Travel Video X-Files

Intriguing Mystery Of The Unclimbed Peak: Mount Kailash

Intriguing Mystery Of The Unclimbed Peak: Mount Kailash

 Mount Kailash is the greatest mystical library.

People have been making the pilgrimage there for the last few thousand years.

Generally people say 10,000 to 12,000 years, many people say it is much more than that.


You may or may not know about Mount Kailash in Tibet, which is the most intriguing peak for any mountaineer. It is still claimed to be unclimbed, although it’s height is lesser than the Everest. However, the mountaineers do not consider this peak to be very difficult to climb, but still, something or the other has happened with the people attempting to climb, and eventually no one could make it to the top.

Facts About Mount Kailash

Intriguing Mystery Of The Unclimbed Peak: Mount KailashImage Source (Image Source)

This mysterious peak is situated in the remote plateau of Tibet, in between the borders of Nepal and China and attracts millions of pilgrims from Asia. The longest rivers in Asia springs from this mountain, which is one reason why, it is much of a religious significance to the Hindus, Buddhists, Bon, and Jains.

Intriguing Mystery Of The Unclimbed Peak: Mount KailashImage Source (Image Source)

Height of this mountain is 6,638 meters and is almost the source to River Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and Ganges. In the foothills of this spectacular mountain, lies the two lakes. One is a fresh water lake, ‘Lake Mansarovar’, which is claimed to be the highest fresh water body in the world, and the other is a salt water lake, ‘Rakshas Tal’. Lake Mansarovar is claimed to be the most sacred water bodies in the world in Hinduism.

Intriguing Mystery Of The Unclimbed Peak: Mount KailashLake Mansarovar/Image Source (Image Source)

Both the lakes are divided by a thin isthmus, but still, Lake Mansarovar which is considered to be a Dev Tal – Lake of God, is always calm, while Rakshas Tal – Lake of Demons, is always stormy.

Intriguing Mystery Of The Unclimbed Peak: Mount KailashLeft - Rakshas Tal, Right - Mansarovar or Dev Tal/Image Source (Image Source)

Every year, several hundred Hindu pilgrims, make the arduous trek over the icy 16,700ft Lipu Lekh Pass into Tibet to begin the 32-mile walk or ‘Parikrama’ around Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar.

What Makes Mount Kailash Unclimbable?

While the mountaineers consider Mount Kailash not so difficult a trek, there are some theories that are claimed to make the trek impossible. This mountain is considered as the most sacred place on Earth in the Hindu and Buddhist mythologies. Hindus believe that Lord Shiva resides at the peak of this mountain and Buddhists claim that this mountain is the abode of gods.

Intriguing Mystery Of The Unclimbed Peak: Mount KailashLord Shiva/Image Source (Image Source)

In the ancient Hindu and Buddhist scriptures, it is written that this mountain is the ‘Axis Mundi’ the centre of the world or the gate to heaven from Earth, which is why, a person who has committed no sin in his life, can climb the peak. But, in reality, there is not even one human who has not committed any sin.

Intriguing Mystery Of The Unclimbed Peak: Mount KailashAxis Mundi - Centre of the Earth

Also, some researchers from Russia claimed that this mountain might be a man made pyramid in the ancient times. The structure of this mountain resembles to a man made pyramid. Speculations are the extraterrestrials, or Lord Shiva, in the Hindu mythology, built this pyramid as a gateway to heaven from Earth.

Intriguing Mystery Of The Unclimbed Peak: Mount KailashRepresentation of a Pyramid in Tibet/Image Source (Image Source)

Because this peak is considered as the most sacred in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, and Bon cultures, trekking on its peak is regarded as a thing to bring bad omen. Currently, the Chinese government has put a ban on trekking on this holy mountain because of the religious sentiments of the people.

Experiences Of The People Who Attempted To Climb Mount Kailash

Many mountaineers have had weird experiences while trying to climb the peak of this mountain.

Colonel Wilson, one of the many mountaineers, claimed “Just when I discovered an easy walk to the summit of the mountain, heavy snow began to fall, making the ascent impossible.” 

Sergei Cistiakov, a Russian climber gives an explanation to not being able to finish the summit which will stun you – “When we approached the foot of the mountain, my heart was pounding. I was in front of the sacred mountain, Mount which says it cannot be beat. I felt extremely emaciated and suddenly I became captivated by the thought that I do not belong on this mountain, it must necessarily come back! As soon as we started the descent, I felt liberated.” – as found in

Various magical powers are apparently attributed to the mountain, including the appearance of Om and Swastika – the ancient symbols of prosperity and eternal life – on its south side.

Intriguing Mystery Of The Unclimbed Peak: Mount KailashImage Source (Image Source)

Some visitors who have been to this mountain claim that they experienced an unnatural and rapid growth in their hair and nails. The mountain probably has an air that causes rapid ageing.

Despite many efforts to find out what is it behind the unclimbable mountain, researchers have not been able to come to a specific conclusion. Mount Kailash still remains a mystery and the most religiously significant place for the Hindus and Buddhists.


5 (100%) 4 vote[s]

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published.