Rongbuk Monastery

In the Tibetan language, known as རོང་ཕུ་དགོན་ Rongbuk monastery is one of the highest-situated monasteries in our world.

History of Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk monastery can be divided into three.

  1. The Upper Rongbuk monastery
  2. Present Rongbuk monastery
  3. The Lower Rongbuk monastery

Upper Rongbuk monastery

The upper Rongbuk monastery can be traced back to the 8th Century great Yogi Maha Guru Padmasambhava. In the teachings of Maha Guru Rinpoche Padma Kathang (I have spent a month and seven days at Rongbuk Dza. Have attained supreme spiritual realization)  Upper Dza Rongbuk is known as a retreat area for Monks and Nuns of Rongbuk monastery. 

The lower Rongbuk monastery was built by the great master late Je Trulshik. It is situated around 15km from the Rongbuk monastery. 

Present Rongbuk Monastery

The main Rongbuk monastery is situated near Mount Everest's north-face base camp at an altitude of 5150 meters above sea level.

The monastery was built by Ngawang Tenzin Norbu Rinpoche in the year 1902. The monastery became one of the critical Nyingma schools of Buddhism in Tibet.  The late Trulshik Rinpoche spent many years in the Rongbuk monastery as an abbot of the monastery. The branch of the monastery is in Nepal in the Solukhumbu area known as Thubten Choeling. 

At present, the monastery has been reconstructed with a large main hall and a few more precious statues of Buddhas. 

Rongbuk monastery viewpoint

The highest mountain in our world (Mount Everest) is situated at an altitude of 8844 meters above sea level. To see the view of Mount Everest is a dream come true for many Travelers. The best view of the mountain can be seen from the Rongbuk monastery.

Mount Everest area Garbage cleanup 

Every year many Mountain climbers and Travelers will travel to the Mount Everest area. The climbers will be the ones getting closer to Mount Everest. Since 2015, officials in Tibet have given every climber two trash bags to retrieve at least 8 kg of rubbish, levying a fine of $100 for each kilogram by which a climber falls short.

The central office has also planned to build an environmentally friendly toilet and waste collection sites in the Mount Everest area, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Authorities in Tibet have pledged to complete 45 pollution cleanup tasks before 2020, according to a list published this week by the environment ministry, after a central inspection team flagged concerns last year.

A team of 30 people has cleared about 5.2 tonnes of household waste, 2.3 tonnes of human feces, and one tonne of mountaineering trash in the cleanup by Tibetan mountaineering officials, the paper said.

The Mount Everest national park Non-Pollution Eco bus is arranged from Tashizom village to the Rongbuk Monastery.

Black Yak hair tea tent local hotels

The Black Yak hair tea tent accommodation is situated at Rongbuk monastery. These Yak hair tea provide basic beds with local foods. The Rongbuk monastery offers basic accommodation. Private bathrooms and showers are not available at the Rongbuk monastery at the moment.

Nearby Sightseeing

  1. The nearest County to Rongbuk monastery is Tingri.
  2. The Old Tingri is known as Gangkar. Travelers will be passed by Old Tingri only if Travelers are traveling to Nepal after Tibet.
  3. The New Tingri, also known as Shegar with the nearby small town of Pelber. It is an excellent option to spend a night in Pelber so Travelers can acclimatize to the altitude well and also see the stunning sunrise view of five mountains above 8000 meters from the GawuLa Pass at an elevation of 5200 meters. The mountains include Mount Everest (8844 meters, 29002ft) Mount Makalu (8463 meters, 27825ft) Mount Lhotse (8516meters, 27940ft) Mount Cho Oyu (8188 meters, 26906 ft), and finally Mount Shishapangma (8027 meters, 26289ft) This is the best view scenic point of Mount Everest.

Video: Gawula pass (5200 meters) ~ Song from Great Milarepa Gur Doha Song 

Pasum Village and Tashizom Village 

The valley from the Gawu la pass is known as Padruk. Two of the most important villages in Padruk are Pasum and Tashizom.

Travelers having altitude sickness at Rongbuk monastery can travel back to Pasum or Tashizom village for the night. The Pasum and Tashizom village offers better accommodations and food. 

Photo: Sunset red Everest 

May all the Travelers traveling to the Mount Everest area can see the stunning sunset view of Mount Everest. 


Rongbuk monastery is a small monastery as compared to other huge monasteries in Lhasa. This small monastery lies on the roof of the world is full of blessings from the great Tibetan Yogis, so we highly recommend Rongbuk monastery.  The Rongbuk monastery area is also one of the best places in Tibet to see the stars in the night. 

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Written By :Tenzin

Mar 23, 2019


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