Walk to School
Children walk the same path to school everyday from the nearby village in Tserok. Even though it is only a 5 minute walk, the older children still hold on to their younger siblings and make sure they are safe.
Peek a boo
A little girl in village of Phelag, looking out to see what is going on on the street. In many villages in Lower Mustang, the main population in villages is children and old people.
This is the main spot for women to pass time in Phelag. Everyday, I can find them sitting outside when the sun is good, where some spin wool and some gossip.
A regular of the hangout spot for women in Phelag, she is found busy with weaving a chupa one afternoon. Weaving is a very common activity for women in villages in Mustang.
Ladies Chew Dried Cheese
The woman on the left barely had any teeth left in her mouth, yet she was avidly chewing a piece of dried cheese (chura in Nepali) in her mouth. It is considered a common pass time in the Himalaya.
A child in the village of Chimang, which is about a 30 to 45 minute hike from Tserok. It is situated on top of a hill, and is predominantly Buddhist. The village has historically been Tibetan and Thakali descent, but overtime, it has become more Nepali.
Taken in the old town of Kagbeni, this child is running towards his home in one of the narrow alleyways. Kagbeni is situated by a river, which now is covered with hotels and guest homes on the other side of the river. The older part of town seems abandoned and ruined in comparison.
Villager from Kagbeni, who is one of the few people that still own horses. As roads become more developed, horses slowly are disappearing in villages due to their pricey maintenance and lower efficiency compared to cars.
Grandmother piggy-backing her granddaughter while spending some time in the sun in Phelag.
Woman spinning wool in the village of Dhakarjhong, which is a 10 minute walk from the village of Phelag. When the sun is out, many women carry their wools out onto the streets and carry on with their chores while soaking in some sun.
In the village of Chimang, this woman founded this Protestant church, and is the first Christian in this predominantly Buddhist village. Against all odds, she converted from Buddhism and almost got kicked out of the village for it. Next to her is her niece, whom she also converted to Christianity.
Porters carrying heavy weighted goods is a common sight in villages in Mustang. It is part of people's livelihood and necessity to carry commodities across different villages.
New Guest Home
Young man is painting the wood of this new guest home in Kagbeni. It is located right next to the old town, on the older part of Kagbeni. More and more hotels are being built all the time due to the increase of tourism in Lower Mustang.
Himalaya in the Backyard
Chupa weaving is a daily activity for women, including this woman in the village of Dhakarjhong. The optimal time for this activity is in the morning, before the wind picks up and the sun is perfectly warm against the cold.
Little girl showing me her homework in her school notebook. In most villages in Lower Mustang, the only available educational facility is a small government-funded school that runs up to grade 5. Most people send their children to Jomsom, the district headquarters for further education.
Karma never got a further education, and is a farmer in Dhakarjhong. He wished he could live in Kathmandu and run a restaurant, but reality inhibits him from doing so. Here, he is seen playing a game where he throws a piece of rock in the air, catches it and throws another one up at the same time.
Another woman in Dhakarjhong spinning wool in the sun.
Sun seems to be the calling for many villagers in Phelag. This young mother takes her newborn out for a walk early in the morning to get some sun.
Daughter and Grandfather
This is the family I stayed with in the village of Phelag. The daughter here, is only 3 years old and she is sharp and witty. Holding her is her grandfather, who is taking his granddaughter up to the roof for some quality time in the morning.
Dolpo is 2 districts west from Mustang, yet many Dolpopa (people of Dolpo) can be found in villages in Lower Mustang, including this one in Jharkot.
Man in Mukinath
This man approached me and asked me to take picturs of him with his hands gesturing towards my camera. He is from a nearby village from Muktinath called Dzong, and he seeks out foreigners like me to take pictures of himself.
Old woman carrying goods down a flight of stairs in Jharkot. Since most young people are working in cities or abroad, the older generation are left behind to continue their work without the help of their children.
Playful in Jharkot
Young children in Jharkot, playing with a soccer ball.