Yachen Gar

Yarchen Gar, also known as Yarchen Orgyen Samten Choling, is located on a peninsula in the Dzin Chu River, in Pelyul County, Kham. Established in 1985, the encampment is home to 10,000 nuns and monks, making it one of the largest gatherings of Tibetan Buddhist monastics in the world. Living according to tradition, the majority of nuns reside in the peninsula village while the monks live across the river in a separate, hillside encampment. Yarchen Gar is associated with the Nyingma tradition, the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism.