December 30, 2010
To some it is adventure. To some it is to get away from the crowded world to escape. To some it is a religious site to visit. The journey to Kailash-Mansarovar is not only a trekker’s dream, but the place where one can converse with their inner self. In a single journey to Kailash, one can experience the sense of travelling several years ahead, experiencing the feeling of pain, struggle, and triumph. One can experience a complete life!
Where does the Journey to Kailash Start?
Preparing your mind is so important before you choose to take the journey to Mt. Kailash. Ask yourself these questions: Could you use a little more beauty in your life? Do you long for a little peace – some tranquility? In today’s busy lifestyle of obligations towards work, children, and family events, a few weeks of commitment for Kailash Yatra is a lot to ask for. Commit yourself two weeks of your life toward the journey in order to gain the experience and challenge you dreamed of. The Journey is difficult physically and mentally. Therefore, commit to do it while you are physically fit. Out with the old, in with the new…It used to be that Hindus waited until they retired to undertake this journey. Now, the young and the adventurous want to take this journey while they can. (Read the article by Nisha Patel) . Mount Kailash can only be visited each year from May through September.
While you prepare your mind, I prepare your logistics! Along with a Nepal Based Company, Himalayan Glacier Trekking, we will obtain VISA for you, give you step by step instruction to book flights from anywhere in the world, assist you with Travel insurance, packing list, an exercise routine, and all other necessary travel plans while on Yatra (Lodging, camping, meals, and guides) Our goal is to strive for 100% success in completing the Parikrama by have smaller groups. Our service is exceptional! Our guides are fully trained with High Altitude Sickness signs and precautions. They are fully trained in climbing and hiking and have lead climbers up to Mt. Everest!
Why take the Journey to Kailash?
According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva Resides on top of Mount Kailash, where he sits in a state of meditation along with his wife Parvati, the daughter of Himalaya. The Kailash Parvat is believed to be the ultimate destination of souls and the spiritual center of the world. Like Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar is the abode of purity. It is a place of pilgrimage, attracting Hindus from all over the world. Taking a bath in Mansarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins committed over a hundred lifetimes.
Those who have visited the holy spots of Lake Mansarovar and Kailash Parvat carry with them a memory of a lifetime which remind them of the presence of Lord Shiva in their lives and gives them a feeling of peace and tranquility. The pristine beauty and serenity of these religious sites is truly awe inspiring and instills in people the feeling of being one with Shiva. Hindus who walk around the 32 mile circumference of Mount Kailash use the term Parikrama. Tibetans refer to the clockwise circumambulation as a Kora. Both words mean the same thing: pilgrimage. The parikrama of Kailash Parvat is an essential part of your overall journey to Mount Kailash. Trekking through this long path is difficult and physically taxing. However, with proper preparation devout pilgrims are able to complete this Parikrama.
Himalayan Glacier Trekking, LTD and Lina Patel
Lina Patel was born and raised in Gujarat, India and migrated to the United States with her family. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up, Lina always had a passion for the mountains, particularly the Himalayas. Her experience in mountaineering comes from past 13 years of hiking through out USA. Over the past several years, Lina has traveled through Nepal, trekking to the base camp of Mt. Everest, and climbing through the Khumbu valley. Lina has also successfully leaded a group of travelers to Mount Kailash – Lake Mansarovar Yatra in Tibet.
Her passion for the mountains and the culture has given her the opportunity to partner with the Nepal-based, family-owned company, Himalayan Glacier Trekking. Their team of local guides, combined with the knowledge of Mt. Kailash and the religious Hindu background has made Himalayan Glacier Trekking, LTD, one of the top companies in Nepal today. She assists in North American Travelers journey to the Himalayas!
“Mountains are where I sense my religion, where I find Peace. In the Mountains, I think about the past and dream of the future. In the Mountains, I celebrate Life” Lina Patel
October 4, 2010
Parents: Arvind and Sangita Patel
At age 26, Nisha recently completed her journey to holy Mount Kailash, and Lake Mansarovar. She shares her story with Leuvas across the country…Congratulations to Nisha!
12 days, 19,500 Feet, and 32 miles later…
I decided to embark on the Mount Kailash/Lake Mansarovar Yatra in May of 2010 after graduating from law school. I envisioned it being a great release after sitting for the Illinois Bar Exam at the end of July. Yatra means a Hindu pilgrimage to a Holy place associated with Hindu epics such as the Mahabharata and Ramayana. According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati reside at the summit of Mt. Kailash. Lake Mansarovar, sitting at almost 15,000 feet above sea level as the highest fresh water lake is a symbol of purity. In the Hindu religion, it is believed that one who drinks from the Lake will go to the bode of Lord Shiva after death and one who baths in the Lake will be cleansed of all his sins committed over a hundred life times. The following is a brief account of my three-day trek around Mt. Kailash.