Pithoragarh To Mansarovar: All about the new route

This incredible new route built from Pithoragarh to Mansarovar will ultimately ease the dependence on China and Nepal, both previously the only options for ferrying pilgrims to this place of worship. We say great work should always be celebrated so congrats to all involved in making this route a reality from Pithoragarh, especially Nitin Gadkari who has been championing the cause of developing better transportation solutions throughout India!

For many years the Lipulekhh-Pithoragarh route to Kailash Mansarovar was considered one of the most dangerous routes due to its rugged terrain, steep ascents and descents, freezing temperatures, and heavy snowfall. These conditions were so difficult that traditional stone huts were created every few kilometers for pilgrims to rest – something which you can still see today.

But now, the launch of a new road at an elevation of 19500 feet from Pithoragarh is completely changing the game for this epic trek in one of the world’s toughest mountain ranges. The road makes it far easier for people to get through this pilgrimage without sacrificing quality time or their lives!

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Pithoragarh to Kailash Mansarovar
Pithoragarh to Kailash Mansarovar

All about the New Route 

So far, there have been two routes taken to Kailash Mansarovar, both in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The new route being constructed, however, involves three sections all put together.

The first stretch consists of 107.6km away from Pithoragarh and covers Tawaghat as well; the second stretch goes from Tawaghat all the way over to Ghatiabgarh and is a 19.5-km single-lane road; the third section stretches 80km from Ghatiabgarh over the Lipulekh Pass at the China border, which can only be covered on foot!

Pithoragarh to Kailash Mansarovar distance

The Darchula–Lipulekh road is an extension of the Pithoragarh to Tawaghat road that originates from Ghatiabagarh, traverses the 80km between these points, and ends at Lipulekh Pass. Altitudinal changes on this stretch of the road may be experienced—it rises from mere 6000 feet to 17,060 feet.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route from Uttarakhand– Once the Pithoragarh project is complete, dangerous and treacherous high-altitude terrain can be avoided by pilgrims, and the period of the journey will also be reduced by about two weeks.

Once the construction is complete, pilgrims for Kailash Mansarovar can travel up to the China border in vehicles and avoid the difficult 90 km trek.


Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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