Packing Right For Mount Kailash & Manasarovar Trip

Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar are a remote and strenuous journey. This tour offers one of the most fascinating centers of geological epicentre of oriental religion and philosophy and the ultimate pilgrimage stop to religions all over the world. It is truly one of the last frontiers for discovery and exploration. All trips are of an expeditionary nature supported by well-experienced Nepali Sherpa team. If you travel with an open mind, this trip will be truly unique and rewarding experience. Here is some information to help you get most out of your adventure. However, each one must organize according to individual requirements and preferences. A briefing session will be organized in Kathmandu before your departure to Kailash and Manasarovar.


A valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months is required to obtain a Visa. Please note that handwritten passports are no longer accepted in Kathmandu Airport. All foreign nationals travelling to Tibet requires a Visa. It is advised to forward your passport details at least 45 days in advance for trip confirmation and Visa processing. Foreign nationals have to arrive to Kathmandu minimum 3 working days in advance before scheduled departure.


On flight you are allowed 20 Kg’s of checked baggage and 5 kg’s of hand baggage. Each passenger must pay for his excess baggage at the airport check-in point. During Kailash journey, please remember that there is always an advantage of traveling light. Carry practical and multi purpose clothes and equipment. The suitcases are not suitable, as they cannot resist the bumps of the dirt road. Richa Tours provides a Duffel Bag and a Carry Bag for all Kailash Yatris so that our clients can pack their clothes, which are, strong enough to carry the load for 15 days in all different modes of transportation.


Tibet is a dry cold country. Weather may unexpectedly change at any time. Plan in a way that you can wear layers of clothes. The recommended items are: –

  • Warm woolen sweater or jacket
  • Light wind proof jacket
  • Warm clothing (no dhotis or sarees)
  • Thick pullovers
  • Thermal inner wear for both male and female
  • Woolen cap, scarf, socks and glove
  • Thick trousers
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Raincoat or folding umbrellas
  • Water resistant, ankle supported and soft interior walking boots
  • Personal clothing as required


  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Extra plastic bag for Kora
  • Flashlight/Torch with batteries
  • Notebook, pen and pencil
  • Strong sunblock cream and chap stick


All participants need to be in a great physical condition and excellent health. Any one who suffers from chronic heart, lung, brain or vertebral problem will not qualify to participate in this trip as this trip involves traveling to remote and difficult places where medical emergencies may not be available. This trip involves driving/hiking and camping in mountainous terrain. When planning your trip it is advisable to have a medical check-up explaining to your Physician the altitude you hope to reach. Visitors are particularly susceptible to bronchial problems due to the high and very dusty air, so medicines for this should be carried. If you are taking any medicines, take enough supply, as it will not be available in further journey. Do inform your trek manager of any previous medical problems before you start your tour. Let him know if you feel ill or have severe headache, dizziness, nausea dysentery or just bad blisters. As a precaution, you may carry DIAMOX to prevent the effect of high altitude, though you must check with your doctor. Simple headache fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before acclimatization. Gradual acclimatization is the best answer. Tranquilizers, sleeping doses and strong antibiotic must be avoided. Descending to lower altitude is the best, but many times it may not be possible. REST is BEST.

OXYGEN cylinders and Gamow Bags will be carried on all trips. Please remember the following points:

  • Rest
  • Relax – do not exert; Do not be excited.
  • Reduce talking.
  • Walk slowly – adopt one third of your normal speed.
  • Keep your load light.
  • Do not exercise.
  • Breathe slowly and long.
  • Whenever you feel uncomfortable just stop: rest and relax.
  • Ignore the sudden outburst of fellow pilgrims and avoid arguments.
  • Observe silence with a smile.
  • Remember – never go too high too fast.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol – drugs or intoxicants.
  • Consume plenty of liquid (three Liter per day); never proceed with an empty stomach.

In addition to the medicines, your First aid kid must include the following:

  • Vaseline
  • Cotton
  • Nose inhaler
  • Cough drops
  • Vicks
  • Band aid
  • Toilet paper

Make a separate pouch for the first aid kit with a list of medicines and their appropriate usage. It is advised to carry glucose and glucose based items (mints, toffees, and mini chocolate bars for periodical consumption at high altitude for energy. Multi-vitamin and vitamin C tablets are required for daily consumption as a routine. Never rush into things. Walk slowly and firmly. Guard yourself from slipping or falling to prevent fractures, sprains and muscle pulls. The uneven ground, steep slopes and slushy banks are full of potholes. Do not combine walking and sightseeing together. Inspect your track in front and trek slowly STOP LOOK & GO Listen to your guide. Never leave the group. Be in-group. Do not leave any one behind unless escorted.