Harsh conditions of life in a rough environment

The beauty of the Kingdom is breathtaking, backed with a deep silence. The wasteland and meagre vegetation compass a richness of forms and rock formations. The deep valleys are monumental witnesses of the very long history of the territory.

The population of approximately 6000 inhabitants lives in about 30 villages. Most of the villages are situated near the river Kali Gandak. The denomination of the habitants in the northern part of Mustang is „Lo-pa“ or „Lo-wa“ which literally means „People from Lo“. Religion and culture are of Tibetan origin and their language is also a Tibetan dialect.

Around the villages lie fields of corn and some vegetables, which require hard work to cultivate. Irrigation consists of an open canal system with glacier water. The people live a very humble life with no running water, electricity, infrastructure and little medical care.

With autumn harvest, the whole population moves down the valley to escape the cold and the lack of food during winter. The younger generation moves into the big cities or to India to earn a living.

Himalaya's Children - Smiling faces during the grain harvest. Himalaya's Children - A young landlord on her way to Lo-Manthang. Himalaya's Children - Typical village in Upper-Mustang.