Documents and Eligibility for Indian nationals willing to go to Kailash Manasarovar Yatra

Lake Manasarovar from a Stupa

Dwelling in the spirituality of Kailash Manasarovar is a dream coming true for all. Renowned as one of the most revered holy places across the globe, lying still in Tibetan valley, the Kailash Parvat happens to be the seat of Lord Shiva. Whether you consider it from the aesthetic point of view or regard it as a tourist spot, this pilgrim site reconciles a sense of enlightenment.

And visiting the place would be something that none would want to miss. Now, when you are to visit any tourist place, you can simply book your tickets, pack your bags and fly off. But this is not the case with touring Kailash Mansarovar. In fact, you would need to comply with a set of rules and considerations to attain the eligibility to visit the site.

To everyone’s surprise, the process of getting through the approval process is as gruesome as it is to walk up the hill. It involves applying for the tour, submitting documents, passing medical tests and finally paying the fee to plan your trip. One missed document or one failed test would be the reason for rejection. So, long before you fill the form and submit documents, make sure you have everything right.

In case, you have no idea about the tour but planning to apply for it, this article will help you. Here, we have outlined detail information on the documents you need to carry along while applying and further, enlist the eligibility criteria.

Actually, we will start the other way round. First, we will see the eligibility criteria and then specify the document list.

Are You Eligible to Visit Manasarovar?

Rule One: The Age

Every Indian who is above 8 years and below 70 years of age comply by the age bar. If a person above 70 years of age, then he/she must follow few rules made by Chinese authorities. Must submit a Medical Certificate from Government Medical Hospital at the time of booking. It is mandatory to be accompanied by 2 direct relatives. Must deposit USD 1000 as a refundable security deposit which is non-refundable in case of the sudden demise of the Yatri.

Rule Two: Body Weight

Now, once you have crossed the age bar, the next rule that screens you on the eligibility factor is your body mass index or what we generally call as BMI. For people with a BMI 27 or less, the doors are open. However, if your BMI falls in the range 27 and above, you need to work out and get fit to apply it next time.

Rule Three: Physical Fitness

People with a BMI of less than 27 would next need to pass a series of tests before move to the next step. As so it appears, people suffering from problems such as high blood pressure, asthmatic attacks, diabetes, heart disease and/or epilepsy aren’t legible for the tour.

Rule Four: Mental Fitness

Having stamina and being physically fit isn’t enough for the month-long Kailash Mansarovar trip. After passing the physical tests, the candidate would be exposed to several cases where the mental health is tested to make sure that the person doesn’t experience any trauma during the uplift.

Rule Six: Passport

Finally, the yatri must have and possess an ordinary Indian passport for a minimum of six long months.

Yatri that have passed all of the above stand eligible to kickstart their journey to the peak high Kailash Manasarovar.


Once you know that you are eligible and have successfully passed the test, you can now complete the application process by submitting the documents given below.

Make sure that all of the documents submitted are legit and to the best of your knowledge, true. Recheck the details before submitting them. A wrongly submitted document would turn you liable to rejection.

Document List To Carry Along

  • First and foremost, you would need your passport. You need to carry your original passport, one that has been valid for a minimum of six months.
  • Next, you need to have and show at the time of applying, an Indemnity Bond. The same needs to be executed righteously on a 10 rupee non-judicial stamp paper. You can also opt for the locally applicable bond which needs to have been authenticated by a Notary Public Or the First Class Magistrate. The Indemnity Bond should further be duly signed by each of the selected Yatris which would ethically state their undertakings of the Yatra and at their own risk. The support committee would not be responsible for any unacceptable event.
  • Another document required is a signed affidavit that confers that all yatri agree to be evacuated through a helicopter if things turn up bad and there arises a state of emergency.
  • Finally, a Consent Form is required to be submitted adhering to the cremation of one’s mortal remains on the other end of Chinese if someone dies while on the tour.

Given all of the above, the yatri can then head forward with the journey. In case, either of the above falls short, the yatri would be denied boarding the plane and the trip ends there.

Another thing to note here is the need to obtain a travel permit. Whether the foreigners can have a permit to tour the entire Tibet, Indian pilgrims are restricted to Kailash Manasarovar and aren’t allowed to tour across Tibet.

All of this is a long process and to successfully cover this Yatra, you need to apply at least 15 days before the journey date. This gives you enough time to gather all documents and ensure that your application gets approved without causing any obstruction.