Chiu Monastery is 33 kilometres south of Darchen, on the northwestern shore of Lake Manasarovar. Chiu Monastery (Saprrow Monastery) enjoys a fabulous location atop a craggy hill overlooking Lake Manasarovar. The main chapel here contains the medication cave of Guru Rinpoche, who is said to have passed away here, but most people focus on the views of Lake Manasarovar, the winding stone staircases and old wooden doorframes of this fairytale-like structure. A short kora path leads to a second chapel. On a clear day Mt Kailash looms dramatically to the north.

If you fancy a long post-hike soak, the small hot springs besides the village pipes water into private wooden tubs.

There are over a dozen simple, friendly guesthouses between Chiu Monastery and Lake Manasarovar providing drom bed lodgings with outdoor pit toilet.

For a hike, walk along the ridge to the southeast of Chiu Monastery or take a halfday trek along part of the Lake Manasarovar kora to the ruined chorten and prayer wall at Cherkip, returning via the shoreline cave retreats. There are fine views and lots of nesting birds along this route.

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