Year of the Horse
Tibetan Connections is offering specialized trips in 2014 to all of the great sacred mountains of Tibet. To book a trip or for more information on trip itineraries, please visit Journey to Mount Kailash and Amnye Machen Trek.
2014 is the year of the horse, occurring only once every 12 years. This year is a time when pilgrimage to holy mountains is considered especially efficacious.
At any holy site, you can see Tibetans doing ‘kora,’or circumambulation, around the sacred location. Pilgrims pray, chant, or turn prayer wheels as they walk in a clockwise circle around monasteries and holy mountains. The most devout engage in a prostrating kora – they prostrate, lying with their full body face down on the ground in prayer, then get up, walk three steps forward, and prostrate again. Repeating this process over and over, they slowly travel a full circle around a sacred site, praying earnestly for the happiness and well-being of all sentient beings.
Trek with thousands of Tibetan pilgrims
Witnessing the energy and devotion of scores of devout pilgrims amid the breathtaking scenery of Tibet’s holy mountains is a truly unique experience.
Most Tibetans will do kora around the holy mountain connected to their own villages. Those with the time and means to travel farther will make their way to the most sacred mountains of all Tibet, namely Mt. Kailash in Western Tibet (TAR), the Amnye Machen mountain range in Northeastern Tibet (Qinghai), Minyak Gongkar in Southeast Tibet (Sichuan), and Khawa Karpo in Southeast Tibet (Yunnan). Saka Dawa in the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar is an especially sacred time – it is the month in which Buddha was born, achieved enlightenment, and attained Nirvana. The pilgrimage season begins during Saka Dawa in May and June.