The pil­grim­age should be taken be­tween May and Oc­to­ber, and you will need both a Ti­bet per­mit and an Alien’s travel per­mit to do so. At other times of the year, Mount Kailash is cov­ered in heavy snow and ice and makes for trea­chorous trekking.

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Cir­cum­am­bu­lat­ing the base of the moun­tain on foot is said to bring good for­tune. The route is just over 50 kilo­me­tres long. You should not ven­ture up onto the slopes: they are con­sid­ered too holy to be tainted by the feet of man. Hin­dus and Bud­dhists make their pil­grim­age in a clock­wise di­rec­tion; Jains and Bon pro­ceed coun­ter­clock­wise. The di­rec­tion you take will likely be dic­tated by the faith of your guide.

The most de­ter­mined of pil­grims com­plete the cir­cuit in a sin­gle day, and if you are fit and walk­ing fast, this is just about pos­si­ble. The ter­rain is un­even, and if you do not ac­cli­mate, the al­ti­tude will take its toll. It’s bet­ter to al­low three days or more. Ac­com­mo­da­tion is in modest guest­houses and tents. If you are tired of walk­ing, you can ride a pony, al­though your own fa­tigue might pale into in­signif­i­cance when you see devo­tees pros­trat­ing with ev­ery step, a phys­i­cally gru­elling reg­i­men which in­creases the du­ra­tion of the cir­cuit to a month.


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