Wild Frontiers’ Himalayan Journey from Lhasa to Kashgar: the preparations begin

It’s taken me a fair few hours to add all the details of this summer’s expedition onto my Where next? page, but Wild Frontiers’ Himalayan Journey from Lhasa to Kashgar just gets better every time I look at the itinerary and pre departure information!

I’ve also worked out my kitlist which I’ve now added into my trip prep spreadsheet – I started tailoring the one for this trip yesterday, adding details of the itinerary so that I could work out how many days I’d be in China for my Chinese visa application. Talking of which… I’ve filled out the visa application form and I’m going to post everything off on Friday, once I’m back from S&S Rotterdam. The Chinese Visa Application Service Center‘s Procedures of Application by Post looks straightforward, and I really like the fact that there is a process flow diagram and a checklist (in the Visa Instruction >> Forms for Download area) on website.

I got the Lonely Planet guide to Tibet out of the library yesterday too, and did a bit of flicking / reading. There’s a section on trekking, which includes the Mt Kailash kora. Based on that and my Annapurna Circuit experiences, I’m definitely buying some trekking poles and I may whip up a fleece liner too – assuming I can borrow a four season sleeping bag (Phil!).

Now I just need to get to grips with my Gisteq PhotoTracker Lite gadget and software – this year’s big birthday present from TJBR and dad and Jean.