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Devotees can view Kailash peak from old Lipulekh pass from September 15

The Kailash-Mansarovar yatra through the Lipulekh pass was closed after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Last Updated : 02 July 2024, 10:30 IST

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Pithoragarh: The devotees can view the sacred Kailash peak in Tibet from the 18,300 feet high old Lipulekh pass within the Indian territory from September 15.

The old Lipulekh pass is situated in Vyas valley of Pithoragarh district.

"The pass will open for common pilgrims from September 15 this year," said Pithoragarh District Tourism Officer Kirti Chandra Arya.

From September 15 onwards, the pilgrims can travel in their vehicles upto Lipulekh from Dharchula, he added.

Arya said the pilgrims will have to traverse a distance of about 800 meters from there on foot to reach the point from where they can view the peak.

The Kailash-Mansarovar yatra through the Lipulekh pass was closed in 2019 after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The route has not been opened by China yet.

However, the pilgrims can now have a view of both the Kailash peak and Om Parvat from within the Indian territory without any hassles in the course of a single trip, said Arya.

Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj and his wife Amrita Rawat viewed the Kailash peak from the old Lipulekh pass on June 22.

The Centre has given its nod to the Uttarakhand Tourism Department to open the old Lipulekh pass for common tourist activities. The department is framing the SOP for it now, said Pithoragarh District Magistrate Reena Joshi.

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Published 02 July 2024, 10:30 IST

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