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Finish 3-day Mt. Kailash Kora at the age of 82! What the story behind his Tibet tour

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Having not calmed down from the excitement, Gerhard Raab, the amiable but tough old man with the age of 82 accepted our interview back in Lhasa after his return from the Mount Kailash Kora. The first impression of Gerhard Raab was a little shy and you can hardly imagine he was just the man who have successfully finished the Kailash Kora in his own right. Follow us to walk into this man’s life and explore what makes him so determined and persistent in accomplishing this hardest Kora in Tibet.

Kailash Kora

Having witnessed his friends going around the Kailash Kora and returning back safely, the 82 year-old Gerhard who was keen on walking and running came out the same idea of challenging the Kailash Kora (refer to the detailed information about the Kailash Tour which Gerhard Raab challenged) without any further reflection on the chance he could stand in this seemingly impossible challenge. To our surprise, after his decision of going around the Kailash, he soon begun to search the companies on the internet.

“If you want to go that way, you must do it now, for some years later, you cannot do it anymore.” This was what his wife said to him when he shared his plan with her. With family’s support, Gerhard Raab felt much more confident and resolute about what he had decided and planned to do as one of the must-do things in the rest of his life, that is, to conquer Kailash Kora. Soon after, he put this long trek on his travel agenda and finally booked our hot Kailash trek through the internet.

Kailash Kora

Kailash Kora

Making the heart-stirring plan of Kailash Kora in Tibet and booking the Kailash trekking tour so rapidly didn’t mean Gerhard was an improvisational person in his daily life, rather, to achieve this arduous trek, he had accepted quite a lot of trainings and exercises back home. When we asked Gerhard whether he had any training or exercise in Germany before this trek, he provided an affirmative answer unhesitatingly and started to tell us how he once obsessed with the walking, running or even trekking things when he was a little bit younger.

“I walk at home most of the time and take a 12 to 14 km’s walk from my house 3 times a week. It has been a part of my daily life” Gerhard told us excitedly, “I found this tour very very good for me, very very happy, the best felling I had”. So it is not hard to imagine how the Kailash Kora tour in Tibet means for this 82 year-old trek-lover. “It was the great great tour, very interesting tour, all the possibilities, I’m most content with this tour in all my life” Gerhard murmured to himself with tears twinkled in his eyes. You know what touches us most? It’s not the fact that Gerhard finished this hard Kailash trek but his constant trying to perfect his life with no regrettable things.

Kailash Kora

Kailash Kora

Kailash Kora

The tour guide told us that Gerhard has always been the most active one during the long trek, he packed all the things all by himself, carried his luggage without hiring a porter and even walked very well. Perhaps it was the stunning natural views, the kind and interesting Tibetan people, and the challenging Kailash trek in front made Gerhard back to his younger age and energized to try all the challenging things which we thought those would be not appropriate for an old man to do, especially a man like Gerhard at the age of 82.

Kailash Kora

Kailash Kora

Kailash Kora

Kailash Kora

Gerhard is enthusiastic about trekking, and he never refuses to try new things. The pleasant surprises this Kailash Kora gave him were far beyond his expectation. “The guide, the driver are very very great.” He told us and he feels thankful for all things we have prepared. Gerhard Raab’s first long trek, the Kailash pilgrimage tour in Tibet, was very successful and his wishes eventually come true. We salute to him, and we can feel that after his successful challenge for the Kailash Kora, Gerhard becomes much more confident, joyful and cheered up with satisfactory smile on his face. The foot prints of Gerhard Raab have left on the Kailash forever, and he will be remembered by us as well as the sacred mountains.

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