Mustang Trek — Local Culture
All photos by Deana Zabaldo
The culture of Mustang revealed itself not only in monasteries and spiritual places, but also in women weaving, in men galloping horses across the plateau, in friendly faces peeking out doorways and windows, in children saying “Namaste!” on their way home from school.
One of the best evenings on the trek was when we arranged to use a local family home for dinner. Not only did we get to sit in the kitchen and talk with the old couple who lived there, but also six local women turned out in welcome to sing and dance for us.
As their children dozed off nearby, they told us they only get tourist groups once or twice a year, and they were excited to be able to meet us, sing for us, and talk to us. We all shared a little about our lives and went to sleep a little richer for it.
~ MM Guide Deana Zabaldo