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Mount Kailash

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Top of most itineraries is Mount Kailash (6714m), Gang Rinpoche to the Tibetans, the sacred mountain at the centre of the universe for Buddhists, Hindus and Jains. Access is via DARCHEN, where there’s a guesthouse used as a base by visiting pilgrims. The 58km tour around the mountain takes around three days; you might consider hiring a porter and/or yak as it’s a tough walk and you need to carry all your gear, including a stove, fuel and food. On the first day you should aim to reach Drirapuk Monastery; on the second day you climb over the Dolma La Pass (5636m) to Zutrulpuk Monastery; and the third day you arrive back in Darchen.

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