Lipulekh Pass In Uttarakhand To Reopen This September, Where Pilgrims Can Glimpse Kailash Peak

Pilgrims can now view the Kailash Peak from September 15 as Lipulekh Pass in Pithoragarh is all set to reopen for tourists
Lipulekh Pass To Reopen, Pilgrims Can Glimpse Kailash Peak
Devotees will now get an opportunity to view the sacred Kailash peak in TibetShutterstock

In a significant update for pilgrims and tourists, the historic old Lipulekh Pass, nestled at an altitude of 18,300 feet in Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh district, will reopen for public access starting September 15. This reopening holds immense religious significance as it allows devotees a rare opportunity to view the sacred Kailash Peak in Tibet.

What's New?

Closed since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the opening of the pass has been eagerly awaited by pilgrims seeking to embark on the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra. Although the Chinese side of the pass remains closed, Indian pilgrims can journey by vehicle up to Lipulekh from Dharchula, commencing mid-September. From there, a brief 800-metre trek leads to a vantage point offering unobstructed views of the majestic Kailash Peak. Minister Satpal Maharaj and his wife Amrita Rawat recently visited the pass on June 22, underscoring the cultural and religious significance of the region.

What does the opening mean?

The reopening marks a significant milestone for Uttarakhand's tourism sector, with preparations underway by the Uttarakhand Tourism Department to implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), ensuring safe and seamless access for visitors. District Magistrate Reena Joshi confirmed ongoing efforts to facilitate a hassle-free experience for tourists. Beyond its importance as a pilgrimage route, the reopening of Lipulekh Pass reinvigorates tourism in the region, offering travellers a chance to reconnect with their spiritual heritage while marvelling at the natural beauty of the Kailash Peak and Om Parvat from Indian soil.

The reopening of Lipulekh Pass will reinvigorate tourism in the region
The reopening of Lipulekh Pass will reinvigorate tourism in the regionShutterstock

Lipulekh Pass as An Attraction

Lipulekh Pass, situated in the Himalayas, has historically been a vital trade and pilgrimage route connecting Uttarakhand with Tibet and Nepal. Its rugged terrain and stunning vistas make it a challenging yet rewarding destination for trekkers and spiritual seekers. As anticipation builds among pilgrims and tourists for the reopening, the old Lipulekh Pass stands not just as a geographical route but as a cultural and spiritual journey promising unforgettable experiences and breathtaking views for all who embark on this historic pilgrimage.

For those planning to visit, staying updated with the latest travel advisories and guidelines provided by the authorities is recommended to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey through this revered pass.

With inputs from various reports.

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