Mount Kailash གངས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་
In the remote corner of western Tibet, the pristine Mount Kailash dominates the entire region’s landscape. Standing at 6714 metres or 22,027 feet it is seen by all. Known in Tibetan as གངས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ or Gang-Rinpoche meaning “Precious Jewel of Snow” it is the most sacred peak in Tibet.
The celestial beauty of Mount Kailash is not only fascinating, it is also the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon religions from around the world. For all four religions, Mount Kailash is the spiritual epicenter. Every year, thousands of devotees make the pilgrimage to the holy Mount Kailash for spiritual purification.
Mount Kailash is nicknamed ‘the navel of the Universe’.
Where is Tibet?
Tibet is located to the south-west of China, also bordering India, Nepal, Burma and Bhutan.
Tibet’s three original provinces are U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo. The people in these regions all consider themselves Tibetan, although each has a strong identity and different dialects of Tibetan are used.
Under China’s occupation, Tibet has been divided up, renamed and incorporated into Chinese provinces, with little reference to the original borders between Tibet’s provinces. When China refers to Tibet, it means the Tibet Autonomous Region or TAR, which includes only U-Tsang and part of Kham. The remainder of Kham was divided between Sichuan and Yunnan Chinese provinces. Amdo was divided between Gansu, Sichuan and Qinghai provinces.
The historical territory of Tibet would make it the world’s 10th largest nation by geographical area.
Who are the people?
A deeply spirtual and generous people. The inhabitants of Tibet include Menpa, Luopa, Han Chinese, Hui, Sherpa, Deng and the Tibetan’s themselves who occupy over 92% of the population. The Tibetan people are optimistic, bold and uninhibited leading a life of humbleness.
Traditionally the region is known for farming, specifically dairy products such as beef and mutton. If you travel the country, you will often see farmers herding yak and sheep in their fields too with the occasional crop of barley closeby.
The traditional clothing in Tibet is thick, warm and loose with a wide waist and long sleeves. This helps to regulate temperature as it can vary wildly between the seasons from +29c to -16c. These are a hardy people make no mistake…
There are many celebrations throughout the year but the three largest are: Tibetan New Year or ‘Losar’, the Saga Dawa Festival which is the most religiously significant and last but not least the Shoton Festival otherwise known as the Tibetan Opera Festival. To visit Tibet during these times is both mesmerising and spiritually enriching.
The indigenous peoples are so warm and friendly if you smile at at them you will recieve a big grin back… it’s in their nature!
What does it mean to be Pure Kailash?
We passionately believe it means to be committed to Tibet and it’s people now and for many years to come.
We launched in 2018 with a passion for doing things differently. Believing business can be a force for good not just for profits, whereby a contribution to charity is made from every single item sold.
You aren’t just a customer of ours, you are a partner in our mission for Tibet.
We donate $3 for every item you buy to The Tibet Foundation based in London. UK Registered Charity no. 292400.
Founded in 1985, The Tibet Foundation has become the world’s foremost Tibetan Charity working for and with the Tibetan people. They send your generous donations exactly where they are needed most – feeding, housing and educating the Tibetan regions most vulnerable people.
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