The Mystical Kingdom of Lo
Tucked away behind the Himalayas and bordering Tibet lies one of Nepal’s most remote and special places: Upper Mustang, or the former Kingdom of Lo. For a long time, this Tibetan kingdom was isolated from the rest of Nepal. Until 1992 it was even forbidden for foreigners to enter the area. Because of this, its traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture is considered one of the best preserved in the world.
It is still difficult (and expensive) to access Upper Mustang, which gives trekking in the area a kind of mystical touch. Last November I visited the former kingdom, travelling from the ‘gateway’ village of Kagbeni to its walled capital Lo Manthang and back, following the beautiful Kali Gandaki Gorge.
Photos and text by Ynske Boersma.