Editor Note: This post was originally published on Sep 16 2018 and Updated on 15 July 2020 to give you more comprehensive information.
The meaning of mount Kailash is “Precious Jewel of the Eternal Show”.
At an elevation of 6.656 meters Mount Kailash is the highest peak of Kailash Range which spread in Tibet and India. It is considered as a Pillar of the world.
Located around the mountains, it is just like a majestic creation of nature.
Mount Kailash is the most mysterious and sacred mountain in the world located at the top of Kailash Range. It is part of the Trans-Himalaya in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. Strangely but its shape is like the pyramid of Egypt and is also known as the “Biggest Man-made Pyramid”.
Mount Kailash lies around the origin of the longest river of Asia the Indus River, Sutlej, Brahmaputra and Karnali River. It is a very religious place among 4 religions Bon, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Each religion has different believes about mount Kailash. We’ll talk about it below:
Table of Contents:
- Who lives at Kailash?
- Geographical location of Kailash Parvat
- How Mount Kailash Changes Position
- Mystery of Manasarovar lake
- Time Travel at Kailash Parvat
- Man Made Pyramid
- Importance of Kailash Parikrama
- Mystery of Magical Gauri Kund
- A link between Earth to Heaven
- Om Parvat
- Formation of Swastika
- The Yam Dwar
- Who Climb at Mount Kailash
- Best Time to Visit Mount Kailash
- How to Get Mount Kailash
- Packing tips for Mount Kailash
- Travel Condition
- Safety and Precautions
- Things to do
- Mount Kailash Facts
- Mount Kailash Tour
According to the Hindus religions, it is the base of Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati. It is considered that they sit on the peak of Mount Kailash in the state of meditation, that’s why the peak is rated as the majestic destination for attaining spiritual place and the door of Moksha. Here are the few unsolved mysteries of Mount Kailash:
1: Who lives at Kailash?
The Hindus consider the Kailash Parvat is the abode of great Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati. While the Tibetan Buddhist believes that Kailash is the abode of the tantric meditational deity Demchog.
And Jains consider the Kailash as the site at which their first Tirthankar attained nirvana. Bon believes it is a sacred mountain and center of the world and home of all gods.
All of them have a different perspective about who lives at Kailash and that makes this more mysterious.
The Tibetan, Hindus, Bon, and Jains hiker from the world goes over oh their for doing parikrama.
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2: Geographical location of Kailash Parvat
According to some strange disbelief, axis Mundi is the center of the earth and the connection between the physical world to the spiritual world.
According to some strange believes, it is on the axis of the earth and to keep all living being alive it maintains the atmosphere. Its location is in synchronization with all other ancient monuments in the universe and earth poles. And it is located at an exact 6666 km from the monument of Stonehenge.
3: How Mount Kailash Changes Position?
Even though numbers of people tried to climb on Kailash Parvat but till now no one gets succeeds. According to a scientific hypothesis the mountain keep changes its position for those who want to climb it. Afterward, many people’s journeys have failed to climb its peak.
That is the reason behind that till the 21st century no one reaches the peak of the mountain. Keeps changing position make it more strange and scary.
4: The Mysterious shapes of Manasarovar and other lakes
The word Manasarovar comes from Sanskrit and a combination of two words Mans means mind and Sarovar means lake.
This Sarovar is popular for its amazing beauty and the color of the water that changes blue from around the shores to emerald green at the center.
The Manasarovar lake is one of the freshwater lakes in the world but strange as well because of its round like the sun. This lake is very sincere and calms irrespective of weather.
The lower lake Rakhast Tal is the devil’s lakes and it is one of the biggest saltwater lake in the world. Its shape like the moon.
The other two lakes represent solar and lunar forces, bad and good energy respectively.
5: Time Travel on Kailash Parvat
Many passengers reported that time travels quickly around the Kailash Parvat which is not witnessed anywhere in the world.
Many Hikers have reported that they feel like their nails and hairs are growing quickly within 12 hours. But in the normal environment, the same growth of hair and nails takes 2 around week time.In Kailash hair and nail grows in just 12 hours, in normal it takes 2 week time for the same growth #timetravel Click To Tweet
This is very strange, isn’t it?
6: Man-Made Pyramid
According to a Russian theory, “Mount Kailash could be the biggest ancient Man-Made pyramid, the center of an entire complex of the smaller pyramid (100 in total) and is linked with Pyramid of Giza and Teotihuacan.
Mount Kailash could be the center of the world that connecting other monuments or sites from where the paranormal activates have been observed.
7: Importance of Kailash Parikrama
Kailash Parvat is one of the most mysterious, religious and sacred mountains in the world. The one circumambulation (Parikarma) of Mount Kailash symbolizing the phases of life, death, refinement, and resurrection.
Jains and Buddhists refer to this circumambulation as Kora and Hindus refer as parikrama. A single circumambulation is equaled to the one turn of the wheel of life that will clean away the guilt of whole life. But the circumambulation of Kailash Parvat is very difficult and dangerous.
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8: The magical Gauri Kund
Gauri Kund that is also known as Lake of Compassion, a water body which lies in transit while going on downwards from Dolma.
This lake is famous as Parvati Sarovar where goddess Parvati had procured her child Ganesha.
According to Hindus Scripture, Goddess Parvati had framed her child Lord Ganesh from the cleanser foam of her body and breathed life into it.
9: A link between Earth to Heaven
According to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism Mount Kailash could be the gateway to heaven. And Vedas also describe the same that Mount Kailash is a link between earth to heaven. If we consider the story of Mahabharata then Pandavas along with Draupadi are believed to have achieved moksha.
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10: Om Parvat
Om Parvat is another interesting mystery, as the snow falls on the peak and takes the state of OM.
11: Formation of Swastika
At the time of sunset, the mountain is said to cast a shadow, which has a striking likeness to the religious symbol of Swastika, which is rated as an auspicious sign by Hindus.
12. The Yam Dwar
Yam Dwar is one of the most prominent destinations in the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra which is situated in Tarboche 30 minutes drive from Darchen.
The meaning of Yam Dwar is “The Gateway of God of Death”. It is also known as Chorten Kang Ngyi which means two legged stupas in Tibet. Yam Dwar is more associated with heaven and the soul.
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13. No Mortals allowed to climb atop Mount Kailash
According to some ancient text, no one allowed to climb atop mount Kailash where among the cloud is home of Lord Shiva. And who dare to climb to the top of Mount Kailash to see the face of God will be put to death.
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Best time to visit Mount Kailash
Mount Kailash situated at high altitude due to that the region can only be visited during a specific time in a year. The best time to visit mount Kailash is April to June and September to October because during that period you can avoid the rainy season and muddy roads. And in other months the trek is covered by heavy snow that makes unfit for sightseeing and kora. From July to September you will find busy crowd because during that period the weather becomes warm.
Elevation: 6,638 M (21,778 feet)
Prominence: 1319 M (4327 feet)
Parent Range: Transhimalaya
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The first thing you have to understand that due to remote, isolated, high altitude and region of Himalayas Tibet has never been a luxury destination so you have to adjust. You will get number of hotels but most of them are 3 or 4 stars and some of them are 5 stars as well.
The restaurants offer simple food in Tibetan and Chinese style (getting meat dishes is very hard). So don’t expect restaurants which offer you luxurious meals. Roads are smooth but not like Europeans.
How to get to Mount Kailash and Kailash Manasarovar:
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is known for two things – First is doing a parikrama of Mount Kailash and second is taking a holy dip in Manasarovar lake. It is said that this yatra helps people to relieve pilgrims of any sign and bringing salvation to them.
The Yatra is open for individuals between the age group of 18 to 70, it can be done by walking or by using cruise for the voyage, ac transport, and helicopters. For booking, you can go through the Ministry of External Affairs or through private tour agents.
As with all areas comes under Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) so, all foreign travelers going to Mount Kailash must need an organized tour which includes transportation, accommodation, tour guide and all travel permit. There is no other way to travel to Mount Kailash without being a well-organized tour.
If you’re not bothered about the freedom to customize your travel route or timing then you can join a group tour. A small group journey can minimize your cost as the cost of the required transportation, accommodation and guide will be shared among other group members.
If you want to travel solo or with family then you can go for a private tour which allows you to choose travel routes and timing freely. Here are some of the routes to travel Mount Kailash:
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Tibet to Mount Kailash and Kailash Manasarovar
To people who travel to Mount Kailash and Manasarovar from Tibet, there are few routes you can take but whichever route you took to get to Lhasa – whether from China by flight or Kathmandu by flight.
From Lhasa to Mount Kailash:
There are many other ways to reach mount Kailash but Lhasa is the most common and popular way.
If you traveling mount Kailash from Lhasa then you need to be an organized tour that provides you private vehicle, driver, tour guide and travel permit.
To reach mount Kailash by Lhasa, you have to drive through good paved road via Shigatse, Lhatse, Saga and Paryang.
To avoid altitude sickness it is necessary to acclimatize the high altitude of Tibet so try to spend 3 to 4 nights in Lhasa (1 night in Lhasa, 1 night in Shigatse and further night between Shigatse and Darchen) before getting out on the Kailash Trek. Every year 5 to 10 trekker dies due to complications from a high altitude while trying to go around Kailash.
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Required Travel Permit:
Tibet Travel Permit is required to all foreign visitor which you (tour operator) get from the Tibet Tourism Bureau. It is required while boarding to flight or train from China to Lhasa and to travel anywhere in Tibet.
Alien Travel Permit: It is provided by the Public Security Bureau in Lhasa. It allows traveling outside the area of Lhasa itself and in the western region of Tibet.
Frontier Pass: It is provided by Armed Police Tiber Frontier Crops in Lhasa. It allows you to travel any area near to Nepal border like Mount Kailash, Mount Everest, etc.
Military Permit: If you want to visit the military restricted area in Ngari Prefecture then you’ll need Military permit and also for access to Mount Kailash and Manasarovar.
Before buying any private tour, it is necessary to consult with your operator about all the above-mentioned permit. For more, you can check here: Tibet Travel Permits
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From Nepal (Kathmandu) to Mount Kailash and Manasarovar:
To all visitors who is travel Mount Kailash via Nepal, there are two ways – the First one is to fly from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to Lhasa airport in Tibet and then flow the overland route from Lhasa to Kailash.
The second one is the overland road from Kathmandu to Mount Kailash via crossing border of Rasuwagadhi and crossing boarder of Gyirong port. And from the Tibetan border you need an organized tour that has a guide, driver and vehicle. From Gyirong road you have to reach Saga. And that heads to Darchen the main point of Kailash Kora trek by Paryang.
But we would not recommend this route because there is a lot of risks to get altitude sickness. After all, your body does not get enough time to acclimatize the high altitude of Kathmandu (1350M), Gyirong (2700M), Saga (4450M) and Paryang (4600M). So if you traveling through this route than giving yourself enough time to adjust high altitude.
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Required Travel Permit:
If you’re traveling through Nepal to Mount Kailash then apart from the above-mentioned permit you need to get Group Tourist Visa. It is a single entry tourist visa which provides by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. It required to travelers who enter Tibet via Nepal. It will take 4 to 5 day to process.
For Group Tourist Visa you have to be in Kathmandu 5 days ahead to the expected date of travel. So that your visa application can be processed. By Tibet Travel Permit you (Tour Operator) can apply for the Group Tourist Visa.
From India to Mount Kailash and Manasarovar:
Indian travelers to Tibet are divided into two category – one is who are traveling to Tibet to tour around the region apart from mount Kailash, will be treated as a normal traveler and the second who are traveling to Tibet especially for Kailash Kora or Kailash Manasarovar, will be treated as the Pilgrims, for them, separate rules are defined.
For Pilgrims, Tibet visa is issued jointly by Tibet foreign affairs office, Department of public security, Tibet military region and the armed police Tibet Frontier Corps.
Mount Kailash Yatra from India (Saving 6 days)
Till now Indian Pilgrims can reach Mount Kailash through 2 routes – Sikkim and Kathmandu in Nepal. Both of them are long and difficult. But on 8th may 2020 Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a new road to reach mount Kailash.
It is a 80 KM road that connects the Lipulekh pass which is a height of 17000 feet along the border with Tibet in Uttarakhand with Dharchula in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district. With the new road the lighter vehicle can play up to 75 km and five-day trek will be reduced to the 2 days thus saving 6 days of to and fro journey.
There is no air travel involves in the new route but the complete route involves light vehicles, except of 5 KM treks on the Chinese side across Lipulekh pass.
It involves traveling by road to Pithoragarh which is 490 Km away from Delhi thereafter 130KM journey by road and 79 KM or 5 days foot treks from Ghatiabgarh to Lipulekh Pass on the boundary with China. After that, on the International border, there is a trek of 5KM on the Chinese side followed by a road journey of 97KM and 43 KM parikrama.
By this new route, elders can also undertake the Yatra of Mount Kailash and in case of any illness or injury, the option to evacuate by helicopter is also available.
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Helicopter to Mount Kailash:
The helicopter ride to Mount Kailash is popular among well to do tourists. You need to spend 3 days in Kathmandu to process China Group Visa before entering the Sino-Nepal border. After that, you can enjoy the majestic view of Mansarovar lake and other attractions. But flight delay and cancellation are quite often because of unpredictable weather.
Things to pack for Kailash Trek:
Minimum 3 days required to complete the Kailash trek so you have to prepare yourself in advance. So here is the packing list:
- Small backpack, gloves, trekking pole, Sleeping bag (temperature around -15 degree Celsius)
- Sun cream, headlamp, sunglasses, waterproof rain shell
- Insulated jackets, outdoor jackets and pants, hiking boots and socks
- Favorite snacks, fuel bottle, stove, cookware, tea kettle, water bottles
- First aid kit, personal drug, personal toiletries
Safety and Precautions
While traveling Mount Kailash or Kailash Manasarovar, you should keep the following things in your mind because of its altitude and weather:
Tibet is also known as the Roof of the world. Starting from Lhasa 3650m, Shigatse 3800m, Ngari 4500m and more while trekking to Kailash Kora. So to avoid altitude sickness give yourself enough time around Lhasa to acclimatize the altitude. Go with a first aid box and a tour guide who can help you get out from the complex situation, who can provide you local support.
It is well known that the temperature of Tibet is very cold and Ngrai is more chilled. So going with full preparation can help you to avoid many unwanted trouble. We would recommend you consult with your travel guide about preparation and do’s & don’ts before departure to Mount Kailash. Or you can check our packing guide.
The drastic changes in altitude and long trekking route of Mount Kailash will challenge your stamina and perseverance. I suggest you hire Yaks and porters for trekking to save your energy. And also eating healthy food.
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Mount Kailash Tour (Kailash Kora)
Tour of mount Kailash is one of the most challenging of treks for pilgrims in the world. The trek route of Tibet is known as Kora around the mount Kailash which is 52 Km long.
Mount Kailash tour includes much more than normal sightseeing because the average altitude of trekking is around 5000 KM so you need to be strong. It is believed that pilgrims of mount Kailash bring good luck.
- Distance: 52 KM
- Duration: 2-3 Days
- Trekking Level: Medium to difficult
- Start and finish point: Darchen Village 4675 KM
- Highest point: Droma-La-Pass 5630 KM
- For Accommodation: Camping, local guest house, monasteries
- Food: Local restaurant/stall
During the route, you’ll get simple food and refreshment, overnight accommodation in local guesthouse, monasteries along the way, camping etc.
You have to take of care one thing that during hot summer night time temperature can be zero or in minus so bring your all necessary clothes.
Some people might feel unwell due to high altitude. So any symptoms of altitude sickness should be taken care of seriously and without any delay, the affected person should be removed to a lower altitude. You will get service for higher payload so don’t worry about bags and all these things.
There is a short alternative of full outer kora that’s called the Inner kora. This leads from Darchen and heads towards Yinjieteo mountain that is just to the south of Mount Kailash. This route goes around Yinjieteo passing close to the south of mount Kailash before heading back to Darchen. But inner kora is not available for international tourists due to travel policy and safety concerns.
Most of the visitors travel in a clockwise direction but Buddhists and Hindus follow a clockwise while Jain and Bon follow an anti-clockwise direction.
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3 Days Kailash Kora Itinerary:
Day 1 – Darchen to Drirapuk Monastery (20 KM)
Darchen to Chuku Gompa (3-4 hr)
Chuku Gompa to Drirapuk Gompa (3-4 hr)
Day 2 – Drirapuk to Dzultripuk Monastery (18 KM)
Drirapuk to Zutrulpuk Monastery (7 to 8 hr)
Day 3 – Dzultripuk Monastery to Darchen (14 KM, 3 hr)
Things to do
Explore attraction near mount Kailash like lake Mansarovar, Yam Dawar, Pashupatinath temple, Gauri Kund and much more. Apart from that admire the natural beauty, hiking and take mount Kailash helicopter tour. After completing the Kailash Kora give some time to exploring Tibet as well. Tibet is a beautiful place to refresh yourself in a affordable manner. If you love train ride then don’t forget to take Tibet Railway which will takes you some of the most beautiful and mysterious places.
Facts of Mount Kailash:
The Russian Theory
The biggest mystery of mount Kailash is its Shape. According to Russian scientists, it’s not a mountain rather than it’s a Man-Made Pyramid.
There are two lakes surrounding mount Kailash – The first one is Mansarovar or the God Lake and the second one is Raksbas tal or the devil lake. Many ancient texts claims that Mount Kailash stands as the balance between the two and teach us that there isn’t any evil external to us; we are the evil.
Who Climb at Mount Kailash?
The interesting fact about Mount Kailash that it has never been climbed by anyone apart from a person named Milarepa. There are many stories claimed that mystic Tibetan seer and poet name Milarepa is the only person who successfully climbed atop of Mount Kailash.
Source of 4 Major River
Four most religious rivers see their beginnings inside 50KM radius and in four different directions:
- Through west flows the great Ganges.
- Through south flows the great Karnali.
- Through east flows Maa Brahmaputra.
- And through north flows river Indus.
Place of Ultimate Nirvana
Jain claims Mount Kailash as Mt. Asthapada and believe that their religious originator, Rishadev, achieved Nirvana – State of Happiness or Another form of Moksha.
Ancient Monasteries and Caves
As per the Buddhists and Hindus scriptures, around the Mount Meru exist caves and ancient monasteries wherein the blessed sages live in their material and unpretentious bodies. Only few lucky ones can see them.
Each year, the number of pilgrims comes Tibet for Pilgrimage to the sacred mount Kailash (Kailash Parikarma) but only some of them able to finish outflank the Mount Kailash.
Journey of Lifetime
Mount Kailash is one of the most sacred places in the world and known as the Navel of the Universe. It attracts many scholars and researchers from all over the world. Mount Kailash provides a spiritual, enriching, unique and truly rewarding journey of a lifetime.
Buddhism religion has a special religious connection with Mount Kailash. For them, it is known as Kang Rimpoche or “Precious One of Glacial Snow”.
Mount Kailash has four different faces and each of them aligned with four directions. According to Puranas, it is a spiritual center of the earth and also says that each face is made of Gold, Ruby, Lapis Lazuli and Crystal.
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Most Frequently Asked Questions about Mount Kailash
Its not that mountaineers from different part of the world has not tried to climb the mount kailash but they couldn’t because according to some strange believes the mountain keeps changes its position for them who wants to climb it. Truly there is something which not be understandable for common men.
Yes, Buddhist monk Milarepa is said to have climbed atop of the mount Kailash.
According to hindus mount kailash is the adobe of Lord Shiva but Tibetan Buddhist believes that Kailash is the abode of the tantric meditational deity Demchog. Jains consider the Kailash as the site at which their first Tirthankar attained nirvana. But recently Russain put has an idea that Mount Kailash could be the biggest ancient man-made pyramid.
Yes, according to Hindus Kailash Parvat is the adobe of great Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati. And death of Astheists and Adharmis proved it that mount kailash is not normal mountain that can be climbed. According to Russians research Mount Kailash is the center of earth and could be the biggest man-made pyramid.
No, no planes can fly over mount kailash. If you talk about scientific reason than the main reason is the elevation of Himalayan Mount range which is around 30000 ft and the highest cruising altitude that is allowed to planes is around 25 to 35000 ft. And there could be another reason as well like supernatural theories, India-China relation and many more.
The Kailash range is around 30 million year old.
Yes, according to Russian report mount Kailash could be a biggest Man-Made pyramid and the center of the earth.
Mount Kailash is one the most sacred place in the world not for only one religion but for 4 religion Hindu, Buddhists, Jain and Tibetan. Hindu considered this it is home of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati while Tibetan Buddhist believes that Kailash is the abode of the tantric meditational deity Demchog. Jains consider the Kailash as the site at which their first Tirthankar attained nirvana.
Here is the list of strange mystery of mount Kailash: So come; visit the abode of the Gods (Lord Shiva and Parvati) and receive their blessings! And share it with your friend.