Guidelines for Travelling Responsibly in the Kailash Sacred Landscape
Shiva, reside in the divine Mount Kailash, also know as Kang Rinpoche. With Lake Mansarovar in my lap, I have created all of nature. Kailash is the origin of four eternal rivers - Bhramaputra, Indus,Karnali and Sutlej - that sustain millions of lives.
There are many ways in which you can contribute to the harmony that I have created among the people, animals and plants in the landscape.
Route map to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar.
Maintain the group spirit - stay positive throuthout the tour.
Help each other when needed.
Cooperate with your guide, follow their instructions and be on time. Listen to your guide: they valuable information that will help you make your trip a success.
Do not bathe in holy Lake Mansarovar. Other religions also consider the lake sacred and for them it is impure to touch the water in the lake.
Be aware of the signs of altitude sickness. Tell your guide immediately if you or your fellow traveller has headaches, irritability, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea or is feelingdisturbed.
Drink at least three litres of water every day. This will help you stay healthy so that you can complete your journey.
Respect lamas and the local rules and customs of gompas and monasteries.
Do not take pictures of prohibited areas, like government buildings and official offices or of people in uniform.
Do not put your feet on the back of the chair or on the shoulders of the person in front of you.
Do not take photographs or stand in front of a person who is praying or prostrating. Do not talk or make loud noise.
Dispose of your waste responsibly. Put waste in designated areas or use a sack to keep your own waste until a waste bin is availabel.
Keep the water pure and sacred. Do not throw litter, pooja offerings, soap and other waste in rivers, lakes or anywhere in nature.
Bring a reusable water bottle. Do not buy disposable bottles.
Do not urinate or defecate along the trail or in lakes or rivers. Use toilets if they are available. If there are no toilets, ask your guide where you shoud relieve yourself.
Respect local traditions, culture and etiquette. Wear appropriate clothing and tale off your hat while visiting monasteries, temples and other sacred places. Do not wear short pants or transparent clothing.
Offer things with both hands.
Do not touch local people on the head or shoulders.
Local people are friendly and helpful. Speak softly and be polite to them.
Do not spit in public areas.
Smoking and drinking are impure. Have a more spiritual journey by not smoking and drinking.
Do not use any open fire inside of your tent. Do not disturb other members of your tour group.
Do not put your feet on tables.
Support local artisans by buying local handicrafts. Make sure you do not buy illegal items like mani stones, yak horns or idols. If you are unsure, ask your guide.
Always stay with your group.
It is good to donate to monasteries, ashrams and schools. If you want to make a donation, discuss with your guide about the best way to do this.
Do not point at people or things with a single finger. It is very disrespectful.
Do not walk near the edge of the trail. It is dangerous and you could fall.
Respect the privacy of others. Ask people for permission before taking their photographs.
Never walk alone. Walking alone is dangerous: If you get lost or injured while walking alone, on one will be there to help you.
Keep your passport, money and medicine secure at all times. The safest place to keep personal belongings is in your daypack.
Use protective sun cream (SPF 15 or higher is recommended). Apply sun cream multiple times every day.
Wear warm clothes at all times. This will help you stay healthy during your journey.
Enjoy your spiritual journey to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Use these guidelines to help make your trip a success.
Carry blessings from Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar to your near and dear ones. Leave only your footprint and a smile and take only photos.
Om Namaha Shivaya