Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage draws thousands
Mount Kailash Pilgrimage Kora-ritual circuit

Each year thousands of religious pilgrims and travelers descend on Mt. Kailash to make the ritualistic trek around its base. Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS (www.tibetctrip.com) discusses what’s in store for travelers who make the trip.

The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra brings thousands to Tibet each year; so far, this year has been no exception! Religious pilgrims and travelers alike descend on the holy Mt. Kailash, making the ritualistic trek around its base to purify their souls and take in dramatic Tibetan landscapes. For Hindus, Tibetan Buddhists, Jain, and Bon this is a sacred place; Kailash is to people of these faiths as Jerusalem is to Christians and Jews. Regardless of faith, all travelers are welcomed on this special journey of natural beauty and cultural discovery!

Tibet Ctrip Travel Service-TCTS (www.tibetctrip.com) has been taking travelers on professionally guided Kailash tours for over ten years. According to Tibet Ctrip, a visit to Mt. Kailash provides an excellent opportunity to encounter people of all faiths and learn about the significance of the holy mountain from their perspective. Along the way to and from Kailash, travel group’s native Tibetan guide will introduce them to Tibetan culture and history as they visit places like Potala Palace, Tashilhunpo Monastery, and Lake Manasarovar.

Travelers won’t need to worry about bringing things like tents, sleeping, bags and cooking equipment; on the trekking portion of the tour, nowadays there are dorm bed lodging available during the 3 days trek around Mt Kailash. You can hire yaks, horses or porter at Darchen, the starting point of the trek to carry luggage for you. The Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage trek takes about three days to complete. Tibetans leave behind a lock of hair or stone to symbolize leaving behind their anger, fear, and prejudice. Travelers may do the same. However, please don’t leave behind anything that may harm the fragile environment!

The unique blend of opportunities to enjoy dramatic landscapes and encounter people of a variety of cultural backgrounds is the draw for the thousands of travelers who come to Kailash every year. Tibet Ctrip employs native Tibetan guides who are passionate about sharing where they come from, helping travelers gain the most authentic perspective possible. Travelers are encouraged to start planning and book their tour now!

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