20 kms north of Benzilan, on the road north from Shangri-La, is the Dhondrupling Gompa, set on the edge of a mountainside. It’s a lovely setting, and the monastery is very much a ‘working’ monastery, with monks going about their daily routine. Several were busy installing solar panels.
After walking round the main hall in a clockwise direction, I headed up to the roof.
Then, there was a great deal of activity in the courtyard, as the monks went into the main hall, settled themselves and started to chant and drum. There were about 80 monks chanting, in full dress including yellow hats, and we felt very priviledged to watch it. Alex, our guide, had not seen this sort of thing before, and said that it must be a special occasion. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside the hall.
The road further north was still being constructed out of the mountainside.
We gained more height until a couple of passes at about 4,500 metres.
At this height, you can really feel the altitude, and it was quite cold as well, so we continued on to our final destination, the Songstam Meili Hotel, on the road near Diqing.