In 2018, I headed back to Nepal. We fastpacked through the Annapurna Circuit and over the Himalayas via Thorang-La pass, before heading up to Upper Mustang, a remote and highly restricted area of Nepal near the Tibetan border. This area used to be closed to tourism altogether, and local guides and permits are still required to visit. Because of the restrictions, Upper Mustang doesn’t see nearly as much tourism as the rest of the Nepal, and it is fiercely protective of its culture and history. We were blown away by the stark beauty of the high desert plains, the nomadic lifestyle and strong Buddhist practices of the locals, and the rich history that exists in this area.
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As part of a team of five climbers, photographers, filmmakers and journalists, I set out to answer this question, looking for perspective among the mid-range peaks of the Nepalese Himalayas. Find more about our journey at searchingforscale.com