Before doing the Kailash trek, I was concerned about the altitude and not being in the best shape. The Kailash area is very remote and if you're coming from Lhasa, it takes a while to get there. As anyone who's done some high altitude hiking knows, your success depends on 3 variables: the weather, acclimatization and calorie-intake.
The first one is uncontrollable but it is essential that you spend at least a week in Tibet at the higher elevations before doing the trek. Being in a remote location, the small towns in western Tibet do not have running water and meals can be skimpy and do not provide much in the way of nutritional value. Bring your own Power Bars.
Lastly, I would strongly recommend booking your trip with a Tibetan outfit based in Tibet. Conditions on the ground change constantly according to the dictates of the Chinese military and police. Due to border disputes with India, this is a very heavilly-policed area with multiple checkpoints that require special permits. It quickly became apparent to me that the outfit that I was traveling with, Tibetan Expeditions, www.tibetanexpeditions.com was much better organized and resourceful than some of the groups that were organized out of Nepal.
Even though this is not a difficult trek for anyone who is in shape, try not to join one of the groups that cater to religious pilgrims from India. Most of them have never been on a mountain and will end up being hauled out by donkey or yak after the first day.
Disclosure: I am in no way associated with Tibetan Expeditions nor will I receive any benefits or compensation from recommending them.
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