Shechen Monastery is one of the 6 Great Nyingma Pa monastery of Tibetan religion. It is located in north edge of Derge county, approximately 20 kilometers west from Dzogchen monastery.
It was founded in 1695 by Shechen Rabjam Tenpé Gyaltsen who was sent to Kham by Dalai Lama V. It is renowned for the authenticity to the teachings at shedra and the quality of its sacred arts. The location is at the valley, which is 10 kilometers to the road junction between Nangdo and Dzogchen. Shechen monastery has 160 satellite monasteries spread out in the Himalayan region.
Shechen Monastery Data
Ba Se Village, Zhu Qing Xiang
Free of charge
How to get to there
Shechen monastery is located in a open valley of Base village, which is about 20 kilometers from the road intersection that connects Manigango in the east and Sershul county in the west. It is about 80 km west from Manigango. The only pass between Manigango and Shechen monastery is the Hai-Zi La pass (4500 meters), and it takes nearly 3 hours’ drive to cover this distance;
Sershul is about 150 northwest of Shechen , which may take 3-4 hours to cover this distance, and Sershul county is about another 3.5 hours drive to Yushu airport, which has direct flight to major cities of China, such as Beijing, Xining….
Alternative, Garze Gesar airport will be the nearest airport to this site
There is no bus to reach Shechen monastery, the possible way that you can use are:
- To take the bus from Garze(Kanze) to Sershul, get off the bus at San Ca He, from which you will need to hitchhike for 20 kilometers to reach the valley entrance to Shechen monastery, which is about 300 meters westward at the bottom of the valley
- The simpler way is to rent one local minibus from Manigango to Shechen , which may cost RMB 700.00 – 800.00 for a round trip within a day