Location: Jharkot (3550m) & the Mustang mountains from Muktinath on Annapurna Circuit, Nepal (28°49'5"N 83°50'56"E)
Date: 12 April 2000; 10.45am
Camera: Canon EOS 500N (analogue) on slides and scanned
This is the view that greets trekkers coming down the (somewhat dreaded) ThorungLa on the Annapurna Circuit after the beautiful Muktinath Valley. Jharkot is a small village dwarfed by the awesome snow-capped mountains of Daulagiri and the Tukuche peak. It is in the Mustang district which for a long time was closed to foreigners; as Mustang was a base of Tibetan fighters against the Chinese rule during the early days of the Chinese "liberation of Tibet". It is now possible to trek into Mustang with special permits arranged and guided by trekking agencies.