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Rongbuk Monastery

near North Everest Base Camp, Tingri County, China
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Type: Religious Sites, Lookouts
Description: One of the highest monasteries in the world was built in 1899.
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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Don't miss this monastery on your way up to Everest Base Camp (EBC). Located just a few km before EBC, you can spot the impressive chorten from the road. The monastery itself is a little run down and is quite modest when compared to massive ones near Lhasa. However, it has two chapels with beautifully painted murals and there are... More

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Houston, TX
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Oh, my goodness, if you are near The Everest Base Camp, you've got to go. It was one of my favorite monasteries of the ten we visited in Tibet because the monks and artisans were so friendly. They even allowed us to take pictures inside....I guess they figure if you managed to get all the way here (17000 ft) you... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We didn't go into the monastery but the view of Everest with the stupa and prayer flags at the monastery was breathtaking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Founded in 1902, this small & beautiful Nyingma sect monastery is shared by both monks & nuns. It is the highest monastery in the world with the stunning view of Mount Everest as a back drop. It was completed in 1974 but was left to ruin for several years. Since 1983 renovations have been slowly taking place. The monastery contains... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Rongbuk monastery is a small mountain monastery, located at the feet of the roof of the world. It keeps its local magic the way it is. We can not expect high class monastery with luxury facilities, if so you should better go to Italy or similar place. But if you want to part of a place where the time has... More

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Berlin, Germany
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

The highest monastery in the world - it's a small and beautiful place, and the monks invited us to tea after our visit. It's beautifully kept, and one of the very few Buddhist places where monks and nuns pray together. I highly recommend a visit, and the location is awe inspiring anyhow.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

i hiked out here in July '87 when most of the people in Tibet had never seen a white man before. Views of Everest havent changed but it sure seems more crowded judging by all the reviews! Friendly monks that couldn't do the math to save their lives when charging me so I just gave them the extra money. The... More

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Orange county
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Staying here means you have zero expectations. While you have a roof over your head you may have a cannonball size hole in the window that lets in severe cold during the night. You therefore need to make sure you have a sleeping bag that is rated to at least zero degrees. There is no real bathroom instead, there is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Just got back last month.Great place to visit with its breathtaking view of Everest from afar.Quite a challenge to come here due to its high altitude and being winter it was extremely cold with temp around -8 deg celcius together with strong wind.Enjoyed the challenging trip and also visited Rongbuk monastery.

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Shanghai, China
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12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

Very nice monastery in excellent area, the view of the everest mountain is amazing. Monks and nuns ar very friendly and allow to take picture inside the chapels.

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