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Kagbeni, Nepal, is the gate to the Upper Mustang area

Visiting some places feels like you are travelling in time. This is how I felt in Kagbeni, a small village northwest of Kathmandu, in the Annapurna region, that proudly hosts the gate to Upper Mustang, one of the more remote and still partially restricted areas of Nepal.

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The village of Kagbeni from the opposite side of the Kali Gandaki

Standing dangerously on the crumbling east bank of the Kali Gandaki river, Kagbeni seems to have escaped the attention of tourists and historians. I found practically nothing about it when researching online. Therefore, if you know anything about Kagbeni, I would love to hear from you. I am interested in how old it is, how it sustains itself economically, the style of its architecture, ethnicity of its past and present inhabitants.

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Buddhist monastery in the village of Kagbeni, Lower Mustang, Nepal

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Wall panintings inside the Buddhist monastery in Kagbeni, Nepal

In particular, I would like to learn everything about its small Buddhist temple, one of the most beautiful monasteries I have had a chance to visit in Nepal and possibly one of the only temples that conveyed to me a truly spiritual atmosphere.


Beatriz Coningham

Beatriz Coningham

Why write about travel? Travel and exploration have always fascinated me. I marvel at history’s navigators and explorers who expanded the frontiers of the world and of human existence.

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