Mount Kailash

Updated on 2023 September 16th. 

Every year thousands of Travelers travel to Mount Kailash. Some for blessing and some Travelers are for Adventure. Mount Kailash is the most desired travel destination in Tibet.

Location 

Tibetan: གངས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་།  Chinese: 冈仁波齐  Gāngrénbōqí! Sanskrit: Kailash; is a holy mountain in Burang County, Ngari Ali Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It has an altitude of 6,638 m (21,778 ft). It lies in the western part of the Tibetan Plateau near "Mapham Yumtso"  Manasarovar Lake and Duktso "Dark" Lake.

2023 Updates on Mount Kailash

  1. Travel to Mount Kailash is open from 2023 May.
  2. Many new hotels including the 3-star Himalaya Hotel are available in Darchen town.
  3. Vehicle road from Darchen to Dirapuk Monastery and Darchen to Zutrul Puk Monastery for Traveler's Health Emergency.
  4. Cement building Guest houses at Dirapuk Monastery and Zutrul Puk Monastery, there is no hot shower available at the moment.
  5. 4G Internet at Dirapuk Monastery and Zutrul Puk Monastery.

Religion

Mount Kailash is also known as one of the holiest mountains in our world.

For Buddhists, Mount Kailash is the Home of Korlo Demchok ( Buddha Cakrasamvara)

For Hindus, Mount Kailash is the Palace of Lord Shiva.

For Jainism, Mount Kailash is also known as Mount Meru, the mountain next to Mount Kailash is the place where the first Jain Tirthankara attained liberation.

For Bon, the native religion of Tibet. Mount Kailash is known as one of the " Swastika Mountains." 

Duration

3 Days trek around Mount Kailash is one of the most blessed & adventurous treks in Tibet. The highest pass is Drolma La at an elevation of ( 5630M or 18.471 feet) above sea level. The total duration of the trek is 52km(32 miles). Usually, Travelers will trek in 2 or 3 days. Local pilgrims, mostly prefer to trek in a day.

The town near Mount Kailash is known as Darchen Town. From Darchen the trek around Mount Kailash starts, but from Darchen town we can't see the view of Mount Kailash since it is too close to the rocky mountain near Mount Kailash.

Photo: Saga Dawa festival at Tarboche 

There is a day trip from Darchen to Gangdrak Monastery on the top of the cliff, from where we can see a clear view of Mount Kailash, and the route to the inner kora starts.

On the first day of the trek

We will pass by the sky burial — another beautiful monastery in the middle of a rocky mountain on the North, from where we can see a clear view of Mount Kailash. After the half-day hike, we will reach the first stop point, Dirapuk Monastery. Dirapuk is one of the critical Tibetan Buddhist Kagyupa sect monasteries around Mount Kailash.

There is a local Tibetan Guesthouse for accommodation and food. All the accommodation around the Mount Kailash trek is basic, so no possibility of having a private bathroom or shower. From the Dirapuk, we can see a clear view of Mount Kailash very close, and at night, it is one of the best places to see the picture of Mount Kailash with stars.

On the second day of the trek

Most Travelers prefer to trek very early on this day, according to my previous many year's experience, there are lots of snow at the highest point of the pass Drolma La ( 5400M ) It is best to arrive here before the snowmelt, so it is easier to hike.  Later we will trek down to Zutrulpuk monastery where we will stay for the second night. This is where one of the most significant Tibetan Buddhists Yogi Jetsun Milarepa has shown some spiritual power deeds. Zutrul means Spiritual deeds. Puk means Cave.

On the third day of the trek

This is one of the last days of the trek; today Travelers will trek back to Darchen town. Which is 14km in total and this trek will be done in around two hours.

 

 

After the trek, through my experience, my body felt very light, and I had this feeling that I had purified some of my bad karmic debts.

Few important sites near Mount Kailash

  1. Lake Manasarovar
  2.  Guge Kingdom
  3. Darchin town
  4. Purang Korchak monastery
  5. Toling Monastery
  6. Shangshung Valley
  7. Dungkar Piyang
  8. Rutok Pangong Tso Lake
  9. Damra Yumtso Lake
  10. Siling Tso Lake

Tibet Travelers Tours to Mount Kailash 

Tibet Travelers arranges both Private and Join Group Tours to Mount Kailash.  Saga Dawa festival is one of the most important Buddhist festivals. It is similar to the Christmas of Buddhists. The Day to celebrate by doing more positive deeds. Check out our 2024 May 15th Join group Saga Dawa festival for Travelers. 

 

Photo: My Mount Kailash Trip

My record 16 hours / 52KM Kailash Trek

 During my childhood, I loved climbing the small hill near my hometown Tashizom 4, 500M. Climbing the hills nearby gives me the reward of seeing the stunning view, it also keeps my body healthy, and I believe that the higher I climb, the better my luck goes so I love to climb.

The first time I was at Mount Kailash was in the year 2005 as a Tour Guide with many different Travelers from all around the world. 

I woke up around 4 am and started my journey. I met some local Tibetan pilgrims on the way to Tarboche. When I reached the small hill before the Tarboche, known as Chaktsalgang ( Prostration area ) the view of Mount Kailash was terrific.

From the Chaktsalgang, there is a path to the sky burial, where it is said that during the Buddha's time, Buddha Shakyamuni and 500 Disciples came for a blessing.

After the Chaktsalgang, it was all walking down until the Tarboche, where the Saga Dawa festival is celebrated annually during the Tibetan Lunar calendar on April 15th, the anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni's Enlightenment and Mahaparinirvana.

 

After hiking around 18km I reached the first night of the trek, Dirapuk monastery. During the late 11th to the 17th century, many Tibetan Yogis from different sects traveled here for a retreat. I arrived near the Dirapuk in the afternoon, and since it was a day trek, I didn't spend much time at Dirapuk. I was a bit worried about the melting of snow at Dromla la Pass 5,600 meters, so I rushed my trek from the Digpa la Pass towards the Dromala Pass.

The trail was watery since the ice had melted, and my shoes were all wet, but I was quite delighted that I was there early. I rest for about an hour after crossing the Drolma la Pass enjoying my Red Bull. Normally Red Bull awakes me, but this time, I fell into a deep sleep for a few hours because I was completely exhausted.

Photo: The spectacular Golden Mount Kailash 

I started my journey again, running a bit and strolling towards the southwest to Zutrulpuk monastery. The second night camp for the trekkers and pilgrims. I spent a few minutes in Zutrulpuk and started the trek towards Darchen town. I arrived at Darchen before dark after hiking 14km from Zutrulpuk.  

Conclusion 

I chatted with the locals near Mount Kailash about my trek, and I was amazed to find a local Tibetan, who did the trek of 52km in 11 hours, which calmed my mind.

May the merit of my kora around Mount Kailash bring world peace and happiness to all beings. Mount Kailash is the holiest mountain in our world. Looking at the shape and the area, it is quite sure that Mount Kailash might be the center of our planet thousands of years ago.

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Written By :Tenzin

Jul 03, 2023


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