Mount Kailash Videos

In this collection of Mount Kailash videos, get a peek before you go into the three-day trek around one the world’s holiest mountains.

Mount Kailash Videos: Pilgrims in the early stages of the Kailash kora on the first day out of Darchen
Pilgrims in the early stages of the Kailash kora on the first day out of Darchen

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These videos were taken in September 2017 by Yolanda O’Bannon and Meg Moser during their 3-day kora (a pilgrimage walk around the holy mountain).

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Mount Kailash Kora: A Quick Overview

This one is a brief compilation of various Mount Kailash videos we took over the 3 days.

Dolma La Pass

On the second, most difficult, day of the trek/kora, you leave early morning from the Drirapuk Monastery area to head up and over the 18,500ft / 5636 m Dolma La pass, and then a long, exhausting descent down to Zutulpuk Monastery.

Placing Prayer Flags at the Dolma La Pass

We joined Tibetans in placing prayer flags at the top of the holy pass, with names of our loved ones written on them, as blessings.

View of Kailash from the Barkha Plain

Mount Kailash rises above the vast Barkha plain, and you can get some great views of the mountain from spots on the plain on the way to nearby Lake Manasarovar.

Lake Manasarovar and Chiu Gompa

Scenes from Chiu Gompa, and beautiful, sacred, Lake Manasarovar, looking over the Barkha Plain back to Kailash.

Zutulpuk to Darchen: Day 3

The last, and easiest of the three days of the kora lead you from Zutulpuk Monastery back into your starting point of Darchen.

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Updated on May 1, 2020. First published on February 11, 2018.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Jan says

    This was fantastic! Thank you. I may not get there in my lifetime. This may be as close as I get. And in my dreams. Thank you.💗

  2. Michael says

    A great reminder of my trek – which was only just a few weeks after yours in Oct ’17! (We didn’t have any snow even in the pass.)

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