Dzongsar Monastery | 宗萨寺

Dzongsar Monastery | 宗萨寺 is loacated in Derge county in the Kanze (or Garze, Ganze) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan, approximately 10 – 11hrs trekking east to Pelpung monastery. It was founded in 746 and was rebuilt in 1983. It now only has six large and small temples. The main temples cover 48,200 square meters. There are more than 200 monks residing at Dzongsar.

Dzongsar runs a school teaching Tibetan traditions, it is noted for its openness to most of the teaching sects of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery is also known for its incense and sells it commercially as Dzongsar Tibetan Incense Powder and Dzongsar Tibetan Incense Sticks. The incense is made from precious, natural herbal materials from the highlands of Eastern Tibet and is said to have healing effects for the mind and soul, and have the ability to prevent infectious diseases.

Address & Contact

On the east end of Dzongsar, Da Ma village
德格县, 达马乡


3,250 meters above sea level

Opening hour

Full day

Entrance fee

Free of charge

Dzongsar Monastery Location

How to get there

There are two ways to enter the valley that this Sakya Pa monastery is located

  • From Pelyul county, it takes about 3-4 hours by rented vehicle to cover the distance
  • From Derge, which has one bus to the Da Ma village, 2 buses a week
  • The best way to get in this valley is to rent local vehicle, which costs usually RMB 200.00 – 300.00 one way from Pelyul, or RMB 300.00 – 400.00 from Derge; The rental cost for a round trip in one day will be cheaper than to rent it one way or round trip in two or more days

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