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Mount Kailash tour FAQ'S

1. What is the significance of Mount Kailash?
Mount Kailash is considered sacred in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon. It is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva in Hinduism and is a major pilgrimage site. Circumambulating the mountain is considered a sacred ritual.

2. What is the route via Lhasa?
The route via Lhasa typically involves flying into Lhasa from major cities like Kathmandu, acclimatizing to the altitude, exploring Lhasa and its attractions (such as the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple), and then traveling overland to Mount Kailash.

3. Do I need a visa for Tibet?
Yes, travelers to Tibet, including Lhasa and Mount Kailash, need a special Tibet Travel Permit. Additionally, a Chinese visa is required. It's important to check the latest visa regulations and travel requirements.

4. What is the best time for a Mount Kailash tour via Lhasa?
The best time for the tour is during the late spring to early autumn (May to September) when the weather is relatively mild, and the trekking routes are accessible. Winter months are extremely cold, and some areas may be inaccessible.

5. Is acclimatization necessary?
Yes, acclimatization is crucial when traveling to high-altitude regions like Tibet. Spending a few days in Lhasa before proceeding to Mount Kailash allows the body to adjust to the altitude.

6. What are the accommodation options in Lhasa and on the way to Mount Kailash?
Accommodation options in Lhasa include hotels ranging from basic to luxurious. On the way to Mount Kailash, accommodations may include guesthouses, lodges, or basic hotels, depending on the route and available facilities.

7. What is the trekking route around Mount Kailash?
The traditional trekking route, known as the Kora or Parikrama, circumambulates Mount Kailash. It is approximately 52 kilometers and is considered a sacred ritual by pilgrims. The trek usually takes about three days.

8. Are there any cultural considerations during the tour?
Respect for local customs and religious practices is essential. Photography may be restricted in some areas, and it's important to seek permission before taking pictures, especially of religious sites and ceremonies.

9. What is the level of physical fitness required for the tour?
The trek around Mount Kailash is challenging due to high altitudes, and participants should be in good physical condition. It's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before undertaking the journey.