| Here I am mounted up and ready to the caves and monastery Located about 2 hours North of Lo Manthang.
The rest of our party ready to go.
And my guide Wangyal who was a real horseman!
On our way we passed a site where sky burials are performed. They are done both for humans and animals and there were a number of vultures still perched there so a "burial" must have happened recently. They were gone by the time of our return.
A map of the Chhoser village area (township?) where we were headed.
All of these villages had steets not quite wide enough for two people and certainly not enough for a cow and a person.
All of the cliff walls had caves dug into them. Most are now empty but a few still were actively inhabited.
There was a monastery constructed with caves as it's back chambers.
These were our Nepali guides who always seemed cheerful and to be having a good time.
In front of one set of caves was a natural formation which reminded me of the head of one of the gaunt tikis that stand vigil on Easter Island.
And the running water in the soft sediment had carved out a natural arch.
Here are yet more caves on the other side of the river that ran through the valley.
On the way back to town, I opted to walk instead of ride, to the disappointment of my guide, I'm sure. But on Horseback, I couldn't stop and look around, much less take any decent photos.
More scenery on the way back.
Everywhere along the road are shards of rock carved with inscriptions. Some are gathered into "mani" walls and others are just loose.
As the sun set, it fell on one range of hills composed of a white material that the locals dissolve in water and use as whitewash on the mud bricks of their houses.
The sun made the white formations just leap out of the background.
As we neared Lo Manthang, we passed several old abandoned forts.
And, finally, we returned to where we started.
This is the flag bedecked entrance to Lo Manthang.