Mustang, Nepal, has been a trading route and Buddhist pilgrimage site for centuries. Although remote, Mustang is far from provincial. Thakali, an ethnic clan from Lower Mustang, make their homes around the globe, and many Loba, ethnic Tibetans from Lo (Upper Mustang) have emigrated to Kathmandu or the United States, in search of economic opportunities. Likewise, planes and helicopters land daily at Jomsom, Mustang's district headquarters, delivering lowland goods and tourists. Still, Mustang is a place of footpaths and mule trains. But not for long.