Upper Mustang

upper mustang

Trek in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege. Here you will experience the way of life of true mountain people, who were not much in touch with the rest of Nepal for hundreds of years, and even until recent times had an officially recognized king.In many ways, a trek into Upper Mustang is similar to trekking in Tibet, as geographically it is a part of the Tibetan plateau. The district of Mustang was, until 1950, a separate kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal. The last king, the Raja of Mustang, still has his home in the ancient capital known as Lo Manthang.

The Mustang trek is not particularly difficult, the highest point reached is only 3,800 meters, but the conditions at times can be arduous. Mustang is cold in winter and is always windy and dusty through the year. Winter treks are best avoided due to harsh weather.There are few accommodation facilities available above Kagbeni, so groups must be fully self-sufficient, especially in fuel. While porters are available in Jomsom it is preferable to use mules to carry the loads up to Mustang.

These pack animals are available locally and are more economical, and certainly more environmentally friendly than porters. Mustang trek requires a minimum of 9 days, starting and ending in Kagbeni. This allows the trek to be completed within the 10-day period that the permit allows. The route generally follows the Kali Gandaki valley but, occasionally climbs high above the valley walls.

 lifetime adventure in Mustang region because the trek houses the deepest Kali Gandaki gorges and one of the world’s highest region of Lo-Manthang Valley where you passes through treeless barren landscapes, steep rocky trails, beautiful small villages that offer stunning views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other high peaks. Moreover, you can explore many other features of Mustang like the four-story palace, the 8 meters tall wall that has protected the city of Lo-Manthang for hundreds of years from outsiders, and the unique traditional houses and architectures. Houses in Mustang are made of stones and sun-baked mud bricks with a flat roof. Mustang is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal and access to this place was restricted to the outsiders until October 1991.

The people of Mustang used to have a King until Nepal was declared as a republic in 2007. The King, whose recognition was revoked is still well-respected by all the people in Mustang. Upper Mustang trek starts either from Nayapul or Jomsom. From Jomsom, the actual trek starts and follows the Kaligandaki River all the way up to Lo-Manthang which is the capital of the Mustang region. To enter Mustang, you must have a Special Permit that is granted by the Department of Immigration.

Trip Highlights

  • Mustang is the only part of Nepal that is located behind the Himalayas.
  • Explore the stunning landscapes and the amazing mountains views of both Nepal and Tibet.
  • Discover the ancient monasteries build from 8th to 13th century.
  • Explore ancient cave monasteries and villages of the people of Mustang.
  • Experience the Tibetan Buddhist religion and culture.

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