The circuit around Mount Kailash in Western Tibet is 52 kilometres in circumference. Physically fit Tibetans can complete this distance in one, very long, day and many will do this multiple times. However, it took us 2½ days to complete our single kora (circumambulation) -which is about average – but we came across a number of pilgrims who were putting in much more effort than us including these two Tibetan women who were performing body-length prostrations for the entire distance. It takes an unbelievable 4 weeks to complete one circuit around the sacred mountain in this manner and it has been known for some devotees to begin their journey of prostration from the Bharkor in Lhasa, some 1200km to the east of the mountain.

Mt Kailash trek Tibet 105

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