Marpha

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Marpha
मार्फा
Village
Goats in Marpha
Goats in Marpha
Marpha is located in Nepal
Marpha
Marpha
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: 28°47′24″N 83°40′48″E / 28.79000°N 83.68000°E / 28.79000; 83.68000Coordinates: 28°47′24″N 83°40′48″E / 28.79000°N 83.68000°E / 28.79000; 83.68000
Country   Nepal
ZoneDhawalagiri Zone
DistrictMustang District
Population
 (1991)
 • Total1,630
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (Nepal Time)

Marpha is a village in Mustang District in the Dhawalagiri Zone of northern Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 1630 people living in 434 individual households.[1]

The village is a part of the trekking industry, and has a nearby Tibetan refugee camp. Tibetans from the camp work in the village, supporting the tourist and trekking service sector. It is in a scenic location and apples are an important crop for the area.

Formerly, Marpha was a village development committee (VDC), which were local-level administrative units. In 2017, the government of Nepal restructured local government in line with the 2015 constitution and VDCs were discontinued.[2]

Sights[edit]

Marpha is a pretty stone lined village which has survived the transition to the current time, by catering to trekkers and tourists. The village is a common overnight halt on the Annapurna Circuit, less crowded and touristy[citation needed] than Jomsom to the north.

The name itself reflects the "mar" meaning hard working and "pha" meaning people. Tourism and mule rearing are the means of survival of the people of this place.[citation needed] Although it has an original Safe Water Drinking station, it now also sports numerous guest houses and small hotels.

The village is the apple capital in the nation, with Marpha brandy and jams produced from local fruits.[3]

Dominating the village is the Nyingma monastery from which there are good views of the village and the Gandaki River valley. Above the monastery is a chorten painted onto the cliff face and a number of small stone chortens on the ledges below. Legend says that the villagers became afflicted with leprosy and all attempts to control it had failed. A local monk, originally from Tukuche, south of Marpha, advised the villagers to build the chorten and hold religious rituals at the site. Since that time the leprosy stopped and Marpha flourished once more.[citation needed]

On the southern outskirts of Marpha, on the opposite bank of the Gandaki River is a Tibetan refugee camp and Chhairo gompa, the first Nyingma monastery to be established in Mustang District.

Many of the souvenir shops in Marpha are run by residents of the Tibetan refugee camp.

Climate[edit]

Marpha has a cold semi-arid climate (BSk) with cold, dry winters and mild, slightly wet summers.

Climate data for Marpha
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10
(50)
12
(54)
15
(59)
18
(64)
19
(66)
21
(70)
21
(70)
21
(70)
20
(68)
17
(63)
14
(57)
12
(54)
17
(62)
Average low °C (°F) −1
(30)
0
(32)
3
(37)
5
(41)
7
(45)
11
(52)
12
(54)
12
(54)
11
(52)
7
(45)
2
(36)
0
(32)
6
(43)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 14
(0.6)
13
(0.5)
27
(1.1)
22
(0.9)
26
(1.0)
44
(1.7)
63
(2.5)
58
(2.3)
45
(1.8)
58
(2.3)
7
(0.3)
2
(0.1)
379
(15.1)
Source: [4]

Gallery[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nepal Census 2001", Nepal's Village Development Committees, Digital Himalaya, archived from the original on 12 October 2008, retrieved 15 November 2009.
  2. ^ "New local level structure comes into effect from today". www.thehimalayantimes.com. The Himalayan Times. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  3. ^ Brush, Chase (19 August 2019). "The art of making—and drinking—Marpha brandy". kathmandupost.com. Archived from the original on 24 September 2021. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Climatological Data of Nepal".

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