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Trekking Mount Kailash

Listed under Trekking in Tibet, China.

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A strenuous trek which doubles as one of the classic pilgrimages of the world, the hike around Mount Kailas is a unique experience in the world of high mountains and religious beliefs.

The 4-day high altitude trek clockwise around the mountain reaches its highest point at Dolma La (18,465’). The power of the pilgrims faith (Indus, Buddhists, Jains and Bon-Pos) helps ease the difficulties. In addition, most trips include a 4-day trek around crystal clear Lake Manasarovar at 14,950’, certainly one of the highest lakes on the planet. The trip usually starts from Lhasa, the ancient capital with golden roofs and magnificent monasteries, and takes you across the Tibetan plateau where you can still see the traditional ways of life in the villages and with the nomadic yak herders.

May or September are the best months for this trip.

Written by  Nadia Le Bon.

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“Kailash: Sacred Mountain of Tibet”

Mount Kailash is utterly beautiful and a place of great religious significance. Several religions believe Mount Kailash to be the hub of the universe and it is the birthplace of four of Asia’s most important rivers. This area is very remote and few We… Read more...

Written by  Steve Berry.

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MT.Kailash is a good place for travel, I hope there will come a day that I can comquer it.

Climbing Mount Kailas is forbidden

(the only person to have ever been atop the sacred mountain is Milarepa, a 11th century Tibetan Buddhist yogi).

Can you climb the mountain and has any one attempted to ski it?

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I don't think it has ever been climbed - largely in deference to the fact that it's considered a sacred site in five different religions. I don't think there's been any skiing on it for the same reason. But ever year thousands of pilgrims trek around the base on foot or carried by ponies.

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