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Mount Kailash Mystery

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.

Geographical measurements of Mount Kailash Geographical measurements of Mount Kailash

Geographical measurements 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.

How Mount Kailash geography supports the Mount Kailash mythology

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.

The good and evil lakes next to Mount Kailash The good and evil lakes next to Mount Kailash

The good and evil lakes next to Mount Kailash

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.

What the Mount Kailash lakes represent

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.

The good and evil lakes next to Mount Kailash

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.

Unconquered peak of Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash has never been climbed, although there have been several attempts. The old legends still claim that one person has conquered the mountain.

The Mount Kailash myth of the man who climbed to the peak

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.

Unconquered peak of Mount Kailash

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.

Unconquered peak of Mount Kailash

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.

Unconquered peak of Mount Kailash

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.

Shambhala Myth

Shambhala Myth

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.

The continued myth of Shambhala and Agatha

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.

Hitler\'s Nazi-Germany and Mount Kailash

Hitler's Nazi-Germany and Mount Kailash

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.

Rapid aging near Mount Kailash

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.

A mountain made of precious metals

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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user portrait Mr. St*** from: Kailash Circuit ( 18 Days )

ello, we are willing to organized a tour of Kailash from Lhassa for a group of 4 persons (3 french and 1 from Kazakstan) around end of august. Could you provide a private tour for 4 persons ? and for what price ?

Thank you very much


Answered by Helen

Dear St***, 

Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. I do not know if your friend who hold Kazakstan can apply China visa, as it is quite strict for them to get China visa, and almost the embassy would turn them down. So please tell your friend about it. No offence, and we had Kazakstan clients before but failed to get China visa so cannot come to join in the tour. If there are 3 or 4 of you, and I just wonder whether it will be OK for you to join in a group tour, and we have the group tour on 12th Sept, which I can provide you some discount if all of you would like to join in, and also our group size is 4 to 12 people, so not large group.  I will provide you the private tour quote too with 3 people and 4 people and also you can start it in Aug or Sept any time you want. And 30th Aug. will be Tibet Shoton festival which will last about 1 week in Lhasa, and the highlight will be the first day in Drepung Monastry for Thangka Buddha Show there. Best regards.

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user portrait Ms. jo*** from: 10 Days Tibet Mt. Everest Base Camp plus Namtso Lake Group Tour


I am interested in your 10D Tibet Mt. Everest Base Camp plus Namtso Lake Group Tour for the departure date on 20 May. However I may likely book the flight arriving Lhasa on 17 May. is it possible to arrange the Tibet tour permit from 17 May before start of tour?

as my flight will be arriving at around 6pm after the free airport pick up time, can I take the airport shuttle bus by myself to my accommodation without a guide? how do I arrange pick up from my own-arranged hotel to the hotel booked by this tour on day 1 of itinerary?

also I am booking for one pax only and will like to share room. currently only one pax has booked. may I know if there is a minimum group size for the tour to be confirmed? or will it be last minute cancelled if the tour booking does not meet the minimum pax requirement.?

Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. jo***,

Thanks very much for your inquiry, and we currently have one departure date on 20th of May, you are quite welcome to join us! I was wondering whether you could fly to Lhasa on 20th or not. Well, you can also arrive in Lhasa on 17th, but there is extra fee. When you arrive in Lhasa at 6pm of 17th, you'll miss our free pick up on 20th, please note that you can't take bus or taxi from airport to hotel by yourself, because when you enter Lhasa, you must be escorted with a guide according to the policy (there will be policeman check-point on the way from airport to downtown), so the guide will pick you up at the airport and help you pass the check-point, and there is extra pick up fee. There is one tourist who has booked this tour, but he will stay in a single room. We will try our best to find a roommate for you, but if we fail, I was wondering whether you mind staying in guesthouse (dorm-bed, public bathroom, with breakfast), which can avoid single room supplement fee for you. The minimum group size is two persons, now there is one tourist has booked this tour, if you book this tour, there are two persons together, we won't cancel it. I will send detailed itinerary to you by email, please check it. Warm regards.

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user portrait Mr. Ro*** from: Mount Kailash Tour Cost

Hi ,

Can I get information to do the Inner Kora Darshan of Mount Kailash. I am planning to start my tour from Lhasa. Appreciate if you could provide details//// Tour Operators . Please note I will flying from Canada to Lhasa and I do have a mutiple Chinese Visa.

Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. Ro***, 

Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Normally people are not allowed to take the Inner Kora unless they finish the 13 circles outside kora, so at present we never managed it successful for the inner Kora tour there. And we only have the 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp tour available every month from April to Oct. Please kindly let me know when you would like to do this tour? So I can recommend you the proper date. Your visa will be No problem for us to apply Tibet permit. I will send you more details by email. Best regards.

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