After a heavy breakfast and a deep breath we started our walk around Holy Kailesh. There were many local Tibeten doing the circumvallation. The path for this clockwise walk is locally known a Kora. Through out the first day walk Mount Kailash stayed in our close view. We took a short break at the Dedripur monastery, which had rows of small Chortens in front.
By afternoon we reached the full north face of the mountain and felt blessed to camp in its shadow. It here that the countless trickles flowing from the eternal snow fields of the holy mountain form streams that are considered by the devout as the source of the Yarlung- Brahmaputra, the great river that travels almost two thousand eight hundred km, passing through Tibet, India, Bangladesh and finally draining into the Bay of Bengal.
Andy took a bottle full of water from the ‘source’ at the foot of the mountain, which the expedition will carry all the way to the sea, as a symbolic gesture of staying in harmony with the river.