The mystical Mount Kailash has been surrounded by several mysteries since the ancient times. The mysteries have been spread by ancient holy texts as well as modern day travelers and scholars. Some of these are stories considering the connection between Mount Kailash and the gods, some are interesting geographical of mathematical facts of the mountain. Here are some of the most well-known mysteries of Mount Kailash.
Ancient Vedas and other holy texts mentioned that Mount Kailash is the cosmic axis, the center of the world, and the stairway to heaven. It's believed to provide a connection between the earth and heaven, between the physical world and spiritual world. The importance of the geography of Mount Kailash is that it’s thought to be the center of a worldwide system connecting other monuments and sites with paranormal activity.
Surprisingly these old myths are supported by the geographical measurements carried out in the modern times. The distance from Stonehenge to Mount Kailash is 6666 kilometers, which is also the distance from Mount Kailash to the North Pole. The distance from Mount Kailash to the South Pole is 13,332 kilometers, exactly the double of the distance to the North Pole or Stonehenge. Another interesting fact is that the four faces of Mount Kailash face the four directions of the compass.
There are two lakes close to Mount Kailash, which have been also surrounded by myths from ancient times. The lakes are called Manasarovar and Rakshas Tal and they are connected to each other by the natural channel of Ganga Chhu.
Lake Manasarovar is one of the world's highest freshwater lakes in the world and is round like the sun. Lake Rakhast Tal, however is one the world's highest salt-water lakes in the world and has the shape of a crescent moon. Lake Manasarovar has fish and life, while Lake Rakhast Tal with its saltwater is a dead lake without life.
Lake Rakshas Tal is also known as the devil's lake and these two lakes represent the solar and lunar forces, or positive and negative energies. The Rakshas Tal is constantly stormy, while Lake Manasarovar remains calm throughout any weather conditions, which only highlights the symbolism between the two lakes.
Mount Kailash has never been climbed, although there have been several attempts. The old legends still claim that one person has conquered the mountain.
According to the legend Milarepa, a champion of Tantric Buddhism, arrived in Tibet to challenge Naro Bön-chung, who was a champion of the Bön religion. The two entered a fierce superhuman battle, but they turned out to be equally powerful. Finally they decided to race each other to the top of the mountain. Milarepa's followers were shocked seeing him just sitting still and meditating as Naro soared up the slope sitting on his magic drum. Milarepa took action when Naro was already near the top, as he rode on the rays of the Sun and amazingly won the contest.
Some people in the alternative history circles speculate that Naro's magic drum and Milarepa's rays of the sun might refer to a spacecract and to some form of teleportation. According to them, these two magicians from the myth could be ancient aliens using their advanced technology, which the primitive humans could only explain by calling them Gods. This legend is also important in another way, because it's used as an explanation how Buddhism replaced the indigenous religion of Bön as the most dominant religion in Tibet.
In the modern times there have been some failed attempts to climb Mount Kailash. In 1926 Hugh Ruttledge was at the area and thought about an ascent of the northeast ridge, but he ran out of the time. Colonel R.C. Wilson had explored the area with Ruttledge and he was on the other side of the mountain with his Sherpa, who told he saw a feasible route to climb to the summit. In the end Ruttledge ran out of time as well.
In more recent times there's one attempt in 2001 by a Spanish team, who got the permission from the Chinese government to climb the peak. The Chinese decided to ban all attempts to climb the mountain after international disapproval against the Spanish attempt to conquer the peak. Reinhold Messner, who had declined the opportunity given by the Chinese government to climb in the mid-1980s, commented the Spanish plans.
He said “if we conquer this mountain, then we conquer something in people's souls. I would suggest they go and climb something a little harder. Kailash is not so high and not so hard.” So Messner understood the religious importance of the mountain and knew that some mysticism would vanish if someone actually managed to conquer the mountain.
About the unsuccessful attempts to conquer Mount Kailash, it has been said that the mountain strangely changes the target location to those who want to climb it. Mount Kailash changes the tracks position in the opposite direction and even covers tracks waylaying climbers. So climbers suddenly end up moving in the opposite direction, or as soon as the path to the climb becomes visible, weather worsens and the climbers have to come down with severe illness and several others have never returned.
The reasons of why it hasn't been climbed, although it's only 6638 meters high, are various. One of the most important ones is that there haven't been many attempts. From the 1950s until the 1980s Tibet was closed for foreigners and after that there haven't been many attempts except the Spanish team's in 2001. Currently Mount Kailash is the only mountain, which is not climbed due to religious reasons, which is one of the most important reasons why no one even tries to climb it. Also the fact that many people who could have the skills to climb the mountain, like Messner who even got the permit, which he declined, understand the religious importance of the mountain and chose not to climb it.
Many mystics have claimed that Mount Kailash has a secret entrance leading to a legendary kingdom called Shambhala. It's supposedly a land safeguarding the Kalachakra teachings. Shambhala's location is believed to be in Tibet or just north of Tibet. Himalayan explorer Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947) was one of those believing in existence of Shambhala. Many other believed in it and tried to reach Shambhala and disappeared in the search of this mythical kingdom.
Professor Muldashev has commented the Shambhala myth as well. He said that there are two underground countries, the Shambhala and Agatha, which are each part of the gene pool of humanity and civilization, coming from the Gobi, from the Himalaya and divided into two branches, which are the Shambhala and Agartha. The Shambhala being the center of power, protected by unknown forces and energy.
Mount Kailash is thought to be the mountain from where the Aryans come from. German SS Officers like Heinrich Himmler believed that Mount Kailash was the place of origin and hidden home of the Aryan master that Germans descended from. Himmler believed that by harvesting this power they could conquer the world.
The swastika, which Hitler used as a symbol for Nazi-Germany has a connection to Mount Kailash and to the religions of Asia. The native Tibetan religion Bön call Mount Kailash as”Yung-drung Gutzeg” or the 9-storey Swastika. This name comes from the fact that on the south face of Kailash a swastika can be seen. Supposedly when the sun sets at the dawn, the pyramid-shaped mountain is said to cast a shadow that looks like the symbol of swastika. The swastika is also a symbol used in Buddhism and Hinduism.
Travelers and pilgrims have reported noticing rapid aging near Mount Kailash. It has been told that only 12 hours spent near Kailash equals to two weeks in normal conditions, based on how quickly the hair and nails grow during that time. This has made the devotees question the presence of some mysterious energy surrounding Mount Kailash.
One description in the Vishnu Purana, claims that the four faces of the Mount Kailash are made of crystal, ruby, gold and lapis lazuli. According to the myth the east face is made of crystal, the south face of lapis lazuli, the west face of ruby and the north face of gold. The Buddhists have named Mount Kailash as Garu Rimpoche, meaning”precious jewel of snow”
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I want to do tour from Kathmondu, coming from USA. what do you recommand in August 2019? Thanks.
Dear Mr. Mi***,
Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet tour, and I am glad to be at your service. Please kindly let me know your nationality firstly since your tour will be involved with Kailash. If you will enter Tibet from Kathmandu, you must leave 3 working days in Kathmandu for you to apply your China visa there, and also if you would like to visit Kailash for sure, I recommend you fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa to join in a group tour as almost all the group tour start from Lhasa. I recommend you to fly to China from USA then go to Kathmandu after the tour as we can drop off you at the border so you can go Kathmandu by overland. Anyway I will send you more details by email. Best regards.
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Dear we are a couple planning to travel from Kathmandu to Lhasa on march 2020 by flight.
We eould like to know the price for the 1 day Lhasa tour
Can we stay 2 additional days without tour-guide ? what about the price of tibet visa??
Dear Mr. Ge***,
Thanks very much for your enquiry. Please kindly note that the Tibet will closed to foreign tourists in March every year, I was wondering whether you could adjust your travel time or not. Sure, we can arrange 1 day Lhasa private tour for you, the quotation is based on your travel time. Please check your email for more details. Warm regards,
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I am favouring with one of your tours including the pilgrimage around mount kailash.
What is the level of fitness required ?
I am female, 54 years old and I gues medium fit. I dont do too much sports but regularly hiking.
The timeframe for me would be mid May until Mid june.
Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet tour, and I am glad to be at your service. As we do not have group to Guge, but we do have 15days Lhasa to Kailash trekking pilgrim tour on 15th May and 10th June, both dates are available for you to join in. 10th June group tour will come cross the Saga Dawa festival in Kailash on 17th June, so if you can make it that would be great. Your age is quite young, please worry free, and most of our clients were your same age, some are more than 70 years old even did the tour quite well, and 3days pilgrim tour would be no problem. You will leave most of your luggage in hotel, and carry the necessary stuff, and also there are some tea house there providing hot water, simple food and basic shelter for sleeping, but of course please do not expect too high about it. And we will do the outer circle for the pilgrim trekking which will be 54km in total. I will send you more details to your email please check it there. Best regards.
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