At 18,500 feet the Drolma La Pass is the highest point on the Kailash Kora and is known as the “hill of salvation.” The pass offers every pilgrim the possibility to be cleansed of all previous sins and a transition from their old life to a new one.
The Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Bonpo regard the sacred Mount Kailash as the heart of the world. One full circumambulation around the thirty-two mile trail around the mountain is said to erase the sins of a lifetime. Pilgrims on this kora will leave cherished personal items behind like a piece of clothing, a braid of hair or even a tooth to symbolize their death and rebirth. While on the journey they contemplate the nature of impermanence by taking time to imagine their own deaths. In actuality the Kailash Kora claims a few lives every year. While it took me three days to complete the full kora many Tibetans are able to do it in a day.
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