The flash flood of June 2013 had resulted in the cancellation of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2014 too is in doubt due to the slow progress of the repair work along the Yatra route.
The main route of the pilgrimage — which is scheduled to begin from June 8 this year - was badly affected during the flash floods last year leading to the yatra being called off. Repair work in this area is progressing at a slow pace and it is unclear whether the route would be ready before the yatra commences.
Shirish Kumar, general manager, KMVN, told TOI that they were hopeful that the main route will open before the yatra begins but added they were also exploring the possibility of using two alternative routes as a backup plan this year. However, sources add that the alternative routes being considered could be "risky and unsafe for pilgrims.