Manali, India -- Hundreds of Buddhist monks completed an arduous 240 mile journey through Himalayan mountain passes, from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Indian Jammu and Kashmir.
They crossed five Himalayan mountain passes during the journey, at altitudes of up to five thousand meters above sea level. The pilgrims were greeted in an official ceremony by monks from the Hemis monastery.
Tshering Phunstok, a monk from Eastern Darjeeling said, "It was very difficult but we enjoyed it. Sometimes we had to climb up to five thousand meters above the sea level and sometimes three thousand meters. We had a hard time but we enjoyed very much with His Holiness, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa.”
The pilgrimage was led by the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa Rinoche, who wanted to educate people along the way on the environment, education and healthcare.