Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world. It sits on the north side of Mount Everest (Mt. Qomolangma) in Tibet in Qomolangma National Park.
It was built in 1902 in an area used for meditation for over 400 years by nuns and hermits; until the Chinese Cultural Revolution in the 1960's, when it was destroyed. It was the home to 500 monks and nuns but now there are only about 30.
It is being rebuilt in the simple Tibetan style and has a beautiful, large, round religious reliquary, a chorten.
There are said to be a number of mani walls and boulders around the monastery though the only one we saw was at the Base Camp for Mt. Everest climbers.
The monastery ran a very primitive dorm style guesthouse with no heat nor modern bathroom facility and a tiny café which served just basic fare.
At the end of the road, just three and a half miles up the mountain, was the jump off point for climbing Mt. Everest. At over 17,000 feet, it was very cold and we needed oxygen.
Here there was some type of monument, a building, a flowing river and many prayer flags. Here also was a most spectacular view of the majestic Mt. Everest.
Photos and story courtesy of Bob & Wilma.