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Rongbuk Monastery

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Address: near North Everest Base Camp, Tingri County, China
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One of the highest monasteries in the world was built in 1899.

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Small Monastery with Great View of Everest

A combined nunnery and monastery 8 km from EBC, offers some charm and an additional sightseeing opportunity apart from Everest itself. While no surprises await for those who have... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 December 2016
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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

I stayed at the monastery prior to the final stage walk tot eh base camp the next morning at dawn. Although the excitement was building overnight for the sun to rise so I could finish the walk, I still slept well int he old wooden floored rustic ruin. I'm glad I did.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Rongbuk Monastery is the highest (5100M) monastery in the world and consists of both a monk and a couple of visiting nuns.  The monk that lives there has done so for 22 years on his own and doesn't speak.  It's a beautiful small monastery that is made up of an underground cave where prayers and devotion occur.  It was so... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

A combined nunnery and monastery 8 km from EBC, offers some charm and an additional sightseeing opportunity apart from Everest itself. While no surprises await for those who have visited a Buddhist monastery before, its a nice stop when you are in the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

stayed here in the accommodation which is very basic but what can you expect for the highest monastery in the world . Drop down toilets . 4 to a room and they provide blankets but come prepared . Clean rooms and some rooms have a fantastic view of Everest

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Walnut, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I achieved one of my childhood dreams to watch the Tibetan demon dance. It was even more entertaining for the hundreds of locals who scrambled for every bit of space on the roof and the dirt floors near the performers. At 16,000 feet above sea level, the Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world with spectacular views of... More 

Thank Jeffrey H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This was a monastery. Don't forget it. The rooms are small and cramped but you aren't here for the rooms. The food is basic but warm. But you aren't here for the food. You are here for the access to Everest base camp. It is drier than the tent camps at base camp and the food is good. No showers,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

There has been a monastery on this site for hundreds of years. It is humbling to think of the dedication it takes to live in such a harsh isolated location. Enjoy the views, and reflect on the lives of the monks and nuns who call this home.

Thank Debra D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

So close to Mount Everest. This is a very small monastery. It is a tribute to these dedicated Buddhist Monks and Nuns who live in a very difficult and extreme environment dedicating their lives to follow the teachings of The Lord Buddha. Donations welcome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Do take time to visit this one if you are at Mt. Everest Base Camp. It's a small monastery that is self-funded from ticket selling (cheap), donation. and stay at guest house opposite. Enjoy while also helping to support the locals in this remote area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Just a short walk from EBC, it is definitely a must visit if you're driving/walking by. The whole compound is really peaceful and the monks/nuns friendly. Get a guided tour to understand the history Better

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