Why is the Mustang Kingdom Forbidden? You’ll have to read the story to find out:
THE tale begins with a demon.
Centuries ago, it destroyed the foundations of a Buddhist monastery under construction in central Tibet. Then Guru Rinpoche, who had brought Buddhism to the kingdom, pursued the demon west, deep into Mustang. The two fought among Mustang’s snow peaks, desert canyons and grasslands. Guru Rinpoche prevailed, and he scattered the demon’s body parts across Mustang: its blood formed towering red cliffs, and its intestines tumbled to the wind-scoured earth east of the cliffs…
Click here to read the full NYT story.
FYI: Our hiking tour through Nepal’s Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang runs May 23-June 9, 2015.
Guests have already signed up, so this trip is definitely on. Renowned explorer and photographer Ace Kvale will lead the tour in concert with local guides and sherpas from the Kingdom of Mustang.
Image credit: Prayer wheels by Ace Kvale.