Marking a major milestone, the reopening of the Lipulekh Pass, located at an elevation of 5,334 meters, gifts devotees a golden chance to witness the magnificent Kailash and Om Parvat.  

In a significant development for pilgrims and trekkers, the 18,300 ft. high old Lipulekh Pass in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, will reopen on September 15, 2024. This strategic and historic pass, which connects India with Tibet, offers a breathtaking view of the revered Mount Kailash and holds immense religious significance. As the historic pass reopens the common pilgrims now have the rare opportunity to witness the astounding sight of the sacred Kailash Parvat from within Indian borders. 

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2019, the route was closed making the pass inaccessible. Since then the route via Lipulekh pass towards Kailash-Mansarovar has been eagerly awaited by devotees. Although China has not yet opened the pass, pilgrims can now travel by vehicle up to Lipulekh from Dharchula starting mid-September. From there, a short 800-meter trek on foot leads to a vantage point that offers clear views of the majestic Kailash peak.

The reopening of the Lipulekh Pass not only represents the renewal of a cultural and spiritual journey but also serves as a significant milestone in Uttarakhand’s tourism. After gaining a go-ahead from the Central Government the Uttarakhand Tourism Department is actively formulating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and meticulous planning is underway to enable safe and hassle-free experience for tourists.

For the pilgrims, this reopening means they can now undertake the sacred journey to view the Kailash Peak more conveniently. As the Lipulekh Pass is the shortest and most direct route to the Kailash Mansarovar region, this route significantly reduces travel time and effort. As pilgrims prepare to embark on this spiritual journey from September 15, this grand initiative is expected to boost religious tourism and also bless thousands of devotees with a spiritual and adventure-filled experience. 

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