Project 88. Motorbike trip in Nepal. Day 11. Marpha-Kagbeni

through river bedIt is only 30 km From Marpha to our final destination – Muktinath. But we’ve decided to split them in two days, hoping that it will be warmer in Muktinath the next day. So we’ve ridden to Kagbeni – a Tibetan village, the entrance to the Upper Mustang region.

Mustang is an ancient “Forbidden Kingdom”, the Land of Lo and Lost Tibetan Kingdom. Forbidden for foreigners till 1992, it’s quite difficult to reach now days as well. the way to MustangUpper Mustang occupies a huge territory in Nepal and border with Tibetan region in China. Untill 2008 Mustang was a dependent Kingdom of the Kingdom of Nepal. Since democracy arrival to Nepal the last king of Mustang Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista retired in Kathmandu and Mustang became just a district.

Upper Mustang lies on the altitude of 3,500 m and up, sheltered by some of the worlds highest peaks, Annapurna and Dhaualagiri. Kagbeni is an entrance to the Upper Mustang and to travel beyond you would require a guide and quite expensive permit ($500).

Kagbeni monasteryKagbeni is a big Tibetan settlement with 15th century monastery which you can visit for a fee of $2.

At the edge of Kagbeni there is a confluence of two rivers and for Hindus this is quite a religious site. There is a footbridge across the river nearby which marks the start of the road to Tiri – Mustang village that can be visited without a permit.

Tiri archersIn Tiri we’ve observed the competition in archery, inside a special rectangular plot with quite high walls made of stones and mud. Each end of the plot has a stand with a target and archers shoots from one stands on another every game. It’s worth to mention that bows are made from bamboo, and arrows are mostly modern one, made from light alloy.

The road from Marpha to Kagbeni
14101562 IMG_20170410_082019 14101563 IMG_20170410_090513 14101566 IMG_20170410_093831 IMG_20170410_094309 G0172092 IMG_20170410_094555 G0172167 G0172170 G0172197 14101571 14101572 14101573 IMG_20170410_134409
Around Kagbeni and Tiri
14101580 14101587 14101591 14101594 14101599 14101605 14101609 14101610 14101611 14101612 14101613 14101618 14101624 14101625 14101626 14101631 14101636 14101637 14111642

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *