Ngari (Western Tibet) Kailash - A Pilgrimage
'Ngari : Kailash' is a presentation of a pilgrimage to the holiest mountain for Tibetan Buddhists and several other religions, located far in Western Tibet. The film shows a world in itself where religion, traditions, believes and superstitions takes precedence over any laic activity. The video begins with a background presentation of the religion and life in Tibet under Chinese occupation. After three days of driving in dire conditions and frugal meals, we get to the final stage of the pilgrimage, a three-day, 53 km walk, named Kora, around Kailash Holy Mountain, that continuously looms upon. In an atmosphere of legends and spirituality, constantly surrounded by pilgrims turning their sutra wheels in their hands and by yaks loaded with gear and food, we sleep in high altitude monasteries, eventually reaching a prayer flag covered pass, Drolma La, at 5630 meters.
'Ngari : Manasarovar to Everest' is the presentation of a pilgrimage to Lake Manasarovar, the holiest lake in Western Tibet, place of pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhist for hundreds of years. The video begins with a background presentation of the religion and life in Tibet under the Chinese occupation. It continues with 3 days of driving through the villages of Western Tibet ending at Lake Manasarovar and continuing further to the border town of Nyalam. Later we go over high mountain passes on the Friendship Highway, the only relatively decent road in Tibet, to Tingri, and further to Ronghpu Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, 8 km away of the Tibetan Everest base camp. Next we take you to a short hike to Camp 1 in the Everest and returning towards Lhasa through a high pass from where we can see a cross section of the entire Himalayan range.
Kailash - a pilgrimage is the complete version of the video. (Copyright ¼ 2002 - 92 minutes ).