The Original Mustang (the one in Nepal)

After a stretch of rainy days, I like to remember that I’ve spent a year enjoying some of the most extraordinary beauty this planet has to offer.  Today my thoughts returned to the pass at Thorung La on the Annapurna circuit in Nepal.  The better part of the day was spent trudging through the snow and panting in an effort to make it through the high pass (for a reminder of what that looked like check out this post), but after reaching the top I was reminded of what a formidable barrier the Himalayas are not only to man but to the clouds themselves.

The extreme altitude and low temperature on the near side of the pass force nearly all the moisture from the air resulting in that side’s daily snowstorm and deep base of snow, but as soon as you pass through the narrow gap in the peaks you are rewarded with an incredible change of scenery.  As if you had just disembarked from some spaceship, you now find yourself on a barren, rocky mountainside and overlooking the famed Mustang region, an incredibly scenic area that borders Tibet.  I was lucky to catch this image shortly after going through the pass.  It’s of the more spectacular sights I’ve been blessed to see…

The Earth has a lot to offer.

Categories: An Out of The Way Place, Nepal, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “The Original Mustang (the one in Nepal)

  1. Beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wonderful shot! Did you spot Mustang Sally? Sorry, very bad joke.

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