Considered one of my favorite locations in Nepal. Medieval Tibetan-style Kagbeni village is strange.
… carefully packed mud homes, darkish tunnels and alleys, imposing chortens and a big, ochre-coloured gompa perched above the city. …
I flew from Pokhara 6:15am. Earlier the higher for Himalayan flights. They get cancelled when wind comes up.
Arriving Jomsom (2760m)
I had breakfast and hung round till 10am to see if I might purchase an NTC sim card for my cellphone. It’s one of the best community for the excessive Annapurna.
No luck. Solely Nepalis should purchase these in Jomsom, I used to be informed.
I left instantly as Jomsom is a spot you solely go to due to the airport.
10am I began the straightforward stroll as much as Kagbeni (2840m). You may take the dusty street. Or stroll apart barren Kali Gandaki, the river separating Annapurna from Dhaulagiri (8167m).
One more reason to return right here in November moderately than April is with the ability to keep off the street extra.
It was good to be getting again to Tibet. Kagbeni is much extra Tibetan than Nepali.
And Kagbeni seems a lot the identical because it did once I first visited within the 1990s. Other than Yac donalds.
On arrival I instantly headed for an additional new enterprise – Cafe Applebees. It’s an upscale, trendy espresso store … however with wonderful views to the forbidden kingdom of higher Mustang.
I’m nonetheless planning on taking a guided journey to Mustang. Sooner or later.
One place in Higher Mustang you ARE allowed to go to with no restricted-area is Tiri village. To get there you cross a bridge over the Kali Gandaki and hike about 45min on the west financial institution of the valley.
I do love the sunshine in Tibet.
Right here’s the view wanting again to Kagbeni.
On my return I walked the river.
The opposite spotlight of Kagbeni is Kagchode Thubten Sampheling Gompa, a Buddhist Monastery courting again to 1429.
It was guarded by Ram.
Arriving on the fifth day of a 5-day pageant, many monks have been in attendance. Throat singing, large horns, cymbals and percussion. I doubt a lot has modified right here since 1429.