Lo Manthang (3840m)
Drive & flight
Sept - Nov and Mar - May
Would you believe if someone said to you that there are civilized people who have kept themselves away from the hustle-bustle of the modern world?
The residents of Upper Mustang were isolated from the rest of the world for centuries and had their own Kingdom with an official king although Nepal was ruled by the Shah dynasty.
Upper Mustang has a history of its own. On your Upper Mustang Trek, you would come across these people who have the mountain's spirit flowing through their veins. But to have that privilege you need to get a special permit for this restricted region and a guide is mandatory.
Moreover, the Mustang Trek doesn’t take a toll on trekkers. It’s rather a comfortable journey taking you as high as 3800m. Even the monsoons stay off this path keeping the place mostly dry and windy throughout the year. For this 18 days journey, we generally start from Jomsom going through the arid fields with rocky slopes and rare vegetation.
Mustang was part of the old Tibetan kingdom and has various cultural and religious ties to it. As you make your way up from Jomsom to Lo Mangthang you get to encounter several villages like Eklo Bhatti, Tangbe and get to enjoy short breaks in the teahouses with local products like apple, buckwheat, and beer.
Upon reaching Lo Mangthang, you can explore the ancient capital of Mustang with stunning panoramas of Annapurna I and Nilgiri. Here you get to witness the life of the indigenous people, visit their monasteries including the Namgyal Gompa and even have a look at the four-storied residence of this semi-autonomous region's local king.
A trip to this “Last Forbidden Kingdom” will definitely be a delightful journey. The world is full of wonderful destinations and Nepal is one heavenly place with Upper Mustang Trek increasing its glamour.
What's more for Upper Mustang
- Challenging trek along "off the beaten track"
- Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
- Awesome trek in the isolated mountainous region of the Trans-Himalayas
- Tibetan influenced culture, traditions, and hospitality
- Numerous high passes, peaks, glaciers, and alpine valleys
- Explore Nepal's oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages with quaint whitewashed houses