Traveling to Upper Mustang made me realize how great Himalayas are, engulfed with so much of beauty and diversity. Every place has its own distinctiveness, in spite of sharing the same terrain.
In mid july I left for Nepal to assist Mark Aldenderfer in his American- Nepal archaeological project in Upper Mustang. Assisting him on field was like a dream come true for me. Team consist of Tina Warnnier who taught me the basics of bones analysis, Jake Nortan and Liesl Clark gave me tips on photography and filming, Mr Everest Peter Athans gave many lessons on mountaineering, the Nepali fellows like Jiban, Jyoti, Mohan and bhaskar who always made an effort to make me feel like home and Marion, a French scholar who became a good friend of mine, together we shared around two months working both at mustang and later at ladakh and last but not the least those two wonderful kids of peter and leisl, fynn and cleo my movie partners.
This one month that I spend at Nepal was full of excitement and adventurous experiences. from climbing a mountain in rain and getting all dirty when reached at the top, clicking archaeological pictures of the artifacts, getting lost in the streets of medieval town of Lomathang, seeing the old ruins of monasteries, a total diverse style of chortens in the area, to trekking for almost 16- 17 kms in a day, getting stuck at jomsom for 3 days and rescued by a helicopter eventually got my first helicopter ride with an amazing American pilot jimmy. These bunch of experience had taught me a lot not just about archaeology but about life as well. That spirit of not giving up, no matter how many times you slip while climbing a mountain in rain, no matter where you get lost, no matter how tiugh it gets going, you have to keep moving.
Nepal was astonishing whether walking beside lake in pokhara or visiting the three durbar squares of kathamandu. The traditional architecture was profoundly affecting, though due to earthquake buildings were destitute but government of Nepal is trying hard to keep them safe.