Kailash is the heaven in the tree realms of oriental existence. The famous holy mountain Kailash and Lakes Manasarovar. Being in the Trans-Himalayas, this mandala is not only important for theists, but is also beautiful scenery for atheists. The elevation of Mt. Kailash is 6714m.
Kailash and Manasarovar region of west Tibet; perhaps the most remote place on earth and is populated by Tibetan Nomad. Most nomad do not have a house; they wander endlessly across the Tibetan plateau, living in yak hair tents. Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar and Tirthapuri are holiest pilgrimage sites in west Tibet. Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly journeyed immense distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves of sin, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather.
Manasarovar Lake, Precious Lake sits in the basin of the Barkha plain, between Mount Kailash and Gurla Mandata, at an elevation of 4550m with a circumference of 55 miles (88 km) and as deep as 70m. The Lake is seen as an eight-petal lotus or as a mandala square, with four doors to the cardinal directions. On its eastern shore those who have the ‘wisdom eye’, can see the Rose Apple tree (Jambu Briksha), the tree of life of Jambu Dipa, and the southern continent of Buddhist and Hindu cosmology.
Lord Buddha blesses this Lake. The queen of the Nagas (serpents) caused 501 lotus flowers to bloom on the lake, and Lord Buddha sat in the center with his disciples upon the surrounding flowers, while the Lord taught the Nagas Buddhist doctrines. It is believed the queen of serpents increases the rivers, the flowers, fruits, medicinal herbs and all the forests of the world. In this way holy Lake Manasarovar provides prosperity to all human civilizations.
There are eight Gompas around Manasarovar Lake according to Tibetan Buddhism. Every Gompa is constructed in the form of a mandala. There are all together eight Gompas around the lake. Four of them represent the continents and the other four their sub-continents. They are of different Buddhist sects. Among the monastery sites, ‘Thrugo’ on the southern shore, is considered the holiest site for bathing.
Raksas Tal (Lanka Tsho) is the demon lake, a black lake of poison in the shape of a hide-conch made of human skin. It is the abode of the mountain God, Gonpo Peng, the great guardian of Tantrism. This is also believed to be the Dravinan king, Ravana, who is described as Raksas (devil) in Hindu mythology. He is also known as a serious devotee of Lord Shiva. Being of Dravidian black stock, Gonpo Peng is also known in Sanskrit, as ‘Mahakala’ (the great black). That is why Raksas Tal is not important to most pilgrims. But, for the Buddhist Tantric and black shamans, this lake is the source of generating their fiercely power or power of exorcism. Therefore, for the lay people, this lake is just a place for negative forces. Whatever its spiritual meanings might be, in fact, Lake Raksas Tal provides an important water source for the rivers that generate from the Kailash Manasarovar region.
A river called Ganga Chhu links Manasarovar (Wisdom Lake) to Langka Tsho (Power Lake) in a zigzag channel. Its water level fluctuates from season to season, and year to year. It’s believed that the fluctuation of the flow of water depends on the favor of the serpent queen.
Best Season: Summer months between April to October is an ideal time for Mount Kailash Journey. The weather is pleasant with a moderate climate, with average temperature of around -7 to 22°C. Plus, summer is also perfect for all outdoor activities.
Trip Types: This trip can be done both camping and Lodges trip. But Simikot to Hilsa route there are no Lodges. Trips are organized in camping base only. Those adventures and small group who want budget trip, we can provide basic homestay trip with local food in Simikot to Hilsa route.
Shambhala Holidays organize trips to holy Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar every year via Simikot – Limi route, Kyirong – Kailash Route and Lhasa – Kailash route.