Walk up winding stairs into a hidden monastery perched high on a cliff face to encounter a small but beautiful temple built right into the rock. All this is only about 1.5 hours drive from Xining.
Sharzong Ritod is one of the coolest monasteries we have ever been to. It is not a big monastery. In fact, there are probably only 10-15 monks in the whole monastery. So, unlike other larger, more influential monasteries like Rebkong Longwu Monastery or Labrang Monastery, this is a quaint, countryside monastery that is virtually undiscovered.
What we love about this monastery is it’s location. It is located right in a very dramatic cliff face that hides the monastery away from the rest of the world. And because virtually no tourists make it to this monastery, it has a very special sense of peace and quiet. This is where you want to go if you have one day to get out of the city and you want to hear birds sing amidst the light and airy twinkling of soft monastery bells and chimes. This is a place to gather your thoughts and see what Tibetan culture was like 200 years ago.
Depart Xining in the morning
Drive 1.5 hours hours through the peaceful countryside of Qinghai to Sharzong Ritod Monastery, a monastery tucked dramatically into a vertical cliff face. Spend a few hours within the monastery and discover it’s hidden treasures as you meander up steps to a rocky ridge with a great view where prayer flags silently flutter in the wind. After the tour, eat a homestyle meal at a local Tibetan restaurant. Return to Xining by mid-afternoon.
I absolutely loved the trip to Qinghai Lake. It was supposed to be me, my wife and our 15mth old son but was wife was ill so I ended up going without her. It was my first time going out all day with my son without my wife and I was a little unsure how it would go. It ended up being an amazing day and Ben was amazing, happy to ‘go with the flow’ and spend the day in a way that best suited my son. My little boy absolutely loved playing in the wide-open spaces, playing with the locals and we even went on a fun speed boat. We had a great little picnic on the beach, with a breathtaking view of the lake. Although I can speak some Chinese, it was super relaxing not having to worry about anything as Ben did all the hard work and I simply got to relax and enjoy the day with my son. I cannot recommend Elevated Trips enough!