Today we walked from Muktinath to Kagbeni – old, medieval kinda Nepali village, almost in Upper Mustang (restricted area). Now it’s only me and Aukje, the German couple (Max and Phina) left to Tatopani today. And the guides of course.
I was really glad we left the guesthouse at Muktinath, we were the only guests there and it looked very sketchy. Yeah ok, the shower was nice and room as well I guess, but the kitchen🙄 I saw a rat there at night.. And they didn’t have jam for breakfast. I mean, who doesn’t have jam for breakfast? It’s like the second most important item after bread..
So we set off at around 8:30 and it took us nearly 4h. And the landscape changed drastically! We were getting closer to the Mustang area and everything was dusty, rocky and very dry in there. At least this is what it seems like to me.
First we noticed Tiri village, this one is still accessible even without the Mustang permit and maybe we will visit it tomorrow. It lies on a bank of Kali Gandaki river that starts in Tibet and I guess the river is huge during the rainy season.. Although.. It doesn’t rain that much in Tibet so no idea.. Now it’s very dry and only few streams are running through the river basin.
Kagbeni lies probably 2km further down the stream and it was so pretty when we arrived. Willows were planted throughout the city, alongside small streams that run through the village and the overall atmosphere is very rural, unspoiled and ancient. I like the vibe here. Especially I like it because it’s the starting / end point of the Mustang trek… Aaaaaaand that means only one thing. Mustang trek will be the #3 in the Himalayas. Ah I can’t wait😍
We are staying at YacDonald restaurant/hotel. Yeah, just like McDonald’s😜 And the yak burger they have here is absolutely delicious! Yuuuummm!! No more playing it safe, I wanna eat everything.
After lunch we strolled around the village, saw the temple here (local monk gave us a nice presentation) and then we ended in the Applebee’s cafe for apple pie. Pie was good but when they brought freshly baked chocolate cake, I was regretting my dessert choice.
And now we are chilling at the sofas they have here, waitig to get hungry so we could eat dinner again😄 What a life!