Meditation Caves, Mustang, Nepal
A black and white photo of meditation caves on a cliff face near the Kali Gandaki gorge in Mustang, Nepal
Upper Mustang is a dry desert landscape with occasional small fertile valleys.
These dry, wind eroded cliffs are in a side valley valley from the main Kali Gandaki gorge that runs north to south through Mustang. The side valley heads east to our destination, Luri Gompa (Monastery).
There are thousands on meditation caves in Buddhist Mustang, dating back a thousand years. Whole monastery complexes appear to have been built in these inaccessible rock faces but there is no written history to explain their numbers.
Now, they're sometimes used by shepherds.