A beginning of exhilarating, informative and adventurous series of write up on Kailash Manasarovar Yatra (250+ kms trek on foot) lasting 3 weeks – that my wife, Varuna undertook last year in July. I’m sharing it verbatim from her website. The original article is at her blog:
And here we go…
The idea of this blog is to acquaint people who wish to undertake the Yatra in future with relevant information, which is not adequately available on the web. And also to share my journey to the realm of Shiva and experiences I had. The purpose of my journal is to share my experiences and more importantly information that is not available online.
May 5, 2016
Journey to Kailash Manasarovar was to find that inner silence, inner quietude, the mandala. I had to deposit Rs 5000 by May 13th to confirm my attendance for the yatra. Afterwards, I received a confirmation in a few days. The journey for a solo traveler would unfold in days to come..
Physical preparation for the Yatra
If you are a couch potato with poor physical fitness, it’s imperative that you build your stamina. Even if you plan to take pony, it’s critical to be fit and be ready to trek through regions where ponies can’t go.
- Stop smoking by all means.
- Start walking each day and consider Yoga and pranayama.
- Continue taking your anti hypertensive medicine (if taking currently). Do not stop on day of your medical tests as it will lead to very high blood pressure during the test, which will be aggravated by stress of not getting selected. Take your medicine very early morning with a sip of water.
- If you’re diabetic, do not forget to bring your glucometer with you to monitor your blood sugar levels.
- It’s advisable to get knee caps and ankle support. You might need them in case you inadvertently twist your ankle during long hikes through the extremely rugged Himalayan regions. One lady in our batch twisted her ankle, but with her grit and determination and ankle support, she completed her Yatra successfully.
- For people older than 50 yrs of age, it’s advisable to carry calcium and multivitamin supplements.
- It’s personal choice to get tetanus vaccination done prior to yatra If you have not had vaccination done in more than six months.
- Always make others in your batch aware of your allergies and any medical condition you have.
- Never taken acute mountain sickness lightly. Keep yourself hydrated with proper intake of water and never ignore even slightest symptoms of AMS, which include headache, nausea, etc
- Wrap your toe fingers and friction points in your feet with Doctor’s tape. You will thank me for this as it will help you minimize blisters. Additionally use, medicated dusting powder.
- Get a good sunscreen of SPF 50 or above, lipbalm and good quality sunglasses.
- Consider taking medical insurance through Insubuy, which is the only company globally that offers this service. Normal insurance carriers do not offer insurance for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.
- Don’t forget to carry medicines as mentioned in the brochure and always keep medical bag handy.
- Keep warm as the weather can deteriorate anytime and hypothermia can set in, as happened with one of my fellow yatris during our trek from Navidhang to Lipulekh pass.
- Don’t be taxed about medical tests at Gunji. Stress increases blood pressure. Have faith in scheme of things. Hope you find these tip useful.