The Trans-Himalayan Hotel: "Prolong your stay in Marpha, the Jomsom Trail!" Mustang Hotel Tip by Saagar
Mustang Hotels: 5 reviews and 4 photos
We came to stay for one night only, but wish to come back to Marpha for a prolonged stay. It is an ideal place as a base for day hikes and more around the area.
We came in need of rest and some comfort and had a room with attached bathroom and hot water shower -all of which worked well.
The hotel was nearly empty due to the general downturn in tourism, and prices to follow. The proprietor/-ess couple showed us around and told how they diversified their activities not to depend solely on tourism: goat and chyangra farming, general trading, apple and apricot farming, the first honey producers of Marpha, home gardening etc.
While there are several excellent places to stay in Marpha, we came to like this one very much due to the space and air it provided, and the interest, insights and good food offered by the hosts. The Trans-Himalayan is nice and clean, and the dust is well kept out. The dining room doubles as TV room which is not too pleasant when the soaps are on.
Unique Qualities: Good food, including some local specialities not offered on the ACAP-inspired menu. This is the place where the Marpha and Mustang destilleries are, so you can have a first-rate opportunity of tasting the products: apple juice, apple cider, apple wine, apricot wine, ditto brandy (25% up) and Mustang Apricot Brandy (best!) and Marpha Apple Brandy (75 proof - best and strongest).
There is a glass house for winter warmth and breakfast, a trail-side closed-in restaurant area for windy times during the day, and an inside dining area for evenings, all served by the same kitchen.
A good friend of the prorietor is Bhakta, a keen social worker in Marpha, who can add another dimension to you stay given he has time and you are willing to lend an ear.
The proprietor can rent you tent and other equipment and assist you to 2-3-day trips around the area, such as Dhampus pass, Old Marpha etc.
Address: The northern side of Marpha village
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Coming from Syang or Jomsom, it's the first hotel (to your left side) as you approach Marpha. Coming from Tukuche, continue through Marpha, past the Kani and the last mani wall and by the apple drying facility you'll find it.
Price: less than US$20
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