Tibet’s Mt Kailash: The World’s Most Sacred Mountain - Travelogues from Remote Lands - 22th May, 2018

22 May 2018
Call us: +1-646-415-8092 View in your browser. KAILASH: OVER THE HILLS WHERE THE SPIRITS FLY

Veteran travel writer Joe Cummings journeys to the most sacred mountain in Asia: Mount Kailash. Four religions have made this colossal, four-sided mountain central to their theology – the arrival place of primeval gods and home to earthly deities. So divinely sacred is the mighty Kailash that it has never been climbed. 


It is here that Cummings takes a spiritual odyssey through the Trans-Himalayas in Tibet, fighting the weather and switchback trails to the honeycomb streets of Barkhor and the clear blue of Lake Manasarovar. In a haze of monasteries and pilgrims, Kailash comes alive.

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