Thupten Choling is the retreat community and monastery established by Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche in the 1960s in the Solu Khumbu district of northeastern Nepal. At the moment there are around 350 nuns practicing and pretty much running the monastery.

As usual I’m drawn to the kitchen so I spent most of my time with the Anis watching and helping them cook/prep, getting smacked in the butt (yep. they’re pretty silly) and drinking tons of tea as they won’t stop offering until you’ve had three cups already.

A very special place above Junbesi in the Solu Khumbu.



  1. Maike van den Elzen Avatar
    Maike van den Elzen

    I visited the monastery in 2019 and was impressed. I would like to stay there for a couple of weeks in the future.
    Do you know if this is possible , i thought they have a guesthouse , and in which way i can make contact?

    1. EMILY POLAR Avatar

      There is a guesthouse yes. I will put out my feelers for the number. May even be online…

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