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August 15, 2009
Picturesque Kailash Mansarovar
A view of the northwestern face of Mount Kailash from Dirapuk, the site of a 13th century Buddhist monastery.
This was the first glimpse of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. It was an electrifying moment. Pilgrims wept, stood transfixed, prostrated themselves on the ground and prayed.
Pilgrims at the banks of Lake Mansarovar.
The campsite at Lake Mansarovar, where we spent two nights.
At Lake Mansarovar, a Tibetan nomad with her tent of goodies -- water and instant noodles at the back.
The 10 km trek to Dirapuk from where one can see the northwest face of Mount Kailash up close, can take 3-6 hours. We climbed from an altitude of 14300 ft to 16100 feet in four hours.
The abode of shiva:
A pilgrim takes a look at Mount Kailash shrouded in mist before descending to the camp below. This point was the closest we got to the mountain.
Pilgrims return after a meditation session near Mount Kailash. The path was rocky and icy.
Pool at 16,200 feet:
Porters indulge in a game of high-altitude pool at Dirapuk.
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