kagbeni village and the kali gandaki river valley - lower mustang (nepal)

View of the Kagbeni Village and the Kali Gandaki River Valley (Nepal)

View my other photos of Kagbeni.

The mountain in the back is the Jakriojagga Lek (Elevation: 6402 m /­ 21003 ft).­

This is probably one of the most remote region I visited.­ It takes 2-3 days to reach this place by motorbike, from Pokhara.­

The valley upstream from Kagbeni (in the back, behind the village on this photo) is part of the Upper Mustang Restricted Area, and special permits and guides are required to continue North towards the old royal city of Lo Mustang (see this photo of the sign).­ Those permits are rather expensive ($500 for 10 days), and they require that you hire a local guide.­ This was unfortunately out of my budget.­

I wanted to continue the road up to Muktinath (no special permit required), but I was sick, quite tired, and the road from Kagbeni to Muktinath is really hard (very steep with a lot of loose gravel), so we stopped at Kagbeni.­

For more info about Kagbeni, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Kagbeni,_­Mustang.

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Photos taken during a motorcycle trip with a friend in Nepal in March 2013.­

This includes a trip up the Kali Gandaki valley to the Annapurnas and the Lower Mustang region, with its beautiful Himalayan landscapes.­

Those photos were taken one year before the April 2014 earthquake that killed many and caused major damage in central Nepal.­

Many of the buildings and temples on those photos have been damaged or destroyed by the 2014 quake, especially the shaky brick houses in Bhaktapur.­