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You must have known the fact that beautiful Mount Kailash in Tibet has never been climbed by any mountaineer. It is heard in stories that a mystic Tibetan Seer and poet named Milarepa is the only human being who has been able to climb the peak of Mount Kailash. It was over about some 900 years ago, and since then we have just heard the stories of how nobody has been able to reaching the summit of this unclimbable peak.
Do you ever wonder what makes this peak so difficult to be climbed? Is it the physical infeasibility, the difficulty because of altitude, or some other mystic and inexplicable reason which are beyond human control and understanding? Here are some facts about the most mysterious mountain, and a small attempt to understand what the mystery behind this unclimbed peak could possibly be which allows no one to complete the summit of Mount Kailash. We don’t guarantee to clarify it, or to challenge the peak’s unclimbability, we just wish to seek an explanation to it.
Mount Everest is 8848 metre (29029 ft) in height and its summit has been scaled by over 4,000 people, while Mount Kailash is 6638 metre (21778 ft) and its summit is unclimbed.
Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Bon are the 4 major religions that believe Mount Kailash to be a sacred place.
At the height of 14,950 feet on the foothills of Mount Kailash, are Lake Mansarovar and Lake Rakshastal.
Lake Mansarovar is known to be the highest fresh water body in the world, while Lake Rakshastal has salt-water in it.
Rakshastal is believed to be the lake of Raavana or the demon, where he performed his penance to please Lord Shiva.
The shape of Mansarovar is that of the Sun, and Rakshastal has the shape of the crescent Moon!
Both the lakes are located close to each other divided by a thin isthmus and still while Rakshastal is constantly stormy, lake Mansarovar remains calm throughout all weather conditions.
It is said that Mount Kailash is the heavenly abode of Gods and that’s the reason why no mortal has ever been able to climb it.
According to ancient Tibetan legends and writings, “No mortal ever be allowed to walk atop Mount Kailash, where, among the clouds, is the abode of the gods. He who dares to start the top of Mount holy and see the faces of the gods will be put to death!”
Colonel Wilson, one of the many mountaineers who tried to climb the summit of Mount Kailash explained, “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.”
Those who visit the area around the mountain have seen their nails and hair grow to a length in 12 hours, which in normal conditions would happen in 2 weeks! The mountain has an air that causes rapid ageing.
Some Russian scientists have studied the mountain to a great extent and have put forward an idea that Mount Kailash could be a man-made pyramid, and might be the ultimate paranormal phenomenon that connects all the other such monuments in the world where similar things have been observed. It is believed to be the centre of this world-wide system.
Mt. Kailash is believed to be the Axis Mundi, literally the ‘Axis’ of the world that provides a connection between the earth and heaven, between the physical world and the spiritual worlds, the celestial centre of the world where heaven meets earth.
Legend says that the Mt. Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mount Meru/Sumeru which is the spiritual centre of the universe according to Buddhist, Jains, and Hindu cosmology.
Every year thousands of Buddhist, Jain, Hindu and Bönpo pilgrims circumambulate the foot of Mount Kailash, which is 52 km long.
Even with so many studies and many theories, it is believed that no one has ever understood the real reason why Mount Kailash cannot be climbed, why thousands attempted and failed despite of it being a mountain with a height of 6638 metres which mountaineers should be able to do. But some things are fine if they remain the mysteries that they are, no matter how much intimidating they seem, or how long their history has been.