YT description: The Lost Caves of Mustang documentary explores the cave temples found in Mustang, which is is the former Kingdom of Lo, where Tibetan languages are still widely spoken and traditional Tibetan culture remains.
Mustang’s status as a kingdom ended in 2008 when its suzerain Kingdom of Nepal became a republic.
The influence of the outside world, especially China, is growing and contributing to rapid change in the lives of Mustang’s people.
In 2007 Liesl Clark filmed her husband Pete Athans and climber Renan Ozturk as they tried to access some of these caves, and record them for the first time.
They had only a month to do the work on this visit, and they get off to a poor start being obstructed by snow blizzards.
Eventually they get some fine weather and began the exploration in earnest, turning up long lost paintings and artifacts from the caves, including manuscripts.
Later they are joined by an archaeological crew, both local and foreign, as they access more of the caves.
Title: Lost Caves of Mustang – Ancient Tibet (YT link) Uploaded by Proper Gander.
The Lost Buddhist Caves Of Mustang, Tibet – (2007) 5 stars
Run time: 53 minutes. Here is an excellent documentary featuring explorers going out to re-discover ancient shrines built as far back as the 14th century. These shrines were built into hard to reach mountain caves, both to discourage casual visitations and to instill a mystique into the sites.
There has to be an easier way to do this sort of exploration! With the advent of drones with recording equipment built into them, perhaps some of the more laborious and dangerous parts of these climbs might be avoided. Some of the caves yield little in the way of historical remains, while others had nothing at all inside of them. A couple of times, great treasures of historical and religious value for Buddhists were found.
Keep an eye out for the cave with the hundreds of scrolls in it. I have another documentary where another team of explorers, including a number of Buddhist lamas, go into that cave to sort the materials out.