Mount Kailash – Sacred Peak
Grade: demanding (because of altitude)
Duration: 22 days Land only
Trekking Days: 3
Maximum Altitude: 5,636m
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Mount Kailash is a sacred peak for Tibetans, a pilgrimage site for many Buddhists and Hindus who walk around the mountain in a clockwise direction. The 53km circuit of the mountain takes 3 days with the crossing of the 5636m Drolma La Pass, and is timed to fit in with the climax of the Saga Dawa festival, which attracts pilgrims of many faiths. From our acclimatization and sight-seeing time in Lhasa, we journey overland across the Tibetan Plateau in landcruisers, taking in Shigatse, the Tashilhunpo Monastery, Gyantse Fort and the Kumbum Chorten and Lake Manasrovar, the most revered of Tibet’s lakes which, at 4556m above sea level, is one of the highest fresh-water lakes in the world. Pilgrims who bathe here and drink its waters believe they will be cleansed from all sins. Our encounters with pilgrims, coupled with the breathtaking views of the mountain and its glaciers, make for an awe-inspiring experience.