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Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk monastery lies by the foot of the Rongbuk Glacier at 5,100 metres (17,000 ft) above sea level, it is the highest monastery in the world. It is only 200 metres (660 ft) lower than the north side Everest Base Camp of Mount Everest.


The Rongbuk Monastery was founded in 1902 by a Nyingmapa Lama in an area of meditation huts that had been in use by monks and hermits for over 400 years. In previous times, the Monastery became very active with the teachings at certain times of the year. It was, and is, the destination of special Buddhist pilgrimages where annual ceremonies are held for spectators coming from as far as Nepal and Mongolia.


The main entrance fee: RMB25/pp

open time : any time

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