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A sunny autumn afternoon in Kagbeni, the small flat roofed village deep into the north western Himalayas, that merges with the Tibetan landscape, not just by its geographical similarity with this region, but also by its cultural & religious attachment to Tibetan Buddhism.
Kagbeni is at the junction of two very important trekking trails. The trail that you see as a fine line on the huge mountain wall opposite the Kagbeni village and the Kali Gandaki river leads northwards to Lo Mathang via Chusang. The other trail that goes east towards Muktinath and Thorung La is where I am standing now.

Lo Manthang was the walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo from its founding in 1380 by Ame Pal who oversaw construction of the city wall and many of the still-standing structures. After the Shahs of Gorkha forged Nepal out of numerous petty kingdoms in the 18th century, Lo became a dependency but kept its hereditary rulers. This arrangement continued as long as Nepal remained a kingdom, until republican government began in 2008 and Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista (born c. 1933) lost his title.

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Additional Photos by Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 38 N: 676] (2674)
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