Journey to Kailash Mansarovar has different meaning to different travelers. For devout Hindus and Buddhists this journey is the ultimate pilgrimage of lifetime. For me, this was a spiritual quest.
At an elevation of 21,778 ft holy Mt Kailash, in Tibet, is the eternal abode of Lord Shiva as described in Hindu mythology. Shiva sits there in a state of perpetual meditation. And for Buddhists Mt Kailash is revered as the navel of Universe.
It is believed that circumambulating 32 miles long path around Mt Kailash will bring good fortune. But setting foot on its slopes is a sin and that is the reason climbing Mt Kailash is not permitted, only circumambulation is permitted.
Trek to Mt Kailash takes place at sacred Mansarovar lake which is claimed to be the highest freshwater lake in the world at an elevation of more than 15,000 ft.Lake Manasarovar is personification of purity and one who drinks holy water from the lake will be cleansed of all sins.
My solo trek beyond Charan Sparsh, at an altitude of 18,000 ft, was very challenging. Stepping over each stone was so tricky that at one point I even thought of giving up on ascending further. Undecided, I stopped, took a deep breath, surrendered to Shiva and recharged myself with the thought that I was on the path to enlightenment so I have to keep moving.
This post is the summery take on my series of Kailash Mansarovar journey which comprises my experience on my spiritual journey
Sharing few glimpses of my Kailash Mansarovar journey in this short video.
Below are links of my series on Kailash Mansarovar journey.