As long as there have been ancient religions in Asia, there has been homage for Mount Kailash. The cosmologies and origin mythology of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism each speak of Kailash as the axis mundi - the center and birthplace of the whole world. The mountain was indeed legendary even before the great Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, were written.
Hindus consider Mount Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva. According to Sanskrit script, the everlasting Shiva lives atop Mt. Kailash where he spends his time practicing yogic austerities with his godly consort, Parvati. For a Hindu, to make a trip to Kailash and have the divine view (darshan) of Shiva's home is to achieve release from the control of ignorance and delusion.
Tibetan Buddhist people call the Mt. Kang Rimpoche, the 'Precious One of hostile Snow.' To Jain people Mt. Kailash is known as Astapada, the place where Rishaba (the first of the twenty-four Tirthankaras) attained freedom. And for followers of Bon, Tibet's pre-Buddhist, shamanistic religion, Kailash is Mount Tise - the site of a 12th century battle between the Buddhist sage Milarepa and the Bon shaman Naro Bon-chung.
Measured the most significant holy pilgrimage site of four religions and 2 billion people, Mount Kailash is an incredible fusion of rock and ice soaring to over 22,000 feet in the farthest reaches of western Tibet. This respected sacred place also holds the exclusive distinction of being one of the least traveled, with no more than a few thousand pilgrims visiting every year because of the weeks-long, breathtaking journey it takes to reach the mountain.
Mission Eco Trek allocates visitors (yatri) from all over the world the opportunity to trek and experience the 52km circumambulation (Parikarma) around the holy Mt. Kailash. With the help of our responsive and knowledgeable organization and staffs, pilgrims can commence this marathon, once-in-a-lifetime journey.