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Kailash Mansarovar trek to begin soon (12th February, 2016) : The pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar will for the first time have subsidized air services. The Uttarakhand government will arrange for air services from Dharchula, from where pilgrims walk in the Himalayas to Kailash Mansarovar in China from June 7, 2016. According to the government sources, the air service aims at helping pilgrims cur down their trekking distance by almost 54 km from Dharchula and ease miseries of the harsh terrain.

Although other modalities as the final tariff of air services is yet to be decided, senior state government officials have said that it will be subsidized for the pilgrims. They said that the flight will take off from Dharchula suburb and land near Gala village, thereby reducing the trekking distance by almost 54-60 km. Every year the pilgrimage begins on June 7 and comes to a close by September – end.

Air services is planned for this Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage season starting from June 7, 2016. landing destination will not be Gunji, the most happening market town en route Kailash Mansarovar, as it will impact the local economy at Chauras and Vyas area. The air services has aimed only to support pilgrims to overcome a portion of the route harshness but not to hinder or create hurdle in the way of pedestrian trek and by no means the traditional thrill of walking to Kailash Mansarovar would be impacted by the air services.

The total distance between Almora and Lipulekh pass (last destination on the Indian side before trekking in the Chinese side of the pilgrimage) is almost 340 km. Of this 220 km between Almora and Dharchula is covered by bus while the remaining portion is a pedestrian trek. Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam is planning to provide vehicular facilities for the pilgrims to cover as much distance as possible and further minimize the pedestrian trek in this season. However, the final go ahead will have to come from the state government as per an official.        

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