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Sacred Mount Kailash: Breathtaking Remote Pilgrimage Site

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.

  • Tibetan: Kangrinpoqe 'Precious Jewel Snow Mountain'
  • Chinese: 冈仁波齐峰 Gāngrénbōqí Fēng /gung-rnn-bor-chee fnng/
  • Location: West Tibet, near India/Nepal, 1,300 km (800 mi) by road from Lhasa
  • Altitude: 6,638 meters (21,772 ft)
  • Things to do: (worshipfully) walking round it, hiking, photography

The Holiest Mountain for South Asian Religions

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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.

Breathtaking Natural Beauty

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.

Walking Around Mt. Kailash

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.

Tips for Your Visit

  • The road trip: A good two lane highway called G219 links the Kailash area with Shigatse, but it's still a good 2 days from Lhasa.
  • When to go: The area is difficult to travel to in the winter, so late spring to early fall (May to September) is best.
  • Altitude sickness and preparation: The high altitude makes it dangerous for acclimatized people to exert themselves. We advise that you prepare physically and bring the right equipment and clothes if you are planning a Kailash and Lake Manasarovar hike
  • It is forbidden to climb Mt. Kailash.

Nearby Attractions

Two beautiful lakes sit at Kailash's foot.

  • Lake Rakshastal is considered a lake of demons and people avoid even touching it lest they get cursed.
  • Lake Manasarovar is considered a place where a true believer can become a god or get a great blessing.

Tour Mount Kailash with China Highlights

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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.

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