Mount Kailash Trek, Kora around the Mt. Kailash, Mt. Kailash Parikrama, Кора вокруг горы Кайлаш, Парикрама вокруг горы Кайлаш, Kora, Cora, Кора, Треккинг вокруг Кайлаша
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Asia, China: (Tibet Autonomous Region)
5 630m / 18 471 ft
1 000m / 3 281 ft
56km / 35 miles
01 Apr-31 Oct;
Cellular Network: Yes (Accomodation)
Mobile Internet: Yes (You can buy local sim-card (with passport and colored foto) and get the access to Internet all along the trek.)
Usually this route takes three days (with good whether and middle speed), but one can make it faster (even for one day with proper training) or in more leisurely way. Most people walk around Mt. Kailash clockwise, but some walk in opposite direction. You can walk all the way, carrying your stuff, or you can ease wour walk in several ways. For example drive to the start of kora itself and from the end to Darchen (this will save about 10 km). You can ride a horse and hire yaks to carry your luggage. On the route you can spend nights in tent or in guesthouses or monasteries. Service in those last is very simple (as well as in Darchen). If you stay in tent you have to pay for your guide's place in a guesthouse anyway. In some periods of the season all beds in guesthouses can be booked. There are tents with food and beverage (including still water) for sale in several places along the route. You can also drink boiled or purified water from the rivers. It's important to understand, that Mt. Kailash is a sacred place for several religions. So on the route and in the places of overnight staying you can meet a lot of pilgrims performing their rituals.
|Base Camp Elevation:||4 675 m / 15 338 ft|
|Summit Camp Elevation:||Please update|
|Accommodation in Base Camp:||Both - huts and tents|
|Accommodation above Base Camp:||Huts only|
|Number of Camps:||2|
|Avg. Cost:||2 000 USD|
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4 675 m / 15 338 tf
|This small village in Barkha valley is the starting and the ending point of this route.|
First crain on the route
4 770 m / 15 650 tf
|The cairn is bedecked with prayer flags and marks the first views of Mt Kailash’s southern face.|
4 730 m / 15 518 tf
|This is a place, where the road enters the valley of Lha-chu river, crossing the ridge from the southern to the western side of Mt. Kailash. Here are a lot of prayer flags. In this spot the festival Saga Dawa takes place (on the 15th of April).|
4 850 m / 15 912 tf
|Monastery in the Lha-chu valley, on it's west side, abobe the road (100 m). A few nomad tents may be set up on the other side of the river from the monastery, with food and water for sale.|
5 100 m / 16 732 tf
|Monastery on the right bank of the river Lha-chu, on the nothern side of Mt. Kailash. The first overnight is usually in this area.|
5 330 m / 17 487 tf
|A rocky expanse where pilgrims leave their ald cloths.|
Drolma La Pass
5 630 m / 18 471 tf
|This pass is the highest point of the route and leads from the western to the eastern valley around Mt. Kailash. The saddle is vast and rocky.|
Gauri Kund Lake
5 570 m / 18 274 tf
|Small lake near the saddle on the east side of the Drolma La Pass|
4 790 m / 15 715 tf
|Monastery in the valley of the river Lham-chu Khir on the eastern side of Mt. Kailash. The second overnight is usually in this area.|
In 1985 legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner was awarded a permit to climb Mt. Kailash, that is considered sacred to several religions: Ayyavazhi branch of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and the ancient Bon religion of Tibet. Messner decided not to deconsecrate the summit, which has never been attained by human beings. Later, in 2001 a Spanish team planned to climb it and managed to get permission from the Chinese authorities. They intended to "broadcast a message of peace" from the summit and draw attention to environmental degradation. However, strong public disapproval and protest showed them, that it wasn't a good idea. Doug Scott, a British climber and the president of the Alpine Club, said. "Once the sanctity is destroyed, it'll be gone forever". Reinhold Messner agreed. "If we conquer this mountain, then we conquer something in people's souls," he said. "I would suggest they go and climb something a little harder. Kailas is not so high and not so hard." Officially Kailash hasn't been scaled till now, even though tourism here is growing significantly.
Walking around Mt. Kailash is a sacred ritual for followers of different religions. They believe that it gives purification of all sins. According to Hindus, the perfect pyramid of the 22,028-foot peak is where the god Shiva sits in meditation. The mountain is also a holy place to Buddhists, Jains, the Ayyavazhi branch of Hinduism, and the ancient Bon religion of Tibet. It is perhaps the oldest continually visited religious site of pilgrimage in the world.
The Kailash kora usually begins on the western edge of Darchen. Only 4km from Darchen the trail climbs up over the southwest end of a east–west ridge to reach a cairn at 4730m. The cairn is bedecked with prayer flags and marks the first views of Mt Kailash’s southern. Very quickly the trail bends round to the north and enters the barren Lha-chu Valley. From here on, the narrow Lha-chu River provides a steady supply of water all the way to Dira-puk Monastery. After passing a series of ruined chörtens and a number of long mani (prayer) walls, the trail reaches a small bridge across the Lha-chu at 4710m. The bridge is about three hours’ walk from Darchen and is directly below Chuku Monastery perched high above the valley floor on the hillside to the west. During the pilgrim season, a few nomad tents may be set up on the other side of the river from the monastery, with food (instant noodles and snacks) and water for sale. From the Chuku bridge there are alternative trails along the east and west banks of the river. The trail along the eastern bank is the regular pilgrim route, but on the western trail there are some fine grassy camp sites at Damding Donkhang (4890m). Either way it’s about three hours to Dira-puk Monastery, where is another bridge. From this point you can see the northern side of Mt. Kailash and can walk towards the mount up to the Kangkyam Glacier.
From Dirapuk Monastery the trail goes on the east bank of the river and in two hours reaches a rocky expanse of Shivatsal (5330m). There's plenty of stone cairns draped with items of clothing. About 30 minutes from Shivatsal the trail turns eastward for the completion of the ascent to the highest point of this route - 5630m Drolma La Pass. There's Gauri Kund Lake right under the pass on its east side. Descent from Domla La Pass to the grassy banks of the Lham-chu Khir is long and very steep and takes approximately an hour. In the valley there are two routes that follow both sides of the river. The eastern-bank trail presents better views and there’s less marshy ground but it requires crossing the river by boulder hopping. About three hours on, grassy fields appear alongside the river affording those with tents endless spots to set up camp. An hour or so from the start of the camping fields is the Zutulpuk Monastery (4790m).
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