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    Chodzong Gompa in Upper Mustang
    Sagun ThapaFeb 20th 2024

    Chodzong Gompa (aka Chhuzong Gompa) is a 13-14th century monument, located at a high altitude of 3,900 meters above sea level, in the isolated valley, passing through the multi-hued gorges. The Gompa remains locked almost all the time as they don't want to disclose its hidden mystery and marvelously sculpted cultural delights. Only a few travelers in Upper Mustang visit this place as it remains hidden and also the location is isolated. 

    Common Faqs about Chodzong Gompa Tour

    How to travel to Chodzong Gompa (Monastery) and come back?

    From Lomanthang, take a horse ride to the Chodzong Gompa. It takes the whole day of the return trip by the horse. Please note that the arrangement should be made a day prior as 'the keeper of the keys' needs to go from Lomanthang as well. 

    Can I go there on foot in a day?

    It's not possible to go there and come back on the same day. If you make an overnight stay there on camp, it's possible to do a 1-night 2-day trip on foot. 

    Cost to Visit the Chodzong Gompa (Monastery)

    Well, there is no charge to visit the gompa. However, if you want to see inside and pay homage, you need to take a Lama from Lomanthang. As the tour will be a full day trip by horse, to respect the time and labor, you need to pay 15000 rupees. (about 115-120 USD). 

    What is the Route from Lomanthang to Chodzong Gompa?

    The route of Chodzong cave goes as follows: Mustang Khola, Chaka Khola, and finally Chhuchhu Gompa Khola. On the route, you can explore the exceptional views of the impressive canyons, and sumptuous gorges with multiple colors of nature itself. You need to cross these streams and rivers several times.

    What is There Inside the Chodzong Gompa Monastery?

    • The troglodyte gompa is very intimate
    • The main building contains old wall paintings
    • Very beautiful statues in painted wood

    Best Recommended Chodzong Gompa Jeep Tour Itinerary- 08 Days

    Day 01: Drive Pokhara to Jomsom.

    Day 02: Drive Jomsom-Muktinath and drive further to Samar.

    Day 03: Drive to  Chhuksang to Syangbochen, Chungsi Cave.

    Day 04: Syangbochen to Lomanthang, drive further to Jhong Cave Choser, and explore around.  

    Day 05: Horse Ride to Chodzong Gumba, explore, and back to Lomanthang.

    Day 06: Drive to Yara/Ghara Luri Gumba and Lo Ghekar Monastery-Ghar Gumba.

    Day 07: Drive back to Tatopani via Kagbeni and Dhumba Lake.

    Day 08: Drive back to Pokhara.

    Chöd Practice and Meanings 

    Chöd (Tibetan: གཅོད,) is a spiritual practice found primarily in the Yundrung Bön tradition as well as in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

    The Tibetan word “chöd” means “to cut off” or “to slay.” The founder of this practice is the great Tibetan yogini Machig Labdron. The practice follows a prompt and effective Tantric way to the path of realization, awakening, and enlightenment. 

    Upper Mustang Hidden Caves, Monasteries and Valleys

    By the Jeep tour and horse ride, travelers in Upper Mustang can explore the hidden caves, monasteries, chhortens, and antique settlements along with gorges and cliffs. Some of the highlighting examples of such beauties include Luri Gompa, Chungsi Cave, Red Cliffs at Dhakmar, Lo Ghekar Monastery (Ghar Gumba), Jhong Cave, and Chodzong Gompa (Monastery) itself. 

    Some renowned caves and monasteries in Upper Mustang

    Luri Gompa

    Chungsi Cave

    Lo Ghekar Monastery (Ghar Gumba)

    Jhong Cave

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    Sagun ThapaFeb 20th 2024

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