The Explorer’s Passage (TEP), the leader in historical-based adventure travel, and the Lo Gyalpo Jigme Foundation, a non-profit NGO headquartered in Lo Manthang, have announced a partnership to help preserve the deep history and culture of the Upper Mustang region in Nepal.
Mustang, a remote Himalayan province situated north of Nepal’s Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri massif, is a land steeped not only in spectacular snow-capped peaks, wind-carved canyons and verdant valleys, but also in Buddhist myth, culture, tradition and art. In an effort to preserve this special region, TEP will be donating 15% of profits from its 2014 & 2015 The Myth of Mustang expeditions to the Lo Gyalpo Jigme Foundation. The donations will be utilized to help with a variety of Foundation-sponsored activities such as setting up schools and restoring monasteries. Guests on TEP’s The Myth of Mustang tours will have the opportunity to take part in these activities during the tour, helping first-hand to preserve the culture and improve the lives of the people of Mustang.
“It is absolutely critical that we work with the sustainable development leaders in the places we explore,” says Jeff Bonaldi, Founder & President of The Explorer’s Passage. “Our mission is to protect these communities, and to help them thrive and prosper.”
“We are excited to partner with The Explorer’s Passage in helping to maintain the cultural and religious traditions and heritage of Mustang,” says Tsewang Bista, Secretary of Lo Gyalpo Jigme Foundation. “We want to keep Mustang special so that visitors can enjoy our culture for generations to come.”