Tsurphu Monastery locates at the upstream of Tsurphu River, about 70 km west from Lhasa. It is the main seat of Karmapa branch of Kagyupa, the third largest school of Tibetan Buddhism. The elevation of the monastery is 4300 meters. Therefore, it is easy for a trek. Besides, the scenery is beautiful around the monastery. You can see typical Tibetan villages views with high mountains. Thus, if you are interested in Tibet trekking tour, you can join in Tsurphu to Yangpachen Trekking and see the monastery.

About Tsurphu Monastery

The first Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa created the reincarnation system of Tibetan Buddhism. After that, other schools accepted it and spread around. Dusm Khyenpa is also the founder of the monastery. He founded it in 1189 in his eighty year’s old. Since then, the monastery have held over one thousand monks. With the elegant natural views, Tsurphu Monastery is an excellent place for them studying Buddhism. Moreover, it is the most important Kagyupa monasteries for its believers. Also, there have been 17 Karmapa of great achievement in the monastery. Thanks to the reincarnation system, the lineage has preserved without interruption.

Tsurphu Monastery
Tsurphu Monastery


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