Efforts on to conserve the fragile Mt. Kailash region
China, India, and Nepal have agreed to work together to conserve the fragile environment around the Mt.Kailash region. International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD),Wildlife Institute of India, the Forest Department of Uttarakhand, the Nepalese Ministry of Forests, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, and the United Nations Environment Program will jointly work on a project to preserve the fragile Mt. Kailash environment.
Dominating the north of the Himalayan Barrier, Mt. Kailash is equally venerated as the holiest pilgrimage site by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bön-Po. Tibetans regard this mountain as the manifestation of Mount Meru, “the navel of the earth” where founder of Bon religion, Tonpa Shenrab, is believed to have descended from heaven, Hindus as the abode of Lord Shiva, Buddhists as the abode of Samvara and Jains as a scared site where their prophet, Rishaba attained spiritual enlightenment. Considered to be the abode of the Gods, the summit of Mt.Kailash has been declared off limits for climbers.A three-day trek (Parikrama or Kora) around Mt. Kailash over a 5630 meter Drolma La (pass), clockwise for Buddhists and Hindus, and anti-clockwise for followers of the ancient Bon religion, is said to erase the sins of a lifetime.