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Another from my oldies chest. This is on the way from Jomsom [te, wikipedia] to Kagbeni [te]. In Kagbeni the trek bifurcates towards the interior of the fabled Kingdom of Mustang [te, wikipedia] and its capital, Lo Manthang, following the Kali Gandaki valley, and to the sacred place of Muktinath [te, wikipedia], a sacred place and pilgrimage destination for Buddhists and Hindus.

If one measures the depth of a canyon by the difference of altitude of the river bed and of the highest peaks on either side, this part of the Kali Gandaki valley is the deepest gorge of the world, because despite the high altitude of the river bed (not that high for the Himalayas), it is flanked by several mountains with heights surpassing 6000 meters (20000 feet) and 7000 meters (23000 feet), with Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri surpassing 8000 meters (26000 feet).

Link to all my posts of this area: *.

WS's: Another view of the valey (#1) and a porter carrying lumber further up (#2), on the path from Kagbeni to Jharkot. I attached the latter to a post of touristdidi showing another porter carrying lumber.

Location (latitude, longitude): 28.78819,83.74719

Note on the location in TE: according to Wikipedia, all this region, from Jomsom to Lo Manthang and Muktinath is part of Dhawalagiri district [te]. I put my posts in the Gandaki district following the others, as almost no one posts their photos of the region in the supposedly right place.

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