Hepo Ri

Hepo Ri is the hill some 400m east of Samye where Guru Rinpoche vanquished the demons of Tibet. A 30-minute climb up the side ridge brings you to an incense burner festooned with prayer flags and superlative views of Samye below. Head south along the ridge and descend along the paved path. Early morning is the best time for photography.

Pilgrims honour Hepo Ri as one of the four sacred hills of Tibet (the others being Gangpo Ri at Tsetang, Chagpo Ri in Lhasa and Chuwo Ri at Chushul). King Trisong Detsen established a palace here. Trails branch off here from the road leading from Samye’s East Gate.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby attractions

1. Tsengmang Ling


Once the monastery printing press, now serving as a small chapel. Look for the sacred stone in the centre of the chapel which was once used to hold ink…

2. Shetekhang

0.41 MILES

If you pass this yellow-walled residential college between 11am and noon, or between 5.30pm and 7pm, listen for the sounds of teachings from the main hall…

3. Aryapalo Ling

0.43 MILES

The restored Aryapalo Ling was Samye’s first building and retains a lovely ancient feel. The statue of Arya Lokeshvara is similar to one seen in the…

4. Drayur Gyagar Ling

0.45 MILES

The Drayur Gyagar Ling was originally the centre for the translation of texts, as depicted in the wall murals. There's an inner kora (pilgrim circuit)…

5. Samye Monastery

0.49 MILES

About 170km southeast of Lhasa, on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra River) is Samye Monastery, the first monastery in Tibet. Founded in…

6. Ütse

0.49 MILES

The central building of Samye, the Ütse comprises a unique synthesis of architectural styles. The ground and 1st floors were originally Tibetan in style,…

7. Kordzo Pehar Ling

0.52 MILES

The Kordzo Pehar Ling was the home of the oracle Pehar until he moved to Nechung Monastery outside Lhasa. Before the ongoing renovation, pilgrims would…

8. Dawa Ling

0.53 MILES

This small temple is dedicated to the moon (dawa), with notable old murals of Tara on the wall to the left.