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Mount Kailash

Neighboring Manasarovar Lake in Ngari, Mount Kailash is publicly regarded as the sacred mountain by four religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon. It is a peak in the Kailas Range, near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia, such as Brahmaputra River, Ganges River, Indus River, etc.

The lofty Mount Kailash, with an olive-like cloudy summit rushing into the very heavens, features a famous giant symbol in the southern side - a Buddhist grid shaped by vertical huge ice tank and horizontal rock formation, which indicates the spiritual power and perpetuation in Buddhism. Mount Kailash is topped with snow all the year round with a dynamic scene in the sunshine. It is considered to be a lucky thing to catch a glimpse of the peak which is frequently covered by cloud.

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The huge symbol of Buddhist Gird on Mount Kailash Herds of Yaks at the foot of holy mountain


Each year, thousands of Tibetans make a pilgrimage to Kailash, which is a tradition with a long history. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. The pilgrimage is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists. Followers of the Jain and Bonpo religions circumambulate the mountain in a counterclockwise direction. The path around Mount Kailash is 52km long. You can follow the pilgrims to experience this holy ritual and learn about how significant Mount Kailash is to Tibetan.

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