A report on Sutlej and Mount Kailash

Thangka depicting Mount Kailash
Sutlej Valley from Rampur c. 1857
Using inflated animal skins to cross the Sutlej River, c. 1905
Sutlej River in Kinnaur Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India
Cattle grazing on the banks of the river in Rupnagar, Punjab, India
Satluj River near Shahkot, Punjab, India
Sutlej entering India from Tibet near Shipki La, c. 1856

The mountain is located near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal, close to the source of some of the longest Asian rivers: the Indus; Sutlej; Brahmaputra; and Karnali, also known as Ghaghara (a tributary of the Ganges) in India.

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The Zhangzhung built a towering palace in the Upper Sutlej Valley called Kyunglung, the ruins of which still exist today near the village of Moincêr, southwest of Mount Kailash (Mount Ti-se).

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View South from Rakshas Tal Lake (2006)

Lake Rakshastal

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View South from Rakshas Tal Lake (2006)

Lake Rakshastal (Sanskrit: राक्षसताल; ) is a saltwater lake in Tibet Autonomous Region, China, lying just west of Lake Manasarovar and south of Mount Kailash.

The Sutlej River (also known by the Tibetan name Langqen Zangbo in this area) originates at Rakshastal's northwestern tip.

Lake Manasarovar with Mount Kailash in the distance.

Lake Manasarovar

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Lake Manasarovar with Mount Kailash in the distance.
Mount Naimona'nyi (Gurla Mandhata) and Lake Manasarovar
Map of the region
An 18th-century map of lake Manasarovar by the Jesuit Joseph Tiefenthaler.
Satellite view of lakes Manasarovar (right) and Rakshastal with Mount Kailash in the background
View from Chiu Gompa Monastery
The trail to Manasarovar lake
Small temples and stupa near the lake
Buddhist Prayer flags on the shore
Monuments and Mount Kailash near the lake
Mount Kailash sunset

Lake Manasarovar (Sanskrit: मानसरोवर), also called mTsho Mapham or mTsho Ma-dros-pa locally; , is a high altitude freshwater lake fed by the Kailash Glaciers near Mount Kailash in Burang County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region, China.

Lake Manasarovar is near the source of the Sutlej, which is the easternmost large tributary of the Indus.

Indus River

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Transboundary river of Asia and a trans-Himalayan river of South and Central Asia.

Transboundary river of Asia and a trans-Himalayan river of South and Central Asia.

The course of the Indus in the disputed Kashmir region; the river flows through Ladakh and Gilgit-Baltistan, administered respectively by India and Pakistan
The major sites of the Indus Valley Civilization fl 2600–1900 BCE in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan
Indus River near Leh, Ladakh
Confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers. The Indus is at the left of the picture, flowing left-to-right; the Zanskar, carrying more water, comes in from the top of the picture.
Fishermen on the Indus River, c. 1905
Skyline of Sukkur along the shores of the Indus River
The Indus River near Skardu, in Gilgit–Baltistan.
Affected areas as of 26 August 2010
Lansdowne Bridge and Ayub Bridge connecting the cities of Rohri and Sukkur in Sindh, Pakistan.
Frozen Indus, Near Nyoma
Indus at Skardu
Indus near Dera Ismail Khan

Its left-bank tributary in Ladakh is the Zanskar River, and its left-bank tributary in the plains is the Panjnad River which is formed by the successive confluences of the five Punjab rivers, namely the Chenab, Jhelum, Ravi, Beas, and Sutlej rivers.

The traditional source of the river is the Sênggê Kanbab (a.k.a. Sênggê Zangbo, Senge Khabab) or "Lion's Mouth", a perennial spring, not far from the sacred Mount Kailash marked by a long low line of Tibetan chortens.