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[pib] Kailash – Mansarovar Yatra Route from Dharchula to LipulekhPIB


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Prelims level : Various passes in news, BRO

Mains level : India's border connectivity and the role of BRO

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has completed the construction of road from Dharchula to Lipulekh along the China Border, famously known as Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra Route.

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Darchula – Lipulekh road

  • The road is an extension of Pithoragarh-Tawaghat-Ghatiabagarh road. In this 80 Km road, the altitude rises from 6000 feet to 17,060 feet.
  • It originates from Ghatiabagarh in Uttarakhand and terminates at Lipulekh Pass, the gateway to Kailash Mansarovar.
  • With the completion of this project, the arduous trek through treacherous high-altitude terrain can now be avoided by the Pilgrims of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and the period of journey will be reduced by many days.

(Note: The Lipulekh Pass links Uttarakhand with China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region.)


  • At present, the travel to Kailash Mansarovar takes around two to three weeks through Sikkim or Nepal routes.
  • Lipulekh route had a trek of 90 Km through high altitude terrain and the elderly yartris faced lot of difficulties.
  • Now, this yatra will get completed by vehicles.

Also read:

The Northern and Northeastern Mountains | Part 2

Back2Basics: Border Roads Organisation (BRO)

  • The BRO develops and maintains road networks in India’s border areas and friendly neighboring countries and functions under the Ministry of Defence.
  • It is entrusted for construction of Roads, Bridges, Tunnels, Causeways, Helipads and Airfields along the borders.
  • Officers from the Border Roads Engineering Service (BRES) and personnel from the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) form the parent cadre of the Border Roads Organisation.
  • It is also staffed by officers and troops drawn from the Indian Army’s Corps of Engineers on extra regimental employment.
  • The BRO operates and maintains over 32,885 kilometers of roads and about 12,200 meters of permanent bridges in the country.

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Shikha Nayak

This is a good initiatives. After the completion of construction of road many people can have a visit to kailash mansarovar.. thanks

Nikhil Gupta

Why is BRO getting so active these days in the areas which have a connectivity to China?
In the March month also, they completed one road construction in AP.

Prakash Bhilare

to prepare for China borders secure and entire region remote regions coming among them and certainly for our pilgrimage too

Atish Dutt

There are certain things or questions one should never discuss online at/on public platforms, national security comes first.

Prakash Bhilare

JAI BHOLENATH,…Hats of to BRO. and Indian Govt ,I was looking for road to shri kailash mansarova ,and I got the nearest route ready by one year though thanks to entire organisation jai Bholenath