Long-time traveler Dick Siebel recently traveled to the once-forbidden fabled Kingdom of Lo in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal on a custom adventure with Journeys International. The trip was timed with the beginning of the harvest season and the spectacular three-day Tiji Festival.
Access to this region was restricted by the government of Nepal until 1992, and Mustang was accessible only by foot until the last bit of road was completed in 2015. Mustang's culture has descended in its pure form from the Red Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism (contrasting to the Yellow Hat sect to which the Dalai Lama belongs), and it remains one of the only spots on earth where Tibetans live according to their own unimpeded traditions.
While there, Dick witnessed the annual tradition of processing recently harvested barley, a crucial element to year-round food security.
Colder weather has arrived in the Khokana and Bungamati regions of Nepal, where Journeys funded the shelter for 20 families. Villagers did not have any outerwear or blankets, so Journeys stepped in and today our Nepal director handed over supplies to the elders, women, men and children of the village. We are very happy to help them again; thank you to the donors who have made this possible!