The hidden route to Woka Choelong


The popular routes in Tibet are mostly crowded with lots of Travelers from all over the world. 

Some Travelers ask us about some special route where they are less tourist but more locals, less vehicle but more nature with wild animals.

After doing some research, one of the best areas we have found is the hidden route to Woka Choelong valley. 

They are 4 ways of travel to Woka Choelong valley

1. Traveling from Lhasa to Woka Choelong valley and ending the tour via Tsetang prefecture.

2. Traveling from Tsetang prefecture to Woka Choelong valley and ending the tour via Lhasa prefecture. 

3. Traveling from Nyingchi prefecture to Gyamda town and travel into Woka Choelong valley and ending the tour via Tsetang prefecture.

4. Traveling from Nyingchi prefecture to Nang town and travel to Woka Choelong valley and ending the tour via Lhasa prefecture. 

Today we would like to share the most popular route, which will be traveling from Lhasa. 

This route lies around 70 km from Lhasa towards the east. 

Sightseeings on the way to Woka Choelong valley from Lhasa 

1. Rutok Hot spring

Rutok hot spring is once the meditation area of Maha Guru Padmasambhava. We can still witness the small meditation cave as a blessing.  Hot spring is attached to the swimming pool, it's good to visit and choose as an option. 

2. Siji Lhatso Lake 

This is one of the hidden lakes where very few tourists travel, that is also one of the main reasons for sharing this lake with all the Travelers.

Siji Lhatso lake is surrounded by mountains, different colors of flowers in summer and it is one of the most peaceful bliss areas in Tibet. 

3. Vast Grassland

Even though the road on this route is 90 percent paved so fewer tourist know about this route. Only a few Travel agencies will arrange this tour so very few Travelers can be seen. They are around 20-30 km with big vast grassland.

4. Wild animals when more merit

The grassland where there are few people, for sure the wild animals come down to drink water and that is also great merit for Travelers to see Blue sheep, and Antelopes.

Photo: My recent trip to Woka Choelong valley and a few minutes with a Yogini

5. Woka Choelong monastery

This is the monastery where Great Guru Je Tsongkhapa has done his spiritual practice of prostrating and offering mandala on the stone, nowadays we can still witness the body prints on the stone for a blessing.

Je Tsongkhapa was born in Eastern Tibet in the year 1357

He traveled to central Tibet and practices Buddha Dharma here at Woka Choelong retreat area where legends say he met many great Buddhist scholars from India for a blessing. 

Je Tsongkhapa said: they are countless reasons that he can praise Buddha Shakyamuni, one reason that he loves to praise Buddha the most, sharing the world the wisdom of interdependence - dependent connection.

Whatever depends on causes and conditions is empty of intrinsic reality.

What excellent instruction could there be marvelous than this discovery?

In the beginning, many Tibetan scholars criticized Je Tsongkhapa but later when Je Tsongkhapa composed many great Buddha Dharma teachings namely Ngag Rim Chenmo on Vajrayana, Lamrim Chenmo on the path to enlightenment.

After understanding Je Tsongkhapa's wisdom in those great teachings, many of the Tibetan scholars praise him for his great compassion and wisdom.

Je Tsongkhapa is the founder of the Gelukpa sect school in Tibetan Buddhism. On this route, it is also possible to add Ganden monastery on the way. Travelers can also read more information on Ganden monastery on Tibet Travelers Top 13 Day trips from Lhasa.

Woka Choelong monastery was built before the Ganden monastery so making it the first monastery of Gelukpa school.  

Je Tsongkhapa is known as one of the great Tibetan Maha Siddha's. Travelers can read proverbs from Buddhist Maha Siddha's.

Je Tsongkhapa passes away in the year 1419, during the Je Tsongkhapa's century, they were so many great Maha Siddha's in Tibet namely Drubtub Tang Tong Gyalpo, Jetsun Sakya Pandita, Jetsun Drukpa Kunley, Jetsun Tsang Nyon, Jetsun U- Nyong, and many others.

When so many suns shine together, it is hard for stars and moon to shine. 

6. Woka hot spring

They are three beautiful hot springs near Woka Choelong monastery. One of the popular is Phakmo hot spring. Another two are Je Tsongkhapa hot spring and the 13th Dalai Lama hot spring. 

Woka hot spring is a great option for Travelers to have a blessing since hot spring cures bone fractures and also it helps to keep our bones healthy. Travelers can also read our articles on a few hot springs in Tibet.

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7. Woka Chosang monastery

Woka Chosang monastery is another monastery near the Woka Choelong, once a great retreat area. 

8. Horse with a horn on the forehead 

One of the special blessings to see in this valley is the Horse with a horn which was born in this valley before, nowadays that Horse has passed away but we can still have a blessing from a tooth of that Horse. 


Many Travelers had shown a great love for traveling to Tibet and we would like to thank all the Travelers for loving the beauties of Tibet.

Since Travelers had spent lots of time and money for travel to Tibet, we would like to share some hidden beauties in Tibet where Travelers can still witness the beauties of nature with fewer tourists. 

It is actually difficult to find places with fewer tourists since everywhere in our world is developing, Tibet Travelers will do best to share more hidden beauties with our Travelers. 

Another hidden beauties in Tibet is Kharta Chutang Gama valley, Kangshung East face of Mount Everest.

This is also one of the most special trekking routes in Tibet.

Traveling to Tibet is once in a lifetime experience so we recommend all Travelers to travel to this hidden route of Woka Choelong valley. 

Travelers can send us Emails regarding more information on traveling to Woka Choelong valley. 

Written By :Tenzin

Mar 18, 2018


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