Upper Mustang Nepal
Bordering with Tibet in the North, the greater culture, lifestyle, and tradition of Mustang resembles that of the Tibet. Upper Mustang Trek delves into a historical, cultural, and natural journey to one of the remotest regions in Nepal. Traversing a desert landscape in the northwest of Nepal, the Upper Mustang Trek offers natural ecstasy of arid landscapes and Himalayas with the company of ancient culture engraved into the lives of the inhabitants of the entire region.
Until 1950, mustang has a separate Kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal; the last king from Mustang still has his own home at ancient capital town Lo Manthang. Mustang has only opened for visitors after 1992, before visitors was not allowed to go forbidden Kingdom of Nepal. You will experience real mountain people, who lives here for hundreds of years, who have their rich cultural heritage
Upper Mustang lies, surrounding by mountain, so there will very occasional rainfall in year. This is one of the route which is suitable for trekking even during the monsoons time. To go to Upper mustang, trekking further north of Kagbani, trekkers need special trekking permit (price of 500 USD, valid for only 10 days) and be accompanied by an official guide. The trek commences at Jomsom and moves northward along the Kali Gandaki valley through the quaint Buddhist villages of Kagbeni, Chele, Syanbochen, and Tsarang before entering the ‘walled city’ or Lo Manthang. The trek to upper mustang is very strenuous exploring between 2800m to 3800m. Mustang lies sin rain shadow of Mt. Dhaulagiri range, surrounded by different kinds of rocky and snowy mountains.
The desert landscape makes you explore painted houses, cultivate fields, and player flags. Along the way Buddhist Monasteries and Temples provide the whole journey pleasurable moment. This trek requires a minimum 9 to 10 days to ending trek at Kagbani; and Permit allows only 10 days period for trekking at Upper Mustang. This trekking route generally follow the Kali Gandaki valley and randomly climbing up to northern side. You’ll move north towards Niphu and Garphu along with Ghar Gumba (Buddhist Monastery) before making your way back to Jomsom via Dhakmar, Ghiling, Samar, and Kagbeni. The trans-Himalayan flight from Jomsom will bring you back to Pokhara. Mustang is always windy and dusty whole the year; and it is very cold at winter time so winter trek is not good for trekkers due to bad weather.
Lo Manthang, is the old capital, it reached in 4 days from Kagbeni, and you need one extra day for explore ancient Buddhist Monasteries, cave and unique walled settlement. This area was used for commercial connect Tibet and India, with few number of small kingdoms which were united with the royal town of Lo Manthang. Since 1970 it is part of Nepal, and there government was end in 2008. Here you will experience a majority of population, who still speaks traditional Tibetic languages.
Lo Manthang is the capital of the ancient kingdom of Mustang. Where you can explore some beautiful Gompas, a royal palace (affected by the earthquake in 2015 and not open for visitors) some narrow streets and traditional houses. Each villages of Upper Mustang have monasteries which are above 800 years old. Kag chode Gumpa in Kagbani, Tsrang Monastery, Jampa Monastery, Thubchen Monastery, Luri Gumpa, Ghar Gumpa are the famous one.
You’ll also get to relish the beautiful sight of Annapurna I (8091m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) at their full glory. Upper mustang can be traveled from March to late December, whereas June to September is the best time of the year.