Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Via Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand: The route of Indian Government



The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is one of the most sacred pilgrimage tours not only for Hindus but for Jains, Buddhists, and Bons also. Mount of Kailash is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva resides with his family. Mansarovar is a large freshwater lake of great religious significance. Kailash Mansarovar attracts millions of pilgrims each year from all over the world with its majesty and solemnity.

Who organizes Uttarakhand Kailash Mansarovar Yatra? 

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Govt. of India organizes Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Uttarakhand with the help of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam. Hence this route of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is also known as KMVN Kailash Mansarovar Yatra


Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Lipulekh Pass is conducted only by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. No Private agency is allowed to conduct the Mansarovar Kailash Yatra through this route. For more information on the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Government route, you need to contact the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).  

Duration of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from Uttarakhand:

The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from Uttarakhand used to be entirely by trek until 2019 and Uttarakhand to Kailash Mansarovar distance and back was covered in 24-25 days. Now the Government of India is constructing a new road to Kailash Mansarovar on this route of Kailash Mansarovar which is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. With this new road, the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Uttarakhand will become motorable and the duration is expected to be reduced to 19-20 days. 

Eligibility for Kailash Mansarovar via Lipulekh:

  • Only Indian Passport holders can apply for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Indian Govt route.
  • A person who is physically fit.
  • The age criteria are 18 years to 70 years old.   

How to apply for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Uttarakhand:

Every year the Ministry of External Affairs receives thousands of applications for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Lipulekh Route. However, there is a limitation on the number of yatries who can visit the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Pithoragarh. Only a total of 1080 pilgrims (18 groups of 60 Pilgrims each) can visit Kailash Mansarovar from Uttarakhand. 

The Government of India has a dedicated website for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, which is kmy.gov.in. To apply you need to visit the official website operated by the Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Government. The yatries have to apply online for the lucky draw. No registration fee has to be paid at that time. 

Selection Process for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Lipulekh Pass:

A strict procedure of selection is followed on this MEA Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route which is as follows:

  • Lucky Draw for KMY. Gov. in - The pilgrims are chosen on a lucky draw basis. Upon being selected the official confirmation is sent via telegram. 
  • Registration Fee for Kailash Yatra - A non-refundable Rs. 5000 bank draft drawn in favor of KMVN payable at Delhi needs to be sent as soon as possible to confirm your slot. If the draft is not received then the slot is transferred to another applicant.
  • Medical Process in Kailash Yatra by Govt of India - Medical check up at various steps are done. One needs to report in Delhi at least 3 days before the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra date for a medical check-up. The stay in Delhi will be provided by the Delhi Government. The transport for the movement of yatries to various places in Delhi will be served by KMVN.

Documents & other requirements for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Lipulekh Route:

The Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India requires the following checklist for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra:

  • Passport for Mansarovar Yatra- Valid Indian Passport (minimum 6 months validity from the end of Yatra date). Original along with xerox of front and back page of passport.
  • Affidavit for Kailash Yatra- 
    • Duly signed and notarised Indemnity bond on Rs. 100 Non-Judicial Stamp Paper which states that the yatries will be undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra at their own risk.
    • Affidavit for sending back by Helicopter in case of emergency. 
  • Consent letter- Consent letter for the cremation of mortal remains in case of death in China.
  • Photograph- 6 passport-size latest photographs. 
  • Funds for Government Kailash Mansarovar Yatra- Sufficient funds for undertaking Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, which includes:
    • Chinese Visa Fee in cash. 
    • Cash or draft to pay the balance amount to Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam.
    • Cash is required for medical examinations.
    • Adequate Cash to purchase Foreign exchange which is required to pay the Chinese Authorities for Accommodation and Transportation in Tibet and some extra amount for additional use. 

The Kailash pilgrims must ensure to prepare well for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. You are advised to refer to the guide available on the official website for more information on the preparation for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. 

Cost of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Lipulekh Pass:

The price of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Lipulekh Pass was Rs. 1,80,000/- in 2019. With the new road to Kailash Mansarovar, the price is expected to go beyond Rs. 2,00,000/-. 

Route of Lipulekh Kailash Mansarovar Yatra:

The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand starts from Delhi. All the selected applicants have to reach Delhi at least 3 days before the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra date where multiple blood tests and medical check up will be done to ensure that the yatries are physically fit to travel to the high-altitude region.
On Day 1 of Delhi Stay, The Yatries have to Arrive in Delhi.
On Day 2 of Delhi Stay, a Medical checkup is done at Delhi Lung and Heart Institute. 
On Day 3 of Delhi Stay, the Final Medical checkup is done at ITPB Base Hospital. 
On Day 4 of Delhi Stay, a proper briefing session is held at the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
The Passport, Affidavits, and Consent form of the pilgrims is collected in Delhi to apply for Kailash Yatra Permit and VISA. 

After passing the medical check-up, the group proceeds from Delhi to Kathgodam for the start of the main Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The Kailash Mansarovar route from Uttarakhand is as follows:

Day 1: Delhi to Almora

Today the yatries will start their journey to Kailash Mansarovar. They will travel from Delhi to Almora. The yatries will meet and get to know each other on this day. 
Mode of Transportation: AC Bus
Distance covered: 340 km
Time taken: 12 hours approx
Highest Altitude: 1600 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: KMVN Almora TRH

Day 2: Almora to Dharchula

Today, we will proceed towards Dharchula from Almora via Didihat where lunch will be organized. Dharchula is the place where you will prepare for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. You can find markets. It is the point where the yatries need to decide whether they want a pony/porter for India’s side of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The luggage weight limitation (max 20kgs) starts after Dharchula. 
Mode of Transportation: Non-AC Bus
Distance covered: 220 km
Time taken: 10 hours approx
Highest Altitude: 940 meters 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: KMVN Dharchula TRH

Day 3: Dharchula to Budhi via Lakhanpur

Lakhanpur is the last motorable land on India’s side. We drive from Dharchula to Lakhanpur and then complete a trek to Budhi. The route is narrow and steps have been carved out of rocks. The first 7 to 8 km until Lakhanpur is strenuous. You will come across places such as Lamari, Malpa, and also many waterfalls en route. This is the first day of the trek, hence the yatries will get to know their strength and endurance level. 
Mode of Transportation: Non-AC Bus and Trekking
Distance covered: 42 km by Bus and 12 km by trek
Time taken: 3 hours approx drive 
Highest Altitude: 2700 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: KMVN Budhi Camp 

Day 4: Budhi to Gunji

Today you will begin one of the most scenic treks of the Indian side. You will cross scenic villages such as Chialekh, Garbyang, and Nepalchu and spot the confluence of Kali and Tinker rivers. 
Mode of Transportation: Trekking
Distance covered: 17 km 
Time taken: 10 to 12 hours approx
Highest Altitude: 3200 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: KMVN Gunji Camp

Day 5: Gunji to Nabi 

On this day, the ITBP medical team will check your fitness level. Various tests will be done. For better acclimatization to the environment, later the yatries will walk to Nabi.
Mode of Transportation: Trekking   
Distance covered: 3 km 
Time taken: 2 hours approx
Highest Altitude: 3300 meters 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: Nabi Camp

Day 6: Nabi to Gunji 

The yatries will trek back to Gunji from Nabi. After reaching Gunji, the ITBP medical team will again check your fitness level. You will continue the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra ahead only if you pass the medical check-up. 
Mode of Transportation: Trekking   
Distance covered: 3 km 
Time taken: 2 hours approx
Highest Altitude: 3200 meters 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: KMVN Gunji Camp

Day 7: Gunji to Kalapani

The trek from Gunji to Kalapani is done along the Kali river which ITBP jawans guide at each point. You will get to see Vyas Gufa and Kali temple at Kalapani. There is an Immigration point at Kalapani where your documents are checked before moving toward the border. 
Mode of Transportation: Trekking
Distance covered: 10 km 
Time taken: 5 to 6 hours approx 
Highest Altitude: 3700 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: KMVN Kalapani Camp 

Day 8: Kalapani to Nabidhang

The route from Kalapani to Nabidhang is an uphill trek. The stretch is beautiful. One can feel the fast wind blowing in the region so it is advisable to properly cover your head and ears. The most miraculous mountain- OM Parvat is visible from the Nabidhang Camp.  
Mode of Transportation: Trekking
Distance covered: 9 km
Time taken: 7 to 8 hours approx
Highest Altitude: 4245 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: KMVN Nabidhang Camp

Day 9: Nabidhang to Lipulekh Pass to Taklakot

The trek from Nabidhang to Lipulekh Pass is a treacherous one. The best time to cross Lipulekh Pass is between 7 am to 9 am as the weather condition is favorable. So we start this day very early around 3 am so that we reach Lipulekh by 7 am.  As you cross the Lipulekh Pass you enter Tibet where Chinese guides join the group for guidance. After a few kilometers buses will be available for you to reach Taklakot (also known as Purang). 
Mode of Transportation: Trekking and Volvo Category Bus 
Distance covered: 9 km by trek and 13 km by bus 
Time taken: 10 to 12 hours
Highest Altitude: 5335 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: Guest house

Day 10: Taklakot 

This day is for leisure and acclimatization with the environment. You can visit the market and prepare for the Kailash Parikrama and Mansarovar Lake Parikrama. The Chinese authorities check your documents to complete the Immigration and Customs process and take the Kailash Yatra fees. In case the yatries require a pony and porter for Kailash Parikrama has to be informed at this point. 
Mode of Transportation: NA 
Distance covered: NA
Time taken: NA 
Highest Altitude: 3900 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: Guest house

Day 11:  Taklakot to Darchen

Darchen is the base for Mount Kailash Parikrama. We will drive from Taklakot to Darchen. Enroute the yatries will also be able to spot Rakshastal. It is believed that Rakshastal is the place where the demon king Ravana meditated and worshipped Lord Shiva. You will also get the first glimpse of Mount Kailash from here. The bus also stops for some time near Lake Mansarovar.  
Mode of Transportation: Volvo Category bus 
Distance covered: 120 km
Time taken: 4 to 5 hours
Highest Altitude: 4600 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: Guest house

Day 12: Darchen to Yamdwar to Diraphuk

Today is the day when the 48km Mount Kailash Parikrama will start. The yatries will be taken to Yamdwar by bus from Darchen. It is believed that crossing Yamdwar relieves you from the sins you have committed. The yatries will trek from Yam Dwar to Diraphuk. Kailash Parvat will be visible throughout the day. The view of Mount Kailash from Diraphuk is the most beautiful one. 
Mode of Transportation: Volvo Category bus and Trekking 
Distance covered: 7 km by bus and 12 km by trek 
Time taken: 8 to 9 hours 
Highest Altitude: 5060 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: Multiple-sharing Dormitory

Day 13- Diraphuk to Junjhui Pu

The trek of this day is a long one. The yatries will start early morning from Diraphuk and trek to Junjhui Pu. You will get to see Dolma La Pass (highest point), Shivasthal, Gaurikund, etc. 
Mode of Transportation: Trekking
Distance covered: 19 km 
Time taken: 12 to 13 hours 
Highest Altitude: 4780 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: Multiple- sharing Dormitory

Day 14: Junjhui Pu to Qugu

After trekking down from Junjhui Pu, the bus will be available for the yatries to take them to Lake Mansarovar. The Parikrama of Lake Mansarovar is 88 km long and is done by bus. 
Mode of Transportation: Trekking and Volvo Category bus 
Distance covered: 5 km by trek and 95 km by bus 
Time taken:
Highest Altitude: 4600 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: Guest house

Day 15: Qugu 

This day is given to the yatries to rest and charge up for the journey ahead. The yatries spend their day near Lake Mansarovar. 
Mode of Transportation: NA
Distance covered: NA
Time taken: NA
Highest Altitude: 4600 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: Guest house

Day 16: Qugu to Taklakot 

After completing the Parikrama of Mount Kailash and Parikrama of Lake Mansarovar both, the group drives back to Taklakot from Qugu.
Mode of Transportation: Volvo Category Bus
Distance covered: 65 km 
Time taken: 4 to 5 hours approx
Highest Altitude: 3900 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: Guest house

Day 17: Taklakot to Gunji via Lipulekh, Nabidhang and Kalapani

On this day we return to India. We complete the immigration process at the Tibet-India border and enter India from Lipulekh Pass and then trek to Gunji via Nabidhang and Kalapani. 
Mode of Transportation: Volvo Category Bus and Trek
Distance covered: 26 km by Bus and 20 km by Trek 
Time taken: 
Highest Altitude: 4500 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: KMVN Gunji Camp

Day 18: Gunji to Budhi via Garbyang

On this day the yatries trek from Gunji to Budhi. They cross natural villages such as Nepalchu, Garbyang, Chialekh, etc. 
Mode of Transportation: Trek
Distance covered: 17 km 
Time taken: 8 to 10 hours approx 
Highest Altitude: 3200 meters
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: KMVN Budhi Camp 

Day 19: Budhi to Dharchula 

The Yatries trek from Budhi to Mangti and then a bus is available at Lakhanpur from where you will be transported to Dharchula. 
Mode of Transportation: Trek and Non-AC Bus
Distance covered: 35 km by Trek and 20 km by Bus
Time taken:
Highest Altitude: 3200 meters 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: KMVN Dharchula TRH 

Day 20: Dharchula to Jageshwar

Today you will be going to your last destination of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The yatries will be taken to Jageshwar from Dharchula.
Mode of Transportation: Non AC Bus
Distance covered: 200 km 
Time taken: 6 to 7 hours approx
Highest Altitude: 1870 meters 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: KMVN Jageshwar TRH

Day 21: Jageshwar to Delhi

This is the last day of your Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. We drive from Jageshwar to Delhi. With this, we end the holy Yatra with the blessing of Lord Shiva. 
Mode of Transportation: AC Bus
Distance covered: 430 km 
Time taken: 11 to 12 hours approx 
Highest Altitude: 1870 meters 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Accommodation Type: Hotel 

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