Gompe Utse

The most sacred mountain in the region around Lhasa (3658m), the capital of Tibet, rising directly north of the Drebung-monastery (3790m), 6 km west of Lhasa. Before His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso left Tibet in 1959 it was a traditional ceremony, that every year the Dalai Lama, riding a horse, went up to the summit in a grand procession of pilgrims to make a sacrificial offering to Buddha. Lots of "Mani"-stones and prayer-flags on the summit still show the religious importance of this mountain. From the summit you have a great view down to Lhasa and over the wide valley of the Kyi Chhu or Lhasa-river. To climb Gompe Utse on the pilgrims-trail go to Drebung by bus or taxi and pass the monastery on the left side (In Tibet sacred places like monasterys, "Mani"-stones and other praying-places always should be passed clockwise!). North of the monastery the steep trail leads up a broad and rocky crest and then goes right (east) to the small hermitage "Gephel Rithr?" (4480m), which you already can see from Drebung. From here go up north on steep slopes until you reach the east-ridge at about 4940m. Then follow the pilgrims-trail marked with stone-mans, that leads you to the summit. It is also possible to climb Gompe Utse on the east-ridge, directly from Lhasa. From the Potala-palace go north to the location "Baerku" at the southeast-base of the long east-ridge. Then go up without any trail to the small peak "D¸nla Baerku Tse" (4218m), where you have a great view over Lhasa. Now always follow shepherds-trails near the ridge. First you pass two more small peaks, then the ridge ascends, until you reach a shoulder at 4940m, where the pilgrims-trail comes up from Drebung, and follow this trail to the summit.

Elevation (feet): 17,191
Elevation (meters): 5,240
Continent: Asia
Country: China
Range/Region: Central Tibetan Plateau
Latitude: 29.7
Longitude: 91.0333
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Lhasa (Gonggar, 3550m)
Convenient Center: Lhasa (3658m)