Climb the Holy Mount Kailash in Tibet

Stepping into Tibet is never short of a purely humbling experience, bright prayer flags are strung up in every village, the locals beam from beneath their layers of clothes and strange looking yaks wander through remote plains flanked by snowcapped mountains. Tibet is raw, pure and far from the beaten track making it the perfect spiritual retreat for those seeking to see the world in a whole new light. Yet there is nothing that will make you quiver more than the arresting sight of the real Holy Mountain.

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Mount Kailash is nothing short of a miracle, the sculpted king of all mountains stands tall and proud with its perfectly curved peak iced in white. When darkness falls around you, deep and black on the plains of Tibet, the mountain remains like a beacon glimmering on the horizon. This mountain is so sacred that climbing to the peak is actually forbidden. The formidable size, the chase and the conquest remain untouched although those who wish to walk in its shadow can take the Kora and circumnavigate the sacred base.

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Known under the name of the Precious Jewel of Snows, many believe that this is the birthplace of the world, the legend goes that if you walk around the shimmering diamond of a mountain 108 times you will reach Nirvana. Yet one trek is enough to show you the might of Mother Nature. Your journey will take you across breathtaking plateaus, tempt you to stand beneath gushing waterfalls, tiptoe along rocky ridges and will show you the wide Jade Pool of the Western Kingdom.

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Many pilgrims travel to touch, breathe and experience the holiness of the Mount Kailash and not only Buddhists, this is a sacred site to the Hindus and the followers of Bön. As soon as you see the holy mountain you will see why many make the long journey to the shores of Tibet and why they put one foot in front of the other for 52 kilometers to pay homage to its eternal grace.

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Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer and an avid surfer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. After traveling through the continent with a touring band, living in Paris, Amsterdam and under the Auroras Borealis, she is now in Bulgaria where she attempts to piece together her first poetry collection.
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