Kailash, abode of Lord Shiva, is a holy mountain. The mountain premise, Mansarovar, is equally considered holy, therefore, thousands of devotees make a pilgrimage to Mansarovar region every year. They believe that walking 52 km (32 miles) Kailash trail on foot brings good fortune.
The peregrination is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists. Followers of the Jain and Bönpo religions circumambulate the mountain in a counterclockwise direction.
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Mt. Kailash (Tibetan: Kang Rinpoche), 6,638 m (21,778′) Alpine PD+ is a peak in Kailash range, a part of Trans-Himalaya in Tibet. It is major source of some of the longest rivers in South Asia; Indus River, Sutlej River (a tributary of Indus), Brahmaputra River and Karnali (a tributary of Ganges). Considered holier by the followers of the 4 different religions; Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon and Jainism, throngs of pilgrims dream of making it to Mansarovar once in their lifetime.
“The majestic peak of Kailash has never been conquered by a man,” said that; many explorers did consider climbing the peak but eventually ran out of time. Climbing the peak is currently prohibited by the Chinese government.
Only a man entirely free of sin could climb Kailas. And he wouldn’t have to actually scale the sheer walls of ice to do it – he’d just turn himself into a bird and fly to the summit.
Reinhold Messner was once offered a chance to summit the peak by the Chinese government, however he declined it on a religious-sentiment ground.
Lake Mansarovar is a fresh water lake located in western Tibet. It is relatively round in Shape, with the depth of 90 m.
The word ‘Mansarovar’ came from Sanskrit words “Manas” meaning mind and “Sarovara” meaning lake, as it is believed to be a creation of Brahma’s vision. It is equally considered holy by the pilgrims, and those making to Kailash consider circumambating the lake as well.
Every religions holds its own theory on the creation of the lake and its religious significance.
Lake Rakshastal is a lake located in western Tibet and in close proximity to Lake Mansarovar. Despite being a part of great Mansarovar lakes, it doesn’t share similar religious accord as Lake Mansarovar. “Rakshastal” in Sanskrit means “lake of the Demon.”
The region has great religious and mythological importance. Different religions have their own theory on the creation of the mountains, lakes and religious significance, however the most popular one is of Hindus. According to Hindu legend, Lake Mansarovar was created by Lord Brahma (Hindu-Trinity) and Lake Rakshastal was a sole creation of Ravana (Demon-God) –used for severe penance to please Lord Shiva and gain superpowers.
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Summer (May-August) is pleasant with moderate climate in western Tibet, with average temperature of around 15°C. Monsoon (September-November) is accompanied with little rain falls and average temperature of around 10°C.
Winters (December-April) can be harshest and coldest in the entire region. Accompanied by occasional snow falls, the temperature can reach around 5°C, sometimes even minimum of -15°C. The best season to visit Mansarovar is during Summer/Monsoon.
Apart from the Entry Permit for Tibet, which is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, the visitors need other 3 permits; Alien’s Travel Permit, Foreign Affairs Permit and Military Area Entry Permission, which are issued by different part of government. To ease of the hassle, local outdoor agencies can help process permits and visas on behalf of the tourists.