A young man rides his horse down the Kali Gandaki River valley. The valley is the main conduit into and out of the region, and historically was an important section of the Salt Route connecting Tibet and India.
An elderly Loba man wearing antique sunglasses spins wool in the Chhosher region on the border of Tibet. This area, to the north of Lo Manthang, is extremely restricted and outsiders are not allowed to be in the area past nightfall.
During the three-day spectacle of the Tiji Festival, monks dress as different animals, demons and divinities to enact an epic fight between good and evil. In the town square of Lo Manthang, a monk dressed as a skeleton performs an ancient dance accompanied by ceremonial Tibetan Buddhist music.
A nomad family poses for a portrait in their winter valley camp. The nomadic way of life is very difficult and poorly paid. Twenty years ago, a large group of families lived nomadically, but due to decreased precipitation and the closed land border with Tibet, nomads are having a difficult time keeping their herds fed. Only five families still make a living this way in Mustang.
A nomad woman pens baby goats before their mothers return from the fields. Due to climate change and the closed land border with Tibet, nomadic life has become much more difficult. All but five families have settled into villages.
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Hidden in the rain shadow of the Himalaya in one of the most remote corners of Nepal lies Mustang, or the former Kingdom of Lo. Hemmed in by the world’s highest mountain range to the south and an occupied and shuttered Tibet to the north, this tiny Tibetan kingdom has remained virtually unchanged since the 15th century. Today, Mustang is arguably the best preserved example of traditional Tibetan life left in the world.