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Kailash Yatra Information for NRIs

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Mount Kailash, the holy abode of Lord Shiva, is a highly venerated pilgrimage situated in the Autonomous Region of China-Tibet. Kailash is mysterious yet a fascinating and greatest site of religious values which is integratively popular among Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bon. A holy lake nearby the mount Kailash, Mansarovar, is another point of interest of Kailash Mansarovar yatra. According to some Hindu holy epics, Lake Mansarovar was initially formed in the mind of Brahma. The name ‘Manasarovar' stands for Mana means mind/ consciousness and Sarovar means lake in Sanskrit. Many Hindu epics state the huge religious significance of Holy Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar in the texts. It is crucial to know about Kailash Yatra information for NRI and foreigners.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to the holy lake came easier than ever before. The Tibetan and Nepali coordination consistently makes it convenient for travellers to visit Mount Kailash. Kailash Mansarovar yatra for NRIs and foreigners is an easy process. There are several packages for NRIs and foreigners that are convenient, accessible and customizable. We’ve tried to provide detailed information about the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra for NRIs. The Kailash Yatra procedure starts with visas and permits to Tibet and Mount Kailash. Few things to Know about Kailash Mansarovar Yatra information for NRI and foreign nationals for Kailash Yatra are provided below.

How to obtain Kailash Mansarovar Permit?

The Kailash Mansarovar Permit is obtained from the Tibetan government agencies to which we have direct access and contacts to make your travel experience easier and more convenient. You can contact us at least 15 days prior to your trip to Kathmandu and we’ll arrange the further procedure after getting confirmation of your tour. Especially for NRIs (Non-Residential Indians) and foreigners, we have designed special packages. The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter and Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Lhasa is specially designed for Non-Indian Passport holders and foreigners.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter Itinerary

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Helicopter 

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival. (Should be a Sunday)

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing. (You will apply your visa today)

Day 03: Bhaktapur and Patan Sightseeing.

Day 04: Chandragiri Sightseeing.

Day 05: Fly to Nepalgunj. (Receive your visa today)

Day 06: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot. (2910 m)

Day 07: Simikot - Hilsa - Taklakot. (4025 m)

Day 08: At Taklakot – Rest Day Full Day – Free for acclimatization.

Day 09: Drive from Taklakot to Lake Mansarovar. (4550 m)

Day 10: Drive to Yama Dwara Trek to Dirapuk. (4909 m) - 12 KM

Day 11: Trek to Zuthulpuk. (4760 m) (22 KM Trek )

Day 12: Zutulpuk to Hilsa or Simikot. (8 KM Trek)

Day 13: Hilsa to Simikot, fly to Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 14: Transfer to Airport.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Kyirong

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Kyirong

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing. (Your visa will be applied today)

Day 03: Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Day 04: Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Day 05: Bhaktapur Sightseeing. 

Day 06: Drive to Syabru Besi/Rasuwa Gadhi, or you can fly by a chartered helicopter.

Day 07: Border formalities and stay in Kyirong. 

Day 08: Kyirong to Saga. (220 KM)

Day 09: Saga to Lake Mansarovar. (450 KM)

Day 10: Drive to Darchen. (4650 m) - 35 KM

Day 11: Drive to Yama Dwara Trek to Dirapuk. (4909 m) - 12 KM

Day 12: Trek to Zuthulpuk. (4820 m) 4760 m) (22 KM)

Day 13: Zuthulpuk to Saga. (8 KM Trek and 470 KM Drive - 8 Hours)

Day 14: Drive back to Kyirong. (2850M)

Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu. (1400m) (160 KM) or fly back by a chartered helicopter.

Day 16: Departure.

How can I get Visa to Nepal?

All foreign nationals, except Indians, including NRIs, need visas to enter Nepal. Multiple entry visas for 15 days (US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency), 30 days (US$ 50) or 90 days (US$ 125) can be obtained from any Nepalese embassy or consulate. You can also get a visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu or at the Immigration Office at the entry points of Nepal. 

Tourist visas can be extended for a period of 120 days at the Immigration Department in Kathmandu or other entry point with minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days. However, nationals of the following countries will not get a visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. They need to obtain visas from Nepalese embassies or diplomatic missions in their respective countries prior to their arrival in Nepal.

Gratis (Free) Visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of SAARC countries (except Afghanistran) like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for the first visit in one visa year (January to December). Indian nationals do not require a visa to enter Nepal. You can contact us for more information regarding visa and permit procedures.

How to obtain Tibet visa from Kathmandu?

If you are planning for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, we arrange everything you need as we hold the liability to arrange everything including visas and permits to visit Kailash Mansarovar. The visa to Tibet is accessible from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. It takes at least 3-4 working days to obtain a visa for Tibet to visit Kailash Mansarovar. For Foreign nationals and NRIs, a valid passport and visa, and a Kailash permit is mandatory to visit Kailash Mansarovar.

Is Travel Insurance necessary?

It is strictly advisable and mandatory to carry valid Travel Insurance covering the Kailash region. Our trips do not include the price of travel insurance and it is the sole responsibility of the pilgrim/traveller to ensure that he/she is adequately insured for the full duration of the trip. Furthermore, it becomes a compulsion to have travel insurance as you will be getting up to 5000 m which is very high for a normal person. So, it’s very necessary to have travel insurance.

Medical Certification of the Pilgrims

This is one of the toughest high-altitude road journeys on earth. You have to be moderately fit as you may require to trek to perform Parikrma. Generally, patients with asthma & heart problems have a problem acclimatizing to high altitudes. In your interests, it is essential to be examined by your doctor to know about your health condition and your ability to cope with the rigours of high altitude travel for days in ‘no road’ conditions, extreme cold, dust, trekking to an altitude of 19500 ft during the Parikrama.

It becomes necessary to ensure the safety and security of the travellers who are going to associate with us. As it is our very concern that travellers should be healthy enough to perform the Kailash Yatra. For that, we require a valid copy of the health certificate of the pilgrims issued by his/her physician mentioning that the pilgrim/traveller is in perfect condition to undertake a yatra to Mount Kailash at a height of above 15000 feet. However, a Medical certificate is not our responsibility and we do not take any liability for any health issues.

Clothing to visit Kailash Mansarovar

Casual wears and comfortable walking shoes are necessary to travel to Tibet. Be sure to bring warm clothing as nights and early mornings can be quite chilly to downright cold. It is advisable that Indian woman Pilgrims not wear Saris. Bring all the film, medicine, cosmetics, toiletries etc. that you will need to bring along as these are difficult to obtain on the way. A small first aid kit is also a good idea. Also quite useful to have a route map, to know where you are going and have been each day. Warm clothes are necessary as you will be getting to the land of the Himalayas.

Moreover, the Gore-Tex material of good quality is recommendable. Down jacket, raincoat or windbreakers, thermal under wears, Jackets, warm trousers & woollen shirts (cotton will also work), warm sweaters, woollen gloves, sun hat, sunglass, comfortable shoes, light leather boots in case of snow, woollen balaclava (‘monkey cap’) & scarf/dust mask to protect your eyes & nose from dust.

Currency to Carry

In Nepal, you can exchange the currencies of multiple countries. Indian currency of higher denomination than 100 rupees is not acceptable as the government of Nepal has put a ban on it.

The unit of Chinese currency is Yuan. USD 1 = 7.18 Yuan. 1 Yuan = INR 11.73 approx. Money can be exchanged at the Nepal Tibet Border. Also, re-exchange all your remaining Yuan at the end of the trip at the border itself before re-entering Nepal.

Best Time for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

The Kailash season starts from mid-May to mid-October. As these months are comparatively better and have good visibility and accessibility, these months are the best time for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

These are a few basic things travellers must know before planning the journey to Kailash. Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Information for NRI is especially to provide every information a traveller needs. Mainly for NRIs and foreigners, the tour mainly starts from Tibet. 

Read More: Best Time to Visit Kailash Mansarovar

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