Chhairo Gompa, Jomsom

#8 of 8 in Historic Sites in Dhaulagiri Zone
Chhairo Monastery was the first monastery of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism founded in Upper Mustang. It was established in the 16th century and is part of present-day Mustang District, Nepal.
The village and the gompa are located on the historic salt trade route and the population of both Chhairo Monastery and Chhairo village fell into decline when China closed its border with Nepal in the 1960s to restrict movement by pro-Tibetan activists and again recently due to security concerns during the 2008 Summer Olympics.
The last remaining monks left the monastery in the 1970s and by 1981 only four nuns were taking care of the monastery. At some time between 1981 and the 1990s the management of Chhairo Gompa was left wholly to Chhairo village.
Since the mid 2000s efforts to reconstruct the main gompa complex have been made. This work is restricted to the monastery, shrine room to Padmasambhava and the main rooms that form a quad around these. The larger monastery complex of rooms for monks, visitors, pilgrims and their horses remain in ruins to the east.
Tashi Shagagh Jyochen Chhoyokhor Monastery, known locally as Chhairo Monastery, Chandanbari Monastery and historically as Tsérok Monastery, is situated in Mustang District, Marpha Village development committee (VDC), Ward No. 9, Chhairo village, in the Western Development Region, Nepal at. It is about 20 mins walk south from Marpha town on the Annapurna trekking route from Pokhara to Jomsom in the Dhaulagiri zone, on the left bank of the Kali Gandaki river reached by a small footbridge from the main road south of Marpha, and about 1.5hours walk north of Tukuche village, signposted to Chimang.
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  • Do not expect a fancy finish of Gompa like other normal ones. This place is kept raw as a message for people that world is changing and will keep on changing every second. Visit to this place counts w...  more »
  • This is a really unusual little gompa. The facades are not like any others I've seen, though the paintings inside are damaged by rain, as in so many other places. There's a 3m bamboo clay statue of Gu...  more »
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