Unexplored Short guided hike to Khardang Monastery (Keylong, Lahaul)

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Kyelang Times Restaurant, near Tribal Museum, Lower keylong village, Keylong, Himachal Pradesh, India
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6 Hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people



About this tour

About Keylong: A perfect place to get away from hustle & bustle of touristy places in Manali & Sissu. Trust me the simplicity of this town will intrigue you to get nearer to Local culture of Lahaul Valley. Keylong is a charming town situated in the Garsha Valley of Lahaul district in Himachal Pradesh, India. At an altitude of 3,080 meters (10,105 feet) above sea level, Keylong boasts breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys, and glistening rivers, making it a sought-after destination for nature enthusiasts, trekkers, and adventure seekers.Apart from its natural beauty, Keylong is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, blending Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. Visitors can explore ancient monasteries, temples, and shrines, such as the Khardong Monastery, the Trilokinath Temple, and the nearby Shashur Monastery.Travelers to Keylong can also immerse themselves in the local culture, sample traditional Himachali cuisine, and experience the warmth and hospitality of the friendly locals. The town is an ideal base for mountaineering and trekking expeditions in the Pir Panjal and Zanskar mountain ranges.

About Khardong Monastery:

Khardong Monastery, also known as the Khardong Gompa, is an ancient Buddhist monastery located in the Garsha Valley of Lahaul district in Himachal Pradesh, India. The monastery, situated at an altitude of 3,200 meters (10,500 feet) above sea level, is a popular destination for travelers seeking to experience the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Khardong Monastery is renowned for its traditional Tibetan architecture and ornate murals, which depict scenes from the life of Buddha and various deities. Visitors can also explore the monastery’s extensive collection of religious artifacts, including ancient scriptures and Buddhist relics.

In addition to its cultural significance, Khardong Monastery is situated amidst stunning natural beauty, with panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and lush valleys. Travelers can trek to the monastery, taking in the breathtaking scenery along the way.


9 a.m.-  We will start from Keylong , Near Distt Hospital Keylong. It is a simple walk from any point from Keylong Town. GoYato Guide will be meeting you at the entrance spot.

9 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.- Briefing on next 3 Hours Hike and check on required health conditions. Please make sure you are acclimatized to this height and have spent a night at Keylong before this walk.

9:45 a.m. – We will start for the hike and will be crossing beautiful fields, serene views of Bhaga River bridge and glacier peaks of Lahaul. You will be hiking on the mountain which holds religious significance in Buddhism culture & religion.

12:45 p.m. – Reach the Khardong Monastery and meet with Lama ji ( Monk ) of the Monastery and GoYato guide will brief you about the historical & religious significance of Monasteries & artifacts. You can take photographs and have Lunch at nearby local restaurants.

2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. – Start with return journey to Keylong and make the beautiful connection with Local people on your way back 🙂


  • Interact with Local & hear Local stories
  • Pass through scenic Lahauli Fields, Bridge crossing Bhaga river, 6000+ mtrs of Glaciers of Lahaul
  • Absolutely Peaceful & Non-touristy hike
  • Beautiful Monastery with Tibetan architecture & religious artifacts
  • Interaction with Monks & meditate as per your wish!


  • English & Hindi Speaking Local Guide
  • Lots of local stories
  • Medical Kit
  • Food & Drinks
  • Specific Medical Aid
  • Insurance

Frequently asked questions

The hike to Khardong Gompa from the nearest town of Keylong takes around 3-4 hours. The hike is moderately difficult and requires a reasonable level of fitness.

The best time to visit Khardong Gompa is from May to October, when the weather is favorable and the mountain trails are accessible. The winter months from November to April can be challenging due to heavy snowfall and extreme cold.

It is highly recommended. A guide can provide valuable information about the trail, ensure your safety, and help you navigate the route.

It is recommended to wear comfortable hiking shoes, layered clothing to adapt to changing weather conditions, a hat to protect against the sun, and sunglasses to protect your eyes.

There are no entry fees to visit Khardong Gompa, but visitors can make a donation to support the upkeep of the monastery.

There are no accommodation options near Khardong Gompa. Visitors can stay in the nearby town of Keylong and make a day trip to the monastery.

Yes, visitors can take photographs inside the monastery, but it is recommended to ask for permission from the Monks first.

Tour's Location

Kyelang Times Restaurant, near Tribal Museum, Lower keylong village, Keylong, Himachal Pradesh, India


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