Uttarakhand’s old Lipulekh Pass will open to welcome devotees seeking views of Mount Kailash starting September 15

Tourists can now drive up to Lipulekh from Dharchula and walk 800 meters to a spot where they can see Mount Kailash and Om Parvat.

Starting September 15, the old Lipulekh Pass, which is 18,300 feet high in the Vyas Valley of Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district, will be open to the public. This will let devotees see the sacred Kailash peak in Tibet from within India.

The Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra through the Lipulekh Pass stopped in 2019 due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and the route is still closed by the Chinese authorities. This sacred trek takes devotees and adventurers to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar in Tibet.

From September 15, pilgrims can drive up to Lipulekh from Dharchula. From there, they need to walk about 800 meters to a viewpoint to see Kailash peak. Pilgrims can also see Om Parvat from within India without any trouble in a single trip, said Arya.

Before the official opening, Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj and his wife Amrita Rawat visited the old Lipulekh Pass on June 22 and viewed Kailash peak.

The District Magistrate of Pithoragarh, Reena Joshi, said the department is making Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure the smooth and safe movement of pilgrims and tourists.

Mount Kailash is 6,638 meters (21,778 feet) high. It is considered the home of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati. Mount Kailash is seen as the ultimate destination for devotees seeking liberation (moksha). The Yatra usually takes about 2-3 weeks and involves tough trekking through high-altitude areas, making it physically challenging.

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