Except the high altitude (always get idea with experience yatris and contact your doctor- do not listen commercial leader’s story) the Kailash trip is more a luxury road tour; therefore no specific level of fitness is required. If you think you are fit and have strong will power you are welcome to join (on your own risk). People suffering from cardiac or respiratory problems should consult to their doctor. If you are willing to join on 3 days parikarma, regular morning and evening walks, jogging, stretching, meditation and regular exercise helps a lot to enjoy the high altitude holy Parikarma.
Food and Beverage:
We will serve healthy simple veg. meals which is makes fit on high altitude; Generally, breakfast and dinner will be served in Campsite/lodge serve. Light Pack lunch will be provided on driving or walking days. Dinner on arrival and breakfast on the departure day is included as well while you are here in Kathmandu.
Clothing and Necessities:
As the temperature varies greatly between day and night (from max. 20 degrees Celsius to min. to –16 degrees Celsius) one should prepare accordingly. Our guide will brief about the wearing on travelling days.
You are travelling on your own risk and to be sure with unavoidable circumstances buy a insurance policies which covers third country traveling including sport activities since there is a trekking part as well on the Kailash trip. Helicopter evacuation, hospital, medical, family visit, loss of belonging, and trip cancellation is strongly recommended to be covered by the policies.
Cancellation: Whether we do collect the amount in advance or not the following cancelation policy will be on an understanding to implement.
• 21days period from tour departure date 10% cancellation.
• 15 days period from tour departure date 30% cancellation.
• 07 days and less period no show 80% cancellation.
Above rules are applicable as per the rules and regulation of China Tibet Tourism Bureau and (CIPSC) Indian pilgrims service China.
FOOD AND MEALS:
Eco Trek aspires to offer the best food and service…and our menus are designed to provide all the necessary nutrition and energy most trekkers need.
We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily during treks in addition to tea, coffee, milk, hornlike, juice etc.
Age Limit: Anyone over 10 years of age can enjoy the yatra. Parental permission and assistance is required for those 16 years or younger. Senior with 70 years is requested to be sure with the leader before heading to Yatra since there is some sort of rustication on age which can be very sure only on the last moment.
Previous Experience: Useful but not essential.
Physical Fitness: We recommend good preparation before your YATRA to make your experience more enjoyable. You should be in good physical condition to participate on the Parikarma days specially trip to Nandi/Rishi Caves, Charan touch to NORTH FACE, following inner route , although the level of physical fitness depends on the nature and level of the route, weather.
Flexibility:Physical flexibility allows joints, muscles and tendons to move, relax and stretch more easily. Carrying a backpack or not, however light it is or you are, can become a strain after a while. Flexibility exercises, including yoga, can help you to be in good shape for the trek/ parikarma.
Warm-up stretches help loosen tendons, increase blood circulation and avoid injuries. Cool-down stretching helps relieve muscle soreness, fatigue and tightness.
ALTITUDE SICKNESS, ACUTE MOUNTATION SICKNESS (AMS): As you trek to higher altitudes, the human body needs to acclimatize to the reduced levels of oxygen. Altitude sickness/AMS is not uncommon above 2500m elevation. Symptoms of altitude sickness include hyperventilation (faster or deeper breaths), shortness of breath, changed breathing patterns, headache and dizziness.
Always be sure to tell your team mate or guide if you are feeling these or any other symptoms so that they can help. Ignoring it or with any simple mistakes an altitude can kill any living things!
Prevention of AMS (Acute mountain sickness)
• Avoid alcohol
• Avoid strenuous exercise while acclimatizing
• If experiencing symptoms, do not climb higher
• Tell your guide ASAP
Treatment of AMS
• Rest at same altitude or descend until symptoms subside
• Paracetamol for headaches
• Monitor symptoms closely
DIAMOX: On all high altitude treks (above 3500m) we carry Diamox for the prevention and treatment of AMS. Leaders are trained in use of these drugs. In some cases, it can cause a sulphur allergy – hence discuss this with your doctor prior to departure. Side effects- Tingling fingers, lips and nose (not serious) & dehydration (manageable)
EMERGENCY SITUATIONS AND RESCUES:
In case of serious problems or emergencies, it is usually possible to arrange to be transported back out early. Such expenses are often covered by health and/or travel insurance. Comprehensive insurance with additional “Sports Cover” (a term used by many insurance companies) also usually covers the high cost of helicopter evacuation if necessary (weather permitting).
COMMUNICATIONS DURING TREKS/ parikarma:
Since most higher altitude occurs in remote places, it can sometimes be difficult to make phone calls, although there are now more town/villages and places with mobile phone coverage. You can buy a sim card with a Nepali and Chinese number in Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya can help arrange this) or on first day in Tibet and use it in such locations.
ECO TREK TIPS:
Below are a few things that we would like you to consider during your trek:
Do Not Litter: Please do not litter at camp sites or along the trail, and pack out what you pack in. This helps keep the environment healthy and Holy destinations cleaner. Additionally, many yatra groups have helped pick up litter along road/trails, which the people of the area greatly appreciate!
Respect Cultural and Natural Heritage: Please endeavor to respect the culture and traditions of the people where you visit. Languages and styles can change from town/village-to-village, but it can be fun and enlightening to try and understand it wherever you are.
Stay on trails: Because you travel in unfamiliar terrain and probably don’t understand local languages, we strongly recommend you always stay on the trail and in the company of your group and support team.
Consider others: Please try to be accepting and respectful of others you meet along the road/trail…visitors and locals alike. Also, if you walk in smaller group and quietly, you are more likely to see local wildlife.
Enjoy Your Visit: Let go of your normal workaday world while you drive/trek and immerse your senses in the beauty of Himalayas, soaking in the serenity and spirit of the mountains. Enjoy and make the best of everything…such efforts rarely go unrewarded.
Don’t be shy about taking scenic pictures, especially with digital cameras…but please be courteous and ask permission before taking pictures of local people. Be sure to take along enough camera memory storage and battery power with you. Power supplies are available almost each alternative day.
This is our general Eco Tek routine, although it can vary depending on the distance to be covered and trail difficulty each day.
Make sure that you are having good enough hot/cold drinks. Boys always feel happy to support on your all needs.
Q & A:
Why travel with Eco Trek?
Eco Trek has been active in the touring/trekking and travel business for over 20 years. With so much experience, Eco Trek is one of the leading companies in the Himalayas. It is experienced, knowledgeable and focused on Yatra/travel in Nepal Himalayas, Holy Kailash,Tibet/China, Bhutan. Our well-trained teams strive to provide the best service, satisfaction and value in the industry.
How do I book my trip/trek?
Eco Trek tours can be booked from anywhere in the world. Reservations can be made online or by contacting our sales office by phone or email. Sending a copy of passport (email), contact and arrival/departure details are good enough for the confirm booking.
How and when do I receive my confirmation and documents?
If you book directly with Eco Trek (Nepal/India), we will email you a confirmation, invoice and Trek Tips within a week. Once final payment is made you will also receive trip vouchers.
When should I book my Yatra/trek?
Book early! Many tours fill quickly so you should contact us as soon as possible. We would be happy to help you choose the yatra/trek that is best for you. All our sales representatives or LEADER/GURU have first-hand knowledge and information about our Yatra/treks. Contact us anytime to check availability.
I am travelling on my own…will I be lonely?
No, many people who join us travel on their own…but our trips are a great way to travel safely and meet other like-minded, great people from all over the world.
What if I haven't camped before?
Don't worry... now most of our trips are based on lodge/hotel, all the yatra is based on lodge/mud house using. If camping, we make camping easy! Our crew sets up tents and camp for you…all you do is unpack your bag and make yourself comfortable. Most of our first-time campers actually come to love sleeping in the great outdoors. You will sleep in high quality, heavy-duty tents or good teahouses. For those trekkers who want even greater comfort, please inform Eco Trek beforehand.
Are there any age restrictions?
Anyone over 10 years of age can trek with us. Those under 16 years will require parental permission and assistance. We do have clients and even leader up to age 81 Old on the High Himalayan Adventure. On the Yatra days 70+ plus years need to be careful unless the visa is not guaranteed from the Chinese authurities.
Will my guide speak English?
Yes…Eco Trek employs only the best-qualified and well-trained guides with good history who are familiar with all necessary routes, languages and cultures to provide the best service and safety possible. That makes big difference to have very success trips.
Can I hire a guide who speaks my native (non-English) language?
Yes…on request, Eco Trek will gladly arrange a guide who speaks your native language but it may cost you extra!
What kind of accommodations will be provided on the yatra/trek?
We offer your choice of camping and teahouse accommodations, depending on where you are travelling/trekking. Kailash with yatri we are using Hotel, lodge or muh house only.
How fit should I be to trek/walk?
Anyone in reasonably good fitness and health can join on the yatra/trek. Many activities on yatra/treks are optional, so you can choose according to your fitness level. The foothills of the Himalaya offer a variety of hiking trails that suit all levels of adventure and fitness. Other activities do not require previous experience and are not fitness-related.
Will I be fed enough?
Yes, you will be served enough food to get all the nutrition and energy you need during a yatra/trek. Plus you can always supplement meals by bringing along energy bars or similar snacks as well.
What happens if the yatra/trek is shortened due to a natural disaster, catastrophe, flight cancelation, late arrival and/or emergency? Do we need to pay extra?
Eco Trek has no desire to benefit from anyone’s misfortune. In the event of a cancellation or early return from a yatra/trek, we will compensate by providing you with lodging at ‘Hotel Holy Himalaya’ in Thamel for the days that have been cancelled. This also includes breakfast at the hotel. We can not replace with days plan for Tibet if you are coming on your with your own decision.
How do I reserve a hotel room the night before and after my yatra/trek?
Eco Trek arranges this for you automatically at a medium-priced hotel located in a quiet location in Thamel. Check this link below to get further hotel information: www.holyhimalaya.com. this is not the stars but as compare to many 3 stars hotel in Kathmandu, it is higher in standard and best in location!
Can I follow Nandi route or Inner route if I want to?
Yes, if you want to follow any trekking or technical route for the inner trip, make sure your skill level and equipment list is adequate. This can be checked by professional mountain guides and costs you extras if you are willing high skill technical supports. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we can have a guide assist you in shopping for any necessary gear.
How will I be rescued in case of emergency?
We can usually arrange road or a helicopter rescue in case of emergency, depending on weather and location. Above, we have given a briefing on the rescue program with Eco Trek.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes…travel insurance is compulsory (if not the costs comes to you directly) on all Eco Trek -tours, make sure that spots activities are included in the insurance policies.
Who will issue the visa and necessary permits?
Eco Trek will arrange for all permits ( visa for Tibet, all the permit, National Park entries) required for your trip in the Himalayas. We will need a copy of your passport (email) and 2 extra passport photographs (on arrival).