Trek to the Oldest Gompa In Arunachal Pradesh

Pine vegetation seen on the way

One of the major tourist attraction in Mechuka is the old Gompa, Samden Yangcha Monastery which is even older than the famous Tawang Monastery.

The Yargyap Chu river flowing through the plains

The Samden Yangcha Monastery was built 400 years, in the 16th century. The Monastery is about 14 kms from the Town of Mechuka. It is located in the small village of Segong.

The rear view of the Monastery

The village of Segong

The Monastery sits atop the mountains and can be seen before entering the village. One can take an SUV from the town and ride to the top of the mountains. Or one can trek from the Iron bridge at the foothills of the mountains to enjoy the beautiful pine vegetation and the seclusion. It’s totally isolated and very peaceful.

Samden Yangcha Monastery

After walking for an hour, you will finally see the rear view of the Monastery. When you reach the Monastery the views are breathtaking. You can see the town of Mechuka with river Yargyap Chu flowing through. You can also see the entire route of Mechuka to Segong village, on the right.

Beautiful statues inside the Monastery

Inside the Monastery many beautiful statues of Guru Padmasambhava can be seen. The two storied Monastery also has many ancient evil mythological statues. You can light incense sticks and donate some money in the donation box.

The quarters of the Monks

The entire Monastery has one care taker. You can also see the quarters of Monks on the left side of the Monastery, where the Monks stays on religious days to perform rituals or to come pray in the Monastery.

Note: No other people or any tourists are allowed to go inside the quarters. It’s strictly prohibited.

Travel Tips:

1. Carry water.

2. There is only one shop in the entire village of Segong, you can buy snacks and water from the shop.

3. Wear warm clothes.

4. Wear comfortable shoes.