288p., 18 Col. & 18 B/W Illus., 6 Drawings, 4 Maps, Bib., Index, 24 cm. (First Edition pub. in 1967)
Mustang lies on "the roof of the world", north of Nepal and surrounded on three sides by Chinese-held Tibet. Foreigners were forbiddne to enter the territory and virtually nothing was known about its people and their civilisation until in 1964 Michel Peissel obtained permission to make a long stay there. To reached the walled capital, Lo Mantang, his small caravan of yaks and porters had to make their way for fifteen days across the Himalayas. In Mustang found a medieval world preserved from modern technology, in which the wheel was not used, the earth was believed to be flat and polyandry practised; but a land with beauty and happiness in spite of hardships.