* The highest monastery in the world.
Rongbuk is is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Nyingma sect in Basum Township, Dingri County, Shigatse Prefecture of Tibet. Rongbuk monastery lies by the foot of the Rongbuk Glacier at 5,100 meters above the sea level, the highest monastery in the world. It is only 200 meters lower than the north side Everest Base Camp of Mount Everest.
The Rongbuk Monastery itself was founded in 1902 by a Nyingmapa Lama known as the Zatul Rinpoche in an area of meditation huts that had been in use by monks and hermits for over 400 years. It is a five-tier building, but only 2 floors are in use now. In the frontispiece of the main hall, were sacrificed the statues of Sakyamuni and Geru Rinpoche. And the mural paintings inside are especially worthy of appreciation.
Walking forward from Rongbuk Monastery, you will see the famous Rongbuk Glacier Zone, which is the largest among all the hundreds of glaciers formed around the Mt. Everest. Visitors must pass through Rongbuk in order to reach the highest peak of Mt. Everest via the North Face. It is about 8 km. (4.97 mi.) to the Everest Base Camp and a good point to appreciate the scenery there at dawn and dark. In front of the monastery, there is a large, round, terraced chorten containing a reliquary. Seen from here, Mt. Everest appears like a lofty pyramid surrounded by mountains that touch the sky. It has been described as having some of the most dramatic views in the world, presenting a panorama of the Shishapangma, Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, and Gyachung Kang peaks to visitors.