Still the best book on both Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar is Swami Pranavananda’s Kailash Manasarovar (1949, reprinted 1983). This devote swami visited both places over 20 times. His book is a very readable combination of traditional devotion and scientific curiousity. I read it again before setting off and have gone through it again since coming back in order to know what the mountain and the lake was like and what it is like now.
* Have a look at photos of my previous Himalayan journeys at my posts of August 27th 2008.