A trans-Himalayan journey through the sacred Kingdom of Mustang. The Story behind this epic Himalayan trek is embedded not only in ancient Buddhist myth, culture and art, but also in the snow-capped peaks, wind-carved canyons and verdant valleys that dominate Nepal’s surreal and spectacular landscape. Welcome to the world of Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, an eminent Indian sage called upon by King Trisong Detsen in 760 AD to subdue demonical spirits hindering the introduction of Buddhism in Tibet. According to legend, the king’s request spurred a heroic battle as Rinpoche pursued these spirits throughout the Kingdom of Mustang and into Tibet, carrying with him the ‘great truth,’ or dharma, until finally, he prevailed. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure marked by myth, majesty and mind-boggling natural beauty.
Visit Yangleshö Cave in the sacred village of Pharping where Rinpoche is said to have attained enlightenment, and relax in traditional Nepalese gardens during your stay at Kathmandu’s exquisite Shangri-La hotel.
Take in a birds-eye view of Kali Gandaki gorge and the towering summits of Annapurna (26,502’) and Dhaulagiri (26,811’) on a flight to Jomsom and descend beneath a palette of blue sky and red fluted pinnacles to Dhakmar where story has it the cliffs, etched in crimson, were stained by the blood of a demon slain by Rinpoche.
Trek to the village of Ghami to observe locals spinning ancient prayer wheels and to marvel at the six-syllable mantras carved into the stones of the longest Mani (prayer) wall in Nepal, built upon the remains of the same slain demon.
Explore the walled city of Lo-Manthang, home to the reigning King of Mustang, four monasteries and countless works of ancient art, and try your hand at making butter tea in the home of a local, immersing yourself fully in Mustang culture.
In Kathmandu, visit the ancient palaces, temples and exquisite wood-carved shrines in Patan Durbar Square, and walk in Rinpoche’s footsteps at Boudinath, a massive Buddhist stupa – one of the largest and holiest in the world.
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