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Walking On The World's Rooftop

"Walking on earth helps us to build a genuine relationship with the nature, at least with the nature of mother earth."
- His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa will be leading a walking pilgrimage between 23rd May and the 3rd July 2009, starting from Manali, Himachal Pradesh, and finishing in Hemis, Ladakh. It will cover a total journey of approximately 400km, crossing about five Himalayan passes, the highest of which are Shikunla and Singgela, both measuring approximately 5,200m above sea level.

The pilgrims will be walking to the holy sites of Chakrasamvara, Avalokiteshvara, Guru Padmasambhava, and the great Siddha Naropa. One of the highlights of the pilgrimage is a pilgrimage to Sani Gompa in Zanskar, where Naropa flew up into the sky with the Six Bone Ornaments offered to him by the Dakinis and Dzungkhul Gompa, where an arrow left by Naropa is still clearly seen.

There is a website at Full details on the pilgrimage are available there, including how to take part physically (for the whole pilgrimage or in smaller sections), or by way of sponsoring the walk.