Weather, the best time to visit and survival tips for the people going to Kailash Manasarovar

Yam Dwar in Kailash Yatra

The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is the deepest desire of every Hindu and a devotee of Lord Shiva. Famous for its intricate journey more than its religious significance, the yatra is taken by several hundreds of pilgrims every year.

While Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bons relate to the holy mount Kailash for religious reasons, there are several other individuals who take up the yatra for adventure, fun or even research. The popular belief has it that Mount Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva and it is here that the Lord meditated with his wife, goddess Parvati.

Apart from visiting Mount Kailash and taking a holy dip in Lake Manasarovar, the pilgrims believe in performing the ‘Kailash Parikrama’ also known as ‘Kora’. It involves circumambulating around the holy Mount Kailash. This involves covering the 53 km circuit that takes about three days for completion. Buddhists call this ritual ‘Kailash Kora’.

Here’s all that you need to know about the famous Kailash Manasarovar Yatra:

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra – Weather.

The weather at Kailash Manasarovar is more unpredictable and changes every moment. The Tibetan Terrain is cold, dusty, windy and dry. Nights are definitely much colder than the days and chilly winds and rains are quite common here. It would not be wrong to say that the region experiences some of the harshest weather conditions.

The months of Spring, Summer and Autumn have warm days and extremely cold nights with temperatures dipping to as low as below freezing point. The winter months from November to March are frigid when the temperatures during the day itself are below the freezing point and the night temperatures can go down to -15 degrees Celsius in November and -18 degrees Celsius in the month of January.

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra – The Best Time to visit.

The months from April to October are a great time to visit the famed Kailash Manasarovar. But if you are looking for better than the best, you should book your tours from April to June or in the months of September and October. Clear visibility and comfortable temperatures are a great combination at this time. During this time, the days are sunny and clear; the deep blue sky is clearly visible without any obstruction. This means the spectacular views around the region look even more picturesque! Since the temperatures are comfortable, there is fresh air all around and it is a perfect time for circumambulating around the holy mount Kailash.

If you cannot make it to this religious extravaganza in the above mentioned months, July and August can be your next best option. The months of July and August are months of monsoon when the region experiences intermittent rains in the western region. Post the rains, the temperatures are still not very low, the sky turns translucent and glittery with fresh air around and the fog makes the place looks heavenly! Kailash Manasarovar is a completely different experience in monsoons.

The winter months from October to April are a strict no as long as visiting Kailash Manasarovar is concerned. The temperatures are at an all-time low, the icy-cold winds during the day and freezing temperatures at night make the place look barren and desolate. Most of the roads leading to the region are blocked with heavy snow that makes it impossible for the tours to the Western Tibet to continue safely. The five months from November to March are frigid and completely inappropriate for a tour to the Kailash Manasarovar region.

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra – Survival Tips.

Extreme geographic conditions, long journey on foot and medical conditions combine together to make the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra one of the most difficult pilgrimages in the country. Still, several hundreds of devotees take up the yatra every year to gratify their faith in the customs, traditions and the Lord himself!

Here are a few tips that make the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra not just successful but comfortable too:

  1. Before anything else, choose the best months to take up the Yatra when the weather is pleasant and temperatures are not extreme. Deciding to travel at an appropriate time is half the battle won!
  2. Contrary to the popular belief, wear thin clothes instead of thick ones and cover yourself with a wind-cheater. The other way is to wear layers of clothes so you can add or remove layers according to the change in temperatures.
  3. Wear cotton socks together with woolen socks. Even though it sounds weird, it is a great way to protect your foot from extreme cold, which is a common phenomenon in the region.
  4. Also, take good care of your feet at all times. Prevent them from any kind of cuts, blisters or bruises. If you get any by chance, make it a priority to treat them before they get any worse.
  5. Always invest in a good pair of shoes. It is advisable to wear the shoes a few months before the yatra starts so you can get used to them.
  6. Keep yourself hydrated. It is a big secret to have high levels of energy at all times. And energy is all you need at the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. So remember to have plenty of fluids besides having good food.
  7. The sun rays at high altitudes are scalding. Apply sunscreen lotion with a good SPF to prevent sunburns. Also, use a good quality pair of sunglasses to avoid snow blindness that is a common phenomenon at high altitudes.
  8. Travel as a group. You will not just stay warm but also there is safety in numbers.

The famous Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Parikrama is definitely a challenging trek. You cannot decide one fine day and travel on the very next day. It requires a lot of research, preparation and definitely, physical fitness. If you can take care of all the minute details, research well and be more mentally prepared than physically, the yatra can be a mesmerizing experience that is memorable!