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Introduction to Kailash Parvat 

Mount Kailash is called Kailash Parvat in the Sanskrit language.  Mt Kailash is also known as “gang Rinpoche” or “Gangdise shan” in the local language of China which means “precious snow mountain”. Another name for Mt Kailash is  Kangrinboqe Peak. 

Kailash Parvat is a pyramid-shaped mountain in Tibet that has four faces, and it is also considered the perfect pyramid formed by nature.  The height of Mt Kailash is 6638 meters and 21778 feet which is only 2000 m less than the height of Mt Everest (tallest mountain in the world). 

 Kailash Parvat is a part of the Transhimalaya Range which is a sacred place for many religions and very popular for circumambulating (kora) by the pilgrims. This place is very popular for tourists to see uniquely pyramid-shaped mountains covered with snow crystals, pilgrims for circumambulating, and trekkers for challenging trekking routes. Nature lovers for the natural beauty this mountain possesses. 

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Everything you need to know about Kailash Parvat. 

Where is Kailash Parvat located? 

Kailash Parvat is in the southwestern part of Tibet which is located at Ngari Prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region in China which is also part of the Kailash Range of Transhimalaya.  It is situated close to the border with Nepal and India. And Nepal border is nearest to the Kailash Parvat.  

Why is Kailash Parvat a sacred site? 

Kailash Parvat is considered a sacred site by multiple religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon.  

In Hinduism, Kailash is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva, one of the most important deities. It is considered his spiritual dwelling and is regarded as a place of immense spiritual power. Hindus believe that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot, known as the Kailash Parikrama, brings spiritual purification and blessings. 

In Buddhism, Kailash is associated with the legendary Mount Meru, considered the center of the universe. It is also believed to be the dwelling place of Buddha Demchok, who represents supreme bliss. Buddhists also undertake the Kailash Parikrama as a spiritual pilgrimage. 

Jainism considers Kailash as the site where their first Tirthankara, Rishabhadeva, attained enlightenment. They view it as a significant place linked to their spiritual heritage. 

Bon, which is an ancient Tibetan religion that existed before Buddhism, also considers Kailash sacred. It is believed that their sky goddess sipaimen lives here.   

The cultural and historical significance of Kailash Parvat, along with its stunning natural beauty, has led to its designation as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.   

Which rivers flow from Kailash Parvat? 

The rivers that flow from Kailash Parvat are the Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej, and the Karnali (which is a tributary of the Ganges). These rivers originate from around the Kailash Parvat in the Tibetan plateau.  These rivers are also sacred, and they have a religious and spiritual significance to Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. Indus and Brahmaputra Rivers are one of the longest rivers in Asia whereas Karnali River is the longest river in Nepal. 

What are the weather conditions in Kailash Parvat? 

  1. Spring (April – June)

  Temperatures: During the spring, temperatures range from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius (41 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day but can drop below freezing overnight.  

  Rainfall: Spring is marked by periodic rainfall and snowfall, especially in the early half of the season. Some areas of the trail may still be covered with snow from the previous winter, making hiking difficult.  

 – Wind: This season has modest wind speeds. 

  1. Summer (July – August):

Temperature: The summer season has the highest temperatures, with daytime highs of 15 to 25 degrees Celsius (59 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit). Even at night, the temperature can drop to about 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit). 

Rainfall: The area is experiencing its rainy season at this time of year, which brings frequent showers and sporadic thunderstorms. Trekking routes and road conditions might be impacted by rainfall. 

Wind: In summer, there are typically less wind gusts. 

  1. Autumn (September – November):

Temperatures: With chilly daytime highs of 5 to 20 degrees Celsius (41 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit), autumn is regarded as the most pleasant season. At night, it might drop below freezing.  

Rainfall: Autumn brings little rain and is often dry. Generally clear skies provide for excellent vision, which is ideal for taking in picturesque scenery.  

Wind: During this season, wind speeds are typically moderate. 

4.Winter: (December – March) 

Temperature: At Mount Kailash, winter is the coldest season. Daytime highs often range from 5 to 10 degrees Celsius (23 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit). There can be significant nighttime drops below freezing.  

 – Rainfall: Winter brings copious amounts of snow, which completely encase the mountain and its surroundings in a thick layer of snow. There may not be easy access to Mount Kailash and severe weather is possible.  

 – Wind: Strong gusts and blizzard-like conditions are common during the winter months. 

What are the popular places around Mount Kailash: 

  1. Lake Mansarovar: Lake Manasarovar known as Mapang Yongcuo in the Tibet local language is one of the holiest lakes in Buddhism and Hinduism, Lake Mansarovar is situated close to Mount Kailash which is only approximately 48 km Travelers frequently combine a visit to this tranquil lake with their trek to Mount Kailash.
  2. Tirthapuri Hot Springs: Known for its hot springs and Guru Rinpoche monastery, Tirthapuri is a pilgrimage spot northwest of Mount Kailash. Buddhists hold that the revered cave where the Buddhist saint Padmasambhava is rumored to have meditated. Additionally, Hindus held that the Bhasmasur evil was slain here by the protector god, Vishnu. Mount Kailash is almost 70 kilometers (44 miles) away from Tirthapuri.
  3. Darchen: Darchen is the base camp for Mount Kailash or starting point to mt kailash. It is a small remote village situated at an altitude of 4,575 meters (15,010 feet) and serves as a base for pilgrims and travelers visiting the sacred mountain. This village will provide everything needed for accommodation, but facilities are limited. You will find small guests and small restaurants to serve you. Everything you find there will be local. 

Darchen holds immense religious importance, not only as a starting point for the Kailash pilgrimage but also due to the presence of several monasteries and sacred sites in the vicinity. The Chiu Gompa and the Gosul Gompa are two notable monastic complexes near Darchen, attracting religious devotees and tourists alike. Mount Kailash is only around eight miles (or thirteen kilometers) away from Darchen but the kora, or trip around Mount Kailash, is a multi-day hike covering approximately 52 kilometers (32 miles). 

  1. Rakshas Tal: Rakshas Tal is a lake that is situated not far from Lake Manasarovar. In Hindu mythology, it is said to be associated with demons and serves as a significant site for religious ceremonies and offerings. At roughly 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) as the crow flies, Mt. Kailash and Rakshas Tal are rather close to one another. This indicates that it would be simple to go on foot or car to the two locations in a single day.
  2. Astapad: Astapad, meaning “Eight Steps,” is a plateau located close to Mount Kailash. It is believed to be the spot where Lord Shiva resides along with the other deities. Pilgrims often visit Astapad during their circumambulation of Mount Kailash. Moreover, the exact path chosen affects how far Mount Kailash is from Astapad. Nonetheless, at about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) as the crow flies, they are not too far from one another. Once more, this indicates that it would be simple to go on foot or car between the two locations in a single day.
  3. Tarboche: Tarboche is a place where a flagpole is found on the Kailash Kora course. It is a noteworthy location where travelers perform an expanded flag-raising ceremony at the start of their journey around Mount Kailash. Tarboche is a vital location found close to Mount Kailash and Astapad in Tibet. The distance between Tarboche and Mount Kailash is around 7 kilometers (4.3 miles). It is a generally brief walk, and numerous travelers select to walk from Tarboche to Mount Kailash as a portion of their otherworldly travel.
  4. Nandi Parbat: Nandi Parvat is a peak located in the vicinity of Mount Kailash. It is believed to be the home of Nandi, the divine bull and the vehicle of Lord Shiva. The area is known for its tranquil environment and natural beauty. It is a sacred place for Hindus. 
  5. Gauri Kund: Gauri Kund, also known as Parvati Sarovar, is a sacred lake located near Mount Kailash in Tibet. It is believed to be the bathing place of the Hindu goddess Parvati, also known as Gauri, who is the consort of Lord Shiva. Many pilgrims visit Gauri Kund to take a holy dip in its waters as part of their spiritual journey to Mount Kailash. The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and its blue and green waters add to its natural beauty. The distance between Gauri Kund and Mount Kailash is about 23 kilometers (14 miles). It takes around 6-7 hours to trek from Gauri Kund to Mount Kailash.

 

What are the routes to travel to Kailash Parvat? 

 So, here are total 4 routes:  

  1. Kathmandu to Kailash Parvat over the Kerung Border: 

 – Depart from Rasuwa Gadhi in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

 – Cross the border at Rasuwagadhi/Kerung between Nepal and Tibet. 

– Take the Nyalam route from Kerung to Saga/Sangmu. 

– Proceed to the starting point of the Kailash Parikrama, Darchen, after reaching Manasarovar Lake. 

  

  1. Lhasa to Kailash Parvat:

 – Start your journey from Lasa, Tibet’s capital  

 – Travel via Gyantse and Shigatse on the way to Saga/Sangmu. 

– Proceed to Manasarovar Lake and Darchen after leaving Saga/Sangmu. 

  

  1. Departing from Kashgar, Xinjiang, China: 

– Proceed from Kashgar via the Karakoram Highway. 

 – Cross the Hilsa border between China and Tibet to reach Manasarovar Lake. 

 – Head toward Darchen from Manasarovar Lake. 

 

  1. Fly from Kathmandu to Simikot in Nepal to see Kailash Parvat.

– Hike from Simikot to Hilsa, the border town between Nepal and Tibet. 

– Travel to Manasarovar Lake and Darchen after leaving Hilsa. 

 Note: 

It’s crucial to remember that visiting Kailash Parvat necessitates specific permissions and bookings through travel companies with official approval. A reliable tour operator should be used to arrange your travel if you want a seamless and well-planned experience. 

 

Is it possible to climb Kailash Parvat? 

Trekking or climbing Kailash Parvat is not allowed due to its religious significance. However, a Kailash Parikrama can be done, which involves circumambulating the mountain on foot. 

Why is Kailash Parvat popular? 

  1. Religious and Spiritual Significance: It is considered one of the most sacred sites in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon. Pilgrims from these religions visit Kailash Parvat to perform circumambulation or Kora, which is believed to be a spiritually purifying act.

  

  1. Mythological Associations: Kailash Parvat is believed to be the home of Lord Shiva in Hinduism and the abode of various deities in Buddhism. It is also associated with the first Tirthankara in Jainism and is considered the axis mundi in Bon.

  

  1. Challenging Trekking Route: The trek around Kailash Parvat, known as the Kailash Kora, is challenging and requires physical endurance and determination. It attracts adventure enthusiasts and trekkers from around the world.

  

  1. Natural Beauty: The mountain’s distinct pyramid shape, snow-capped peak, and its location near the beautiful Lake Mansarovar make Kailash Parvat a visually stunning destination.

  

  1. Cultural Importance: Kailash Parvat is not only a religious site but also holds cultural significance. It is an important part of the culture and heritage of the Tibetan Autonomous Region in China.

  

  1. Spiritual and Mystical Atmosphere: Many people believe that Kailash Parvat has a unique energy and a spiritual aura that can be felt by those who visit the mountain. This adds to its popularity among spiritual seekers and those interested in exploring mystical places.

  

  1. Remote Location: Kailash Parvat is situated in a remote and pristine part of Tibet, away from the urbanized world. This remoteness appeals to travelers seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience.

  

Overall, Kailash Parvat’s popularity stems from its religious significance, challenging nature, natural beauty, and the spiritual and cultural experiences it offers to visitors. 

 

Things to know before Mt Kailash Journey: 

-Best time to visit Mt Kailash: The best time to visit Kailash Parvat is amid summer from May to September because at that time weather would be milder and the snow get melted, making it easier for you to trek and reach the mountain. 

-Kailash Parvat journey duration: Kailash Parvat journey duration varies depending on the route you have taken to parikrama but generally from the starting point or from Darchen it will take you around 3 to 4 days to complete Kailash Parvat trek.  

– Accommodation options available during the Kailash Parvat journey: Darchen is the base camp for Kailash Parvat which is a small remote with limited facilities options during the Kailash Parvat. There are guesthouses and tents available at various points along the trek route. These accommodations provide basic facilities like food, shelter, and toilets. 

-Trekking or hiking routes to reach Kailash Parvat: There are several routes for trekking and hiking to reach Mt Kailash. Kailash Parikrama is the most popular route for hiking and trekking for pilgrims for circumambulating which is approximately 52 kilometers in length. 

-The necessary required documents and permits for the Kailash Parvat journey: You will need a visa, TTP (Tibet Travel Permit) and documents like passport, travel insurance, medical certificate and application form of Kailash Parvat journey. You will need two visas if you are travelling from Nepal i.e. Nepali visa and Kailash Manasarovar group Visa.

It would be your wise decision to travel from Nepal as Nepal border is close to Mt Kailash and also you will get to travel two countries i.e. Nepal and Tibet only in less days. For Indians they don’t need visa for Nepal but need to provide proper documents. Here is documentation information for Indian nationals. 

-Physical fitness requirements for the Kailash Parvat journey: The Kailash Parvat journey requires a good level of physical fitness as it involves trekking at high altitudes, crossing mountain passes, and dealing with unpredictable weather conditions. It is recommended to prepare yourself physically through regular exercise and stamina-building activities. The most common problem people face is altitude sickness so it will be better for you to do exercises like aerobic exercises, breathing exercises, strength training, endurance training etc. 

-Restrictions or guidelines to be followed during the Kailash Parvat journey:   Here are some limitations and rules that must be adhered to when traveling to Kailash Parvat. These include not damaging the environment, honoring the traditions and culture of the area, and doing as your tour guide or trekking company instructs. 

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conclusion

Kailash Parvat is a sacred place for pilgrims especially for the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, and Bon religions. Mt Kailash is also mysterious where so many things happen which also questions the science. There are so many mind-blowing facts related to Mt Kailash published by so many sources and people also have experienced unusual things like time runs faster in that place where people’s hair and nails grow rapidly. Kailash Parvat is full of mystery and interesting things.

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