Yam dwar is 12 KM far from darchen base camp. Yam means Yamraj (known as the God of death in Hinduism) while the Dwar means Door. Yam Dwar holds an important relevance on the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route, because everyone is required to pass through this door, before starting the three days of Parikrama around Mount Kailash. There cannot be an escape from it. One must pass through this gate because it is believed that after a person crosses this gateway of Yamraj, they are freed from all the negative energy surrounding them and get liberated from all their past sins. It was a promise of Yamraj to the Shiva, that he wouldn’t allow anyone to enter the surroundings of Kailash with negative energy and therefore it is believed that Yamraj guards this door personally.