In the cosmology and origin myths of four religions -- Tibetan Yongdrong Bon, Buddhism, Hinduism and Janism, this magnificent mountain, a soaring black rock mass forever covered by snow and ice, is of supreme importance. Therefore it’s the
most sacred and venerated pilgrimage destination by billions of people in Asia.
For Tibetans, Kang Rinpoche, the most precious holy mountain of Kang Desi range is where the Yongdrong Bon faith originated, and center to the ancient Zhangzhung civilization of western Tibet.
In Hinduism it’s believed that Mt Kailash is the center of the world and home of Lord Shiva. The nearby Manosaravar Lake, the lake of Consciousness and Enlightenment, the divine consort of Mt Kailash is only about 20 km in distance.
Located in the far west region of Ngari (Chin: Ali), the journey to reach the mountain is not easy. From Lhasa to Darchen, the starting point of the mountain trek, takes three full days of driving. Even if you took a flight from Lhasa to Ngari first, it would still take one full day to to reach the vicinity of the mountain. But all the discomforts from long-hour driving, cold weather and headaches from the high attitude will be so worthy in the minute when you are at its presence-- that mass solemnly stands against the crystal blue September sky.
With our experienced guide, you’ll be able to carefully cross the outskirt of glacier, reach its foot, and touch the divine mountain.
A group of Hindu devoters doing fire offering puja at the Manosaravar Lake