"The landscape is exhilarating, endless and melancholic."- Jimmy Nelson
Chele Village, Upper Mustang
The ‘Land of Lo’, as it is known to its 7,000 inhabitants, occupies a mere 2,000 square kilometres in the upper valley of the Kali Ghandaki River,
which flows straight from north to south. Routes parallel to the river once served as a major trade route. Salt from the vast lakes deep inside Tibet and wool from mountain yaks were traded for grain and spices from India. Mustang in particular was a thoroughfare for this immensely important trade, providing the surplus that enabled the construction of large monasteries and the creation of stunning works of art, particularly from the late 14th to the 17th centuries. At the end of the 18th century, the kingdom was annexed by Nepal.