What is Kekexili? Kekexili (ཨ་ཆེན་གངས་རྒྱལ།།), is a nature preserve on the northern Tibetan Plateau that is home to most of the Tibetan antelope, wild donkeys and wild yaks of Tibet. It is a high grassland area that sits at 4700m (15,416ft) above sea level covering 45,000 square kilometers. Kekexili is found in Yushu Tibet Autonomous Prefecture in southwest Qinghai province. This region of Tibet is in the traditional Tibetan province of Kham. If you take the train or bus from Xining or Golmud to Lhasa, you will pass through some of Kekexili. It is a place a stunning beauty and is the theme of many Tibetan songs. It is surrounded by high, snow-capped mountain peaks and is home to few people. Most of the people who do live there are nomads who live in black yak-hair tents. Winters are long and extremly cold in Kekexili. Hunting is strictly forbidden in the nature preserve. The Tibetan antelope was hunted to the point of near extinction in the 1990's. A film, also called Kekexili, was made in 2004 about a group of Kham Tibetans from Yushu Tibet Autonomous Prefecture who came together to form a patrol to protect the Tibetan antelope. The film is based on a true story.
Kekexili is a special and unique place unlike any other on earth. It is remote and barren, yet has a certain draw to it. It is one of my favorite places in all of Tibet. I chose to name this site after this great place.