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Kagbeni, Nepal: The most beautiful village in the world

I have been living with a family in Kagbeni, Nepal for over a month–and this village, high in the Himalayas, is perhaps the most beautiful I have ever seen. A few photos to tell it’s story:

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Kagbeni, Nepal located at 2800 meters.

 

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The main square. Though located within Nepal the village is almost all Tibetan and prayer flags are hung everywhere.

 

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The nearest bank is a three-hour walk away and nearly the entire village is unbanked. Firewood is something most people need but since the nearest wooded area is a four-hour hike away there is a limited supply. Without a modern way to store wealth (and high inflation of government money) people stack wood on their rooftops which can be easily sold if need be, effectively making it their savings account. [I’m currently writing about how rural unbanked store wealth for Quartz using Kagbeni as an example. Will be published in early July.]

 

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There’s also A LOT of goats.

 

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The view from above the town, looking northward, toward Tibet (China).

 

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The view from summit of a peak across the river from Kagbeni.

 

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It’s very windy. Hurricane force winds whip around the village everyday.

 

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My breakfast table.

 

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And the food is pretty good.

 

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The Thorong-la pass as seen from a Kagbeni rooftop at sunrise. At 5400 meters it’s the highest pass in the world.

 

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A Tibetan birthday party for a boy turning one year. Birthday celebrations are a new tradition here, and while I was told they take after the U.S., there were quite a few differences. Here, after singing, everyone makes a lot of noise by yelling and popping balloons while simultaneously throwing confetti or cream at the child. The child was not happy. Soon after the oldest person in the family smeared butter on his head as a blessing–he also was not happy about that.

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4 comments on “Kagbeni, Nepal: The most beautiful village in the world

  • Great! I’m so happy for you. I can see you’re really enjoying your new adventure. Good 4 u friend!

  • Easy to eat vegetarian there? Or vegan?

    • Yes. Nepal generally is one of the easiest places to be a vegetarian that I’ve been to–Kagbeni food mixes Tibetan and Nepali and the former has more meat but still, a typical menu here is about 75% vegetarian. Most of my food is vegan is well, though not all. People drink a lot of masala tea here which is made with milk (and often offer it to you). I believe most or all local bread is made without eggs.

  • hello friend…a wanderer and photographer leaving from India for Nepal on december mid of 2016…a bike ride from kathmandu to muktinath via kagbeni (i wish i could take the leg way)…so was reading about blogs about it and found yours…it seems that the upper mustang area is heaven and mostly consists of Tibetan cultutres….ur dal bhat thali with cannabis leaves seemed to give an eyegasm….hope to get some buds and good quality hash in the Ghasa (if im wrong please correct me…will love that info)…if you can add any general advice and trip advice for this wonderful country…thank you..will love to connect….have a great time in the mean time mate

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