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Kailash Manasarovar Yatra - Information
One has to be physically fit to travel to about 20,000 feet above sea
level while taking up this yatra. It may look a difficult pilgrimage, but the
reward of the experiance one gets will make these difficulties appear too
small. Indian pilgrims need to have valid passports to take up this yatra.
There are multiple routes through which people used to take up this
grand pilgrimage from ancient days. Of these now there are two standard routes
followed by Indian pilgrims to Mt. Kailash. One is organized by the Govt. Of
India, that takes the pilgrim directly from Uttar Pradesh to Tibet. The other
one is via Nepal.
There will be advertisement every year in the month of February for
this pilgrimage. There is a definite quota of pilgrims who could take up the
yatra per year. The chosen pilgrims (should be in good health condition to
take up the trekking to high altitudes), are grouped into multiple batches.
They would be informed by May about their batch number and the information
regarding the pilgrimage. The first batch would start from Indraprastam
(Delhi) from the June and there will be batches going till September
(end of summer) in this pilgrimage. (Pilgrims can also specify which batch
they would prefer to go with). The Indraprastam to Indraprastam pilgrimage
would take 30 days. The approximate cost would be about 50,000 Rs. This route
requires lots of trekking in the Himalayas. This would be very great experiance
to walk through the abundant charm of the nature. That way this route is better
than the other route. Also because of the trekking the acclimatisation to the
altitude is easier as against Kathmandu route.
After the health check up the yatris are taken by vehicles till
Dharchula. From there the trekking will start. Everyday the yatris would start
at 6 am from the camp to trek. Normally the next camp can be reached by noon.
Then there will be reast till the next morning trek in the camp. The food
arrangements are taken care of by UP tourism department till the yatris are
in India. During the period in Kailash and Manasarovar (about 7 days)
yatris would need to cook for themselves. The yatris on arrival at Manasarovar
form two groups one going for Mt Kailash parikrama (kora, circumambulation)
first and the other the Manasarovar parikrama first. After completing that
respective the groups exchange places to do the other parikrama. Yatris
can also ride on the yaks during the parikrama, if they wish.
There are many travel agencies operating out of Kathmandu that conduct
the Kailash tours. Some of their representative organisations are in India.
These travels without restrictions on the number of people take and organise the
tours. They take the yatris by cars to the Manasarovar and the Kailash base camp,
Tarchen, driving via the Tibeten plateau. Because of the sudden change in the
altitudes because of the vehicle travel, one may get altitude aclimatisation
problems (but not really too much to be worried for that matter). But this route
effectively makes the Kathmandu to Kathmandu pilgrimage duration to 16 days.
The approximate cost of the pilgrimage in this route could come to 80,000 Rs
Various tour operators organize differently. But the following is a
typical program by one such operator.
The return route will also be same. For aclimatisation there may be
extra day halts on the way. It may be a good idea to do mock trekkings, or
strolling around in these places. The more one tries to feel easy with the
conditions there, they would be actually feeling comfortable. So it is not
advised to immediately fall in bed on reaching the camps, as that may result
in mental sick feeling.
- Kathmandu (Nepal) - Zhang Mu (Tibet) - Nyalam (Tibet)
- Nyalam - Saga (Crossing river Brahmaputra)
- Saga - Paryang
- Paryang - Manasarovar
- Manasarovar - Tarchen (Kailash) (Watch out, many operators may not take for the Manasarovar parikrama)
Suggestion on things to take along
This could depend on the route taken, but still many things are common.
So this list could be considered helpful but not exhaustive.
Please avoid scattering the non-decomposable materials like plastics in the
Himalayan regions. Let us keep the temple of God clean.
- Dry Fruits - offering for the Supreme
- Camphor and lighter for harathi
- 5 liter can - for bringing Manasarovar water
- 500 ml bottle - for bringing Gaurikund water
- M Seal for leak-sealing the above bottles
- Small cloth bag for bringing mUrthams from Manasarovar
Clothing & Other things
Since the pilgrimage takes one to about 20,000 feet about sea level,
it is very important to cover one's body with warm clothings.
While all these things are quite required, it is also better to ensure that
the luggage is not too heavy. Lesser luggage, more convenience, more so when
trekking. Do not take any breackable materials along.
- Holy Ash
- Woolen thermal wear
- Full sleeve sweater
- Sleeveless sweater
- Woolen gloves
- Rexin (thick) gloves
- Woolen socks
- Nylon socks
- Water proof jerkin
- Rain coat pant
- Monkey cap
- UV resistant spectacles (To save from the glare of the snow peaks which can cause blindness)
- Good trekking shoes with spikes to walk on snow (no entry for water/snow)
- Jeans pants and T shirts
- Knee cap
- Shoulder bag not too big or small for trekking
- Bigger bag to carry all the clothings
- Toilet kit - brush, paste, soap, cream, comb, scissors, small knife
- Sun cream
- Cold cream
- Camphor (to easen breathing at nights)
- Belt pouch
- Plastic Mug
- Water bottle (Water is the energy during trekking)
- Electrol, Glucose etc
- Chocolates (Gives good energy for trekking)
- Dry fruits for trekking
- Salted bitterlemon (nArthangai) pickle
- Any other small snacks
- Body ache
- Altitude sickness
- Specific medicines for any already existing illness
1. Kailasha yatra 2001 ACE
2. Kailash - The glory of the place
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