Sisse & Alex in SwayambhuAlex and Sisse are the founders of Himalayan Hermitage and will be your facilitators during the pilgrimage journey to Mount Kailash & Tibet.

Their expertise comes from merging western and eastern perspectives. During the journey, they will introduce the hallmarks of Himalayan Buddhist cultures – philosophy, history, and various cultivation practices such as mindfulness, compassion and wisdom. In this way, they offer a window into the spiritual heritage of Tibet by facilitating a group of pilgrims (rather than tourists) to immerse experientially into the raw, powerful environments, and uplifting cultures of the Himalayas.

Sessions on meditation and Buddhist philosophy, as well as group discussions, are approached from a non-religious, secular, and psychological perspective. They will be interwoven daily throughout the journey – except for days with extensive travel. Please see the sections on ‘Meditation’ and ‘Philosophy’ for more detailed information.

There is no prerequisite for joining a pilgrimage journey, nor is it required to have any knowledge or experience with the practice of meditation. Simply, to have the wish to go deeper with one’s mind, and to have curiosity regarding its qualities and functions is enough.

There is nothing religious about the practice of meditation or in visiting sacred places. In fact, there is nothing even Buddhist about it! The idea of pilgrimage here, means that while we are exploring sacred sites, we are also investigating ourselves with a ‘tried, tested, and true’ introspective process called meditation. The practice of meditation is simply a tool to bring your mind back to a place of naked awareness, to a place of basic space with yourself and environment.

It is simply a technique with which to uncover all the layers of hope, fear, grasping, and judgement that are all such strong habits which cloud the mind. With the practice of meditation, we can learn to come back to ourselves, to become familiar with the groundless, unfabricated, and raw quality of reality. The daily schedule in this itinerary comprises of meditating together every morning and evening – this can be for 30-60 minutes (several sessions of sitting and walking meditation) depending on what the group wants and where we are in our itinerary. Note, on days of extensive travel sessions will not always be possible.

Buddhist philosophy sessions are roughly 1-hour per day, combining a short presentation with group discussion.

Throughout the 18 days we slowly walk through all 3 yanas (vehicles) of the Tibetan Buddhist path. We explore how & why shamatha/mindfulness (one-pointed ‘calm abiding’ meditation) + vipassana (insight) are used as tools from the beginning through to the end of the path. The foundational path of the Shravakayana is comprised of: ‘The 4 Turnings of the Mind’, ‘Refuge’, ‘The 3 Marks of Existence’, and ‘The Four Noble Truths’. There is an emphasis on exploring the middle yana – the Mahayana (the ‘great vehicle’ of the Bodhisattvas) which entails: ‘Bodhicitta’, ‘The 6 Paramitas (perfect actions)’, ‘Shunyayta (emptiness)’, ‘Relative and Ultimate Truth’, and ‘Lojong (mind-training)’.

We contemplate Lojong slogans as brought forth in an accessible way by great Tibetan/Western hybrid teachers Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Pema Chodron. We touch upon the final yana of the Vajrayana (Tantric Buddhism) by exploring its many expressions and intricate symbolism. At face value Tibetan Buddhism may look esoteric, but with investigation we may see first-hand how it is simply a system for training one’s mind by utilizing various methods which combine mindfulness, compassion, and wisdom cultivation practices.

Please refer to the ‘Price’ tab for specific information about price & what is included on your journey.

• DEPOSIT: The deposit is due at the time of registration
• BALANCE PAYMENT: The full balance of the payment is due no later than 90 days before the starting date of the journey (unless booking last minute, which is generally not a problem – please inquire with Himalayan Hermitage about this). After filling out the REGISTRATION FORM and paying the deposit you will be sent an email with the ‘Payment Procedure’ which outlines how to transfer the balance of your payment into Himalayan Hermitage’s bank account.

‘Early Bird Special’: 4999 USD (expires 6 months prior to the start of the journey)
Normal price: 5299 USD
Single Room Supplement: +575 USD

Inclusions:
• 17 nights/18 days
• All accommodation, meals & transport in Nepal & Tibet
• Experienced guides & instructors
• Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
• Healthy, vegetarian meals
• Daily Dharma talks & introduction to meditation
• Notebook for journaling during the pilgrimage

What is not included:
• International flight ticket to Nepal
• Personal medical travel insurance during the pilgrimage
• Personal visa to Nepal (25 USD for 15 days / 30 USD for 30 days to be purchased upon arrival)
• Any alcoholic beverage during the pilgrimage
• Tip to local guide and porters

Please complete the registration form and reserve your spot in the journey here.
A deposit of $750 is made upon registration. Please also carefully read through the WAIVER & RELEASE and TERMS & CONDITIONS before submitting the registration form. You hereby acknowledge that you have read, accepted, agreed to, and understood the terms and conditions of both of these legal documents.

When we first arrive in Lhasa by plane after having spent the first days of the journey in Kathmandu we will be up in 11975 ft (3,650 m). We spend the first three nights in Lhasa to acclimatise before continuing our journey into higher altitude, reaching up to 18,000 ft (5,600 m) as the highest pass on the Kora around Mount Kailash. We will only sleep at 16,400 ft (5,000 m) during the two nights around Kailash, and otherwise we sleep at an average of 13,000 ft (4,000 m) throughout most of the journey across Tibet.

We travel with extra oxygen bottles in case it is needed throughout the journey.

If you are already suffering from a medical condition it is good to check with your physician before departing on a journey into higher altitudes.

Here are some resources for you to read that talk about high altitude sickness, its symptoms and how it can be treated:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/a_to_z/altitude-sickness-a-to-z
https://www.healthline.com/health/altitude-sickness#types

This excerpt is taken from http://www.traveldoctor.co.uk/altitude.htm
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
AMS is very common at high altitude. At over 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) 75% of people will have mild symptoms. The occurrence of AMS is dependent upon the elevation, the rate of ascent, and individual susceptibility. Many people will experience mild AMS during the acclimatisation process. The symptoms usually start 12 to 24 hours after arrival at altitude and begin to decrease in severity around the third day.

The symptoms of Mild AMS include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea & Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Disturbed sleep
  • General feeling of malaise

Symptoms tend to be worse at night and when respiratory drive is decreased. Mild AMS does not interfere with normal activity and symptoms generally subside within two to four days as the body acclimatises. As long as symptoms are mild, and only a nuisance, ascent can continue at a moderate rate. When hiking, it is essential that you communicate any symptoms of illness immediately to others on your trip.

Here Sisse talks about natural ways of strengthening the body prior to and whilst traveling in higher altitude.

During the journey, if you at any point in time feel these symptoms mentioned above it is important to let us know and we will be checking in with you as well.

It can be helpful to travel with ibuprofen as a quick relief for common headaches, especially during the first days of travel in Tibet.

• Passports & Visa information
• Food
• Health & Vaccines
• Money
• Communication throughout the journey

Passport / Visa Information

• What do I need to know about the visas?
Firstly, it is important that your passport is valid at LEAST 6 months beyond the end date of the journey. In addition to this, please make sure that you have at least two empty pages free in your passport.

You will not need to apply for neither your Nepali nor your Chinese visa prior to the journey.

Nepali visa

This can easily be obtained ‘upon arrival’ in the Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport. Once you reach the immigration section of the airport, please proceed directly to the machines available in the far left corner and fill in all of the necessary information asked. It will ask you how long you will need the visa for (15 days, 30 days and beyond). Fill in the needed days + take the photo of yourself on the spot and proceed to payment. Payment can be done either in cash or with credit card (you might have to insist on the credit card as they will try to turn this request down!). For more information about the Nepali visa see here.

Chinese visa

Since we will be entering Lhasa and Tibet from Kathmandu, and not a major Chinese city, such as Beijing, Xinning or Chengdu we will need to obtain this visa from Kathmandu as a group, which will take 3 working days to process. For this reason, please make sure that you hand in your passport to us after reaching your hotel so that we can initiate this group visa process the following morning.

Food

• I have special dietary needs; can this be accommodated?
Throughout the Journey in both Nepal and Tibet we will be eating primarily vegetarian meals. Vegan food can also be accommodated, as well as ‘gluten free’ options. Please inform us in the registration form under ‘dietary needs’.

Health & Vaccines

• Which vaccines will I need in Nepal and Tibet?
There are no required vaccines for both Nepal and Tibet, but we recommend that you speak with your physician to decide on what options are best for you. Tibet is located at higher altitude and it is therefore difficult for most viruses and bacteria to survive.
• What about malaria?
As we will only be spending time in Kathmandu and Nuwakot during the days in Nepal there is no risk of malaria.

Money

• How much money will I need to bring?
During the journey your accommodation, food, and transportation are all covered so you will only need to bring for any extras such as gift shopping and tipping local guides.

• How Do I get cash in country?
For our days in Kathmandu you will be able to take out Nepali Rupees (NRP) from any ATM which you will find all over the city.
For our days in Tibet, you will be able to find ATMs in Lhasa (Beijing Rd near our hotel) and also in other major towns that we pass on our journey across Tibet, such as in Gyantse and Shigatse. Once we reach West Tibet ATMs will be more scarce so it’s a good idea to ‘stock up’ before then.

Communication throughout the journey

• Will I be able to get wifi throughout the journey?
For the most part of the journey you will be able to connect with wifi on hotels and guesthouses, in both Nepal and Tibet. During our Kora around Mount Kailash wifi connection is not guaranteed.

• How many miles/km does it take to walk around Mount Kailash?
Here is a rough outline of our 2 nights, 3 days’ Kora around Mount Kailash. We can expect to walk an estimated 52-53 km for our entire circumambulation around the mountain. We walk at a comfortable pace and take breaks whenever it is needed:

Day 1: Darchen to Dirapuk Monastery (6 hr walk, 20 km, 200 m ascent)
Day 2: Dirapuk Monastery to Dzultripuk Monastery (7-8 hr walk, 18 km, 550 m ascent, 600 descent)
Day 3: Dzultripuk Monastery to Darchen (3-4 hr walk, 14 km, 150 descent)

This journey is designed for experienced and active travellers in good physical condition. The itinerary includes full day hikes, especially around Mount Kailash and sometimes at high altitude. Trails around the mountain will include steep descents/ascents on mountainous terrain.

• Is it possible to rent a yak or horse for the 2  1/2 days’ Kora around Mount Kailash?
If you feel it might be a challenge to walk the Kora it is possible to rent either a horse or yak while circumambulating Mount Kailash at an extra and reasonable cost. Write to us for more information.

• How can we expect the accommodation to be like around Mount Kailash?
We will be staying in tea houses around the mountain, with basic but comfortable accommodation. There will be a clean bed available and a warm, nourishing meal. A hot shower cannot be guaranteed.

 

 

To partake on a journey with Himalayan Hermitage you MUST be covered by a travel medical insurance. If you arrive without having this coverage, you will not be able to participate on the journey. This insurance needs to include trekking or travel over 4000 meters (10,000 feet) and it needs to include emergency medical expenses, helicopter evacuation, and emergency repatriation.

We highly recommend a travel cancellation insurance as you never know what might come up in life at the time of getting ready to leave for a big journey.

Please have a look here below for different options:

World Nomads provides medical travel insurance for travellers below 70, including also the journey cancellation. You can use the box below to get a quote for your journey.

Medical Travel Compared offers a good platform for comparing what different options of travel medical insurances that are out there.

If you are 70 + please have a look at TripAssure – partner of World Nomads – via their ‘Silver Nomads’ program here and get a price.

 

We are more than happy to give recommendations for your international airfare; however, it will ultimately be you who will make the purchase yourself. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

• When must I arrive in Kathmandu?

For the May/June 2020 Pilgrimage Journey guests must arrive in Kathmandu by May 24th for handing in all passports of the group in order to initiate the Chinese group visa application for Tibet. For the September/October 2020 Pilgrimage Journey guests must be sure to arrive in time so that we can collect all passports of the group no later than 5pm on Sunday September 20th (in case of any unexpected international flight delays).

• What time should I book my departing flight from Nepal?
You will return to Kathmandu a few days prior to the end of the journey and are therefore safe to book a flight on the last day of the journey. If you would like to stay on in Nepal hereafter let us know and we are happy to help you either book something or offer advice on nice places to go.

If you arrive a few days early in Kathmandu or stay on in Kathmandu after the end of the Pilgrimage Journey to Tibet, here are a few options you might like to consider:

UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour

In this 1-day tour we have selected the 4 most important & interesting ‘UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ in the Kathmandu Valley. Please note that we do not visit these sites during the itineraries of our Journeys. These World Heritage Sites were chosen by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) as being judged as important in having the ‘collective interests of humanity’. If this may be your only visit to Nepal, these sites are not to be missed!

1. Pashupatinath Temple:

The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the largest temple complexes in Nepal. It is located on both banks of the Bagmati river in the Kathmandu Valley. The temple belongs to the Hindu tradition and is one of the four most significant religious sites found in Asia for Hindus who worship the God Shiva. This Sacred Hindu temple is a ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’. The existence of temples on this sacred site date back to 400 BC. The two-storied temple that one can see today was built around the 15th Century by a Lichchhavi King. The main Temple is built in the Nepalese pagoda style and boasts a copper and gold roof which covers an inner sanctum home to the main idol: Mukhalinga, who’s faces look in the four directions (which represent various aspects of the God Shiva). The Main entrance to the temple courtyard (the western entrance) is limited to only certain people of Hindu practice – not all. There are many other temples in this complex including the Vaishnava Temple and the Gehyeshwari Temple. Also worth mentioning on the Pashupatinath grounds are the caves of the great Buddhist masters Tilopa and Naropa.

2. Kathmandu Durbar Square:

‘Durbar Square’ is roughly translated as ‘King’s Square’ or ‘Royal Palace’. There are 3 major Durbar Squares found in the Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Basantapur Durbar Kshetra, is situated in front of the old royal palace of former Kathmandu. It is a ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’.

3. Patan Durbar Square:
The Patan Durbar Square, another one of the 3 major ‘Durbar Squares’ (and another UNESCO World Heritage Site), is located at the centre of the city of Lalitpur. This ancient Royal Palace is where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. It is one of the marvels of Newari architecture (the Newari are famous for their expert craftsmanship of fine carpentry, pottery, metal-work, statue making, and architecture). There are many temples and idols in this area.

4. Bhaktapur Durbar Square:

Another ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, is the ancient royal palace of the old Bhaktapur Kingdom. This ‘S quare ’ is actually spread across 4 squares ( Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square), but the area as a whole is informally known as Bhaktapur Durbar Square. There is much to see at this site and it is definitely not to be missed if this may be your only visit to Nepal. Highlights include spectacular architecture and the fine wood carvings of the Newari. There are assortments of beautiful, intricate (and graphic) Tantric gods, goddesses, and deities carved into the wood-work of the many temples.

The time of the tour can be flexible upon request, but what is recommended is to
start at 9:00 AM and finish by 4:00 PM

The cost Includes:
– Private Car
– Tour Guide
– Pick-up at Hotel and drop-off at Hotel

The cost excludes:
– Tourist entry fees
– Meals and drinks

Cost:
$100 USD for a single person
$70 USD per person on a sharing basis (2 participants and above)

Shivapuri & Nagi Gompa Day Hike

Shivapuri is a National Park reserve situated at an altitude of 2563m. It is north of
Kathmandu and is the second highest foot-hill in the Kathmandu Valley after the
famous Phulchowk hill. On this hill is located Bagdwar, the source of the Holy River
Baghmati, and is the biggest water supply to the Kathmandu Valley’s increasing
population.
From downtown Kathmandu we drive for about 45 minutes (8km) to Budhanilkantha Temple – a Hindu temple with one of the biggest statues of Lord Vishnu sleeping on an ocean bed. This is where we start our hike. From Budhanilkantha we walk through the Shivapuri conservation area – this is a government protected forest where over 500 species of fauna are found.

Nagi Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist Nunnery (2330m altitude) founded by the late great Tibetan master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche is one of the first Tibetan masters to come to Kathmandu and to also teach foreigners. He lived and taught at Nagi Gompa which is one of the first Tibetan Buddhist Nunneries built in the Kathmandu Valley. To reach Nagi Gompa we will hike for about half an hour up a steep and narrow trail followed by two hours at a gradual incline.
This whole tour should be 6-7 hours long.

Cost Includes:
● Pickup from Hotel + drive to Bhudanilakhantha
● Trekking Guide
● A packed lunch
● Entry fee to Shivapuri National Park
● Pick-up from Kopan and drop-off to Hotel

Cost:
$115 USD for single person
$80 USD per person on a sharing basis (2 or more participants)

Kathmandu to Nagarkot Hike & Overnight in Nagarkot (2 days / 1 night)

If you want to experience a different side to the Kathmandu Valley, outside of the busy city, then Nagarkot is famous for its beautiful views of the Himalayan mountain range. In the morning your guide + driver will pick you up from your Hotel and drive 1 hour to Shakhu Village. The hike starts in Shakhu and will take roughly 5 hours to reach Nagarkot. Overnight in beautiful Nagarkot with morning sunrise views of the
Himalayas. After breakfast you will be picked up from Nagarkot for a 2-hour drive back to Kathmandu.

Cost includes:
● All transportation by private car
● Trekking Guide
● All meals
● Hotel in Nagarkot
● Entrance Fees

Cost excludes:
● Bar bills & cold drinks
● Personal expenses & tips

Cost:
$210 USD for a single person
$165 USD per person on a sharing basis (2 participants and above)

All of the above prices include all taxes, VAT, and service charges

WELLNESS PACKAGES

Massage Packages

Treat yourself with a nice massage with Seeing Hands in Kathmandu.

Seeing Hands are located in Boudha, Thamel, and Patan and are easily accessed from anywhere in the city. Seeing Hands is a social enterprise providing training and employment opportunities in massage therapy for visually impaired people. Seeing Hands employ teams of professionally-trained blind therapists who provide massage to visiting guests. Part of the fees that they earn are used to fund the training and employment of more blind masseurs so the organization can grow and develop. Handicapped people in Nepal have terrible difficulty finding employment, so this is an organization worthy of support.

Seeing Hands offer:
Remedial Sports Therapy, Swedish Relaxation Massage, and Relaxation Foot Massage:

● 60-minute massage: $22 USD
● 90-minute massage: $32 USD
● 120-minute massage: $40 USD

You may wish to choose a combination of the above (Ex: 90 minutes total massage
time comprising of 60-minute Swedish Massage and 30 Minutes Foot Massage)

Spa Package

Enjoy the amazing facilities at the Hyatt Regency spa in Boudha where you can enjoy their outdoor jacuzzi + pool and their indoor steam + sauna + jacuzzi:

● Full day package: $28 USD

All of the above prices include all taxes, VAT, and service charges

KATHMANDU HOTELS

Himalayan Hermitage has selected a variety of quality Hotels in different locations in Kathmandu. Upon your request HH can make full arrangements to book your Hotel(s) before and/or after your Journey. These Hotels have been organized into their location, quality, and price per night’s stay. All prices include breakfast. The ‘High-end’ and ‘Luxury’ Hotel’s also have a swimming pool. Please see the table below.

Hotel locations:

– Thamel:
Thamel is the ‘tourist hub’ of Kathmandu. It is the most tourist friendly area of the city with many Hotels, restaurants, and shops.

– Boudhanath:
Boudha is the biggest Tibetan refugee settlement in Kathmandu. It is home to the great Boudhanath Stupa and also to many of Kathmandu’s Buddhist population – Tibetan, Nepali, and foreigners alike. There are many Monasteries and Nunneries built around the Boudha Stupa. This area is also a very friendly and convenient location for tourists with its many Hotels, restaurants, and shops.

Thamel

Quality
Price
Standard

Single: $46 USD
Double: $51 USD
Mid-range

Single: $78 USD
Double: $91 USD
High-end

Single: $102 USD
Double: $114 USD

Boudhanath

Quality
Price
Standard

Single: $30 USD
Double: $42 USD
Mid-range

Single: $128 USD
Double: $135 USD
Luxury

Single: $198 USD
Double: $222 USD

All of the above prices include all taxes, VAT, and service charges

Luggage

For your main luggage bag that you fly with, you are free to bring any kind you like! Please bring a small day pack for carrying snacks, water, and layers while exploring the cities of Kathmandu and Lhasa, as well as traveling across Tibet and walking around Kailash. You may want to keep some space + weight free in your main luggage bag for carrying home souvenirs, etc.

Sleeping bag

As we will be sleeping in tea houses during the 2 nights when we circumambulate Mount Kailash (we finish the Kora on the third day mid-morning) it makes the journey more convenient and comfortable to bring your own sleeping bag. Temperature rating of the sleeping bag should range from 0 to -30 C. Temperatures will be moderate, but in the mountains at higher altitude it can get cool at night. You can either bring your own sleeping bag with you, or otherwise it is possible to rent a good quality sleeping bag in Kathmandu for around 7 USD per day (we will be hiking in the foothills for five days in total). We can help you organise this in Kathmandu.

Water bottle

It is a good idea to bring along a Nalgene or another kind of water bottle for drinking water throughout our journey across Tibet. One of the best ways to prevent high altitude sickness is to stay hydrated all the time. It is a nice idea to carry two water bottles so we are sure to have enough water. Almost every restaurant and local place we visit will have hot water thermoses, so it is possible for us to refill our water bottles in most places (when in higher altitude it is recommended to drink warm – never cold, according to Tibetan medicine). In this way we are not leaving behind too much plastic. It is easier to carry our own water and we will not be depended on many plastic bottles for our water supply during the journey. The added bonus is that these water bottles can be transformed into a hot water bottle at night to warm up our beds during the chilly nights in the foothills!

Wear layers when we do Kora around Mount Kailash

When walking around the mountain, and throughout our time in Tibet, it is always advised to bring a lot of layers to wear – from the chillier and fresh temperatures in the mornings to the warmer temperatures in the daytime, and again cooler evenings. Layers could be for example: carrying a warm hat, several changes of wool/synthetic socks for hiking, light long underwear/base layer, pants for hiking, short/long sleeved shirt (synthetic or wool clothing is best for quick drying and easy for handwashing), light scarf/bandana – for warmth and can be used for dust/sun protection. It can be nice to have a change of clothes for after a day of hiking. Sweater or fleece layer as a second layer. In addition to this, It is also nice to bring comfortable clothes for yoga practice, as well as a warm jacket, such as down or other light weight jacket work well for packing. In this way it is easy to put on and take off layers of clothes during the different times of the day. Make sure to bring a warm jacket and warm clothing for mornings and nights. Note that laundry service will be available in most of the places that we stay throughout the journey, but less so when we reach the mode uninhabited West Tibet and especially during the Kora.

Shoe wear

What shoes to bring for visiting sacred sites through Kathmandu and Tibet, as well as for doing the Kora around Mount Kailash? We will not be walking in difficult terrain when we are in Kathmandu, Lhasa and across Tibet. However, it can be nice and comfortable for the feet to wear good shoes. Anything between good runners to more outdoor and firm hiking shoes. As for the Kora around Mount Kailash, we recommend high hiking boots or sturdy hiking trail shoes with a good sole and support for going up and down hills and steps around the mountain.
Alternatively, a light pair of casual shoes for wearing in the evening/down time and in the city is also nice.

Bring a small towel

We will be able to have access to a hot shower throughout most of the journey. When we venture out to West Tibet and during our Kora, accommodation will be more modest and a hot shower cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, it is comfortable to bring along a small quick dry travel towel for this purpose.

Sun protection

We recommend sunglasses, sunblock SPF 30 or higher, SPF lip balm, sun hat or baseball cap, and light layers for wearing while hiking to protect from strong Himalayan sun. Tibet is being called ‘Roof of the World’ for a reason! And you can really feel this on your face after a few hours without a hat and protection.

Personal toiletries

Any personal toiletries you may need during your stay and travel such as: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, lotion, medications, etc.

Trekking poles

This is optional and depends on how you find it comfortable to hike. It is however nice to have trekking poles for going up and down when circumambulating the mountain, and can work as a good support. It is also possible to buy these in Kathmandu upon arrival.

Light rain jacket

It is nice to have a light rain jacket to carry along just in case. 


Flashlight/headlamp

A flashlight/headlamp with extra batteries can be nice to have for finding the bathroom at night, etc.

Camera

This is of course optional. It can be handy to have a plug adapter for charging your mobile phone, etc.

Adapter

Nepal & Tibet both use European outlets. You may want to bring an adapter for your mobile charger or laptop if they have a different plug other than the European standard. This can also be purchased in Kathmandu upon arrival.

Ear Plugs

It is advisable to bring along a set of ear plugs. During the nights at the nunnery – the wooden walls of the guesthouse are not too thick and sound proof, so if you are a light sleeper you will appreciate ear plugs!

Travel Medicine

Enough of any prescription drugs you need, as well as basic travel medicine.  We recommend bringing along Imodium (anti-diarrheal), painkillers for common headaches that occur in high altitude, probiotics (for keeping the gut healthy), as well as melatonin (for jet lag purposes).

Photo Gallery

Photos from the journey. Please click to enlarge the photo