Kailash Mansarovar Yatra: Over 1500 pilgrims stuck in Nepal

Over 1500 pilgrims along the route of Kailash Mansarover Yatra in Nepal are stuck in Nepal due to bad weather. About 525 pilgrims are stranded in Simikot, 550 are in Hilsa and another 500 more in Tibet side, an official statement by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu said. Indian Embassy has issued helpline numbers for pilgrims and their family members.

The pilgrims have been stranded after heavy rains caused landslips at several locations. The embassy said that the stranded pilgrims are being given proper medical attention and arrangements have been made to ensure the availability of food and water.

“The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu is continuously monitoring the situation and embassy’s representatives in Nepalganj and Simikot are personally in touch with all stranded pilgrims and are extending all possible support to them for a stay, and ensuring availability of food/water,” a statement said. As a preventive measure, the mission has asked all tour operators to try and hold pilgrims back in Tibet side as far as possible since medical and civic facilities on Nepal side are inadequate.

Tour operators have been told to accord first priority in clearing up situation in Hilsa, most infrastructure lean place in the area. The mission is trying to press in services of Nepal Army choppers,which have superior abilities of operating in difficult terrain, it said. The embassy is looking into various alternative routes for evacuation, it added. However, immediate evacuation may not be feasible as of now due to inclement weather. The Indian Mission has also requested the local airlines operating on the route to ensure availability of extra aircrafts to have maximum possible sorties as soon as weather clears up. The Mission is also looking at the possibility of heli-evac for critical cases, the embassy said in a statement.

The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, which is being held between June 8 and September 8 this year, is organised by Ministry of External Affairs. The Yatra is organised on two routes – via Uttarakhand and via Sikkim.

The hot line for pilgrims and their family members: +977-9851107006,+977-9851155007,+977-9851107021, +977-9818832398. Hotline to contact language speaking staff: Kannada- +977-9823672371, Telugu- +977-9808082292, Tamil- +977-9808500642, Malayalam- +977-9808500644