Nestled along winding rivers in the heart of the 1300-year old Tibetan town of Shangri-La (Gyalthang), Arro Khampa is the perfect place to revive a weary spirit and take welcome refuge from the long and winding road. The Himalayas have long held secrets, and the Tea Horse Road has many stories to tell.
Come experience a riveting journey along one of the ancient world’s most integral trade routes; a route that locals believed, “passed just under the noses of the gods, while being kissed by the great snow mountains”. Modern day journeymen who seek the ancient wisdom can walk the well-worn paths that lead to Old Town and the famous Dokhar Dzong, or hike Daguishan Hill and be rewarded with the Sakyamuni Temple and the gigantic ‘Wheel of Life’ – many exciting discoveries await.
Arro Khampa means “Friend, I bid you welcome” in the eastern Tibetan dialect. This warmhearted phrase pays homage to the ancient tradition of welcoming caravans and travelers along the Ancient Tea Horse Road. With a welcome invitation to sit, take warmth, nourishment and respite from the rigors of travel, the weary traders of long ago took shelter and rest in their favorite ‘netsang’ (guesthouse). It is with this same spirit of warmth and comfort that we welcome today’s travelers and journeymen to Arro Khampa Shangri-La.