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Mount Kailash, in remote western Tibet, is a holy peak for four faiths. The dome-shaped, snowcapped mountain is part of a sublimely beautiful area. Never climbed, it has been walked around by countless pilgrims.
The peak is a holy site for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bons.
You can see some breath-taking scenery. But the sight of people of various races and religions coming together to seek spiritual fulfillment with great passion might astound you even more.
The snowcapped dome of Mount Kailash stands majestically separate in its high Himalayan valley. It overlooks two famous lakes, and is near the source of four large rivers, including the Indus and Brahmaputra.
The special religious act of walking around Mt. Kailash is considered to be of great spiritual benefit. It is said that it can purify your soulor lead to fulfillment of your prayers.
Some Indian pilgrims on a yatra ( pilgrimage to a holy site) wait for years to do a kora (a sacred walk around or circumambulation) of Mt. Kailash, and the journey is a highlight of their lives.
Very fit Tibetans try to walk the 52-km (32-mile) path in a day. But most people do a more leisurely 3-day hike and camp.
Walking around Mt. Kailash, you can see many devout Tibetans prostrating themselves on the groundafter each few steps in worship. They do it to attain religious merit. It usually takes 15–20 days to finish in this way.
Two beautiful lakes sit at Kailash's foot.
Mount Kailash is a truly inspirational place. We can help you visit it as an extension to one of our most popular Tibet tours:
Or let us help you arrange a totally tailor-made trip to the area. Our Tibetan tours can include a guided hike around Mt. Kailash with full logistical support. We can help you get a Tibet Entry Permit and other permits needed for that part of Tibet.