Visitors from nearby villages walk for three days to attend rituals at Rinchenling monastery [Neelima Vallangi/Al Jazeera]

Humla District, Nepal – The trans-Himalayan village of Halji is a small collection of about 80 closely packed mud-and-stone houses at the base of a moraine hill. 

Steep cliffs rise on either side of the village that is flanked by a glacial stream on its left. 

By contemporary standards, Halji is extremely remote. It is snowed in

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