Lhasa ancient pilgrimage circuit - Lhasa, Tibet

Lhasa ancient pilgrimage circuit

Thanks Gary McCue for this favorite place.

In the hills just to the north of Lhasa is an ancient pilgrimage circuit that starts at Phabongkha, a temple dating from the 7th century and perched upon a huge boulder that is said to be the residence of a tortoise. From Phabongkha the trail climbs higher to Tashi Choling, a small monastery that was the residence of a famous lama, then climbs higher again to Takten, a retreat of meditation caves. The views below are incredible, with the back side of the Potala Palace dominating the valley floor. From Takten you can descend back to the Lhasa Valley via Chubsang ani gompa (nunnery), via a steep, narrow trail; continue climbing to Sera Tse, another cave retreat directly above Sera monastery, and then onto the Dode Valley via three more active meditation retreats. Due to the altitude involved, this hike should only be attempted if you have spent at least 3 or 4 days acclimatizing in Lhasa.

Comments are closed.

More favorite places

Lakes and Mountains
Ghar Monastery, Kham Nangchen, Yushu Prefecture
Beautiful Yunnan Meili
Overland Lhasa to Kathmandu via Kyriong
Famous printing press
Cooking, cycling, trekking and meditation in Central Tibet
Ghar Monastery, Kham Nangchen, Yushu Prefecture
Beautiful cave murals in West Tibet
The grasslands of Amdo
Walking around Barkhor Square
Classic Amdo, A cultural adventure through Eastern Tibet
Lhasa ancient pilgrimage circuit
Village life
Nangchen the ancient kingdom
Revel in the tranquility of Dorphu valley
Riding across the Tibetan Plateau
Zhiduo the home land of wild animals, and the source of the Yellow and Yangzi rive
Yaks and butter tea trek
Wildlife adventure in East Tibet
Chomolangma (Mt. Everest) National Park
Sho’La, The pass of Two Faces
Genyen Mountain Trek
The holy mountain Khawa Karpo
Best of Everest Basecamp
Sacred Mountain Amnye Machen
Favorite bird watching tour
The Drigung Valley
Trola Range
Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland
Favorite Flower Tour
Three sacred mountains
Mt. Nyenpo Yurtse Trek
Kora of Ganden Monastery
Holy lake Yilung Latsho
Mount Kailash
The road Eastwards
Tibetan Medicinal Herb Journey
Village tour with meditation course
Kailash Kora
Rawuk Tso alpine lake
Pabongkha Temple
Meru Nyingma temple
Phenpo, an incredible valley
Jokhang in Lhasa
Horse races and nomads
Nomad Adventure Tour on Gangya and Sogdzong (Henan) Grasslands
Home visits
Nyenqentanglha Mountains, The Silent Guardian
Canyons of Guge Kingdom
Just driving through Tibet

related listings

Kham Utpala

The region of Kham in Eastern Tibet is known for its verdant grasslands, craggy mountains, and pure...

more

i-Tibet Travel

We are fully committed to responsible tourism in Tibet. We have the privilege to host guests in...

more

Explore Tibet

All of the staff at Explore Tibet are local Tibetans with many years of traveling experience. Many...

more