Surrounded by four holy rivers - Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and Karnali - the mount of Kailash is considered a sacred destination in three major religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. No wonder, the area around Kailash is incredibly popular among pilgrims and spiritual seekers. But wait - the top of the snowy peak is strictly prohibited to climb because of spiritual and religious reasons.
The snow-white peak of Kailash
Attempts to Climb
There were a few plans to climb the holy mountain, but none of them even started.
In 1985 the world-known alpinist Reinhold Messner received the long-expected permission to climb but refused at the last moment. Later on, the fabulous mountaineer said his famous phrase:
”If we conquer this mountain, then we conquer something in people's souls.”
In 2001 an ambitious Spanish team intended to climb the very top with the permit issued by the Chinese government. However, they refused to move farther than the base camp as a result of the international protest. Dalai Lama, the UN, a number of significant international organizations, and millions of believers around the world expressed their objection regarding climbing the sacred mount.
People believe: only a man entirely free of sin can reach the top of Kailash. Believe you or not, but no one has been to the top up to this day.
the Best Time to Travel There
The sacred peak attracts hundreds of pilgrims every year but the year of the horse is the most favorable time to travel there. It happens once in twelve years when Kailash beckons believers for the particular religious rituals.
Do you have plans for the next year of the horse? Probably, no. Then plan your trip to the foot of Kailash on your Google Calendar for 2026!