The desert-like plateau, steep ridges, moraine valleys and barren terrain justify the glorious natural beauty of Upper Mustang.

Ceremonies are taking place in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu to mark the death of the last king of the isolated Himalayan region of Upper Mustang.

Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista, who reigned the Buddhist kingdom for more than half a century, died on Friday aged 86.

King Bista lost his royal title in 2008 when Nepal abolished its own centuries-old monarchy.

He lived most of his life in the medieval capital Lo Manthang, acting as local spiritual leader.

He moved to Kathmandu after he started to experience health problems.