How to Prepare Yourself
Physical and mental fitness is essential on this trip as you will be travelling to a region of high altitude and extreme weather conditions. To make the most of this program, you should start an exercise regime and develop a walking habit, at least a month prior to the trip.We strongly recommend:
- Daily brisk walking or jogging for 5 km / 3 miles.
- Those who have already taken an Isha program are advised to maintain daily practice of Shambhavi Maha Mudra / Shakthi Chalana Kriya / Isha Kriya / Hatha Yoga.
- Smoking and/or drinking alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited for the entire duration of the program.
A complimentary duffle bag will be provided in Kathmandu, where you will be required to repack the items needed for Tibet. You will leave the rest of your luggage behind at the hotel in Kathmandu until the end of the journey.
We advise you to pack the following items:
- Clothing (6 sets – please avoid saris/dhotis)
- Woolen sweater or jacket (1)
- Thermal inner wear (2 pairs)
- Wide rim hat (1)
- Woolen cap and scarf (1 each)
- Thick woolen gloves (1 pair)
- Water-proof gloves (1 pair)
- Sport sandals (1 pair)
- Woolen socks (3-4 pairs)
- Waterproof (not water-resistant) shoes with a good tread/grip (1 pair – available at Decathlon stores in all major cities)
- Rain-proof pants and jacket with hood (1 each)
- A lock for the duffle bag
- Backpack with waterproof cover
- Sleeping bag suitable for temperatures around 0°C (1 – optional)
- Camera (optional)
o Please note that video cameras are not permitted.
- Down jacket with hood (1)
*If you do not have a down jacket with hood, it can be made available to you on a returnable basis in Kathmandu.
Other essential items
- Personal clothing
- Small thermos for hot beverages
- Water bottle
- Sunscreen lotion (50 SPF or more)
- Castor oil (50 ml) – to lubricate the nostrils at high altitude
- General footwear
- Ziplock bags for clothing
- Quick-dry Towel (not regular towels please)
- Toilet tissues
- Wet wipes
- Snacks – chocolates, biscuits, nuts, etc.
- Hand sanitizer
- Powerful flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries)
- It is important to carry a personal medical kit with electrolyte packs, pain killers, muscle relaxant cream, band aids, knee-cap, medicines for fever, common cold, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, and any other medication necessary.
- The currency used in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees and Indian Rupees.
- The currency used in Tibet is Chinese Yuan.
- Indian Rupees and all other major currencies can be converted to Yuan. You can either do the conversion at any international airport or we can assist you with this once you arrive in Kathmandu.
Free Wi-Fi is available at most hotels until Saga. The program coordinator will be equipped with a local China phone at Lake Manasarovar and Kailash for emergency communication.
Temperature and Weather
Weather conditions from May to September in Tibet can be expected to be dry and sunny, with precipitation in July and August. The daytime temperature can be between 10° to 22° Celsius. However, the intense sun at high altitude can make it feel even hotter. There can be an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening time. The temperature at night can drop as low as 0° or -10°Celsius.
Precaution at High Altitudes
Lack of oxygen at high altitudes (over 2,500 m) affects most people to some extent. With an increase in altitude, the human body needs time to develop physiological mechanisms to cope with the decreased oxygen levels. This process is called acclimatization.
- Diamox (Acetazolamide) tablets are necessary to counter High Altitude Sickness. Please see your doctor for a prescription as it is mandatory to start taking this tablet before arriving at Kathmandu.
- During the trip, participants will be given simple, yet unique and tested practices for faster acclimatization.
- A qualified doctor will accompany the group throughout the journey with all necessary medications and equipments to handle any kind of medical requirement or emergency.
Tibet, referred to as the highest region on earth, is also one of the least developed parts of the world. Since most of Tibet is extremely remote and isolated, while facilities for pilgrims are being upgraded, they are still very basic. Modern amenities are very hard to find in the hotels and guest houses in Western Tibet.
The quality of accommodation will vary from place to place. It may 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 couple of days. Rest assured, in every instance we will provide you with the best accommodation that the place has to offer.
We have successfully taken thousands of people to these sacred places for many years now, and we will always be there to support you to help make the journey a pleasant one.
Isha is not a tour company, yet we offer this sojourn with the intention of providing you with the opportunity to experience these sacred places in their true depth and dimension.