Mount Kailash is considered sacred in four religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon, and Jainism. In Tibetan, the mountain is known as Gang Rinpoche, meaning “Mountain of God”. Pilgrims believe that to circle the mountain can erase the sins of a lifetime.
Some further believe that 108 circles around the mountain will break the cycle of rebirth, and assure a state of nirvana at death. The mountain attracts most of its visitors during years falling on the Lunar calender year of the Horse. This is due to the horse being the zodiac symbol of Buddha.