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Rongbuk Monastery, Tingri County

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One of the highest-altitude temples in the world, Rongbuk Monastery provides lodgings for weary adventurers navigating this inhospitable and extreme landscape. The spare complex features a smattering of stone buildings; observe the monks in their prayers and snap pictures of the spectacular mountain scenery (and the odd yak). Though very basic in amenities, the monastery lies at Everest's base camp, sitting 4,980 m (16,340 ft) above sea level--the only other alternative at this height is a tent. You'll be able to purchase basic rations, use the extremely basic restrooms, and sleep under a roof with four walls around you (some of the rooms have heated mattresses). It's recommended that you bring your own sleeping bag as the bedding isn't very well maintained, and come with your own toilet paper. Plan to visit Rongbuk Monastery and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tingri County attractions using our Tingri County vacation planner.
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  • There are two Rongbuk monasteries. A new, which was built around 1900 and the original, which has been largely destroyed during the cultural revolution. The original Convent is really fantastic. It is worth to visit the cave where several shrines are present.
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  • 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 stil...  more »
  • 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 sp...  more »