Sunday 11 January 2015

KMYatra 2015: Do's and Don'ts for the Yatris - Kailash Manasarovar Yatra

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is known for Religious Value, Cultural Significance, Physical Beauty and Exciting Natural Environment. Kailash Manasarovar Yatra holds religious importance for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains and is the most sacred Yatra on the earth. It is an unique Yatra in which Yatris visit the Holy 'Mount Kailash' and 'Lake Manasarovar' situated in remote parts of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the people's Republic of China.
The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is conducted by Ministry of External Affairs(MEA), Government of India, in every year between June and September with support of Government of China. This year 2015, the yatra schedule is yet to be released by MEA. For more details logon to 

To Ensure safe and Happy Yatra, the Yatris should follow strictly some suggestions in the form of Do's and Don'ts guided by the Ministry of External Affairs. 

1. Treat the mountains with respect. Do not attempt to ‘conquer’ them or show off physical fitness. 
2. Walk at a steady, rhythmic pace. Walk with a companion as a safety measure against sudden sickness and accidents. 
3. Keep away from high conical rocks. 
4. If at a lower altitude, take shelter under a lone tree or on top of a hill. It is safer to sit out in the open. 
5. Avoid wearing one or two very thick woolen layers. Instead, wear loose clothes in several layers with an outer wind covering. 
6. Get at least two pairs of good trekking shoes and practise walking with these shoes before the Yatra.
7. Wear two pairs of socks (cotton and woolen) inside the climbing boots. 
8. Ensure to keep feet dry. Use dusting powder before wearing socks and change into dry socks soon after reaching the camp. Use of wet socks or wet shoes causes extreme discomfort, blisters and skin ailments. It is therefore advisable to carry extra pairs of socks. 
9. Wear well fitting gloves to protect hands and fingers. Hands, feet, ears and nose must be protected against extreme cold. Continuous exposure of hands and feet can bring down the body temperature drastically and cause high altitude pulmonary oedema. 
10. Drink lot of water and fluids during trekking. Take liberal amounts of hot, sweet fluids and enough nourishment to provide energy for body. 
11. Use good quality tinted snow-glasses or dark sun-glasses to protect eyes against snow blindness. Avoid use of cheap, poor quality sun-glasses. 
12. Apply sun cream or calamine lotion to exposed parts of the body to avoid sun burn, particularly during the Parikramas. 
13. Take bath in the Lake Manasarovar only if body can sustain low temperature in the area. 
14. Take prompt treatment for minor cuts, blisters and ulcers. 
15. Move fingers, toes and facial muscles, and exercise limbs during periods of immobility by wiggling the toes and fingers and wrinkling the face muscles at intervals. Keep in motion to remain warm. 
16. Trek in small groups. 
17. If there is heavy snowfall or snow storms, stay close to each other and avoid being separated. 
18. Ensure that the batch commences the day's trekking early in the morning and sticks to the departure time.
19. Follow instructions of the Liaison Officer properly 

1. Do not get separated from fellow yatris. If there is heavy snowfall or snow storms, stay close to each other and avoid being separated. 
2. Do not trek in one's or two's. Don’t get separated from the main group of trekking and ensure that the person in the front remains in sight. 
3. Do not attract lightening during electric storms by putting up pointed objects like ice-axes or wireless aerials. 
4. Do not neglect to consume sufficient food and fluids. Do remember that pilgrims suffer from loss of appetite at high altitudes. So, per force consume enough nourishment. 
5. Do not wear climbing boots that leak or are tight. 
6. Do not wear wet socks or permit socks to wrinkle inside the boots, as this will cause blisters. 
7. Do not neglect minor injuries like cuts, blisters and ulcers as these may become frost-bitten. 
8. Do not sleep with boots on. 
9. Do not carry too heavy a load. 
10. Do not over-exert. Fatigue can lead to cold and more serious problems, especially at high altitudes. 
11. Do not consume alcohol during the Yatra and especially at high altitudes, as this is dangerous and has serious consequences.

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