Overview

About Mount Kailash

The Himalayas are sacred to the Hindus, Mount Kailash, is said to have been formed millions of years ago during the early stages of the formation of the Himalayan chain.
Mount Kailash is sacred for these religions:
  • Hindus – Mount Kailsh is known as abode of Lord Shiva and Goddes Parvati, and known  as  the  centre of   the   universe
  • Jains –  Mt. Ashtapada is where the first Tirthankar Bhagwan Rishabhdev attained Nirvana.
  • Buddhists and Bonpas of Tibet  - known  as  the  centre of   the   universe
It looks unbelievably fascinating when the early morning sun rays fall on it or during the moonlit nights. As per ancient Hindu scriptures, doing parikrama (walking around the mountain – about 53 km) wipes out a whole lifetime of accrued sins and one is freed from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
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About Lake Mansarovar

The circumference of Mansarovar is  90 Km, its  depth  is 90 m and total area is 320 Sq. Km, at 14,950 ft above sea level, this highest and biggest freshwater lake in the world lies south of Mt. Kailash, the eastern lake of two in the region. A ring of eight Buddhist monasteries once surrounded the lake.
According to Hindu scriptures, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma after which it manifested on Earth. Hence, in Sanskrit it is called “Manas sarovara”, which is a combination of the words manas (mind) and sarovara (lake).Also, as per scriptures taking a dip in holy lake brings purity to soul, and one who drinks water from the lake will go to the Abode of Lord Shiva after death. He is believed to be cleansed of all his sins committed over even a hundred lifetimes.
The water of the lake changes its color by the passing, which cannot be described nor can be captured by the best of cameras.
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Kailash and Manasarovar find mention in the Skanda Purana, Vishnu Purana, Rama­yana and Mahabharata.So the Kailash Mansarovar yatra to a spiritual person can be about searching and finding God within himself, more than any place out there. One experience common to most Kailashis is the presence of God at every step you take on this yatra!
And for nature lover or an adventurist it can be a place of eternal bliss. The yatra offers incredible mountain vistas and other sacred sites.
Trek

Yatra Details:

Kailash Mansarovar is in Tibet and this yatra can be done through the Indian route or Nepal route (private operators), we will describe about the Indian route:
Indian route:
Since 1981, under the auspices  of  the Indian Ministry of  External  Affairs and  with  the  cooperation  of   the  Chinese Government,  Kumaun Mandal  Vikas Nigam and the ever reliable Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) has  been conducting  trips  to  Kailash Mansarovar  through  the  Lipulekh pass (the border of India and Tibet).
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he yatra starts from Delhi, and is completed by a combination of bus rides / walking / trekking / riding on ponies along Kali river between beautiful scenic moutains on yaks on the Tibet side
While trekking / walking on the Indian, one comes across a very fascinating parvat known as Om Parvat  from the last camp below Lipu Lekh pass at Nabhidhang. It is considered sacred by Hindus and it derives its name OM because snow deposition pattern.
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We will just highlight briefly some of the points about the yatra and key features of government route:
  • Advertisement is placed in leading newspapers for application of yatra in the month of January every year by Indian Ministry of  External  Affairs
  • Applications are accepted around till 10th of March
  • The selection of Yatries will be done by Ministry of External Affairs of India through a computer-generated random gender-balanced selection process. Selected persons will be informed by speed post about their inclusion in a particular batch 3-4 weeks before their scheduled departure. Spouses will be automatically selected (provided this fact is clearly indicated in the relevant column of the application form) subject to clearing the medical test.
  • Selected applicants will be required to confirm their participation in a particular batch by sending a non-refundable demand draft of Rs. 5,000/- (amount changes every year) in favor of KMVN to Ministry of External Affairs by a specific deadline.
  • Batches start from last week of May to last week of August,  Govt. organizes for 16 batches of maximum 60 yatris per batch.
  • More detailed and accurate information can be accessed by following links in Important Links section
  • Also, don’t miss the differences between the Indian Route and Nepal route in our FAQs section
  • All Indians can undertake this yatra (NRIs will have to go through Nepal route) with Indian passport of certain time validity.
  • 2 medical test – 1 in Delhi and the other at Gunji at height of 10,000ft to ensure your health safety.
  • ITBP doctors travel along with yatris from Gunji to Lipuleh pass.
  • Indian route to Tibet ensures gradual acclimatisation, a critical factor in doing the parikrama of Mt. Kailash.
  • A Liaison Officer (LO) is deputed for each batch of yatris. He is always a senior official of the government (IAS, IPS, Allied Services), and is also an experienced trekker.
  • The LO is provided with a satellite phone; contact is thus maintained through out the yatra, and during emergencies.
  • Based on the daily status report filed by the LO, the KMVN website is updated so that loved ones back home can remain informed.
  • At all camps, except during the six days of the parikramas in Tibet, STD or ISD phones are available.
  • The male-female ratio is usually 70-30. The average age of the young yatri is early 20s and the old yatri is late 60s.
  • Barrack houses during the parikrama in Tibet.
Also, Kailashis have “seen” certain unbelievable sights at the holy Kailash parvat and Mansarovar lake – some of which are described in our “Experiences” section. Do visit this very important section of this website. (Later, we call upon you to contribute your story, when you come back from the yatra.)
The result of this yatra is – peace and harmony in all of society due to peace and harmony inside of us! Responsible and balanced progress of the country, and above all the great realization that – the purpose of this human birth is to do “nishkam seva” to every other soul on this planet.
It should be noted that lot of people mistaken the Kailash Mansarovar yatra to be Amarnath yatra, but these two yatras are totally different. Kailash Mansarovar is done in Tibet and Amarnath is done in India.