DEB­BIE PAP­PYN Wrote “Outer Lim­its,”

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A con­nois­seur of re­mote places, Pap­pyn and her pho­tog­ra­pher David De Vleeschauwer trav­eled to Nepal’s Mus­tang re­gion in hopes of find­ing an un­touched cor­ner of the Hi­malayas. They were not dis­ap­pointed. Says the Bel­gium-based writer, “Hidden away in the high moun­tains of north­ern Nepal, this for­mer Bud­dhist king­dom proved to be one of the most amaz­ing trips we’ve ever made. Dur­ing our 10 days there, we were con­stantly swept away by the dra­matic land­scapes, the well-pre­served Ti­betan cul­ture, and the hospi­tal­ity of the lo­cals. We also learned that Up­per Mus­tang is not a des­ti­na­tion for be­gin­ners: the ac­com­mo­da­tions are ba­sic and the roads are lit­tle more than gravel paths—no fun when you’re ne­go­ti­at­ing a 4,000-me­ter moun­tain pass in a wonky Land Rover. Was it worth it? Ab­so­lutely. After 15 years of non­stop travel to over 100 coun­tries, Mus­tang is firmly on our list of fa­vorite des­ti­na­tions.”

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