Lying at the foot of Mount Gambo Utse, Drepung Monastery. One of the Great Three Gelugpa Monasteries in Lhasa, sits in the foothills of the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains. A rocky hillside behind, the monastery lies at an altitude of around 3,850 meters above sea level, while the peak of the mountain above it lies at more than 5,200 meters.

This stunning terrain is ideal for a trek along the Drepung kora route, which starts at the bottom of the monastery buildings and rises to elevations of around 3,900 meters at its highest point. The trek takes just an hour or two, as a casual stroll, and gives some excellent views of the Lhasa Valley to the south, the Lalu Wetlands to the east, and gives an excellent view overlooking the entire city of Lhasa.