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The Best of the Mustang: A Gallery of a Mysterious Himalayan Region
Posted on April 10, 2015

Arnot and Jones making the final push to the first ascent of 20,600-foot Mustang Himal via the six hammers route.

All week long we’ve been tracing the story of Melissa Arnot and Ben Jones ticking a first ascent of 20,600-foot Mustang Himal in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. First we ran Melissa’s personal reflection on rediscovering a love for high-altitude climbing, then we published parts one, two and three of the Mustang Mystery video series profiling the team’s first ascent the 20,600-foot newly permitted peak. The story and the video series are both spectacular, but we’ve also been transported by Jon Mancuso’s images of the expedition. So for Friday visual inspiration, we’ve picked twenty of our favorite images of the climb and are letting them tell the story one last time. —LYA Editor

Images by Jon Mancuso

Pokhara, Nepal with Fishtail Peak looming. The journey starts here.

Pokhara, Nepal with Fishtail Peak looming. The journey starts here.

The arduous jeep trail from Samara to Lo Manthang.

The arduous jeep trail from Samara to Lo Manthang.

Mechanical issues and 99 problems—but not the engine—on the road to Jomsom. Mechanical issues and 99 problems—but not the engine—on the road to Jomsom.

 

Stocking up on provisions at the Jomson Shopping Complex.

Stocking up on provisions at the Jomson Shopping Complex.

Melissa Arnot and Ben Jones on the beautifully rocky trail between Jomsom and Samara, dealing with the practical travel implications of landslides.

Melissa Arnot and Ben Jones on the beautifully rocky trail between Jomsom and Samara, dealing with the practical travel implications of landslides.

Wheat fields at the lunch break vantage point, nearing Samara on the approach to the Upper Mustang.

Wheat fields at the lunch break vantage point, nearing Samara on the approach to the Upper Mustang.

A Nepalese child playing with tradition in Lo-Manthang.

A Nepalese child playing with tradition in Lo-Manthang.

The supply train en route from Chung Chung to basecamp.

The supply train en route from Chung Chung to basecamp.

The view from base camp on the border of Tibet and China.

The view from base camp on the border of Tibet and China.

Star shot at base camp below Mustang Himal and Mansail Peak.

Star shot at base camp below Mustang Himal and Mansail Peak.

Melissa Arnot, breathing slowly and methodically, moving up from high camp on the Mustang expedition.

Melissa Arnot, breathing slowly and methodically, moving up from high camp on the Mustang expedition.

Himalayan spindrift on an unnamed ridge on the approach to Mustang Himal

Himalayan spindrift on an unnamed ridge on the approach to Mustang Himal

Glaciated travel, roped up on 20,600-foot Mustang Himal on a self-supported climb.

Glaciated travel, roped up on 20,600-foot Mustang Himal on a self-supported climb.

The final summit push on Mustang Himal, 15 days into the expedition.

The final summit push on Mustang Himal, 15 days into the expedition.

Ben Jones and Melissa Arnot taking the very high route on the broken granite summit of Mustang Himal.

Ben Jones and Melissa Arnot taking the very high route on the broken granite summit of Mustang Himal.

Melissa Arnot recoiling en route, on Mustang Himal.

Melissa Arnot recoiling en route, on Mustang Himal.

End of the road, or at least civilization, at Chung Chung.

End of the road, or at least civilization, at Chung Chung.

Melissa Arnot, sunburnt and windblasted, after a trying but rewarding trip in the Upper Mustang.

Melissa Arnot, sunburnt and windblasted, after a trying but rewarding trip in the Upper Mustang.

Signage on the route to Chung Chung in a village with a population of ten.

Signage on the route to Chung Chung in a village with a population of ten. 

 

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