Nepal Simikot to Mt. Kailash in Tibet Photos

The 6,714m high Mt. Kailash raises above the Plane of Burang and has is the world's most holy place at the same time that it is the least visited. Hindus believe Mt.Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva. The Jains call the mountain Astapada and believe it to be the place where Rishaba, the first of the twenty-four Tirthankaras attained liberation. Followers of Bon, Tibet's pre-Buddhist, shamanistic religion, call the mountain Tise and believe it to be the seat of the Sky Goddess Sipaimen. The Buddha is believed to have magically visited Kailash in the 5th century BC.  Tibetan Buddhists call the mountain Kang Rimpoche, the 'Precious One of Glacial Snow', and regard it as the dwelling place of Demchog and his consort, Dorje Phagmo. Three hills rising near Kang Rimpoche are believed to be the homes of the the Bodhisatvas Manjushri, Vajrapani, and Avalokiteshvara. 

 Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Gurla Mandata

Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Gurla Mandata

 Swayambhunath or "The Monkey Temple" in Kathmandu

Swayambhunath or "The Monkey Temple" in Kathmandu

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 Swayambhunath or The Monkey Temple in Kathmandu

Swayambhunath or The Monkey Temple in Kathmandu

 Kathmandu

Kathmandu

 Swayambhunath or The Monkey Temple in Kathmandu

Swayambhunath or The Monkey Temple in Kathmandu

 In the Tibetan part of Kathmandu 

In the Tibetan part of Kathmandu 

 Swayambhunath or The Monkey Temple in Kathmandu

Swayambhunath or The Monkey Temple in Kathmandu

 Simikot airstrip

Simikot airstrip

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 Western Nepal - a village close to Simikot

Western Nepal - a village close to Simikot

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 The distinct look of people from Western Nepal

The distinct look of people from Western Nepal

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 Salt traders - little goats carry bags with salt from Tibet

Salt traders - little goats carry bags with salt from Tibet

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 The traders use horses and mules for their trade with Tibet

The traders use horses and mules for their trade with Tibet

 Navigating steep trails can be difficult for the mules

Navigating steep trails can be difficult for the mules

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 At the military checkpost

At the military checkpost

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 Dinner time - it was very wet and cold

Dinner time - it was very wet and cold

 We had wet and cold conditions

We had wet and cold conditions

 The approach to the Nara La Pass

The approach to the Nara La Pass

 Nara La Pass 4,507m - the last pass in Nepal.&nbsp; The traders use Yaks to transport goods from Tibet to Nepal

Nara La Pass 4,507m - the last pass in Nepal.  The traders use Yaks to transport goods from Tibet to Nepal

 Nara La Pass 4,507m and the caravan of yaks returning from Tibet

Nara La Pass 4,507m and the caravan of yaks returning from Tibet

 We arrived in Hilsa cold and wet

We arrived in Hilsa cold and wet

 Descent from Nara La Pass 4,507m to Hilsa, the border outpost in Nepal

Descent from Nara La Pass 4,507m to Hilsa, the border outpost in Nepal

 Tibetan roads back then.&nbsp; The road from Hilsa to Burang.

Tibetan roads back then.  The road from Hilsa to Burang.

 The Himalayas on the border of Nepal, India and China

The Himalayas on the border of Nepal, India and China

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 An old stupa and the Himalayas on the border with Nepal, India and China

An old stupa and the Himalayas on the border with Nepal, India and China

 Dhaulagari 6,838m in Western Nepal on the border of Nepal, China and India

Dhaulagari 6,838m in Western Nepal on the border of Nepal, China and India

 Jokopahar 6,744m in Western Nepal on the broder of Nepal, Tibet and India

Jokopahar 6,744m in Western Nepal on the broder of Nepal, Tibet and India

 The Chinese outpost of Burang

The Chinese outpost of Burang

 Gurla Mandata

Gurla Mandata

 Lake Rakshastal at 4,590m which is connected to Lake Manasarovar&nbsp;

Lake Rakshastal at 4,590m which is connected to Lake Manasarovar 

 Lake Rakshastal at 4,590m which is connected to Lake Manasarovar

Lake Rakshastal at 4,590m which is connected to Lake Manasarovar

 Lake Manasarovar at 4,590m.&nbsp;&nbsp;According to the Hindus, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma after which it manifested on Earth.

Lake Manasarovar at 4,590m.  According to the Hindus, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma after which it manifested on Earth.

 Lake Manasarovar.&nbsp; The Buddhists beleive that this is where the Lord Buddha was conceived.&nbsp;&nbsp;The lake has a few monasteries on its shores, the most famous is the ancient Chiu Gompa built on a steep hill overlooking the lake.&nbsp; Swimming in the lake is supposed to wash away all the sins.&nbsp; Many Indian pilgrims come to this lake to swim.&nbsp;&nbsp;

Lake Manasarovar.  The Buddhists beleive that this is where the Lord Buddha was conceived.  The lake has a few monasteries on its shores, the most famous is the ancient Chiu Gompa built on a steep hill overlooking the lake.  Swimming in the lake is supposed to wash away all the sins.  Many Indian pilgrims come to this lake to swim.  

 Lake Manasarovar and the barren hills of Tibet

Lake Manasarovar and the barren hills of Tibet

 Lake Manasarovar

Lake Manasarovar

 The stupas and a lone guesthouse on the hills overlooking Lake Manasarovar

The stupas and a lone guesthouse on the hills overlooking Lake Manasarovar

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 Chiu Gompa built in the 8th century.

Chiu Gompa built in the 8th century.

 Chiu Gompa

Chiu Gompa

 Chiu Gompa - main gate

Chiu Gompa - main gate

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 The stupas overlooking Lake Manasarovar.&nbsp; The stones have inscriptions of Buddhist prayers (they are called Mani Stones).&nbsp; The yak horns are also carved with prayer inscriptions (Om Mani Padme Hum).&nbsp;&nbsp;

The stupas overlooking Lake Manasarovar.  The stones have inscriptions of Buddhist prayers (they are called Mani Stones).  The yak horns are also carved with prayer inscriptions (Om Mani Padme Hum).  

 Mani stones on the shore of Lake Marasoravar

Mani stones on the shore of Lake Marasoravar

 Prayer wheels&nbsp;

Prayer wheels 

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 An old prayer wheel with wind blades. &nbsp;Only the silence and the sound of the wind. &nbsp;The silence is broken by the squeaks of the wind powered prayer wheel. &nbsp;

An old prayer wheel with wind blades.  Only the silence and the sound of the wind.  The silence is broken by the squeaks of the wind powered prayer wheel.  

 The symbol of Tibetan Buddhism

The symbol of Tibetan Buddhism

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 The endless horizon of Western Tibet - a very special place

The endless horizon of Western Tibet - a very special place

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 Gurla Mandata

Gurla Mandata

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 A place where the sky burial ceremonies are performed. &nbsp;A sky burial is a dismemberment of a dead body with knifes and feeding it to the vultures. &nbsp;In Tibet, there is no wood to burn the dead.&nbsp;

A place where the sky burial ceremonies are performed.  A sky burial is a dismemberment of a dead body with knifes and feeding it to the vultures.  In Tibet, there is no wood to burn the dead. 

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 Mt. Kailash

Mt. Kailash

 The yaks carrying supplies to the monastery at the back side of Mt. Kailash. &nbsp;

The yaks carrying supplies to the monastery at the back side of Mt. Kailash.  

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 The Dirapuk Monastery at the north side of Mt. Kailash.

The Dirapuk Monastery at the north side of Mt. Kailash.

 Mount Kailash north side

Mount Kailash north side

 At the Dirapuk monastery at the north side of Mount Kailash at 5,080m.

At the Dirapuk monastery at the north side of Mount Kailash at 5,080m.

 At the Dirapuk Monastery, a typical western Tibetan tire and facial features of the Tibetan Khampa (nomad).&nbsp;

At the Dirapuk Monastery, a typical western Tibetan tire and facial features of the Tibetan Khampa (nomad). 

 Young monks at the Dirapuk Monastery&nbsp;

Young monks at the Dirapuk Monastery 

 North/North east side of Mount Kailash at sunrise

North/North east side of Mount Kailash at sunrise

 Mt. Kailash

Mt. Kailash

 Roads in western Tbet back then...We had many flat tires.&nbsp;

Roads in western Tbet back then...We had many flat tires. 

 Cho Oyu seen from Tingri

Cho Oyu seen from Tingri

 Gurla Mandata

Gurla Mandata

 The North face of Mt. Kailash

The North face of Mt. Kailash

 The plane of Burang and the Gurla Mandata massif&nbsp;

The plane of Burang and the Gurla Mandata massif 

 Mt. Kailash kora

Mt. Kailash kora

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 A Tibetan pilgrim approaching the Dolma La Pass at 5,648m

A Tibetan pilgrim approaching the Dolma La Pass at 5,648m

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 The view of the Langtang Range from Tibet near Lake Paiku Tso

The view of the Langtang Range from Tibet near Lake Paiku Tso

 Old Tingri close to Cho Oyu

Old Tingri close to Cho Oyu