Choku Gompa is about 2 kilometers from Tarpoche. Its elevation is about 4820 meters above sea level. It is a kagyu Pa monastery, located on the cliff that faces the western bank of Lha Chu River.
It was founded in the 13th century as a shrine, and houses a white stone statue of Buddha Opame and a sacred silver embossed conch shell, which was said to belong to Milarepa. The founder of Choku Gompa was Gotshangpa Gompo Pel, whom was a Drukpa Kagyu disciple of Tsangpa Gyare, the orignal Guru and celebrated discoverer of the great Tsari pilgrimage, and a cave near the back of this monastery belongs to him.
Inside the Gompa, the center of the back wall is one unique , orignal Thangkar image of Nangwa Thaye, known as Choku Renpoche.
Below this monastery is the Langchen Bepuk which means Hidden Elephant Cave where Padmasambhava stayed and meditated when he came to Mt Kailash. From Chouku Gompa, the view on the south face of Kailash is stunning, and photos are strictly forbidden to the shrines, because in 1991 a group of art thieves from Nepal and working for western art dealers broke into this gompa and stole 16 ancient statues. Two of them were arrested and admitted that they stole to order, and they use “tourist’s” photo to find out the inside detail. This shall help to understand why the strictly forbidden on photo inside.
Choku Gompa Data
In The valley stretch from Mt Kailash
2 kilometers from Tarpoche
Free of charge
How to get to there
Choku Gompa is located at Tarpoche which is the “start” of Kailash Cora trek. In general you will need to get to Darchen first, and then by foot to reach this monastery.
The nearest airport is Ali airport, and then by vehicle to get to Darchen
Starting from Darchen, there are two ways to reach this monastery, one is to climb down from Buddha’s Platform directly to the trail; another one is to cross over the bridge to reach this site from the main trail that circle Mount Kailash
Ngari Kunsha Airport
Add: Gar Xian, Ngari
IATA Code: NGQ
Altitude: 4,270 meters
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Ngari Bus Station
Address: Opposite the Ngari Post Office,
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Altitude: 4,300 meters
Working hours: 07:00 am – 17:30 pm