“It has always been a personal dream for me to visit Mustang”- Patrick Fauchère
Patrick & Marie Fauchère (Pic:Nirgaman Maharjan)
It had always been a dream for Swiss pilot Patrick Fauchère to visit Mustang, the last Hidden kingdom, since he first visited Nepal in 1982. Explore Himalaya feels honored to have played a part in the fulfillment of this long cherished dream, as the company organized a trek to the Hidden Kingdom for Patrick and his wife Marie. After the completion of Fauchère’s trek, on 6th August, Explore Himalaya met with Patrick at Hotel Soaltee to know more about his journey.Posted below is an excerpt from the interview.
“Mustang for me personally was a dream. I had always dreamt of coming to Mustang, since I first visited Nepal in 1982. I have been to many mountainous regions in India, like Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Ladakh, Zanskar, Spiti and Sikkim. I always felt that I have missed out on visiting one kingdom, and that was Mustang. Maybe my fascination for Mustang is also largely because of my interest in Buddhism and Tibetan culture.”
Trek to the Hidden Kingdom of Mustang
“The trek was fantastic. Though we had to stay for a day longer at Pokhara due to bad weather, the trek went really well. Both me and my wife are pretty good hikers and we were able to complete the trek within seven days. As we live in the mountains in Switzerland, we had no problems with the altitude. Since we walked fast and are good hikers we could finish the trek in 7 days, but I think a minimum of 10 days should be given for average or slow walkers to complete this trek.
Our trek guide Pasang was very experienced and very good. We highly recommend him. Meals during the trek were well prepared. We always had good food prepared hygienically. We had a great time with him and his young team. Thanks to Pasang and the organization we never had any problem and I think the combination of Pasang, Lhakpa and the other youngsters was really good. We can only recommend the team and we would be happy to get the same team if we come back for another trek.
We are very satisfied with Explore Himalaya’s service. The service was excellent and met our expectations!
I appreciate Kathmandu as it is but I like the mountains. My life is in the mountains and I would come back only for the mountains.”
(Photos Courtesy: Patrick Fauchère)
Trek to Mustang with Explore Himalaya
Dolpo requires some extra logsistics and Pemba made all necessary arrangements. We also benefited. Both treks were wonderful! from having a local guide- Baba –in Mustang- as this is more of a cultural trek-his personal knowledge was useful.
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