Mt. Kailash And Lake Mansarovar Trip

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  • Author Emily Yang
  • Published June 13, 2024
  • Word count 682

Mount Kailash, meaning "Lord of Mountains" in Tibetan, is located within the Pulan County of Tibet. It has been worshipped as a famous sacred site by countless people of Buddhism, Bon, Hinduism, and Jainism. This is an article about Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar trek.

There is no shortage of mountains in the world, but there are not many mountains that are high and have faith. Mount Kailash, 6,656 meters above sea level, is a sacred mountain of Hinduism, Bon, and Tibetan Buddhism. Not far from it is Lake Manasarovar, which together with it is called the Sacred Mountain and Lake.

Mount Kailash Mount Kailash is located in Darchen, Pulan County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet. Darchen is both the starting point and the end point of the mountain transition. At 6,638 meters above sea level, it is shaped like a pyramid and is the main peak of the Gangdise Mountains.

The start point of my Kailash and Mansarovar trip is Lhasa. During my three days in Lhasa, I visited the surrounding temples and relieved myself of altitude sickness. Then, after Shigatse, Saga, you arrive at Darchen, a small town under the foot of Mt. Kailash and the start of the mountain turn. In Darchen, you can ask a mountain carrier or rent a yak, not only to share the weight of supplies but also to give some advice in the process of mountain transfer. But I didn't pay for it and began my trek.

Starting from the small town, I saw many pilgrims. My guide told me one circle around Mt. Kailash can wash away the sins of a lifetime, and ten circles can avoid the suffering of hell in Tibetan Buddhism. Here is the correct posture of Mount Kora: hands raised over the head, folding respectively in the chest and the waist, kneeling to the ground, kowtow forehead touched the ground, hands on the forehead again, standing up and walking three steps, once again on the ground to kneel. The whole process is a cycle of three steps and one kneel.

Walking to the vicinity of Qugu Temple, I encountered many wild fat marmots along the way, and various wild small animals. Stopped at a post office and had lunch. Continued uphill for 3km, there were many tents and inns built intensively here. I stopped and stayed overnight at Dirapuk Monastery(Camping point 5,210 on the above map). Dirapuk Monastery is the best place to see the back of the sacred mountain. I saw Mani stones, prayer flags, sunrise in the morning and the starry sky at night here. Just pay attention, there's a big difference in temperature between day and night, and it's possible to meet snowstorms at night. This is the first day of trekking, and I walked 15 km, about 9 hours.

After starting from Dirapuk, I climbed over four passes, including the highest Droma La pass at an altitude of 5,630m. This 6km section is the most difficult part of the whole journey, and the altitude continues to rise, which is a great challenge for physical strength. When I arrived at the Mani pile in the Droma La pass, I saw the colorful prayer flags flying in the wind all over the mountains, which made me feel excited. This is the highest point of the whole journey, and Mt. Kailash is not far to the west. At last, I arrived in Zutulpuk Monastery and stayed overnight there. That day, I trekked 22km, about 12 hours.

The last day l trekked 9km to complete the kora then drove from Darchen to Lake Mansarovar, which is the top holy lake in Tibet. It’s 40km to the southwest of Darchen. I walked along the shore of the lake for a while. The lake is blue, like a mirror, reflecting the blue sky and white clouds, and the snow-capped mountains in the distance.

What impressed me most about this trip to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar was the devout belief of the local Tibetans in Buddhism. They believe in Buddha, so they do things honorably, do good to others, and at the same time cleanse my soul.

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