Unlike most mountains, Kailash is not an obstacle to be overcome by human perseverance, for it has never been scaled to its peak despite the fact that it is said to be humanly possible. The intrigue of Mount Kailash is not in its peak, but in its holy significance in a number of religions, including Buddhism and Hinduism.
Located in the barren tundra of west Tibet, nearly a thousand kilometers over almost impassable terrain from Lhasa, Kailash has since ancient times been considered the religious center of the world. Today, it is up to a week of driving from the nearest air transport. Still, many pilgrims make their journeys in one way or another (many times on foot like their ancestors) to traverse this mountain to make the 108 circuits that will ensure their path to enlightenment. The most important pilgrimage circuit, called Chikhor, is about 52 km (32 miles) long and must be undertaken in a day, sometimes in the midst of prostration and other outpourings of spirit.
Casual adventurers, this is not your lighthearted, back-in-your-hotel-room-by-evening day trip. But if you're one to entertain a life-changing journey that may take weeks to complete, then a trek to Mount Kailash just may need to be in order.