Kailash — trekking on the Path of the Enlightened

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They say that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step — a wonderful expression that holds a special relevance to this trek. On this adventure, you'll trek around Mount Kailash, and even though you won't cover one thousand miles, it's still considered to be one of the hardest pilgrimages in the world. Consistently hiking at an elevation of around 16,000 feet (5,000 meters), you'll need true endurance and sense of self to push through. And whether or not you consider yourself a spiritual person, this one's going to take a little faith. The three-day circuit around the holy mountain, whose peak may not be climbed, is called a 'Kora'. As part of the religious tradition, not only Tibetans, Hindus and Buddhists circle the mountain, but also intrepid travelers who want to visit the Kailash and the nearby holy lake Manasarovar.

The Kailash Kora starts in the village of Darchen. Once you leave civilization behind, an endless landscape of green valleys, snowy peaks and deep blue lakes opens up, all centered around the beautiful Kailash peak. As you go, simple tea houses, monasteries and campsites will provide you shelter — so you can concentrate on the walk.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    12.2 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,625 ft
    425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the first day it goes from Darchen on the so-called Outer Circle up to the Driraphuk monastery at 5080 meters. On the way you will pass the Prayer Square, where the famous bipod pagoda stands. Later in place Traboche and the Chuku Temple.Overnight stay at the campsite below the Driraphuk monastery. In Darchen many carriers offer their services with their animals. Since it can get really cold at this altitude, you also need a lot of equipment. Of course there are also guided tours around the mountain, where you almost all-inclusive put everything and worn.

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  • Difficult
    11.4 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,900 ft
    2,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The second day will take you to the highest point of the Kora, the Dolma-La Pass. Thousands of prayer flags mark this point at 5,648 meters. If you do not get much further on this day, you will find a campsite just after the pass to rest and spend the night.If you have any strength left, follow the path to Dzultjripuk Monastery. Nearby is also the campsite for the night.

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  • Intermediate
    6.21 mi
    1.9 mph
    100 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the third day, it goes slowly downhill, back to the starting point to Darchen. Along the way, you will meet again and again the people from the region who make this experience so original and unique. The "horsemen" on their robust ponies, who are their main means of transport. The many yaks, sanctified and often adorned by the Tibetans. Many faithful pilgrims who overcome this mountain and the height with much simpler means and clothing than you would ever think possible.Mount Kailash is truly unique in all its glory. After this tour, you will be able to empathize with the locals for their worship of the mountain.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    29.8 mi
  • Duration
    16:00 h
  • Elevation
    3,625 ft

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