Kamaduo Stupas in Riwoqe County, Qamdo

Chinese Name: 卡玛多塔
English Name: Kamaduo Stupas
Location: Located in Riwoqe County(类乌齐县), Qamdo Prefecture(昌都市), Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Admission Fee: Free 
Opening Hours: All day

About Kamaduo Stupas

It is located on the right side of the north line of the Ancient Tea Horse Road, 20 kilometers away from the Riwoqu county town, there is a splendid Kamaduo Stupas in Tibet. The Kamaduo Stupas is surrounded by beautiful scenery and ancient trees, pines and cypresses, and evergreens.

History and Development of Kamaduo Stupas

This area was called “Baxag” in ancient time, and later it was changed into Kamaduo. At the tenth Raojiong in Tibetan calendar, Garma Chamei who is the disciple of the sixth Rka Ma Pa of Red Hat Line Gewang Chokyi Baxag Quyama. When he did the ritual of “Jiachi” on this place, the mandala of Amitayus appeared before his eyes. This place was then regarded as the holy land of Amitayus. Afterward, the Buddhist pagodas and monasteries have been set up here.

Main Attractions- Kamaduo Stupas

There were over 130 Buddhist pagodas and a small Lhakahang were restored after the Cultural Revolution, including not only the Pagoda of Eight Buddha, but also the Pagoda in square shape; not only the big pagodas of several meters. There is a huge Mani Stone Mound behind the Sutra Hall. It was said that it has a history of more than 1,300 years.

Attraction Transportation


Located in the Bangda Grassland, the Chamdo Bangda Airport is the world’s highest airport and has the longest runway. It is 136 kilometers (84.5 miles) from Chamdo County. As the first lateral airport in Tibet, Chamdo Bangda Airport started to be built in 1993 and finished in October, 1994. At present, it has air routes to/from domestic cities including Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lhasa, Tianjin, Xian, and Xining; meanwhile, flights to/from Nepal are also operated at this airport.

Passengers can take airport shuttle bus to Riwoqe County from the airport. 

The airport inquiry number is +86 0895-4821004.


The Prefecture is over 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) from Chengdu and over 1,100 kilometers (684 miles) from Lhasa. Every week at least three buses travel between Qamdo and the two cities. Apart from regular buses, the tourist bureau sometimes sends special buses to Lhasa for visitors. It usually takes 10 days from Lhasa to visit Riwoche. Moreover, tourists have to arrange a tour through a travel agency(Mysterious Tibet) for independent travel to this region is not allowed.

Attraction Travel Tips

1. Traveling Hours: 1~2 hours
2. Traveling Seasons: All year
 3.  High Altitude Sickness Avoiding: Bring enough water and some thick clothes, eating more fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and so on.
4. Pay attention to respect the local customers.