I stayed at Arro Khampa in late September with a small group after leading a trekking trip to the Yading Big Kora in Kham (Sichuan). The trek was absolutely spectacular but involved camping at high altitude for 5 nights in tents so we were all ready for some serious R & R
I had visited the site a year before, when it was being built so was aware of the project but the finished product still surpassed my expectations. They have done a fantastic job. The walkway lobby (with a great small bar) is dramatic and tastefully decorated while the rooms (only 17 of them) and the soft beds were delightful. Some of the staff were still learning on the job but were always friendly. The location is also very convenient as it is situated in the heart of the old town.
Congratulations to Dakpa and the team. We will be back again in the year of the horse.
- Also Known As:
- Zinc Journey Arro Khampa Shangri-La County, China - Yunnan
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “Arro Khampa” is a warm hearted greeting in the eastern Tibetan “Kham” dialect. These words pay homage to the ancient tradition of welcoming caravans and travelers along the Ancient Tea Horse Road with a firm invitation to sit down, warm up, and take nourishment and respite from the rigors of travel. It’s English equivalent is “Hey friend, I bid you welcome.”Such greetings underlined the inherent risks and sense of adventure along one of the world’s great trade routes. It expresses the essential need for camaraderie and communion. Arro Khampa Boutique Hotel name is an evocation of the long history of the hotel’s site. Local people in Gyalthang refer to the hotel’s location as the “Nansuodhak” -- the manor house of the Tibetan magistrate of days gone by, who hosted traveling merchants from as far as Lhasa and from the tropical southern border between Yunnan and Burma, supported local scholars and monks, and was a pillar of the community. ... more less
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