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Everything You Need to Know About Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Everything You Need to Know About Kailash Mansarovar Yatra


Kailash Masarovar Yatra is one of the most beautiful and challenging pilgrimages that one can take through their lifetime. As you trek through its jagged landscapes, you will see the true and raw beauty of nature welcoming devotees with an open arm, even under inhospitable conditions. From excruciating cold to high altitudes, this yatra is definitely not for the faint hearted.

In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about planning for your Kailash Mansarovar yatra. Read carefully to get it right.

Physical and mental preparation

This pilgrimage is considered to be one of the toughest due to high altitudes, sometimes as high as 19,500 ft., and long trekking routes. Therefore, you need to be absolutely fit to be able to undertake this yatra safely as well as successfully. So start preparing for it at least six months in advance so that you are able to endure the physical and mental demands of the this trek. However, if you are unable to take this yatra by walking, you can also opt for helicopter which is the best and the quickest way to do the pilgrimage if you are unable to do it physically. 

Cost of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

The costs of the yatra are determined by the government that includes food, stay, visa fees, transportation, medical tests, entry tickets etc. Alternatively, you can also book the tour with a private tour agency. Helicopter services are also available for people who are pressed for time and would like to undertake the pilgrimage any way.

Weather conditions

Due to harsh mountain terrain and high altitudes, the weather conditions are highly unpredictable and harsh. Therefore, the best time to travel is between the months of June and September when the weather is relatively more pleasant and warm. However, the nights can get very chilly at the higher altitudes. So, it is important to carry proper clothing.

Clothing requirements

You must be prepared to bear extreme climatic conditions. Hence, you should carry a couple of layers of clothing. A few layers of sweaters, thick jeans, thermal jackets, numerous pairs of socks, hats, monkey caps, rain coats, scarves, thick gloves, sweaters etc.

Tips to prepare for yatra

  • Educate yourself about the yatra and the challenges that you will be expected to endure. The more knowledgeable you, the better off you will be in planning the yatra.
  • Do regular morning and evening walks to prepare yourself for the long distances on the trail. You should also do jogging, swimming, stretching and other strength exercises to build your body’s endurance.
  • Practice breathing exercises and yoga to increase lung capacity required for high altitudes
  • Quit smoking and drinking
  • Climb as much as possible before you start the trek to prepare your body for the uphill journey
  • Drink lots of water

Read all this information carefully to plan your pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar.

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