While on a ten week journey through Asia, we visited this monastery about an hours drive away from Lhasa. We were in Lhasa for four days to help with acclimating in order to go to the Mt Everest Base Camp which is at 17,060 feet/ 5,200 meters. Our guides took us here for a 1/2 day visit before returning to our hotel is Lhasa. I looked upon the pending visit as we drove up the steep hills as another Monastery but it turned out to be one the prettiest of some forty that we visited on our trip.
At 14,067 feet, I found myself short of breath and so spent a lot of slow time walking around the monastery before trying the hill above it. It is well away from Lhasa and has wide aisles to walk around and is not crowded and cramped as many others which are easier to reach by car. After spending time looking at the various displays in the Monastery, I went up the trail that leads to the top of the mountain for a better view.
There is a small Chinese Army Military base just above the Monastery. Unfortunately, nothing to do with the Army but while looking down on the building, I managed to drop my lens hood and it went rolling far down among the bushes where it will remain.
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