I will never forget my personal mountain trekking experience in Kailash Circuit, Tibet. The natural beauty, the challenge of the terrain, and the feeling of accomplishment at the end awed me.

As a teenager, I had always dreamed of going on a mountain trekking adventure. When I finally got the chance to go on one, I jumped at the opportunity and I was not disappointed.

The Kailash Circuit in Tibet was everything I hoped for and more.

Mountain trekking experience

Darchen

The Kailash Circuit trek started in Darchen, a small town at the base of Mount Kailash. We were eight people in the group – all strangers to each other. It was a diverse group, ranging in age from twenties to sixties. And while some of us were experienced hikers, others were complete novices.

The first day of the trek was tough. We were constantly hiking up steep inclines and my legs were feeling the strain. Those hills were really challenging – one would need to invest in portable home gyms to physically prepare for such a journey.

However, the breath-taking views made it all worth it. Every time we reached the top of a hill, we were rewarded with an incredible panorama of the surrounding mountains.

Tibet mountain trekking experience

A Precarious Journey

It was my second day in Tibet and I had just hiked up to the Drolma la pass – one of the highest points on the entire Kailash Circuit trek at 5630m above sea level. I was feeling good, taking in the stunning views of the snow-capped mountains all around me.

I even got to see Mount Everest in the distance!

As we got higher, the terrain became even more challenging. We faced steep ascents and precarious descents. At one point, we had to cross a snow-covered pass. It was a strenuous hike, but the sense of accomplishment at the end was worth it.

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The days that followed were relatively easy, as we acclimatized to the altitude. We hiked through forests and meadows, crossed crystal-clear streams, and stopped to rest in remote shepherd’s huts. The scenery was breath-taking, and I felt like I was in a different world.

On the fourth day, we reached the summit of Mount Kailash. Standing at the top of the world, I felt a sense of achievement like never before. I was also filled with a sense of peace and calm. It was an awe-inspiring experience that I will never forget.

A journey in in Kailash Circuit Tibet

Descent on Sacred Grounds

On the last day, we reached the sacred Lake Manasarovar. The lake is considered holy by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains, and it was a special moment for me to stand there and take it all in.

The descent was much easier than the ascent and we were back at base camp in no time.

Looking back, I can see how that experience changed me. I am now more resilient and capable than I ever thought possible. I know that no matter what challenges I face in life, I can overcome them. The entire experience was incredible, and I will never forget it.

I was sad to be leaving such an amazing place but I know I will be back. After all, there are still plenty of mountains left to conquer.