Truth be said, Chokhopani is little more than a one house affair and we would
not even have mentioned or marked this place if it weren't for the mummies.
While everyone thinks of Egypt when one thinks about mummies, similar burial
practices existed here in Nepal too. And as you reach Chokhopani, keep an eye
out on the slopes to your left. Right next to some pipelines there, you will
see some caves. But unlike the ones you saw near Muktinath, these are caves
not made for the living but for the dead. The complex was discovered in 1985
during the work for the hydroelectric project which led to the discovery of
the funerary caves. In 1992 a rescue excavation was carried out by Nepali and
German archaeologists which led to various grave goods including pottery,
jewellery, beads dated to about 777 BC! This was the first case of mummies
being discovered in the Himalayas. Subsequently, more mummies were discovered
in many caves along the Kali Gandaki River all the way up to Lo Manthang.
We wouldn't, however, suggest you try to scale those slopes to become Indiana