August 29, 2013
With scintillating captures of Mount Kailash and heritages nearby, Russian traveler Sergey Balalayev has exhibited the beauty of this Himalayan site through his photographs, which are on exhibition at Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Kamalpokhari.
The photo exhibition that commenced on Tuesday was inaugurated by Umakanth Jha, the Minister for Energy, Irrigation, Science, Technology and Environment, Mountaineer Aangrita Sherpa and an associate from Russian embassy.
There are altogether 108 photos on exhibition that fundamentally reflects the environmental and cultural aspect of Mount Kailash. All these photographs were taken within a span of nine years (2006-2013) and demonstrate Balalayev’s passion in photography and his love for Nepal.
Speaking about the objective of this photo exhibition, Stanislav Simakov, the director of Russian Centre of Science and Culture mentioned, “Through this exhibition, we want to convince people to visit Mount Kailash, so that the tourism in Nepal gets promoted.”
The exhibition is set to continue till September 3, and is open from 10 am to 5 pm during this period.
source: republica, 27 Aug 2013
July 25, 2013
In the remote corner of the exotic west of Tibet, the pristine Mount Kailash (6714 meters) dominates the entire region’s landscape. The celestial beauty of Mt. Kailash is not only fascinating, it is also the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon religions from around the world. For all four religions, Mount Kailash is the spiritual epicenter. Every year, thousands of devotees make the pilgrimage to the holy Mt. Kailash for spiritual purification.
Here are the 10 important spiritual facts about Mt. Kailash.
- Hindus pay reverence to Mount Kailash as a throne of Lord Shiva, the great Tirtha and the ultimate pilgrimage site on earth. It is considered most auspicious to make a religious pilgrimage around its fifty-three kilometers circuit which is also known as Kailash Parikrama.
- Jains refer to Mount Kailash as Mt. Asthapada and believe that their religious founder, Rishavdev, attained Nirvana – The Ultimate Happiness there.
- Buddhists have named Mount Kailash Garu Rimpoche, meaning “precious jewel of snow” and a gigantic mandala. According to the legend it is the abode of Chakra Samvara and Guru Rinpoche – Padma Sambhava, who brought Buddhism to Tibet and beyond.
- In Tibetan Buddhism it is believed that Mt Kailash is the dwelling place of Chakra Samvara Demchog (the Wheel of Bliss) and his consort, Dorje Phagmo. It is also venerated as the abode of one of the great Tibetan yogi – Milarepa.
- Buddhist pilgrims perambulate clockwise around the mountain and it is called Kailash Kora. Kailash Kora has the greatest spiritual significance for the Buddhists.
- In Tibet’s pre-Buddhist, Shamanic Bon religion, Mt Kailash is abode of Sky Goddess Sipaimen, and is in the form of a giant Mandala that is the central point of all Tantra Rituals and Forces. The founder of Bon Religion, Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche is believed to live on Mt Kailash, which is considered as nine- story Swastika Mountain, and the axis mundi – the central pillar of the world. The Bonpo Pilgrims walk counter-clockwise around the Mt Kailash.
- In fact, the entire region of Mt. Kailash has religious significance. The region also includes the two turquoise-blue, pristine high-altitude lakes of Mansarovar and Rakshesa.
- Another uniqueness contributing to the mystical and spiritual aspects of Kailash is that four most sacred rivers of the Indian sub-continent begin from here – Sutlej, Karnili, Brahmaputra and Indus. The end of these rivers is more than 2,000 kilometers apart, yet they all have their source within hundred kilometers of Mt. Kailash.
- Mt. Kailash, the holy region, is known as navel of the universe, attracting scholars and researchers from all over the world. Mt. Kailash (also known as the ‘Sumeru Parbat’ in Hindu epics) provides a spiritually enriching, naturally unique and a truly rewarding journey of a life-time.
- Every object in this area is sacred and related to many of the legends and mythical stories from ancient scriptures and oral traditions.
Mount Kailash so magical, so majestic, so serene, and so tranquil makes her existence timelessly sprinkling the aura of spirituality throughout the Himalayan region.
July 8, 2013
The Lake Namtso trek is very popular among Tibetans as well as world travellers, as the Namtso lake is surrounded by four different Buddhist monasteries.
Namtso is one of the Tibet’s three most holy lakes and Tibetans make the Mount Kailash Pilgrimage circumambulation around the lake at festival times, which takes about a month or less to complete the whole circle.
The tranquil lake remains a mythical place for many travelers with its distinctive wonders and snow capped mountains.
Around 240km northwest of Lhasa, Namtso is the second largest saltwater lake in China. It is over 70 km long and reaches a width of 30km and is 35km at its deepest point. The Nyenchen Tanglha range (7000m) towers over the lake. When the ice melts in April, the lake becomes a shade of turquoise. The wide open spaces surrounding the lake are dotted with the tents of the local nomads.
The trek to Namtso Lake in Tibet takes the travellers to the closest point of calm and beauty of nature.
December 3, 2012
Are you dreaming of discovering the “Roof of the World” Tibet? Tibet has everything that you’re seeking for other worldly experience. Throughout Tibet and especially in the Himalayan region, life is surrounded by the mysterious landscapes and legends. Imagine a caravan of yaks that progresses slowly in landscapes where snowy peaks, plateaus and mountain lakes are bathed in an extraordinary light, that of the high mountains. From Lhasa’s streets, to medieval towns of Tibet to ancient monasteries, Tibet has long been a mysterious land of lakes and rivers, mighty snow peaks, and temples and monasteries – with its spiritual air, an unearthly mystical land of Buddhist culture and philosophy. Immerse yourself in the world of ancient monasteries, mountains, lakes, springs, and a totally back-to-history lifestyle.
1. Lhasa: Lhasa, the Tibet Capital, is perhaps the most exotic destination in the world. Some of the important landmarks in Lhasa are:
Potala: Perhaps, Potala is the most famous landmark in Tibet. The Potala Palace used to be the winter palace of the Dalai Lama.
Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street: Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to Barkhor Market can be quite a change from other visits as you roam around the city.
2. Everest Base Camp in Tibet
Everest – ‘The roof of the world’, the highest peak in the world. Interestingly, from Tibet Side, you can drive right up to the Base Camp of the Everest. Most of Tibet’s territory being high mountains above 4,000 meters, the region has rightly earned the nickname of “The Roof of the World.”
3. Mount Kailash & Lake Mansarovar
Mount Kailash (6714 meters) is perhaps the most sacred mountain in the world. For the Hindus, Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva and the region of Mount Meru. Mount Kailash is also origin of many Himalayan rivers including the four greatest rivers of Asia. Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar hold an important place among the followers of Buddhism, Hinduism, Bön and Jainism.
4. Monasteries in Tibet:
The 14th century Drepung Monastery, which lies on the Gambo Utse Mountain about 8km west of central Lhasa, used to be one of world’s largest monasteries.
Yambulakhang was the summer palace of Songtsen Gompa and his wife before Norbulingkha was completed
The Samye Monastery or Samye Gompa is considered to be the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet.
5. Dzongsar Valley & Horse Racing Festival:
The Dzongsar region is an isolated and exotic place to visit in Tibet. Visit the 13th century Dzongsar Monastery which is perched on a steep cliff. During the Litang Horse Festival celebrated in August, people from the whole region come here to trade, celebrate, ride, and compete with each other.
6. Kham & Derge:
Derge, also called Dege, is the cultural center of Kham area as well as Tibetan Printing Center. Derge is the birthplace of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, the founder and guide of the Dzogchen Community in the West. At an early age, he was recognized as the reincarnation of Adzam Drugpa, another great teacher of Dzogchen.
7. Garuda Valley:
The legendary Garuda Valley, lying southwest of Mt Kailash, is one of the center points of the ancient Zhang Zhung Kingdom. The Garuda Valley still contains mysterious caves some of which have never been explored. For those interested in the archeological and historical sites, Garuda Valley offers a magnificent exploration.
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
September 28, 2010
Om Namah Shivaya
With the blessings of our family, friends, and community from Cincinnati, Ohio, destiny came our way as we started our divine journey to Mount Kailash in Tibet. We were amongst the fortunate few who trekked to the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Heartfelt congratulations to All Yatris and Team Himalayan Glacier Trekking Company for a successful completion of the spiritual journey to Mt. Kailash – Lake Mansarovar. It is an honor to have your presence to Celebrate Life at Mt. Kailash!
Our journey began on August 28th from Kathmandu, Nepal. 19 Yatris, along with a crew of experienced guides from Himalayan Glacier Trekking Company, took off in a luxury bus with our packed luggage, tent equipment, and cooking logistics. Several hours into driving through curvy Himalayan roads, we arrived at the border of Nepal-Tibet, in a small village called, Tato-Pani (hot springs). Upon arrival, we discovered the Tibet immigration has closed for the day. We checked into a small hotel and headed for the Hot Springs bath that evening.