How to register and submit online applications for Government organized Kailash Manasarovar Yatra

Are you keen on travelling to Kailash Manasarovar in 2019? Want to join the Govt. of India organized 2019 Kailash Manasarovar Yatra and know the fees for the trip? This article provides the complete information on the registration and application process for the 2019 Kailash Manasarovar Yatra organized by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India. Details of the two optional routes, fees for the trip, eligibility requirements, etc are all provided in this informative article.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India has announced registrations open for those who wish to be part of the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra (KMY). Mt. Kailash is considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva and the Ministry organizes the travel arrangements but does not provide any financial assistance to the Yatris (pilgrim travelers). Those embarking on the Yatra for the very first time will be given priority over those who have undertaken the travel organized by MEA in an earlier year and there will be a freeze on those who have undertaken the Yatra organized by MEA more than four times in previous years. It is also important to note that all Yatris must travel to and fro in their assigned batch only and not switch a batch during the travel.

Kailash Manasoravar Yatra 2019 Banner
[Image source: Print advt. in Hindustan Times, Mumbai edition, 20th April 2019]

Duration and Routes

Depending upon the route opted for, the Yatra will cover about 23 to 25 days totally. The two route options are Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand) and Nathu La Pass (Sikkim).

On the Indian side, Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) provides the requisite transport and food arrangements along with logistical support for the Lipulekh route, while Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) does the same for the Nathu La route. In Tibet, the Tibetian Autonomous Region (TAR) authorities provide accommodation and logistical support.

Who can apply for KMY


Only those who are citizens of India and are holding a valid Indian passport can apply. The Indian passport must be valid for a minimum of six months as on 1st September 2019. Those who are foreign nationals, as well as Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card holders, cannot apply.

Age criteria

The Yatri must be a minimum of 18 years of age and a maximum of 70 years of age as on 1st January 2019.

Physical and medical standards

The Body Mass Index (BMI) of the Yatri must be 25 or less and he/she must be physically fit and medically healthy for undertaking the travel. Those having high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, epilepsy, and any other medical conditions should not apply.


Refer to the table below to know the fees as per the route opted for -

Fees for 2019 Kailash Manasarovar Yatra
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What to do before applying

Other than the obvious, of checking whether you fulfill the eligibility requirements as stated above, you must be aware of the various terms and conditions. Most important of these is to be medically healthy, for which you need to qualify certain medical exams conducted by the Delhi Heart and Lung Institute, and the ITBP Base Hospital in New Delhi for high altitude endurance. For these tests, you will be required to stay in Delhi for three to four days. While the Delhi Government makes arrangements for common boarding and lodging facilities free of cost for the Yatris, they also have the option to make their own accommodation arrangements in Delhi.

It is essential that you are totally geared up healthwise to tackle high altitudes which could go up to over 19,000 feet and over rough grounds in any kind of weather. In case you are disqualified on medical and/or other grounds at any point of time during the travel, you will forfeit the confirmation amount and other payments made earlier. The MEA has also made it clear that if a pilgrim dies across the border, the Government will not be obliged to arrange for bringing back home to India the mortal remains. Hence, it is mandatory to sign a Consent Form for the cremation of mortal remains on the Chinese side in case of a pilgrim's death.

Further medical exam

A second medical check will be conducted later, during the Yatra, to assess the body's reaction to high altitude and only if you are found fit there, will you be allowed to proceed further. The two checks are as follows –
  1. On the Lipulekh route: at Gunji (altitude of 3,220 metres).

  2. On the Nathula route: at Sherathang (altitude 4115 metres .

Documents required prior to online application

Ensure that you have these documents scanned and ready for uploading at the relevant time during the online application process –
  1. A scanned copy of the passport size photograph. This should be in JPG format of not more than 300KB.

  2. A scanned copy of the Indian Passport in PDF format only (no other format is acceptable) and which is not more 500KB in size. This should include (i) the page which has your photo and personal particulars and (ii) the last page containing family details.

In case you are applying with a second Yatri, keep ready the above documents scanned and ready for uploading for him/her as well.

How to apply

Register first at the official Kailash Mansarovar Yatra application website. In a single user account, a maximum of two registration forms can be submitted if two people want to go together in the same batch.

Then proceed to apply online with your user account and password. Enter all the required details accurately and do not leave anything blank as all fields in the application format are compulsory. You can also select your choice for both the routes in the order of your preferences as well as select a place as the last endpoint to conclude the Yatra on the return journey, namely: (i)Route-1 (Lipulekh): Dharchula or Delhi; (ii)Route-2 (NathuLa): Gangtok or Delhi.

After you have successfully submitted the application online, take a printout of the application form for future reference. An SMS and e-mail intimation will be sent on the successful submission of the application.

How the Yatris are selected

The MEA will conduct a computerized draw of lots to select the Yatris and assign the route and batch. As far as possible, a group of two persons may be given the option to travel together in the same batch at the application stage itself. Once selected, a Yatri will be informed via SMS and Email and status updates can be accessed through IVRS helpline phone number 011-24300655. You can request for a change of batch by providing justification for the same and, subject to availability, your request may be approved.

On selection, you must confirm participation by crediting the confirmation amount as stated in the Fee Table earlier in this article (this is non-refundable) in the designated Bank account of the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) or the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) before the last date. In case of non-payment before the cut-off date, the Yatri will be automatically removed from the list and put in the wait-list. A request to be re-considered may be considered by the MEA. Further, you may receive an intimation to re-confirm your participation in the batch before you arrive in Delhi, so this reconfirmation has to be done online, failing which your name may be removed from the list for the batch.

Once you have confirmed your participation for the Yatra, you are required to report at Delhi Heart & Lung Institute (DHLI) as per the scheduled date and time which is given for the itinerary for the batch assigned. If you do not report at DHLI as per the date and time, your name will be cancelled from that batch. You may also report at DHLI to be included in a batch against any drop-out, subject to availability of vacancy. The DHLI website: Address: 3-mm II, Panchkuian Road
New Delhi - 110 055.

Documents required on arrival at Delhi

When you have confirmed your participation, you must bring these documents on arrival at New Delhi for the Yatra –
  1. The ordinary Indian passport which should be valid for at least six months as on 1st September 2019.
  2. Six colour passport size photos.
  3. An Indemnity Bond executed on a non-judicial stamp paper of Rs.100/-, or as applicable locally, and authenticated by a First Class Magistrate, or Notary Public.
  4. An Undertaking for evacuation by helicopter in case of an emergency.
  5. The Consent Form for the cremation of mortal remains on the Chinese side in case of death there.

Note: Without the requisite documents, you may not be allowed to embark on the Yatra. The consent form, undertaking for evacuation, etc are available in PDF format at the application page itself on the official website.

Contact information

Ph: 011-24300655.
Website: (Hindi) / (English)

Have a safe and pleasant Yatra!

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Author: Umesh27 Apr 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 2

An exhaustive article on how to apply for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is an exciting journey through the hills and it is not easy to undertake this as good health is a prerequisite for it. There are many instances where people discontinued their journey due to fatigue or weakness and returned back without completing it. For visiting this place a passport is required and special Chinese VISA is to be sought for entering into the autonomous area of Tibet.

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