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Mount Kailash - Tibet's Sacred Mountain

EXPLORE LHASA, TIBETíS FASCINATING CAPITAL
CROSS THE VAST TIBETAN PLATEAU WITH VIEWS OF MT. EVEREST
JOIN TIBETAN PILGRIMS AS THEY CIRCLE MT. KAILASH, TIBETíS MOST SACRED MOUNTAIN
SPRING DEPARTURE VISITS THE SAGA DAWA FESTIVAL
PORTABLE ALTITUDE CHAMBER CARRIED FOR ADDED SAFETY
 


Mount Kailash

Buddhist Chortens and Mt. Kailash
For centuries snow-capped Mt. Kailash, the source of four of Asia's greatest rivers, has been revered by Hindus and Buddhists as one of the most sacred pilgrimage destinations in Asia. This lone conical summit rises a magnificent 6714 metres above its neighbouring peaks and its southern "sapphire" face is truly stunning.

Our adventurous journey begins with an amazing flight over the Himalaya to Lhasa where we spend several days acclimatising and visiting the great monasteries, temples and palaces including the Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple.

We also visit the holy Namtso Lake to the north of Lhasa. In Tibetan, Namtso means 'Heavenly Lake.' It is considered one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Namtso is famous for its high altitude, 4570 metres (15,500 ft.), vast area of 1961 square kilometres (about 757 square miles) and beautiful scenery. Namtso Lake is the biggest lake throughout Tibet and is the highest altitude saltwater lake in the world. The water here is a storybook crystal-clear blue. Clear skies join the surface of the lake in the distance, creating an integrated, scenic vista. Besides the beautiful scenery in Namtso, it is also a famous sacred Buddhist place. Thousands of Buddhist pilgrims come from all over Tibet to make the 18-day walk around it, or shorter walks around the towering rocks at Tashidor.

We embark on our journey across the vast Tibetan Plateau, exploring several historic towns before arriving at Lake Mansarovar near Mt. Kailash. Pilgrims travel huge distances to Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, many circling the mountain by completing full body prostrations along the ground, a slow journey that can take two weeks. We take 5 days to complete the circuit of Mt. Kailash, an experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Our spring departure is planned to coincide with the most important festival in Tibet, the Saga Dawa festival, held on the May/June full moon when many thousands of pilgrims from throughout Tibet gather to pay homage to the mountain.

Returning overland we drive across the wide-open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau. From Zhangmu on the Nepalese border we descend through the lush forests of Nepal to Kathmandu. This is truly the trip of a lifetime with its remote trekking, stunning scenery and cultural highlights.



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