Kailash Parikrama, known as Kailash Kora is one of the holiest walking around Mount Kailash of far western Tibet. Everyone comes to make Kailash Kora walking circuit around holy Mountain kailash thrugh highest pass Dolama La (5,645m). Local Tibetan people make Kailash Kora in a single day. Most of the foreigners take three days and few foreigners take only 2 days too. It is 52 kilometer whole walking start from 4,600 miters Tarboche valley. It is called outer Kora.
Map of Kailash outer and inner Kora
Mount Kailash is the most sacred mountain for mainly four religions. They are Buddhist, Hindu, Bon and Jain. Pilgrimages from these religions come in this region to have holy bath at Lake Mansarovar and walk around Mount Kailash. It is believed that taking bath at Lake Wash every sin done in lifetime and get relax from every disease. Making circuit around holy Mount Kailash is lifetime experience to get blessed from the God. Thousand of pilgrimages meet on the way of Parikrama from different countries. The inspiring local pilgrimage peoples come here to make harder Kailash kora by prostrate who will take about 3 weeks time to complete whole circuit.
Local peopels are in Kailash kora
The first day of Kailash kora start from Darchen. It is about 7 kilometer driving towards Tarboche valley also called valley of the God. Mount Kailash South face is just a stunning from here. After walking for another 2 hours, we can see western face of Kailash too. From here we start to walk. It also has option to take horse and helper paying extra cost personally. The horse and helper cost in June 2017 was Chinese Yuan 2,400 and it is for 3 days. Pre booking is required to get horse and helper in Kora. Your Tibetan guide can reserve it 2 or 1 day an advance. First day is easy walking through bank of the river coming from Indus River valley and north face of Mount Kailash. It is about 21 kilometer takes 6 to 7 hours time. Those who have hired horse can ride entire path. Make sure horse here is not trained one; it is a kind of wild horse. There are only local tea houses available on the wat to buy water, have some tea and Tibetan noodles. We reach at Derapuk (4,900m) at the end of the day where we accommodation in local guest house. Guest houses here are only available as group sharing. North face of Mount Kailash is clearly visible from here. Peoples also can have one extra day here to go Charansparsa (base of Mount Kailash) and return back in same day. It is part of Kailash Inner Kora.
Derapuk - River valley, Monastery, local guest houses and tent houses
View of Kailash North Face from Derapuk (4,900m)
The second day of Kailash Parikrama is quire challenge. It is walking through rocky way to reach at highest pass Dolama La (5,645m). From the first the camp, have to cross more than 700 miters by hard walking into thin air. Serious downhill and flat land walking after crossing the pass, night reach at Juthulpuk altitude of 4,700miters. It is suggest not staying more than 10 minutes at the pass. Once you reach there, immediately walking down to the low altitude. Horse can carry peoples only up to the pass. Downhill it is about 2 hours walking having to cross by self walking. Horses are not able to carry peoples in this rocky walking downhill path. The valley is incredible with ice covered hills and ruins. The decorative Dolma La pass with huge Tibetan prayer flags. Crossing immediately after the pass, beautiful rocky valley with Gauri Kunda including other small beautifully lakes are picturesque. It has holiest important of Gauri Kunda. The whole Parikrama day today is about 11 hours walking including resting time in between. The first section of serious uphill till the pass is about 5 hours; another 2 hours to get down till the tent house and again another 3 hours easy walking over flat land till today’s camp Juthulpuk. The view of North face of Kailash is panoramic with other mountain hills. Eastern face of Kailash can be seen today from on the way.
Mount Kailash and other hills covered by show - seen from bottom of Dolma La pass
Dolma La pass (5,645m) with Tibetan prayer flags
After Dolm La pass, Down hill to Juthulpuk
Third day of Kailash Kora is easy and short. It is about 3 hours walking at totally flat land to reach up to driving station. Walking is through beautiful Juthulpuk valley today. Big grassland grazing field with yaks and Ships can be seen on the way. Nomad tent houses and their lifestyle can be seen from closed. The fourth and last face of Mount Kailash eastern face is visible if weather is clear. Horse can carry entire path if someone have hired it. Kailash Kora or Kailash Parikram is not so hard if your body is fit in the high altitude and has habit of walking/ trekking. It is suggest to prepare Kailash Kora from a year time. Morning jugging, involve is small hiking and regular walking at least 2 hours a day is more helpful for Kailash Kora. Kailash Kora is not easy, it is with high risk. Every person gets altitude sickness at the time of entering kailash. It has to be treating very carefully. Eating properly, drinking more than 3 littler water every day is more helpful. Altitude might kill peoples if you even do small careless. Join with small group Kailash Tour ro get more facilities and care from local staff.