Mt. Kailash - the most sacred mountain in the Tibetan Buddhist world is considered to be the centre of the universe. Uncannily symmetrical, this remote and remarkable peak is located in the far west of Tibet. For many it is a primordial image of a stupa/ choerten, crowned with a glacier and a perfect cone of pure snow. Mt. Kailash has arguably, the unique distinction of being the world's most venerated holy mountain while at the same time being the least visited. Being the sacred mountain of four different religions and over one billion people. Kailash is seen by no more than several thousand pilgrims every year.
The cosmologies and origin myths of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism refer to Kailash as the mythical Mt. Meru, the Axis Mundi, the centre and birthplace of the entire universe. The mountain was already legendary before the great Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata were written. Mt. Kailash is so deeply embedded in the myths of ancient Asia that for many it is the location of the strongest cosmic power. Geologically Mt. Kailash was formed around 50 million years ago, whereas the Himalayas are considered to have evolved 10 million years ago.
In Sanskrit Kailas means luminous crystal. Hindus believe Mt.Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva. According to legend, the immortal Shiva is enthroned on the top of Kailash and the mountain is regarded as the location of exceptionally powerful transformation. Therefore a Hindu making the pilgrimage to Kailash and having a darshan (divine view) of Shiva's abode is to attain release from the clutches of ignorance and delusion. Kailash is also sacred to the Jains, they call a hill near the Kailash formation Astapada, and that is the place where Rishaba, the first of the twenty-four Tirthankaras attained liberation. Followers of Bon, the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet, call the mountain Tise and believe it to be the seat of the Sky Goddess Sipaimen.
Day 1: Drive Kathmandu/ Nyalam (3750 m). Overnight Guest house.
Day 2: Rest at Nyalam.
Day 3: Nyalam/ Saga (4600 m) camp.
Day 4: Saga/ Paryang (4550 m) camp.
Day 5: Paryang/ Chiu Gomba (4550 m) camp.
Day 6: Chiu Gomba/ Gosul Gomba (4540 m).
Day 7: Gosul Gomba/ Darchen (4520 m) camp.
Day 8: Darchen/ Dera Phuk Gomba (4860 m) camp - A three day trek around Mt. Kailash.
Day 9: Dera Phuk Gomba/ Zutul Phuk Gomba (4760 m) camp.
Day 10: Zutul Phuk Gomba/ Horaa (4500 m) camp.
Day 11: Horaa/ Paryang camp.
Day 12: Paryang/ Saga camp.
Day 13: Saga/ Nyalam. Overnight Guest house.
Day 14: Nyalam/ Zhang-Mu/ Kathmandu.
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