Pilgrims journey at Kailash mountains


Manasrovar Lake Tibet

Lake Manasarovar

    A high altitude freshwater lake fed by the Kailash Glaciers near Mount Kailash in Burang County. The Sutlej River, the Brahmaputra River (the Tsangpo), the Indus River, and the Karnali River all trace their sources to its nearby vicinity.


mantra stones Om Mani Mapdme Hum

Carved mantra stones — Om Mani Padme Hum


Himalayan Meditation

Soul On A String (Tibetan movie)



North face of Mount Kailash

North face of Mount Kailash



 Trekking around Mount Kailash



Mount Kailash circumambulation


As an ancient site of pilgrimage, Mt. Kailash is a great mass of snow capped black rock soaring to over 23,000 feet with a rounded peak. The holy mountain of Kailash has the unique distinction of being one of the world’s most venerated destinations while at the same time being the least visited. The supremely sacred site of four religions and billions of people, Mt. Kailash is the most revered of places for Buddhists from around the world. To Hindus, Kailash is the abode of Shiva and nearby Mansarowar Lake, is the soul of Brahma. Tibetans refer to Mt Kailash as Kang Rimpoche (meaning “Precious Mountain”) while the followers of Bon-Po, the ancient pre-Buddhist shamanistic religion of Tibet, worship Kailash as the soul of Tibet. Even Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs, is reputed to have visited this spot during his ‘Udasis’. The Jains worship it as Mt Ashtapada, the peak from which the religion’s founder, Rishabanatha, achieved spiritual liberation.


a group of pilgrims on the Kailash kora

Bibhuti Pradhan photo



Manasarovar lake on horizon

Ngari Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region


Two Tibetan Mastiffs at Yamdrok Lake

Two Tibetan Mastiffs at Yamdrok Lake



Yamdrok Lake, Tibet



Horse and Tibetan lady porter

Tibetan lady porter with horse for hire



Tibetan pilgrams on mouintain trail

Tibetan women on a Kailash yatra

Walking around the mountain (clockwise for the Buddhists, counter-clockwise for Bon adherents) is known as a Kora,Yatra or Parikrama, and normally takes three days. However, Tibetans often complete this in a day taking around 14 hours.   This 52.3 mile journey is easier for Tibetans due to their instrinsic acclimatation to high altitudes. The ambience is so charged in these locations that you can tap into extra reserves of energy.  At the Drolma La Pass you will climb up to a heady 5,653 meters.



Auburn dog at Lamdrok Lake

Auburn dog at Lamdrok Lake



Yak at Yamdrok Lake

Yak at the emerald Yamdrok Lake, Tibet



Balancing rock stupa



Zutul Puk monastry---distrunner

Zutul Puk monastery

Photo by distrunner



Lake Manasarovar with Mount Kailash in the distance


The four most sacred rivers of the Indian sub-continent begin from here – Sutlej (major tributary of the Indus River), Karnili (a major tributary of the Ganges), Brahmaputra and the Indus. The ancients regarded this holy region as the navel (center) of the universe,


Kailash Yatra Tibetan pilgrims

Kailash Yatra pilgrims



majestic Mount Kailash

The majestic Mt. Kailash from the Southside – 21,778 ft

Photo by Jia Zhou


Descending into the Drolma Pass at Munt Kailash

Descending into the Drolma Pass



Above Gaurikund lake on the-Drolma La pass

The jade green Gaurikund lake on the Drolma La Pass



Mount Kailash Kora circuit entrance

Kailash Kora circuit entrance



Kailash namaskar, the first point on the Kora where the sacred peak becomes visible, hence the prayer flags


Holy-Mount-Kailash in tibet

Kneeling veneration before the sacred Kailash



prayer stones carved with sacred symbols

Carved prayer stones – Justin C



Kailash in the summer- Dirapuk Gompa



Kailasha darshan, continual prostrations around the mountain takes about a month.




Tibetan pilgrim mother and child




Tibetan Yak Teamster




nephrite jade Milarepa carving

Tibetan poet Saint Milarepa at Mount Kailash — carved nephrite jade



52 mile Kailash yatra

52.3 mile Kailash yatra



mural of Milarupa

Rock face mural of Milarupa at Yolmo

Takphuk Senge Dzong, Helambu

 In Tibetan lore, a monk named Milarepa once ventured far enough to reach the top of Mount Meru(Kailash) in the 11th century. When he returned, he forewarned everyone to avoid disturbing the God resting high up in the peak.


Kailash pilgrimage prostrations

Kailash trail pilgrimage prostrations



Taversing the sweeping valleys at Kailash

Traversing the sweeping valleys



Beginning the parikrama of Mount Kailash



girl at Mount Kailash

The Yatra of Mount Kailash can be done in one day, if young and fit



Pack Yaks on the path to Kailash

Pack Yaks on the path


Solo pilgrim nearing Mount Kailash



Mount Kailash panorama

Imposing North face of Mount Kailash

Due to its religious significance, Kailash remains an unclimbed mountain. In 1926, Hugh Ruttledge studied the north face, which he estimated was 7300 feet high and “utterly unclimbable”



Statue of Shiva at Mount Kailash



Steady Yaks on the Kailash route



descending group of pilgrims

Descending group of pilgrims on a rocky path



eastern perspective of Mount Kailash

Eastern perspective of Mount Kailash



Marco Butturini photo

Photo Marco Butturini




Kailash jubilation


kailash pilgrims

Tibetan family trekking the circuit



Mount Kailash is also known in Tibetan as Gang Rinpoche



The south side of Kailash with the spine up middle

The Southern side of Kailash with the spine up the middle


Ancient stupa

An ancient rock stupa



Pooranmashi or full moon night at Mt Kailash has deep significance during “Shiv Bhoomi”



Kailash north face

Kailash stupas




Mount Kailash western face

Mount Kailash western face



Saptarishi-Cave inner Kailash circuit

Saptarishi Cave inner Kailash circuit



Tibetan female guide with horse




Mount Kailash Sphinx appearance

The Sphinx like Mt. Kailash




Triumphant completion of yatra



antique-very-old Avalokiteshvara rupa-altar.-the-Avalokiteshvara-rupa-is-hand-carved-on-wood-and-altar-is-of-copper-8-inch.

Old Avalokiteshvara hand carved rupa altar




Nicholas Roerich — ‘Krishna Spring in Kulu’ – 1930

I first saw the spectacular scale and splendour of the Himalayas at Manali in the Kulu Valley in the mid-seventies on my way to the Rhotang Pass.



Himalayan vista




Buddha’s shoes


Sèvres Art Déco vase with mountain explorer

Sèvres Art Déco vase with mountain traveller



Floating Dakini art by Eva Schicker

Floating Dakini art by Eva Schicker




 Monastery at Lho on the Manaslu Circuit Trekking route



Luminokaya Buddha art

Luminokaya Buddha art



Venerable Milarepa

Venerable Milarepa



Ceiling of ‘Cave of Self arisen Sun and Moon’ A natural formation at the Nyida Rangjung meditation cave of Padmasambhava

Above village of Milamkhyim in Yolmo




The Nebra Sky Disk is the earliest known guide to the heavens yet discovered1800-BC

The Nebra Sky Disk is the earliest known guide to the heavens yet discovered

1800 BC



Omnipresent Buddha at Espaco Restaurant, Brazil


A few miles to Lapchi - trekking

A few miles to Lapchi



Tiger Cave Lion Fortress where Marpa instructed Milarepa to go and meditate

Helambu (Yolmo)


Vintage photo of Indian girl in Sari


Tibet Road in the Himalayas, photographed in 1867 by Samuel Bourne.



Ama Dablam mountain (the main peak – 6814m) – Tanya Sharapova

Sagarmatha national park, Nepal.



Sunset view from Helambu





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  1. Posted July 21, 2023 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    The most informative article on Mount Kailash with relevant Pics.Thank you for sharing us this beautiful site.

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