Today, we explore around the village of Lo-Manthang, fabled walled city of Lo, with a single entrance through which only the King, Queen and Kempo (Abbot) are allowed to ride. King Jigme Palbar Bista, called 'Lo Gyelbu' by the Mustang. The present king is the 25th descendant of Ame Pal.
There are four major temples within the medieval walls of Lo, the 14th century, brick-red Jampa Lhakhang Buddha, 15th-century Thubchen Gompa, Chhoede Gompa, and Choprang Gompa. There is also the Raja's Palace, home to the present King Raja Jigme and Queen 'Rani Sahib' and an interesting maze of a village to explore. There are approximately 1100 Lobas and 180 houses within the walls of the city although many lower caste Lobas live outside the walls.
Within the walls of Lo Manthang are about 150 houses built along narrow streets, and some of the largest and finest Tibetan Buddhist gompas in Nepal. The city is quite prosperous due primarily to its past salt and wool trade along the Kali Gandaki with Tibet, and the Lobas themselves are still very Tibetan, living in Tibetan-style dwellings which we'll have a chance to visit. There are even yeti (known here as mehti) prints rumored to be found.