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Dispatches from afar - the Alaska Range. Josh Terrell photo
Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
Writing dispatches in camp on Kilimanjaro. Mark Gunlogson photo
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October 17, 2014

Mustang Trek - Trekkers and Staff

Happily back in Kathmandu, we celebrated with drinks and dinner. It's been a spectacular journey on the Mustang Trek - and a great group of clients to travel with! I'm also always proud to work with our Nepal staff. They are simply amazing - hard working, caring, and always with a smile. Here's a few photos of their friendly faces. And if you're wondering what our trekkers thought about the journey, read on for what they had to say…

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October 13, 2014

Mustang Trek - High Altitude Desert

Upper Mustang is mostly a high altitude desert - an expansive, endless sea of land at roughly 12,000 feet. Dendritic canyons fan out across miles. Plateaus with scrub brush end abruptly in fluted columns eroded by weather and time. Caves are everywhere - some ancient habitats, some treasuries of Buddhist art and scripture, some empty and never known. Wind and sun define the landscape. 

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October 10, 2014

Mustang Trek - Local Culture

The culture of Mustang revealed itself not only in monasteries and spiritual places, but also in women weaving, in men galloping horses across the plateau, in friendly faces peeking out doorways and windows, in children saying "Namaste!" on their way home from school.

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October 7, 2014

Mustang Trek - Tantra

Early one morning in Lo Manthang, the walled fortress-like capital of Mustang, we visit the monastery to receive a blessing from an old monk. He has spent more than 40 years in the monastery and is master of an ancient Tantric rite, one that derives directly from the 8th century beginnings of Himalayan Buddhism. He chants scriptures, tosses grains of rice, pours water from a metal jar stuffed with purifying peacock feathers, and wields a small golden dagger with 4 faces carved on its hilt vajrakila. [+] READ MORE

October 2, 2014

Into Mustang

Once part of western Tibet and later subsumed by Nepal, Mustang is an ancient kingdom on the cusp of change. Tantric Buddhism still thrives, yet the first coffee shops have sprung up. Most people are busy with the grain harvest, but many young people have left the area in search of better work. Fifteenth century deities are worshipped and appeased at dark altars and every home has a private prayer room, yet cell phones, road development, and political discussion are equally at the fore. It has been a magical and challenging trek into an ancient culture meeting the modern world. 

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