The Last King of Mustang, H.R.H. Jhigme Prabal Bista, is living in retirement in Kathmandu. His Kingdom became a province of Nepal many years ago. He wants to make a special trip before the about to happen opening of the road across the Himalayas reaching to Lo Mantang, the capital of Mustang, revealing it to the changes that isolation has managed to avoid. One last trip before the landscape, culture and traditional way of life in Mustang would be exposed to a definitive transformation.

Folco Terziani wants to know Mustang through the steps of Tiziano, his late father, in his retreat to deal with terminal cancer. He wants to follow him in his physical journey but also his inner journey, from a young journalist passionate about changing the world to the wise man who learns to overcome the fear of death, to feel part of the universe and participate in its harmony.

The King of Mustang, which hosted Tiziano Terzani, will become host for his son Folco.

The harmony of Mustang has always been a bellwether for the beauty of the world, an inspiration and a source of energy for those seeking self-knowledge as a way of good living.

 

How is and how it has always been Mustang, of the hand of the person asking the questions and of the one who knows the answers. A trip to the traditional way, on foot and horseback, with the same tents in which the king and all his ancestors have slept for centuries in their travels through the Himalayan range.

A trip to the manner of the sadhus, the holy men of India, so dear to Folco, who argue that if you do not walk on foot to where you want to go, you may not find what you are looking for.

A journey in which Folco, will bedside the book "A Lost Tibetan Kingdom" by Michel Peissel, the first Westerner who traveled Mustang in 1962, who dies last autumn, the same book that his father carried with him to Mustang.

A journey that raises questions about progress, about modernity with its annulment of the diversity that is part of the beauty of the world and with the imposition of certain rhythms of life and values that seem to consider material welfare as the only aspiration about earth.

Nevertheless, a trip that is not swayed neither by the past nor by the future, neither by the memories nor by the projects. It is a journey in the wake of Tiziano, to learn to live and, to overcome the banality and fears of everyday life.

Because there are times when we are not in the mood of changing the world, but to enjoy, with all our strength, of the beauty and joy that it offers us.