The Mount Kailash is considered to be the center of the world by the followers of Hinduism, Jainism, Bon and Tibetan Buddhism. Every year, countless followers of these 4 religions would go to Tibet for a Mount Kailash Trek. Most followers would also do some religious worship during a Mount Kailash Kora.
Most international tourists are not followers of any one of the 4 religions, but the charming mountain scenery and sacred local culture make Kailash also appealing to them. Our local insightful tour guide will make the kora even more attractive with the unknown history and story about the Kailash. Besides, tourists would be shocked by those devout followers during the kora.
Mount Kailash Trekking, aka Mount Kailash Kora, is a must-do activity for the believers of Tibetan Buddhism, Bon, Jainism and Hinduism. They believe it would be a great honor to die at the foot of the mountain. Tourists, who are not believers of these 4 religions, could admire the mountain view and see how the believers do religious worship during the trekking.
Local people believe it is a good omen to see the top of Mount Kailash covered by beautiful sunshine. If you are fortunate enough to see this scenery, why not stop to make a wish?
Followers of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon and Jainism consider Mount Kailash the center of the world. In order to worship the center of the world, they are keen to take a Mount Kailash trekking (kora).
Mount Kailash is the headstream of many long rivers and lakes, such as Manasarovar Lake and Lhanag-tso Lake, Indus River, Sengge River, Jamuna River and Karnali River. The four religions were created in the valleys of these lakes or rivers, so it was easy to make the followers of these four religions believe Mount Kailash is the center of the world.
They believe trekking around the Mount Kailash could wash away their sins. They also believe if they take the 52-kilometer-long (32 miles) trekking for 10 times, they would not be thrown into hell after death. If they take it for 100 times, they would rise to heaven after death. Some followers even think the they should only take one day to finish trekking, which normally needs three days. This means they have to walk very fast for 15 hours. It is extremely dangerous to do it in an area, where the altitude is over 5200 meters and where there are aggressive animals.
Normally it costs around 280 CNY to hire a porter to carry one suitcase for one day during a Mount Kailash trek. For example, if you have two suitcases, you would pay 560 CNY to the porters for one day. It takes 3 days to finish the trek, so you would have to pay 1680 CNY to them. During peak season (May 1st to October 31st), the price may go up 300 CNY per suitcase per day.
Most tourists need to hire a porter for the trek. In order to avoid inconvenience, please let us know if you also want to hire a porter before you enter Tibet.
No, it might be a big problem for kids, who are under 12, to take a Mount Kailash trek, because they are not fully grown yet, so generally speaking, they are not so strong as adults. It could be fatal if they have altitude sickness during the trek, which is 52 kilometers long and usually takes 3 days. Especially for the second day of the trek, tourists have to trek on mountain road, where can’t be reached by car, so it would be extremely dangerous if a kid’s symptom of altitude sickness become more serious in the second day. An adult would be more likely to overcome it than a kid.
However, it is ok for kids to visit those areas where there is lower altitude, such as Lhasa, Shigatse and Nyingchi.
Yes. Mount Kailash, is the most sacred mountain, but not the highest mountain in Tibet. Although the mountain stands 6656 meters above the sea level, the trekking area’s altitude is only between 4600 meters and 5600 meters. If tourists follow our tour guide’s instruction, there should be no problem for most tourists to enjoy the trek.
It is suggested to stay in Lhasa for several days to get acclimatized to high altitude before leaving for Mount Kailash to start the trek. Some tourists would take some medicine to lessen the symptom of altitude sickness before they enter Tibet.
Normally it takes 3 days to finish the 52-kilometer-long trek. The first day’s trek, with a length of 15 kilometers, is from Darchen to Dirapuk; The second day’s trek, with a length of 24 kilometers, is from Dirapuk to Dzultripuk; And the third day’s trek, with a length of 13 kilometers, is from Dzultripuk to Darchen.
Some local Tibetan may finish the trek in one or two days, but it almost impossible for international tourists to do it. According to our customers’ feedbacks, 3 days allows them to see most attractions during the trek at a relaxing pace.
Whether to take a Mount Kailash trek depends on tourists’ health condition rather than age. If senior tourists are planning a trip to Tibet, they are suggested to ask advice from a doctor. Traveling to Ngari area, where the Mount Kailash is located, requires even better health condition than traveling to Lhasa or Nyingchi, where the altitude is relatively low.
Besides, there are less plants in Ngari area than other places in Tibet, so the oxygen content in Ngari is lower than other places. Our tour guide would prepare oxygen for tourists for emergency use. The most aged tourist for whom we have ever arranged a Mount Kailash trek, was 72 years old when he traveled to Tibet in 2016.