Mt. Kailash, also called Gang Rinpoche, lies near Lake Manasarowar and Lake Rakshastal in Nagri of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. Gang is the Tibetan word for snow peak and rinpoche is an honorific word meaning “precious one”, so the combined term can be translated into “precious jewel of snows“. It is considered a sacred place in four religions: Bon, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.
Every year, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Kailash, following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. The peregrination is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists.