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No, it’s not Utah, but it looks…

No, it's not Utah, but it looks...

No, it’s not Utah, but it looks a lot like it. A kingdom since 1380 (semi-autonomous from 1768 to 2008 under Nepali suzerainty, now no longer officially a kingdom), Upper Mustang, the Kingdom of Lo, is an other-worldly place in all ways. Here one sees firsthand the collision of centuries, as ancient lifestyles of subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry intermingle with roads and tourism, Facebook and television. The land of Mustang is physically changing as development creeps in, and the culture and heritage is as well. With human settlement dating back at least 3,000 years or more, there is ton to learn about and from in this remarkable region, but the clock is ticking. Just two years ago, not far from where this photo was taken, uranium was discovered. The race is now on to exploit this resource – a mixed blessing in a country like Nepal, landlocked with few natural resources. | In this photo, a centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist chorten blends into the high desert, ethereal landscape near the village of Samdzong. #liveyouradventure

Mustang, Nepal

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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