The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) approached the Ministry of Defence to pitch in as connectivity between places was envisaged to be poor.
"The IAF is ever ready to take over any task assigned by the Government and thereafter ensures that it is executed in a most professional manner," said Air Commodore Pendse of Western Air Command, who is overlooking the operations.
As Gunji is located at an altitude of 3100 meters above sea level, the air headquarters has chosen its experienced helicopter pilots, who have flown over mountainous terrain and landings at high altitude.
Helicopters have been deployed at Pithoragarh to carry approximately 60-80 passengers a day.
The helicopters would fly for about 300 hours during the operations.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra starts in June and ends in September. It is organised by the MEA in cooperation with the government of the People's Republic of China through two different routes - Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand) and Nathu La Pass (Sikkim).
Pilgrims travelling through the Nathu La pass route are ferried by Chinese transport to Kailash.
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