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Oct 17, 2013 - From Lo Manthang South to Ghami

After a not so good start to the day wherein I slipped off a large rock while crossing a stream and did a face plant into more rocks, I was treated at the health post in Lo Manthang and then got to try the stream crossing all over again. This time I picked a better crossing and headed South toward Ghami along a different trail than we'd traveled while heading North. This trek was about 7-8 hours and did not follow the road. Overnight there had been Snow at higher elevations and the sides of the hills had turned white. We saw some yaks that...

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Oct 16, 2013 - The caves North of Lo Manthang

Here I am mounted up and ready to the caves and monastery Located about 2 hours North of Lo Manthang. The rest of our party ready to go. And my guide Wangyal who was a real horseman! On our way we passed a site where sky burials are performed. They are done both for humans and animals and there were a number of vultures still perched there so a "burial" must have happened recently. They were gone by the time of our return. A map of the Chhoser village area (township?) where we were headed. All of these villages had steets not quite...

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Oct 14, 2013 - Tsarang to Lo Manthang

We started our morning with a tour of the Monastary at Tsarang. Then it was back to the tea house to collect our gear before heading out on the final leg to Lo Manthang. As was beginning to seem standard, the trek out of town began with a steep descent to a stream. Then a crossing of some kind. This one was via rocks in the stream. And, next, a climb back up the valley wall on the other side. And here I'm getting close to the top. Tsarang is on my right side during the hike back up. Once past the top, the skies started to clear as we...

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Mar 20, 2012 - Charang - 3560 metres

Syangboche to Charang was 9 hours with a stop for tea and lunch. Lunch was in Ghemi where we will stop for the night on the way down. Another long day but nowhere near as hard as the day before. Started at 7:45 and finally arrived at 5pm. We had two big climbs. Charang has a very old palace, called the Khar 700 years old and a working Monastry. The Lama of the Khar very kindly opened the Khar for us. He was especially pleased to show us the amputated hand of the builder of the Khar. His hand was amputated to stop him building anymore...

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Mar 19, 2012 - Syangboche - 3800 metres

This was a big day!!!!! About 8 hours of walking. The day started at an altitude of 3100 meters and ended at 3800. BUT we climbed three passes so by the end of the day we worked out that we had climbed 1800 meters. The scenery was stunning. Deep canyons and beautiful, stark cliffs. But we were all totally exhausted by the end of the day. I went to bed at 8 pm and only got up at 6:15 ready for another day!

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Mar 18, 2012 - Trek to Chele - 3100metres

Today we enter the Kingdom of Lo, the traditional Mustang region of Nepal. Mustang is from the Tibetan word mun tan which means "fertile plain". The culture is Tibetan Buddhist. Mustang was once an independent kingdom, although closely tied to Tibet. In the 18th century the kingdom was annexed to Nepal. The monarchy ceased to exist on October 7th, 2008 by order of the government of Nepal. The current unofficial king is Jigme Dorje Bista, born 1933. He traces his lineage directly back to Ame Pai, the warrior who founded this kingdom in...

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