Small Addition to Kessler Derge Map
Below are some temples not on Dr. Peter Kessler’s maps of Khams. Dr. Kessler was a longtime scholar in Rikon Institute, Switzerland. In 1986, I hiked between Derge and Drolmalhakhang mostly along the Dri Chu. The blue circles represent temples my hiking companion (He happens to be Swiss) and I visited. One monastery is Sakya, two are Bonpo.
The latitude and longitude figures are not accurate. I am fairly certain of the locations of སྟག་ཞི་དགོན་པ་ and དབོན་སྟོད་. ཞེ་ཞེ་དགོན་པ་ not so much.
It was rather surprising to find that much of the area along the west bank of the Dri Chu south of Drolmalhakhang is Bon.
Additionally, I have other information about a couple towns and passes. I was also given the names of other monasteries along the DriChu by people along the way that we spoke to.
This is the area on the magnified Kessler map for perspective.
Below is Dr. Kessler’s map of Derge & Ling magnified (sorry for the poor resolution). I have added monasteries that we visited that are not on his maps. Dr. Kessler contacted me after I wrote him a letter in the late 1980’s. By the time he responded, all my notes were in storage so I never got back to him. For this, I feel rather guilty. Recently, I learned that he passed away a couple years ago so I was not able to make a modest contribution to his work. Below is a small attempt to atone for the lapse.
Below is a sketch of additional monasteries that a local resident gave me at a town near Onto Gompa. I did not visit most of these places as we crossed the Dri Chu about half a day walk north of Onto Gompa. We stayed on the West side of the river until reaching Drolma Lhakhang.
Please pardon the lack of penmanship.