Upper Mustang: The Moon on the Earth

Journeys take you to unknown destinations. Sometimes you will only understand the reality and mysterious journeys in life after reaching your destination. There are a few places where you feel amazing during your journey. Upper mustang is one of those wonderful few places where you get to experience the mysterious reality of the beautiful Earth.

Long ago I just packed my back pack for the mustang trekking with two French people, who were seeking a journey to the wonderful Lomanthang (The Land of Loba) and Upper Mustang region. The journey started from Kathmandu on bus to Pokhara. We were four all together Bayeux, Jean, Adarsha and I. We were supposed to fly in to Jomsom but we had to go by bus due to bad weather conditions.

Finally, we took a car but it broke down, so we took another taxi to Beni and took a local jeep to Rupse Chhahara to the deepest gorge of the world, Kaligandaki. The night was fine. Next morning, we reached Ghasa and from there, we took another local bus to Jomsom. After that our journey could finally really start with the original path for our two weeks journey. Our  journey was along the trans Himalayan zone or Tibeto -Nepalese society  and villages. Here you can experience the paramount summer – winter transformation along the Kaligandaki and Thak khola trade zone as well as some low land of Nepal. 

This first day we stayed overnight in Asia inn Kagbeni: Kagbeni is an ancient town. It’s ancientness is existing but due to the modern developments of people it will probably disappear soon. These buildings won’t be erected with the status of ancient properties and prestige of society. The place does carry the prospects of Sakyapa, a doctrine of Buddhism, enriched in local custom and culture. If you ever visit the place, you can see more than what I wrote here.

Next day, we had to go to Tsele, after checking in our permission permit for the upper mustang region. We just start shuffling our steps on dry and desert landscape. It was amazing, with strong wind which was helping us to go head.

We reached  to  Tsele  and  took  accommodation in Bishal lodge. We continued to Samar, Bhenapass syngbochen, Ghami and Dhakmar. Dhakmar was such a beautiful place, but we had very nice views from all those places I mentioned. We had had lunch at the Nephew of Former  mustang king Jingme Prawal Bista in Ghami. Afterwards, we headed to  Lomanthang via Ghargumba (loghayakar Monastery ). The Loghyakar gumba is the only one Ningmapa sect (doctrine) in upper Mustang or Loba zone. After loghyakar, we passed 4185m and reached to Lo Manthang by enjoying the barren landscapes.

Lo Manthang:

The walled medieval capital of Upper Mustang has a name Lo Manthang. Venturing through the town entryway into the capital offers a vista of tight rear ways, long dividers of delightful petition wheels. What’s more, groups of cultivating creatures in the ‘Lost Kingdom’ is a stunning, incredible sight.

The engineering luxury in Lo Manthang shows the four-story regal castle, the delightful religious communities like the Thugchen Gompa, and the city divider worked on this in the fifteenth century. The Architecture of the monastery was so gorgeous because it is in a barren land structure, made by giant wooden logs.

After  exploring Lo Manthang, we visited to Namgyal monastery and  villages closeby. We also visited a private school, which we enjoyed a lot, especially Bayeux did. Jean gave me company to see birds around the barren zone. After exploring Lo Manthang and around, we went to Lurigumba. We had to go via Lurigumba, Tange, Chhusang and Muktinath. During our journey, we met a group led by khadka. During the journey so many feelings came to me, it felt like we were walking on the surface of another planet. 

We reached Luri gumba, explored around and the next day we headed to Tange. On the way to Tange spontaneously Bea said “Jaya! I am feeling like walking on the moon”, she added the “The moon on the Earth ” description. My mind was glorying as we were walking on the surface of moon, there were just amazing landscape views and feelings. It was like an illusion of journeys along a different universe, just fabulous. The whole trip was hypnotizing until Muktinath, even though we had to walk a long and hard trail. It was just like journeys before reaching paradise. Sometimes with a semi spiritual mood and  sometimes in a fully spiritual mood.

At the end, we just walked to Jomsom and flew back to Pokhara, and after to Kathmandu. A harmonious journey of paradise had ended.

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