The Kinner-Kailash Yatra will stay postponed for the rest of this year, until the further announcement, due to snow-bound trek and continuous rough weather. The Kinnaur district management has also issued an instruction that stated no one will be permissible to take the yatra without permission, following the death of two people, who took part in the trek unlawfully.
Kinner-Kailash is at around 21,000 ft height, leading to a 79 ft straight-up rock shiv lingam on top of the mountain. Since the region has received heavy snowfall, hiking without safety measures and gear would pose a danger to trekkers. While pilgrims must take prior info from area administration to go hiking on this route, two trekkers from a group of five recently lost their lives as they headed near Kinner-Kailash without notifying the authority.
Apparently, Kinner-Kailash Yatra 2019 will start again only after taking into consideration all weather conditions and reports; nobody will also be permissible to trek before the official date is declared.
Mentioning to this, an official said that to tackle such events, tour operators that organize treks in the district should be listed with the tourism department and submit the list of trekkers at the nearest police station before beginning the trek. Later, after finishing the trek, they should again submit the list of trekkers at the police station; this will avoid any unprecedented coincidences.
Last year, due to heavy rainfall, the area administration suspended the pilgrimage as the public were left stranded near the cave, who had to be later saved and brought to a safe place.