Gongga Monastery | 贡嘎寺

Gongga monastery | 贡嘎寺 is located at the west side of Minya Konka. It is perched on a small bench on an otherwise steep hillside with altitude of 3030 m overlooking the terminus of a large glacier that descends off the west side of Mt Minya Gongga (7556 meters), the highest peak in the east Tibet. Gongga monastery is the sealed shrine of the Kagyu sect’s succession living Buddha, who is known as Tulku Rinpoche. The reincarnation was formally started here by the Kagyu sect. From this origin, systems of reincarnation—including the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama–were adopted by all major sects of Tibetan religion.
This monastery was damaged during the Cultural Revolution in 1960’s of 20th century. It has been rebuilt by local villagers since the late 1990’s of 20th century. Nowadays, this small Kagyu tradition monastery is getting famous for its wonderful location for those, whom make this fairly tough trek in Mt Gongga. This monastery is also a base for those whom plan to start a mountain climbing to the peak of Mt Gongga.

Address

Add: On the east slop of Mt Gongga (Minya Gangkar)

Altitude

3,750 meters above sea level

Opening hour

Full day

Entrance fee

RMB 20.00 per person

How to get there

Gongga monastery | 贡嘎寺 is still isolated due to its location, there is no road linking this site to outer world, the only transportation tool are motorcycle and small size tractor. There are two routes that leads to Gongga monastery | 贡嘎寺

  • By Trekking : a 5 days trekking starting from Kangding leads to Gongga monastery
  • By vehicle and Foot: One other option is by driving around from the north side of Mt Gongga to reach Liuba county, then switch to local 4 wheel drive vehicle to reach Tsemi La pass (子梅垭口), then descending to Tsemi village, from which you will start to hike for about 1.5 -2 hours to reach Gongga monastery | 贡嘎寺
  • Be advised : There are three “Tsemi villages”, of which are “Upper Tsemi village”, “Middle Tsemi village”, “Lower Tsemi village”; among of which the “Upper Tsemi village” is the one that closer to Gongga monastery; the other two are near to each other and leads to the east slope of Mt Gonga and goes to Hailuogou Glacier and Luding, , and about 2.5 kilometers from “Upper Tsemi village”

Be advised

There are three “Tsemi villages”, of which are “Upper Tsemi village”, “Middle Tsemi village”, “Lower Tsemi village”; among of which the “Upper Tsemi village” is the one that closer to Gongga monastery; the other two are near to each other and leads to the east slope of Mt Gonga and goes to Hailuogou Glacier and Luding, , and about 2.5 kilometers from “Upper Tsemi village”

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