From Kathmandu we travelled to North West Nepal, over 3000 meters above sea level, visiting several villages in the Mustang district, the former ‘Land of Lo’.
The airport of Jomsom – the town where we would start our trek - is situated at 2,682m above sea level. For a crew coming from a country that is largely below sea level, that kind of height takes some getting used to. Travellers are advised to take their time to adjust to the thinner air before launching into any strenuous activities.
"Up until twenty years ago, Mustang was impossible to get to. A kingdom, lost to the world – remote, untouched, forbidden even"
Unfortunately when we got there, we had a six-hour hike ahead of us, so we didn’t have time to adjust to the altitude. Half an hour after we touched down, we were already on our way. Fifteen kilometres and a three hundred metre vertical ascent later, the three of us were all showing signs of altitude sickness. Right before we left, we got a grim warning that altitude sickness is not to be taken lightly. On the other side of the mountain from where our journey began, world famous Dutch mountaineer Ronald Naar had just died as a result of altitude sickness.