Mt. Kailash
A Journey to Lhasa and Mt. Kailash

Mt. Kailash

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2006-09-13 mt. kailash

From Lhasa we drove out to Mt. Kailash in western Tibet. From Lhasa to Kailash it is about 1200KM (720 miles) most of which is covered on dirt roads.
From Lhasa we drove out to Mt. Kailash in western Tibet. From Lhasa to Kailash it is about 1200KM (720 miles) most of which is covered on dirt roads.


Getting a good meal at Tenzin\'s hotel. Shigatse, Tibet.
Getting a good meal at Tenzin's hotel. Shigatse, Tibet.


Tibetan man spinning wool while leaning against an outdoor pool table. Shigatse, Tibet.
Tibetan man spinning wool while leaning against an outdoor pool table. Shigatse, Tibet.


Everyone getting a big pile of cash for the trip out to Western Tibet. This was the last ATM for a few weeks. Shigatse, Tibet.
Everyone getting a big pile of cash for the trip out to Western Tibet. This was the last ATM for a few weeks. Shigatse, Tibet.


Wall painting in Tashi Limpo Monastery. Shigatse, Tibet.
Wall painting in Tashi Limpo Monastery. Shigatse, Tibet.


Monks walking home after prayer ceremony. Shigatse, Tibet.
Monks walking home after prayer ceremony. Shigatse, Tibet.


Two unlucky goats. Lhatse, Tibet.
Two unlucky goats. Lhatse, Tibet.


Ray chatting it up with the locals. Lhatse, Tibet.
Ray chatting it up with the locals. Lhatse, Tibet.


Small building in Tibetan temple.
Small building in Tibetan temple.


Local mass transport system. Lhatse, Tibet.
Local mass transport system. Lhatse, Tibet.


Someone else\'s Landcruiser got stuck in the mud. We tried to pull them out of the mud, but it was no use. Lhatse, Tibet.
Someone else's Landcruiser got stuck in the mud. We tried to pull them out of the mud, but it was no use. Lhatse, Tibet.


Big group meeting in the hotel. Saga, Tibet.
Big group meeting in the hotel. Saga, Tibet.


Josh the \'Space Cowboy\'. Zhongba, Tibet.
Josh the 'Space Cowboy'. Zhongba, Tibet.


Chinese construction workers where sent out here to build a new bridge. This guys said that when he came out here some months ago he had a buzz cut. Saga, Tibet.
Chinese construction workers where sent out here to build a new bridge. This guys said that when he came out here some months ago he had a buzz cut. Saga, Tibet.


Nomads and international phone service. Paryang, Tibet.
Nomads and international phone service. Paryang, Tibet.


Migmar, one of drivers. Paryang, Tibet.
Migmar, one of drivers. Paryang, Tibet.


Migmar taking our car off the road, to get around a damaged bridge. Zhongba, Tibet.
Migmar taking our car off the road, to get around a damaged bridge. Zhongba, Tibet.


Ray and Linda enjoying the ride. Zhongba, Tibet.
Ray and Linda enjoying the ride. Zhongba, Tibet.


A small local restaurant on the way out to Mt. Kailash.
A small local restaurant on the way out to Mt. Kailash.


Darchen, the small village at the base of Mt. Kailash.
Darchen, the small village at the base of Mt. Kailash.


Yak team used to carry pilgrims gear around Mt. Kailash.
Yak team used to carry pilgrims gear around Mt. Kailash.


There is no garbage collection in Darchen. Mt. Kailash. Darchen, Tibet.
There is no garbage collection in Darchen. Mt. Kailash. Darchen, Tibet.


Outdoor pool tables are rather popular in Tibet. Darchen, Tibet. Darchen, Tibet.
Outdoor pool tables are rather popular in Tibet. Darchen, Tibet. Darchen, Tibet.


Tibetan pilgrim that came to walk the 56Km (33 miles) around Mt. Kailash. Tibetans do not take much with them when they do the walk. Mt. Kailash. Darchen, Tibet.
Tibetan pilgrim that came to walk the 56Km (33 miles) around Mt. Kailash. Tibetans do not take much with them when they do the walk. Mt. Kailash. Darchen, Tibet.


Everyone setting out on the 4 days walk around Mt. Kailash. We went slowly. Darchen, Tibet.
Everyone setting out on the 4 days walk around Mt. Kailash. We went slowly. Darchen, Tibet.


Heading north on the first part of the \'kora\' around Mt. Kailash.
Heading north on the first part of the 'kora' around Mt. Kailash.


Tibetans on horseback. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Tibetans on horseback. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


This large prayer flag mast is setup every year in the spring. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
This large prayer flag mast is setup every year in the spring. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


These two young Tibetan guys carried one of our backpacks for a small fee. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
These two young Tibetan guys carried one of our backpacks for a small fee. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


This Tibetan woman ran a small tent that sold tea and noodles to passing pilgrims. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
This Tibetan woman ran a small tent that sold tea and noodles to passing pilgrims. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Nomad tent with new snow on distant hills. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Nomad tent with new snow on distant hills. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


A British man that had walked across Tibet accompanied by 2 horses. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
A British man that had walked across Tibet accompanied by 2 horses. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Ray cooking up a warm breakfast of oatmeal for everyone. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Ray cooking up a warm breakfast of oatmeal for everyone. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Drirapuk Monastery. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Drirapuk Monastery. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Kerri and Ray talking with a small monk at Drirapuk Monastery. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Kerri and Ray talking with a small monk at Drirapuk Monastery. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Stupas at Drirapuk Monastery. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Stupas at Drirapuk Monastery. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Local wildlife. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Local wildlife. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Milarepa statue in Drirapuk Monastery. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Milarepa statue in Drirapuk Monastery. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Walking up toward the north face Mt. Kailash.
Walking up toward the north face Mt. Kailash.


Approaching the glacier on the north face of Mt. Kailash.
Approaching the glacier on the north face of Mt. Kailash.


Kerri leaning against the glacier on the north face of Mt. Kailash.
Kerri leaning against the glacier on the north face of Mt. Kailash.


\'Om Mani Padme Hum\' carved into a large stone near the north face of Mt. Kailash.
'Om Mani Padme Hum' carved into a large stone near the north face of Mt. Kailash.


Tents setup for western tour groups walking around Kailash.
Tents setup for western tour groups walking around Kailash.


Ray and Karma. Karma and his friends worked as porters for us on part of the walk around Mt. Kailash.
Ray and Karma. Karma and his friends worked as porters for us on part of the walk around Mt. Kailash.


Mt. Kailash.
Mt. Kailash.


Kerri and Ray on the kora around Mt. Kailash.
Kerri and Ray on the kora around Mt. Kailash.


Mt. Kailash.
Mt. Kailash.


Linda, taking a break from the climb up to the big pass. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Linda, taking a break from the climb up to the big pass. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Yak team carrying stuff for a western tour group. Mt. Kailash.
Yak team carrying stuff for a western tour group. Mt. Kailash.


Linda and Ray enjoying some snacks on top of the Dromala Pass (5600m or 18,368 ft). Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Linda and Ray enjoying some snacks on top of the Dromala Pass (5600m or 18,368 ft). Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


The whole group on top of the Dromala Pass, the high point of the trip.
The whole group on top of the Dromala Pass, the high point of the trip.


Close up from the face of Mt. Kailash.
Close up from the face of Mt. Kailash.


Dawa and Tsering, two of our porters for the walk around Mt. Kailash.
Dawa and Tsering, two of our porters for the walk around Mt. Kailash.


Tibetans taking horses around Kailash.
Tibetans taking horses around Kailash.


Tibetan woman doing prayers on top the Dromala Pass. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Tibetan woman doing prayers on top the Dromala Pass. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Tibetan man reading prayers at the top of the Dromala Pass. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Tibetan man reading prayers at the top of the Dromala Pass. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Large raven flying away with some food offerings left by pilgrims.
Large raven flying away with some food offerings left by pilgrims.


Tibetan man putting up prayer flags on Dromala Pass, Mt. Kailash.
Tibetan man putting up prayer flags on Dromala Pass, Mt. Kailash.


A small and cold lake just after the pass. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
A small and cold lake just after the pass. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Relaxing in tent on the side of the trail. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Relaxing in tent on the side of the trail. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Small Tibetan nomad girl. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Small Tibetan nomad girl. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Taking a break on the walk around Kailash.
Taking a break on the walk around Kailash.


Tibetan man riding a horse around the last part of the curcuit circling Kailash.
Tibetan man riding a horse around the last part of the curcuit circling Kailash.


Josh talking with some Tibetans. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Josh talking with some Tibetans. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Our friend with his two horses on the kora.  Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Our friend with his two horses on the kora. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Kerri doing laundry once we finished the walk around Mt. Kailash. Darchen, Tibet.
Kerri doing laundry once we finished the walk around Mt. Kailash. Darchen, Tibet.


Tibetan antelope on the inside kora.  Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Tibetan antelope on the inside kora. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Ray helping Kerri over a cold stream on the inside kora. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Ray helping Kerri over a cold stream on the inside kora. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Ray and Linda putting up prayers flags on the inner kora. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Ray and Linda putting up prayers flags on the inner kora. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


View of the south face of Mt. Kailash from the inside kora.
View of the south face of Mt. Kailash from the inside kora.


Close up of prayers carved into a rock. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Close up of prayers carved into a rock. Mt. Kailash, Tibet.


Kyunlung, a very old Bonpo Monestary.
Kyunlung, a very old Bonpo Monestary.


The retreat cave for the main lama at Kyunlung Bonpo Monastery. He has stayed in this cave for 20 years.
The retreat cave for the main lama at Kyunlung Bonpo Monastery. He has stayed in this cave for 20 years.


Tirthapura, an ancient site where Guru Rinpoche stayed in Western Tibet.
Tirthapura, an ancient site where Guru Rinpoche stayed in Western Tibet.


Wild cranes. Western Tibet.
Wild cranes. Western Tibet.


Back in the car again on our way to the ancient Guge Kingdom. Western Tibet.
Back in the car again on our way to the ancient Guge Kingdom. Western Tibet.


 


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