A Look Across Time In Mustang
Updates from the remote region of Mustang in Nepal are on their way in! Here is another dispatch from MM Guide Deana Zabaldo as the team got ready to begin their Mustang Trek this month.
“Our journey began in Pokhara, a lakeside town with sweeping views of the Annapurna range, where we had the rare opportunity to speak with Ngawang, an old Tibetan Khampa warrior.
Our local guide Oangdi and his father Ngawang, a Tibetan guerilla fighter based in Mustang in the 1960s. Deana Zabaldo photo
In the 1960’s, Mustang was the base for Tibetan fighters resisting the Chinese invasion. We heard stories of life as a monk-turned-guerrilla fighter, receiving American CIA training, and excursions over the border to attack Chinese police. A decade later, the resistance ended, and the Tibetans who have lived in exile since then have taken wives from Mustang and settled in Nepal.
Our group with Ngawang and Oangdi. Deana Zabaldo photo
Our local guide for the trip is the son of this old Tibetan warrior, and we’ve gotten a great preview of the Mustang culture and history to come.
International Mountain Museum in Pokhara. Deana Zabaldo photo
“A visit to the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara, a delicious dinner, and an early morning flight to Jomson to begin our trek…”
~ MM Guide Deana Zabaldo
Taking off to the mountains. Deana Zabaldo photo