Nekor is the story of an unlikely pilgrimage. Four friends set out to ride the ardous track that surrounds the "Kawa Kharpo", one of the eight holy mountains in Tibet. Tens of thousands have visited the holy sites along the Pilger Route, some hike the path surrounding the peak. Even fewer bring a bike.
One of the most fascinating trekking regions in China lies between the Chinese provinces of Yunnan and Tibet: the mountain mass Kawa Karpo. This mountain range with its 6740m high peak is considered holy by Buddhists. The main summit is still unclimbed. A pilgrimage path leads around the mountain. This path around Kawa Karpo is surely one of the most interesting and impressive nature paths on earth. It leads through untouched forests, across more than 15000 ft / 4500m high mountain passes and through a deep valley with ferocious mountain rivers.
No one was able to tell us whether you could bike the path. We went off on a pilgrimage to the foot of the mountain, an internationally cast team of four. We spent six days on the path, often in complete solitude. We were able to experience one of our most fascinating bike trips, completely cut off from any communication with the outside world.
The friendly, open way in which we were greeted by the Tibetans despite our unusual mode of transportation for the region, impressed us. Living minimally left us feeling calm and happy and we hope that feeling will stay with us for a long time.
Tibetans use the term nékor for pilgrimage. The né is a sacred or holy site/object and is credited with the ability to transform those that circumambulate it.
Riders: Gerhard Czerner, Kevin Tews, You Terryn, Arsenal Zeng
Photographs: Martin Bissig
Film: Sebastian Doerk