Ganden Monastery

A hairpinned road to Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery is a monastery at an elevation of 4.327m (14,196ft) above the sea level, located in Dagzê District, Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China.

Towering on the Wangbori Mountain, the monastery was founded by Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelug order, in 1409. It is one of the great three Gelug university monasteries of Tibet. The road to the monastery is very curvy, with 18 hairpin turns, offering amazing views of the Lhasa valley. It was totally paved on the 2010´s.

Located 40 kilometres (25 mi) northeast of Lhasa, the road to the summit is pretty steep. Starting from Jiangcuo, a mountain village, the amazing curvy road to the monastery is 7.6 km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 517 meters. The average gradient is 6.80%.
Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez
Pic: Philipp Gaertner


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