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Kailash 冈仁波齐 Travel Guide

Kailash Overview

Mount Kailash is considered holy by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains and in the past has been referred to as “the centre of the world.” A look at the map will tell you why as within a 30 mile radius of the mountain are the sources of the mighty rivers Indus (north called “Sindhu” in India), Sutlej (in west), Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsang-po in east), and Karnali (largest tributary to the Ganges in south). The journey to this mountain is as much of a highlight as the destination itself – scenic, spiritual and one of the ultimate Tibet adventures. Mount Kailash is an adventurous week long side trip off the Lhasa to Kathmandu route.

Best Months to Visit Kailash

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Best Reason to Visit Kailash

The blend of overland adventure, scenery and remoteness make this a superb destination for those with the time and who don’t mind a little roughing it!

Top Attractions in Kailash

The Mountain itself is the reason for the week plus journey to get here. Kailash is a beautiful mountain but the added and significant spiritual dimension and often large scale presence of pilgrims make this a very special place to visit. You are likely to do just one circumnavigation of the mountain over a leisurely 2 days but many pilgrims will do the prescribed 108 circuits. The journey to and from Kailash is an unforgettable high altitude adventure with the nomadic grasslands, wild rivers and the beautiful Lake Manasarovar all highlights along the road.

Weather Averages for Kailash

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Our Top Kailash Travel Tip

Not often visited by tourists and all the better for it. An overland adventure to Mount Kailash is an unforgettable and spiritual experience.

Kailash Accommodation

Accommodation is very basic in this area consisting of small, locally run guesthouses for the most part – camping is also an option.

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By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.

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