Mt. Kailash Expedition, September 2017. A 3-week journey across the Tibetan Plateau, beginning and ending in Kathmandu, Nepal. Three days walking along the Mt. Kailash Kora (outer ring 5,200-5,600m), and purification in Lake Manasarovar (4,500m). Final days at the base of Mt. Everest on the Tibetan side. Guided by Roger Pfister from Snow Jewel. Accompanied by Patrick Creelman.
Kailash is a sacred mountain at the intersection of four major regional religions; Buddhism (Tibetan), Bon, Jainism and Hinduism. For Hindus, it is the home of the mountain god Shiva; for Buddhists, the navel of the universe; and for adherents of Bon, the abode of the Sky Goddess. The area is close to the source of the Indus Rives, the Brahmaputra and the Ghaghara (a tributary of the Ganges). The ancient 52km path making an outer ring around the base of the mountain, has been a sacred pilgrimage performed for thousands of years. The meditative journey is taken on foot, often with the aid of Yaks to carry supplies, or by performing prostrations around the entire route.