. In such places, the atmospheric air is under low pressure and people may suffer from Hypoxia (less oxygen). In the rarefied atmospheric conditions, a participant may develop ailments like pulmonary oedema/cerebral oedema and acute mountain sickness, etc. Participants hence need to be screened thoroughly before they are taken to high altitudes.

11. I have been to high altitude last year and my stay was uneventful. Do I need a medical exam?

Yes, it is necessary to undergo medical examination every time before going to a high altitude region.

12. How can I qualify medically?

By undergoing all the medical tests mentioned in the medical form and consulting your physician about your fitness to travel to a high altitude of 19,000 feet and above.

13. Do I need to carry the medicines which I have been taking and prescribed by my doctor?

Yes, you are advised to take sufficient stock of medicines to last the entire duration of the trip.

14. In case of emergencies, what are the steps that will be taken by you?

A qualified and well-equipped doctor especially trained to handle high-altitude sickness and other conditions that may arise, will accompany you throughout the program. In case an emergency evacuation becomes necessary, you will be immediately driven back to Kathmandu with the necessary care and precaution required.

15. Will we have sufficient time and training to acclimatize for and during the journey?

Yes.

16. What are the facilities in Tibet? Will it be possible to have shower everyday or have a single room accommodation?

Tibet, referred to as the highest region on earth, is also one of the least developed parts of the world. Being extremely remote and isolated, the conveniences for pilgrims although being upgraded are still at a basic and limited scale. So, on entering Tibet, it might be necessary at times to share a room with a few others or participate in an outdoor toilet adventure, or go without a shower for a few days. In any case, we will always be there to support you and make the journey a pleasant one.

17. Where can I buy warm clothing and shoes? Any recommendations?

Warm clothing such as thermal wears, gloves, woolen socks, etc are available in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, etc. For shoes, any brand such as Nike, Adidas or Reebok offers good water-resistant shoes and are available in almost all cities and towns.

18. Will there be time for shopping at Kathmandu?

There will be some time available for shopping after sightseeing. However sometimes due to strikes and bandhs, the markets may be closed so please take all your trip essentials from India and do not risk buying those in Kathmandu.

19. Can I go for Mt.Everest and Mukthinath?

Going to Mt. Everest is not recommended given the high rate of aircraft accidents. Travel to Mukthinath is possible if the weather is good and you are willing to stay for extra 3 – 5 days along with the additional cost.

Himalayan Sacred Walks – FAQs

1. Commonly made mistakes while filling in the registration form

  • Incomplete address
  • Illegible email id and Phone no.

2. What are the prerequisites for this program?

  • Participants must be above 18  years of age. Participants below the age of 18 must either be accompanied by a parent/guardian or a consent form needs to be signed by them.
  • Fit and healthy
  • It is necessary to have completed an Isha Yoga program.
    This will prepare you both mentally and physically for the Himalayan Sacred Walks. If you have not attended a program yet, you can make use of our exclusive one day program offered in Hardwar. This yoga program includes simple but powerful energy process for inner transformation, which will greatly enhance the experience of the powerful places that you will be visiting.

3. Will there be any major expenditure apart from the program cost?

There could be an expense if you choose to hire a pony or a porter during the trek.

4. How many hours of travel is involved at a stretch?

You may be required to travel for a 5 hr – 8 hr stretch.

5. What are the arrangements for communication en-route?

Pay phones are available almost everywhere. BSNL and Airtel cell phones work fairly well in the Himalayan region.

6. Could you give me details on the accommodation conveniences provided?

Although home to many scenic and tourist places where there has been a lot of development, the places of pilgrimage still remain very basic in terms of conveniences. Therefore, the quality of accommodation can be very basic and it may be necessary at times to share a room with a few others.

7. Do we need to undergo medical tests? Why is it necessary?

Yes.  You are required to trek through high altitude region. In such places, the atmospheric air is under low pressure and people may suffer from Hypoxia (less oxygen). Participants hence need to be screened thoroughly before they are induced into high altitudes.

8. I have been to high altitude last year and my stay was uneventful. Do I need a medical exam?

Yes, it is necessary to undergo medical examination every time before going to a high altitude region.

9. How can I qualify medically?

By undergoing all the medical tests mentioned in the medical form and consulting your physician about your fitness.

10. Do I need to carry the medicines which I have been taking and prescribed by my doctor?

Yes, you are advised to take sufficient stock of medicines to last the entire duration of the trip

11. In case of emergencies, what are the steps that will be taken by you?

A qualified and well-equipped doctor especially trained to handle high-altitude sickness and other conditions that may arise, will accompany you throughout the program.

12. Where can I buy warm clothing and shoes? Any recommendations?

Warm clothing such as thermal wears, gloves, woolen socks, etc are available in all major cities like New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore etc. For shoes, any brand such as Nike, Adidas or Reebok offers good water-resistant shoes and are available in almost all cities and towns.

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