Kailash Mansarovar is situated amidst a picturesque landscape in the remote mountains of western Tibet. A journey to this sacred shrine is the experience of a lifetime. One of the highest, loveliest and most desolate places on earth, Kailash Mansarovar has been an ancient pilgrimage for the Hindus, the Buddhists, the Jains and the Tibetan Bonpos. The sublime snow-clad Mt. Kailash, situated at an altitude of 22,028 ft (6,714 m), is revered as a site of immense natural power where the temporal and the eternal unite and divinity takes the physical form. The Mansarovar Lake, on the other hand, is the source of four great rivers: the Indus, the Sutlej, the Brahmaputra and the Karnali.
The Himalayas (abode of snow) are considered the mystical dwelling of the gods from ancient times. Ancient texts, such as the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Puranas, and the Vedas, all sing in unison of the glory and wonder of the Himalayas. A large number of mountain peaks and ranges in the Himalayas are named after Lord Shiva, the Lord of Mountains.
The pilgrimage to Kailash and Mansarovar is considered one of the most difficult treks in Asia. The distance is tremendous, the weather is harsh, the supplies are almost non-existent, not to speak of the lurking fear of bandits. In spite of these difficulties and hardships, a magnetic pull draws thousands of pilgrims and tourists to this place every year.