Gongga monastery is located at the west slope of Mt Gongga with altitude of 3030 meters above sea level. It situates on a small “stage” that overlooking the large glacier that descends off the west side of Mt Gongga. Mt Ggongga is the highest peak in the eastern Tibet of Kham and Amdo.
It 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 & Contact
Add: On the east slop of Mt Gongga (Minya Gangkar)
RMB 20 per person
How to get Gongga monastery
It 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 here
- By Trekking : a 5 days trekking starting from Kangding leads to here
- 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, then descending to Tsemi village, from which you will start to hike for about 1.5 -2 hours to reach at
Be advised : There are three “Tsemi villages” — “Upper Tsemi village”, “Middle Tsemi village”, “Lower Tsemi village”; among of which the “Upper Tsemi village” is the one that closer to this 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”