week 5:  kailash
rest day - darchen
Ate, lots. Gathered rumors on the road conditions ahead.
kora of mt. kailash
20 km
First day of Mt. Kailash Kora – one of the main reasons behind this trip. Beautiful walk, amazing views of the North Face in the evening. Stayed in a small pilgrim camp, had tsampa (barley flour) for dinner.
kora of mt. kailash
18 km
Up and over the 18,000+ ft Dromla Pass. Very tired. Too much cycling, not enough rest. Spent the night with a great Tibetan family. Fresh yogurt in the afternoon, then noodle soup in with the family for dinner (far tastier than the tsampa and yak butter tea of the previous evening).
kora of mt. kailash
14 km
Three hour walk back to Darchen. Ate a lot there. Out for a walk in the evening Stephan and I saw a slow moving black dot on the horizon. We joked that it was Martin, the Danish cyclist we had left behind on day 4. Just as I was going to sleep that night there was a knock on our door. It was Martin. He had heard we were still in Darchen from another tourist and made a long day to catch us. Good to see him.
Venerated by Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, and Bons Mt. Kailash is perhaps the most sacred site in Asia. To complete the 52 km trek around Mt. Kailash is a ritual of great significance. However, due to its remote location, harsh climate, and border restrictions, only a few thousand pilgrims make the journey each year.  Rising to 6,638 m Kailash is also the source of many the great rivers of Asia, including the Indus, the Sutlej, a tributary of the Ganges River, and the Brahmaputra.
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