Mantras, Mandalas, and Meditations: A hike through the hidden Tibetan Kingdom of Nepal – the Nar Phu Valley and Upper Mustang Regions
Mar 9, 2023 at 9:00 am #3775290
An account of a trek through Nepal’s Central Himalayan Nar Phu Valley and Upper Mustang region near the border of Tibet via an ancient trading route.Mar 12, 2023 at 5:06 am #3775539Bruce JohnsonBPL Member
Thank you! This trek in Nepal is an interesting substitute for a trek in Tibet. The headline is misleading. I would like to do the Kailash circumambulation, but politics keep getting in the way.Mar 12, 2023 at 4:20 pm #3775580MudjesterBPL Member
Lovely, Jeff ~ Contemplative walking is not only a longtime transnational Buddhist practice, but something I suspect is close to the heart of many wilderness-goers who are not otherwise intent on the radical liberation the Buddha realized. Eg. the sensory/spiritual vivacities you mention… Did you two go alone or with a guide? I understand a guide, or guided group, is now required for Nepal treks. I’d like to do something like this, but am wary of being guided by someone(s) insensitive to the contemplative way of going. If you have a recommendation, please.
Bruce – I did the Kailash kora a few years ago and was awestruck on multiple levels: there is nothing like it – anywhere. And yes, Tibet is an occupied country with all the nastiness, threat and grief that goes with that.Mar 15, 2023 at 8:59 pm #3775897JVDBPL Member
@jdavisLocale: Front Range
Nice story, Jeff. Though I’m pretty certain I’ll not make it to the Himalayas in this incarnation, it echoes a lot of the reasons I like to walk in deserts and mountains.Mar 17, 2023 at 6:34 am #3776040Ken LarsonBPL Member
@kenlarsonLocale: Western Michigan
Excellent Trip Report!!
New information for those of you thinking you might like to follow Jeff’s route.
Five years after banning solo adventurers from climbing Mount Everest, Nepal’s government has extended the restriction to the whole country. From now on, travelers who hope to trek in remote regions must hire a government-licensed guide or join a group.Apr 2, 2023 at 5:54 am #3777852
Thanks for taking time to read my post. I am sorry that you felt the title was misleading. I certainly wasn’t try to misdirect. We certainly enjoyed this region and would return for further exploration, as there is plenty to see and do. The upper Dolpo region west of Mustang is even more remote and less visited and is also along the Tibet border.Apr 2, 2023 at 6:12 am #3777853
Hi Mudjester, I appreciate your comments and glad you enjoyed the piece. I agree that contemplative walking is something that many who spend time in the bush understand and appreciate, even if they don’t relate it to Buddhism. Sensory overload is a common experience. This trip was done with my wife and a guide that I have used before. These areas are restricted and a guide and special permits area required to lead a minimum of two people. I use Manoj Tamang (he is on Facebook) he knows the people, processes and areas and will work with you to design the trip you want. Tell him exactly the how you want to go and what it is you want to experience and he should be able to provide that for you. This is my third trip along the Tibetan border, I find it magical. Thanks for reading.Apr 2, 2023 at 6:15 am #3777854
Hi JVD, Thanks for the thoughts. I appreciate you taking time to read the article. Yes, hiking (especially alone) provide the opportunity to think and appreciate much that our daily lives don’t allow us to dive into. Go to Nepal, if you have a chance. I am sure you’d enjoy the experience.Apr 2, 2023 at 6:24 am #3777855
Hi Ken, thanks for the additional information. Yes, Nepal has instituted the use of guides on all trips, which is a drag. However, in many of the areas along the border, they were already restricted and a guide and two people were/are needed. If you get the right guide, it can be a worthwhile experience, as they should do what you want them to do and can make getting permits, etc. effortless. They can engage and provide useful and interesting information or they can stay out of the way and meet you down the trail. As with this trip, if things turn sour (and it can quickly), it can be a bit reassuring to know you have a skilled and experienced native speaking person along to help. It can be extremely remote.
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