The lesser known Matho Monastery is situated at a distance of some 26 kms from Leh City. Matho Monastery of Matho Gonpa or Mangtro Monastery or Mangtro Gonpa, derived its name from the two Tibetan words, ‘Mang’ that means many and ‘Tro’ which means happiness. This monastery in Leh is believed to have been established during the 16th century by Lama Dugpa Dorje, alongside the Indus River and said to be amongst the two monasteries that belong to Sakya or Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism in Ladakh. The monastery is situated at the mouth of a deep gorge running out of the Zanskar Range and across the Indus River. Being away from the main road has kept this monastery lesser visited by the tourists, however, it holds great religious importance for the Buddhist and is amongst the most important places for pilgrimage in Ladakh.
Matho Village is situated some 26 kms from Leh City. One can first reach the village by a cab/bullet/other bike and then trek up the hill to reach the Gompa.
The best thing to do in Matho Monastery is witness the ancient thangkas. During the Matho Nagrang Festival, one has the chance to see the Cham Dance and acrobatic skills of the monks here.
The best time to visit here is during the Matho Nagrang Festival, which is celebrated in the month of March. However, there are chances that the route must be closed during this of the year due to snowfall. Another best period to visit here is between July and September.