Pemacholing Monastery

Built 550 Years ago, the Pemacholing Monastery still houses monks that study and worship the ancient Buddhist religion.

Buddhist Prayer Books

Monks read and chant from 180 prayer books. The traditional sound of the Buddhist monk chant can be heard daily in the monastery

Pemacholing Monks

Monks often gather together outside the chanting room of the monastery.

Mani Prayer Wheels

Mani Prayer wheels have a book with a prayer written out as many as 100 million times in large Mani wheels. These wheels are spun by Buddhist to purify their souls.


Monks chant from readings in books. There are 180 books that the monks read from. The books are called Kanghur.

Welcome to the Pemacholing Monastery website.

The Pemacholing Monastery is a Buddhist worship center for monks in the Solu Khumbu (Everest) region of Nepal. Monks live in the monastery. They pray and study the ancient Buddhist ways of life. Local people in from teh villages of Phakding and Ghat come to the monastery as well to worship and chant with the monks.

Monastery History

Approximately 550 years ago, three brothers lived in Tibet. Their father was a very powerful Lama (monk) in his monastery. The three brothers left Tibet in search of their own land to build monasteries and become powerful like their father. They settled in what later would be known as the Solu Khumbu district (Everest Region) in Nepal. There were no people settled in this area at that time. The oldest brother, Lama Sangwa Dorji, build his monastery in what is now called Pangboche. The middle brother, Lama Ralwa Dorji built his monastery in what is now Thame. The youngest brother, Lama Khenpa Dorji, built his monastery near the village of Gyphede. This monastery was later destroyed in a landslide and the monastery was relocated and rebuilt close by near the village of Phakding and is called the Pemacholing Monastery. As the brothers monasteries were built, the brothers challenged each other for power. They demonstrated their power by acts of strength. Lama Sangwa Dorji threw his robe over the morning sunlight ray and it hung from the ray. Lama Ralwa Dorji used his bare hands to bend a metal rod into a knot and Lama Khenpa Dorji stacked 7 wheat kernels on top of each other and placed a small statue of Buddha on top. After the monasteries were built, 7 men from Tibet journeyed into Nepal to the Pemcholing Monastry and stole a box in which a small statue of Buddha was placed. As they retreated to the border of Tibet, Buddha made the box that weighed less than 2 kg when they left the monastery, become heavier and heavier to the point where it was too heavy for the 7 Tibetan thieves to carry. The thieves were curious to know what was inside the box. They opened the box and saw the Buddha statue sweating. Buddha made the weather become terrible. The wind blew and the snow fell and the sky became very dark. The thieves heard Buddha's voice from the box saying "I will not go to Tibet. I live in the under the white leafed tree in the Pemacholing Monastery. If you take me into Tibet, you will all die." Buddha still lives in the 550 year old Pemacholing Monastery in the same box that the thieves returned. Today, 16 adult monks, 3 nun monks and 21 child monks continue to live and worship in the monastery. Each year during the Doomji festival in June, three monks who hold the keys to unlock the box that Buddha statue lives in, let statue out for a special day during the festival.

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