Shira Bassi and a team of supporters have signed up to do the Mount Kailash trek in September 2008.
Mount Kailash (6,714m/22,028ft), Asia's most sacred mountain, is said to be at the heart of the ancient Shangshung kingdom, the supposed land of origin of the pre-Buddhist Bonpos. Mount Kailash is their soul-mountain (lari), which they also call Yungdrung Gu Tse, the Ninestory Swastika Mountain. This is the very place where the sect's legendary founder, Tonpa Shenrab, descended from heaven to earth. In the 11th century, with the revival and ascendancy of Buddhism in Tibet, Milarepa, the poet-saint and patriarch of the Kagyupa sect,was the dominant influence in the area. This came to pass when he defeated his Bonpo archrival, Naro Bonchung, in a series of magical contests. Relic traces of this epic battle can be seen from time to time along the ritual circuit (khora) around Mt. Kailash.The circumambulation of Mt. Kailash is an important pilgrimage for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. Hindus perform a prikama, Buddhists call it a kora. Buddhists believe that a single koraw ashes away the sins of one life and 108 circuits secures Nirvana in this life.