Entering sacred and freezing Manasarovar Lake for holy bath at 15000ft-base of Mt. Kailash-Himalayas-108kms circumference in 2010. Just 20 kilometers away from Mount Kailash, the sacred blue and emerald green Manasarovar Lake of exceptional beauty, lies at a height of 15,015 ft, with its freezing cold waters, and is known to be an epitome of purity, containing healing properties and the power to wash off all mortal sins.
It is situated about 2000 kms from Lhasa and is the world’s highest freshwater lake. This huge lake with the mirror like image of snow-capped mountains in its crystal clear waters is ethereal. Located at the southern foot of Mount Kailash, stretching up to 55miles (88kms) in perimeter, going 330 feet deep, it covers about 120 sq miles of total area. There are a few monasteries on the shore of the lake, with the most striking of all being the ancient Chiu Gompa Monastery, which has been built right on top of a steep hill. This holy Lake is one of the important pilgrimages for Hindus and Buddhists and is deemed complete only with a circumambulation of 56kms around the sacred mountain Kailash, done over a period of three grueling days, with the highest point of circumambulation at approximately 20,000ft.